Life in Pieces: Season 1 Reviews

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September 22, 2015
The thing is, despite the structure, Life in Pieces doesn't cover any ground that, say, Modern Family already covered better.
September 22, 2015
While hardly as ambitious an undertaking, there's a hint of Louie in there, where the main story is added to in isolated, well-realized touches rather than conforming to one standard narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 21, 2015
Life in Pieces, a wacky single-camera intergenerational family comedy, is the staid network's attempt to mimic critical darling and ratings bonanza Modern Family, with edgy (for CBS, mind you) laughs and a squishy heartwarming beat at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 21, 2015
Even at its most outrageous, Life in Pieces feels padded with foam.
September 21, 2015
The obvious irony of the series is that Life in Pieces purports to be about the small, seemingly innocuous moments that linger longest in one's memory, while offering audiences absolutely none of those moments itself.
September 21, 2015
Nor is [Life in Pieces] different enough to shake that nagging feeling that you're simply watching CBS's attempt to clone ABC's hit.
September 21, 2015
Life in Pieces just needs to hone the show around its ensemble until it becomes worthy of its stars.
September 21, 2015
CBS' "Life in Pieces" puts a strong cast through an obvious variation on "Modern Family." Yet the cast is a draw, and James Brolin stands out as the loopy patriarch.
September 21, 2015
The shortcoming, at least from the evidence of the premiere, is likely to be in the story selection.
September 21, 2015
The show has novelty on its side, but it also has a talented ensemble that's under (by a guesstimate) half of the time crunch of the average sitcom cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 21, 2015
It provided enough chuckles, and we like every one of these actors so much, it will get a second look.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 19, 2015
The show feels brittle and impersonal.
September 18, 2015
Over time, the format could pose a challenge, but I'm betting not: In a world where attention spans are short in general and often nonexistent when it comes to watching a TV show, the device works, and the pieces fit very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2015
Life, charitably, feels like one of those shows best watched while you're making other plans.
September 18, 2015
With its sharp writing and a uniformly fine cast, this show about lives in pieces is impressively, entertainingly whole.
September 17, 2015
The show has an exceptional ensemble cast and it's engagingly funny.
September 17, 2015
Life in Pieces offers some very good reasons to walk on the wild side and let the laughs come without any in-show inducements.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 16, 2015
Life in Pieces is a good swerve from CBS's allegiance to the Chuck Lorre-style multi-camera sitcom, and the cast is a sturdy gang of seasoned pros (it's particularly pleasing to see Wiest in a comedy).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 9, 2015
The humor is genuine; the laughs plentiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 9, 2015
The result is a series that has gone out of its way to make itself disposable, generously inviting audiences to prioritize all other leisure activities ahead of it.
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