Playing House: Season 1 (2014)

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Playing House

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Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham are a comedy duo worth watching, and their chemistry helps to make Playing House reasonably enjoyable and perceptive.

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Critic Ratings: 18

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User Ratings: 61

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 29, 2014

The series opener follows the eventful reunion of career-driven Emma and her childhood best friend Maggie, who is expecting her first child.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2014

Emma and Maggie have brunch with Mark's wife. Elsewhere, Mark investigates the theft of a garden gnome.

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Air date: May 6, 2014

Maggie and Mark search for Bruce after he mysteriously disappears.

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Air date: May 13, 2014

Emma goes on a date with Maggie's divorce lawyer, and discovers a secret about her mother.

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Air date: May 20, 2014

Maggie reconnects with an old flame at a high school drumline reunion while Emma bonds with a band geek.

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Air date: May 27, 2014

Zach's cyber romance makes Maggie suspicious; Bruce gets some unexpected help from Emma.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2014

Mark's annual policemen's spaghetti dinner goes anything but smoothly thanks to Emma and Maggie.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2014

Secrets from the past are revealed when Emma organizes a team to help Maggie prepare the house for the baby.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2014

Maggie and Emma both fall for the ob-gyn who is delivering Maggie's baby.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2014

Maggie and Emma become distracted from preparing for the baby's christening when Mark gets in trouble.

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Critic Reviews for Playing House Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10)

USA is promoting the show as an "original comedy"; let's see if they can put more truth in that advertising.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Playing House is essentially a tweaked remake of Best Friends Forever, a sitcom that washed out of NBC two years ago.

Apr 30, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Parham and St. Clair seem to have created Playing House largely because they enjoy working together. The enjoyment is contagious.

Apr 29, 2014 | Full Review…
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Gilmore Girls gone gonzo-er.

Apr 28, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The humor gets low at times, but the characters themselves do not; which is not to say that they keep their dignity.

May 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Obviously, the birthing process in TV can be difficult. But at this point, Playing House looks more like a rental than the kind of show destined to put down roots.

Apr 29, 2014 | Full Review…
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This is a show that depends strongly on its leading ladies being likeable, and yet it spends almost the entirety of its second episode painting them as shallow and insensitive, completely undermining that goodwill built up in its first half-hour.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Two besties and a baby comedy is saucy, but sweet.

May 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Expectations couldn't be lower for this unrequested reunion, which is why it comes as such a nice surprise that Playing House, while hardly anything new, provides a much happier showcase for these gals' effortlessly snarky chemistry.

Apr 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Playing House isn't notable because it has two female leads, or because it's part of a trend, or will soon have a baby in the mix. Playing House is notable because it's smart and it's funny. Period.

Apr 30, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

There's a sweetness to Playing House that eases the raunchier aspects.

Apr 30, 2014 | Full Review…

For those who think the beginning and end of funny female comedy teams begin and end with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, let me introduce you to Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.

Apr 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Playing House: Season 1

  • Feb 18, 2015
    love this series. The level of awkwardness and discomfort is perfect. The chemistry between the actors is nice, and the actors/comedians have a good sense of timing for the comedic as well as the emotional moments. It's fun to watch.
  • Jul 14, 2014
    Great show! It started off a little shaky but it keeps getting better.
  • Jun 04, 2014
    St Clair & Parham have great chemistry. I like Jane Kaczmarek as Emma's Mom. Great character. I also like the small town take on it all. One of my new favorite comedies.
  • May 18, 2014
    Feather-light premise saved by fantastic acting, chemistry and writing.

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