Single Parents: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)


Season 1
Single Parents

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While the jokes can be a little juvenile, Single Parents earns brownie points for a likable cast and a funny focus on parental struggles.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 146

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Air date: Sep 26, 2018

In the premiere, Will's focus on raising Sophie causes him to lose sight of who he is. When Angie, Douglas, Poppy and Jake see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses he's gone, they band together to get him out in the world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn't mean sacrificing everything about your own identity

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Air date: Oct 3, 2018

Douglas is stuck hosting the kids' Saturday sleepover, and Will uses this as an opportunity to try to bond with Douglas, something he hasn't been able to do before. Angie and Graham both struggle with their own fear of sleepovers—Graham is worried to stay the night without his mom and not in his own house, and Angie is worried to sleep over with her man friend Owen. Meanwhile, Poppy helps Miggy come up with potential job ideas in order to help him become more responsible.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2018

Douglas and the twins are barely affected by the death of their guinea pig, Pickle, so Poppy encourages Douglas to stop repressing his and the twins' feelings. After seeing how close Graham and Will are becoming, Angie gets jealous when Graham asks Will to go get a colonoscopy to check on his health, so Angie decides to get one herself.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2018

Angie and Douglas engage in a competition to see who can sleep-train baby Jack in one night. While Angie and Douglas have the baby, Miggy takes over babysitting Graham, Rory, Sophie, Emma and Amy, which results in an impromptu kids' party. Meanwhile, Poppy teaches Will how to take out his anger on the volleyball court.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2018

Will is crushed when Sophie wants to tone down Halloween and invites a boy over. Poppy and the twins attempt to convince a reluctant Douglas to wear a silly costume; after he finally puts it on, he meets the woman of his dreams, who he now is sure will not take him seriously. Meanwhile, Angie struggles to tell her boss that she needs to leave work to be with her son on Halloween, leaving Graham's costume in limbo.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2018

Will hits it off with Angie and Graham's pediatrician, but Angie worries he'll ruin Graham's chances of getting on the Mist List for the flu vaccine. Miggy tries to help Will navigate how to handle his situation with Dr. Dewan by giving dating advice. Meanwhile, Douglas gets sick, and while delirious with a fever, he accidentally reveals to Rory that he likes Poppy.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2018

Graham and Rory are cast in their school's production of "Grease," with Graham as the lead and Rory with a lesser-known part. Poppy and Angie get involved and try to appeal to the drama teacher, Dr. Biscuits, to make changes. Meanwhile, Will is not ready to tell Sophie that he's seeing Dr. Dewan, so against his better judgment, he takes Douglas' advice and lies to Sophie.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2018

Will encourages Angie to rediscover her passion for heavy metal music by taking a guitar class, and in turn, Angie insists that Will get back in the field covering weather by driving both of them into a storm. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang explore their romantic passions as Douglas pursues his crush on Big Red with the help of Miggy, and Poppy feels an instant connection with a dreamy musician.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2018

Will is thrilled to throw the first-grade parent social so that he can use this event to springboard his anti-smartphone platform to get parents to wait to buy their kids cellphones until eighth grade. He ropes his new love interest, Dr. Dewan, into helping him, but his plan doesn't work out quite like he had hoped. Douglas offers to have the social at his house so he can exact revenge on his rival dermatologist, Mark, whom Douglas is convinced stole his prized pen.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2018

When Owen shows up on Christmas Eve with a gift for Angie, she desperately seeks out help from Will to find a present for Owen last minute. While doing so, Angie learns how bad Will is at giving Sophie good Christmas presents, or so it seems. While Graham begins to doubt the existence of Santa altogether, the group worries Miggy may still believe in him. Meanwhile, Douglas invites Poppy, who is dealing with her first Christmas without Rory, to compete in a several Christmas-themed competitions.

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After his wife Mia (Vanessa Bayer) left him to pursue her career as a lawyer, Will Cooper (Taran Killam) has to raise their daughter Sophie (Marlow Barkley) alone: between princesses, young girl problems and PTA meetings, he doesn't have much time for himself. At the beginning of Season 1, Will's friends decide to take matters into their own hands and convince him that he doesn't have to sacrifice his happiness to be a good dad. As a group, they take turns at looking after all their children, so that they all get to have a little bit of freedom, and Will can finally get back into dating.

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Critic Reviews for Single Parents Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Single Parents is an ensemble, and one that should get better, whether it embraces the formula or breaks it.

Sep 26, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Will's maturation, if it ever really comes to that, is the show's core objective. Otherwise the kids so far are stealing the show -- and this time it's a pleasure watching them do so.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Single Parents takes its cues from the network's other family comedies, such as black-ish, but the jokes are too sophomoric to come close to the brilliance and humor of that award-winning show or the Emmy-amassing Modern Family.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Single Parents feels like a comedy that goes for simple snark and believes it's a little more clever than it really is, but then had a bunch of network notes stuck to it about softening those right angles.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

There's plenty of material there; hopefully, with a strong cast and writing team behind it, Single Parents can tap into it and find a specific groove all its own.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Seriously, whoever cast these little too-wise for their size moppets is a genius... the child actors own and deliver each line like well-seasoned comedy pros with masterful timing.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

It's over the top but in the best way possible.

Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Lively, sometimes-cheesy sitcom has some sexy stuff.

Oct 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While the show doesn't exactly feel fresh, it does have heart and what feels like the bones of a show that could go bolder and nuttier if it gets a chance to find its way over a full season.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Genuinely funny network sitcoms are nearing extinction these days, so let's make sure this one sticks around to see Season 2, huh?

Sep 24, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Though the first episode wobbles in trying to balance the sweet and sentimental stuff with its saltier, funnier edge, Single Parents could become a gem in ABC's family comedy lineup once it sharpens its edges.

Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: 60/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Single Parents: Season 1

  • Jun 24, 2020
    This is one of my favorite shows, it's such a comfort show and I just finished the series finale. I'm absolutely heartbroken, it was such a good show and didn't deserve to end so quickly, especially ending with such a cliffhanger. I'll admit, it's obviously not perfect, but I often find myself binging it again and again. It's a wonderful family show as well, something that's great for both parents and children. I'm really disappointed that ABC decided to chop it. It could've gone on for at least one more season. The show is amazing and it has a huge rewatchability factor, so I'm desperately hoping that Hulu or some other service steps up to save it. Every single person in the cast does an amazing job in their role, and while I can agree it is at times cheesy and artificial, overall the great moments of the show outweigh the lackluster ones. It's a definite watch for anyone of any age, and it's sad to see it go so soon.
  • Nov 15, 2019
    Doesn't really bring anything new to the table. Seems like Taran could do better then this with his abilities.
  • Oct 20, 2019
    I'm really trying to like the show. I really like the adult actors, but the biggest distraction is Rory.. I fast forward all of his scenes.
  • May 09, 2019
    Really innovative and funny! Can't wait for Season 2.
  • May 07, 2019
    so funny and great acting! hope it gets renewed
  • Apr 19, 2019
    Love it! Please renew this show.
  • Apr 11, 2019
    I have a feeling this show will be cancelled after two seasons. Why? They picked a great cast and a great premise and gave them crap writing. This show doesn't have relaywable storylines or character arcs. It's like eating pudding. Filler.
  • Mar 31, 2019
    One of the most creative shows I���ve ever watched. It�������s hilarious, and fun to look forward to and watch with my family.
  • Mar 14, 2019
    If you haven't watched Single Parents, I absolutely suggest that you do. Not only is the show hilarious, but every single episode the kids steal the show. Everyone on the show has wonderful chemistry and every punchline hits harder than the one before. Brad Garrett as Douglas is quite literally one of the best castings on ABC to date, not to mention long time game player Taran Killam finally having his own show is more than overdue! Personally I find this show to be an absolute national treasure and I'm praying like never before that they renew it for another season. This cast deserves it!
  • Feb 28, 2019
    This is the only show I look forward to watching every week! The cast is amazingly balanced and the kids are adorable without being overly pretentious or annoying.

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