The Cool Kids: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
The Cool Kids

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Though the cheesy jokes and cliches are old hat, an all-too-uncommon focus on older characters makes it easier to forgive The Cool Kids' lack of fresh wrinkles.



Critic Ratings: 17


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User Ratings: 118

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Air date: Sep 28, 2018

The premiere of the comedy about a rowdy group of friends who live in a retirement community.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2018

On her 65th birthday, Margaret doesn't feel like celebrating. However, Hank, Sid and Charlie insist on taking her out for a "good old-fashioned young person's night" at the local club, which leaves them all feeling older -- and more hungover -- than ever.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2018

Charlie and Hank create online dating profiles, and to boost their egos, Sid pretends to be an interested woman. Of course, the plan goes awry.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2018

Margaret is surprised to learn that Sid is not out to his visiting son and tries to convince him to come out to him. Meanwhile, Hank stubbornly refuses to admit he needs glasses, and Charlie tries to help him cheat his eye test.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2018

Tired of "Gorgeous George" and his reign as activities coordinator, Hank backs Charlie and Margaret backs Sid for the position in the upcoming election, and it instantly turns dirty.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2018

Hank and Margaret lose a cornhole competition to some resident cheaters and, as a result, miss out on the coveted prize—a new 65" flat-screen TV. So, the gang attempts to steal the TV, which means breaking in to Allison's office after locking her and Sid in the sauna.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2018

Margaret scores an invite to an exclusive foodie potluck for Thanksgiving and takes Sid as her plus one, leaving Hank and Charlie to find a backup plan.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2018

When Hank starts dating a much younger woman, the gang suspects she may be a gold-digger taking advantage of him because of his age. But after rifling through her things, they fear this relationship could be something much worse--a pregnancy trap.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2018

Margaret begins dating Karl, a fellow Shady Meadows resident who may or may not be the Zodiac Killer. Meanwhile, the guys are hunting for a different kind of criminal: a serial non-flusher.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2019

Hank finds out his ex-wife will be at a mutual friend's funeral, so Margaret volunteers to be his "hype man" and lie about his success to impress her. Charlie and Sid love a good funeral, so they crash it against Hank's orders.

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The cool kids of Shady Meadows—Hank (David Allan Grier), Charlie (Martin Mull), and Sid (Leslie Jordan)—mourn the loss of their fourth gang member Jerry and are on the lookout for someone to replace him. However, they get riled up when new resident Margaret (Vicki Lawrence) tries to take Jerry's seat. Despite the gang's efforts to kick her out, Margaret proves that she's more than capable of taking them on. Season 1 of "The Cool Kids" also stars Jere Burns, Lesley Ann Warren, Jamie Farr, Rod McCary, Punam Patel, and Artemis Pebdani. The season additionally features guest performances by Charles Shaughnessy, Joanna Cassidy, Robert Pine, Jon Lovitz, Jennifer Coolidge, Rick Fox, Patrick Duffy, and Ed Begley, Jr.

Cast & Crew

Martin Mull
Vicki Lawrence
Jamie Farr
Rod McCrary
Gorgeous George
Jackée Harry
Megan Ferguson
Rick Fox
Bob Gunton
Colonel Christianson
Jennifer Williams
Troy Hines II
Male Stripper
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Critic Reviews for The Cool Kids Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

"The Cool Kids" is a horrible mess.

Oct 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Alas, your friendly content provider has grown old enough to reside in the Shady Meadows Retirement Community. But now that I see what that can be like, well, over my dead body.

Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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It's not particularly ambitious, in form or content, but it hits the marks it assigns itself.

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

These are comic vets, in some cases legends, and they will take The Cool Kids to heights that are probably higher than the material or even the format merits.

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Throwback sitcom has mature (and funny) humor.

Oct 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Make no mistake, The Cool Kids is funny. Or rather, these characters are funny.

Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

You couldn't wish for a better cast in this comedy about a group of fun-loving rebels at an assisted living facility, though David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan and even Martin Mull are all too young for their roles.

Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Not sure how a show can gather four of the better comic actors of the last 50 years and end up being bad, but The Cool Kids managed to accomplish that feat.

Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It's cool having them all back on TV, especially Lawrence, who seems more vibrant than in all those years when she donned Mama's wig.

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

That's the Boomers, making one last glorious mess on their way out.

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

In the pilot episode at least, The Cool Kids panders to stereotypes, cliches and tropes and boy, it's a good time.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 80/100 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the show is pretty terrible and not funny.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cool Kids: Season 1

  • Mar 29, 2020
    I absolutely loved The Cool Kids. Really sad it was cancelled. Wish they'd bring it back.
  • Feb 04, 2020
    It's got three stars for the cast. Basically the Cool Kids was too cool. There was no antagonist really everybody was happy and everybody got on with everybody where was the annoying character that upset the happy foursome. Everything just ran to smoothly and It felt it was just missing something where was the Eunice Higgins style character the crazy character, like Val from will and grace. It was just too perfect too much of a good thing. And what is sad about this sitcom is that it was produced by quite a few companies and TV stations so there's no chance of it being picked up. Last Man Standing was cancelled and then picked up by another station for continuation but because so many people had their hands in this pie there's nobody left to pick it up. I really do like Vicki Lawrence and I think she should consider bringing the character of Mamma back. Also sadly not many people were watching this which didn't help either
  • Nov 17, 2019
    Awesome should have never cancelled!
  • May 11, 2019
    I LOVE this show. Happily, I don't need or want a show to be filled with sex violence and vulgar language to enjoy it. I have more intellect than that. I just sit back every week and laugh, laugh. laugh. Don't want to analyze TV, don't want someone else's political views rammed down my throat, I just want to relax and laugh. Thank you
  • May 10, 2019
    Is anyone else sad that such a hugely talented cast has to walk around and SHOUT such lame jokes?
  • May 10, 2019
    It is a treat to see these hams working together! It should be renewed.
  • Apr 21, 2019
    many more seasons :) #bringbackthecoolkids
  • Apr 20, 2019
    I started out with the series and enjoyed it at first but lately it's just too stupid and questionable comedy. I'm in that age range and don't find them funny.
  • Apr 13, 2019
    This show is awesome i love watching it . Hope to see season 2
  • Apr 05, 2019
    A focus on older characters is not only good, but could be funny. This show is not funny or endearing, however. You do not feel an attachment to any of the characters. It's a waste of television time.

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