The Cool Kids: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
The Cool Kids

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 113
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Air date: Sep 28, 2018
Air date: Oct 5, 2018
Air date: Oct 12, 2018
Air date: Oct 19, 2018
Air date: Nov 2, 2018
Air date: Nov 9, 2018
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
Air date: Dec 7, 2018
Air date: Dec 14, 2018
Air date: Jan 4, 2019
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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.


Vicki Lawrence
as Margaret
Martin Mull
as Charlie
Punam Patel
as Punam
Jon Lovitz
as Kip Samgood
Ravi Patel
as Doctor Chad
Rod McCrary
as Gorgeous George
Rick Fox
as Reggie
Max Gail
as Robert
Andy Spencer
as Bathroom Attendant
Floyd Van Buskirk
as Guitar Player
Jay Linzy
as Bouncer
Jake Ryan
as Ernie
Noa Drake
as Teenage Girl
Mia Allen
as Avery
J. Grant Albrecht
as Randy "Wheels" Ferguson
Bob Gunton
as Colonel Christianson
Julia Duffy
as Francine
Weston Nathanson
as Squadron Member
Ann Colby
as Stocking Natasha
Yvonne Valadez
as Flight Attendant
Brooke Lenzi
as YouTube Girl
Bonnie Hellman
as Female Tourist
Shaw Jones
as Dealer
Matt Miller
as Male Tourist
Robert Catrini
as Tommy Two Tux
Michael Javier Villar
as Security Guard
Troy Hines II
as 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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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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Cool Kids: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Apr 01, 2019
    Being a Cool Kid myself, I love the chemistry of the cast. Can't wait for season 2!
  • Mar 26, 2019
    My wife and I enjoy this show so much, itâ??s so much fun
  • Mar 22, 2019
    Best type of concept si ce the Golden Gorls freah hip and current. Love it!

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