The Family: Season 1 (2015)


Critic Consensus: The Family takes a confusing, convoluted course to solve its central mystery that few will want to follow, despite a game performance from Joan Allen.


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The Family's chances of anything close to long-term survival seem iffy at best. Unlike Secrets and Lies, its cast of characters and premise are set in concrete. Or perhaps quicksand if recent history proves prophetic.

Mar 4, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The Family is one of those shows that's so fast-paced that you don't even care how overheated and kind of ridiculous the whole thing is. It's escapist TV in the vein of How to Get Away with Murder.

Mar 2, 2016 | Full Review…

The Family wants to be something but, even after a couple episodes, never quite gets around to what that 'something' is.

Mar 2, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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It has heaped some soapy family issues on top of the abduction premise and the two sit uncomfortably together.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

I can't say I was very intrigued by these provocative questions, mostly because The Family does such a poor job of dramatizing them in a lively, believable manner.

Mar 3, 2016 | Full Review…

There's a strong cast in place, led by Joan Allen, but the writing never scratches the surface in order to get the characters where they need to be in order to develop interest or continuity.

Mar 3, 2016 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

With a story like The Family, everyone needs to be paying attention to the fine details. But at least we get to enjoy (Joan) Allen in our homes every week, for a time, anyway.

Mar 3, 2016 | Full Review…

For The Family to become the deep and nuanced character drama it clearly wants to be, everyone needs to take a breath, perhaps join a support group, and slow the heck down.

Mar 4, 2016 | Full Review…

There is still way too much television on Sunday night and The Family doesn't do enough to justify its existence to make it worth your time.

Mar 3, 2016 | Full Review…
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The cast all bring their A game, particularly Allen as the ball-busting matriarch and McCarthy, who lends genuine creepiness and dread to the role.

Mar 3, 2016 | Full Review…

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