The Kids Are Alright: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
The Kids Are Alright

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The Kids are Alright is a surprisingly poignant, thoughtful show with a classic sitcom feel.



Critic Ratings: 17


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User Ratings: 67

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Air date: Oct 16, 2018

In the series premiere, Lawrence, the prodigal eldest Cleary son, returns home from the seminary and breaks the news to his family that he's dropping out for good, leaving Mike and Peggy upset and wondering why. Meanwhile, Timmy decides he wants to audition for a children's theatre production, but when Peggy finds out where it's being held she forbids him from participating. Elsewhere, Eddie tries to keep his girlfriend a secret after Frank finds out and tries to blackmail him.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2018

To Peggy's dismay, Timmy decides to enter a poetry contest to win the money he needs to repair his ventriloquist dummy. Stumped, he decides to plagiarize a poem and soon realizes he's not the only one who passed it off as his own. Meanwhile, Mike and Lawrence continue to butt heads when Lawrence complains that there are no fresh vegetables in the family's diet.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2018

Mike introduces a new microwave to the Cleary household, but Peggy rejects it as she feels like it's intruding into her domain. Fed up with his experimenting and nudging, she secretly sabotages his happiness. Meanwhile, eager to see "everything" exposed for the first time, Joey and Timmy go to extreme lengths to see Barbara Eden's wardrobe malfunction on a Bob Hope TV special. Elsewhere, Lawrence trie to apply lessons from a psych class at school to psychoanalyze Mike and Peggy.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2018

To hide a mess Eddie made, his girlfriend Wendi tries to distract Peggy by insisting she take a day off with a fun day out while they take care of the housework. To everyone's surprise, Peggy accepts the offer and requests Wendi tag along, with the ulterior motive of teaching her a lesson. Meanwhile, Eddie enlists the help of his brothers to clean up and keep Mike out of the house while Wendi and Peggy are out. Elsewhere, Pat introduces Timmy to his secret dog.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2018

Frank announces that he has decided to compete in the church boxing tournament, making it obvious that he's playing for Mike's affections. When Frank can't cut it, Timmy steps in and takes up boxing in order to bond with his dad and get his approval. Ultimately, he has to choose between his dad's dreams for him and his own dreams of showbiz glory. Elsewhere, feeling rusty after being at the seminary for so long, Lawrence asks Eddie to help prepare him for a date.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2018

Mike comes to the conclusion that Eddie is being sexually active and takes it upon himself to give him enough advice to work things out. Later, Peggy disagrees with how Mike handled the situation and they argue over how much they should interfere in their children's lives. Elsewhere, Joey and Timmy attempt to disrupt Frank's plan to do free yardwork so that they can go back to getting paid.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2018

Mike and Peggy think they might be expecting again, but later Peggy is diagnosed with having a cyst instead. Meanwhile, the kids spy on Mike and Peggy to try to figure out what their unusual behavior is about. When Pat overhears that they are going to have a little sister, the Cleary kids decide to dig deeper.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2018

Mike oozes with jealousy when Peggy's successful brother Tom drops in for Christmas. After Tom gives the Clearys an extravagant Christmas gift, pride prevents Mike from taking it--putting him at odds with the rest of the family. Meanwhile, Timmy mistakenly receives $100 from his great-aunt for Christmas and contemplates whether he should do "the right thing" or keep it. Elsewhere, Eddie forgets to get Wendi a Christmas present and panic sets in.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2019

After seeing how loving Pat's friend's parents are, the Cleary boys beg Peggy to tell them she loves them. Playing on their insecurities, Peggy posts a ranked list of their names on the fridge in the hopes that it will bring out their competitive instincts, and someone will divulge who broke the dining room light fixture. Charged with several emotions, Timmy incriminates his brother but feels so guilty that he gets a horrible stomachache and heads to the hospital, where he unexpectedly reveals another secret. Back at home, Mike invites Grover (guest star Ken Jeong), a co-worker, disguised as an amateur detective to their home to help compel a confession out of the guilty Cleary child.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2019

Against Peggy's wishes, Frank secretly helps design a set for a musical in which Timmy is performing. Feeling jealous of all the positive attention Frank is getting for his work, Timmy devises a plan which forces Frank to admit his involvement on set, but Timmy's scheming backfires. Meanwhile, Mike grows increasingly concerned that Joey is heading down a shady moral path with all his wheeling and dealing, and decides to teach him a lesson.

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In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he's quitting the seminary to go off and "save the world." Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.

Cast & Crew

Andy Walken
William Cleary
Santino Barnard
Pat Cleary
Sam Straley
Lawrence Cleary
Caleb Martin Foote
Eddie Cleary
Mary McCormack
Peggy Cleary
Sawyer Barth
Frank Cleary
Jack Gore
Timmy Cleary
Jojo Nwoko
Father Abdi
Paul Dooley
Father Dunne
Jessica Gardner
Laura Ridgewood
Ken Jeong
Grover Young
Willie Tyler
Willie Tyler
Morgan Peter Brown
Brian Ridgewood
Randall Einhorn
Executive Producer
Tim Doyle
Executive Producer
Matt Sohn
Jay Karas
Ellen Svaco Doyle
Jessica Ambrosetti
Jeanne Darst
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Critic Reviews for The Kids Are Alright Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

The best of the fall season's new comedies from a network that's become well-practiced in turning back the clock and making shows like these tick.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The tumult, chaos and divergent interests of these many brothers feels authentic, and so do the besieged parents who are trying to hold it all together with a modest paycheck and as much love as they can divide among eight boys.

Oct 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The casting works, and the writing underscores the bonds among these characters in a way that makes them feel like a real family.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

What The Kids Are Alright has going for it most of all is McCormack, who makes the most of a role cut to her talents.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The first episode is very funny and flies by... What's distinct, though, is the attempt to connect the 1970s setting to contemporary America.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

All told there's much to like in The Kids Are Alright, partly owing to the era being ripe with possibilities and partly because Doyle's sense of humor about his childhood rings mostly true as it reflects and finds well-earned comedy in nostalgia.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Warm and funny sitcom looks at a big family in the 1970s.

Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For what it is, it's very good, but what it is - another show about a white, working-class family - may understandably have no appeal for you.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is a good-natured comedy that finds function in an otherwise dysfunctional household, and gets decent laughs out of its working class setting without relying too heavily on clichés.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Yes, this show could get better. But there are so many characters to service it feels like none of them will be more than one-note.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The ABC family-sitcom brand may have another winner in Tim Doyle's (Last Man Standing) affectionate if derivative memoir about growing up in a rambunctious Irish-Catholic family of eight boys in the 1970s.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

A sweet little sitcom.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kids Are Alright: Season 1

  • Mar 19, 2021
    This show is hysterical. Too bad it was only one season. The Goldbergs have nothing on this show.
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Awesome show- huge mistake by ABC to cancel it. I mean it's in the upper 90 percentiles ABC...come on...get with it...sorry if it doesn't meet your networks, "vision " (whatever that might be) ....but people love the show.
  • Aug 07, 2020
    Aunque no sea la mejor serie de la historia, es lo suficientemente entretenida y divertida para ser disfrutada.
  • Feb 19, 2020
    This show should have never been cancelled! It's hilarious, relatable and manages ten characters without breaking a sweat. I've just finished watching it and I'm devastated there's no season 2. And, in exchange for cancelling his great show, they gave Tim Doyle the opportunity to produce Schooled, a crappy show that goes nowhere. Who's watching that boring and posthumous sitcom instead of The Kids Are Alright, which was fresh and even not afraid to deal with real issues in the seventies? I will watch its only season over and over for many years to come. Thank you, Tim Doyle!
  • Feb 04, 2020
    É como se estivesse contando a história da minha infância, apesar de eu ser da geração dos anos 1990. Que nostalgia, que delícia de série, vale cada segundo. O roteiro está sensacional. Parece que cada ator foi feito para o seu respectivo papel.
  • Feb 03, 2020
    This serie is so good she needs a 2 season
  • Nov 27, 2019
    Great family comedy. Love the entire cast.
  • Nov 10, 2019
    One of the best shows on TV and it's cancelled. Network TV show be euthanized!
  • Oct 22, 2019
    I love this show. I just learned that the show is cancel so disappointed. Why Everytime there a good show on that you like to watch, can't wait to see it. Find out what going to happen. In this case what are the kids going to get into. The mom and dad in show are amazing, the kids crazy amazing actors. There so many other shows could be cancel too. But NO they had to cancel a good.
  • Sep 26, 2019
    OMG how did this show get cancelled! It is BRILLIANT comedy. Those responsible at ABC be killed and put in Peggy Cleary's meatloaf....seriously.

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