The Kids Are Alright: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
The Kids Are Alright

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 17


Audience Score

User Ratings: 52
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Air date: Oct 16, 2018
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Air date: Dec 11, 2018
Air date: Jan 8, 2019
Air date: Jan 15, 2019
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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Kids Are Alright Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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 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…

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…

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…

A sweet little sitcom.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kids Are Alright: Season 1

  • Aug 11, 2019
    The cast and writing of this show are phenomenal. It is a wonderful witty rotrayal of a large Irish Catholic family in the 70's. Very easy to relate to and one of the few shows that are enjoyed by grandparents, parents and the kids.
  • Aug 09, 2019
    Season 1 of The Kids Are Alright was amazing. This is one of the best shows to be on network TV in YEARS. It has something for everyone. When "The Middle" was canceled, I was worried about how I would get my weekly family fix. TKAA raised the bar for television. It is must-see LIVE TV at my house, which is practically non-existent! It is well-written and truly shows family dynamics. We definitely need another season!
  • Aug 08, 2019
    I love The Kids Are Alright! ABC screwed up by cancelling the show. The fans keep hoping some other network or streaming service will pick it up.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    By far the BEST show to come along in years! The Kids Are Alright is not only well written and well acted by each of the ensemble, it provides good, family fun each week. I never missed an episode and neither did most of my colleagues at work. It was THE show we discussed each week. It is incredibly sad that ABC let this show go (and I think it is a huge mistake), but many of us are hoping someone recognizes what a gem this program is and picks it up. Thank you to the cast and writers of the show for the enjoyment you have given me and so many others.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    Best. Show. Ever. They were insane to cancel it; find it a new home at least! This was the funniest season I've seen in forever. Laugh out loud funny; I've re-watched the season at least 5 times. I'll never watch anything on ABC again if they don't bring it back.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    Absolutely love this show!! Great cast chemistry, sharp, wry writing. Still hoping that another network will pick it up.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    This is my favorite show. I really hope another network picks it up. It's too good to just be gone forever. In the meantime I keep rewatching the first season.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    I have a difficult time understanding why ABC canceled this show. It could have gone on to be another Friends or Big Bang Theory, lasting for at least 10 seasons as we watched the children grow.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    Easily the best sitcom in at least a generation. Perfect cast...every single actor is in their perfect role and the way they interact you think they truly are a family. The writing is spot on, the feel, the dialog and the stories are heartfelt, hilarious and real. And the best thing, this show is relatable to ALL ages and the entire family can watch and enjoy together. ABC really let a gem go when they didn't renew. A true fan favorite. Somebody please #savethekidsarealright
  • Aug 08, 2019
    Best show in a long time. Witty writing, great acting, and perfect interaction between cast. Only show that the whole family can watch together and enjoy. Huge mistake by ABC to cancel.

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