• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 3, 2013
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 2, 2013
    Goofy, moderately sweet and too rarely funny, it’s a natural thematic companion to “Modern Family,” if not an especially strong one.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Apr 2, 2013
    The outrageousness becomes cartoonish and the conciliatory moments so forced and predictable they lose their healing power. That’s what happens with How to Live.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 2, 2013
    It’s got a worthy premise that’s larded up with unfunny, over-the-top characterizations.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 3, 2013
    Between the cutesy on-screen captions and an anything-goes sensibility that flirts with child endangerment (just kidding, kind of), Parents ultimately just feels like it's trying too hard.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 2, 2013
    The problem is almost everything around [Sarah Chalke], including the title, which is cutesy on a stick.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 3, 2013
    If the lines are never actually funny, some of them are amusing, and if the writing doesn't always work in Parents' favor, the cast does.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 4, 2013
    How to Live With Your Parents is a fish-out-of-water story, naturally, and thus seems all-too-familiar. But the show is spiked with enough talent (hard to go too wrong with Chalke, Perkins and Garrett) that it could conceivably find an audience.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 2, 2013
    Initial impression: It fits. Fans of Chalke will remain fans, and everyone who long ago realized that Elizabeth Perkins was the best thing about "Weeds" will as well.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 28, 2013
    Chalke and company are all expert comic actors, but the pilot is leapingly frantic, a puppy wanting love. [8 Apr 2013, p.45]
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 1, 2013
    How to Live is decently performed in light of the oft over-reaching material at hand.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 3, 2013
    ABC’s midseason replacement How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is dumb and crass. That would be fine if it were at all funny.
  12. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 2, 2013
    [A] dreadful new sitcom.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Apr 3, 2013
    It is the sort of neither-here-nor-there sitcom that can make me feel faintly sad for the form, and by extension for the health of the nation, and yet it is no worse than so many others that come and go and sometimes, to my surprise, come and stay.
  14. 70
    This is still a charming series, and the cast gets plenty of mileage out of the role-reversal at the show’s heart.
  15. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Apr 2, 2013
    The quality of the material doesn’t measure up to the cast’s talent level.
  16. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Mar 29, 2013
    A faint facsimile of funny starring poor Sarah Chalke, who really deserves better. [5 Apr 2013, p.62]
  17. Reviewed by: Daniel Goldberg
    Apr 3, 2013
    The cast deserves praise for finding small moments of comedy in a glance or gesture even amid the show's frantically paced dialogue.
  18. Reviewed by: Carina Adly MacKenzie
    Apr 3, 2013
    It feels like a happy medium between "The New Normal" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," but it manages to feel comfortably familiar as opposed to stale and overdone, largely due to the extremely talented, relatable cast.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    how to live with your parents for the rest of the your life . is the most hilarious and epic . grade A+ ................................................................................................ Full Review »
  2. Jun 3, 2013
    My whole family and I love this show. It is laugh out loud funny! Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins are hilarious as the grandparents and Sarah Chalke holds her own as well. Full Review »
  3. May 30, 2013
    A cast with phenomenal stage presence and comic talent carry this show farther than the premise deserves. This was never going to be a Seinfeld or 30 Rock but I think it has been underappreciated. Full Review »