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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 29, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

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  • Summary: After discovering Maggie Caruso's (Lennon Parham) marriage was ending, Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair) gives up her career in China to return to her hometown to help her preganant best friend raise her baby.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Apr 28, 2014
    75
    They’ve basically taken that premise [of NBC's “Best Friends Forever”], switched up some of the details and reinvented that show for a new network, which isn’t a bad thing because the original concept was pretty humorous, and Parham and St. Clair play great besties.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Apr 28, 2014
    75
    The pair has recast the concept and their chemistry into a suburban setting that feels fresher and friendlier, truly finding its footing at 10:30 with Sloane (and those gnomes).
  3. Reviewed by: Molly Eichel
    Apr 28, 2014
    75
    While that loving relationship between these two women is Playing House’s strength, to unlock its potential, and go beyond delightful sitcom, it needs to be about more than that, and there’s certainly potential for that growth.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 29, 2014
    70
    Expectations couldn't be lower for this unrequested reunion, which is why it comes as such a nice surprise that Playing House, while hardly anything new, provides a much happier showcase for these gals' effortlessly snarky chemistry.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Apr 29, 2014
    70
    As at the Friars, the humor gets low at times, but the characters themselves do not; which is not to say that they keep their dignity. The conversation is long on riffing and syntactically comical constructions.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 29, 2014
    70
    In its first two episodes, Playing House does a nice job slowly building out its world and introducing an assortment of amusing, oddball characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Apr 28, 2014
    40
    Maybe the writers will eventually stop making Maggie and Emma sound like high school ditzes and start giving them grown-up dialogue that matches their grown-up situation. Until that happens, the main attraction here is Keegan-Michael Key of the delicious Comedy Central show “Key & Peele.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 30, 2014
    10
    Refreshing as F*&%! Seriously, I had my doubts about this show. Serious doubts. But the starring two characters are so fleshed out and the friendship is so honest and raw that I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot episode. And for me to enjoy the first episode of anything is quite the small miracle as most pilots tend to suck major ass. Kudos to these two women for writing and starring in this Awesome show! More? Yes, please. Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2014
    10
    This show can make me laugh so hard, I cry. The characters are so likeable and true. I love the close, loving friendships, the ex-husband and ex-boyfriend, the moms, the friends are well written and funny too. It's absurd, silly, quirky and true. The best new show all year. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2014
    10
    These women have a Rudolph/Wiig chemistry I can't get enough of. Their conversations are believable, and I find myself laughing at not just the punchlines, but the whole set up. I sincerely hope this show gets a decent chance at survival. I'm still mourning the loss of Happy Endings, and this would certainly help me move along! Expand
  4. May 23, 2014
    9
    What a nice show, the actresses have a really great chemistry, it's quirky and very charming. It's perfect after a long day at work, very relaxing and nice to see female characters which aren't walking stereotypes. Expand
  5. Jun 22, 2014
    8
    Parham and St. Claire have a natural chemistry. The show is funny (Parham's Bocephus impersonation is hilarious) without being forced. Jane Kaczmarek is a hoot as the mother who publicly avoids her daughter. One of the summer's best comedies. Expand
  6. May 8, 2014
    8
    These two ladies have comedic chemistry I just can't get enough of. BFF was cancelled and I am so glad they have a fresh start with this one. I could watch the show for an hour. A hilarious show which I really hope garners enough acclaim to keep it going strong. Expand
  7. Jun 14, 2014
    0
    Had a very difficult time watching the entire thing. Just kept thinking it was going to get better, sadly it did not. I was very disappointed, not funny at all. Expand

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