The McCarthys : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 30, 2014
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  • Summary: Sports-challenged Ronny (Tyler Ritter) only wants to leave Boston [much to his mother's (Laurie Metcalf) distress] and find a partner when his father (Jack McGee) selects him to be his assistant high school basketball coach over his older sports fanatic siblings; Jackie (Kelen Coleman),Sports-challenged Ronny (Tyler Ritter) only wants to leave Boston [much to his mother's (Laurie Metcalf) distress] and find a partner when his father (Jack McGee) selects him to be his assistant high school basketball coach over his older sports fanatic siblings; Jackie (Kelen Coleman), Gerard (Joey McIntyre), and Sean (Jimmy Dunn). Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Jethro Nededog
    Oct 30, 2014
    80
    CBS's new comedy The McCarthys is well written and terrifically cast. Star Tyler Ritter is effortless in his delivery and grounds the comedy that can take family bonding to extremes.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 30, 2014
    70
    The characters are more affectionate than antagonistic. They are dim, but mostly not dumb, countering what we have come to expect from portrayals of the middle- or working-class people of Boston.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 28, 2014
    67
    The McCarthys--good-natured, old-fashioned, unchallenging--isn't a bad sitcom, just an obvious one.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 27, 2014
    50
    The show is moderately entertaining, but the cast in general bumps things up a notch, and Metcalfe bumps them up several more.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 30, 2014
    50
    The family's affectionately teasing acceptance of Ronny's sexual orientation almost makes up for the fact that everyone seems to take too much to heart brother Gerard's philosophy of how to get things done: "Volume and repetition."
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 29, 2014
    50
    When the show is focused on Mr. Ritter and Ms. Metcalf, The McCarthys rises above the usual sitcom slop that it feels like whenever the other characters get screen time.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris E. Hayner
    Oct 30, 2014
    10
    At the end of the day, The McCarthys feels like an incredibly dated concept done incorrectly. If it's not the worst new comedy of the fall, it's certainly giving the others a run for their money.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 31, 2014
    10
    This pilot was not only funny, but shows a lot of promise; something that most pilots combine. I was laughing non-stop, and the family has aThis pilot was not only funny, but shows a lot of promise; something that most pilots combine. I was laughing non-stop, and the family has a great chemistry that is not easy to produce! Two thumbs up! Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2014
    10
    I've only watched the first episode but I have to say right on! This one knocks it clear out of the park. It's well written and funny andI've only watched the first episode but I have to say right on! This one knocks it clear out of the park. It's well written and funny and witty and both Ritter and Metcalf are terrific. And so Boston! Love it! This show will stick. Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2014
    9
    This show is turning out to be quite good. The first couple of episodes were on less than solid ground, quality-wise.

    But the show has
    This show is turning out to be quite good. The first couple of episodes were on less than solid ground, quality-wise.

    But the show has been rallying to excellence with the past two or three episodes. I'm happy to have hung in there....

    I was turned off by the summertime pre-season promotions about a ~Boston sports-oriented family~.

    The show is not about that at all.

    It *is* about the intra-relations of a family, and the love among those family members. Yah, sports is a secondary theme.

    The writing is up to the task, and the cast seems to have that spark that makes for a successful comedy ensemble. They truly seem to have fun working together.

    I like this show.
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