• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 3, 2013

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 3, 2013
    What makes Welcome to the Family interesting, and rather sweet, is that it confounds expectations.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 1, 2013
    Welcome to the Family may have the most potential of the new Thursday comedies, for the simple reason that it depends largely on careful character development as the grounding for its humor.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Oct 3, 2013
    Everyone does their bit, performance-wise, but O'Malley, who came to everyone's attention as Kurt's father in "Glee," is the key player here. He and McCormack instantly create a dryly endearing couple, while he and Chavira may turn out to have the most fruitful antagonism since Maude met Archie Bunker.
  4. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Oct 2, 2013
    Welcome to the Family is not as bad as it sounds, mostly because some of the writing is clever, and all the actors are good. But Ms. McCormack in particular brings a likably tough, funny texture to the often thankless job of mother of the pregnant bride.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 2, 2013
    There are no awful characters and no bad actors; this is a cute little show that exceeds expectations. What it's yet to provide, though, is a compelling reason to watch.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 3, 2013
    The sharp performances of the combative in-laws-to-be help sell the overdone situation.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 2, 2013
    While Family has predictable moments, it has the potential to provide some pleasant surprises.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 3, 2013
    Welcome to the Family is a passable half-hour that fends for itself without a laugh track and manages to deliver a few un-goosed grins.
  9. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Oct 2, 2013
    There are moments in the pilot where a smarter, more closely observed Welcome To The Family peeks through.... The most unfortunate victim of Welcome To The Family’s pacing is the pilot’s sense of humor.
  10. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 24, 2013
    Welcome to the family is nicely cast.... [But it] needs to punch up the writing. [28 Oct 2013, p.47]
  11. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Oct 18, 2013
    There are a few chuckleworthy lines, but overall the show is aiming straight down the middle, and that's exactly where it ends up. [25 Oct/1 Nov 2013, p.94]
  12. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 3, 2013
    The men are neanderthals, the women are the sitcom cliche peacemakers.
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 3, 2013
    There's nothing terrible about the pilot of NBC's Welcome to the Family, but nothing that explains how it attracted Mike O'Malley, Mary McCormack , Ricardo A. Chavira and Justina Machado.
  14. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 2, 2013
    Not great, not terrible, Welcome to the Family is another occasionally amusing but not really funny family comedy.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 3, 2013
    This is the kind of exaggerated, cliched humor more common to CBS, laugh-track sitcoms despite the best efforts of a talented cast. They’re just wasted here like so many drivers of the star vehicles this season.
  16. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 1, 2013
    O’Malley and Chavira and McCormack elevated the material they were given. And they were good. At the same time, there wasn’t enough else in Welcome to the Family to make me want to watch any more of it.
  17. 30
    Welcome to the Family has no edge at all, not even a pretend edge.
  18. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Oct 3, 2013
    Welcome to the Family's storyline is so predictable, it doesn't warrant watching.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 27, 2013
    The performers do deserve some credit for giving the exercise the old college try, even if Junior and Molly probably won’t get the chance. Even so, Welcome to the Family offers precious little reason to roll out the welcome mat.
  20. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Oct 2, 2013
    This feels like "funny" by focus group, one composed of cloistered network executives.
  21. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Oct 3, 2013
    A parade of stale stereotypes.
  22. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 19, 2013
    The bigger problem is, this show clearly has designs on being the next "Modern Family" and yet it isn't charming in the slightest. To hook viewers, the pilot needs to make them care about at least one person in this ensemble, and it can't manage that.
  23. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 15, 2013
    My nominee for quickest and most punitive cancellation ... What a limp and unfunny show.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Oct 11, 2013
    You can certainly identify when its trying to be funny but its just not. It has typical sitcom situations but they just don't pull the jokesYou can certainly identify when its trying to be funny but its just not. It has typical sitcom situations but they just don't pull the jokes off. Everything happens is pretty much how you would expect it to. Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2013
    A show about two families thrown together because of something their kids did. Everyone gets along except the dads. So basically the show isA show about two families thrown together because of something their kids did. Everyone gets along except the dads. So basically the show is about the ongoing tension between the dads and how every one else gets along.

    Take away any of the possibilities for comedy, and you have a good synopsis of this show.
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