‘How to Live With Your Parents’ works for ABC

ABC’s Wednesday night comedy block has been a favorite TV time of mine for the last four years. Two staples of the block have been hits, “Modern Family” and “The Middle.” Both are hilarious, well written shows that  have done very well for themselves earning both praise and awards.
It has been an interesting journey to fill the other two spots, but in the last two years they have found two great shows in “Suburgatory and “The Neighbors.” Now with season finale of “The Neighbors” finished, ABC is airing a new comedy “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of your Life).”
This new show has signs of being a new hit comedy for ABC. The cast blends well together, and I can see a future for the show.
The show stars Sarah Chalke as Polly, a single and very uptight divorced mom, who finds herself moving back in with her parents Elaine and Max (Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett). Polly tires to slowly move on with her life one step at a time.
The break out performances goes to Perkins and Garrett, who are absolutely hysterical in playing Polly’s young-at-heart parents. Never being the best parents in the world, Elaine and Max make up for that with their love. Seeing them interact with Natalie, Polly’s daughter, is the best. They are new to being hands-on grandparents, and it is entertaining.
Sarah Chalke is great in the lead role and she still has that sweetness that captivates the viewer right from the moment she appears on screen.
The pilot was a pretty good opening episode, and I enjoyed it. The cast has a nice chemistry about them, and it just fits with the other ABC comedies. Time will only tell if the remaining episodes, of the 13 ordered, will continue to build on the pilot and blossom into a legit, lasting comedy.
Ratings for the first episode were strong with more than 9 million viewers, and it is a good sign for the young show. If the show can hang around that average, it will have no problem finding a full time place in next year’s primetime schedule.
Only two episodes have aired of “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life),” and it will not take long to catch up on. This show has started strong and time will tell if it is here to stay. With this cast and entertaining writing, the outlook is bright.
“How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” airs Wednesday nights on ABC at 9:30/8:30 central.