Despite its terrible, Twitter-unfriendly title, ABC’s “How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)” is decidedly not terrible. Premiering Wednesday, April 3 at 9:30 p.m. EST, “How To Live With Your Parents” embraces its stars — comedy faves Sarah Chalke, Elizabeth Perkins, and Brad Garrett — and gives them room to do what they do best.
Chalke plays Polly, a recently-divorced single mother left with no other choice but to move back in with her quirky, hippie, sexually liberated mother Elaine and stepfather Max. Polly’s overprotective, stifling view of parenting is obviously a sharp contrast to Elaine’s free-spirited philosophy. In the first episode, Polly leaves her daughter Natalie with her mother when she goes out on her first post-divorce date. Obviously, hijinks ensue.
The show isn’t breaking new ground anywhere. 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. The pilot isn’t exactly packed with laugh-out-loud jokes, but it does endear us to the characters and make us want more. Plus, future episodes are decidedly more comedic.
One of the more surprising successes of the series is child actress Rachel Eggleston as Natalie. The youngster is incredibly well-written — she’s not too precocious, or too smart, or overly mischievous. She’s a believable kid, not a TV trope, and she’s downright enjoyable anyway.
Tune in tonight at 9:30 p.m., and then weigh in below in our comments section!