Playing House (TV series)

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Playing House
Playing House intertitle.png
Genre Comedy
Created by
Opening theme "Back Before We Were Brittle" by Say Hi
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Lennon Parham
  • Jessica St. Clair
  • Scot Armstrong
  • Judah Miller
  • Ravi Nandan
  • Keith Raskin
  • Jake Aust
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel USA Network
Original run April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29) – present
External links
Official website

Playing House is an American comedy series which premiered on April 29, 2014, on the USA Network.[1][2] Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair created and star in the series, which is inspired by the real-life friendship between the two.


When mother-to-be Maggie ends her marriage upon discovering her husband's affair with a woman online, she turns to her best friend Emma for support. In order to help Maggie in her time of need, Emma gives up her successful business in China to return to their hometown of Pinebrook, and help her friend raise her unborn baby.



  • Lennon Parham as Maggie Caruso – Emma's best friend since childhood. Pregnant and newly single after a sudden separation from her husband.
  • Jessica St. Clair as Emma Crawford – Maggie's best friend since childhood. She leaves her overseas job in China to come home and to help Maggie.
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Mark Rodriguez – A local cop and childhood friend of Maggie and Emma. Mark and Emma used to date in high school.
  • Zach Woods as Zach Harper – Maggie's younger brother.
  • Brad Morris as Bruce Caruso – Maggie's ex-husband.


  • Jane Kaczmarek as Gwen Crawford – Emma's estranged mother.
  • Lindsay Sloane as Bird Bones aka Tina - Mark's wife and nemesis to Emma.
  • Gerry Bednob as Mr. Nanjiani – A local Pakistani townsperson.
  • Marissa Jaret Winokur as Candy – a bartender at Rosie's, the local restaurant.
  • Ian Roberts as Ian – Mark's partner on the police force.
  • Sandy Martin as Mary Pat – Bruce's mother.
  • Norma Michaels as Ms. Johannsen – a prickly old woman living in the town.

Production and development[edit]

Playing House first appeared on the USA Network development slate in February 2013, under the name Untitled Lennon Parham/Jessica St. Clair Project. The series was created by Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair who also star in the series as well executive produce alongside Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan, and the production companies Universal Cable Productions and American Work.[3]

Casting announcements began in February 2013, with Parham, St. Clair and Zach Woods announced as starring in the series when USA Network ordered the presentation. Parham and St. Clair signed on to play the lead roles of Maggie, an expectant mother who turns to her career-driven best friend Emma. Keegan Michael Key and Brad Morris then signed on to the series, with Key playing the role of Mark, a cop who holds resentment towards Emma because she turned down his proposal and left town, and Morris playing the role of Bruce, Maggie's husband, who cheats on her.[4]

On May 16, 2013, Playing House was ordered to series, making it the second original half-hour comedy series for the USA Network after Sirens.[2]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Jeffrey Blitz Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29) 0.84[5]
2 "Bird Bones" Jamie Babbit Anthony King April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29) 0.76[5]
3 "Unfinished Business" Fred Savage Joe Wengert May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06) 0.78[6]
4 "Totes Kewl" Tristram Shapeero Anthony King May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13) 0.86[7]
5 "Drumline" Fred Savage Judah Miller May 20, 2014 (2014-05-20) 0.80[8]
6 "Bosephus and the Catfish" Tim Kirkby John Lutz May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27) 0.86[9]
7 "Spaghetti and Meatballs" Tim Kirkby Judah Miller June 3, 2014 (2014-06-03) 0.93[10]
8 "37 Weeks" Michael Trim Vera Santamaria June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10) 1.09[11]
9 "Let's Have a Baby" Jeffrey Blitz Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair June 17, 2014 (2014-06-17) 0.85[12]
10 "Bugs in Your Eyes" Tim Kirkby Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair June 17, 2014 (2014-06-17) 0.85[12]


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  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 15, 2013). "USA Orders Jessica St. Clair/Lennon Parham Comedy Presentation". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 12, 2013). "'Key and Peele' Star to Topline USA Network Comedy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
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  9. ^ "Tuesday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs Win Night, ‘Deadliest Catch’, ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’, ‘Bad Girls Club’, ‘True Tori’ & More - Ratings". 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 4, 2014). "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Deadliest Catch' Leads Night + '19 Kids and Counting', 'The Haves and the Have Nots', 'The Little Couple' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara (June 11, 2014). "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Pretty Little Liars' & 'Deadliest Catch' Win Night, 'Fargo', 'Royal Pains', 'Chasing Life', 'Faking It' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Tuesday Cable Ratings: World Cup Soccer Leads Night + ‘Deadliest Catch’, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’, ‘The Haves & the Have Nots’, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ & More - Ratings". 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 

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