Bless This Mess (TV series)

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Bless This Mess
Bless This Mess (TV series) Title Card.jpg
Created by
Composer(s)Ben Decter
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Dax Shepard
  • Erin O'Malley
  • Jake Kasdan
  • Melvin Mar
  • Katherine Pope
  • Elizabeth Meriwether
  • Lake Bell
  • Blake McClure
  • Jason Oldak
  • Ruthie Aslan
  • Tony Orcena
  • Al LeVine
  • Jamie Kennedy
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseApril 16, 2019 (2019-04-16) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Bless This Mess is an American sitcom television series that premiered on April 16, 2019 on ABC.[1] Originally ordered as a pilot on Fox,[2] the series was picked up by ABC in early December 2018.[3] It was created by Lake Bell and Elizabeth Meriwether, and stars Dax Shepard, Bell, JT Neal, Pam Grier, and Ed Begley Jr. On May 10, 2019, ABC renewed the series for a second season.[4]


Newlyweds Rio and Mike make the decision to change the course of their life together and move from the relentless pace of big city New York to what they think will be a more relaxed existence in rural Nebraska. After dropping everything --including their jobs and an overbearing mother-in-law -- to make the move from skyscrapers to farmhouses, they soon realize that the simpler life isn't as easy as they had planned. Rio and Mike must now learn how to weather the storm as they are faced with unexpected challenges in their new lives as farmers.



  • Dax Shepard[2] as Mike Levine-Young,[5] a former music journalist from New York and Rio's husband who moves to Nebraska with Rio when his great-aunt Maggie left him a farmhouse.
  • Lake Bell[2] as Rio Levine-Young,[5] a former therapist from New York and Mike's wife who moves to Nebraska with him.
  • JT Neal as Jacob Bowman,[5] Mike and Rio's neighbors' son.
  • Pam Grier as Constance Terry,[5] the owner of her own store, called "Connie's", and the local sheriff.
  • Ed Begley Jr. as Rudy,[5] Maggie's former neighbor who now lives in her barn.


  • David Koechner as Beau Bowman, Jacob's father and a local rancher who pressures Mike to sell him the farmhouse.
  • Lennon Parham as Kay Bowman, Jacob's mother and Beau's wife.


No.Title [6]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [6]Prod.
U.S viewers
1"Pilot"Lake BellLake Bell & Elizabeth MeriwetherApril 16, 2019 (2019-04-16)1LBB014.72[7]
Young couple Mike and Rio leave their home in New York to move to a Nebraska farm Mike inherited from his great-aunt, only to find it badly neglected and occupied by a senile old man named Rudy. Their neighbors, the Bowmans, offer to buy the farm as it is no longer productive, but Mike refuses. Rio tries to help Rudy, a widower, cope with his feelings for Constance, the local hardware store owner. With a storm approaching, Rio becomes discouraged by Mike's lack of progress on restoring the farm, tries to convince him to accept the Bowmans' offer, and they have their first fight. Constance, who is also the town sheriff, talks him into not giving up on his dream. Caught in the storm, Mike admits that he left New York because he was laid off, and that he feels guilty for making Rio give up her career. She forgives him, and Constance rescues them the next morning. Mistaking a weed for an alfalfa plant, the couple's faith in their farm is restored.
2"The Chicken and the Goat"Kevin BrayJustin NowellApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)1LBB023.58[8]
Mike's single-minded focus on restoring the farm's soil puts a crimp in his relationship with Rio, so they decide to have a date night. Constance makes Kay invite the couple to her potluck and helps Rio make an icebox cake so she'll have something to bring. Beau smugly informs Mike that it won't rain for weeks, ruining his plan to seed the fields with clover. Upset, he refuses to go to the potluck, and when Rio goes, Kay throws out her cake and lets her embarrass herself in front of the other guests. Rudy shames Mike for failing to support his wife, he goes to see her, and they stand up to the Bowmans' bullying. They go to have sex in the barn, only to upset the cattle inside and trigger them to start mating. Constance makes both sides apologize and the Bowmans demand compensation for losing their bull's valuable sperm. Mike is forced to give them his tractor, so to keep the farm running, Rio obtains a flock of chickens so they can fertilize their crops naturally.
3"The Return of Short Shorts (FKA A Little Time to Process)"Robert CohenAlyssa Lane & Alex ShermanApril 30, 2019 (2019-04-30)1LBB033.15[9]
Rio learns that Rudy has been buying a single piece of licorice every day in Constance's store. Beau taunts Mike with his childhood nickname of "Short Shorts"; to prove his worth as a farmer, Mike agrees to slaughter all of his chickens personally. Rio tries to teach Constance how to flirt, but she ends up scaring Rudy off. Kay fears losing her son when he asks for someone other than her to cut his hair. Mike lies about killing the chickens and Beau calls him out, demanding that Mike sell him some chicken meat that afternoon. The couple hide their chickens, but the lie is exposed when the birds escape and Beau realizes that the meat is store-bought. Rio steals Rudy's licorice to force him to go back, so Constance arrests her and explains that she needs to let people befriend her in their own time rather than try to force them. Jacob agrees to let Kay keep cutting his hair. Mike decides not to let Beau take his chickens for slaughtering and instead buys his entire stock so he and Rio can raise them for eggs.
4"Predators"Anya AdamsCraig RowinMay 7, 2019 (2019-05-07)1LBB043.16[10]
A predator kills one of the chickens; when Mike decides to exact revenge, Rio is dismayed that he insists on her staying at home and cooking for him instead of treating her as an equal. Constance asks Rudy out on a date, but he refuses due to his discomfort with a woman asking him out. The Bowmans offer to help find the culprit by reviewing their security camera footage, which reveals that Jacob was responsible. Unaware of this, Rudy gets Rio to help him hunt for the predator only to suddenly leave so he can apologize to Constance for his stupidity. When a weasel gets into the house, Rio becomes frightened and begs Mike to rescue her, but he can't as he has to drive Jacob to the hospital after he cuts off his own thumb. Beau breaks down and Mike tells him that he's allowed to be emotional in front of his son. When Mike comes home, he discovers that Rio managed to capture the weasel herself, and the two reaffirm their commitment to each other.
5"In Hot Water"Molly McGlynnChelsea DevantezMay 14, 2019 (2019-05-14)1LBB052.66[11]
6"The Estonian Method"Josh GreenbaumDominic DierkesMay 21, 2019 (2019-05-21)1LBB062.81[12]


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 82% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Well-written and endearingly down-home, Bless This Mess' greatest gift is the joy of seeing its hilarious and like-able ensemble all in one place."[13] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" April 16, 2019 0.9/4 4.72[7] 0.5 2.55 1.4 7.27[15]
2 "The Chicken and the Goat" April 23, 2019 0.7/3 3.58[8] 0.4 2.17 1.1 5.75[16]
3 "The Return of Short Shorts (FKA A Little Time to Process)" April 30, 2019 0.6/3 3.15[9] 0.5 2.07 1.1 5.22[17]
4 "Predators" May 7, 2019 0.6/3 3.16[10] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "In Hot Water" May 14, 2019 0.6/3 2.66[11] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "The Estonian Method " May 21, 2019 0.6/3 2.81[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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