Man with a Plan (TV series)

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Man with a Plan
Man With A Plan Logo.png
Genre Sitcom
Created by
Starring
Composer(s) John Kimbrough
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 43 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Double Double Bonus Entertainment
3 Arts Entertainment
CBS Television Studios
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release October 24, 2016 (2016-10-24) – present (present)

Man with a Plan is an American sitcom series created by Jackie and Jeff Filgo and starring Matt LeBlanc. It was ordered to series on May 13, 2016, for the CBS 2016–2017 television season.[1] The series premiered on October 24, 2016.[2] On November 14, 2016, CBS picked up the series for a full season of 19 episodes.[3] On January 6, 2017, CBS ordered three additional episodes, increasing the first season order to 22.[4]

On March 23, 2017, CBS renewed the series for a second season[5] which premiered on November 13, 2017.[6] On November 27, 2017, CBS ordered eight additional episodes for the second season, bringing the total to 21 episodes.[7]

On May 12, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a third season.[8]

Summary[edit]

When his wife Andi returns to work, old-school father Adam Burns takes on more of the responsibilities of parenting his three rambunctious children (Kate, Emme and Teddy). Adam must learn to balance this challenge with running a contracting business with his brother Don, while at the same time dealing with his overbearing father Joe. The series is set in suburban Pittsburgh.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Matt LeBlanc as Adam Burns:
    The patriarch of the Burns household. Along with his brother, Don, he owns Burns Brothers Construction.
  • Liza Snyder as Andi Burns:
    The matriarch of the Burns household. As the series started, Andi went back to work as a medical lab technician.
  • Grace Kaufman as Kate Burns:
    The eldest Burns child. At the start of the series, Kate is 13 years old. She is the sassy, rebellious child, who is often embarrassed by her parents. She’s now 15 in season 2.
  • Hala Finley as Emme Burns:
    The youngest child in the Burns family, who is five years old at the start of the series. Emme is the younger, innocent child, who often knows her parents will never let her get away with a lot. She is 6-years old as of season 2.
  • Matthew McCann as Teddy Burns:
    The middle child in the Burns family, who is 12 years old at the start of the series. Teddy is a very dimwitted child, whose intelligence is often ridiculed by the other characters, including his parents. Adam states that Teddy has his Uncle Don’s intelligence.
  • Jessica Chaffin as Marie Faldonado (episodes 1–13):
    One of Adam's fellow room parents, who is a promiscuous divorcee with children in both Emme and Kate's classes. After episode thirteen, Marie is never seen or mentioned again.
  • Matt Cook as Lowell:
    The other room parent and the Burns' friend. Lowell is a stay-at-home dad who relies on statistics and experts to help parent his children. In "The Three Amigos", he begins working with Adam and Don as their tech specialist after helping them land a lucrative job with a video presentation he created.
  • Diana-Maria Riva as Mrs. Rodriguez (season 1):
    Emme's kindergarten teacher and Adam's enemy.
  • Kevin Nealon as Don Burns:
    Adam's older brother, who co-owns Burns Brothers Construction alongside Adam. It is mentioned in "The Three Amigos" that Don handles sales for the business. He is very dim-witted like his nephew Teddy. He is married to Marcy, and together they have a son, Mikey, who is an ex-convict living in a studio apartment.
  • Stacy Keach as Joe Burns (season 2–present; recurring season 1):
    Adam and Don's father, who moved his camper into Adam and Andi's driveway.
  • Kali Rocha as Marcy Burns, Don's wife. (season 3; recurring season 1-2)

Recurring[edit]

  • Swoosie Kurtz as Beverly Burns, Adam and Don's mother.
  • Christine Woods as Lisa McCaffrey, Adam and Don's main client on a mall construction project.
  • Sherri Shepherd as Joy, the Burns' neighbor who is also the building inspector on Adam's job site.
  • Tim Meadows as Rudy, the Burns' neighbor and Joy's husband.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122October 24, 2016 (2016-10-24)May 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)
221November 13, 2017 (2017-11-13)May 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"James BurrowsJeff Filgo & Jackie FilgoOctober 24, 2016 (2016-10-24)7.42[9]
When her youngest child Emme starts kindergarten, Andi Burns goes back to work, forcing Adam, her contractor husband, to spend more time at home taking care of their three kids. Adam is clearly out of his element, while the kids want their mom back after spending only one day with their father.
22"Two Tickets to Paradise"James BurrowsJeff Filgo & Jackie FilgoOctober 31, 2016 (2016-10-31)5.95[10]
When a vendor gives Adam two tickets to a Pittsburgh Steelers game, he offers to take his brother and business partner Don as a thank-you for Don covering him at work while he tends to the kids. Andi later sees the tickets and assumes Adam is taking her to celebrate the anniversary of their first date, which was also at a Steelers game, causing Adam to have to decide whom to disappoint.
33"The Puppet Theater"James BurrowsAlex HerschlagNovember 7, 2016 (2016-11-07)6.26[11]
When Mrs. Rodriguez accuses Adam of slacking in his role as Room Parent because he doesn't have time to make puppets for Teacher Appreciation Day, Adam threatens to transfer Emme into the other kindergarten class. This doesn't sit well with Andi, who considers Mrs. Rodriguez a superior teacher and says she had to do a lot of "butt kissing" to get Emme into her class.
44"Un-Dressed"Pamela FrymanJordan Reddout & Gus HickeyNovember 14, 2016 (2016-11-14)6.18[12]
After repeatedly being forced out of the house by Andi and the kids, Adam and Don want to turn the garage into a "man cave", but there's a problem – boxes and boxes of junk that Andi refuses to get rid of because they represent family memories.
55"Thanksgiving"James BurrowsMark GrossNovember 21, 2016 (2016-11-21)5.98[13]
Adam brings Emme's lunch to school and catches Andi secretly meeting with Mrs. Rodriguez about an upcoming Thanksgiving meal for 30 at the school. Andi tells Adam she didn't think he could handle this task, which hurts Adam enough that he wants to prove her wrong.
66"Holey War"James BurrowsTommy JohnaginDecember 5, 2016 (2016-12-05)6.18[14]
When the kids put a hole in the wall with their rowdy play, Adam's and Andi's different approaches to parenting are put to the test. Each tries to get the kids to turn on each other and identify the culprit, but the resolve of their children is surprisingly strong.
77"Winter Has Come"James BurrowsFarhan ArshadDecember 12, 2016 (2016-12-12)6.62[15]
To get out of his usual Christmas chores, Adam convinces Andi's parents to host a family Christmas at their home in Virginia Beach. He orders all of the kids' gifts online and has them delivered to Virginia Beach, but his plan backfires when they get snowed in on the day of their trip. Forced to improvise, Adam has to pull off a "Christmas miracle" to avoid disappointing the kids and angering Andi.
88"Adam Steps Up"Pamela FrymanGregg MettlerDecember 19, 2016 (2016-12-19)6.17[16]
Andi tries to take Emme and Teddy to the zoo, but gets stuck in traffic for hours. This causes Adam to have to deal with Kate getting her first period without Andi's help.
99"What About Bob?"Pamela FrymanTommy JohnaginJanuary 2, 2017 (2017-01-02)6.55[17]
After Andi confesses that one of her new work friends is a man named Bob (Gary Anthony Williams), she is surprised and a little hurt when Adam doesn't exhibit his usual jealousy. She then tells fake stories to enhance Bob's charm and talents, not knowing that Adam was jealous all along and was just trying to hide it.
1010"A Dinner Gone Wrong"Pamela FrymanMark GrossJanuary 16, 2017 (2017-01-16)7.70[18]
The Burns' plans for a couples trip to Las Vegas with Don and Marcy are put in jeopardy when Andi realizes that Marcy is the girl who teased her and gave her an unflattering nickname back in high school. Meanwhile, Teddy stops hanging out with the few friends he has in school to spend all of his free time with his online gaming buddies, making his parents concerned.
1111"The Talk"Pamela FrymanAlex HerschlagJanuary 23, 2017 (2017-01-23)7.69[19]
When Andi and Adam find a topless woman's photo on Teddy's tablet, Andi makes Adam have "the talk" with his son, saying she took care of it with Kate. After an uncomfortable talk that shocks Teddy, Adam learns that the newly body-conscious Kate was the one looking at the topless photo out of curiosity, and that Kate learned about sex from a school health class, not from Andi.
1212"The Three Amigos"Phill LewisJordan Reddout & Gus HickeyFebruary 6, 2017 (2017-02-06)7.25[20]
Adam is less than thrilled when Andi invites Lowell over to watch the hockey game with him and Don, but Adam's attitude changes when he learns Lowell can make a killer multimedia presentation for a construction client the Burns Brothers are trying to woo. Don takes this as a slap in the face, given that he's always handled sales his own way. Elsewhere, Mrs. Rodriguez confesses to Andi that she had an erotic dream about Adam.
1313"Valentine's Day"James BurrowsGregg MettlerFebruary 13, 2017 (2017-02-13)7.20[21]
Adam has every detail for a fancy Valentine's Day dinner with Andi planned out, except getting a babysitter. After striking out with Marie and Lowell, Kate reminds her dad that she's 13 and can babysit. This pleases Adam, but Andi isn't so sure that Kate is ready. After Andi reluctantly agrees, she and Adam go to the restaurant and find that Don has stolen Adam's reservation.
1414"Kate's First Date"Pamela FrymanFarhan ArshadFebruary 20, 2017 (2017-02-20)6.75[22]
Kate is excited about going on her first date with a classmate named Royce, something that Andi approved without consulting Adam. After Adam checks Royce's Instagram page and sees that he may be a bit of a "player", he tries to scare the boy away. Meanwhile, Don can't think of a good gift for Marcy's birthday, so he seeks help from Lowell.
1515"Assisted Living"Pamela FrymanJeff Filgo & Jackie FilgoFebruary 27, 2017 (2017-02-27)6.61[23]
Adam's parents, Joe (Stacy Keach) and Bev (Swoosie Kurtz), stop by in their motor home for a visit. After Joe learns that Adam is now taking care of the kids, he and Bev propose they stay to help, and they begin to live in the Burns' driveway.
1616"The A Team"Pamela FrymanAlex HerschlagMarch 13, 2017 (2017-03-13)6.34[24]
Andi and Adam have Lowell and his wife Jen over for dinner, fully expecting Jen to be as lame as Lowell is, but Jen (Jenna Dewan Tatum) turns out to be pretty and interesting. Later, after Jen and Lowell appear to make up an excuse to leave, Andi and Adam start to think it is themselves who have become the lame couple.
1717"Doctor No"Pamela FrymanGregg MettlerMarch 20, 2017 (2017-03-20)5.32[25]
When Adam discovers that Joe hasn't been to the doctor in almost ten years, he urges his father to make an appointment. Andi soon also discovers that the doctor Adam says he's been going to annually retired five years ago. Joe, Adam and Don all get checkups with a new doctor, and the result is that Joe needs a colonoscopy. Meanwhile, Bev takes advantage of Lowell's kind nature by asking him to drive her everywhere.
1818"The Blame Game"James BurrowsTommy JohnaginApril 10, 2017 (2017-04-10)5.33[26]
Adam and Don learn their wives don't get as mad at their screw-ups if they simply blame them on each other. Things take a turn for the worse for Adam when Andi finds out their scheme, especially because it dredges up baggage from their past.
1919"Spring Fling"Pamela FrymanStory by: Mark GrossApril 17, 2017 (2017-04-17)5.42[27]
A problem arises when Lisa (Christine Woods), the mall construction client, tells Adam that Don isn't professional enough to attend an upcoming meeting with HR and executives, causing Adam to try to find a way to let his brother down easy. With Adam busy, Andi offers to take some time off and be room parent for a while, mainly because she wants to schmooze Mrs. Rodriguez into recommending Emme for the "good" first grade class. Andi regrets this when Mrs. Rodriguez asks her to organize the entire Spring Fling for the kindergarteners.
2020"Dirty Money"James BurrowsStory by: Farhan Arshad
Teleplay by: Jordan Reddout & Gus Hickey
May 1, 2017 (2017-05-01)5.36[28]
Adam and Andi regret accepting a loan from Joe after he uses it as an excuse to insert himself into their lives. Bev and Marcy battle over who should host Don's birthday party. Meanwhile, Don panics when he learns from Lowell that Marcy donated his old laptop to the library.
2121"Operation False Freedom"Gail MancusoStory by: Jeff Filgo & Jackie FilgoMay 8, 2017 (2017-05-08)5.16[29]
Convinced that Kate lied to them about going to the library, but unable to prove it, Adam and Andi activate the GPS tracker on her phone. Kate discovers their ploy and throws them off her trail by planting the phone in Don's pocket. Andi and Adam find Kate innocently hanging out with friends at a coffee shop. While still mad that she deceived them, the two agree that Kate should have more freedom now that she's turned 14.
2222"Buzzer Beater"Gail MancusoStory by: Gregg MettlerMay 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)5.73[30]
Upon seeing Don and Marcy with their new granddaughter, Andi gets the itch to have another child. Adam insists they are too old, but after Emme refuses to kiss him when he drops her off at kindergarten, he also gets on board. When they later see Don and Marcy completely frazzled from spending a couple days with an infant, Adam and Andi regret their decision and have to sweat out the results of a pregnancy test.

Season 2 (2017–18)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
231"The Silver Fox"Andy CadiffMark GrossNovember 13, 2017 (2017-11-13)5.38[31]
To give Kate a break from babysitting, Andi hires a young volunteer from her hospital named Sophia (Victoria Justice) to watch the kids. While Adam worries that Sophia will become attracted to a "silver fox" like himself, Andi is more jealous that Kate goes to Sophia for advice. Sophia later tells Adam she has the hots for him, but when he tells Andi, she doesn't believe him.
242"Andi's Boyfriend"Andy CadiffTommy JohnaginNovember 20, 2017 (2017-11-20)5.44[32]
Adam gets a visit from Pastor Carl (Jonathan Adams), who is making amends for a past gambling addiction. Pastor Carl says he gambled away money that he was supposed to use to renew his license to wed people, meaning Adam and Andi are not legally married. Making matters worse, Pastor Carl was not Andi's first choice, but the frugal Adam hired him because he was cheaper. Adam tries to set up a renewal of vows with a licensed official, without telling Andi about Carl.
253"The Parents Strike Back"Andy CadiffRob Des HotelNovember 27, 2017 (2017-11-27)5.70[33]
Frustrated by the messes in their kids' bedrooms, Adam and Andi decide to withhold allowances until the rooms are cleaner. Kate convinces her younger siblings they can break their parents by just letting the filth build up even more, so the kids tell mom and dad they are on strike. Taking a tip from Joe, Adam and Andi decide to retaliate by making things as miserable as possible for their children.
264"Into the Weeds"Gail MancusoJeff Filgo & Jackie FilgoDecember 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)6.42[34]
When Adam finds out that a boy Kate is dating was caught by his mother possessing marijuana, he wants to be strict with Kate while Andi opts for a more relaxed approach. Adam learns that Joe, who was always strict with him and Don about drugs, has a pot prescription for his arthritis. Things get interesting when Adam unknowingly eats some of Joe's "special" gummy candy.
275"Battle of the Sexists"Andy CadiffEthan Sandler & Adrian WennerDecember 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)5.70[35]
Andi accuses Adam and Don of being sexist when they only interview male candidates for a shop foreman position on the mall project. Adam soon hires a female named Zara (Lilah Richcreek), partly to please Andi but also because she is the most qualified for the job. Andi regrets her accusation against Adam when Don recognizes the pretty new shop foreman as a former dancer at a strip club. Meanwhile, Adam and Andi fight the school to allow Kate to play on the boys soccer team.
286"Adam Gets Neighborly"Victor GonzalezTommy Johnagin & Farhan ArshadDecember 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)5.61[36]
After Adam has alienated most of the neighbors, Andi suggests they start fresh with new neighbors Joy (Sherri Shepherd) and Rudy (Tim Meadows), who have just moved in. But there's a problem: Adam has already gotten on the bad side of Joy, a building inspector, when she visited his job site.
297"We Can Be Heroes"Victor GonzalezGregg MettlerJanuary 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)6.68[37]
Adam and Andi experience money problems with Teddy needing glasses and Kate needing braces. The two make a budget and decide to give up some luxuries, mainly Adam's cable sports subscription, which has Don, Joe and Lowell upset because they are always at the house watching games. Adam later forces Andi to give up her expensive hairdresser, after Joe discovers she had it listed as a necessity, not a luxury.
308"Lice Lice Baby"Gail MancusoFarhan ArshadJanuary 22, 2018 (2018-01-22)6.74[38]
Adam worries about how Lisa, his boss at the mall job site, will react when he has to bring Teddy and Emme to work. He gets even more worried when the Burns kids are diagnosed with lice, and he later sees Lisa scratching her head at an awards banquet. Meanwhile, Andi realizes how distant she's become from her kids when she is the only family member to not catch lice from them.
319"The Gunfight"Andy CardiffGregg MettlerJanuary 29, 2018 (2018-01-29)6.64[39]
Joe and Beverly prepare to watch the kids for a few days so that Adam and Andi can take a much-needed trip to Las Vegas. Andi worries a bit when Joe says he plans to teach Teddy to shoot Adam's old BB gun, then wants to pull the plug on the vacation when she learns that Joe also has real guns in the house. Joe and Adam take Andi to a shooting range to show her that guns are okay in responsible hands, but then it's Adam who worries when he sees Joe mistake his gun for his cellphone. Elsewhere, Don brings the BB gun to Lowell's house to help eradicate the woodchuck that is eating Lowell's tomatoes, but he ends up shooting Lowell.
3210"Adam's Turtle-y Awesome Valentine's Day"Gail MancusoJessica RunckFebruary 5, 2018 (2018-02-05)6.46[40]
When Andi convinces Adam that she does not want to exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day, Adam takes the gold necklace with pictures of their three children that he’d already bought for Andi and gives it to Beverly. Unknown to Adam, Andi had just discovered the hidden necklace moments before Adam’s decision, and she is now looking forward to receiving it. Beverly is so giddy about the necklace that Adam is stuck with a difficult decision.
3311"Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner"Victor GonzalezEthan Sandler & Adrian WennerFebruary 26, 2018 (2018-02-26)5.92[41]
When Adam gets tired of constantly having to accompany Beverly at bingo, he suggests to Andi that she get his mom a job as a hospital volunteer. Beverly loves the job, only to make Joe feel lonely. To compensate for his loneliness, Joe starts spending his time with Adam and Andi and expects them to wait on him like Beverly used to do.
3412"Everybody's a Winner"Joanna KernsMark GrossMarch 5, 2018 (2018-03-05)5.90[42]
When a senior asks Kate to the spring dance at school, Adam is staunchly against it while Andi says Kate is mature enough to let her go. While discussing the issue with Joe, Lowell and Don, Adam learns Joe's "silent negotiation" technique. Adam tries it on Andi and, sure enough, she talks herself into realizing it's a bad idea to let Kate go on the date. But neighbor Joy soon tips off Andi to what Adam did, because her husband uses it on her, and she gives Andi a way to fight back.
3513"The Party Planner"Ben WeissRob DesHotelMarch 12, 2018 (2018-03-12)6.35[43]
Following several years of failed, uninspired gifts for Andi's birthday, Adam decides to throw her a party with their family members, as well as Lowell and his wife Jen. When Don and Marcy pass on the party because of Marcy's previous engagement, Adam replaces them with Joy and Rudy, despite Andi's protest that they should reschedule. While Adam insists that he can handle planning the party, Don and Marcy meet Joy and Rudy at a grocery store, throwing a wrench into Adam's scheme.
3614"March Madness"Victor GonzalezTommy JohnaginMarch 19, 2018 (2018-03-19)5.45[44]
When their schedules don't line up and they realize the kids will be alone for two hours after school, Adam and Andi hire Rudy to install security cameras inside and outside the house. Adam and Andi inadvertently make a sex tape, which inspires them to make another. The two then go on a wild chase for the tablet that has the footage when Beverly borrows it because hers broke down, then gives it to Don to give back to Adam. The tablet is subsequently picked up by Lowell, who mistook it for his own when he was at Don's house.
3715"Out With The In-Laws"Victor GonzalezJackie Filgo & Jeff FilgoMarch 26, 2018 (2018-03-26)5.44[45]
Adam and Andi think they can finally be happily alone for a holiday when their feuding parents each back out of coming to the house on Easter Sunday because the other set of parents will be there. But the plans are threatened when Joe and Bev scheme to take the kids to Disney World for the holiday, while Andi's parents (Dan Lauria and Nancy Lenehan) arrive a day early to claim "Easter Eve" for themselves.
3816"April Fools"Pamela FrymanEthan Sandler & Adrian WennerApril 9, 2018 (2018-04-09)5.48[46]
While Adam, the kids, Don and Joe all enjoy pulling April Fool's pranks, Andi reminds Adam that she hates pranks due to a traumatic experience with one when she was seven years old. Adam is sure that an unscary, funny prank will change Andi's mind, but his attempts fail. Adam would have done better to be on his guard, because Andi has a surprise up her sleeve.
3917"King for a Day"Victor GonzalezJessica RunckApril 16, 2018 (2018-04-16)5.06[47]
After Andi discourages Adam from giving Emme a princess gown because it reinforces undesired female stereotypes, she mentions a lie she told Kate years ago for the same reason. Andi then defends her practice of protecting her children through little white lies, which she calls "love bubbles". Adam seems to accept her explanation, until he realizes that Andi does the same to him, particularly with regard to a recliner he wanted to buy that she said was unsafe.
4018"The Burns System"Victor GonzalezFarhan ArshadApril 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)4.79[48]
Adam is excited when Joe needs a new car and takes him along to learn the "Burns System" at the dealership, given that Joe has always had Don accompany him before. But when they get there, Adam is upset to learn that Joe asked Don to arrive at the last minute and be the "closer". Elsewhere, Andi and Marcy try to get rid of a pet snake that Emme brought home.
4119"We Hate Money"Victor GonzalezRob Des HotelMay 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)4.91[49]
Mall client Lisa tells Adam and Don that she has to go away to work on herself, and that her replacement wants a different contractor to take over for Burns Brothers. With no other prospects, Adam and Don decide they need to make a commercial, with Lowell's help. When the filming starts, Don is fine but Adam freezes on camera, leading to his part having to be played by local actor Leif Forrest (Geoff Stults). Meanwhile, as the only current breadwinner, Andi is determined to ask for a raise at her job, only to learn that her department is being gutted and she's getting laid off.
4220"We Got a Girl"Pamela FrymanMark GrossMay 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)5.46[50]
After Adam and Andi determine that Lisa's issues stem from her being lonely, they enlist help from Don, Marcy and Lowell to find a man for her in hopes of getting Adam back to work. They ultimately decide to set up Lisa with Leif Forrest, who helped on the Burns Brothers commercial, only to later learn that Leif is Lisa's ex-husband.
4321"Family Business"Victor GonzalezGregg MettlerMay 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)5.69[51]
When Andi successfully helps Bev and Joe design their kitchen remodel and Adam builds it, Andi and Adam begin to think they might have a future working together professionally rebuilding and selling old houses.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On February 3, 2016, the production officially received a pilot order and James Burrows would direct the pilot.[52] The pilot was written by Jackie and Jeff Filgo who was also set to executive produce with Michael Rotenberg and Troy Zien. Production companies involved with the pilot include Double Double Bonus Entertainment, CBS Television Studios, and 3 Arts Entertainment. On May 12, 2016, it was announced that CBS had given the production, now titled Man with a Plan, a series order.[53] A day after that, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2016 and air on Mondays at 8:30 P.M.

On March 23, 2017, CBS renewed the series for a second season[54] which premiered on November 13, 2017.[55] On November 27, 2017, CBS ordered eight additional episodes for the second season, bringing the total to 21 episodes.[56] On May 12, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a third season.[57]

Casting[edit]

Casting for the main cast started in February 2016 with Matt LeBlanc and ended the next month with Matt Cook and Grace Kaufman.[58] On May 13, 2016, it was reported that Jenna Fischer, who was originally cast to play the female lead opposite LeBlanc in the series, had exited and her role would be recast.[59] On August 1, it was announced Liza Snyder would replace Fischer in the role.[60] On August 2, 2016, it was reported that Kevin Nealon had joined the cast in a main role.[61] On September 4, 2018, it was announced that Kali Rocha was promoted to series regular for season 3.[62]

Reception[edit]

Man with a Plan has received generally negative reviews from critics. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 21%, based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 3.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Man with a Plan's flawed, unimaginative writing fails to properly showcase the charm of its unfortunately underperforming lead."[63] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score 36 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[64]

Seasonal ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49 rating
(average)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Monday 8:30 pm 22 October 24, 2016 (2016-10-24) 7.42[9] May 8, 2017 (2017-05-08) 5.73[30] 2016–17 47 7.41 1.5[65]
2 21 November 13, 2017 (2017-11-13) 5.38[31] May 21, 2018 (2018-05-21) 5.69[51] 2017–18 61 6.78 1.2[66]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" October 24, 2016 1.6/5 7.42[9]
2 "Two Tickets to Paradise" October 31, 2016 1.3/5 5.95[10]
3 "The Puppet Theatre" November 7, 2016 1.4/4 6.26[11]
4 "Un-Dressed" November 14, 2016 1.3/5 5.18[12]
5 "Thanksgiving" November 21, 2016 1.3/5 5.98[13]
6 "Holey War" December 5, 2016 1.2/4 6.18[14]
7 "Winter Has Come" December 12, 2016 1.2/4 6.62[15]
8 "Adam Steps Up" December 19, 2016 1.1/4 6.17[16]
9 "What About Bob?" January 2, 2017 1.2/4 6.55[17]
10 "A Dinner Gone Wrong" January 16, 2017 1.5/5 7.70[18]
11 "The Talk" January 23, 2017 1.6/5 7.69[19]
12 "The Three Amigos" February 6, 2017 1.4/5 7.25[20]
13 "Valentine's Day" February 13, 2017 1.4/5 7.20[21]
14 "Kate's First Date" February 20, 2017 1.3/5 6.75[22]
15 "Assisted Living" February 27, 2017 1.2/4 6.62[23]
16 "The A Team" March 13, 2017 1.1/4 6.34[24]
17 "Doctor No" March 20, 2017 1.0/4 5.32[25]
18 "The Blame Game" April 10, 2017 1.0/4 5.33[26]
19 "Spring Fling" April 17, 2017 1.0/4 5.42[27]
20 "Dirty Money" May 1, 2017 1.0/4 5.36[28]
21 "Operation False Freedom" May 8, 2017 1.0/4 5.16[29]
22 "Buzzer Beater" May 15, 2017 1.1/4 5.73[30]

Season 2 (2017–18)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "The Silver Fox" November 13, 2017 1.0/4 5.38[31]
2 "Andi's Boyfriend" November 20, 2017 1.0/4 5.44[32]
3 "The Parents Strike Back" November 27, 2017 1.1/4 5.70[33]
4 "Into the Weeds" December 4, 2017 1.1/4 6.42[34]
5 "Battle of the Sexists" December 11, 2017 1.0/4 5.70[35]
6 "Adam Gets Neighborly" December 18, 2017 0.9/3 5.61[36]
7 "We Can Be Heroes" January 15, 2018 1.2/5 6.68[37]
8 "Lice Lice Baby" January 22, 2018 1.2/4 6.74[38]
9 "The Gunfight" January 29, 2018 1.1/4 6.64[39]
10 "Adam's Turtle-y Awesome Valentine's Day" February 5, 2018 1.1/4 6.46[40]
11 "Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner" February 26, 2018 1.0/4 5.92[41]
12 "Everybody's a Winner" March 5, 2018 1.0/4 5.90[42]
13 "The Party Planner" March 12, 2018 1.0/4 6.35[43]
14 "March Madness" March 19, 2018 0.9/4 5.45[44]
15 "Out With the In-Laws" March 26, 2018 0.9/4 5.44[45]
16 "April Fools" April 9, 2018 0.9/4 5.48[46]
17 "King for a Day" April 16, 2018 0.8/3 5.06[47]
18 "The Burns System" April 30, 2018 0.8/3 4.79[48]
19 "We Hate Money" May 7, 2018 0.9/4 4.91[49]
20 "We Got a Girl" May 14, 2018 1.0/4 5.46[50]
21 "Family Business" May 21, 2018 1.0/4 5.69[51]

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