Me, Myself & I (TV series)
|Me, Myself & I|
|Created by||Dan Kopelman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 25, 2017 –|
July 21, 2018
Me, Myself & I is an American comedy television series created by Dan Kopelman that aired on CBS. The series stars Bobby Moynihan, Jack Dylan Grazer, John Larroquette, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Mandell Maughan, Christopher Paul Richards, Reylynn Caster, and Skylar Gray.
The series premiered on September 25, 2017. It was pulled from CBS's lineup after the first six episodes ranked last in the ratings among the network's Monday-night sitcom lineup. The show was not renewed for a second season, and the remaining episodes of the series were burned off during the summer of 2018, concluding on July 21, 2018.
The show follows the life of Alex Riley, an inventor, businessman and Chicago Bulls fan, at three points in his life: as a 14-year-old who moves with his mother to Los Angeles in 1991 to live with his new stepfather and stepbrother; as a 40-year-old dealing with the breakup of his marriage and being a single father in the present day, while trying to navigate his way out of "inventor's block"; and as a 65-year-old in 2042 who has just retired from his immensely successful company and reconnected with his childhood love.
Cast and characters
The regular and recurring cast includes:
- Bobby Moynihan as Alex Riley (present): An inventor recalling three stages of his life. He lives with his best friend after a divorce from his wife, and soon learns his wife wants to move away with their daughter, Abby.
- Jack Dylan Grazer as Alex Riley (past): A middle school student who spends much of his free time inventing. He must adjust after moving in with his new stepdad and stepbrother. He crushes on Nori, whom he meets at his new school.
- John Larroquette as Alex Riley (future): The billionaire owner of the major company Riley Industries, who is now retiring. He realizes his old crush Nori is his true love.
- Brian Unger as Ron (past and present): Alex's stepfather.
- Jaleel White as Darryl (present): Alex's childhood friend and business partner who lets Alex live in his garage after Alex's divorce.
- Tim Reid as Darryl (future)
- Kelen Coleman as Abby (future): Alex's daughter with Sarah. She is the general manager of the Chicago Bulls.
- Skylar Gray as Abby (present)
- Christopher Paul Richards as Justin (past): Alex's stepbrother.
- Mandell Maughan as Maggie (past and present): Alex's mother.
- Reylynn Caster as Eleanor "Nori" Sterling (past): Young Alex's crush who deals with having rumors spread about her. She has a crush on Alex.
- Sharon Lawrence as Eleanor Sterling (future): The owner of a diner.
- Ella Thomas as Jasmine (future): Future Alex's CFO and Darryl's daughter.
- Justin Stella as Phil Ricozzi (past): Alex's childhood archnemesis who dated Nori.
On May 12, 2017, the show was ordered to series. The series premiered September 25, 2017, on CBS and was given a thirteen episode order. On November 1, 2017, CBS pulled the series from the schedule after six low-rated episodes, leaving seven episodes unaired, and announced that the series will remain in production for all thirteen episodes and would return to the schedule at a later date. On June 7, 2018 it was announced that the show would return to the schedule on July 7, 2018 and the remaining seven episodes would air over a three week period. The final episode aired on July 21, 2018.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Randall Einhorn||Dan Kopelman||September 25, 2017||T11.10111||7.46|
|Past Alex, who is a major Chicago Bulls fan, is forced to move in with his mother's new husband and meets his new stepbrother, Justin, who both live in "Lakers country." He soon starts at his new school and meets Nori. Immediately smitten, Justin makes plans for Alex to kiss her at the school dance. Alex chokes on a mint that Justin forces on him, leading to disastrous consequences. Present Alex has divorced his wife, Sarah, because she cheated on him. However, Sarah now wants to move 400 miles away with her new husband and bring along Abby, Alex and Sarah's daughter. Future Alex (after a heart attack) reveals to his company that he is retiring and later bumps into the future Nori at a diner she owns. They kiss and he calls her the love of his life.|
|2||"The First Step"||Todd Holland||Dan Kopelman||October 2, 2017||T12.15802||5.15|
|Past Alex is having trouble with his seating at lunch, as his fiasco at the dance has given him the nickname "Chokey." He then gets invited to sit with "the Ramps," a group of popular kids that sit higher than everyone else. He gains popularity, but learns that Justin paid one of the popular kids to invite Alex to sit there. Amidst this, Alex leads Nori to break up with her boyfriend because of his commitment problems. The next day, he gets invited to sit with the Ramps again, but declines and sits with the table of "losers." He tells them they should stand up to the lunch rules and leads them towards the Ramps. He slips in the process and kids start calling him Trippy. He befriends one of the other "loser" kids whose real name is Darryl, revealing that the two met in middle school. Present Alex finally leaves the house, led by Darryl, and tries to find a girl to date. The plan fails and they end up at Corky's, where Alex meets a girl named Lauren and they both share a love of waffles. They go on a date but, Alex, overwhelmed by his recent divorce, leaves before Lauren can finish writing her address on his hand. Future Alex sets up a date with Nori, but learns that she has a boyfriend. The next day, while he is driving with Abby, Nori sends him a video message to meet at Corky's. Nori reveals that her boyfriend has proposed to her and she has said yes. Alex, who had hoped she broke up with him, is crushed.|
|3||"The Card"||Todd Holland||Joe Port & Joe Wiseman||October 9, 2017||T12.15803||4.33|
|Past Alex, for his fourteenth birthday, is given a card of and signed by Michael Jordan by Ron, but panics when speaking to Nori and impulsively gives it to her. With help from Justin, who forges the same signature on another card, they attempt to sneak into Nori's house and swap the cards. While they escape undetected, they are left unsure whether or not they got the real card or still have the copy. Present Alex is celebrating his birthday with Abbey when he encounters the parents of some of Abbey's friends, who inform him of a very expensive camping trip his daughter wants to attend. With no other way to get the money, Alex sells the Michael Jordan card, happy to find that it was the real one all along. Future Alex, after spending his birthday alone due to everyone seemingly being busy, is happy when Abbey and Justin, now a governor, come to celebrate. Abbey reveals that Ron told her about how he sold the card and gives him another card just like it.|
|4||"Star Wars"||John Fortenberry||Bob Kushell||October 16, 2017||T12.15804||4.28|
|Past Alex is angry due to being forbidden to see a midnight screening of Star Wars at the local movie theatre. He convinces Justin to sneak out and see it but, after the movie, they are picked up by Ron. However, after a heart to heart talk in the car, Ron lies to Maggie that he took them to see Star Wars. Present Alex, having been counting down the days until he can show it to her at the exact same age as he was when he saw it, is disappointed when Abbey tells him Ron already showed her Star Wars. Angry at first, Alex eventually forgives Ron before becoming ecstatic when he learns that he only showed Abbey the first installment of the prequel trilogy. However, after seeing that she isn't enjoying it, Alex puts on a movie she likes and simply enjoys spending time with her. Future Alex, having dreamed about it since he first saw Star Wars, is excited to finally get the opportunity to travel to space. But, when it rains and prevents him from going, he instead spends his day with Nori, helping cook food at her diner. However, when he finds out that he can still make the trip into space, he passes up on it to spend more time with Nori.|
|5||"Family Tree"||Matt Sohn||Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman||October 23, 2017||T12.15806||4.65|
|Past Alex is horrified and angry to learn that he has to miss out on seeing a meteor shower to spend time with Ron's extended family. Eventually sick of all the attention and not willing to participate in a surprise talent show, he runs out, refusing to take part. However, after Maggie reveals that Ron got him a telescope for after his extended family left, Alex happily takes part in the talent show. Abbey, after learning from Ron that he is present Alex's stepdad, becomes determined to meet her biological grandfather. This forces Alex to track him down for the first time in his life and they travel to meet his dad but, when they arrive, Abbey changes her mind due to realizing that, like Alex, she didn't want to know a complete stranger. Future Alex, after learning that Abbey has a new boyfriend, convinces her to let them meet under the promise he won't instantly dislike him. However, this leads to Abbey picking up on her boyfriend's frequent use of the word "magnificent" and breaking up with him.|
|6||"New Job"||Jim Hensz||Lauren Pomerantz||October 30, 2017||T12.15805||3.91|
|Past Alex, determined to win a contest with his invention, ends up receiving help from Darryl on how to pitch the idea upon being told he isn't good at it. Alex wins using Darryl's pitch, but refuses to acknowledge how much Darryl had helped through his advice. However, with help from his family, apologises to Darryl and they decide to become partners, while putting the award from the contest in Ron's time capsule. Present Alex is offered a new job by potential buyers, but it would require ending his partnership with Darryl. The two decide to go their separate ways, but Alex comes to realize how much he loved working with Darryl and after digging up the time capsule and getting the award back to give to his friend, the two become partners again. In the future, Darryl is annoyed by how Alex is still interested in Eleanor. When he learns that Alex is considering giving Eleanor's boyfriend bad advice for a gift, he convinces him not to and later helps him join a dating site.|
|7||"Field Trip"||Steve Pink||Richard Brandon Manus||July 7, 2018||T12.15807||1.36|
|Past Alex and Justin are going on a field trip, where they hope they can find a way to get Alex and Nori together. However, things quickly go wrong and result in Alex breaking his wrist and Justin developing feelings for Nori. Present Alex encounters the man his wife had cheated on him with and while at first appearing to forgive him, later lets out his anger when the man using a cheat code on a game and punches him, thought the pain from his wrist causes him to faint. When he comes to, he forgives the man due to him not knowing that Sarah was married, but says they can't be friends. Future Alex is considering dating again, but can't find anyone on a dating site. He eventually finds himself interested in former business rival Kelly, and despite their antagonist past he is happy that he is moving on from Eleanor.|
|8||"Home Alone"||Matt Sohn||Ben Joseph||July 7, 2018||T12.15808||1.06|
|Past Alex and Justin convince their Ron and Maggie to let them stay at home by themselves while they are out having their anniversary. However the two are quickly frightened after watching R rated movies and booby trap the house. However, when Justin reveals he is interested in Nori while scared, Alex is captured by their traps. Despite at first being hurt, Alex forgives Justin as he understands that there are plenty of people interested in Nori and knows that Justin wouldn't hurt him on purpose. Present Alex is forced to move back in with Ron and Maggie for a short time, where he is given a job by the more successful Justin. However he then learns that the job was made up, and while explaining why he loves his job makes Justin realize that he hates his job, and unknowingly leads him to quit. However this only puts Justin in the right place to figure out he wants to get involved in politics. Future Alex is upset when he learns Justin is selling Ron's and Maggie's old house due to no one living there any more and spends the whole day scaring off potential buyers. However upon encountering a family who doesn't want to change it, Alex agrees to let go of the house.|
|9||"Thanksgiving"||Steven Tsuchida||Susanna Wolff||July 14, 2018||T12.15809||1.25|
|After learning that Nori likes whatever her brother likes, past Alex and Justin find themselves competing for Nori’s brother’s approval when she and her brother are invited to Thanksgiving, in hopes that receiving her brother’s approval will make her interested in them. However she reveals in private she only agrees with her brother in hopes he will give her his spare ticket to an event. Present Alex decides to spend Thanksgiving with Darryl and Wendy, but finds himself being set up on a blind date with a woman named Lisa against his will. Alex and Lisa decide to purposely act overly affectionate and even fake a proposal to get back at their friends for tricking them, but after leaving the house admit they had fun and decide to date. Future Alex goes to a diner to have a makeshift Thanksgiving with Eleanor and is surprised when Kelly shows up, causing the two women to meet. They get along much to Alex’s surprise, and he is shocked that contrary to his belief that him spitting a mint into her mouth by accident ended her interest in him, she remained interested. When he asked why they never went out, she simply explains that it was because he never asked her out.|
|10||"Video Games"||Steve Pink||Joe Port & Joe Wiseman||July 14, 2018||T12.15810||0.94|
|Past Alex and Justin secretly open their Christmas presents and learn that it is a new game console. Despite agreeing to only play it once, Alex becomes addicted to playing it and while fighting over it the two boys accidentally break it. They go to the school bully Phil Ricozzi, and help him get a date with Nori in return for his game console to replace the one they broke. However, much to Alex’s and Justin’s horror, Nori clearly enjoyed spending time with Phil, and are beginning to dat each other. In the present day, Alex’s new girlfriend Lisa invests in a new invention, but Alex is soon annoyed by her constant input and suggestions. When he tell someone her he doesn’t want her to be an investor, she agrees as she found working with him equally annoying, and the two decide to just be romantic partners. Future Alex, after playing a video game where a terrible player does better in a different position on the Chicago Bulls, tried to convince Abbey to get the player in real life. However after Abbey agrees to consider it he later learns Darryl gave the player power ups to make him better, and is relieved to learn Abbey didn’t get the player. He agrees to not interfere with her work again.|
|11||"Phil Ricozzi"||Alex Reid||Bob Kushell||July 21, 2018||T12.15811||1.21|
|Alex is angry that Phil Ricozzi is dating Nori, but after he rubs it in his face by showing a letter Nori had given him, Alex allows Nori to find it so the two will break up. However Phil then challenges Alex to a fight, which the two later agree to be a fake fight as Alex makes Phil realise that as a young actor, he can’t afford to have his face bruised or damaged. But when Alex accidentally lets slip the fight was fake and embarrass the two of them, Phil hits him. Present day Alex and Darryl encounter an adult Phil who tricks them into thinking he wants to buy their invention, but instead he actually decides to make sure they can’t sell it to anyone as revenge for breaking him and Nori up. Alex confronts him, but ends up being punched again. Future Alex is overjoyed when Eleanor tells him Phil has died, and only reluctantly agrees to go with her to his funeral. When he is convinced to make a speech for Phil there, he struggles to say nice things and instead says how much he disliked Phil. However as he speaks, Alex realises how important Phil had been to his life, as past Alex gained some popularity for taking the hit in the fight and present Alex came up with new ideas after confronting Phil, which would later help him create his business. This leads him to kindly thank Phil for helping him reach where he was in his life.|
|12||"The Breakup"||John Fortenberry||Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman||July 21, 2018||T12.15812||0.99|
|Past Alex runs for student council president against Nori in hopes of using the power to allow an invention convention, while Nori wants a school dance, and while both give their speeches accidentally admits he loves her into the microphone. However this earns him the more votes from people he found him either funny or brave, and Alex decides to give Nori the school dance. Present Alex finds himself disliking his relationship with Lisa and wants to break up with her, Darryl wants him to wait until after Wendy’s birthday. However he accidentally lets slip of his plans to break up with her, and Lisa break a up with him. Despite being annoyed, Wendy and Darryl forgive him after he explains he did it because he wants the same connection they have. Future Alex is shocked when Abby reveals she is leaving being the manager of the Chicago Balls to work with the Los Angeles Lakers, but feels guilty when she reveals on TV that she took the job to be closer to him. In order to apologise, he wears Laker colours to show his support in her choices.|
|13||"There She Goes"||Bill Purple||Story by : Ben Joseph & Susanna Wolff |
Teleplay by : Richard Brandon Manus & Lauren Pomerantz
|July 21, 2018||T12.15813||0.98|
|Past Alex tries to ask Nori to the school dance, but fails when another student beats him to it. Justin convinced Alex to ask his lab partner Julia, with Alex being oblivious of her feelings towards him, to the dance to make Nori jealous. Despite at first being reluctant, Alex finds himself bonding with Julia and enjoying himself, but when a student interested in Julia overhears Justin mentioning why Alex asked her out, Julia angrily leaves him. A guilty Alex tries to make up with Julia, but when he realises that he apparently no longer cares for Nori the same way (evidenced by his lack of seeing her in slow motion, something that happens repeatedly in the series), Alex does a grand romantic gesture to apologise to Julia. She is clearly happy by this and forgives him, this event showing what allowed Alex to move on from Nori and eventually meet his future wife Sarah, which would enable the birth of Abby. Present Alex finds himself considering getting back together with Sarah after she reveals that she wants that, but later tells her that the problems that led to her cheating on him and their divorce won’t just go away because they want them to. Alex then moves out of Darryl’s garage into a new home. Future Alex is upset to learn while on a double date that Eleanor is moving away with her boyfriend, which leads to Kelly breaking up with him. Alex tells Eleanor that while he is upset, he respects her decision and says goodbye. While leaving however Eleanor realizes her feelings for Alex and decides to stay with him.|
|1||"Pilot"||September 25, 2017||1.6/6||7.46|
|2||"The First Step"||October 2, 2017||1.0/4||5.15|
|3||"The Card"||October 9, 2017||0.9/3||4.33|
|4||"Star Wars"||October 16, 2017||0.9/3||4.28|
|5||"Family Tree"||October 23, 2017||0.9/3||4.65|
|6||"New Job"||October 30, 2017||0.7/2||3.91|
|7||"Field Trip"||July 7, 2018||0.2/1||1.36|
|8||"Home Alone"||July 7, 2018||0.2/1||1.06|
|9||"Thanksgiving"||July 14, 2018||0.2/1||1.25|
|10||"Video Games"||July 14, 2018||0.2/1||0.94|
|11||"Phil Ricozzi"||July 21, 2018||0.2/1||1.21|
|12||"The Breakup"||July 21, 2018||0.2/1||0.99|
|13||"There She Goes"||July 21, 2018||0.2/1||0.98|
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 63% approval rating with an average rating of 6.12/10 based on 24 reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 57 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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