Single Parents (TV series)

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Single Parents
Single Parents (TV series) Title Card.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes36 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Elizabeth Meriwether
  • Katherine Pope
  • J. J. Philbin
  • Jason Winer
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California
Cinematography
  • Blake McClure
  • Timothy Gillis
Editor(s)
  • Matthew Freund
  • Pamela March
  • Mark Bourgeois
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 26, 2018 (2018-09-26) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Single Parents is an American sitcom television series that premiered on September 26, 2018 on ABC.[1][2] It stars Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, Kimrie Lewis, Brad Garrett, Jake Choi, Marlow Barkley, Tyler Wladis, Devin Trey Campbell, Mia Allan, and Ella Allan, and follows a group of adults who must venture through single parenthood with their young kids.[3] On October 17, 2018, the show was picked for a full season of 22 episodes, plus an additional episode bringing the order to 23 episodes.[4][5] On May 10, 2019, ABC renewed the series for a second season which premiered on September 25, 2019.[6][7]

Plot[edit]

The series begins when the group meets Will, a divorced man in his 30s who is so focused on raising his daughter that he has lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how invested Will has become with PTA, parenting, and princesses, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that parenthood does not mean sacrificing everything about one's own identity.[1]

Cast[edit]

  • Taran Killam as Will Cooper[8], a 30-something single father with a daughter.
  • Leighton Meester as Angie D'Amato[8], a single mother with a needy son.
  • Brad Garrett as Douglas Fogerty[8], an older widowed single father with identical twin daughters who often puts them to work.
  • Kimrie Lewis as Poppy Banks[1], a single mother with a son.
  • Jake Choi as Miggy Park[1], a young single father with a baby son named Jack.
  • Marlow Barkley as Sophie Cooper[1], Will's daughter.
  • Tyler Wladis as Graham D'Amato[1], Angie's needy son.
  • Devin Trey Campbell as Rory Banks[1], Poppy's son who has a knack for fashion.
  • Mia and Ella Allan as Emma and Amy Fogerty[9], Douglas' identical twin daughters.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
123September 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)May 8, 2019 (2019-05-08)
2TBASeptember 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)TBA

Season 1 (2018–19)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Jason WinerStory by : Elizabeth Meriwether & J.J. Philbin
Teleplay by : J.J. Philbin
September 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)1LBR014.91[10]
22"Sleepover Ready"Jason WinerSarah TapscottOctober 3, 2018 (2018-10-03)1LBR024.23[11]
33"A Leash Is Not A Guinea Pig"Erin O'MalleyKim RosenstockOctober 10, 2018 (2018-10-10)1LBR033.64[12]
44"Beyoncé Circa Lemonade"Jason WinerAlison BennettOctober 17, 2018 (2018-10-17)1LBR043.48[13]
55"Politician, Freemason, Scientist, Humorist and Diplomat, Ben Franklin"Jason WinerBlake McCormickOctober 24, 2018 (2018-10-24)1LBR053.74[14]
66"Lettuce"Kat CoiroBridger WinegarOctober 31, 2018 (2018-10-31)1LBR063.65[15]
77"They Call Me DOCTOR Biscuits!"Maggie CareyBerkley JohnsonNovember 7, 2018 (2018-11-07)1LBR073.78[16]
88"The Beast"Josh GreenbaumLamar WoodsNovember 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)1LBR083.35[17]
99"Ronald Reagan’s White House Collectible Pen"Trent O'DonnellAli KinneyDecember 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)1LBR093.31[18]
1010"The Magic Box"Jason WinerJoe WengertDecember 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)1LBR103.57[19]
1111"That Elusive Zazz"Jay ChandrasekharKim Rosenstock & Sarah TapscottJanuary 9, 2019 (2019-01-09)1LBR113.04[20]
1212"All Aboard The Two-Parent Struggle Bus"Pete ChatmonAlison BennettJanuary 16, 2019 (2019-01-16)1LBR122.98[21]
1313"Graham D'Amato: Hot Lunch Mentalist"Erin O'MalleyBlake McCormickJanuary 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)1LBR132.75[22]
1414"The Shed"Josh GreenbaumJoe WengertJanuary 30, 2019 (2019-01-30)1LBR143.28[23]
1515"A Cash-Grab Cooked Up By the Crepe Paper Industry"Kat CoiroBridger WinegarFebruary 13, 2019 (2019-02-13)1LBR152.60[24]
1616"John Freakin' Stamos"Anya AdamsLamar WoodsFebruary 20, 2019 (2019-02-20)1LBR162.68[25]
1717"Summer of Miggy"Trent O'DonnellAdam PeñaFebruary 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)1LBR172.85[26]
1818"A Radiant Cloak of Sexual Irresistibility"Erin O'MalleyAli KinneyMarch 13, 2019 (2019-03-13)1LBR203.32[27]
1919"Win a Lunch with KZOP's Will Cooper!"Kat CoiroBerkley JohnsonMarch 20, 2019 (2019-03-20)1LBR183.05[28]
2020"Raining Blood"Josh GreenbaumNoah GarfinkelApril 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)1LBR193.08[29]
2121"Joust!"Natalia AndersonCeleste Klaus & Dani ShankApril 10, 2019 (2019-04-10)1LBR213.16[30]
2222"Lance Bass Space Cump"Erin O'MalleyDavid FeeneyMay 1, 2019 (2019-05-01)1LBR222.88[31]
2323"Ketchup"Erin O'MalleyJ. J. PhilbinMay 8, 2019 (2019-05-08)1LBR232.63[32]

Season 2 (2019–20)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [33]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
241"Summer of Freedom"Erin O'MalleyAlison BennettSeptember 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)2LBR012.82[34]
252"Graham Fought the Bones and the Bones Won"Fred SavageBerkley JohnsonOctober 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)2LBR022.86[35]
263"Derek Sucks"Natalia AndersonKim RosenstockOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)2LBR032.68[36]
274"Big Widow Wives"Erin O'MalleyTaylor CoxOctober 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)2LBR042.77[37]
285"Sport"Erin O'MalleyAli KinneyOctober 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)2LBR052.46[38]
296"Welcome to Hell, Sickos!"Jennifer ArnoldNoah GarfinkelOctober 30, 2019 (2019-10-30)2LBR062.66[39]
307"Xander and Camille"Trent O'DonnellMatt Fusfeld & Alex CuthbertsonNovember 6, 2019 (2019-11-06)2LBR072.60[40]
318"Every Thursday Should Be Like This"Satya BhabhaMnelik BelilgneNovember 20, 2019 (2019-11-20)2LBR082.57[41]
329"A Place Where Men Can Be Men"Dean HollandKyle MackDecember 4, 2019 (2019-12-04)2LBR092.54[42]
3310"Good Holidays to You"Bill PurpleAlison BennettDecember 11, 2019 (2019-12-11)2LBR103.01[43]
3411"The Angie-Man"Jillian GiacominiBerkley Johnson & Maurin MwombelaJanuary 8, 2020 (2020-01-08)2LBR113.33[44]
3512"Welcome to Hilltop!"Daryl WeinDani ShankJanuary 15, 2020 (2020-01-15)2LBR122.44[45]
3613"Chunkies"Ken WhittinghamTaylor CoxJanuary 22, 2020 (2020-01-22)2LBR132.41[46]
3714"Yarn and Pebbles"[47]Michael SchurNoah GarfinkelJanuary 29, 2020 (2020-01-29)TBATBD
3815"Chez Second Grade"[33]TBATBAFebruary 12, 2020 (2020-02-12)TBATBD

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 75% with an average rating of 7.14/10, based on 16 reviews. The site's critic consensus states: "While the jokes can be a little juvenile, Single Parents earns brownie points for a likable cast and a funny focus on parental struggles."[48] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 67 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[49] Giving the show a B+, TVLine called it "hands down the fall’s funniest new sitcom."[50] Caroline Framke with Variety says "even when Single Parents stumbles, it’s refreshing to see a comedy that acknowledges a different experience than most hangout sitcoms do," and that "hopefully, with a strong cast and writing team behind it, Single Parents can tap into [plenty of material there] and find a specific groove all its own."[51]

In a TV Guide review, Malcolm Venable said the show "has an insightful goofiness about it that's absolutely endearing, and will likely be a balm for exhausted single parents keen to see a show that knows their struggle is real," but added, "It needs just a little more finesse to find its true north in terms of tone, and how to best employ the marquee talents Meester and Garrett, who sometimes feel underused as Killam's adorkable dad thing hogs most of the spotlight." He also noted that "what really makes Single Parents sparkle are the kids" who are "legit funny, deft actors who steal pretty much every scene they're in."[52] The Hollywood Reporter said "Single Parents feels like a comedy that goes for simple snark and believes it's a little more clever than it really is, but then had a bunch of network notes stuck to it about softening those right angles," with a "a kind of paint-by-numbers approach."[53] Along the same lines, the Los Angeles Times said the show "takes its cues from the network’s other family comedies, such as black-ish, but the jokes are too sophomoric to come close to the brilliance and humor of that award-winning show or the Emmy-amassing Modern Family."[54]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49 rating
(average)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Wednesday 9:30 p.m. 23 September 26, 2018 (2018-09-26) 4.91[10] May 8, 2019 (2019-05-08) 2.63[32] 2018–19 4.67[55] 1.4[55]
2 TBA September 25, 2019 (2019-09-25) 2.82[34] TBA TBD 2019–20 TBD TBD

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" September 26, 2018 1.3/6 4.91[10] 0.9 2.52 2.2 7.43[56]
2 "Sleepover Ready" October 3, 2018 1.1/5 4.23[11] 0.7 1.75 1.8 5.98[57]
3 "A Leash Is Not A Guinea Pig" October 10, 2018 1.0/4 3.64[12] 0.6 1.63 1.6 5.28[58]
4 "Beyoncé Circa Lemonade" October 17, 2018 0.9/4 3.48[13] 0.6 1.39 1.5 4.87[59]
5 "Politician, Freemason, Scientist, Humorist and Diplomat, Ben Franklin" October 24, 2018 1.0/5 3.74[14] 0.6 1.42 1.6 5.16[60]
6 "Lettuce" October 31, 2018 0.9/4 3.65[15] 0.6 1.48 1.5 5.13[61]
7 "They Call Me DOCTOR Biscuits!" November 7, 2018 1.0/5 3.78[16] 0.6 1.42 1.6 5.20[62]
8 "The Beast" November 28, 2018 0.9/4 3.35[17] 0.5 1.47 1.4 4.82[63]
9 "Ronald Reagan’s White House Collectible Pen" December 5, 2018 0.8/3 3.31[18] 0.5 N/A 1.3[64] N/A
10 "The Magic Box" December 12, 2018 0.9/4 3.57[19] 0.6 1.39 1.5 4.96[65]
11 "That Elusive Zazz" January 9, 2019 0.8/3 3.04[20] 0.5 1.41 1.3 4.45[66]
12 "All Aboard The Two-Parent Struggle Bus" January 16, 2019 0.8/4 2.98[21] 0.5 1.31 1.3 4.29[67]
13 "Graham D'Amato: Hot Lunch Mentalist" January 23, 2019 0.7/3 2.75[22] 0.5 1.39 1.2 4.14[68]
14 "The Shed" January 30, 2019 0.8/4 3.28[23] 0.5 1.25 1.3 4.53[69]
15 "A Cash-Grab Cooked Up By the Crepe Paper Industry" February 13, 2019 0.6/3 2.60[24] 0.4 1.16 1.0 3.76[70]
16 "John Freakin' Stamos " February 20, 2019 0.7/3 2.68[25] 0.5 1.21 1.2 3.89[71]
17 "Summer of Miggy" February 27, 2019 0.7/3 2.85[26] 0.5 1.18 1.2 4.03[72]
18 "A Radiant Cloak of Sexual Irresistibility" March 13, 2019 0.8/4 3.32[27] 0.5 1.20 1.3 4.52[73]
19 "Win a Lunch with KZOP's Will Cooper!" March 20, 2019 0.7/4 3.05[28] 0.5 1.15 1.2 4.20[74]
20 "Raining Blood" April 3, 2019 0.7/3 3.08[29] 0.5 1.14 1.2 4.22[75]
21 "Joust!" April 10, 2019 0.8/4 3.16[30] 0.4 1.14 1.2 4.30[76]
22 "Lance Bass Space Cump" May 1, 2019 0.7/3 2.88[31] 0.4 N/A 1.1[77] N/A
23 "Ketchup" May 8, 2019 0.7/3 2.63[32] 0.4 1.11 1.1 3.74[78]

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Summer of Freedom" September 25, 2019 0.7/4 2.82[34] 0.5 1.26 1.2 4.08[79]
2 "Graham Fought the Bones and the Bones Won" October 2, 2019 0.7/4 2.86[35] 0.5 1.06 1.2 3.92[80]
3 "Derek Sucks" October 9, 2019 0.7/4 2.68[36] 0.4 1.05 1.1 3.73[81]
4 "Big Widow Wives" October 16, 2019 0.7/4 2.77[37] 0.4 1.02 1.1 3.79[82]
5 "Sport" October 23, 2019 0.6/3 2.46[38] 0.3 0.92 0.9 3.38[83]
6 "Welcome to Hell, Sickos!" October 30, 2019 0.6/3 2.66[39] 0.5 1.04 1.1 3.71[84]
7 "Xander and Camille" November 6, 2019 0.6/3 2.60[40] 0.5 1.08 1.1 3.68[85]
8 "Every Thursday Should Be Like This" November 20, 2019 0.6/3 2.57[41] 0.4 N/A 1.0[86] N/A
9 "A Place Where Men Can Be Men" December 4, 2019 0.6/3 2.54[42] 0.4 1.17 1.0 3.71[87]
10 "Good Holidays to You" December 11, 2019 0.6/4 3.01[43] 0.4 1.02 1.0 4.03[88]
11 "The Angie-Man" January 8, 2020 0.9/5 3.33[44] TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 "Welcome to Hilltop!" January 15, 2020 0.6/3 2.44[45] TBD TBD TBD TBD
13 "Chunkies" January 22, 2020 0.6/3 2.41[46] TBD TBD TBD TBD

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