Single Parents (TV series)

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Single Parents
Single Parents (TV series) Title Card.jpg
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes21 (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
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]

Plot[edit]

The series begins when the group meets Will, a divorced man in his 30's 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[6], a 30-something single father with a daughter.
  • Leighton Meester as Angie D'Amato[6], a single mother with a needy son.
  • Brad Garrett as Douglas Fogerty[6], 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[7], Douglas' identical twin daughters.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Jason WinerStory by : Elizabeth Meriwether & J.J. Philbin
Teleplay by : J.J. Philbin
September 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)1LBR014.91[8]
A group of single parents - Douglas (with twin daughters, Emma and Amy), Angie (with her son, Graham), Poppy (with son, Rory), and Miggy (with son, Jack) lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal life outside of parenthood. The group meets Will, a 30-something guy who's been so focused on raising his daughter, Sophie, that he's lost sight of just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses he's gone. They band together to get him out in the world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn't mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.
2"Sleepover Ready"Jason WinerSarah TapscottOctober 3, 2018 (2018-10-03)1LBR024.23[9]
Douglas is stuck hosting the kids' Saturday sleepover, and Will uses this as an opportunity to try to bond with Douglas, something he has not been able to do before. Angie and Graham both struggle with their own fear of sleepovers - Graham is worried to stay the night without his mom and not in his own house, and Angie is worried to sleep over with her man friend, Owen. Meanwhile, Poppy helps Miggy come up with potential job ideas in order to help him become more responsible.
3"A Leash Is Not A Guinea Pig"Erin O'MalleyKim RosenstockOctober 10, 2018 (2018-10-10)1LBR033.64[10]
After seeing the way Douglas and the twins are barely affected by the death of their guinea pig, Pickle, Poppy encourages Douglas to stop repressing his and twins' feelings. After seeing how close Graham and Will are becoming, Angie gets jealous when Graham asks Will to go get a colonoscopy to check on his health. Angie then decides to go get a colonoscopy herself.
4"Beyoncé Circa Lemonade"Jason WinerAlison BennettOctober 17, 2018 (2018-10-17)1LBR043.48[11]
After scolding Miggy for not being able to sleep-train Jack, Angie and Douglas engage in a competition to see who can sleep-train the baby in one night. While Angie and Douglas have the baby, Miggy takes over babysitting Graham, Rory, Sophie, Emma and Amy, which results in an impromptu kids' party. Meanwhile, Poppy teaches Will how to take out his anger on the volleyball court.
5"Politician, Freemason, Scientist, Humorist and Diplomat, Ben Franklin"Jason WinerBlake McCormickOctober 24, 2018 (2018-10-24)1LBR053.74[12]
Will is crushed when Sophie wants to tone down Halloween and invites a boy over. Poppy and the twins attempt to convince a reluctant Douglas to wear a silly costume. After Douglas finally puts it on, he meets the woman of his dreams, who he is now sure will not take him seriously. Meanwhile, Angie struggles to tell her boss that she needs to leave work to be with her son on Halloween, leaving Graham's costume in limbo.
6"Lettuce"Kat CoiroBridger WinegarOctober 31, 2018 (2018-10-31)1LBR063.65[13]
Will hits it off with Angie and Graham's pediatrician, Dr. Dewan, but Angie worries he'll ruin Graham's chances of getting on the Mist List for the flu vaccine. Miggy tries to help Will navigate how to handle his situation with Dr. Dewan by giving dating advice. Meanwhile, Douglas get sick and, while delirious with a fever, he accidentally reveals to Rory that he likes Poppy.
7"They Call Me DOCTOR Biscuits!"Maggie CareyBerkley JohnsonNovember 7, 2018 (2018-11-07)1LBR073.78[14]
When Graham and Rory are cast in their school's production of "Grease", with Graham as the lead and Rory as the lesser known part, Poppy and Angie get involved and try to appeal to the drama teacher, Dr. Biscuits, to make changes. Meanwhile, Will is not ready to tell Sophie that he's seeing Dr. Dewan. Against his better judgment, he takes Douglas' advice and lies to Sophie.
8"The Beast"Josh GreenbaumLamar WoodsNovember 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)1LBR083.35[15]
Will encourages Angie to rediscover her passion for heavy metal music by taking a guitar class, and in turn, Angie insists Will get back in the field of covering weather by driving both of them into a storm. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang explore their romantic passions. Douglas pursues his crush on 'Big Red' with the help of Miggy, and Poppy feels a connection with a dreamy musician.
9"Ronald Reagan’s White House Collectible Pen"Trent O'DonnellAli KinneyDecember 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)1LBR093.31[16]
Will is thrilled to throw the first-grade parent social so he can use the event to springboard his anti-smartphone platform, so he can get parents to wait until the 8th grade to buy their kids cellphones. He persuades his new love interest, Dr. Dewan, into helping him but his plan doesn't work out quite like he had hoped. Douglas offers to have the social at his house so he can exact revenge on his rival dermatologist, Mark, whom Douglas is convinced stole his prized pen.
10"The Magic Box"Jason WinerJoe WengertDecember 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)1LBR103.57[17]
When Owen, Angie's love interest, shows up unexpectedly on Christmas Eve with a gift for Angie, she desperately seeks help from Will finding a present for Owen last minute. While doing so, Angie learns how bad Will is at giving Sophie good Christmas presents, or so it seems. While Graham begins to doubt the existence of Santa Claus altogether, the group worries Miggy may still believe in him. Meanwhile, Douglas invites Poppy, who is dealing with her first Christmas without Rory, to compete in a series of cutthroat Christmas-themed competitions.
11"That Elusive Zazz"Jay ChandrasekharKim Rosenstock & Sarah TapscottJanuary 9, 2019 (2019-01-09)1LBR113.04[18]
12"All Aboard The Two-Parent Struggle Bus"Pete ChatmonAlison BennettJanuary 16, 2019 (2019-01-16)1LBR122.98[19]
13"Graham D'Amato: Hot Lunch Mentalist"Erin O'MalleyBlake McCormickJanuary 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)1LBR132.75[20]
14"The Shed"Josh GreenbaumJoe WengertJanuary 30, 2019 (2019-01-30)1LBR143.28[21]
15"A Cash-Grab Cooked Up By the Crepe Paper Industry"Kat CoiroBridger WinegarFebruary 13, 2019 (2019-02-13)1LBR152.60[22]
16"John Freakin' Stamos"Anya AdamsLamar WoodsFebruary 20, 2019 (2019-02-20)1LBR162.68[23]
17"Summer of Miggy"Trent O'DonnellAdam PeñaFebruary 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)1LBR172.85[24]
18"A Radiant Cloak of Sexual Irresistibility"Erin O'MalleyAli KinneyMarch 13, 2019 (2019-03-13)1LBR203.32[25]
19"Win a Lunch with KZOP's Will Cooper!"Kat CoiroBerkley JohnsonMarch 20, 2019 (2019-03-20)1LBR183.05[26]
20"Raining Blood"Josh GreenbaumNoah GarfinkelApril 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)1LBR193.08[27]
21"Joust!"Natalia AndersonCeleste Klaus & Dani ShankApril 10, 2019 (2019-04-10)1LBR213.16[28]
22"Lance Bass Space Cump"[29]Erin O'MalleyDavid FeeneyMay 1, 2019 (2019-05-01)TBATBD
23"Ketchup"[30]TBATBAMay 8, 2019 (2019-05-08)TBATBD

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 73% with an average rating of 6.67/10, based on 15 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."[31] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 67 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[32]

Ratings[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[8] 0.9 2.52 2.2 7.43[33]
2 "Sleepover Ready" October 3, 2018 1.1/5 4.23[9] 0.7 1.75 1.8 5.98[34]
3 "A Leash Is Not A Guinea Pig" October 10, 2018 1.0/4 3.64[10] 0.6 1.63 1.6 5.28[35]
4 "Beyoncé Circa Lemonade" October 17, 2018 0.9/4 3.48[11] 0.6 1.39 1.5 4.87[36]
5 "Politician, Freemason, Scientist, Humorist and Diplomat, Ben Franklin" October 24, 2018 1.0/5 3.74[12] 0.6 1.42 1.6 5.16[37]
6 "Lettuce" October 31, 2018 0.9/4 3.65[13] 0.6 1.48 1.5 5.13[38]
7 "They Call Me DOCTOR Biscuits!" November 7, 2018 1.0/5 3.78[14] 0.6 1.42 1.6 5.20[39]
8 "The Beast" November 28, 2018 0.9/4 3.35[15] 0.5 1.47 1.4 4.82[40]
9 "Ronald Reagan’s White House Collectible Pen" December 5, 2018 0.8/3 3.31[16] 0.5 N/A 1.3[41] N/A
10 "The Magic Box" December 12, 2018 0.9/4 3.57[17] 0.6 1.39 1.5 4.96[42]
11 "That Elusive Zazz" January 9, 2019 0.8/3 3.04[18] 0.5 1.41 1.3 4.45[43]
12 "All Aboard The Two-Parent Struggle Bus" January 16, 2019 0.8/4 2.98[19] 0.5 1.31 1.3 4.29[44]
13 "Graham D'Amato: Hot Lunch Mentalist" January 23, 2019 0.7/3 2.75[20] 0.5 1.39 1.2 4.14[45]
14 "The Shed" January 30, 2019 0.8/4 3.28[21] 0.5 1.25 1.3 4.53[46]
15 "A Cash-Grab Cooked Up By the Crepe Paper Industry" February 13, 2019 0.6/3 2.60[22] 0.4 1.16 1.0 3.76[47]
16 "John Freakin' Stamos " February 20, 2019 0.7/3 2.68[23] 0.5 1.21 1.2 3.89[48]
17 "Summer of Miggy" February 27, 2019 0.7/3 2.85[24] 0.5 1.18 1.2 4.03[49]
18 "A Radiant Cloak of Sexual Irresistibility" March 13, 2019 0.8/4 3.32[25] 0.5 1.20 1.3 4.52[50]
19 "Win a Lunch with KZOP's Will Cooper!" March 20, 2019 0.7/4 3.05[26] 0.5 N/A 1.2[51] N/A
20 "Raining Blood" April 3, 2019 0.7/3 3.08[27] TBD TBD TBD TBD
21 "Joust!" April 10, 2019 0.8/4 3.16[28] TBD TBD TBD TBD

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