The Houstons: On Our Own

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The Houstons: On Our Own
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Genre Documentary
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 14
Executive producer(s)
  • Gena McCarthy
  • Julie Insogna-Jarrett
  • Noah Pollack
  • Pat Houston
  • Rob Sharenow
  • Seth Jarrett
  • Tracey Baker Simmons
  • Wanda Shelley
Running time 20 to 22 minutes
Production company(s) Jarrett Creative Group
Original network Lifetime
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 24, 2012 – February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)
External links

The Houstons: On Our Own is an American reality documentary television series that premiered on October 24, 2012, on Lifetime.[1] The series was announced on May 11, 2012, with the working title of The Houston Family Chronicles and was to have ten episodes.[2][3] The Houstons: On Our Own chronicles the lives of Whitney Houston's family as they move on from her death. It ran for 14 episodes.


  • Bobbi Kristina Brown: Whitney and Bobby Brown's daughter
  • Cissy Houston: Whitney's mother
  • Gary Houston: Whitney's older brother
  • Rayah Houston: Pat and Gary's daughter
  • Pat Houston: Whitney's sister-in-law, manager, and Krissy's guardian
  • Nick Gordon: Bobbi Kristina's friend/boyfriend

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 14 October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)


Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. Title Original air date U.S. viewership
1 "100 White Roses" October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) 1.333[4]
The Houston family comes together for their first Mother's Day without Whitney. Bobbi Kristina announces some shocking news.
2 "Houston, We've Got a Problem" October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31) 1.313[4]
Pat attempts to get Bobbi Kristina more involved with the family and starting her own career but there are some problems that need to be worked out first.
3 "Nothing Saint About Simon" November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07) 0.722[5]
Pat and Bobbi Kristina take a trip out of town for a girls weekend getaway. Ray and Gary talk to Nick about responsibility.
4 "Too Little, Too Late" November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14) 0.689[6]
Pat and the family fly to Los Angeles for BET's tribute to Whitney.
5 "Moving Pieces" November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21) 0.723[6]
Pat and Nick work to help Bobbi Kristina lift her spirits. Pat and Gary play a game of basketball.
6 "Cupcakes for Krissy" November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28) 0.889[7]
Pat reaches out to Bobbi Kristina's godmother, CeCe Winans, to invite her over for dinner. Bobbi Kristina is confronted by her cousin due to her outrageous behavior.
7 "A Cabin in the Mountains" December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05) 0.933[7]
The Houstons attend a spiritual retreat but chaos ensues when a member of the family is rushed to the emergency room.
8 "Calling All Houston's" December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12) 0.675[8]
The family realizes how important each other are after the recent hospital scare. Pat attempts to strengthen her bond with Bobbi Kristina.
9 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19) 0.710[8]
Bobbi Kristina isolates herself from the family while getting her career together.
10 "All That Sparkles" December 26, 2012 (2012-12-26) 0.981[9]
The family flies to Los Angeles to attend the debut of Sparkle.
11 "A Houston Family Vacation" January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23) 1.078[9]
Pat gets the family together again for a spiritual retreat in Hawaii. While in Hawaii, island natives perform a ceremony to assist the family in moving on.
12 "We Are Family" January 30, 2013 (2013-01-30) 1.022[10]
Bobbi Kristina goes apartment hunting. Gary comes to terms with his declining health and promises to improve himself.
13 "New Beginnings: Part 1" February 6, 2013 (2013-02-06) 1.137[10]
Bobbi Kristina and Nick host a housewarming party. Bobbi Kristina later informs Nick that he's not the only man she is seeing.
14 "New Beginnings: Part 2" February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13) 1.059[10]
The family is unsure of Pat's plans for Bobbi Kristina's career.

Critical reception[edit]

The show was met with mixed or average reviews with a score of 43 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 7 reviews.[11] The New York Daily News said that the show does not have any kind of effect the viewers might want, at least at first.[12] The Los Angeles Times said the show is intrusive and also uncomfortable.[13]


  1. ^ "Lifetime's Highly Anticipated New Series, 'The Houstons: On Our Own,' to Premiere Wednesday, October 24". The Futon Critic. September 25, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 11, 2012). "Lifetime Picks up Docu-Series 'The Houston Family Chronicles'". TV by the Numbers. 
  3. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (September 25, 2012). "Whitney Houston family reality series bows Oct. 24". Washington Post. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Wednesday's Cable Ratings: "American Horror Story," "Duck Dynasty" Maintain Top Spots". Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wednesday's Cable Ratings: "American Horror Story" Tops Halloween in Viewers, Demos". Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Wednesday's Cable Ratings: "Duck Dynasty" Tops Charts in Viewers, Demos". Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Wednesday's Cable Ratings: A&E Continues Reign with "Duck Dynasty"". Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Wednesday's Cable Ratings: "Moonshiners" Tops Viewers, Demos for Discovery". Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Wednesday's Cable Ratings: "Duck Dynasty" Continues Reign for A&E". Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c "Wednesday's Cable Ratings: "Duck Dynasty" Goes Out on Top for A&E". Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Houstons: On Our Own: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "TV review: 'The Houstons: On Our Own'". The New York Daily News. October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ "'The Houstons: On Our Own' an uncomfortable, intrusive watch". The Los Angeles Times. October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 

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