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"Sullivan & Son" review by Suzanne
Returns June 13 at 10/9c on TBS

I reviewed this show when it first aired in 2011. It was a very unfunny show. Most of the jokes were about the one guy being racist or the one woman being slutty. I like the cast, and the characters, but it just wasn't funny.

I'm very happy to say that it has improved! That rarely happens in TV. They sent me the first 2 episodes that are airing starting June 13, and they are very funny. I laughed quite a lot on both episodes. My husband came in during the second episode, and he laughed, too (and he's very picky). 

The original premise of the show had son Steve return to Pittsburgh, leave his high powered lawyer job and start running the family with his dad. His dad is Irish-American and his mom is Korean-American, so there are lots of jokes about that, and how his mom is pushy. Then there are various people who frequent the bar that make up the colorful characters. It's kind of like Cheers except more multi-ethnic.

I hope you watch it - there aren't too many funny sitcoms on TV any more. This is now one of them!

Read Mendie's interview with series star Jodi Long!


The bar regulars are back for another round of laughs as TBS‘s original sitcom Sullivan & Son returns for its second season this summer. Starring popular comedian Steve Byrne, Sullivan & Son is executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers), Peter Billingsley (Iron Man) and showrunner Rob Long (Cheers). The outstanding ensemble cast includes Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Christine Ebersole (Royal Pains, Amadeus), Brian Doyle-Murray (Groundhog Day, The Middle), Jodi Long (Beginners), Valerie Azlynn (Tropic Thunder), Vivian Bang (Yes Man), Owen Benjamin (The House Bunny) Ahmed Ahmed (Iron Man) and Roy Wood Jr.(Last Comic Standing).

TBS’s Sullivan & Son is set to kick off its second season Thursday, June 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Byrne plays Steve Sullivan, a successful corporate attorney who comes home to Pittsburgh and buys the family bar – Sullivan & Son.  Freed from his corporate life, Steve spends his days hanging out with his best friends: the gullible Owen (Benjamin), cougar-chasing Ahmed (Ahmed) and hard-nosed Roy (Wood, Jr.); weighing oft-opposing counsel from his lovable Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Lauria), and stern Korean mother, Ok Cha (Long); getting accosted by his long-suffering, under-appreciated younger sister, Susan (Bang); delighting in offensive comments from gruff barfly Hank (Doyle-Murray); and watching the bar’s resident siren, Carol (Ebersole), hit on just about every man who comes in the door. Steve has even rekindled a few romantic sparks with his former flame, paramedic Melanie (Azlynn).

In the season two premiere, The Hangover’s Ken Jeong guest stars as Susan’s husband Jason who, like Steve, also considers leaving a successful career to follow his bliss.  The rest of gang returns with a full mug of bad behavior; dating a motley crew of Pittsburgh’s shadiest, getting taken into custody by the Secret Service, and even being haunted by hallucinations of Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak.

Created by Rob Long and Steve Byrne, Sullivan & Son is produced for TBS by Wild West Television, in association with Warner Horizon Television. In its first season, TBS’s Sullivan & Son drew 2.7 million viewers and 1.4 million Adults 18-49. Last year, it ranked as one of basic cable’s Top 10 new summer series with Adults 18-34.

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