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Review of "The Kids Are Alright" 10/17/18 by Eva Diaz
airs Tuesdays 8:30/7:30c on ABC

This show deals with two Irish working-class parents trying to raise their eight boys in the 1970's. Michael Cudlitz plays dad Mike Cleary, and Mary McCormack plays mom Peggy Cleary. They are trying their best to raise all the kids and make ends meet. The show is mainly told from the point of view of Timmy Cleary (Jack Gore), second youngest of the brood, who ably tells the story of life with his seven brothers. The show is very heart-warming, and although the characters use some phrase that I'm not sure existed back then (such as "Hollyweird"), I hope the show will improve.

I look forward to getting to know the Cleary family. It will be a wild, funny and great ride. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars. It's worth watching, despite its minor problems.


THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (Tuesdays, 8:30-9:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Series Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.  

The series stars Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley as Lawrence Cleary, Caleb Foote as Eddie Cleary, Sawyer Barth as Frank Cleary, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey Cleary, Jack Gore as Timmy Cleary, Andy Walken as William Cleary and Santino Barnard as Pat Cleary.

The series is inspired by the childhood of creator/executive producer Tim Doyle, who also narrates in voiceover as older Timmy. Randall Einhorn directed and was an executive producer on the pilot. The series is from ABC Studios.

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