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Review of "Council of Dads" 3/26/20 by Eva Diaz
airs Thursdays, 8/7c on NBC

I wanted to see this show because it looked interesting. It was, but it went way too fast.  Those who know me and have read my reviews before understand that I often complain about shows dragging on and being too slow. The pilot of this show falls in the catagory of, if you blink, you miss something important. It centers around the Perry family, whose world is shaken when the father, Scott Perry (Tom Everett Scott) is diagnosed with cancer.  He's worried about his five children growing up without him. Scott tells his wife, Robin (Sarah Wayne Callies) that he's going to set up a council of dads, which are three of his closest friends, who share his values and know how he would advise his children if he was still alive. The story is based on the book of the same name by Bruce Feiler who thought of the plan after his cancer diagnosis.

Once I saw the pilot episode, I thought of one thing: "This Is Us."  However, the pace of the show is way too fast.  It needs to slow down a tiny bit so that people can get to know the characters. I don't want to tell you what happens in the pilot because you need to watch it yourself.  It's very good and worth watching. It didn't quite pull at my heart like he "This Is Us" pilot did, but it's still a good show with just a few problems to sort out.  One is that it needs to slow down a bit (as I said earlier). Secondly, it needs to be a little less predictable. I could see what was coming, unlike "This Is Us," which surprises me every time I watch.

I give this show a 4 out of 5. I will keep watching when it returns in its regular time slot April 30. I am hopeful that it will improve.


Family takes on a different meaning in this transformative and inspirational new drama when Scott Perry, a loving father of five, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare. He calls on a few of his most trusted friends to step in as back-up dads to help guide and support his growing family – just in case he ever can’t be there to do it himself. There’s Anthony, Scott’s oldest and most loyal friend; Larry, his tough-love AA sponsee; and Oliver, his dedicated doctor and wife’s dearest friend. Together, they discover that there’s more to being a father than anyone could do alone – and more to being a family than they ever thought possible.

The cast includes Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver and Michael O’Neill.

The show is inspired by best-selling author Bruce Feiler’s book “Council of Dads.”

Tony Phelan & Joan Rater (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will write and executive produce along with David Gould and Jason Wilborn. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman (CSI franchise) and KristieAnne Reed (“Lucifer,” “CSI: Cyber”) will executive produce.

“Council of Dads” is produced by Universal Television in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Midwest Livestock Productions.

Please visit the official show site at:

Facebook: /NBCCouncilofDads
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