ABC's The Kids Are Alright: Grade It!

TVLine | 10/16/2018 | Rebecca Iannucci
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ABC, which is already home to such TV families as the Goldbergs and the Conners, welcomed a new clan to its sitcom lineup with Tuesday’s debut of The Kids Are Alright.

Set in 1970s Southern California, Kids centers on the middle-class, Irish Catholic Cleary family, which boasts eight (!) children — all of them boys. Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) and Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) star as no-nonsense parents Mike and Peggy, who just barely have enough time, energy and money to keep a house full of eight sons running smoothly.

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The sitcom’s events unfold through the eyes of middle child Timmy, played by precocious Billions actor Jack Gore. Feeling a bit forgotten since his oldest sibling, Lawrence, returned home from college for the summer, Timmy’s interest is piqued by the chance to audition for a children’s theater production of Man of La Mancha in Hollywood. But when his mom finds out about the idea, she immediately shuts it down, and Timmy is left to squirrel away some dough of his own in order to sneak out and hop a bus to Hollywood for the audition, little brother William in tow.

Timmy’s older brother, Frank — who establishes himself early on as a major tattle-tale — quickly rats Timmy out to their mom, and Peggy immediately makes the drive to Hollywood so she can intercept Timmy’s audition. But when she and Frank arrive at the theater, Timmy is already on stage, performing the Sesame Street classic “Sing.” He’s clearly nervous at first, singing quietly and tunelessly to the room. But when little bro William begins accompanying him on the piano, Timmy’s confidence builds, and he belts the rest of the song to a pleased casting director.

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“What about Timmy disobeying you?” Frank asks Peggy when she...
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