The Millers

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The Millers
The Millers intertitle.png
GenreSitcom
Created byGreg Garcia
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Greg Garcia
Camera setupMultiple
Production company(s)Amigos de Garcia Productions
CBS Television Studios
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runOctober 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) – present (present)
External links
Official website
 
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The Millers
The Millers intertitle.png
GenreSitcom
Created byGreg Garcia
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Greg Garcia
Camera setupMultiple
Production company(s)Amigos de Garcia Productions
CBS Television Studios
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runOctober 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) – present (present)
External links
Official website

The Millers is an American situation comedy series that was created by Greg Garcia. The multi-camera project premiered on CBS on Thursday, October 3, 2013, as part of the 2013–14 American television season.[1][2] The Millers airs Thursdays at 8:30 (ET/PT), following The Big Bang Theory.

Premise[edit]

The Millers is set in Leesburg, Virginia where Nathan Miller is a local television news reporter and his sister Debbie runs a combination yoga studio/restaurant with her husband Adam, with whom she has a daughter named Mikayla. Nathan does not have any children and often hangs out with Ray, his friend who also serves as a cameraman for the fictional television station for which Nathan works.

As the series begins, Nathan and Debbie's parents Tom and Carol Miller are returning from Myrtle Beach and Nathan informs them he has divorced his wife, Janice. Tom responds by deciding to leave Carol after being married for forty-three years. Tom moves in with Debbie and Adam while Carol moves in with Nathan, each driving their children crazy.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Development and production[edit]

On January 18, 2013, CBS placed a pilot order, under the title Unauthorized Greg Garcia Pilot.[4] The pilot was written by Greg Garcia and directed by James Burrows.[5]

Casting announcements began in February 2013, with Will Arnett first cast in the lead role of Nathan Miller, a recently-divorced man whose life is complicated when his parents decide to move in with him. Arnett originally booked the role in second position to Up All Night, whose future was uncertain at the time.[6] Margo Martindale was the next actor cast, in the series regular role of Carol Miller, Nathan's vibrant but meddlesome mother.[7] J. B. Smoove then joined the series as Ray, Nathan's good friend and cameraman.[8] Shortly after, Mary Elizabeth Ellis signed onto the role of Debbie, Nathan's happily-married sister.[9] In early March, Beau Bridges joined the series as Tom Miller, Nathan's father, who moves in with Debbie.[10] Michael Rapaport was the last actor to sign onto the series, in the role of Adam, Debbie's husband.[11]

On May 10, 2013, CBS placed a series order, under the new title The Millers.[12][13] Shortly after the series order, Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Michael Rapaport exited the roles of Debbie and Adam.[14] A couple months later, Jayma Mays and Nelson Franklin were cast in the two vacated roles.[15][16]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release dates
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
122[17]October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)TBATBATBATBA

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"James BurrowsGreg GarciaOctober 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)10113.09[18]
Siblings Nathan and Debbie are upset when their parents announce they're divorcing after 43 years of marriage. But there's more: their intrusive mother Carol announces that she's moving in with Nathan, while their easily-distracted father Tom is moving in with Debbie. 
2"Plot Twists"James BurrowsDanielle Sanchez-WitzelOctober 10, 2013 (2013-10-10)10411.73[19]
3"The Phone Upgrade"James BurrowsBobby BowmanOctober 17, 2013 (2013-10-17)10312.27[20]
Nathan and Debbie trade parents when they each think the other sibling has it easier. Nathan helps his forgetful father by giving him a modern smartphone and programming in audio messages. This seems to work.... 
4"The Mother Is In"James BurrowsAusten EarlOctober 24, 2013 (2013-10-24)10510.74[21]
5"Giving the Bird"James BurrowsGina GariOctober 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)1069.67[22]
On Halloween, Nathan, Debbie, and Adam take Mikayla trick-or-treating to the house of an old woman (Beth Grant) suspected by the neighborhood of being a witch. Nathan and Debbie also find out that Carol lied about what really happened to their pet parrot when they were kids. 
6"Stuff"James BurrowsStephnie WeirNovember 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)10210.38[23]
7"The Talk"James BurrowsStephnie WeirNovember 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)11011.08[24]
When Nathan brings home his first date (Casey Wilson) since his mother became his roommate, Carol realizes that Tom never had "the talk" with Nathan about the birds and the bees, and insists it's not too late to gather the family for a belated discussion. 
8"Internet Dating"James BurrowsChadd GindinNovember 21, 2013 (2013-11-21)10811.78[25]
When Nathan helps Carol set up her profile on an Internet dating site, he and Ray get so excited about one of her potential suitors (Fred Dryer), they correspond with him pretending to be Carol. 
9"You're In Trouble"James BurrowsElizabeth TippetDecember 5, 2013 (2013-12-05)1099.23[26]
When Nathan learns why Debbie is Tom's favorite, he decides to reveal some of Debbie's childhood secrets to their parents--but Debbie turns the tables. 
10"Carol's Parents are Coming to Town"James BurrowsBobby BowmanDecember 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)11110.93[27]
Carol's parents decide to visit for Christmas, so the family must pretend that Carol and Tom are still married, as are Nathan and Janice; also, Carol and Tom are living with Debbie because Adam is in rehab. When the lies get out of control, Carol's dad (Jerry Van Dyke) has a shock for his wife (June Squibb). Meanwhile, Ray warns Nathan that Janice might be "Christmas horny." 
11"Dear Diary"James BurrowsAusten EarlJanuary 2, 2014 (2014-01-02)11211.33[28]
12"Miller's Mind"James BurrowsChadd GindinJanuary 9, 2014 (2014-01-09)11313.39[29]
After Nathan mimics one of Carol's incessant rants at work, he is rewarded with a news segment that allows him to voice the complaints on the air. But when his boss wants to make the segment a regular feature, Nathan must secretly devise ways to keep Carol irritated for new material. Meanwhile, Adam is afraid to accompany Mikayla at her school's father-daughter dance. 
13"Driving Miss Crazy"James BurrowsStephnie WeirJanuary 30, 2014 (2014-01-30)10711.50[30]
14"Carol's Surprise"James BurrowsElizabeth TippetFebruary 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)11410.69[31]
Nathan is determined to finally, just once, surprise the "unsurpriseable" Carol on her birthday. He gets Debbie, Adam, Tom and Ray all involved in an elaborate, complex surprise scenario, but it's just a ruse for the "real" surprise because he knows they will all leak information to Carol. 
15"You Betcha"[32]James BurrowsGuy Endore-KaiserFebruary 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)115

Reception[edit]

Leanne Aguilera and Jenna Mullins of E! Online said the "wonderful cast" gives them a sliver of hope.[33] Diane Werts of Newsday gave the show an A-.[34] David Hinckley of The New York Daily News gave the show 1 star out of 5.[35]

International broadcast[edit]

References[edit]

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