Welcome to the Family (TV series)

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Welcome to the Family
GenreComedy
FormatSitcom
Created byMike Sikowitz
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle
Production companies
Broadcast
Original channelNBC (eps. 1-3), Star World India in India (eps. 4+)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runOctober 3 – on going
External links
Official website
 
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Welcome to the Family
GenreComedy
FormatSitcom
Created byMike Sikowitz
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle
Production companies
Broadcast
Original channelNBC (eps. 1-3), Star World India in India (eps. 4+)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runOctober 3 – on going
External links
Official website

Welcome to the Family is an American television series that aired on NBC from October 3, to October 17, 2013[1] on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/7:30 p.m. Central, after Parks and Recreation. On May 10, 2013, the network placed a series order for the single camera comedy,[2][3] which was canceled from NBC television schedule on October 18, 2013 after three episodes had aired.[4] However, the series continues on STAR World India[5] and is also available on Hulu.[6][7]

Plot[edit]

The series follows a clash of cultures involving two American families brought together by the couple formed by Junior, the valedictorian son of a Latino family, and Molly, the less academic daughter of an Anglo family. The two are finishing high school and Junior is Stanford bound. On graduation day, they discover that Molly is pregnant. The pair decide to get married, forcing a bonding and blending of their two very different families.

Cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(million)
1"Pilot"Michael EnglerMike SikowitzOctober 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)2.99[9]
Dan and Caroline Yoder are attending the high school graduation of their daughter Molly, who barely passed her classes, and have to get her to stop texting long enough to receive her diploma. At the same time, Junior Hernandez, the eldest son of Miguel and Lisette Hernandez and a valedictorian at his high school, is just starting a speech to his class when he receives a text from Molly, announcing that she's pregnant. Dan, not knowing of his daughter's relationship with Junior, has a shouting match with Miguel when he tries to use a "free boxing lesson" coupon at the gym that Miguel owns. Later, when Junior insists his parents meet Molly's parents, Miguel and Dan continue to berate each other. While Caroline and Lisette attempt to deal with the situation and each other's families, it appears that Miguel and Dan want to continue being antagonistic. 
2"Dan Finds Out"Michael EnglerMike SikowitzOctober 10, 2013 (2013-10-10)2.49[10]
Caroline finds out she is pregnant and wants to keep it a secret, but Junior finds out. At their children's request, Miguel and Dan try to work out their differences at the gym. 
3"The Big RV Adventure"Michael EnglerMichael BorkowOctober 17, 2013 (2013-10-17)2.42[11]
Dan buys an RV to have more family time, while Miguel and Lisette discover Demetrio's teacher is Miguel's ex. 
4"Molly and Junior Find a Place"Linda MendozaPeter MurrietaOctober 25, 2013 (2013-10-25) (India)N/A
Molly and Junior decide to move into their own place. 
5"Halloween"Linda Mendoza, Rebecca AsherVanessa McCarthyNovember 1, 2013 (2013-11-01) (India)N/A
It's Halloween and Molly and Junior go to a costume party. In the meantime, Caroline tries to hide her pregnancy to an important client. 
6"Dan and Miguel Play Ball"Rebecca AsherDylan Morgan, Josh SiegalNovember 8, 2013 (2013-11-08)(India)N/A
Dan asks Miguel to play in his weekly basketball game. Miguel lost one teeth in the game by accident. later at the dental clinic, Miguel bite Dan in his finger. In the meantime, Caroline and Lisette got into a fight. Junior got a job in biology lab. 
7"Aunt Lita's Visit"Jay Chandrasekhar, Michael EnglerNovember 15, 2013 (2013-11-15) (India)N/A
Lisette grandmother comes to visit, putting the woman in trouble as she has been hiding the real lifestyle of her family. Meanwhile, Junior worries when he thinks that Molly has gone into denial about the pregnancy. 
8"Thanksgiving"Jay ChandrasekharMike SikowitzNovember 29, 2013 (2013-11-29) (India)N/A
9"Date Night"Peter MurrietaDecember 6, 2013 (2013-12-06)

Reception[edit]

Reviews were decidedly negative.[12] In a review for Variety, Brian Lowry said Welcome to the Family was "a sitcom with all the depth of a knock-knock joke."[13] The Washington Post's Hank Steuver anointed it as his "nominee for quickest and most punitive cancellation" and gave it an F.[14] A writer for TV by the Numbers described the viewership as "dismal", falling to "anemic" by the second week.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kondology, Amanda (June 21, 2013). "NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates for New Season Including 'The Voice', 'The Blacklist', 'The Michael J Fox Show', 'Grimm', 'Revolution' & More". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Rose, Lacey (May 10, 2013). "NBC Orders James Spader's 'Blacklist,' 'Night Shift,' 'Welcome to the Family'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Development Update: Friday, May 10 - NBC Orders Three More Pilots to Series". The Futon Critic. May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 18, 2013). "'Ironside' & 'Welcome to the Family' Canceled by NBC; 'Community' to Premiere January 2, 'Chicago P.D.' January 8". TV by the Numbers. 
  5. ^ "Fall TV Guide 2013". September 25, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hulu offers a few fall premieres from Fox, ABC and NBC online before they air". September 10, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to the Family on Hulu". Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 14, 2013). "Eva Longoria To Appear On NBC’s ‘Welcome To The Family’ For ‘Desperate Housewives’ Reunion With Ricardo Chavira". Deadline Hollywood. 
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 4, 2013). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'The Originals' Adjusted Up; 'Parks And Recreation', 'Welcome to the Family', 'Sean Saves the World', 'Michael J. Fox Show', & 'Parenthood' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 11, 2013). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'The X Factor' & 'Glee' Adjusted Up; 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'The Millers' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 18, 2013). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Adjusted Up; 'The Crazy Ones' & 'Elementary' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Welcome to the Family : Season 1". Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ Lowry, Brian (September 27, 2013). "Having tried planned pregnancies, NBC goes the unplanned route - with about the same results". Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ Steuver, Hank (September 13, 2013). "‘Welcome to the Family’ on NBC". Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 11, 2013). "TV Ratings Thursday: 'Glee' Tribute Episode Soars, 'Welcome to the Family' Goes Anemic + 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' Has Weak Start". Retrieved November 15, 2013. 

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