The first episode of the ABC Home Economics sitcom is barely an extension of its two-and-a-half-minute trailer, which focuses on the bond between the three Hayworth siblings despite each belonging to a different financial stratum Co-created by Michael Colton and John Aboud, the show clearly tries to build on the well-established brand of the enjoyable family comedy network.The basic premise is quickly put into place (in a voiceover, nothing less): Tom is a struggling middle-class author, Sarah is broke after losing her job as an at-risk student counselor, and Connor is a filthy wealthy finance guy who just bought Matt Damon L’s extravagant home. home economics focuses on how they overcome this wealth disparity and stay close The sitcom doesn’t offer much depth or nuance beyond its family ethic over money, at least not in the past. at first, trying instead to highlight a well-chosen cast and their chemistry
Topher Grace, who is also an executive producer, returns to the small screen as Tom Hayworth, also the series narrator Tom secretly uses his expanded family adventures as the basis for a new book after the previous one – which focused on a prison baseball team in 1906 that had no women – sold five copies The cast, which also includes Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Tatro, Karla Souza, and Sasheer Zamata, is strong There’s a laid-back vibe to all of their interactions, but the writing and storytelling gives them a rudimentary characterization The heartwarming humor attempts to fill the void left by Modern Family, which ended in 2020 after 11 seasons, but still offers nothing new in the genre
The episode begins as Connor returns to San Francisco from Seattle and invites his family to his lavish newly purchased mansion Tom and Sarah are figuring out how to apply for a loan from their wealthier younger brother and are encouraged by their spouse to do it After exploring the many rooms in his new home, they all argue when Connor reveals he’s taking their parents to Turks and Caicos for Thanksgiving instead of doing their usual big business. It solves all of their personal issues as Tom and Sarah reveal they need financial help, and Connor admits he’s in the process of getting a divorce and has returned so he can be with his loved ones again. The siblings reconcile and then revel in the fact that they all go through various issues together, not just on their own, and the whole family is racing down the road in Connor’s mini-cars in a tight-knit ending.
If home economics is successful, it’s thanks to the remarkable cast McGee and Grace do a good job, but it’s Tatro who stands out, following his credible performance as a high school student in American Vandal in 2017 with the distinctly different role of a wealthy single father The show aims for a more contemporary take on blended families, as seen on ABC, from The Brady Bunch, Full House and My Wife And Kids to more recent comedies like Fresh Off The Boat, The Middle and Modern Family. It stars a queer couple as Sarah (McGee) and Denise (Zamata), and apparently wants to see how income inequality causes real hardship for them as well as for Tom and his wife Marina (Souza). a weird moment when Tom, recording notes for his book, discusses this inequality the moment he meets Connor’s housekeeper, Lupe (Lidia Porto), who surprises her and gives her a questionable look It’s an ABC sitcom, so the scene is glossed over and played for a laugh as the episode ends in a 20 minute streak
In its pilot, Home Economics focuses more on introducing interpersonal dynamics (like the siblings’ favorite song is’ MMMBop ‘, or how Denise and Sarah lovingly refer to each other as Lulu) rather than examine the seriousness of their money issues Although the episode conveys what the central premise is, it also primarily uses POC characters to support their white partners; they don’t have other personality traits, which is especially difficult as Zamata and Souza are formidable performers.The members of the main trio are placed in defining molds: Tom is a period follower, Sarah is a vegan feminist and Connor is the cool, carefree dude These opposing types allow for fun exchanges, but they could also restrict character growth and performance as the show goes on. The first episode ends when everyone asks Tom what he’s talking about in his next novel – he doesn’t tell them, but explains in a voiceover that it’s basically about how close he feels to his. family We have the feeling of this closeness, but while there is strength in the chemistry and in the specificity of certain jokes, the idea is still a little too generic on the whole to generate a lot of anticipation.
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