WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
Starring: Mike O'Malley, Mary McCormack, Justina Machado, Ella Rae Peck, Joseph Haro, Aramis Knight, and Ricardo A. Chavira
Created by Mike Sikowitz
Written by Mike Sikowitz, Directed by Michael Engler
Welcome to the Family is a new blended family comedy surrounding a teen pregnancy. Molly Yoder (Ella Rae Peck) has just squeaked by and graduated high school with plans to attend party school Arizona State. Her parents Dan and Caroline (Mike O'Malley and Mary McCormack) are thrilled to have her leaving the house so they can experience a "renaissance" in their relationship. Junior Hernandez (Joseph Haro) is a bright boy named valedictorian and headed to Stanford much to the pride of his parents Miguel and Lisette (Ricardo A. Chavira and Justina Machado). However, Molly and Junior are dating and Molly gets pregnant and the two decide to get married to the shock of all four parents. Adding to the problems is a bad encounter from a few days prior between Dan and Miguel not to mention the culture clash between the white and Latino families.
BOTTOM LINE: I thought Welcome to the Family started pretty strong but got weaker as the episode went on, which is unusual for a sitcom pilot. Despite that, I still feel like this show is another promising comedy in a year that's full of them. It just has more issues to work through. Let's see if NBC gives it time...