Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”

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The cast of ABC’s Home Economics
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The first episode of the ABC sitcom Household is barely an extension of its two and a half minutes trailer, which focuses on the relationship between the three Hayworth siblings, despite each belonging to a different financial stratum. The show, co-created by Michael Colton and John Aboud, is apparently trying to build on a well-established network of enjoyable family comedies. The basic premise is quickly set (by voice, no less, no more): Tom is a hard-working middle-class author, Sarah is broken after losing her job as a counselor for high-risk students, and Connor is a dirty rich financial guy who just bought Matt Damonextravagant house. Household it focuses on how they overcome that difference in wealth and stay close. Sitcom doesn’t offer much depth or nuance outside the family ethos because of the money, at least not early on – instead it tries to shed light on a well-chosen cast and their chemistry.

Topher Grace, who is also the executive producer, returns to the small screen as Tom Hayworth, also the narrator of the series. Tom secretly uses his extended family adventures as the basis for a new book after the previous one – which talked about the prison baseball team in 1906 and in which there were no women – was sold in five copies. The cast, which also includes Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Tatro, Karla Souza and Sasheer Zamata, is strong. There is a slight vibration in all their interactions, but writing and telling stories gives them a basic characterization. Heartfelt humor tries to fill the void he has left A modern family, which ended in 2020 after 11 seasons, but still offers nothing new in the genre.

The episode begins when Connor returns from San Seattle to San Francisco and invites his family to his newly purchased lavish castle. Both Tom and Sara figure out how to ask for a loan from a younger, richer brother, getting an incentive from the spouses to do so. After exploring the many rooms in his new home, everyone fights when Connor discovers he is taking their parents to Thanksgiving Turks and Caicos instead of doing their usual big affair. This exposes all of their personal problems as Tom and Sara discover they need financial help, and Connor admits to getting a divorce and has moved back so he can be close to his loved ones again. The brothers and sisters invent, and then enjoy the fact that they all go through various problems together, not just alone, and the whole family turns in Connor’s mini-cars in a neatly tied-up area.

If Household succeeds, it’s because of a notable cast. McGee and Grace are doing a good job, but Tatro stands out, following his credible high school student performance in 2017 American Vandal with a distinctly different role from a wealthy single father. The show aims at a more modern look at reunited families as seen on ABC Brady Bunch,, Full House,, i My wife and children newer comedies like Fresh from the ship,, The middle, i A modern family. That he has a queer couple in Sarah (McGee) and Denise (Zamata), and seemingly wants to see how income inequality leads to real difficulties for them as well as for Tom and his wife Marina (Souza). They even cringe at the strange moment when Tom, taking notes for his book, discusses this inequality just as he stumbles upon Connor’s maid Lupe (Lidia Porto), who hears and gives him a questioning look. It’s a sitcom about ABC, so the scene is magnified and played for laughter as the episode ends the 20-minute series.

In his pilot, Household it focuses more on introducing interpersonal dynamics (like how the siblings ’favorite song is“ MMMBop ”or how Denise and Sarah kiss with love like Lulu), rather than examining the seriousness of their financial problems. Although the episode conveys what the central premise is, she also mostly uses POC characters to support her white partners; they have no other personality traits, which is especially rude because Zamata and Souza are great performers. The members of the primary trio are placed in the molds for definition: Tom is a follower of the rules, Sarah is a vegan feminist, and Connor is a carefree cool dude. These opposing types make fun exchanges, but can also limit character growth and performance as the show continues. The first episode ends with everyone asking Tom what his upcoming novel is about – he doesn’t tell them, but he explains in a voice that it’s basically about how close he feels to his family. We experience this closeness, but although there is strength in the chemistry and specificity of some jokes, the idea as a whole is still too generic to be able to generate much expectation.

Wandered observations

  • The show tries to create a very specific image of Matt Damon in our heads by claiming that his house could include a Japanese bathtub, an enclosed yard, and enough closets for Connor to turn it into his daughter’s pajama house.
  • With that same note, do we agree with Sarah when she says that the actor didn’t make a good film after 2011 We bought a zoo? Martian and his cameo Thor: Ragnarok I would like a word.
  • To describe Tom and Connor, Denise says “I know your brothers are Scorpios, but they are also good people.” Like Scorpio, yes, that remark sounds approximately true.
  • Souzina Marina is a former lawyer who casually jokes that Connor killed his wife. It’s a great subtle comeback for her previous role in ABC How to get out of murder, in which Jack Falahee was also her law school colleague Connor Walsh.
  • We will be checking on the Hayworth brothers and sisters all the time Household first season, so be with us.