Man with a Plan is CBS’s newest sitcom, starring Friends veteran, Matt LeBlanc as Adam, a dad on a newly formed path to discovering that staying at home with the kids isn’t all fun and games.
When Adam finds his work as a contractor has run its course for now, his wife Andi (Liza Snyder) returns to the workforce after being the stable stay-at-home of the family for over a decade. That leaves papa to pick up the torch and plan his game to wrangle the young ones and stay on top of things.
Rounding out his family are the teenage master-manipulator, Kate (Grace Kaufman); the boy in-between, Teddy (Matthew McCann); and the tiny post-toddler Emme (Hala Finley) who is too stressed at such a tender age. Adam has a plan, and he’s going to prove to Andi he has what it takes to execute it, while staying sane.
As this debut season unfolds, audiences will find out if he can stay on task and effortlessly conduct the crazy-train that is life at home. Plans often fail, and that is where the humor can be found. Families who learn from their mistakes and can laugh together are seen as triumphant.
So far, critics have been harsh in their reviews about this new series. Metacritic has an overall rating of only 37 with 24 critics weighing in their opinions. The positive points are that the show is likable, well constructed, and offers strong actors in their roles, but with few laughs and only a mild entertainment value. Those who really trash on the show, say it is a waste of space from the horrible set design to the lackluster writing and unoriginal storyline.
IMDb voters have ranked this show at a mediocre 6.3 out of 10 with only 450 votes cast so far. Viewers are commenting about how the show doesn’t offer anything new and the canned laughter is just getting old. The original pilot starred Jenna Fischer as Andi opposite LeBlanc, and most fans would have preferred to see her in this role, but they are still not certain that would save it from the chopping block. LeBlanc fans are willing to stick around to see if it develops, but they would rather have seen him in something less family oriented so that his natural comedic tone could thrive.
The debut season premiered on October 24, 2016, and earned a demo rating of 1.6 with 7.32 million viewers checking out this new series. It received a nice lead-in from Kevin Can Wait and seemed to hold nearly all of those viewers captive.
That’s an outstanding start for this show. If the viewership holds steady throughout the season, it has a real chance of being renewed for a second. CBS has not made any official announcements about renewal or cancelation yet, so stay tuned for updates.
#MP airs Monday nights at 8:30pm ET on CBS.
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