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Playing House - (S01E02)


Emma and Maggie go to brunch with Mark's wife. Mark takes a look into the theft of a garden gnome.

Episode Title: Bird Bones
Airs: -- at 10:30 pm
  • Lori Rackl

    They’ve basically taken that premise [of NBC's “Best Friends Forever”], switched up some of the details and reinvented that show for a new network, which isn’t a bad thing because the original concept was pretty humorous, and Parham and St. Clair play great besties.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    This little sitcom reminds you how rare female friendship is on prime time TV--and just how much fun it can be.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The pair has recast the concept and their chemistry into a suburban setting that feels fresher and friendlier, truly finding its footing at 10:30 with Sloane (and those gnomes).

    Newsday Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    While that loving relationship between these two women is Playing House’s strength, to unlock its potential, and go beyond delightful sitcom, it needs to be about more than that, and there’s certainly potential for that growth.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    The show is light with sharp baby kicks of meanness. [5 May 2014, p.46]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    When the material is overly familiar--Emma running into her high school boyfriend, the predictably quirky characters who populate a small town--their timing lifts it up a few notches.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    As at the Friars, the humor gets low at times, but the characters themselves do not; which is not to say that they keep their dignity. The conversation is long on riffing and syntactically comical constructions.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    In its first two episodes, Playing House does a nice job slowly building out its world and introducing an assortment of amusing, oddball characters.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Expectations couldn't be lower for this unrequested reunion, which is why it comes as such a nice surprise that Playing House, while hardly anything new, provides a much happier showcase for these gals' effortlessly snarky chemistry.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While St. Clair and Parham play well off each other, they also affect almost the exact same comedic voice. In other words, there’s no Lucy and Ethel in this pairing, with each being a little bit of both.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Parham and St. Clair continue to play well off each other, but the writing is tighter this time around and the ensemble cast is better [than "Best Friends Forever"].

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    As in the earlier show [NBC's "Best Friends Forever"], both Parham and St. Clair create likable characters we wouldn’t mind following through strange, poignant, absurd, comic and ultimately endearing adventures. But those adventures get diluted here, at least on the back-to-back opening night episodes, by heavy-handed scenes you don’t expect or want in a USA show.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Maybe the writers will eventually stop making Maggie and Emma sound like high school ditzes and start giving them grown-up dialogue that matches their grown-up situation. Until that happens, the main attraction here is Keegan-Michael Key of the delicious Comedy Central show “Key & Peele.”

    The New York Times Full Review

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