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The McCarthys - (S01E06)


When Marjorie learns Jackie's ex-boyfriend is gay, she tries to fix Ronny up with him. Also, Sean gives Gerard a birthday gift that proves to be disappointing to everyone but Marjorie.

Episode Title: Why Guys Shouldn't Date Their Sister's Ex
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  • Jethro Nededog

    CBS's new comedy The McCarthys is well written and terrifically cast. Star Tyler Ritter is effortless in his delivery and grounds the comedy that can take family bonding to extremes.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Lanford Beard

    On this sitcom about a basketball-obsessed Boston clan, Laurie Metcalf stands out as matriarch Marjorie.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The characters are more affectionate than antagonistic. They are dim, but mostly not dumb, countering what we have come to expect from portrayals of the middle- or working-class people of Boston.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Whatever its traditional trappings, The McCarthys is buoyed by Metcalf’s always solid work and Ritter’s boyish appeal amid a capable, energetic ensemble. Some of the lines are amusing and even the clinkers don’t land too hard.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The McCarthys--good-natured, old-fashioned, unchallenging--isn't a bad sitcom, just an obvious one.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    I want to like the show, but it’s going to be difficult.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The pilot has a few funny moments, mostly courtesy of Metcalf. Ronny’s siblings come off less like real people and more like caricatures.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    That the show itself feels like a bit of a throwback doesn't have to be a bad thing: It's a throwback to a time when millions more people watched shows like this.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Sitcoms have succeeded on less, and while The McCarthys won’t dazzle anyone with spectacular dunks, it’s counting on the fundamentals being enough.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The pilot (the only episode I've seen, despite the very late premiere) is ultimately painless.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    A loud, old-school comedy with Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") as mom Marjorie and Tyler Ritter (look-alike younger son of the late John Ritter) as gay son Ronny.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The family's affectionately teasing acceptance of Ronny's sexual orientation almost makes up for the fact that everyone seems to take too much to heart brother Gerard's philosophy of how to get things done: "Volume and repetition."

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Mr. Ritter sells the character pretty well.... The other McCarthys are also all familiar archetypes, which makes this show another in what seems to be a trend of comfort-food comedies: witty without being ambitious; safe rather than scalding.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    When the show is focused on Mr. Ritter and Ms. Metcalf, The McCarthys rises above the usual sitcom slop that it feels like whenever the other characters get screen time.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    If you don't see where this is headed, you've never seen a sitcom before. Everyone else will get there long before the show does, because everyone else has already been there.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show is moderately entertaining, but the cast in general bumps things up a notch, and Metcalfe bumps them up several more.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    It'll likely be a typical CBS sitcom going forward: full of broad characters and predictable moments but reasonably amusing and well made.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The central mother-son dynamic and its moments of warmth can’t overcome the weariness that permeates the rest of the show and cast.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    CBS's The McCarthys manages to be unfunny, dated and stereotypical all in under a half-hour.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Like too many sitcom-makers these days, creator Brian Gallivan bases this quickly forgettable series on his upbringing as the athletics-averse gay sibling in a Boston household full of loudmouthed sports nuts.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Chris E. Hayner

    At the end of the day, The McCarthys feels like an incredibly dated concept done incorrectly. If it's not the worst new comedy of the fall, it's certainly giving the others a run for their money.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review

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