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​Life in Pieces - (S01E05)


Life In Pieces is a single-camera comedy about one big happy family and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments as told by its various members. Of the three siblings, middle child Matt may have just found his true love, his co-worker, Colleen; his coddled youngest brother, Greg, and his wife, Jen, are overwhelmed by the birth of their first child; and the eldest, Heather, and her husband, Tim, are dreading their impending empty nest so much, they're considering having another baby. Their parents are Joan, the family's adoring matriarch who would do anything for her kids - as long as she agrees with it - and John, the gregarious patriarch who's searching for ways to soften the blow of turning 70. As the family's lives unfold in four short stories each week, they try to savor these little pieces of time that flash by but stay with you forever, because these moments add up to what life's all about.

Episode Title: Phone Germs Secret Babe
Airs: 2015-10-19 at 08:30 PM
  • Gail Pennington

    The humor is genuine; the laughs plentiful.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Happily, what really carries Life in Pieces is not avant-garde form but the traditional lifeblood of sitcoms, good writing and funny performances. Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    Life In Pieces’ greatest asset could become its greatest liability, as the series wolfs down potential stories four at a time. But if they’re as funny, well acted, and snappy as the stories in the premiere episode, it’ll be worth it to watch whatever stories Life In Pieces gets to tell.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Life in Pieces offers some very good reasons to walk on the wild side and let the laughs come without any in-show inducements. Whether that’s still asking too much is one of the new season’s more intriguing open questions.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The cast is a sturdy gang of seasoned pros (it’s particularly pleasing to see Wiest in a comedy). And though they’ve probably got nothing new under the sun to tell us about family dynamics, sentimental moments and delicate rites of passage, they seem like nice people to have around for a few laughs.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Descriptions cannot convey the crispness of the writing, and the surprising chemistry that’s already in place among a group of actors with widely differing styles of comedy. Credit writer Justin Adler and director Jason Winer for coming up with an atmosphere and look for Life In Pieces that unifies, rather than fractures, the show.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    With its sharp writing and a uniformly fine cast, this show about lives in pieces is impressively, entertainingly whole.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    While these standalone plots could descend into sketches, they don't--the writing is sharp and relatable, and the cast, particularly Colin Hanks and Zoe Lister Jones as new parents, bring their standard-fare roles to life.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The multiple sub-stories would feel gimmicky if it weren’t for the solidly crisp and sprightly writing and winning performances by the entire cast.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    It's a finish [several seemingly disjointed stories are brought together by the end of the episode] more sitcommy than the show seems to call for, but one not weak enough to upset the balance of funny and heartfelt that made me want to see a bit more, even if it was just for the pleasure of this company.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    This ain't brain science, folks. Just a well-written, nicely performed, and very, very, very familiar sitcom.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kevin Fallon

    That the show finds new humor and life in these done-to-death scenarios is its biggest strength.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    It’s difficult to get much of a clear sense of the characters. Still, it’s an excellent cast who bring their own strengths to the roles.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The comic tone wavers, sometimes uncomfortably, between the ordinary and the absurd.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The cast is stacked, the timing is jaunty, the jokes are good, especially for a pilot.... And yet the show is still four shows jammed into one, with each segment almost entirely self-contained. The series feels neurotically aware of all the other things you could be doing instead of watching it.

    Slate Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    While the first episode of Life in Pieces ... doesn’t immediately inspire the same confidence as [Modern Family] does, what it does have in common with it is a big, ludicrously talented cast who elevate the pilot material in ways that a lesser ensemble couldn’t have managed.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Life in Pieces has that solid foundation in place, with a superior cast that carries from the established veterans who make up its older generation right down to the newcomers representing the youth. Now Life in Pieces just needs to hone the show around its ensemble until it becomes worthy of its stars.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It's solidly constructed and gives each actor a modicum of delightful moments — Wiest most of all. At the same time, there is something airless and artificial about the pilot.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    There may be bits and pieces of Life in Pieces that you enjoy, but the generic, utterly expected whole it amounts to may not encourage you to stick around for more.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It’s not as well done and not nearly as funny or relatable [as Modern Family].

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The family is Short, the stories are short, and a short word describes the overall feel: wan.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    The show feels brittle and impersonal.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Although the show features a topnotch cast, and marks a departure from Chuck Lorre’s multi-camera dominance on the network, Life, charitably, feels like one of those shows best watched while you’re making other plans.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark Peikert

    Separately, the Short family members are worthy of a glimpse and can garner a chuckle. Together, they’re abrasive and unlikable.

    The Wrap Full Review

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