“How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)” premieres tonight after “Modern Family.” It’s never really a good sign when a network premieres a show so late — even by midseason standards. The HuffPost TV staff saw the pilot almost a year ago when ABC announced its 2012-2013 season. We rated each show with a “Watch It,” “DVR It” or “Skip It.”
Here are our thoughts on the original pilot. It may have been tweaked since we viewed:
Maureen Ryan: DVR It
Sarah Chalke long ago proved that she’s one of TV’s most consistently winning and skilled comedy performers, and if the rest of this show is a little broad and manic, it might settle down into something sweet and mildly entertaining. Fingers crossed it’s the next “Suburgatory.”
Maggie Furlong: DVR It
Get past the name — seriously, just do it — and give this show a shot, just for the cast alone. Quirky and cute, it has potential.
Jaimie Etkin: DVR It
Another one of those shows that I want to like because of its stars — Sarah Chalke! Elizabeth Perkins! Another adorable little girl! — but it didn’t quite work. But “HTLWYPFTROYL” has some things to work out … obviously.
Chris Harnick: DVR It
It’s sort of cute, but annoying at the same time. Hopefully the kinks will get worked out.
Alex Moaba: DVR It
Nothing lol-worthy, but Elizabeth Perkins, Brad Garrett and Brad Garrett’s earring playing kooky, too-sexually adventurous grandparents had me chuckling occasionally. Enjoyed the final montage set to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ “Home” more than the rest of the pilot, which probably isn’t a great sign.
Leigh Weingus: DVR It
The pilot was entertaining, but the pathetic “I’m in my 30s and live with my parents” storyline will likely get old.
Laura Prudom: DVR It
The pilot was light on laughs, but it has a great ensemble, so I’m hoping the scripts sharpen up.