The McCarthys: Will You Play Ball With CBS' New Comedy?

The McCarthys Series Premiere

Much in the way that Friday Night Lights isn’t just a show about football, CBS’ The McCarthys isn’t just a show about basketball. It’s also a show about crazy people.

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Thursday’s series premiere introduced viewers to the titular family, a six-piece ensemble of basketball-obsessed lunatics — save for gay son Ronny (the impossibly likable Tyler Ritter), who couldn’t shoot a basket to save his life. Even though he does in the premiere. Twice.

Feeling stifled by his overbearing family, Ronny decides to accept a new job and move to that “god-forsaken wasteland of a city” known as Providence, R.I., famous for its vibrant gay community. (“Aren’t all gay communities ‘vibrant,'” asks Joey McIntyre’s Gerard, exemplifying how The McCarthys‘ humor plays off the characters’ ignorance, rather than the writers’.)

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Ronny’s mom (sitcom queen Laurie Metcalf) does her part to keep Ronny at home, revealing her doctor has found “something” wrong with her, though it doesn’t take a studio audience to see that she’s clearly crafted this mystery disease herself.

the-mccarthys-insetSpeaking of Mama McCarthy, it should be noted that the sitcom’s greatest strength is in the interactions between Metcalf and Ritter, whose mother-son bond is as unnerving as it is hysterical. Nary a Good Wife nor Kira Sedgwick joke falls flat in the premiere — and there are many.

But it’s ultimately sister Jackie’s surprise pregnancy that inspires Ronny to stay put, accepting a job as the assistant coach of his father’s high school basketball team. (“I’m sure I’m not the first gay man whose father used him to try to recruit a basketball player whose mother is a lesbian,” Ronny muses.) 

Your thoughts on The McCarthys? Grade the new sitcom below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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40 Comments
  1. Tran says:

    I give The McCarthys an F. Those Boston accents are 100% annoying.

  2. Aleana says:

    I enjoy it was quite funny gave it a B but I have to say Tyler Ritter look so much like his father the late John Ritter

  3. jen says:

    i was watching for joey, but i gotta say tyler ritter and laurie metcalf were the best on the show

  4. bar says:

    I didn’t realize this show even got picked up! I’m sad I missed it. I’ll have to catch it online tomorrow

  5. Robert says:

    I love the chemistry of Ronnie and his mom, I would definitely watch additional episodes.

  6. Larry says:

    Awesome and Funny

  7. Nick says:

    I loved it

  8. James says:

    I didn’t watch the show but I just wanted to be the first to comment on the amazing coincidence that this Tyler Ritter fellow looks a lot like The deceased sitcom star John Ritter and also he has the same last name

  9. dan says:

    Didn’t plan to watch it, but surfed by just as it was starting. My wife, teenage daughter and I laughed unexpectedly throughout the show! Very enjoyable. Hope it sticks around!

  10. I’d give it a 6 out of 10. It’s on par with something you would see on TVLand, complete with a 90’s sitcom star.

  11. Tran says:

    BTW, I know Tyler Ritter is related to the late John Ritter but is he also related to Jason Ritter as well as Krysten (the actress who was on Breaking Bad)?

  12. ninamags says:

    Does this mean Metcalf can’t be Shellie’s mom anymore? 😧

  13. michael says:

    I thought it was good for a pilot episode. I’ll stick with it for a few weeks to see how it develops. As for the Boston accents, I was waiting for someone to hollar from the basement about ” The Hopper”

  14. Kelly says:

    This is not just BAD BAD BAD…. it is painfully bad.
    The series features what has to be the worst writing of the entire 2014 season.
    It is simply not funny. The series has a “been there done that” feel to it – possibly because it features pieces of other terribly unfunny series. There is not a single new or original idea in the entire program.

    This stinkeroo will not last through mid season.

    • Emily Morgan says:

      Pardon me, if I doubt the ravings of an anonymous voice of the internet–I think it will do very well. Judging by the comments above, a great many other people enjoyed it too. I loved it and the cast.

  15. Netty says:

    I would watch this show just for Ronnie and his mom, great interaction. I don’t like the laugh track though.

  16. MattySi says:

    I thought this show was great. A little heavy on the Boston accents and the bigger twin is annoying but I thought it was great. Being a gay man I can certainly relate to Ronny’s relationship with his mother and yearning to get away and live his life.

  17. KN says:

    I’m really not a fan of CBS sitcoms, but I actually thought this was pretty cute. It’s probably one of the funnier comedy premieres this season.

  18. starship says:

    It was somewhat funny, certainly better than The Millers ever was.

  19. jenna says:

    it was meh for me, watched it because i’m a kelen coleman fan but found her character to be annoying. However pilots tend to be my least favourite episode in a series so i’ll probably give it a couple more weeks

  20. Carrie says:

    i didn’t expect to like it but i really did. The accents were a little heavy but everything else was really funny. I laughed pretty much the entire episode and that rarely happens.

  21. Ugh says:

    I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did. But they seriously need to tone down that laugh track. It was incredibly distracting.

  22. Bob Smith says:

    Aside from the seemingly forced Boston accents (which weren’t totally annoying but not terribly complimentary either), the comedy was stale and the characterizations were also ran. I predict this show is CBS’ first cancellation. The McCarthy’s wasn’t terrible, but it sure isn’t watchable on a weekly basis.

  23. John Moshier says:

    it would of been better with less laugh track everytrhing is not funny

  24. LaurieB says:

    I thought it was funny and will continue to watch. Did anyone catch the continuity error? Brother passes him the ball, he shoots, ball goes bouncing off to the left. Next shot, brother is holding a basketball.

  25. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this pilot. I decided to watch for the fabulous Laurie Metcalf, but really enjoyed the writing. The acting could be a tad better, aside from Metcalf and Tyler Ritter (who I could see following in his legendary dad’s footsteps and being a sitcom superstar), but this was only the pilot, so I’m not judging too harshly. I love the concept, as well. I do think it would be better suited on TV Land as a pairing with Hot in Cleveland or The Exes, though.

  26. Cherri says:

    I actually think I could have really liked this show, but the overdone and way too loud laugh track absolutely drives me crazy and I will not watch it because of that!! I love Laurie Metcalf and have watched parts of this on two occasions, but the laugh track overload will keep me from watching any more episodes.