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How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)

how to live with your parentsNetwork: ABC
Episodes: 13 (half-hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: April 3, 2013 — June 26, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Sarah Chalke, Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins, Jon Dore, Orlando Jones, Rachel Eggleston, and Stephanie Hunt.

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TV show description:
Polly (Sarah Chalke) is a recently divorced single mother who’s having a hard time adjusting to her situation. She wants to be the mother she never had and is trying to figure how to do it. She dropped out of college to marry her daughter’s father so her options for jobs are a little limited. As a result, Polly works at a high-end organic grocery store alongside Jenn (Stephanie Hunt), a single hipster who dates and pierces herself a lot.

Like a lot of young people, she and her daughter Natalie (Rachel Eggleston) have moved back home to live with her eccentric parents; Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (Brad Garrett) Green.

Elaine loves life and is outrageous, earthy and adventurous. Once Polly moves back home, Elaine realizes that her childhood wasn’t ideal and optimistically believes that she can make things right. Max is a failed actor, a successful comedy club owner, and a committed stepfather to Polly and grandfather to Natalie. He’s also a health nut who loves building things, sometimes with Natalie.

Polly and her parents’ views on parenting itself also conflict: Polly wants to be an involved modern parent, but Max and Elaine are laid back, hands-off parents from the 1970s. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Polly’s case, this village is on fire. Although the intentions of her ex-husband Julian (Jon Dore) are good, he doesn’t exactly help extinguish the flames.

Series Finale

Episode #13 — How to be Gifted
Having always felt ordinary, Polly gets her family to go the extra mile to get Natalie into the gifted Magnet program — only to discover she’s gifted in her own way. Also, when Elaine takes on a part in Max’s play reading, their sex life is affected.
First aired: June 26, 2013.

What do you think? Do you like the How to Live with Your Parents TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?


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