Number of episodes: 1
Ratings for debut: 1.1 (2.9 million viewers)
Stars: Mike O'Malley, Mary McCormack, Ella Rae Peck, Joey Haro, Ricardo Chavira, Justina Machado
Premise: High school graduates Junior Hernandez (Joseph Haro) and Molly Yoder (Ella Rae Peck) find out they're going to be parents. After deciding they're keeping the baby and forfeiting all of their future plans they must now tell their own folks. A culture clash ensues once the Hernandezes and the Yoders are forced to become one big happy family.
Prognosis: Welcome to the Family could easily be written off as another generic feel-good family comedy that pales in comparison to Modern Family, but it makes you want to root for it, not because it's an underdog, but because it has potential.
The show has a great cast, including Mike O' Malley as Dan Yoder and Ricardo Chavira as Miguel Hernandez, whose sometimes child-like rivalry propels the show. However, the show's writing fails miserably. Junior and Molly are two-dimensional: beauty and the geek. He was a valedictorian headed to Stanford, while she scraped by in high school and continues to play the ditz. (She mistakes "patriarchic" for "parochial.") Everything Junior says belongs in a Hallmark card or on a bumper sticker. Eye-roll-inducing moments included: Junior's hasty proposal, Molly's attempts at feminism, and the Yoders' numerous comments about Molly's "stupidity." No need to hit us over the head with it.
Since this was only the pilot there's hope the writers will turn things around, or maybe upside down? (Spoiler Alert: The episode ends with Molly's mom looking at a pregnancy test). —Arianna Friedman