Number of episodes: 5
Stars: Sean Hayes, Linda Lavin, Samantha Isler, Thomas Lennon, Megan Hilty, Echo Kellum, Vik Sahay
Premise: Sean's (Sean Hayes) world is flipped around when he is dumped by the love of his life and his online retail company is bought up and his new boss Howard (Vik Sahay) is basically a manipulative robot. Oh, and his fourteen year old daughter, Ellie (Samantha Isler) has just moved in to his New York apartment after her mother abandoned her. How can Sean please his asshole boss by working late each night and get home to make chicken parm for a teenage daughter he knows almost nothing about? Thankfully, Sean isn't doing it alone, his mother Lorna (Linda Lavin) is there to help with a sarcastic remark and Sean's office pals Liz (Megan Hilty) and Hunter (Echo Kellum) have his back.
Worst moment from the latest episode: Once again, Sean has his hands full when he enters a dance competition with Megan to spite his mother, who has partnered with Hunter, but in order to win, Sean and Megan must be coached by his over zealous boss—wait, isn't this supposed to be a show about a single father balancing work and raising a daughter? So why is Ellie only in the beginning and the end of the episode? She does randomly make an appearance at the community center dance competition for some reason. Shouldn't she be doing homework, throwing house party, or not watching her father tango with his boss?
Prognosis: Sean gets more likable with every episode as it settles into the right rhythm but it still isn't hitting the right note. It's not the talent—Sean Hayes is great as always and the other cast members step it up as well (more Hunter, please)—but rather the lack of momentum. There are only so many scarring childhood memories Sean and Lorna can recount before the laugh track starts to scratch. It's a situation comedy, but the situations are too artificial and constructed and the humor in Sean is only as deep as the characters. According to Sean Hayes, NBC is to blame for low ratings and viewership. Considering the dismal NBC line up (see The Michael J. Fox Show), Hayes has a point. Touché.