ABC is famous for its comedies in the past decade, but many shows of the network are getting quite long. So, we should begin to see some newer long-running family-oriented sitcoms from the network. Well, Single Parents, starring Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, Kimrie Lewis, Jake Choi, and Brad Garrett, can make a good choice.
This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents who help each other to raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will Cooper (Taran Killam), a 30-something single dad who is so committed to provide a good life for his daughter that he’s completely forgotten the other parts of his life. The other single parents band together to make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything in life and get him out in the world.
Each parent in this single parents group has a pretty distinct personality or situation. Leading the group is Angie D’Amato (Leighton Meester), a single mom of one son. Another interesting single parent is Choi’s Miggy, who wasn’t ready to be a dad, much less prepared to take on the duties alone, but is honestly trying to do the best. And Garrett’s Douglas, who seems to have been a lifelong childless bachelor before marrying a much younger hottie but she unexpectedly died when their daughters were infants. These characters could address some weird elements of parenthood that don’t usually get brought up on TV shows or in comedies.
For his part, Killam does a good job of being the child-obsessed parent who’s gone so far into the vortex. And, Meester does a reliable job as the single parent who seems to have recently come out of the vortex and can help Will to come back to a more normal, adult life.