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The series is set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America's most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision.
The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he's quitting the seminary to go off and "save the world." Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.
- Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary
- Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary
- Sam Straley as Lawrence
- Caleb Martin Foote as Eddie
- Sawyer Barth as Frank
- Christopher Paul Richards as Joey
- Jack Gore as Timmy
- Andy Walken as William
- Santino Barnard as Pat
Series creator Tim Doyle grew up in an Irish Catholic family in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles, in the 1970s, making the show semi-autobiographical. It is produced by ABC Studios.
ABC officially ordered the series to pilot on January 19, 2018. In February of 2018, Randall Einhorn signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot.
On May 11, 2018, ABC ordered the show to series and announced that the series would be titled "The Kids Are Alright".
On November 7, 2018, "The Kids Are Alright" was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes. On December 14, 2018, ABC ordered an additional episode of the first season, bringing the order to 23 episodes.
On February 13, 2018, Michael Cudlitz was cast as Mike Dwyer. A few days later, Mary McCormack was cast as Peggy Dwyer.
By the end of the month, Sam Straley had joined the cast as Lawrence, along with Caleb Foote as Eddie, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey, and Jack Gore as Timmy.
In early March 2018, Sawyer Barth was cast as Frank; during that same month, it was also revealed that Andy Walken and Santino Barnard had also joined the series.
With the series order in May, the family name was changed from the Dwyers to the Clearys.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 82% approval rating with an average rating of 6.62/10 based on 17 reviews.
The website's consensus reads: "The Kids are Alright is a surprisingly poignant, thoughtful show with a classic sitcom feel."
Metacritic (which uses a weighted average) assigned a score of 71 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
- The Kids Are Alright on Fandom