Sitcom about the dysfunctional lives of a newly married couple and the children each of them bring from a previous relationship.
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Caroline Quentin ...
 Maddy Riley (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Jim Riley (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Katy Riley (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
Taylor Fawcett ...
 Danny Riley (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
Patrick Nolan ...
 Ted Jackson (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
Heather Craney ...
 Alison Weaver (15 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Roger Weaver (11 episodes, 2009-2011)
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Sitcom about the dysfunctional lives of a newly married couple and the children each of them bring from a previous relationship.

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Making the title a pun does not make the show funny
22 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

You see, "The Good Life" also had a terrible title, but at least it was funny (cf. "Brittas Empire", "Fawlty Towers"). But I digress.

It seems to me that the writer (whose previous credits, lest we forget, include "My Family") is somewhat of a disadvantage, in that they've neither been exposed to an actual family, nor I suspect, have they ever heard a real human conversation.

Rather than creating humorous situations, solid story arcs and good dialogue, the (two dimensional) characters merely bounce less-than-witty one-liners at each other, showing scant regard for good timing and natural pace. Still, at least they are well en-un-ci-at-ed in order that the elderly weekday afternoon audience can hear the jokes.

So we just get subjected to poor-quality wit and embarrassing pauses in places where any decently funny sitcom would be riding the laugher.

With this in mind, one might think that we'd get a break with some visual gags, but even they are poorly executed and physically awkward. Even the audience sound bored. Normally I'd be optimistic and hope that it picks up towards the end of the series, but this time I'd advise you not to bother.


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