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Man with a Plan is a new family comedy about a contractor who learns that parenting his three young children may be the most difficult job he's ever had. Adam feels fully equipped to take on more parenting responsibilities while his self-assured wife, Andi, returns to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years. However, Adam is blindsided by how tough it is to wrangle three messy kids who can't live without Wi-Fi. Their preteen daughter, Kate, is a master manipulator and initially thrilled that "Daddy Fun Times" is taking over, middle child Teddy can't seem to keep his hands out of his pants despite constant reminders, and their precious youngest, Emme, is nervous about starting kindergarten under the stern supervision of Mrs. Rodriguez. In the midst of it all, Adam's older brother and business partner, Don, enjoys giving him terrible advice about how to run his family. But, with Andi's encouragement and advice from a couple of equally stressed parents, Marie and Lowell, Adam takes charge of his brood, lays down the law and discovers he's going to "nail" this job.

 
Status: Running
TV Channel: CBS
  • Robert Lloyd

    Neither [Man With a Plan or The Great Indoors] is groundbreaking or particularly exciting; both are quite likable and solidly constructed.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • It’s a shopworn premise to be sure, but the delivery system overcomes much of that. LeBlanc fine-tunes his doofus Joey persona and smoothly rolls with it at home, at school and in the workplace he shares with older brother Don (a serviceable Kevin Nealon).

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    It’s a very traditional and very safe sitcom.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Zach Hollwedel

    A show that offers few laughs and just as much entertainment.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Tom Long

    Man with a Plan just makes you wish he’d take his sincere befuddlement elsewhere, someplace that mattered. Simply put, Matt LeBlanc is too good to be this irrelevant.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    A wan, weary network-sitcom-by-committee--oh, and Matt LeBlanc, too.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The writers deliver a stale idea.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    It is by no means a great sitcom out of the gate, and it’s about 8 billion light-years away from anything that could be described as cable-y. But there are worse ways to spend a half-hour.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    After the pilot, Man With a Plan dials back the concept. All that leaves, though, is a standard extended-family sitcom. The characters are too generic to make that work.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The show is well-staged; it’s just that there’s not much of a show.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    LeBlanc is a talented comedian—his Episodes, which will wind up a five-season run on Showtime early next year, is the most scabrously funny Hollywood self-examination ever—but there's no way he could have saved this generic, mailed-in show, in which the tepidity of the jokes is exceeded only by the depth to which they're driven into the ground.

    Reason.com Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    LeBlanc is on Joey autopilot here, sometimes landing a punchline with his well-honed comic timing, but more frequently unable to commit to exactly how dumb Adam is supposed to be, an obliviousness that varies by scene.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    As far as comfortable, mediocre family sitcoms go, Man with a Plan appears to be finding a nice groove, establishing a patter between easy stereotypes and incrementally encouraging Adam to grow.

    Variety Full Review
  • Katie Dyson

    Man with a Plan is unable to render its primary characters’ internal frustrations or anxieties as anything other than an engine for tired sitcom plots.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There is something wrong with the most popular and prosperous broadcast network churning out work that is this witless and lifeless.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Amber Dowling

    Chemistry wasn’t the problem with either version of the pilot. Indeed both actresses are fine in the role, as is LeBlanc; it’s the show itself that could use some work.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Less charitably, it's as if CBS has been sucked into a time warp -- delivering the fourth best sitcom of the 1989 season.

    CNN Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Uninspired, obvious and just not that humorous, there’s little reason to make a plan to watch CBS’s latest in a string of disappointing new sitcoms.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Jon Negroni

    Man with a Plan is not a good show, even by low sitcom standards, and far away from the effective multi-cam format CBS has become used to employing in its massive hit lineup.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    Not only is the series uncomfortably dated and anti-equality, but it’s also criminally unfunny. The canned laughter is almost entirely unearned and usually revolves around predictable wordplay instead of, you know, jokes.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    The show places a tremendous amount of faith in LeBlanc, but in spite of the occasional flash of Joey Tribbiani panache, he’s always outshone by Snyder, Nealon, or the analogy-loving dialogue of husband-and-wife creators Jeff and Jackie Filgo.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    There are opportunities here for something more interesting than what develops, which is laced with needlessly crass jokes (and no real humor), but Man with a Plan clearly has no plans to explore that.

    Collider Full Review
  • Dave Nemetz

    The whole enterprise just feels very phoned-in. LeBlanc appears mostly disinterested during his scenes, and the script doesn’t bother to give Adam any character traits beyond “a slightly less dumb version of Joey.”

    TVLine Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Imagine that this particleboard sitcom is in fact part of a lost season of Showtime’s “Episodes,” in which “Matt LeBlanc” (played by LeBlanc, in a nicely meta turn) winds up landing yet another sitcom that exists mainly to employ actors, writers and producers--and thus consciously squanders all the critical goodwill he gained by playing a version of himself on an ironic premium cable comedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    This is one of the least authentic family sitcoms on TV, right down to the horrible home set, which looks like it was cribbed from the scraps of canceled shows.

    Boston Herald Full Review
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