By Anubhuti Kumar, Staff Writer
The audiences of NBC’s latest mid-season series, “Crowded”, are set for a front row seat to witness the modern horror story: millennials moving back in with their parents. These parents were perfectly happy to have the burden of parenting finally lifted off their shoulders after so many years of doting on their two daughters.
The show stars Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston as the not-so-empty nesters and Miranda Cosgrove and Mia Serafino as the uptight intellectual daughter and the party girl with a degree in theater arts, respectively. Rounding out the cast are Mike’s parents who are a little too comfortable in their child’s home and are not hesitant to give their opinion on their son and daughter-in-law’s parenting.
While this new sitcom may play on tried and true tropes, it brings its own perspective to the densely saturated world of television. The pilot pulls laughs out of the audience as it depicts this couple moving their girls into college, and dramatically but genuinely bawling at the thought of leaving them. As they arrive back at their empty nest after their second moves out, they start to realize that the freedom of not having to act responsible and parental might not be so bad. Yet just as they are getting used to this newfound freedom, both girls announce they will be moving back in, as both the scientist and the actor they hope to be are jobless.
“Crowded” pokes fun at the millennials who refused to compromise on their dreams and the parents who raised them. The cast is truly what makes it worth watching. Warburton and Preston pull off parental characters with a balance of love and exasperation at their kids who refuse to grow up and the grandparents are the zany and over opinionated people that would be annoying in real life but funny when they are butting into someone else’s life.
The shooting of this show marks the 1,000 episode of direction by James Burrows who is well known for his “Must See TV” shows such as “Will & Grace” and “Friends” as well as “Taxi” and “Cheers” amongst others and was celebrated with a tribute on NBC recently where the casts of his many shows came together for mini reunions. While this latest venture might not qualify as “Must See” it definitely does not deserve to be skipped over.
Creator Suzanne Martin, who also made “Hot in Cleveland” based the show on her own life and that inspiration seems to be one that many in this era can relate to. Even Warburton and Cosgrove admit to similar situations as their character in their off screen lives. Though the concept may not be entirely innovative, it takes an amusing and witty look at the generation gaps between three different generations and what that means for the multiple relationships on the show.
Airing Sundays at 9:30PM on NBC, “Crowded” is a fun and entertaining way to start the week off with more than a few laughs.