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Trophy Wife: Season 1 (2013-2014)

Seasons:
1

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 10

Charm, likeable characters, good chemistry, and an efficient pace help to make Trophy Wife a sly, insightful sitcom.

70

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 6

Charm, likeable characters, good chemistry, and an efficient pace help to make Trophy Wife a sly, insightful sitcom.

audience

80

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 43

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Season Info

This comedy follows a young woman (Malin Akerman), who, after marrying an older man (Bradley Whitford), inherits difficult relationships with his three kids and two ex-wives. In Season 1, Kate (Akerman) tries to take on more responsibility by helping Pete (Whitford) coach Bert's (Albert Tsai) soccer team. Later, Meg (Natalie Morales) posts an unflattering picture of Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) online, and Kate butts heads with Jackie (Michaela Watkins) after the two go into business together. Ryan

Network: ABC

Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 24, 2013

Pilot

Still feeling like she is proving herself to her three stepchildren and her husband's two ex-wives, Kate offers to handle a parent-teacher meeting; an incident with vodka puts Kate in a compromising position. -- (C) ABC

2
Air date: Oct 1, 2013

Cold File

'Cold File',10/01/2013, When Kate asks Pete for more responsibility, he entrusts her to put Bert to bed and help him coach Bert's soccer team.

3
Air date: Oct 8, 2013

The Social Network

Diane and Pete pry into Hillary's Facebook page after she's caught lying in order to hang out with a boy.

4
Air date: Oct 15, 2013

The Breakup

'The Breakup',10/15/2013, When Meg stays with Kate and Pete after a break-up, Kate is torn between her friendship and obligations as a wife and step-mom.

5
Air date: Oct 22, 2013

The Tryst

Pete and Kate spice things up inside a janitor's closet. Meanwhile, Jackie works on her online-dating profile.

6
Air date: Oct 29, 2013

Halloween

'Halloween',10/29/2013, Halloween is Jackie and Bert's most favorite holiday, but when Jackie's homemade Iron Man costume doesn't turn out the way Bert had intended, Kate swoops in and hijacks the holiday.

7
Air date: Nov 5, 2013

The Date

'The Date',11/05/2013, When Kate and Pete host a party, Jackie crashes and hooks up with Pete's co-worker Sad Steve, much to Pete's discomfort.

8
Air date: Nov 12, 2013

Lice and Beary White

A lice breakout hits the Harrison household. Meanwhile, Pete tries to resolve an argument between Warren and Bert.

9
Air date: Dec 3, 2013

Russ Bradley Morrison

Kate tries to play matchmaker to Diane and another parent on Warren?s field trip, but is shocked by what she learns in doing so. Meanwhile, Jackie takes it upon herself to care for Pete when he?s sick ? but she finds herself more interested in having the run of the house. Also, Hillary?s educational skits and songs upstage Bert in his own classroom. (C) ABC

10
Air date: Dec 10, 2013

Twas the Night Before Christmas ... Or Twas It

When all the presents go missing on Christmas morning and none of the parents can remember where they are, the family goes on a mission to piece together the mystery of what happened the night before Christmas. Along the way, Kate and Jackie team up to give Diane the perfect Christmas gift and Pete trades in his Grinch-like attitude and embraces the true spirit of Christmas. (C) ABC

11
Air date: Jan 7, 2014

The Big 5-0

Kate tries to break Pete?s lifelong streak of horrible birthdays, but it seems the curse is very hard to break. Meanwhile, Diane and Jackie spend the day together looking for a birthday gift for Pete. (C) ABC

12
Air date: Jan 14, 2014

The Punisher

When Warren and Hillary misbehave on Kate?s watch, Diane convinces Kate to actually punish them for once. Kate lays down a harsh sentence...which the kids are able to exploit to ?punish? her. (C) ABC

13
Air date: Jan 21, 2014

The Tooth Fairy

When Bert loses a tooth, Kate learns of Pete and Jackie?s elaborate Tooth Fairy rituals. The fact that Kate doesn?t share their excitement makes her question her maternal nature. However, in helping Warren with his first study date, Kate finds she?s more maternal than she thought. (C) ABC

14
Air date: Feb 4, 2014

Foxed Lunch

'Foxed Lunch',02/04/2014, Kate decides she wants in on Jackie's latest business venture of catering and delivering healthy kid lunches, but when they disagree on quality versus quantity, things get very messy.

15
Air date: Mar 4, 2014

Happy Bert Day

Kate uses Bert?s birthday party as an entree into the exclusive soccer mom clique. Meanwhile, Diane refuses to admit she made a mistake when she makes an illegal left turn, and Warren develops a guy crush on the object of Hillary's affection. (C) ABC

16
Air date: Mar 11, 2014

The Wedding: Part 1

'The Wedding Part One',03/11/2014, When Kate finds Pete's old wedding videos with Diane and Jackie, she realizes she robbed herself of that special memory by eloping and is now determined to have a redo and plans her dream wedding.

17
Air date: Mar 18, 2014

The Wedding: Part 2

Kate persists in planning her dream wedding despite the added chaos from the arrival of her mother Cricket (guest star Megan Mullally) and Pete?s parents. However, things come to a screeching halt when the family gets some bad news. (C) ABC

18
Air date: Apr 1, 2014

Couples Therapy

n order to get some time to themselves, Pete and Kate lie to Jackie and Diane about being in couples? therapy. The exes catch on to their trick and confront Pete for lying in order to avoid conflict. (C) ABC

19
Air date: Apr 8, 2014

The Minutes

'The Minutes',04/08/2014, After Kate saves Diane from choking, she takes over the PTA and finds it harder to navigate than she thought.

20
Air date: Apr 29, 2014

There's No Guy in Team

Kate tries to help Warren improve his social life, but her efforts backfire. (C) ABC

21
Air date: May 6, 2014

Back to School

'Back to School',05/06/2014, Kate begrudgingly agrees to accompany Jackie to her high school reunion, not fully realizing all that it entails.

22
Air date: May 13, 2014

Mother's Day

Kate is overjoyed when Diane and Jackie offer to let her have the kids on her first Mother's Day, however, when Kate discovers their hidden agenda -- she is determined to get revenge. (C) ABC

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (10)

You know exactly where this one is going and yet it works for the most part.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It has a few laughs but doesn't deserve any trophies.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Buffalo News

There's a tremendous energy to Trophy Wife, making it a delightful comedy that's far more wholesome than its title implies.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Trophy Wife could prove to be one of the more charming comedies on television.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Grounded in parental reality, it's funny and promises to be funnier.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

It's the optics of the title that will prevent perfectly reasonable people from not tuning in. Keeping people once they arrive will be easy.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

As extreme as the three-wife concept might be, the execution is believable and the scenarios genuinely funny.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

There's something oddly comforting in the harmless, fluffy nature of the show.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Akerman's effortlessly sexy wackiness is a delightful counterpoint to the dour authority of Marcia Gay Harden as first wife Dr. Diane and the daffy neuroses of Michaela Watkins as flighty Wife No. 2 Jackie.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

What won me over to Trophy Wife was the sense that the writers not only have specific ideas about who the characters are, but they also have a great deal of affection for every member of this ad hoc family.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

The charming pilot swerves quickly from the expected Bravo-reality-show-catfight scenario and becomes something more complicated and rewarding.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

In many ways it's not fair -- a few weeks with this cast could produce some intriguing results -- but it's hard to imagine the audience waiting around to see what jells.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Akerman bumps into things with abandon and just the right glimmer of grace. Her knees knock and her limbs fold up like a newborn colt, learning to walk. But her show, anyway, already has legs.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

The only character who really lands is Akerman's - she's charming and plays drunk amusingly - but that's the one who needs to if the show is going to work.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's a pile of cliches on top of stereotypes on top of bad comedy.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Much to my surprise, Trophy Wife turned out to be one of my favorite pilots of the fall season. And pretty much completely not the show I thought it would be.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

I so wanted to like this show, but Trophy is no prize.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Although not as funny (or loud) as The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife offers some promise if viewers can get beyond its Cougar Town-like title, which may be a high bar to clear.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Buried beneath the frenzied, too-eager-to-please surface is a comedy that, at its best, evokes the colorful bustle of Malcolm in the Middle and the worn-down wisdom of Men of a Certain Age. There's life in it.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Even if you swallow all of Trophy Wife's absurd contrivances, you won't be laughing very much.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

I named Trophy Wife one of the fall's 10 best based on a pilot that was better than it sounded on paper.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

We believe they were brought together because someone thought it would add up to a good sitcom. Sadly, not quite.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Whitford is always winning, and even the poor exes find wiggle room inside their cliches.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

There is some vague promise afoot in the ensemble of performers; they're all adept enough to build distinctive characters if they have the time and the backing of writers who know how to write for actors.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Blended family strains for laughs with wacky sitcom hijinks.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The sitcom chefs at ABC have fired up the Cuisinart in an effort to create another blended-family winner on a par with Modern Family, but the result, Trophy Wife, is forced-frivolity mush.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Akerman has wit and style, and so does the show, which is not the swirling bimbomania you might expect from the title.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

In its pilot form, at least, Trophy Wife is surprisingly self-assured and confident, the sort of show that seems ready to hit its stride in just a week or two.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

[Trophy Wife] boasts one of the new season's most charming couples in Akerman and Whitford.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Warm, sly, and very, very funny.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Akerman is reason enough to buy in for at least a few episodes.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

These are not people you want to spend 22 minutes with every Tuesday night.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

The show is so intent on jumping to the "hot stepmom" gags that it doesn't give its characters much room to breathe - much less time for us to get to know them, or each other.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Trophy Wife is the only new sitcom that clears the double hurdles of cast chemistry and story pacing in the pilot episode.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Thanks to appealing female leads and a clever script, Trophy Wife transcends its simplistic title.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

There aren't a ton of laugh-out-loud moments. In fact, the pilot inspires more smiles than guffaws. However, as sitcoms go, this one isn't bad.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The half-hour is loaded with issues and it's all too sudden and sitcom-random...but these things happen.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Audience Reviews for Trophy Wife: Season 1

Surprisingly cuter than I expected. And Albert Tsai is great. Every time he winks I cry laughing.
December 9, 2013
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