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Trophy Wife: Season 1 (2013-2014)

Seasons:

TOMATOMETER

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

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

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

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 46

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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 … More

Network:
ABC
Premiere Date:
Sep 24, 2013

Cast

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 24, 2013

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',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

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

Meg moves in with Kate and Pete after a breakup. Meanwhile, Warren helps Bert with a project.

5
Air date: Oct 22, 2013

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

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Critic Reviews for Trophy Wife: Season 1

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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
E! Online

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Buffalo News

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

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
Time Out Chicago

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

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
CinemaBlend.com

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

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013
Zap2it.com

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

Full Review… | September 25, 2013
Under the Radar

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

Full Review… | September 25, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013
Huffington Post

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
New York Daily News

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
Newsday
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Blended family strains for laughs with wacky sitcom hijinks.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
USA Today

Warm, sly, and very, very funny.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Grantland

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Uncle Barky

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Variety

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

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Washington Post

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

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2013
IGN Movies

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

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
Denver Post

Audience Reviews for Trophy Wife: Season 1

½

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

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