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Life in Pieces Season 1 Episode 12 Review: “Bite Flight Wing-Man Bonnie”

Life in Pieces‘ gimmick has worn out its welcome after a dozen episodes; at this point, it’s pretty clear trying to tell four isolated stories in the space of 22 minutes isn’t working. With basically five and a half minutes in each segment, Life in Pieces has approached each vignette not as a short comedy film, but a simplistic comedic set piece: when each plot can be boiled down to the two or three words in the title, it understandably can feel a bit thin, no matter what lens you try to view the episode through. Maybe it was just the name, but I was hopeful a Helen Hunt-directed episode might breathe some life into the show’s already-tired formula; unfortunately, only 1/4th of "Bite Flight Wing-Man Bonnie" is up to the task. READ MORE...

James Brolin Needs a Caroling Buddy in Life in Pieces Clip (Exclusive Video)

James Brolin is getting into the holiday spirit in the new episode of Life in Pieces. In an exclusive clip obtained by TheWrap, John (Brolin) is getting ready for his annual dirty Christmas caroling extravaganza with his old Air Force buddies.   Read More...

Life in Pieces Season 1 Episode 6 Review: “Ponzi Sex Paris Bounce”

Life in Pieces only seems capable of finding pathos in one of its four stories in each episode. Every half hour feels like one idea and three jokes somehow stretched out into four completely isolated stories, which just makes for disjointed, thoroughly superficial television. "Ponzi Sex Paris Bounce" is nothing different for Life in Pieces; any hope that its new time slot and back-nine order would kick the show’s creative capacity into higher gear is gone by the time the installment’s second story kicks in (essentially one long lube joke). The only thing Life in Pieces has done consistently is present itself as comedy for boring, privileged white people."Paris" is an entire story built around a bad hairdresser Heather and Joan both go to, and their attempts to ‘break up’ with her. That’s literally all there is to it: the script doesn’t even take advantage of guest star Alex Bornstein, which would’ve been the easiest path for Life in Pieces to make this story feel relevant. Nope; instead, we get five minutes of Heather lying to a hairstylist about moving to Paris, a story preceded by a five-minute long joke about how awful/impossible sex is for parents of a newborn, a joke that has all the legs of said infant involved in the story. READ MORE...

Let's talk about the 'Life in Pieces' premiere

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall invites his readers to review "Life in Pieces," the new CBS family comedy starring Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Colin Hanks, Zoe Lister-Jones, Dan Bakkedahl, and Betsy Brandt.   Read More... //

Life in Pieces Series Premiere Review: Kind of Like Modern Family But Not

Depicting the lives of the extended Short family via vignettes, Life in Pieces isn't perfect, but it might be the best comedy CBS has seen in years.   Read More... //

Review: Life in Pieces, a CBS Comedy, Told in Vignettes

In this new show, whose cast includes James Brolin and Dianne Wiest, a familys identity is conveyed in six-minute-long stories.   Read More... //

Life in Pieces: Series Premiere Review

CBS's Life in Pieces offers timid laughs but makes up for it with a strong cast and a quirky, segmented format.   Read More... //

Life in Pieces Falls Apart

  All human behavior is garbage, attempting to form familial bonds is like making a cotton-candy shelter during a hurricane, romance is dead, men are idiots, women are perpetually wounded, aging is a curse, youth is a curse, parenting is terrible, being parented is terrible, why am I alive, Life in Pieces is so depressing, let us all pray for darkness. CBS comedies, folks.   The single-camera comedy follows different members of the Short family: Dianne Wiest and James Brolin* as the grandparents; and Thomas Sadoski, Colin Hanks, and Betsy Brandt as the adult children. Sadoski spends the first episode on a first date, Hanks spends it in the immediate aftermath of the birth of his first child, Brandt spends it taking her oldest kid on a college visit, and Brolin spends it staging a mock-funeral for himself instead of a birthday party. Brolin's John reminds everyone in the excruciatingly on-the-nose closing that life is made up of moments, and we carry them with us as precious memories. Everyone looks on earnestly, even getting choked up as he explains what memories are. They're these things you can look back on, see.   Read More... //