The Goldbergs tackles the 1980s, Fresh Off the Boat celebrates the 1990s and the new Michael Cudlitz-led comedy The Kids Are Alright harkens back to the 1970s. "ABC has already struck gold with two decade-based family sitcoms that combine searing snark about the generation with just enough sweetness to offset too much bleakness, so it made the smart decision to go with a third — the 1970s-set The Kids Are Alright, which premieres Tuesday," says Tim Goodman. "It wasn't a slam dunk that The Goldbergs ('80s) and Fresh Off the Boat ('90s) were going to work after watching just a couple of episodes, but the DNA for success was there, as it is after seeing a couple of episodes of this series from creator and writer Tim Doyle, who based The Kids Are Alright on his own childhood." ALSO: The Kids Are Alright is a terribly generic name for a surprisingly distinctive and personal sitcom.
TOPICS: The Kids Are Alright, ABC, Michael Cudlitz, Tim Doyle