'The Kids Are Alright' stars Caleb Foote and Sam Straley tease "wholesome family fun" in upcoming ABC series
There are at least a dozen comedy shows airing on television at the moment, many of which even use unconventional family dynamics to tickle the funny bone. But most of them cater to different age groups - meaning, there are a handful shows that you can sit down and enjoy with the entire family.
Filling this void on the primetime is ABC's upcoming 1970s-set comedy series, 'The Kids Are Alright.' Inspired by the childhood of creator and executive producer Tim Doyle, the show revolves around the Clearys, a traditional Irish-Catholic family, who are tasked with the dual burden of raising eight boisterous boys and navigating through life during one of the most tumultuous decades, the 70s.
Just when it seems all good, in fact, ripples are stirred in this American household by none other than the eldest Clearys sibling, Lawrence (starring Sam Straley). His plans of quitting the seminary and taking up the challenge of saving the world would undoubtedly have some repercussions, but hopefully not without some comic breaks.
"This one ['The Kids Are Alright'] is just like, as cheesy as it sounds, wholesome family fun," Caleb Foote, who plays Eddie exclusively told Meaww, explaining the characteristics that set the show apart from all the other period family comedies.
"And a lot of comedy comes from..." Foote continued, as his co-star Straley piped in, completing the thought for him, "the family dynamics rather than individual jokes." Foote also explained how the jokes are not made at the cost of any individual, rather poking humorous jabs at each other as part of the narrative.
"And there is nothing facetious," the actor said, "they are making fun of themselves. So it's all very light comedy that is good for all ages, for the old people and the young folks."
As Straley added, "Also it has got a little style. We have really great directors and a great showrunner, and it is kinda stylized."
Executive produced by Doyle and starring Michael Cudlitz (Mike), Mary McCormack (Peggy), Sawyer Barth (Frank), Christopher Paul Richards (Joey), Jack Gore (Timmy), Andy Walken (William), and Santino Barnard 'Pat', the show has Randall Einhorn on board as the director.
'The Kids Are Alright' is set to premiere on ABC on October 16.