‘The McCarthys,’ TV review
The play’s the thing for sports-mad family in new CBS sitcom with Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre and Kelen Coleman
It’s an amazing coincidence that all six members of the McCarthy family were born as sitcom characters.
One mother, one father, three sons, one daughter — and it’s almost impossible to imagine any of them outside a sitcom.
Never more than a half sentence from its next gag, “The McCarthys” is even into sports betting. It’s betting that the mystique of Boston sports is enough of a foundation on which to build everything else.
Arthur McCarthy (Jack McGee) coaches high school basketball. With his last season coming up, he’s desperate to win a title.
Arthur and two of his sons — Sean (Jimmy Dunn) and Gerard (Joey McIntyre) — are consumed by sports. So is his daughter, Jackie (Kelen Coleman), who dresses and acts like what she imagines to be every athlete’s fantasy.
The third son, Ronny (Tyler Ritter), is gay. He has somehow resisted knowing much about sports despite spending much of his life with his family watching the Sox, Celtics, Pats and Bruins.
Ronny is, however, the favorite son of his mother Marjorie (Laurie Metcalf). They watch “The Good Wife” together.
Essentially, the show is a half hour of heartwarming wrapped in wisecracks, sports gags and the small crises of working-class life.
Sitcoms have succeeded on less, and while “The McCarthys” won’t dazzle anyone with spectacular dunks, it’s counting on the fundamentals being enough.