Primetime TV Review: “United We Fall”

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United We Fall

“United We Fall” on ABC, Review by Eva 7/19/2020

I wanted to watch this show because the commercials for it looked funny, and I enjoy watching sitcoms.  Comedies are my favorite thing to watch on television, so I’m always looking for a new sitcom to watch.  I was not too impressed with “United We Fall” as I thought the show was going to be funny since Jane Curtin (Saturday Night Live, Kate & Allie, 3rd Rock from the Sun) is in the cast.

Will Sasso plays Bil,l and Christina Vidal plays Jo – couple raising two young daughters, who are constantly wondering if they’re good parents.  Bill’s mother Sandy (Jane Curtin) got sick two years ago, so Bill and Jo let her move in with them, so they could care for her.  Sandy is now better but doesn’t want to move out of their house.  Sandy is also very critical of the way Bill and Jo are raising her granddaughters. I think Will Sasso and Christina Vidal have great chemistry and are believable as a married couple.  They’re also funny, but I think that, at times, they try to make them funny by doing these long monologues in which they yell at each other, or someone else, telling that person that they don’t know how hard it is for them to raise their little girls (which are not that funny).  I also think that they are wasting Jane Curtain’s talent by not using her enough, and by not including her enough in the main story of the show.  They should make her part of the main story of the episode, not give her a different story to play which has nothing to do with it.

I give this show 3 out of 5 stars because they need to make the cast more of an ensemble and get them all  involved in the two different stories of each episode so that at the end of each episode, both stories can end, and the audience feels like these characters are a family and not people just living together with their own separate lives.

More Information:

  • Trailer: United We Fall
  • Press Release: United We Fall
    United We Fall – Promos, Premiere Date + Press Release *Updated 27th June 2020*
    Cast Includes Will Sasso (‘The Orville’), Christina Vidal-Mitchell (‘Sneaky Pete’), Guillermo Diaz (‘Scandal’) and Jane Curtin (‘Saturday Night Live’)Parenting can be tough. Throw some overzealous extended family members into the mix and chaos will undoubtedly ensue. Join the ride with the latest addition to ABC’s comedy slate, “United We Fall,” set to premiere with back-to-back episodes on WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

    The profoundly realistic family sitcom follows the trials and tribulations of Jo and Bill, parents of two young kids, as they try to make it day to day as a functioning family. Bill’s very judgmental live-in mother and Jo’s large Latinx Catholic family will never hesitate to let our couple know they’re seemingly screwing up, but Bill and Jo will always have each other’s backs, united against everyone – other parents, teachers, doctors, specialists, coaches, co-workers and especially their kids.

    “United We Fall” is the latest addition to ABC’s iconic family comedy brand, which includes two of TV’s top four comedies – “The Conners” and “The Goldbergs” – plus the Emmy® Award-nominated “black-ish” and its spinoff “mixed-ish,” which is about to enter its sophomore season; “American Housewife” starring Katy Mixon; and the new comedy “Call Your Mother,” starring Kyra Sedgwick, which debuts next season.

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    “United We Fall” stars Will Sasso as Bill Ryan, Christina Vidal Mitchell as Jo Rodriguez, Jane Curtin as Sandy Ryan, Guillermo Diaz as Chuy Rodriguez and Ella Grace Helton as Emily Ryan.

    Julius “Goldy” Sharpe (“Making History”) wrote and executive produced the pilot. Seth Gordon and Julia Gunn are also executive producers. Mark Cendrowski directed the pilot, which was produced by Sony Pictures Television, Exhibit A Film, Julius Sharpe International Petroleum & Writing Inc. and ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.

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