United We Fall





Kristin Smith

TV Series Review

Bill and Jo are just trying to survive.

Parents to quirky, elementary aged Emily and her baby sister, Bill and Jo don’t get a lot of sleep. Nor do they always eat balanced meals, consciously control screen time or maintain positive attitudes around the clock.

But who can blame them? Parenting is hard. Especially when Bill’s overly critical mother still lives in house (even though she’s perfectly capable of moving out), and Jo’s annoyingly perfect brother constantly stops by to rub his perfectly balanced life in their faces. Or when Emily’s teachers call for spontaneous parent-teacher conferences. Or when a calm, peaceful night turns into a scrambled, chaotic trip to the emergency room.

It’s enough to make anyone lose it. And although Bill and Jo don’t always get it right and often deviate from the same parenting page, they’re committed to figuring out life’s problems, one crazy day at a time.   

Ain’t It Tough?

United We Fall is the latest in the long line of 22-minute, laugh- track-added family comedies.

Focusing on two parents and their extended family members, this show takes a look at the differences in generational parenting styles, the stress of everyday life and the gold in working through unexpected circumstances.

Full of cheesy moments, some references to alcohol and misuses of God’s name, this PG-rated TV series encapsulates the difficulties of parenting and those small, shining moments that make it all worth it. As Bill would say, “People who don’t have children are stupid and understand nothing and are also very, very lucky.”

Episode Reviews

July 15, 2020: “Pilot”

Bill and Jo try to remain positive throughout a very hectic day of parenting. Bill and Jo’s daughter, Emily, is rushed to the emergency room after suffering from a prolapsed rectum.

Emily tells her dad that she knows how he will die. Similarly, Emily has a fascination with mummies and Egyptian culture. Bill and Jo joke about how Emily eats bananas and pretends they’re screaming while she does so, calling her “insane.” We hear that a young man was crushed by an avalanche and killed.

An elderly woman jokes about her medicines “interacting well.” Bill gets pulled over and has to take a sobriety test. Men and women drink wine and joke about drinking plenty of beer.

Bill says, “The Universe hates us.” Bill’s mother encourages her son to invoke fear in their children as a parenting strategy. Jo jokes about her siblings who are in court. Bill feels as if he might vomit during a confrontational situation.

Jo says, “Give me strength, Jesus.” God’s name is misused twice, and a few other crudities are heard as well, such as “crap,” “sucks” and “dumb.”

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Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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