The series begins with A comedian band follows a traditional Irish Catholic family, where the family moves in large and small changes during periods of turmoil in America. Outside of Los Angeles, Mike and Biggie collected eight young boys who live with little supervision in their three bedrooms and one bathroom. Everything seems to change when his older son Lawrence returns.
The tumult, chaos and divergent interests of these many brothers feels authentic, and so do the besieged parents who are trying to hold it all together with a modest paycheck and as much love as they can divide among eight boys.
All told there's much to like in The Kids Are Alright, partly owing to the era being ripe with possibilities and partly because Doyle's sense of humor about his childhood rings mostly true as it reflects and finds well-earned comedy in nostalgia.
The ABC family-sitcom brand may have another winner in Tim Doyle's (Last Man Standing) affectionate if derivative memoir about growing up in a rambunctious Irish-Catholic family of eight boys in the 1970s.