How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is an American television sitcom created by Claudia Lonow which follows a single and very uptight divorced mother who — along with her daughter — ends up moving into her parents' house because of the financial crisis and her divorce.
The series aired in the USA on ABC from 3 April to 26 June, 2013. There are 13 half-hour episodes in one season.
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) originally aired in South Africa on M-Net (simulcast in HD) from 19 July to 11 October, 2013. It later aired on DStv's Vuzu channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
The series originally aired on M-Net from 19 July to 11 October, 2013. New episodes broadcast weekly at 19h00 for three episodes, but changed to 18h00 from Episode 4 (which aired on Friday 9 August).
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) premiered on Vuzu on Tuesday 14 January 2014, at 18h30. New episodes broadcast daily, on weekdays.
Polly (Sarah Chalke) is a single mom who has recently divorced. The transition hasn't been easy for her, especially in this economy.
So, like a lot of young people living in this new reality, she and her daughter, Natalie (Rachel Eggleston), have moved back home with her eccentric parents, Elaine (two time Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (three time Emmy winner Brad Garrett).
But Polly and her parents look at life through different generational lenses. Polly (in contrast to how she was raised) aspires to be organized and together, while Max and Elaine live a more free-flowing, improvisational life-style.
Polly wants to take it slow with new relationships, while her parents encourage her to be more sexually adventurous. Polly's co-worker and close friend, Jenn (Stephanie Hunt), also encourages her to jump right back into the dating world.
Polly and her parents' views on parenting itself also conflict: Polly wants to be an involved modern parent, but Max and Elaine are laid back, hands-off parents from the 1970s.
Polly believes children need to be sheltered and have structure and guidance, while Max and Elaine feel that children need the freedom to fall and pick themselves back up. After all, Polly turned out okay, so what's the big deal?
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Polly's case, this village is on fire, and although her ex-husband Julian's (Jon Dore) intentions are good, he doesn't exactly help extinguish the flames.
But through figuring out how to live with her dysfunctional family, Polly realises she might even be able to learn a few helpful things about herself.
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) stars Sarah Chalke as Polly, Elizabeth Perkins as Elaine, Jon Dore as Julian, Rachel Eggleston as Natalie, Stephanie Hunt as Jenn and Brad Garrett as Max.
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is executive-produced by Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Claudia Lonow. The series is produced by Imagine Television in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 19 Jul 2013 | Finale: 11 Oct 2013 | Fri, 19h00/18h00
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 14 Jan 2014 | Finale: 30 Jan 2014 | Weekdays, 18h30