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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 10, 2019
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  • Summary: Clem (Nina Dobrev) and her fiancé Jay's (Tone Bell) new life together is disrupted when Clem's half-sister Shannon (Odessa Adlon) arrives seeking escape from their father (who Clem claimed had died).
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 9, 2019
    CBS for the most part still clings to over-active laugh tracks and broadly played scenes and situations. Still, this is a nicely clicking ensemble that gets sharper as the show goes on.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 9, 2019
    It’s all pretty predictable--isn’t that why you’re here?--and, again, the cast is good. It works often enough; a beachhead has been established.
  3. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 9, 2019
    Fam is exhausting.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Jan 7, 2019
    Fam is a largely witless family comedy with one bright spot. Gary Cole shines as Freddy Banks, a homicide detective who’s fond of playing the horses.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jan 10, 2019
    The show feels like it cobbled together pieces of other shows--especially The WB’s “What I Like About You”--to become its own perfectly pleasant sitcom Frankenstein. Even when it doesn’t do much to distinguish itself, it’s just fine, and maybe that’s enough.
  6. Reviewed by: LaToya Ferguson
    Jan 9, 2019
    It’s a technically proficient, otherwise promising sitcom that wastes these merits on the disastrous decision to let trauma become the driving force of its comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 10, 2019
    There is a great comedy that could be made with this cast and, despite the game efforts of said cast through the first three episodes, Fam is not that comedy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Jan 19, 2019
    This show looked good in the promos, but the editor of the promos seem to use all the quality clips and the rest of the show is pretty bad.This show looked good in the promos, but the editor of the promos seem to use all the quality clips and the rest of the show is pretty bad.

    Characters are stereotypical at best and racist at worst. I have yet to decide if the scripts or the acting are the main problem- or both. CBS is trying to take away the worst collection of sitcoms title from ABC and almost pulling it off.

    Everything is played with too much intensity. Too naive, too clueless, too don’t give a damn. Ends up being too fake. Some better scripts, better acting and direction would go a long way to help this premise become something more watchable.

    There’s an occasional laugh or two, which gave this attempt a 2 instead of 0.