Playing House Reviews & Ratings

Tuesdays, 10:00 PM ET on USA Network

30 minutes

Playing House follows Maggie (Parham), a mom-to-be going through a divorce, and her childhood best friend, Emma (St. Clair), who abandons her blossoming business career in China to come home and help Maggie raise the baby. The Office's Zach Woods and Key & Peele's Keegan Michael Key also star.
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Jan 14, 2016 4:01PM EST
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A best friend comedy at it's finest, Playing House features real best friends Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. This show's banter, ability to create laughs, and tell a good story make it one of the best comedies on television right now. I couldn't recommend this show more highly, please check it out.

A best friend comedy at it's finest, Playing House features real best friends Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. This show's banter, ability to create laughs, and tell a good story make it one of the best comedies on television right now. I couldn't recommend this show more highly, please check it out.

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Feb 28, 2015 5:32AM EST
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Is there anything better than having a best friend? Someone who understands your mild breaks in sanity or can always bring up a great, and often embarrassing, story from when you were younger is great to have around.

That’s basically the magic behind the new comedy on USA, “Playing House.” The show was created and written by real life best friends Jessica St. Clair (“Bridesmaids”) and Lennon Parham (“Accidentally on Purpose”), who also star in the show. That gives the show a chemistry unlike any other.

“Playing House” starts off as the story of childhood best friends who grew up and separated because of work. Emma (St Clair) is a powerful businesswoman in China and Maggie (Parham) is an expecting mother who still lives with her cheating husband in her hometown in Connecticut. Emma returns from China, sees the disarray in Maggie’s life, and volunteers to stay and raise the baby with her – just like when they used to “play house” together as kids.

This quick-witted comedy is one of the first to be released on the USA network, which is partly why the show works so well – the network has no specific “comedy viewer” audience. There is now standard to hold the show up to (much like what happens now on ABC – all comedies are held up to the standard of “Modern Family”‘s humor and success).

The reason I champion this show so much is because it reminds me of the awkward, quirky, and real relationship I have with my best friend of almost 20 years. This show features specific moments and instances that are based off of the real friendship of the writers. But through their charm, specific detail, and overwhelming chemistry, the show is relatable to almost anyone who is lucky enough to have a best friend.

Is there anything better than having a best friend? Someone who understands your mild breaks in sanity or can always bring up a great, and often embarrassing, story from when you were younger is great to have around.

That’s basically the magic behind the new comedy on USA, “Playing House.” The show was created and written by real life best friends Jessica St. Clair (“Bridesmaids”) and Lennon Parham (“Accidentally on Purpose”), who also star in the show. That gives the show a chemistry unlike any other.

“Playing House” starts off as the story of childhood best friends who grew up and separated because of work. Emma (St Clair) is a powerful businesswoman in China and Maggie (Parham) is an expecting mother who still lives with her cheating husband in her hometown in Connecticut. Emma returns from China, sees the disarray in Maggie’s life, and volunteers to stay and raise the baby with her – just like when they used to “play house” together as kids.

This quick-witted comedy is one of the first to be released on the USA network, which is partly why the show works so well – the network has no specific “comedy viewer” audience. There is now standard to hold the show up to (much like what happens now on ABC – all comedies are held up to the standard of “Modern Family”‘s humor and success).

The reason I champion this show so much is because it reminds me of the awkward, quirky, and real relationship I have with my best friend of almost 20 years. This show features specific moments and instances that are based off of the real friendship of the writers. But through their charm, specific detail, and overwhelming chemistry, the show is relatable to almost anyone who is lucky enough to have a best friend.

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by zparpa
Nov 15, 2014 9:56AM EST
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Good to watch to kill time, nothing special or overly exciting.

Good to watch to kill time, nothing special or overly exciting.

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by JaneC.
Oct 6, 2014 7:02PM EDT
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interesting ....

interesting ....

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Sep 21, 2015 1:00PM EDT
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Good series, funny!!!

Good series, funny!!!

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by howie4144
May 30, 2015 1:39PM EDT
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Average comedy, good for killing time. Nothing outstanding here, move along now

Average comedy, good for killing time. Nothing outstanding here, move along now

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Apr 7, 2015 11:55PM EDT
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I can't wait !!! I need me a best friend like this

I can't wait !!! I need me a best friend like this

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Mar 29, 2015 9:52PM EDT
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funny but alright

funny but alright

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Jan 20, 2015 11:23AM EST
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Another great show Written by Lennon and Jessica finally a show that has gotten renewed and a great show at that

Another great show Written by Lennon and Jessica finally a show that has gotten renewed and a great show at that

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Jan 16, 2015 9:21PM EST
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This show is a gem. Crazy funny—entire cast is hilarious—with lots of authentic emotion, too. First season is only 10 episodes, so you can marathon it in less than 4 hours. Perfect use of a lazy Sunday! You won't regret it and you'll be all set to blow up the second season's ratings.

This show is a gem. Crazy funny—entire cast is hilarious—with lots of authentic emotion, too. First season is only 10 episodes, so you can marathon it in less than 4 hours. Perfect use of a lazy Sunday! You won't regret it and you'll be all set to blow up the second season's ratings.