ABC (Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)


Peter Onorati (Civil Wars) stars in this ungainly sitcom as a guy laid off from his manufacturing job. He becomes a Mr. Mom while his wife (Mary Page Keller) gets office work.

That leads to constant disagreements about how the house should be run. When the youngest of the couple's three insufferable children asks if he can have a pretzel, Onorati says, "Just one!" at the same time Keller barks, "No!" Turning to her, Onorati says, "Well, that's one lie can tell the prison psychiatrist." Whoa! Are you getting the idea this show is a tad desperate?

It's also charmless and devoid of chemistry. Watching this family wrangle is closer to being in Small Claims Court than to watching comedy.