- By AC Remler
- Photo Courtesy of ABC
Three adult siblings living in very different financial situations is the premise of Home Economics, the new ABC series starring Topher Grace. Grace plays Tom, an Ivy League-educated struggling author who’s secretly writing his next book about his offbeat family that includes wealthy youngest brother Connor (Jimmy Tatro) living in Matt Damon’s old mansion and middle sister Sarah (Caitlin McGee), who is married to a teacher (Sasheer Zamata). Setting the comedic stage for family mayhem, Connor reveals his wife has left him and Sarah’s just been laid off from her job. Grace, an extremely versatile actor whose credits range from That 70s Show to BlacKkKlansman, could easily play his character with over-the-top pretentiousness. Instead, his deadpan delivery of hysterical one-liners land without over complication. Blockhead Connor is likeable despite his one-percent status, and Sarah struggles with the usual middle child complex of never thinking she’s being taken seriously enough.
The thing about Home Economics is that following a year of stress and uncertainty, we can all lean into a sitcom this funny, easy and familiar. It helps they all seem to care about each other. I’ve always liked to call Grace, the actor who would be Hanks, because he’s smart, self-deprecating, and just so darned accessible. While this project likely won’t be that vehicle, it’s enjoyable to watch just the same.
The series airs Wednesdays on ABC. For more, click here.