SONS AND DAUGHTERS ABC, TUESDAYS, 9 P.M. E.T.
The title is an understatement. This partly improvised sitcom focuses on 16 members of an extended Cincinnati, Ohio, clan: siblings, stepsiblings, grandparents, married parents and single parents. The family is set abuzz in the pilot when Stepgrandpa Wendal (Max Gail) announces that he's leaving Grandma Colleen (Dee Wallace)--and then doesn't. The material is typical family-comedy stuff--money fights, bedroom troubles, sibling rivalries--but the show's conversational improv rhythms and realistic, documentary style make Sons and Daughters worth adopting.
THE LOOP FOX, THURSDAYS, 8:30 P.M. E.T.; PREVIEWS 9:30 P.M., MARCH 15
There are plenty of comedies about failure...