These guys have reason to celebrate. Avoiding the fate that befell its now-defunct lead-in Animal Practice, freshman comedy Guys With Kids has received a back order from NBC for four additional episodes.
Bringing the total number of episodes for the multi-camera family comedy's first season to seventeen, this news follows the anemic 1.3 rating that Guys With Kids scored last night in the all-important Adults 18–49 demographic. That number is flat with the rating notched two weeks ago when the last original episode aired and tied a series low.
Of the four new comedies that debuted on NBC this season, Guys With Kids is the third and final to be granted a back order. While Animal Practice was canceled and cut off a week early, Go On and The New Normal have both been rewarded with full-season pickups. The Peacock network's two freshman dramas, Revolution and Chicago Fire, both received back-nine orders to complete their seasons.
Executive produced by NBC's Late Night host Jimmy Fallon, Guys With Kids stars Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger, and Jesse Bradford as three thirty-something fathers who try to hold on to their youth while faced with the responsibilities of having young children.
I haven't seen the show myself and likely never will, heeding the advice of a majority of critics: the series currently has an aggregate score of 38% on Metacritic. However, our own Adam J. Langton held out hope for the show in his review of the series premiere. How do you feel about Guys With Kids?