Synopsis by Hal Erickson
As might be expected, the title of this NBC sitcom was a bit of a misnomer. A well-heeled suburban Philadelphia couple, Peter and Annie Brennan (John Larroquette and Christine Baranski) began the series secure in the belief that their children were happy and that they'd all left the nest, or were about to. This illusion was dashed to bits when it was learned that their son Tim (Tyler Francavilla), ostensibly away at college, had dropped out and was carrying on an affair with the Brennans' much-older next door neighbor, divorcee Maggie Harris (Susan Gibney). But wait, there's more: the couple's other son Todd (Jeff B. Davis, replacing the un-telecast pilot episode's Hamish Linklater) was blatantly cheating on his wide-eyed fiancée; and their "perfect" daughter Sara (Melanie Paxson) was a seething mass of neuroses. Happy Family debuted September 9, 2003.
empty-nest, family-dynamics, parent/child-relationship