Cousins For Life

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Cousins For Life
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Behold, the show that answered the question nobody ever dared to ask:
"How do you make a show about two families living together bad?"
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 21-23 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 24, 2018 (Pilot)
January 5-June 8, 2019
Created by: Kevin Kopelow
Heath Seifert
Distributed by: ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Starring: Dallas Young
Scarlet Spencer
Ron G.
Ishmel Sahid
Micah Abbey
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 20


Cousins For Life is a short-lived Nickelodeon TV show created by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, centering around two cousins who move together. The show's pilot aired on November 24, 2018, while the rest of the episodes aired January 5, 2019 and ended on June 8, 2019.

Plot

Twelve-year-olds Ivy and Stuart are best friends, but they're also cousins who come from different backgrounds. The cousins are living under the same roof in Portland when Stuart's mom is deployed overseas and his dad decides to move in with his brother and his family, which includes confident, socially active Ivy and her younger, very curious brother, Leaf. Now that he's in a new city, Stuart embarks on adventures with Ivy, and they learn that they don't always see eye-to-eye and that they are better when they work as a team.

Why It Sucks

  1. The show's special effects are extremely poorly made, an example of this is in the pilot episode, when their pet pig, Arthur, looks like he's flying, when he is supposed to be lifted by the ice cream scooper.
  2. The acting in this show is absolutely horrendous, with lots of the emotions feeling fake, and absolutely cringy.
  3. One of the main characters, Leaf, has no reason to be in the show other then owning their pet pig, Arthur.
  4. Terrible fast-paced background music.
  5. One of the episodes, Space Invader, is a complete copy of an episode of The Loud House with the same exact name.
  6. The show was advertised horribly on Nickelodeon for multiple reasons, such as:
    • When there's an ad for the show, it played on the channel way too much, usually the same ad for the show sometimes played 4-5 times in a row.
    • One of the show's promos stole music from a mobile game. The promo was for the episode "Scammer Time."
    • Some of the promos were misleading.
  7. The scene in the episode "Blending a Hand" where Jackson eats a spicy pepper and starts sweating is extremely disturbing as it looks like his skin is melting off.
  8. The show has a horrible Laugh Track which is overused, just like most of Nickelodeon's live action situational comedies nowadays.
  9. Stuart and Jackson are seen playing on a PlayStation 2 in the episode "The Fearsome Foursome," which is product placement.
  10. Awful plots for the episodes. Some usually have sub plots that are loosely related to the episodes main plots.
  11. A lot of bad writing; there are some weird quotes such as the infamous quote: "Those two lumps are brothers."
    • It was never revealed what the family's last name is for the entire show.
  12. Stuart's mother and Clark's wife, who is named Liz in the show, is apparently overseas which is why she is only seen in a few episodes of the show, however the episode "Operation Mom" claimed that she was in the Doggsies suit. The promo for the episode even claimed that it would reveal who was inside in the Doggsies suit.
  13. Lewis feels like a stereotypical overprotective father.
  14. It has awful references to celebrities.
  15. The final episode has nothing to do with being a final episode, it is just a lame filler episode.
  16. It gets boring and drags on a lot.
  17. The Halloween special aired nowhere near Halloween.
  18. The show did not announce it was cancelled. One of the actors actually had to make a post to announce that the show was cancelled, as the creators did not announce the show's cancellation.
  19. Overall, it's really forgettable.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Clark can be a funny character.
  2. Some jokes can be funny.
    • Some nonsensical moments can also be funny.
  3. It can be clever at times.

Reception

Cousins For Life was heavily panned by critics and audiences alike. On IMDb, it has a score of 4.6/10. As with many modern Nickcoms, it is considered to be one of the worst Nickelodeon shows of all time; and quite possibly the most forgettable out of all the modern Nickcoms.

Trivia

  • The show ended in less then a year after the pilot episode.

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