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About a season: Catch up on NBC's 'About a Boy'

Last spring, NBC’s About a Boy captivated fans with its charming take on a different type of modern family by introducing viewers to Will (David Walton), a hot, single, hot, successful, hot, one-hit-wonder songwriter living a charmed life free of responsibility; Fiona (Minnie Driver), an earthy, overprotective mother; and her quirky, 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham), who move in next door. In just 13 episodes, the three formed an atypical—yet heartwarming—relationship. (You might say they had us at “cello.”) Happily, the boy is back—season 2 premieres October 14—but the question fans are surely asking after the season 1 finale that had Will following the love of his life to New York City is, “Is Will?”

Grab a slab of ribs and let’s take a look back at parts of the journey that took us from “cello” to “goodbye.”

Will gets off on the wrong foot with Fiona when he uses Marcus as his “son” to convince a hot, single cellist that’s he’s a single dad so he can get her into bed. But before that, there’s white boxer-briefs involved.

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Fiona immediately develops a distaste for Will (maybe it was the black socks—or perhaps the parts of him that were “flopping about?”) and lays down the law, only to have her son sell her out.

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Will and Marcus quickly strike a deal: Marcus will agree to pose as Will’s “son” to help him get women, and Will will supply Marcus with an endless supply of ribs and soda (which Marcus is forbidden to eat), as well as allow Marcus to hang out with him occasionally.

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Although Will resists it at first, an unlikely friendship is quickly formed.

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Though Will is wealthy from writing a successful Christmas song eight years ago (“Runaway Sleigh”), he hasn’t written another song since, and spends his days doing a whole lot of nothing. After Fiona gets a job, Marcus spends all of his free time doing a whole lot of nothing over at Will’s, popping in and out through the dumbwaiter door that connects their houses.

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When Marcus has an after-school accident (think kitchen knife inserted into foot), Will rushes him to the ER, where he meets Dr. Sam (Adrianne Palicki), his “perfect girl” who ends up being the love of his life, and someone this playboy can actually see a forever with.

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Meanwhile, Marcus’ absent father (Tony Hale) shows up from Antarctica (where he’s studying penguins). While Marcus and Fiona worship the ground he waddles on …

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.. he ends up proving himself to be a bit of a deadbeat dad who not only doesn’t know how to connect with his son, but who once again leaves him in a time of need without saying goodbye. Will, whose feelings for Marcus are deeper than mere friendship by this point, decides to build him a treehouse.

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And they build it. And it’s awesome. (But would be even more awesome if it had a secret rib escape hatch where Marcus could toss his contraband ribs when his mother was around.)

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Then Dr. Sam drops a bombshell. Seems she got a great job at a great hospital in NYC and is moving. Will is torn, and while he doesn’t want to leave Marcus (and even Fiona, whom he’s grown oddly fond of in a platonic way—which has become a mutual feeling) or his best friend, Andy (who is Will’s wingman and keeps him in line, even though he’s a father of three and has a wife who has a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with Will), he’s in love with Dr. Sam and can’t imagine life without her. Awww.

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Making the hardest decision of his life—and breaking Marcus’ heart in the process—Will decides to leave San Francisco and follow Sam to New York, but not until performing one last time with his now-defunct band, Sriracha … and a guest ukulele player (who also plays a mean tambourine).

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Watching Will and his mother singing their stripped-down version of “What Makes You Beautiful” (iTunes, please), Marcus realizes how important Will is to him and how much he wants him to be happy. Season 1 closes with Will in New York and Marcus back in the treehouse, both having accepted their new long-distance relationship—which still includes ribs. And an escape hatch. Because best friends look out for each other, no matter the distance.

Find out if Will returns on the season 2 premiere of About a Boy on Tuesday, October 14, at 9:30/8:30C on NBC. And make sure to check back here all season for recaps after each show!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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