Adam has been operating under the assumption that his three children are little angels, but when his wife decides to rejoin the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years, and he starts taking on more of the parenting responsibilities, he's quickly disavowed of that notion. Kate, a preteen, is a master manipulator and excited to take advantage of her father's naivete; Teddy spends too much time with his hands down his pants; and Emme frets over school. After recovering from the initial shock -- and with the advice of equally stressed parents Marie and Lowell -- Adam is confident he can lay down the law and keep the house in order.
When Kevin retires from the police force, he thinks life will be all about hanging out with his wife and kids and going on the occasional adventure with fellow retirees. A different narrative starts to take shape when he discovers his wife has been protecting him from certain family info while he was out keeping the streets safe. When his wife dies suddenly, Kevin must postpone a life of leisure and work on keeping his family in shape. In addition to taking on the role of single dad, Kevin goes back to work, joining the private security firm launched by his former partner.
Jack loves his job traveling around the world as the adventure writer for Outdoor Limits, but an announcement from the magazine's charismatic founder, Roland, abruptly brings his globetrotting days to a halt. Jack's new assignment at the now web-only publication keeps him chained to a desk as he supervises a team of millennial writers, including tech nerd Clark, social media expert Emma, hipster-lumberjack Mason -- who spends minimal time outside -- and Roland's daughter, Brooke, who coddles the rest of the staff. Jack gets help understanding the 20-somethings from his best friend, Eddie, who runs the local dive bar.
Mike, a Chicago police officer, meets fourth-grade teacher Molly one day when he speaks at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and they fall in love, thanks in part to their mutual love of pie and the desire to resist it. Both face challenges in their quest to lose weight -- Molly from her slender sister and mother and Mike at the diner where he frequently eats. But having found each other, they will support each other as they try to achieve their goals, be it weight loss or Molly's decision to quit teaching and pursue her dream as a writer.
The close-knit, Chicago-based O'Neals seem to be the perfect Catholic family, but when surprising truths come to light, some lives take an unexpected turn. Eileen, Pat, Kenny, Jimmy, Shannon and Jodi decide to let the honesty ring in a new, less tidy chapter of their story, where they all drop their carefully honed facades and discover the unexpected freedom that accompanies just acting real. Instead of being torn apart, the O'Neals find that their newfound way of life actually brings them closer together.
Accomplished actors Dianne Wiest and James Brolin star as the heads of a large, happy family, in which each member is approaching different milestones. Their eldest daughter, Heather (Betsy Brandt) and her husband consider having another child as they get closer to an empty nest; middle child Matt (Thomas Sadoski) thinks he has found true love; and the youngest of the three siblings, Greg (Colin Hanks) is overwhelmed after having his first child with his wife. Various perspectives are employed as each family member's story unfolds.
Mickey, who is intelligent but lacking ambition, is always hustling and looking for the next easy payday. It seems like her ship has finally come in when she goes to Greenwich, Conn., to visit her estranged sister and billionaire brother-in-law in search of a handout, and they flee the country to avoid federal fraud charges, leaving her with everything. But nothing in life is free, and "everything" includes guardianship of her sister's three ill-mannered children -- teenage Sabrina, future Republican and middle child Chip, and the fragile youngest, Ben. Though motherhood was never in her plans, Mickey discovers a little responsibility never hurt anybody.
Street-wise Max (Kat Dennings) doesn't expect much from the new waitress at her night job, a rich girl who has reluctantly joined the food service industry after a string of bad luck. But to her surprise, Caroline (Beth Behrs) is a woman of substance and just may be her ticket to success. The two strike up an unlikely friendship after Caroline discovers that Max can bake a mean cupcake, and the women decide if they can just wrangle up the start-up cash, they may have found their big break. Their co-workers at the diner are boss Han Lee, cook Oleg and cashier Earl.
When Gideon Reeves' best friend is murdered during a botched robbery attempt and the killer remains at large, the billionaire engineer doesn't stop at demanding justice. Recognizing the unsolved case as a symptom of bigger issues plaguing the over-extended and under-funded Chicago Police Department, Gideon puts up millions of dollars of his own fortune to take over the 13th District and make it a private police force with the most advanced crime-fighting technology available. Gideon finds an ally in Officer Theresa Murphy, but not everyone is happy with the changes when the office makes the rapid transition into the 21st century.
Dr. Jason Bull is the charming and cocky founder of successful trial consulting firm Trial Analysis Corporation, where he and his team of experts employ psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to understand jurors, lawyers, witnesses and defendants, and construct effective narratives to help their clients win. Bull's team include his brother-in-law Benny, neurolinguistics expert Marissa, former detective Danny, hacker Cable, and Chunk, who helps perfect clients' appearances for trial. "Bull" is inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, who also serves as executive producer.