The Cool Kids

The Cool Kids Information

The Cool Kids is an American comedy television series, created by Charlie Day and Paul Fruchbom for the Fox. The series follows three male residents of a retirement community that are forced to adapt to the arrival of a new, rebellious female occupant and it stars David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Leslie Jordan, and Vicki Lawrence. On October 19, 2018, it was announced that Fox had ordered an additional nine episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to twenty-two episodes. On May 10, 2019, The Cool Kids was canceled by Fox after one season.

The Cool Kids is a joint production by 3 Arts Entertainment, FX Productions, and 20th Century Fox Television and syndicated by 20th Television.


The Cool Kids follows three male senior citizen friends at Shady Meadows Retirement Community who "are the top dogs until they're blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel who's ready to challenge their place - it"?s high school with 70 somethings."

Cast and characters


  • David Alan Grier as Hank Henderson, the leader of the group at Shady Meadows Retirement Community.
  • Martin Mull as Charlie
  • Leslie Jordan as Sidney "Sid" Delacroix
  • Vicki Lawrence as Margaret Flynn


  • Jamie Farr as Dudley, a resident at Shady Meadows Retirement Community whom the gang finds annoying.
  • Artemis Pebdani as Allison, the head of Shady Meadows Retirement Community.
  • Lesley Ann Warren as Kathleen, Charlie's girlfriend.
  • Rod McCary as Gorgeous George, a resident at Shady Meadows Retirement Community and an antagonist of the group.
  • Punam Patel as Punam, an employee of the Shady Meadows Retirement Community.
  • Jere Burns as John, Sid's boyfriend.


  • Charlie Day as Chet ("Pilot"), the Shady Meadows Retirement Community handyman.
  • Megan Ferguson as Jennifer ("Margaret Turns 65")
  • Ravi Patel as Doctor Chad ("Sid Comes Out"), a doctor at the Shady Meadows Retirement Community.
  • Max Gail as Robert ("Sid Comes Out"), one of Margaret's love interests.
  • Travis Schuldt as Walt Delacroix ("Sid Comes Out"), Sid's son.
  • Charles Shaughnessy as Murray ("Thanksgiving at Murray's")
  • Julia Duffy as Francine ("Thanksgiving at Murray's")
  • Clyde Kusatsu as Norman ("Thanksgiving at Murray's")
  • Tammy Townsend as Felicia ("Hank the Cradle Robber"), a younger woman who Hank briefly dates.
  • Ed Begley Jr. as Karl ("Margaret Dates the Zodiac Killer"), a creepy man at the Shady Meadows Retirement Community who Margaret dates and suspects to be the Zodiac Killer.
  • Jacke Harry as Lorraine ("Funeral Crashers" and "Vegas Baby!"), Hank's ex-wife.
  • Rick Fox as Reggie ("Funeral Crashers" and "Vegas Baby!"), Lorraine's boyfriend.
  • Bob Gunton as Colonel Christianson ("Funeral Crashers")
  • Erik Kilpatrick as Albert ("Charlie's Angel")
  • Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Margaret "MJ" Flynn Jr. ("Margaret Jr."), Margaret's daughter.
  • Joanna Cassidy as Joanie ("The Cool Kids Plus One"), Margaret's best friend.
  • Jake Ryan as Ernie ("Mentors"), an awkward high school student who Hank and Margaret help him decide to go to the prom.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Leonard ("Margaret Ups Her Game")
  • Patrick Duffy as Gene ("Margaret Ups Her Game")
  • Jennifer Coolidge as Bonnie Delacroix ("Sid's Ex-Wife"), Sid's ex-wife, with whom he maintains a great relationship after their separation.
  • Jon Lovitz as Kip Samgood ("Kip Samgood's Biggest Fan"), Sid's teen idol who performed a song Margaret originally wrote.
  • Robert Pine as Richard McCormick ("Indecent Proposal")
  • Carolyn Hennesy as Annie McCormick ("Indecent Proposal")
  • Tony Rock as Tony ("Vegas Baby!"), Hank and Lorraine's son.
  • Lynne Marie Stewart as Judy ("The Friend-aversary")


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|Viewers         = 6.87
|ShortSummary    = Three friends living in a retirement community - Hank, Charlie, and Sid - mourn the loss of their recently deceased friend Jerry. New resident Margaret sits in Jerry"?s seat, upsetting Hank. Coupled with being unsatisfied by the way the staff is handling Jerry"?s death, Hank tries to get Margaret to sit elsewhere, but his plan backfires when Sid and Charlie befriend her. After learning Jerry will be cremated, the men take up Margaret"?s offer to drive them to the mortuary to "rescue"? him, but are arrested when it turns out Margaret stole the car from another resident. In the end, Hank decides it is best to let Jerry go, and find that Margaret has thrown a farewell party Jerry would have wanted. Impressed, the friends officially welcome Margaret as Jerry"?s successor.
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|Viewers         = 4.90
|ShortSummary    = Margaret is feeling moody due to it being her 65th birthday, and lashes out at the boys. To make themselves all feel young, Hank takes the gang to his old hangout, Ronnie"?s Swing Time Caf. But when they arrive, they find the caf has been long gone, and converted into a nightclub called TwerkLab. After sneaking into the club, Hank, Charlie, and Margaret all have interactions that make them feel insulted and old. After reflection, the gang agrees that Millennials suck, and celebrate Margaret"?s birthday by taking shots - which carries into the next day with a hangover for everyone.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA03
|Viewers         = 4.77
|ShortSummary    = Margaret and Sid encourage Hank and Charlie to sign up for online dating. But while Hank is a hit, Charlie is sad that no one is responding to his profile. To make him feel better, Margaret creates a fake account named "Nadine"? and Sid creates another one named "Destiny"? behind her back, Charlie and Hank (who lied about having lots of responses) like the sexually explicit messages Destiny sends, and problems arise when Charlie and Hank begin fighting over Destiny. Figuring out that Sid is actually Destiny, Charlie and Hank pretend to have a fight to teach them a lesson.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA05
|Viewers         = 4.64
|ShortSummary    = Sid"?s son Walt surprises him with a visit, and Margaret is both shocked and amused to find out that Walt thinks his father is straight. But the joke is on her when Walt believes she is Sid"?s girlfriend. After a disastrous lunch date with Walt - which Margaret"?s new boyfriend Robert interrupts - Sid finally comes out to a dumbfounded Walt, who is happy for his father. Meanwhile, Hank needs to take an eye test to renew his golf cart license, and enlists Charlie to help him cheat his way through. However, Charlie"?s way of helping is painful, and they are caught by the doctor. Although the doctor accepts Hank"?s bribe of $200 to pass him, Hank ends up losing his license after driving the golf cart into the dining room.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA02
|Viewers         = 4.27
|ShortSummary    = Tired of the home's activities coordinator Gorgeous George, who has let the title go to his head, Margaret convinces the boys to put up an opponent in the upcoming election at the home. Hank declares the candidate to be Charlie, but Margaret forces Sid to run against both George and Charlie. After Charlie and Sid eat a lasagna meant for George that Hank laced with mushrooms, and Margaret locked George in the exercise room to keep him from showing up to the elections, Hank and Margaret run against each other. An escaped George is injured when Sid (still high from the mushrooms) tackles him at the election, and ends up files a restraining order against the four; the election is cancelled, and the position is given to an employee who sold Hank the mushrooms.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA06
|Viewers         = 4.52
|ShortSummary    = Hank finds out his ex-wife is remarrying the man she left him for, and is devastated when he loses a contest for a 65-inch television to Gorgeous George, who bought a bag full of raffle tickets. An empathetic Margaret (who has been in the same position regarding the ex-spouse) convinces Charlie and Sid to go along with a day of doing whatever Hank wants "? and Hank decides to steal the TV from Allison's office. But the plan "? which Hank dubs "Hank's Eleven" "? goes awry: Sid gets stuck in the sauna with Allison, who is depressed her sister is getting married; Hank gets upset that the gang is only doing it out of pity for him, although he claims to be okay with his ex moving on; and Charlie, who bought a tank of laughing gas for the escape (to the annoyance of Margaret and Hank), accidentally opens the tank "? causing Hank to ruin the TV. Hank realizes that he is still upset about his ex-wife's affair, and decides to move on as well.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA07
|Viewers         = 4.38
|ShortSummary    = When Margaret scores an invite to an exclusive foodie potluck for Thanksgiving, she takes Sid as her plus one, leaving Hank and Charlie to find a backup plan.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA08
|Viewers         = 4.35
|ShortSummary    = When Hank starts dating a much younger woman, the gang suspects she may be a gold-digger taking advantage of him because of his age. But after rifling through her things, they fear this relationship could be something much worse - a pregnancy trap.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA09
|Viewers         = 4.16
|ShortSummary    = Margaret begins dating Karl (Ed Begley Jr.), a fellow Shady Meadows resident, whom the guys think may be the Zodiac Killer. Margaret finds the accusation ridiculous, but begins wondering wether or not it may be true. Meanwhile, the guys look for the person who does not flush in the men's bathroom.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA13
|Viewers         = 4.28
|ShortSummary    = The group attend a funeral for Hank's friend Dana, whom his ex-wife Lorraine (Jacke Harry) was friends with as well. Hank faces off Lorraine, but considers reconciling when he discovers her relationship with the man she left Hank for is on the rocks. Meanwhile, Sid and Charlie come to mingle and get free food, but are mistaken for army buddies of the deceased's widower.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA11
|Viewers         = 4.78
|ShortSummary    = When Charlie falls for Kathleen (Lesley Ann Warren), Margaret tires to help Charlie by attending the group Kathleen runs. Little do the divorcees know that its a bereavement support group. Meanwhile, Hank gets stage fright while volunteering to host a close-circuit TV show at Shady Meadows. When Sid fills in for him sharing gossip from the retirement community, Hank becomes jealous.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA12
|Viewers         = 4.65
|ShortSummary    = Margaret"?s daughter, MJ, comes to Shady Meadows after breaking up with her boyfriend. Hank suspects that MJ is attempting to take advantage of Margaret, who bends over backwards to help her out of guilt for divorcing her father. Meanwhile, when Sid goes through Charlie's sloppy apartment looking for his wok, he resolves to help Charlie become less of a hoarder "? which is easier said than done.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA14
|Viewers         = 3.80
|ShortSummary    = The gang rallies around Sid to help him through his commitment issues to new beau John. Meanwhile, Margaret attempts to conquer her fear of flying by volunteering at the airport, but soon finds herself working besides Hank.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA15
|Viewers         = 4.08
|ShortSummary    = Margaret neglects the guys when her best friend, Joanie (guest star Joanna Cassidy), comes to visit. The guys immediately dislike Joanie, and even more so when she announces she's moving to Shady Meadows. The guys devise a plan to convince her not to, but Hank ends up sleeping with her. A disgusted Margaret eventually gets her to change her mind, while still remaining friends.
When Joanie decides to move in to Shady Meadows, the guys devise a plan to convince her not to, but Hank gets distracted.

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|ProdCode        = 1LBA16
|Viewers         = 3.85
|ShortSummary    = As Hank and Margaret mentor an awkward high school student and help him decide on whether or not to go to the prom, Hank is forced to face a traumatic event that happened to him in high school. Meanwhile, Sid's boyfriend invites him to tour the wine country on bicycles, but Sid is mortified because he doesn't know how to ride a bike.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA10
|Viewers         = 3.91
|ShortSummary    = While Sid is house sitting a fellow resident's gorgeous high-rise apartment, the Cool Kids get a taste of the good life - and a taste of Charlie's incredible cookies. But when Margaret decides to turn Charlie's creative cookie-making into a new business venture, everyone gets a bit carried away.
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|Viewers         = 3.93
|ShortSummary    = 
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA19
|Viewers         = 3.30
|ShortSummary    = Sid's ex-wife Bonnie (Jennifer Coolidge) visits the home, and the gang discovers they have a great relationship. Sid soon reveals he and Bonnie have not actually divorced, as they fear it will ruin their good relationship. But when this revelation could also ruin his relationship with John.  Meanwhile, Margaret and Charlie's plans to go to a concert take a detour, when they find out Hank has rented the van. And they discover Hank (who just got his driving privileges back after the events of "TV Heist") has become a stickler for the rules.
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|ProdCode        = 1LBA20
|Viewers         = 3.46
|ShortSummary    = Sid's teen idol Kip Samgood (Jon Lovitz) is in town for an autograph signing, and Margaret accompanies Sid to confront Kip about stealing a song she wrote that became his signature song. Margaret finds that Kip not only admits it, but is into her as well "? making Sid jealous. Meanwhile, Hank and Charlie struggle to write a song, as Charlie's six-month anniversary gift to Kathleen.
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|Viewers         = 3.56
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|Viewers         = 3.15
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On September 5, 2017, it was announced that Fox had given the production a pilot order. The pilot was written by Charlie Day and Paul Fruchbom with Kevin Abbott set to serve as showrunner if the pilot was ordered to series. Executive producers are set to include Day, Abbott, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Nick Frenkel with Fruchbom co-executive producing. Production companies involved with the pilot include 20th Century Fox Television and FX Productions. On November 16, 2017, it was announced that Don Scardino would direct the pilot.

On May 9, 2018, it was announced that Fox had given the production a series order. A few days later, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2018 and air on Fridays at 8:30 P.M. On June 12, 2018, it was reported that Patrick Walsh was replacing Abbott in the role of showrunner and was also joining the series as an executive producer. On June 28, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on September 28, 2018. On October 19, 2018, it was announced that Fox had ordered an additional nine episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to twenty-two episodes. The series finale aired on May 10, 2019.


Alongside the announcement of the pilot's director, it was confirmed that Vicki Lawrence, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, and Martin Mull had been cast in the pilot's lead roles. On November 9, 2018, it was announced that Lesley Ann Warren would make a guest appearance in an episode entitled "Charlie"?s Angel". The episode was notably set to serve as a reunion for Mull and Warren who had previously starred together in the 1985 film Clue.


For the opening of the show, a video of Michael and Carol Garland of Bedford, Texas is used.



On May 14, 2018, Fox released the first trailer for the series.


On September 13, 2018, the series took part in the 12th Annual PaleyFest Fall Television Previews which featured a preview screening of the series and a conversation with cast members including David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Vicki Lawrence, and Leslie Jordan.


Critical response

The series has been met with a mixed to positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 65% with an average rating of 6.1 out of 10, based on 17 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though the cheesy jokes and cliches are old hat, an all-too-uncommon focus on older characters makes it easier to forgive The Cool Kids' lack of fresh wrinkles." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 42 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."



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| title16 = The Cool Kids Un-Retire | date16 = March 15, 2019 | rs16 = 0.7/4 | viewers16 = 3.91 | dvr16 = n/a | dvrv16 = 1.43 | total16 = n/a | totalv16 = 5.33

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