- Acceptable Targets: The AV Club reviewer noted that the show apparently considers working-class people and Mexicans to be these.
- And also large, masculine women.
- And people who vote, or otherwise take part in the political process.
- Young people, particularly Millenials and Gen-Z, get a lot of flak too.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Some critics have expressed the opinion that Colleen is actually a terrible girlfriend/wife, and that she has made Matt's life a living hell.
- Better on DVD: The series is very continuous and self-referential, and it is hard to fully "get" it unless you start from the pilot.
- Critical Dissonance: The series is undoubtedly cheesy, but many fans enjoy the show as a lighthearted sitcom that doesn't take much investment. However, many critics denounce the show as a lazily written cookie-cutter sitcom too heavily reliant on Rule of Cute and Fanservice.
- Critical Research Failure: In the New Year's segment of "Sophia Honeymoon Critter Y2K" Joan says that the not-yet-born Tyler will be a Millenial, which actually refers to those born between 1980-1996. Tyler, being born in the 2000s, would actually be Generation Z.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Sophia quickly gained a large number of fans due to her deadpan personality and ability to dominate nearly everyone she meets due to her sheer intelligence. She even got her own solo showcase segment, which no other character has ever gotten.
- Heartwarming Moments:
- Jen and Greg getting their first night out since Lark was born in "Hospital Boudoir Time-Out Namaste", messing around the hospital while waiting to get Jen's cut finger stitched up.
- So Okay, It's Average: The critical consensus about the show is that although it thinks it's doing something fresh and new by presenting all four stories in sequence, it's basically just a regular sitcom that doesn't bother to thread its stories together in the usual way.
- Uncanny Valley:
- Cheeto, a puppet that John makes for his baby granddaughter Lark, terrifies everyone in the family. Someone decides to use this as a prank to scare other family members, and Hilarity Ensues.
- The show uses some dodgy computer manipulation to move Lark's mouth when they want the baby to say something specifically related to the plot.
YMMV / Life in Pieces