Lawrence, the prodigal eldest Cleary son, returns home from the seminary and breaks the news to his family that he's dropping out for good, leaving Mike and Peggy upset and wondering why. Meanwhile, Timmy decides he wants to audition for a children's theatre production but when Peggy finds out where it's being held she forbids him from participating. Elsewhere, Eddie tries to keep his girlfriend a secret after Frank finds out and tries to blackmail him.
Season 1 Episode 1 of The Kids Are Alright was watched by 6,520,000 viewers, resulting in a 1.40 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys during the 1970s. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.