When Peggy's successful brother, Tom, drops in for Christmas, Mike immediately oozes with jealousy. Thus begins Mike's one-sided competition with Tom, using his kids as pawns to help. After Tom gives the Clearys an extravagant Christmas gift, pride prevents Mike from taking it - putting him at odds with the rest of the family. Meanwhile, Timmy mistakenly receives $100 from his great-aunt for Christmas and contemplates whether he should do "the right thing" or keep it. Elsewhere, Eddie forgets to get Wendi a Christmas present and panic sets in.
Season 1 Episode 8 of The Kids Are Alright was watched by 4,230,000 viewers, resulting in a 0.90 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.