Weirdly, both series have American roots. My Family was created by Fred Barron, while The Flynns is executive produced by Caryn Mandabach whose name you'll have seen attached to such monoliths as Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Nurse Jackie.
With Liam and Caroline too busy to keep a proper eye on their kids, it's left to Tommy this week to give them the benefits of his worldly wisdom.
If you're a fan of Seinfeld, you'll probably spot that Tommy has a touch of the Kramer about him - he is a law unto himself and completely Teflon coated so that blame never sticks.Jane Simon, The Mirror, 8th June 2011
Despite a promising set-up - ineffectual Jimmy (Nicholas Lyndhurst) gets stuck with his interfering mother-in-law Diane (Celia Imrie) after his wife leaves him - this sitcom never tickles the ribs as much as creator Fred Barron's wildly popular My Family. That said, this first episode of season three, in which Jimmy tries to wrestle a measure of independence back by attempting to parent without Diane's help, has its moments.Gerard O'Donovan, The Telegraph, 13th September 2008
Nicholas Lyndhurst plays a bloke forced to live with his mother-in-law. There are too many reasons to despise this sitcom; it's created by Fred Barron (who also gave us My Family) and the theme song is performed by Jamie Cullum... need I go on? Outdated, outmoded, old hat and laugh-free. But like My Family, a ratings hit.Lorna Cooper, MSN Entertainment, 12th August 2008