TV Series | TV-14 | | Comedy
A family comedy told through the separate stories of different family members.
In the third episode of season one, during the scene where Colin Hanks, James Brolin and Thomas Sadoski's characters are trying to chop down the palm tree in the front yard, the song playing is Bonnie Tyler's "Holding out for a Hero" from the movie Footloose (1984). Dianne Wiest, the matriarch on this show, was also Ariel's mom and the town pastor's wife in "Footloose".
The show opens with the printed tag line, "One Big Family. Four Short Stories.". This is a pun. Each episode consists of four complete stories, presented one at a time. But also, the name of the family is "Short". So the four segments that make up each episode aren't just short stories. They're Short stories.