A family comedy told through the separate stories of different family members.
Dan Bakkedahl / Holly J. Barrett / Betsy Brandt / James Brolin / Angelique Cabral / Niall Cunningham / Giselle Eisenberg / Colin Hanks / Zoe Lister Jones / Thomas Sadoski / Dianne Wiest
Each member of the family has a crisis that prevents Matt from getting to the fertility clinic on time.
An animated sequence featuring the whole family as farm animals reveals that Matt and Colleen are struggling to have a baby.
Matt and Colleen have a hard time looking after Lark with Jen at work.
Greg is upset that Lark only wants to be held by Jen.
Matt and Colleen have crazy sleepwalking adventures from taking a strong sleeping aid.
Jen and Matt have an awkward dinner without Greg and Colleen.
Tim gets tickets to the Grammys; Matt and Colleen meet with their wedding planner; John and Joan join Facebook; Heather attempts to save Sophia's goldfish.
On Valentine's Day, Greg and Jan hire Allie to cook for them, Matt and Colleen attempt to adopt a dog from a judgmental animal advocate, John and Joan try to buy a classic car and a boy gives Sophia a necklace.
The Shorts take a trip down memory lane on New Year's Day.
John's plan to make Samantha choose boxing over ballet has unintended consequences. In other events, Jen tries to get a second opinion about a tonsil surgery, Joan scares Matt with spiders and Greg grows a beard.
Matt learns how much saving money turns Colleen on when she teaches him her frugal ways. In other events, Tim tries to fire Heather, John tries to help Sophia conquer her fear of flying and Jen's plans for Lark's first birthday go awry.
Tim and Heather unintentionally make things incredibly awkward for Tyler when he brings his gorgeous new girlfriend, Clementine, to meet the family. Also, Matt and Colleen are caught ...
Matt invites Colleen to brunch with the family and coaches her through the difficult task of connecting with them.
Joan attempts to lead an impromptu family therapy session, and Matt and Colleen have a great bad date.
As the Short family's lives unfold in four brief stories each week, they try to savor the moments that add up to what life's all about.