Son of a Critch (2022 - )

Mark Critch (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) lives outside of St. John’s, Newfoundland, in what he describes as “the middle of nowhere.” It’s 1986, and he’s not thrilled to be starting junior high. Unfortunately, he gets no sympathy from his gossipy mom Mary (Clair Rankin), or his grandfather, Pop (Malcolm McDowell), who is his roomie, who just wants to go to wakes. Inspired by his goofy dad Mike (Mark Critch), who loves the old-school style of comedy, Mark wants to be a comedian. Perhaps that’s why he prefers Dean Martin and Sinatra to Rush and working the room at funerals.

Mark’s taught by overbearing nuns as teachers, and makes a new best friend, Ritchie (Mark Ezekiel Rivera), the only Filipino student who is more of a misfit than him. He’s also tormented by a family of red-headed bullies—all interchangeably nicknamed Fox—who can’t resist his nerdy nature. His older brother Mike Jr. (Colton Gobbo) gives him random advice to survive school and get through his tween years. That seems light years away for this awkward kid who actually likes his orthotics.

Based on his memoirs of growing up in the 80s in Newfoundland, actor and writer Mark Critch created a visual scrapbook to revisit his teen years as a good-natured, awkward kid with a zany family. There are plenty of dad jokes, cringe moments as Mark tries his hand at dating, and the nostalgia of growing up in the 80s gives the show a sweet vibe that never gets too sentimental.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette


Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Clair Rankin, Colton Gobbo, Mark Critch

Available on:




Family, Free to Watch

Canadian connection

Created by Mark Critch and Tim McAuliffe
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Mark Critch is also known for his work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.