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Splitting Up Together

Splitting Up Together

Photo Credit:  ABC/Bob D'Amico
  • Premiered: 
    March 27, 2018
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the Danish series (Splitting Up Together) by Heeno 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, SPLITTING UP TOGETHER is a half-hour comedy series that tells the story of Lena and Martin, whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Lena and Martin were once madly in love. But, like many marriages, time and circumstance eventually took their toll. Lena, the perfectionist, fell into the role of caretaker for everyone, including Martin. Martin felt he could never do anything right and gave up making the effort. This created a romantic rift between them. Finding themselves in a platonic marriage and acting more like a pair of camp counselors wrangling their kids than a couple hopelessly in love, they decide that everyone's lives would be better served if they got a divorce. Still wanting the best for their three kids and facing a daunting real estate market, the couple decide not to sell their house and to "Bird Nest" instead. One parent will live in the house as the "on-duty" parent taking care of the kids, while the "off-duty" parent will live in the detached garage, doing whatever he or she pleases. They will switch off every other week. Their kids -- 7-year-old Milo, 14-year-old pre-pubescent Mason and 15-year-old feminist Mae -- seem to be taking the divorce in stride. While Lena, the consummate caretaker, has to learn to loosen her reigns, Martin, who has always taken a backseat when it comes to parenting, needs to learn how to step up his game. Then there are Lena and Martin's married friends, Camille and Arthur. Camille, stunning and way out of Arthur's league, is sad to lose their best couple friends. Arthur, aware he married up, begins to question the stability of his own marriage when his friends' falls apart. And Lena's sister, Maya, a serial dater who often gets in her own way due to her terrible taste in men, thinks that her sister is too rigid and needs to chill out if she's ever going start dating again. As Lena begins to dip her toes into the dating waters, Martin begins to see his own culpability in his marriage falling apart. When Martin realizes that it all began when he refused to dance with Lena at their wedding, he wants to atone for it. He secretly takes dance lessons to surprise Lena by dancing with her on what would be their upcoming wedding anniversary. Could being apart ultimately lead to them getting back together?

The second season of SPLITTING UP TOGETHER premiered on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:30pm ET/PT on ABC. Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off -- the morning after. After their unexpected hookup, the new season finds Lena and Martin navigating their feelings and toying with what a reunion might look like. They have a second chance at love and, for the moment, they are blissfully unaware of the pregnancy cliffhanger from the season finale. Maya, Camille, and Arthur are hot on Lisa Apple's trail to confront her about the pregnancy rumors. As Lena and Martin continue to work through their issues, things become even more complicated for them when all things come to a head at the end of the first episode. For all the bumps along the way, the one constant is that Lena and Martin remain great co-parents to Mae, Mason, and Sander, and continue to live the "bird's nest" lifestyle; but how long will that last?
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:30pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the Season 2 finale of SPLITTING UP TOGETHER, with Ron Perlman guest starring as Brock. In the season ender, "Welcome Home," Milo complains that Grandparents Day is coming up at school and doesn't feel Henry is interesting enough to participate. Lena and the kids urge Martin to reconnect with his long-estranged father, Brock (guest star Ron Perlman), to rebuild their relationship. Meanwhile, Lisa continues to struggle financially and considers moving back home with her parents. Elsewhere, after listening to a true crime podcast, Maya worries that Frank has a dark past he has been hiding. Guest starring is Monica Barbaro as Lisa Apple, Michael Harney as Don Apple and Lee Garlington as Dottie Apple.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by A Very Good Production
  • Produced by Piece of Pie Productions
  • In association with Warner Bros. Television

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • February 26, 2019: Annie Apple is born
  • April 2, 2019: Maya's son is born