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A Million Little Things, sometimes abbreviated to AMLT,[1] is an ABC drama series created by DJ Nash.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Main article: Season 1

They say friendship isn't one big thing, it's a million little things; and that's true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it's just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Main article: Season 2

Friendship isn't a big thing. It’s a million little things. When our gang's dear friend Jon – a man perfect on paper – took his own life, his family and friends were left to pick up the pieces. Each of these friends is not living the version of life they thought they'd be living. And their friend's death forces them to take a look at the choices they've made and to solve the unanswerable mystery of a man they thought they knew.

Delilah, now the sole parent to Sophie and Danny, must help her children move forward from their father's death, while hiding a huge secret of her own. Although she and Eddie are no longer having an affair, she is about to give birth to his baby, a living reminder of their transgressions. To protect their families, they have agreed to say the baby's father is Jon, a situation made even more impossible when Eddie, trying to save his marriage, decides to tell his wife, Katherine, the truth.

As the friends prepare to welcome Delilah's baby into the world, Rome and Regina find themselves at odds. When they got married, they agreed they didn't want kids, but after getting a second chance at life, Rome finds himself wishing he had a baby. And while marriage is about compromise, Regina's not sure this is one she can or should make.

As for Maggie and Gary, after finding out that Maggie is in remission, she and Gary move in together, ready to finally explore what being together is like when neither of them is on chemo. But adjusting to life post-cancer is easier said than done. As Maggie and Gary navigate their new relationship, an unexpected visit from Maggie's mother leaves them questioning everything.

Meanwhile, having watched Jon's last video and learned that Mitch might not be his real father, Barbara Morgan's son, PJ, goes on a quest to find the truth. Having befriended Rome and with an appointment with Maggie on the books, PJ is about to turn his life and our gang's life upside down.

We'll see that family, like friendship, is a million little things.

Season 3[edit | edit source]

Main article: Season 3

Friendship isn't a big thing. It's a million little things. Our gang ended last season with many challenges in front of them. In season three, we'll see our group of friends once again lean on each other in ways that are both moving and aspirational—something we could all use right now.

When we last saw Rome and Regina, they were about to adopt their son, only to have Eve, the birth mother they had come to know and love, change her mind. With that, Regina finally broke, leaving Rome at a loss as she heartbreakingly admitted: “You made me want this.” Rome and Regina must now face the challenge of moving forward—but how can they move forward from the loss of a child? Especially when that child is still alive, being loved by someone else.

As for Delilah, while she has been having fun with Miles, she begins to question if “having fun” is enough. While Sophie embarks on a journey to pursue her music and Danny discovers his confidence at school, Delilah sees her older children growing into young adults, even after losing their dad. And when Delilah realizes that her time with her own father is limited, she makes a life-changing decision.

When we left Gary, he had just made the difficult choice to pursue his new relationship with Darcy and leave his romance with Maggie in the past. As Gary begins to navigate dating Darcy, he encounters an unexpected challenge when he finds himself becoming an instant father figure to kids of his own. But the process of stepping into these fatherly shoes causes Gary to reflect on the way he himself was raised and make a life-altering decision.

Meanwhile, on the heels of confessing her feelings for Gary, Maggie arrives in Oxford. But her conviction to find out who she is without cancer is renewed when her new roommate Jamie encourages her to create a podcast, chronicling her experiences at Oxford and finding her voice. Maggie's British alter ego allows her to take chances and live outside her comfort zone—while she's literally living outside her comfort zone. But when unforeseen circumstances throw a wrench into her plans, we see Maggie finally bloom into the person she's always wanted to be.

As for the Savilles, we left last season with a big cliff hanger. Is Eddie dead or alive? While the premiere will answer that question, what we'll see this season is that Katherine and Theo will never be the same. They must tap into their strength and redefine their lives, leaning on each other like never before. Through their story, we will follow two mysteries: Who hit Eddie that night? And was this accident really an accident?

And just when the friends seem to find their new normal, their lives are upended when, like ours, COVID-19 rocks their world. We'll see the topics our show depicts—depression, breast cancer, chemical dependency, domestic violence, friendship, family and love—and how all of them are heightened by the challenges our world is facing right now. And we'll rediscover what our gang has always known in their hearts: With the love and support of your friends, you can get through anything.

Main cast and characters[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

A Million Little Things was created by DJ Nash. On August 9, 2017, he pitched the series to ABC.[2] On August 18, 2017, the show landed on the network with a put pilot commitment, with Nash serving as writer and executive producer. Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor from Kapital Entertainment were also announced as executive producers.[3]

The show's title comes from the popular adage "Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things", and was described as "being in the tone of The Big Chill".[3] Being his first hourlong project, Nash explained that he got the idea for A Million Little Things following his project Losing It, and that the show was loosely based on a personal experience:

It's an optimistic look at how the loss of a friend is the impetus for the other seven to finally start living, to make a promise to him and to themselves to finally be honest about what's really going on... I know in my own life, my friend's passing is a constant reminder to keep things in perspective.[3]

On January 26, 2018, the show received a pilot order by ABC.[4] Casting for the main cast started in February 2018 with David Giuntoli,[5] and ended the next month with Lizzy Greene.[6] Shooting for the pilot took place from March 13 to March 30, 2018,[7][8] in Vancouver.[9] It was directed by James Griffiths, who also serves as executive producer for the series.[10]

On May 9, 2018, the show was officially picked up to series, and was announced to be co-produced by ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment.[11] In June 2018, it was revealed that the show would stay in Vancouver for its filming.[12]

On February 5, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.[13] On May 21, 2020, A Million Little Things was renewed for a third season.[14]

Ratings[edit | edit source]

A Million Little Things Ratings

These numbers are the total viewers of the first airing on ABC in the USA on Wednesdays 10:00 pm (episode 1.01 to 1.10 and episode 3.09 onward), on Thursdays 9:00 pm (episode 1.11 to 2.09) and on Thursdays 10:00 pm (episode 2.10 to 3.08).

A Million Little Things ratings: Total viewers per episode (in millions)

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Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Episode 1 5.07 4.99 4.04
Episode 2 3.79 4.77 3.85
Episode 3 3.66 4.23 3.57
Episode 4 3.33 4.05 3.33
Episode 5 3.49 4.38 2.90
Episode 6 3.31 4.16 3.01
Episode 7 3.28 4.45 3.06
Episode 8 3.47 4.57 2.62
Episode 9 3.17 4.59 2.26
Episode 10 3.37 4.17 2.55
Episode 11 5.22 3.80
Episode 12 5.41 3.73
Episode 13 5.29 3.65
Episode 14 5.25 3.65
Episode 15 4.98 3.68
Episode 16 5.25 3.64
Episode 17 5.26 3.75
Episode 18 - 4.13
Episode 19 - 4.27 -

These numbers are the 18-49 Demo numbers of the first airing on ABC in the USA on Wednesdays 10:00 pm (episode 1.01 to 1.10 and episode 3.09 onward), on Thursdays 9:00 pm (episode 1.11 to 2.09) and on Thursdays 10:00 pm (episode 2.10 to 3.08).

A Million Little Things ratings: 18-49 Demo numbers per episode

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Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Episode 1 1.1 1.0 0.7
Episode 2 0.8 0.8 0.6
Episode 3 0.8 0.8 0.5
Episode 4 0.8 0.7 0.5
Episode 5 0.8 0.9 0.4
Episode 6 0.8 0.7 0.5
Episode 7 0.7 0.8 0.5
Episode 8 0.8 0.8 0.4
Episode 9 0.7 0.8 0.4
Episode 10 0.7 0.7 0.4
Episode 11 1.1 0.6
Episode 12 1.1 0.7
Episode 13 1.1 0.6
Episode 14 1.0 0.6
Episode 15 1.0 0.6
Episode 16 1.1 0.6
Episode 17 1.1 0.6
Episode 18 - 0.7
Episode 19 - 0.7 -

Only the final ratings are added in these tables. The early ratings are not used.
  • The series high is "The Day Before...", which was watched by 5.41 million viewers and earned a 1.1 demo rating.
  • The series low is "The Lost Sheep", which was watched by 2.26 million viewers and earned a 0.4 demo rating.

Awards and nominations[edit | edit source]

  • 2019:
Award Category Nominee(s) Result
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Romany Malco Nomitated[15]
Television Academy Honors Honor Outstanding Programs and Storytellers Advancing Social Change Through Television A Million Little Things Won[16]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • DJ Nash found the inspiration for the title for the series on a motivational cat photo, while he was surfing the web on the free WiFi at a Ralphs in Sherman Oaks.[17]
  • In April 2020, Nash started a podcast titled A Million Little Stories, where he delves into behind the scenes stories and secrets about the television series.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. AMLT: secrets and lies (1/17), by ABC, Disneyabcpress.com (December 28, 2018)
  2. Episode 101: The Pilot - A Million Little Stories, by DJ Nash, AMLS (August 30, 2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 DJ Nash Sells 2 Projects With Kapital Entertainment: Dramedy To ABC As Put Pilot, Comedy To CBS, by Nellie Andreeva, Deadline (August 18, 2017)
  4. ABC Orders Dramas From Marcia Clark, D.J. Nash, Pam Veasey & More To Pilot, by Nellie Andreeva, Deadline (January 26, 2017)
  5. David Giuntoli To Star In ABC Pilot ‘A Million Little Things’ From DJ Nash, by Nellie Andreeva, Deadline (February 6, 2018)
  6. Lizzy Greene Joins ABC’s ‘A Million Little Things’; Feliz Ramirez In ‘Grand Hotel’, by Nellie Andreeva, Deadline (March 16, 2018)
  7. Day 1 @amillionlittlethingsabc GANG IS ALL HERE, by Christina Ochoa, Instagram (March 13, 2018)
  8. That’s a wrap on us bobble heads 🤪😍 what a beautiful ride these past three weeks. @amillionlittlethingsabc @stephshortstak @anne_is_one @abcnetwork, by Christina Moses, Instagram (March 30, 2018)
  9. Pilot Locations 2018: New York Business Booming, Chicago Gains As Atlanta Slips, by Nellie Andreeva, Deadline (March 9, 2018)
  10. Grace Park To Co-Star In New ABC Drama Series ‘A Million Little Things’ In Recasting, by Nellie Andreeva, Deadline (June 27, 2018)
  11. "A Million Little Things" Coming Soon to ABC, by Steve Dove, ABC.go.com (May 9, 2018)
  12. Production List, by Directors Guild of Canada British Columbia, Dgc.ca (June 15, 2018)
  13. ABC Renews ‘The Good Doctor,’ ‘A Million Little Things’ and ‘Shark Tank’ for Additional Seasons, by ABC, Disneyabcpress.com (February 5, 2019)
  14. ABC Announces Slate for 2020–2021 Broadcast Season, by ABC, Wdtvpress.com (May 21, 2020)
  15. NAACP Awards: 'Black-ish,' 'Black Panther' Top Winners List, by THR Staff, The Hollywood Reporter (March 30, 2019)
  16. Television Academy Honors Announced, by Television Academy, Emmys.com (April 16, 2019)
  17. DJ Nash found the inspiration for the title for #AMillionLittleThings on a motivational cat photo...while he was surfing the web on the free WiFi at a Ralphs in Sherman Oaks. (This is my new favorite show title origin story.), by Marisa Roffman, Twitter (September 22, 2018)
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