David Hobbs has spent the last decade playing a beloved father on one of TV's biggest sitcoms. When his series ends, he transitions into a stay-at-home dad watching over his children, Emily, Janie, and Joe. Meanwhile, his wife, Amy, returns to her television career. Now, David must accustom to tending to his kids' every need. His children worry since he is never around, and barely knows anything about being a parent. David soon realizes how challenging it is to be an actual father.
David has to take Emily and Joe to school and take Janie to Mommy and Me class and get everybody home in time for a much-anticipated piano lesson. Meanwhile, Emily has ruined Amy's favorite sweater and asks David to pay for it in exchange for finding Janie.
David and Marcus are producing a new TV show and try to get Ricky Adams (James Maslow), an actor who played David's son on his old TV show to star in it. However, Ricky's self-centered attitude annoys David. Amy is reluctant to get reading glasses.
David and Amy learn that Emily will be an extra in the school play. But after the director learns that Emily is David's daughter, she is then given the lead role, despite the fact that she is a terrible actress. Joe and Janie try to make a viral video.
David tries to catch a rat loose in the house without the help of an exterminator. He also lies to Emily saying that he will catch it humanely since she is now a member of an animal rights group. Amy is not pleased with David having his reclining chair from his old TV show in the house so she tries to get rid of it.
When Amy has to work on Christmas Eve, David promises to take care of everything but the stress of making the holiday perfect for the kids gets to him and he temporarily loses track of what Christmas is really about.
When David discovers that Emily is running for class president against the son of his rival, he embeds himself in her campaign but Amy and Emily surprise him by leaning on superstar Ricky Adams to help her win.
When Joe wants to participate in his school's father/son history bowl competition, David realizes he doesn't know anything on the subject and learns he never actually passed history in school. The family sets out to teach David the facts.
The Hobbs family must take care of Kevin when he injures himself, but Kevin feels like a burden to them and takes off. They eventually find him, learning much more about Kevin in the process and are inspired to help him.
When David decides to play hard to get while renegotiating a spokesman contract - and gives the same advice to Emily - his strategy doesn't work out as he planned in either case and he must fix the mess he's made for his daughter.
While observing the many different parenting styles of the moms at a playgroup for Janie, David realizes he needs to find a technique of his own. He tries out different styles on the kids until they finally stage an intervention
When Amy has to work the weekend Emily and Mary are getting ready for Prom, dress shopping duties fall on David and Marcus, who let things spiral out of control. Now the guys must find a way to give the girls a Prom to remember.