在美国这么些年，我亦如其他许多中国人一样，变得更加爱祖国，而且开始理解很多我以前嗤之以鼻的所谓“传统观念”。就好比有一天我和同事在Napa喝酒聊天，美国人说，你们这群中国的独身子女，等父母老了以后你就看怎么照顾吧，我们一家三个子女的都吵得不可开交照顾不过来，你要是没有个家庭，老了以后上面怎么照顾，你自己又怎么照顾？我看着一家三口从旁边走过去，心里想着一些东西，不知道要讲什么。Mrs. Browns Boys became a runaway success upon its initial broadcast. Every episode aired won its timeslot for RTé, with an average viewership of 753,500 in January, 2011. One episodes rating beat that of RTés own ratings giant The Late Late Show, with 856,000 viewers tuning in to watch. However, critics disliked the show. "The whole thing is entirely predicated on viewers finding a man dressed as a foul-mouthed elderly woman intrinsically funny," noted Bernice Harrison in the Irish Times. "If you do, you’re away in a hack (and the viewing figures are astronomical), but if you don’t, and you think that died out with Les Dawson and Dick Emery, then it’s a long half-hour." The Irish Independent said that Mrs Browns Boys was the type of TV programme that "that makes you vaguely embarrassed to be Irish". The Daily Telegraphs Sam Richards noted that shows comedy has a "rudimentary nature", consisting of "an old-fashioned blend of silly voices and slapstick, played out in front of a live studio audience who collapse into giggles at the mere mention of the word “willy”.