Shaken by the death of his best friend, a film critic and expectant father decides to live his life strictly according to the Holy Bible, with the help of a God Squad of advisers. Based on the book The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs.
In the series premiere, Chip Curry is a modern day man at a crossroads in his life, who decides to live strictly in accordance with the Bible. A film critic for a New York Newspaper and a soon-to-be father, Chip wants to be a better man following the loss of his best friend. He decides to put his slightly obsessive temperament to use and start living his life 100% by the Bible to find direction. His smart, pregnant wife, Leslie, while both skeptical and entertained by her husband’s new passion, supports him completely. Knowing he’ll need some practical advice, Chip forms a “God Squad” with Father Gene, a Catholic Priest who helps Chip translate the rules of the Bible to a modern world; and Father Gene’s best friend, easygoing Rabbi Gil Ableman, who respects Chip’s chutzpah and is glad to serve as a sounding board when they meet at their local bar. At Chip’s newspaper, he finds support from his no-nonsense boss, Ms. Meadows, who knows Chip’s self-penned story will sell newspapers, and his co-worker and friend, Vince, who is quick with a reality check and likes to wind Chip up for his own amusement. As he begins his sincere spiritual journey toward a more moral life with the help of his wife and friends, Chip wonders if he’ll be able to take a page – or every page – out of the Good Book, and if the effect will be of Biblical proportions.
When Father Gene and Rabbi Gil (the "God Squad") point out to Chip that his addiction to his smartphone is the same as worshiping a false idol, Chip decides to stop using it, causing his wife, Leslie, and his officemates to worry about his whereabouts.
After several sleepless nights due to loud neighbors, Chip asks Rabbi Gil and Father Gene for advice on loving thy neighbor
Chip infuriates his colleagues when he decides to follow the commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Steal' and begins returning previously pilfered office supplies, upsetting the delicate office balance.
Chip tries to find a loophole to "honoring thy father" when Ron, his overbearing dad, decides to surprise him and Leslie with a visit.
Chip gets into trouble when he vows to stop lying about anything, regardless of the situation.
Chip's mother-in-law, a scientist, spars with him about the power of prayer.
Chip and Leslie's patience is tested when they invite Rabbi Gil to stay with them after he discovers his wife is having an affair.
Father Gene is jealous when he finds out that Chip attended Vince's Baptist church to see another side of religion.
When Chip suggests that Leslie quit her job to stay home when the baby is born, she assumes it's his attempt to get her to submit to him based on a bible verse.
The "God Squad" warns Chip not to covet a journalism award that he and Vince are both up for.
Chip tries to persuade his unenthusiastic officemates to rebuild a house for charity.