Each episode of The Days chronicles a 24-hour period. In the pilot, it's "Day #1,142" in 15-year-old Cooper Day's online journal, the one he's keeping to count the days until his "liberation" - graduation from high school in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Cooper thinks his family is "spinning too fast in too many directions," and he's right. Dad Jack is an attorney practicing law for a pharmaceutical giant who hates his job. Mom Abby has just reentered the work force as the star creative director of a big ad agency. Seventeen-year-old sister Natalie is a super kid who's a soccer champ, a straight "A" student and girlfriend to the school's football star. And little brother Nathan is an eight-year-old child genius who suffers from crippling anxiety attacks.
On "Day #1,142," the lives of all five members of this dysfunctional Philadelphia clan change forever. Jack, fed up, abruptly quits his job, unaware that events at home are about to render this decision ill-timed. Meanwhile Nathan has the panic attack to end all panic attacks in the midst of an important school test, and Cooper decides its payback time for Natalie's insensitive boyfriend, Lane Dugan.