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Hank: Season 1 (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 25

Kelsey Grammar's comedic gifts are wasted on Hank, a mix of unfunny gags and schmaltz that too often feels like a rehashed sitcom from the early 1980s.

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Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 17

Kelsey Grammar's comedic gifts are wasted on Hank, a mix of unfunny gags and schmaltz that too often feels like a rehashed sitcom from the early 1980s.

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Season Info

Hank Pryor (Kelsey Grammer), a successful sports-retail executive, loses his high-paying position and takes his family back home to a small town in Virginia to try to rebuild his career and adjust to life as a father and husband. Having to deal with his constant presence around the house and his desire to re-connect are his wife Tilly (Melinda McGraw), his daughter Maddie (Jordan Hinson) and his son Henry (Nathan Gamble).

Genre: Comedy

Network: ABC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 30, 2009

Pilot

Kelsey Grammer plays Hank Pryor, a business giant in the sports-retail arena who gets benched in a force-out, and, in the opener, takes his family back home to Virginia to try to rebuild his career and adjust to simply being a father and husband. Tilly Pryor: Melinda McGraw. Maddie Pryor: Jordan Hinson. Henry Pryor: Nathan Gamble. Grady Funk: David Koechner.

2
Air date: Oct 7, 2009

Yard Sale

Anxious to get back into the entrepreneurial game, Hank starts small...by organizing a neighborhood yard sale.

3
Air date: Oct 14, 2009

Drag Your Daughter to Work Day

Hank tells Maddie he wants her to get a job because he was working at her age, and, thinking it will help, he gets a gig working with her at the mall.

4
Air date: Oct 21, 2009

Relax, Don't Do It

Hank channels his Type-A traits into his househusband duties and goes a little overboard.

5
Air date: Nov 4, 2009

Hanksgiving

Hank's mother-in-law (Swoosie Kurtz) visits for their first Thanksgiving in the new home, and Hank is less than thrilled.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (25)

The whole episode made me cringe.

October 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

As sheer sitcom un-craftmanship, it was almost shocking, making the off-putting Cougartown (which at least vibrates with genuine sexual anxiety) look like Chaucer by comparison.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

For those expecting another Frasier-like comic tour-de-force, disappointment looms ahead.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Hank is not only unoriginal, it features some of the most annoying things I've seen on a sitcom in a long time.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

It just doesn't seem the best fit for Grammer. He's playing a character who's as pompous as Frasier but with less justification, less heart, less wit - and less able support.

September 30, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

You've seen it before, and Hank approaches it in the laziest way possible.

September 30, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club

Kelsey Grammer is again playing a Kelsey Grammer character - a pompous stuffed shirt whom life is destined to un-stuff. And every time he takes another stab at it, the returns diminish.

September 30, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

The script for Hank (by Tucker Cawley) plays like something out of the early '90s, as if this is what Grammer turned down post-Cheers and somebody pulled it off the turnaround shelf and dusted it off.

September 30, 2009 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

It's bad. It's visually unappealing. It's a sign that Kelsey Grammer should give drama a shot, or maybe stick to producing.

September 29, 2009 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

Not a single wisecrack got a laugh other than from the studio audience.

September 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Hardly any of this works well.

September 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

It's lazy, predictable and spectacularly tone-deaf.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

This isn't only Frasier, recast as a standard family sitcom. It's Green Acres.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Why would Grammer settle for Hank? He's so much better than the unfunny show that has been built around him.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune

Although the idea of losing everything and starting over isn't usually very funny, Grammer's trademark quick and intelligent banter makes the show entertaining.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's a slight premise, and the odds of it morphing into a fresh, lively weekly adventure feel about the same. Slight.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Hank is the kind of show Dr. Frasier Crane would sneer at, which makes it particularly sad to see Kelsey Grammer reduced to starring in this ABC sitcom as a Dumb Daddy.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ultimately, this is a Frasier retread, and an inferior one.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

The jokes, the laugh track, and the performances seem more like throwback to 1980s sitcoms.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Grammer's show, Hank, is one of the worst new (or old) comedies of this or many other seasons.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Hank, a moronic and ghastly effort that suffocates under the cloying and annoying blanket of a laugh track so disturbing it should be destroyed. As should the show.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

I nevertheless remain clinically fascinated by the show's lameness.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

McGraw is a good foil for Grammer, and Grammer is good at what he does.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

This multicamera half-hour does little more than provide reasonably pleasant company, while looking and sounding as if it could have been developed when Cheers begin its run.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Hank is a downer, both within its premise and as a squandering of Grammer's talent.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The comedy pivots on Hank's painful adjustment to middle-class living, but that joke is undercut with syrupy life lessons about parental responsibility and quality time.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Hank is a multi-camera sitcom shot on a cheap-looking set with a forgettable supporting cast speaking rarely funny dialogue.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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