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The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (2013-2014)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 13

The Michael J. Fox Show benefits immeasurably from the warm, easy charisma of its star, who keeps things watchable even when the writing is uneven.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 7

The Michael J. Fox Show benefits immeasurably from the warm, easy charisma of its star, who keeps things watchable even when the writing is uneven.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 31

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Season Info

In the first and only season of this sitcom, Michael J. Fox portrays Mike Henry, a family man and former news anchor in New York City who left his job to focus on his health and his family. After five years at home, his wife (Betsy Brandt) and kids think it's a good idea for him to go back to work, so they secretly collaborate with his old boss (Wendell Pierce) to orchestrate his return to TV news. Mike then resumes juggling work and being a husband and dad to three kids: recent college dropout

Network: NBC

Premiere Date: Sep 26, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 26, 2013

Pilot

In the series premiere of this comedy, a popular news anchor heads back to work after a five-year break to focus on his family and health, and both his family and his boss are happy about his return?especially since they collaborated to orchestrate it.

2
Air date: Sep 26, 2013

Neighbor

"Neighbor," 09/26/2013: Despite his denials, Mike develops a crush on his new neighbor. HD Version

3
Air date: Oct 3, 2013

Art

"Art," 10/03/2013: Discovering their teenage daughter's art portfolio includes nudes, Mike and Annie turn from progressive parents into prudish art thieves.

4
Air date: Oct 10, 2013

Hobbies

"Hobbies," 10/11/2013: Michael battles an old nemesis in the newsroom, while Graham plays his parents off each other. HD Version

5
Air date: Oct 17, 2013

Interns

"Interns," 10/17/2013: Mike's plan to get closer to Eve by getting her an internship at the station backfires when she appears to idolize his nemesis, Susan Rodriguez-Jones. (Guest Star Anne Heche) HD Version

6
Air date: Oct 24, 2013

Teammates

"Teammates," 10/24/2013: Feeling undermined by Mike, Annie takes revenge at Harris' annual karaoke party. HD Version

7
Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Golf

"Golf," 10/31/2013: Annie's plans for a romantic getaway go awry when Mike obsesses on his golf game.

8
Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Bed Bugs

"Bed Bugs," 11/07/2013: Against his better judgement, Mike invites Leigh to come stay with him and Annie. HD Version

9
Air date: Nov 14, 2013

Homecoming

"Homecoming," 11/14/2013: Mike hatches a plot to return Ian to college while Annie organizes a girls' night out. HD Version

10
Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Thanksgiving

"Thanksgiving," 11/21/2013: Mike and Leigh's parents arrive, turning Thanksgiving into a family free-for-all.

11
Air date: Dec 12, 2013

Christmas

Mike and Annie's awesome gift exchange plans hit a snag when Mike has to anchor the news on Christmas Eve. Sting guest stars. (C) NBC

12
Air date: Jan 2, 2014

Party

"Party," 01/02/2014: Mike's plan to cheer up Harris with a party backfires; Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Domenick Lombardozzi guest star. HD Version

13
Air date: Jan 9, 2014

Secret

"Secret," 01/09/2014: Michael discovers a mobster living in his apartment building. HD Version

14
Air date: Jan 16, 2014

Couples

"Couples," 01/16/2014: Mike and Annie think they've finally found a BFF couple; Eve tries to reinvent herself as a bad girl. HD Version

15
Air date: Jan 23, 2014

Sochi

Mike faces off with Susan to cover the Winter Olympics in Russia. Meanwhile, Eve becomes a beauty-pageant contestant; and Leigh suspects that a ghost looking for romance is haunting her apartment.

16
Air date: Jan 23, 2014

Surprise!

"Surprise!," 01/23/2014: Mike's attempt to throw Leigh a surprise party backfires; Annie gets in the middle of Eve's school crush. Jake Lacy, Samantha Bee guest star.

17
Air date:

Co-op

Mike enlists a neighbor to run against Annie for co-op president; and Ian throws himself into work to recover from a recent breakup. Meanwhile Leigh wonders how to approach her date with a literary agent.

18
Air date:

Biking

While Mike teaches Graham to ride his bike for the first time, Ian is about to learn a thing or two from someone with a lot more experience.

19
Air date:

Health

It's a "Back to the Future" reunion, when Christopher Lloyd plays Annie's kooky new boss.

20
Air date:

Brandon

Mike and Annie try to keep Leigh from reuniting with an ex, while Graham tricks Eve into spending more time with him. Later, Ian worries that an older woman only wants him for sex.

21
Air date:

Dinner

While Mike and Annie are surprised by the age of the girlfriend that Ian brings home, Harris and Leigh struggle to be just friends and Eve experiments with marijuana.

22
Air date:

Changes

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (13)

The pity is as likable as it is, it just isn't very funny.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Buffalo News

The best part about The Michael J. Fox Show is Michael J. Fox, who is still as sharp, sarcastic and on-point as ever.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

The Michael J. Fox Show isn't exactly a laugh riot, but it's the kind of TV comedy whose well-written and deftly delivered combination of smarts, sweetness and gentle humour could carry it a long way.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Free Press

Well intentioned yes, but The Michael J. Fox Show is no Family Ties.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap
TheWrap

While it doesn't yet feel like The Michael J. Fox Show has earned the name of its endearing lead actor, there's enough charisma and humor at the start to make it worth sticking around.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

I get the feeling NBC's new comedy will figure out exactly what it wants to be and where it wants to go across its first season.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Parkinson's is practically a character in NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show, in which the comedian riffs - funnily and affectingly - on his own affliction with the disease.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

Particularly valuable is Brandt...She is smart and very funny, and, practically speaking, as much the star of the show as Fox.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The show depends to a dismaying degree on jokes about Fox's, and Henry's, condition.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

All sitcoms are difficult to judge on the basis of the first two episodes, but this one demands even more caution.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

Though the choice to have the characters speak to the camera feels a little tired, the show is quite possibly one of the funniest new comedies of the season, full of small moments that lead to big laughs.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Fox aside, the show boasts some strong performances which should hold it up through the weaker material, for a time at least.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Whether he's annoying his kids or sparring at work with a viper co-worker (a very funny Anne Heche), Fox is an affable charmer who honestly earns our affections.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The show as currently conceived is a situation comedy in the most disappointing sense: situations occur not so much to advance any character but because hijinx will ensue.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

The show has plenty of heart and lots of chuckles. And there's a lot to be said for spending half an hour with an old friend.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

I'd call the show "middle-of-the-road" funny, with a few good laughs.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

The Michael J. Fox Show's selling point is its multivalent comic richness.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Its early efforts are just OK, not good or even great, like Mr. Fox's Good Wife episodes.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With Fox leading a strong cast, his new show has a better than average shot.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Must-watch because you have to have an opinion about Michael J. Fox's return. Just don't be too surprised -- or sad -- if it's a negative one.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Overall, I'd say that The Michael J. Fox Show has a very good sense of itself. Which is a hard thing for a comedy to know right off the bat.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

What's there right now is definitely worth watching.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Fox isn't looking for or asking for anyone's pity, he's just trying to get back to what he loves (and does extremely well).

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

That throwback quality isn't the show's downfall... The problem is the feeling that you're watching a long and expensive public service announcement.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

This is a very likable show. One that I can see myself watching for a long time to come.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Well, the shows [The Michael J. Fox Show and The Crazy Ones] are neither awful nor awesome, so there's no easy answer here.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

For a fleeting moment, the show hints it might venture into some saucy territory. Then it gets all Family Ties saccharine and goes in for the squishy hug.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The Michael J. Fox Show shows signs of deteriorating into a too sitcom-y enterprise with occasional flashes of smart writing and situations.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

It's a simple concept, done well, like so many sitcoms, although the originality of a household name like Fox addressing his own personal issues through a fictional character gives the show an added strength.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Luckily, he (Fox) still has some of that Alex P. Keaton charm, and he's also helped by a strong supporting cast.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

t looks great, moves along at a clip, has a welcome self-awareness and a surprisingly prickly sense of humor.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

Few actors come with [Fox's] natural appeal and likability, even when a project like his new NBC sitcom doesn't quite do him justice.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News

It's just such a pleasure to see him back in his own show, both for what it says about his health and for the greater appeal of his work.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

The pilot just doesn't gently tap on the subject, it hammers it into submission. I counted at least a dozen references to Parkinson's over the half-hour.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

The show's frenetic attempts to nail down a style and tone, alongside the alternating stabs at family sitcom and workplace comedy, make it feel like the Fox show doesn't have a consistent vision or a sense of identity.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

This isn't a lemon. It's not all bad; in fact, it's so relentlessly sweet that the better metaphor would be lemonade.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

The series is also more than a little derivative of Modern Family.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Having Fox back on NBC Thursday roughly 30 years later has a certain symmetry, but generating sustained interest in his comeback vehicle will require more than just good will.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Fox hasn't lost his gifts as a sitcom actor, and the other players step up to his level. Though the show doesn't warrant a standing ovation, it deserves warm applause.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

The Meta-mix of TV and social reality is a tricky one in this family and workplace sitcom.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The first episode is rife with cross-promotional NBC references, making it difficult to notice if there's a show on or if it's just ads.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Not a breakthrough comedic form, but the welcome return of a familiar TV standout.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

The Michael J. Fox Show also manages a far more impressive feat; it upstages the curiosity factor of Parkinson's with a heartfelt, family-centered story that's similarly honest about the ups and downs of life.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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