Back: Season 1 (2017)

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Intriguing, intelligent, and dripping with searing social satire, Back proves a welcome return for collaborators David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

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User Ratings: 48

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Air date: Mar 7, 2018

The Nichols family are preparing for the funeral of Laurie, a much loved father, brother, husband and the celebrated owner of the John Barleycorn Pub. Uncle Geoff insists that Stephen should say one last goodbye to his dad at the funeral home, but Stephen is scared he won't know what to say and is pretending he's too busy. As the day of the funeral arrives there's an unexpected mourner at the graveside—the charismatic Andrew, who was one of many children fostered by Stephen's family in the '80s.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2018

The Nichols family gather together as Alison, Stephen's ex and the family lawyer, reveal what's in Laurie's will. A horrified Stephen finds out that Andrew has been left a five percent share of the family business, the John Barleycorn pub. With the business in debt, Stephen and Andrew go head to head to find the best way to make some extra cash. Ellen decides that joining the church is the next logical step in her spiritual journey.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2018

Footfall is down in the John Barleycorn and Andrew, who now has a stake in the business, is trying to figure out ways to sex up the pub and bring in a younger crowd. Geoff is keen to help, but Andrew enlists the help of Cass, who, as an artist, has a "good eye." They swap out Jan and Mike for more attractive and younger bartenders, refurbish Stephen's pine-heavy decor and make the John Barleycorn look more like an authentic country pub. But Stephen is furious with Andrew's meddling.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2018

Stephen and Andrew are on a road trip to visit the pub's suppliers and spread the news of Laurie's death. Andrew tries to help Stephen along the way with getting over his ex-wife, clarifying a memory from their childhood and making shocking revelations that Stephen's parents' marriage wasn't all that it appeared to be.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2018

With the fire insurance policy out of date, Andrew buys Cass's shares so he can renovate the pub. Cass and Ellen hail him as a hero. A furious Stephen, fuelled by what is now his customary "morning wine," takes Maureen for a walk and she escapes into the woods; Stephen almost immediately wishes she hadn't. Dognappers demand money from Stephen or they will kill Maureen, but help could be at hand.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2018

Andrew transforms the John Barleycorn into a huge success with a brilliant new look and a talented French chef; Stephen, feels depressed and defeated and drinks even more heavily than usual; Laurie's birthday memorial approaches.

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After the death of his father, a pub landlord and local legend, Stephen (Mitchell) -- whose only achievements so far have been marriage, followed by divorce, and a slightly disappointing refurbish of a pub -- finally has a chance to shine as he is set to take over the family business. But his plans are interrupted when the charming Andrew (Webb), a former foster child briefly raised by Stephen's parents, turns up out of the blue at his father's funeral and is eager to renew his relationship with the closest thing to a family he has ever known.

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Critic Reviews for Back Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

Sitcoms need time to bed in, and this one is no exception. It's not LOLs yet. But the first episode had its moments.

Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…

It arrives at an endpoint that signals a much better, more exciting show on the horizon.

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

There was no neat conclusion - just the tantalising prospect of six more episodes. I can't get back to the John Barleycorn soon enough.

Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Whatever motivated Andrew's return, the heart of the series lies with Mitchell and Webb's textured performances as maturing, anxious people dealing with childhood trauma they don't yet know how to articulate.

Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…

While Back is brutal in places, and some of the lines are thrillingly blunt... it has a deft touch where necessary, in small enough doses to make it touching, but never sentimental.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

[Back] takes a bit of setting up. But that's done well, and it's worth the effort, because once you're on top of things, it's an interesting place to be.

Nov 29, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a classic cuckoo-in-the-nest tale, the easy, glib Andrew already beginning to elbow awkward, overlooked Stephen out of the tree while being charming to him.

Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…

It's fair to say that Mitchell and Webb are definitely back.

Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the great things about this Mitchell-and-Webb sitcom is the fact it has so much more plot than most.

Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Comparisons aside, it's a strong start for Back, and Mitchell and Webb clearly still have their chemistry.

Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…

It's the kind of comedy even Malcolm Tucker might find not too shabby.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Waiting to find out adds an intriguing, almost psychological-thriller element to what already looks like being one of the best new shows of the autumn.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Back: Season 1

  • Dec 29, 2017
    serious moments like paternity & other issues slagged off for a cheap laugh, Mitchell and Webb are better than this

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