Back: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 20


Audience Score

User Ratings: 47
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Air date: Mar 7, 2018
Air date: Mar 14, 2018
Air date: Mar 21, 2018
Air date: Mar 28, 2018
Air date: Apr 11, 2018

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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 (6)

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…

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

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…

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…
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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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