Back: Season 1 Reviews

April 18, 2019
It's fair to say that Mitchell and Webb are definitely back.
April 18, 2019
One of the great things about this Mitchell-and-Webb sitcom is the fact it has so much more plot than most.
April 18, 2019
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.
April 18, 2019
Sitcoms need time to bed in, and this one is no exception. It's not LOLs yet. But the first episode had its moments.
April 18, 2019
Comparisons aside, it's a strong start for Back, and Mitchell and Webb clearly still have their chemistry.
April 18, 2019
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.
April 18, 2019
There was no neat conclusion - just the tantalising prospect of six more episodes. I can't get back to the John Barleycorn soon enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 2, 2018
It's the kind of comedy even Malcolm Tucker might find not too shabby.
September 6, 2018
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.
August 7, 2018
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.
November 30, 2017
[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.
November 17, 2017
Blackwood maintains the ambiguity, which is both more threatening and funnier than any definitive answer could be.
November 17, 2017
It arrives at an endpoint that signals a much better, more exciting show on the horizon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 16, 2017
It's Blackwell's intelligent and searing writing -- which also has quite a bit of emotional nuance -- that makes Back much more than mere joke creation for its own sake. And it's Mitchell and Webb who make it all come to life..
November 16, 2017
If Peep Show sometimes skewered Blair-era fantasies about what a cosmopolitan United Kingdom could be, Back takes a dull and slightly depressive scalpel to Britain in the age of Brexit.
November 16, 2017
Anyone missing the biting humor of Peep Show, or anyone who's simply looking to delve into a quick comedy that deals with an odd power struggle should be pleasantly surprised by Back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2017
I assume the series will reveal more as it progresses, and I'm certainly intrigued enough to continue watching.
November 15, 2017
Back, rather than embracing life's constant barrage of disasters, breaks out an oversized, Holmesian magnifying glass so these grievances can be analyzed and mulled over with all the perverse pleasure of picking pimples in the mirror.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
September 26, 2017
Ah, what a comfort it is to have David Mitchell and Robert Webb back, in Back, a comedy shaping up to be almost as pin-sharp and cheerfully dark as Peep Show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2017
Mitchell and Webb are on fine form.