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There is certainly something enjoyable about Grandfathered. It's far sweeter than the marketing implies, aiming for a blend of dirty jokes and heartwarming moments between family and possible-relationships.
Watching Stamos toss out punchline after punchline is a genuine delight, because watching anyone do something they're great at is a delight. He's an actor built for exactly this kind of material, and so he makes it sing.
With Daniel Chun (The Office, Hello Ladies and Happy Endings) penning a quick-witted script, Grandfathered subverts every hokey cliche that it nearly crashes into by maintaining a savvy self-awareness.
Though the pilot hits some of the expected beats - don't muss my pants, baby with dirty hands - it doesn't revel in the comedy of discomfiture common to such stories. It doesn't artificially harden Jimmy's heart just to melt it.
There's a buoyancy to these characters and an edginess to this script that make Grandfathered far less cloying and monotonous than the show's ads -- and its opening five minutes -- initially present it as.