Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (2014)


Critic Consensus: J.K. Simmons is as charming as ever, but Growing Up Fisher fails to surmount its plodding premise.


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Air date: Feb 23, 2014
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Critic Reviews for Growing Up Fisher Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (20)

[J.K] Simmons isn't the only reason to watch. The improbable but supposedly truth-based premise supports some funny, fresh plotlines.

Feb 18, 2014 | Full Review…
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This isn't a show about the sightless, although Simmons (who is not blind) is terrific at conveying the limits and hurdles. The story is more concerned with the particular challenges of parenting through divorce than with blindness.

Mar 4, 2014 | Full Review…

For the most part, Growing Up Fisher is so soggy and lumpen, so intentionally inoffensive that it barely registers at all.

Feb 27, 2014 | Full Review…

The writers try to imbue the narration with a sense of heartfelt nostalgia that came so naturally to a show like The Wonder Years, but the contemporary setting and banal plotlines works against it.

Feb 24, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Growing Up Fisher manages to walk the tightrope thanks to a sentimental script by DJ Nash and a strong performance by the always reliable J.K. Simmons.

Feb 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Elfman's Joyce, however, is an all too typical blend of aging TV mom striving to be young, cool and alluring again.

Feb 20, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Growing Up Fisher's patriarch is an inspirational characters, it's just too bad the rest of the show is so boring.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

There are some sweet moments in Growing Up Fisher, and J.K. Simmons is always fun to watch, but there's no way it's getting a pass.

Mar 4, 2014 | Rating: 5.8/10 | Full Review…

Every line rings false and every character feels contrived.

Mar 4, 2014 | Full Review…

J.K. Simmons has just got to be one of the most charming, guileless actors working today, and it's a real shame that this is the material he's given to work with.

Mar 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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