Jack & Bobby: Season 1 (2004 - 2005)


Season 1
Jack & Bobby

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Jack & Bobby infuses its rich premise with skillful writing and deft emotional resonance.

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Air date: Sep 12, 2004

Jack (Matthew Long) asks out the new girl in town but has trouble convincing her that his intentions are sincere; Bobby (Logan Lerman) starts high school and has a rough time with it; and Grace sticks her foot in her mouth when she meets the university's new president. Grace: Christine Lahti. Courtney: Jessica Paré. Marcus: Edwin Hodge. Peter: John Slattery.

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Air date: Sep 19, 2004

Courtney (Jessica Paré) asks Jack out on a "date," but his enthusiasm quickly fades when she invites Bobby to go with them. Elsewhere, Peter tricks Grace into having dinner with him when she confronts him about his decision to cancel the university's annual Moonlight Address. Jack: Matthew Long. Bobby: Logan Lerman. Peter: John Slattery. Grace: Christine Lahti. Marcus: Edwin Hodge.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2004

Grace (Christine Lahti) gets Bobby enrolled in a program designed for high-caliber students, despite the fact that he came a few points shy of passing the entrance exam. Jack hosts the annual track-team party at his house while his mom's away for the weekend on a faculty retreat. President Lorio: Paul Sorvino.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2004

Bobby's interest in religion is piqued when he helps Warren study for his Bar Mitzvah. Elsewhere, Grace insults a student (Lina Patel) with deep religious beliefs, prompting a campus-wide boycott of her classes; Jack gets a chance to rejoin the track team when the coach needs a replacement runner for Marcus, who's on academic probation. Rev. Belknap: Ed Begley Jr. Rabbi Rosinsky: Harris Laskawy. Tom: Bradley Cooper. Warren: Dean Collins.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2004

Grace invites a homeless man (John Dennis Johnston) to stay at her house for a few days. Although she completely trusts her guest, Bobby is suspicious of him because of Jack's warnings that he may be dangerous. Also, Bobby and Warren are threatened by a bully after they witness her beating up a student; and Jack accompanies Courtney to a formal party at her house, causing Missy to question their relationship.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2004

Grace gets Bobby a tutor after he fails a math quiz, but Bobby is tempted to take a different course of action in order to pass his next test. Elsewhere, Jack confronts Courtney about the kiss; a professor is accused of sexual harassment and Grace is put on the investigating committee; Missy invites Courtney over for a "girl's night" with her friends. Dex: Jeanette Brox. Rev. Belknap: Ed Begley Jr.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2004

When Peter finds out that a college guy has invited Courtney to a party, he meets with the student and threatens to ruin his academic career if he continues to pursue his daughter. Elsewhere, Grace catches Bobby kissing Dex (Jeanette Brox) and decides to have a talk with her parents; and Tom insults Grace by asking another professor to critique his thesis. Merle: Dakin Matthews. Martha: Mary Gordon Murray.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2004

Bobby's depressed about "breaking up" with Dex, but he's convinced that she still cares for him and tries to win her back. Elsewhere, Grace helps host an election-night party and is dismayed at how uninterested the students are in the event; and Missy wants to sleep with Jack, who has doubts about whether he's ready to take that step.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2004

Bobby continues to do chores at the Benedicts' house to pay Peter back for saving his life, but Peter has a better idea: he asks Bobby to play chess with him instead. Elsewhere, Jack is forced to bring his mom to Missy's house for dinner; and Tom needs help with a lecture, but Grace bails on him. Meghan: Samantha Quan. Garrett: Steven C. Nelson.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2004

Grace's brother (Tom Cavanagh) makes a surprise visit, just in time for her annual potluck Thanksgiving dinner. Meanwhile, Jack's friend Matt commits suicide, and Jack feels responsible because they had a falling-out a few months before his death. Matt: Patrick J. Adams.

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Critic Reviews for Jack & Bobby Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

This is a show in which I have great hope.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a series that seems bold and different and as healthy as an apple, but also overtly manipulative and sappy. Sometimes good for you just isn't good enough.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The premise of the series is so provocative, [Christine] Lahti is so buoyant, and the experience, albeit a fictional one, of watching a young man maturing into a leader wins in a landslide.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It glows with warmth stoked by a fiery Christine Lahti as the boys' single mom.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

High-minded and lovingly shot, the idea behind "Jack & Bobby" is more intriguing than the actual premiere.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

"Jack & Bobby" is most emotionally effective when the lines that are drawn between Bobby's boyhood and his adulthood meander through unexpected oxbows.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a thoughtful drama that shows what role influence can play.

Mar 12, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This is a show definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Fine acting and eloquent writing make for characters worth caring about - and a rich viewing experience that resonates with big, muscular, American themes about opportunity, integrity and leadership like no series this side of The West Wing.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Viewers who elect to watch quality drama: "Jack & Bobby" deserves your vote.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

The show doesn't back away from controversial subjects but treats them seriously.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The boys' present-day travails are intriguing enough without having to foreshadow their adult destinies. We have seen the future, and it's a big distraction.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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