The Grinder: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)

Season 1
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The Grinder's humor is buoyed by Rob Lowe and Fred Savage's chemistry as a hilarious new odd couple.



Critic Ratings: 58


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Air date: Sep 29, 2015

Series premiere of a sitcom about a popular TV lawyer whose drama series ends, so he returns to his hometown to work in the family law firm, where he squares off with his younger brother.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2015

After a smash victory in court, the firm is flooded with business, and Dean wants to take on a big case, while Stewart disagrees, which puts the brothers at loggerheads. Meanwhile, Dean encourages Debbie to aggressively go for a promotion at work, but her plan backfires.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2015

Dean tells Stewart that Claire is sharing secrets with a rival firm. -- (C) FOX

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Air date: Oct 20, 2015

Stewart and Deb wonder if their new friends like them only because he has a famous brother, while Dean is perplexed because Claire doesn't seem the least bit impressed with his celebrity.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2015

Dean, frustrated at not finding love, has his belief in romance restored when he reconnects with a former girlfriend. Meanwhile, Deb tries to convince uptight Stewart to allow Lizzie to go on a supervised date.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2015

Instead of following in his father's footsteps and joining the backstage technical crew, Ethan auditions for a role in the school play. Meanwhile, Stewart questions his father about why he gave Dean and him two different takes on how to live their lives.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2015

Stewart tells Dean that to be considered a "regular guy," he needs to stop relying on his famous reputation, but Stewart has a change of heart when they wind up in trouble and Dean's celebrity may be their only way out. Meanwhile, Debbie hires a new assistant, who needs more assistance from Debbie to do her job.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2015

Dean is excited to spend a real Thanksgiving celebration with the family, but his meddling uncovers a major, surprising family secret. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal events that led to Dean's departure from his hit TV drama and the show's subsequent cancellation.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2015

Dean is asked to film a spinoff of his "The Grinder" TV series that will provide closure for his popular role, but Dean has problems dealing with being replaced by his character's TV brother. Meanwhile, Dean's real brother, Stewart, is excited for the opportunity to get Dean back into acting.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2016

Dean spots Timothy Olyphant (as himself) romancing Claire, and feels justified in trying to "win her back" by taking the lead on a case involving her friend, but he resorts to questionable tactics. Meanwhile, Stewart is thrilled to be the subject of a reporter's feature story, but isn't so excited after Dean steps in and turns the focus on himself.

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Critic Reviews for The Grinder Season 1

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (31)

Rob Lowe and Fred Savage play brothers, which by itself requires a massive suspension of disbelief. Savage's Stewart Anderson is a lawyer, and Lowe's Dean Anderson plays one on TV. WORLDS COLLIDE.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

[The stars are] an odd couple with potential.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There's a strong supporting cast, including Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Natalie Morales.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Rob Lowe exudes clueless charisma as Dean Sanderson, an actor fresh off eight top-rated seasons of The Grinder.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

The premise isn't unfamiliar, but Lowe and Fred Savage make terrific brothers, and lots of little twists keep the comedy coming.

Sep 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Grinder is clever. It has a great time sending up the clichés of lawyer shows, while also reveling in them.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Once (and if) The Grinder finds a direction, it has the potential to be a great show.

Mar 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Lowe and Savage have a relaxed brotherly chemistry, and the show has fun playing with legal-drama conventions.

Sep 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's probably the best half hour network comedy of the season.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

It works because, instead of running from them, it embraces and celebrates the conventions of broadcast TV. It doesn't try to be a cable series. In a strange way this season, that makes it the cool show.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

The pilot has its moments.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Brothers try to bond in goofy but fun courtroom comedy.

Sep 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Grinder: Season 1

  • Jan 09, 2020
    This was an excellent series, ridiculously funny and perfectly cast. I am absolutely shocked to see it was never picked up for another season, I think it's more worthy than the majority of "television" comedy these days. A real mid-latter career highlight for both Lowe and Savage, and an incredible pairing.
  • Sep 20, 2017
    One of the most unique shows out in the last decade! Fred Savage and Rob Lowe had fantastic chemistry as brothers with opposite personalities. I'm still upset it was cancelled! Best comedy since Arrested Development!
  • May 27, 2017
    Why was this canceled?
  • Apr 28, 2017
    I started watching this on Netflix recently and it is surprisingly funny. It's impossible not to laugh at the witty rhetoric between not only Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, but also Fred Savage and his on-screen wife, Mary Elizabeth Ellis. It's a light, fun show. Really hope Netflix picks it up for a second season!
  • Jan 17, 2017
    Should not have been cancelled. Rob Lowe is a delight. I couldn't stop watching the episodes. Sometimes the material got a little tired and gags got repetitive, but the cast and premise were spot on. I think that a second season could be even better.
  • Nov 04, 2016
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  • Oct 31, 2016
    So good, quality cast, Lowe and Savage's sparring is classic.
  • Oct 29, 2016
    Though Rob Lowe has his wonderful Chris Traeger charisma, it's not enough to make this humorless series entertaining. It's not that the jokes are unfunny, it's just that there only seem to be 5-10 jokes in each episode.
  • May 04, 2016
    This is the best comedy in a LONG time. It is also the only lawyer show that lawyers can watch. It's not that it is more realistic; rather, The Grinder revels in the fact that lawyer television shows are ALL completely silly. It's so meta, it's ????!
  • Apr 29, 2016
    Love this show! I hope we get a Season 2.

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