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The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)
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Fox hasn't lost his gifts as a sitcom actor, and the other players step up to his level. Though the show doesn't warrant a standing ovation, it deserves warm applause.
Not a breakthrough comedic form, but the welcome return of a familiar TV standout.
Parkinson's is practically a character in NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show, in which the comedian riffs - funnily and affectingly - on his own affliction with the disease.
The show depends to a dismaying degree on jokes about Fox's, and Henry's, condition.
The show has plenty of heart and lots of chuckles. And there's a lot to be said for spending half an hour with an old friend.
With Fox leading a strong cast, his new show has a better than average shot.
But it's confident, funny, and heartfelt: and at the end of the day, these are the most important components in a family comedy, right?
The Meta-mix of TV and social reality is a tricky one in this family and workplace sitcom.
The Michael J. Fox Show also manages a far more impressive feat; it upstages the curiosity factor of Parkinson's with a heartfelt, family-centered story that's similarly honest about the ups and downs of life.
I get the feeling NBC's new comedy will figure out exactly what it wants to be and where it wants to go across its first season.
Though the choice to have the characters speak to the camera feels a little tired, the show is quite possibly one of the funniest new comedies of the season, full of small moments that lead to big laughs.
Audience Reviews for The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1
Dec 31, 2016The first half (11 episodes) had some great episodes and some good episodes, and the second half just had good episodes. I agree with the consensus on the uneven writing. One of the big things that made me notice it was the spontaneous jokes, and how not enough of them are funny, or even good. Michael J. Fox and Betsy Brandt obviously kill it. Wendell Pierce and Katie Finneran are ok. I don't think comedy is the right genre for Pierce. I liked Finneran in Wonderfalls, and that character was annoying, so I'm let down that she didn't do better with this annoying character. The kids are hit or miss, sometimes they do good, and sometimes they're just not memorable. They also each have their annoying moments. My favorite thing was the tone in the great episodes, but it doesn't last. I also liked the color palette, and not just because it was surprising they'd have one, or that it's obvious it's there, or the colors it is. I wish it would have stayed longer and for more. At it's best, it's a warm, interesting to watch, funny enough show with great performances from the two leads that help overshadow anyone else that could be underperforming. At it's worst, it's an alright show that's not funny, and doesn't stand out from the rest of the family comedies that are not funny at all. Once it started to hit a bad stride, I was really hoping it would be one of the shows that got better after it was cancelled, but it didn't. Oh, and the last episode ended the series well enough. I'm confused why iTunes only has the first fifteen episodes, and not the rest from after they were cancelled. I actually remembered a lot more about this than I thought I would because I didn't remember seeing much of the show, and thought I didn't watch past the pilot. One nitpick is the episode "Brandon" because they break the first rule of Fight Club, as well as reference LOTR terribly. My favorite episodes are the Pilot, Hobbies, Teammates, Bed Bugs, and Homecoming. I'd buy it on DVD on sale just to see it again because it's hard to watch especially the cancelled episodes, and I'd also like to see if any episodes get better with multiple viewings!
Apr 12, 2014The Michael J. Fox Show was a funny, smart, sweet, and warm-hearted show led by a great performance from Fox. It was smart and safe in how it handled his Parkinson's, and the jokes they made were funny and not harsh that they were tolerable. Overall, it was a great show.
Mar 29, 2014Michael J Fox is timeless and his humor is classic; some of the old school wit mixed with the new world issues, frank and honest, in-your-face hilarity!
Jan 30, 2014Was expecting it to be way better but it was a huge let down, i'm sure it will get taken off TV very soon
Jan 16, 2014Michael J. Fox, We have missed you so much. Welcome Back!
Jan 09, 2014like it..........but should not have another season....
Nov 30, 2013The problem we have with this show are the comedy and the characters. I do believe the comedy suffers because the writers don't know how to play around with their characters. We have so many of them trying to be different things instead of a set personality that we don't have one thing we could possibly poke fun at. Lets at least give props to his wife, Annie. She's the only one who's had some sort of arc. Either way, I'm a fan of Fox and will continue to watch...up to a series finale or cancellation date.