The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)

Season 1
The Michael J. Fox Show

Critics Consensus

The Michael J. Fox Show benefits immeasurably from the warm, easy charisma of its star, who keeps things watchable even when the writing is uneven.



Critic Ratings: 44


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User Ratings: 40

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Air date: Sep 26, 2013

In the series premiere of this comedy, a popular news anchor heads back to work after a five-year break to focus on his family and health, and both his family and his boss are happy about his return—especially since they collaborated to orchestrate it.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2013

Mike deals with a noisy neighbor (Tracy Pollan) who finds him attractive, though he pretends not to enjoy being the object of her crush. Elsewhere, Ian takes a romantic interest in Eve's new friend; and Leigh plays along when she's mistaken for being Graham's mom.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2013

Eve takes a photography class featuring racy subject matter. Elsewhere, Ian and his girlfriend have a fight, so Harris and Leigh counsel them on how to reconcile; and Graham tries to manipulate his way out of trouble by continually accepting blame.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2013

Mike must work with his rival again after Harris hires her as an anchor. Meanwhile, Annie and Mike get competitive when they search for a new hobby for Graham; and Leigh and Ian enter into an online war of words with one of Eve's classmates.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2013

Mike gets Eve an internship at his station, and much to his dismay, she begins to admire his rival. Meanwhile, Ian hires an intern of his own; and Annie finds it difficult to give Leigh candid feedback on the young-adult novel she's writing.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2013

"Teammates," 10/24/2013: Feeling undermined by Mike, Annie takes revenge at Harris' annual karaoke party. HD Version

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Air date: Oct 31, 2013

"Golf," 10/31/2013: Annie's plans for a romantic getaway go awry when Mike obsesses on his golf game.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2013

"Bed Bugs," 11/07/2013: Against his better judgement, Mike invites Leigh to come stay with him and Annie. HD Version

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Air date: Nov 14, 2013

Ian attends homecoming at his girlfriend's high school, prompting Mike to discuss college with him. Meanwhile, Annie is hurt to learn that Eve confides in Leigh and not her; and Graham retaliates when his parents decide to clean up some clutter.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Mike's folks visit for Thanksgiving, and Mike struggles to have an earnest talk with his dad. Meanwhile, Annie has her hands full with Mike's demanding mom; and Eve and Harris try to spotlight the importance of traditions.

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In the first and only series of this sitcom, Michael J. Fox portrays Mike Henry, a family man and former news anchor in New York City who left his job to focus on his health and his family. After five years at home, his wife (Betsy Brandt) and kids think it's a good idea for him to return to work, so they secretly collaborate with his old boss (Wendell Pierce) to orchestrate his return to TV news. Mike then resumes juggling work and being a husband and dad to three kids: recent college dropout Ian (Conor Romero), high-school student Eve (Juliette Goglia) and young Graham (Jack Gore). Meanwhile, an old rival, Susan Rodriguez Jones (Anne Heche), gets a job at Mike's TV station and makes life difficult for him. Guest stars include Fox's real-life wife, Tracy Pollan, as well as Candice Bergen, Charles Grodin and Sting.

Cast & Crew

Michael J. Fox
Mike Henry
Betsy Brandt
Annie Henry
Conor Romero
Ian Henry
Juliette Goglia
Eve Henry
Jack Gore
Graham Henry
Katie Finneran
Leigh Henry
Wendell Pierce
Harris Green
Anne Heche
Susan Rodriguez-Jones
David Furr
Brooks Brantly
Victor Cruz
Maximillian Stebelsky
Tiny Goaltender
Sam Laybourne
Executive Producer
Michael J. Fox
Executive Producer
Will Gluck
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Michael J. Fox Show Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (26)

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.

Sep 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Not a breakthrough comedic form, but the welcome return of a familiar TV standout.

Sep 6, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 27, 2013 | Full Review…

The show depends to a dismaying degree on jokes about Fox's, and Henry's, condition.

Sep 27, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

With Fox leading a strong cast, his new show has a better than average shot.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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?

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

The Meta-mix of TV and social reality is a tricky one in this family and workplace sitcom.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 6, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 3, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Fox aside, the show boasts some strong performances which should hold it up through the weaker material, for a time at least.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1

  • Dec 31, 2016
    The 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, 2014
    The 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, 2014
    Michael 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, 2014
    Was 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, 2014
    Michael J. Fox, We have missed you so much. Welcome Back!
  • Jan 09, 2014
    like it..........but should not have another season....
  • Nov 30, 2013
    The 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.

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