The Grinder: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)


Season 1
The Grinder

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

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Critic Ratings: 58

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Air date: Sep 29, 2015

When Dean's popular TV series comes to an end, he thinks his experience playing the role of a lawyer could come in handy at his family's law firm; Dean butts heads with his brother, an actual lawyer named Stewart.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2015

After an exciting victory, Sanderson & Yao is flooded with cases -- and Dean wants to choose what they tackle next; Dean inspires Debbie to pursue a promotion.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2015

When Stewart dismisses Dean's claims that Claire is sharing secrets with a rival firm, Dean determines to prove his brother wrong; Debbie and Stewart try to identify who tampered with their DVR.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2015

Stewart and Deb think a new couple, Lyle and Vanessa, like them because Dean is a celebrity; Claire is the only person Dean has met who is not affected by his fame.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2015

Dean runs into a former flame (Christina Applegate) who restores his faith in romance; Deb thinks Stewart should loosen up and let Lizzie go on a supervised date with Joel Zadak.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2015

Ethan auditions for the school play rather than joining the tech crew, as his father always did; Stewart confronts Dean Sr. about the advice he dispensed.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2015

When Stewart and Dean get into serious trouble, Dean's fame may be the only thing that can bail them out; Debbie's new assistant isn't what she expected.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2015

After many holidays away from his family, Dean is excited for a real Thanksgiving celebration; a secret is exposed; flashbacks reveal the details behind Dean's departure from his hit TV show.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2015

Dean is asked to film a scene for a spinoff of his hit series; Stewart feels like he has been replaced by Dean in Ethan's eyes.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2016

Dean catches Claire making out with Timothy Olyphant; a reporter is writing a story about Stewart, who gets upset when Dean steals the spotlight.

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Cast & Crew

Rob Lowe
Dean Sanderson Jr.

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Fred Savage
Stewart Sanderson

Actor
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Debbie Sanderson

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William Devane
Dean Sanderson Sr.

Actor
Hana Hayes
Lizzie Sanderson

Actor
Connor Kalopsis
Ethan Sanderson

Actor
Natalie Morales
Claire

Actor
Maya Rudolph
Guest Star
Jerry Minor
Guest Star
Chris Klein
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Tony Sirico
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Critic Reviews for The Grinder: Season 1

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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