• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    40
    Whenever the action drifts away from Heaton or Grammer, the show starts to feel slack.
  2. 40
    This comedy is painfully broad, not to mention unimaginative and derivative of every newsroom sitcom from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "LateLine" to "NewsRadio" to "Less Than Perfect."
  3. Back to You stinks, shames the sitcom form, is written and directed with smelly gusto, and is not original, funny or redemptive by any universal standards known to science, creation or TV executives.
  4. 80
    This is one of those comedies in which the actors’ and writers’ skills are so sharp that the whole enterprise feels effortless.
  5. 75
    The snap, crackle and pop of witty dialogue well delivered. That is the consistently amusing, escapist pleasure of Back to You.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    83
    I'd rather just watch Grammer and Heaton trade barbs in the newsroom. [21 Sep 2007, p.71]
  7. Workplace comedies just bore me.
  8. Reviewed by: Martin Miller
    80
    Fox's Back to You is back to TV comedy basics: multiple cameras, live audiences but, mostly, laughs.
  9. 80
    You just can't get through two minutes of Back to You without a belly laugh.
  10. So many parts of the pilot, though, seem dumbed down or sacrificing character for punch lines, you wonder why things weren't retooled in time for launch.
  11. After twenty years of stalwart service, Kelsey Grammer should be allowed back on television whenever he likes. But on a show like this, why would he want to be?
  12. 25
    Back to You is no brains.
  13. None of those jokes serve any purpose except to be jokes, and they suffer for the fact that real people don't talk, think or act this way.
  14. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    40
    There's just too much shtick and not enough personality, especially when the stars' previous hits found their funny in relatable human behavior.
  15. Grammer and Heaton slip easily into characters who won't be easily mistaken for Frasier Crane or Debra Barone, the writing's professional, the supporting cast dependable (and in the case of Fred Willard, another "Raymond" veteran, dependably hilarious).
  16. You have to admire Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton for holding up their end of the bargain, even if the material in their show, Back to You, is such a drop from "Frasier" and "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  17. The pilot's plot leads them in a direction where "this just in" becomes an obvious sexual metaphor--some of it is funny, but there's just too much.
  18. Three sitcom veterans can elevate comfortable mediocrity only so high. There's probably not one setup, premise or joke that you haven't seen before (or will see coming) in the entirety of your sitcom-watching life.
  19. What really makes the opening episode work, though, is the chemistry between Grammer--as Chuck Darling, an egotistical newsman who has returned to Pittsburgh after his career stalled--and Heaton as his uptight longtime co-anchor, Kelly Carr, who isn't thrilled by his return.
  20. Absolutely nothing about it is original or seeks to transform the half-hour genre. Still, the fact that it is executed by sure-footed comedy veterans more than makes up for the sin of familiarity.
  21. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    80
    Back to You doesn't have a mandate to be inventive--to try new comedic beats or to attempt daring flights of absurdity. It just needs to be uninventive in a snappy way, a feat readily accomplished.
  22. There's no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to new TV series, but Back to You is as close as it gets.
  23. Together Mr. Grammer and Ms. Heaton lift Back to You, a comedy that begins tonight on Fox, into a surprisingly amusing half-hour.
  24. 75
    Still, even when Back is faltering, you flash back to the skill of its stars and to moments when the show succeeds in making you laugh out loud.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Grammer and Heaton spar like old hands, but the punches (and punchlines) are so consistently telegraphed, the series seldom rises above the mundane.
  26. What Back to You lacks in bite, it compensates for with chemistry and pure talent. The center of it all is the relationship between Chuck and Kelly, and Mr. Grammer and Ms. Heaton work together like they have been doing it all their lives.
  27. 50
    Yes, they're wicked wacky, this group, but they also seem to have been torn from the pages of the Sitcom Writer's Handbook, their status as foils and fools having been measured out in carefully calculated amounts, the final goal appearing to be not so much nonstop hilarity as the reassuring guarantee of No Surprises.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 15 out of 34
  1. Diego
    Mar 13, 2009
    7
    The sitcom era was so dead with each new one being killed that I had hope for this one. Kelsey Grammar AND Patricia Heaton; bring it on! And it wasn't so bad. Surely wasn't good but all sitcoms have generally sucked for the first few episodes, at least it was watchable. In the end it just didnt pick up the pace fast enough, hense the death of this show. Full Review »
  2. BigJ
    May 4, 2008
    9
    Very funny show. Much better now than at the beginning of the series
  3. ThomasH.
    Feb 12, 2008
    10
    Excellent, fresh, and imaginative. This show has definate potential. Good to see Kelsey Grammer back on the box :)