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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Fred Willard, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton
  • Summary: Kelsey Grammer's back on TV, this time as an anchorman returning to Pittsburgh after an on-air incident ruins his career in LA.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 19, 2007
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    83
    I'd rather just watch Grammer and Heaton trade barbs in the newsroom. [21 Sep 2007, p.71]
  2. 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).
  3. 80
    You just can't get through two minutes of Back to You without a belly laugh.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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."
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 15 out of 34