• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 23, 2014
  • Season #: 1
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29

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  1. Feb 24, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The show (as of 2/24/2014, after the pilot) has a lot of potential to grow. J.K. Simmons is plays a great father figure, and Eli Baker is as genuine as a kid character can get. Many of the secondary story lines including the apartment and the mom's attempts to find herself again are interesting, but fail to make as much of an impact as the main story line does.

    Hopefully the show stays around for more than 1 season because if the pilot is any indication, "Growing Up Fisher" is going to be an amazing feel-good television show.
  2. Mar 4, 2014
    A show I can watch with my entire family and have a good time is a rarity anymore. My family loved the show. Can't wait for the next episode. And by the way, if you think Jena Elfman isn't hot then your eyesight is worse than the Dad on the show.
  3. Apr 21, 2014
    Growing up fisher is heartwarming this show is a major difference to the people that have disable or not . just realize its okay to be different i need to realize it but still remember this - Luke Christian

    P.S Grade A+
  4. Mar 11, 2014
    Growing Up Fisher does a good job at being a sitcom which focuses on someone with a disability without being either overly sensitive or overly insensitive. JK Simmons is, as usual, pretty darn funny, this time as the blind patriarch of the family. The show isn't afraid to make jokes that rely on the father being blind, but it's jokes that leave you laughing with the guy, not at him. It certainly handles that kind of humor better than the also-new Michael J. Fox Show.

    The other characters in the show are decent, though not particularly memorable. The son-slash-future-narrator has his definite moments, some with some pretty snarky and unexpected humor, but often falls into the same tired tropes that every sitcom kid does. The daughter and wife sadly are both fairly unmemorable characters doing cliche sitcom things, Jenna Elfman almost parodying herself as she plays a straight-laced woman a-la Greg trying to become more free a-la Dharma.

    Still, the show is more often than not funny in ways you don't fully expect, getting the biggest laughs from tasteful-yet-subversive gags. With a little polish, like removing a few of the worst sitcom tropes, this could become a truly excellent show. As it is it's reasonably entertaining. Worth a watch.
  5. Feb 25, 2014
    boring, nothing to this show, poor acting and left me feeling like i wanted my half hour back. so what, the state farm guy is acting, yay. dont much like the Goldbergs either, but at least it has a plot. PS Jenna Elfman was hot in Dharma & Greg, lost her luster afterwards.
  6. Apr 25, 2014
    Delightful, funny, charming, and wholesome without being candy-cute. The interplay between the characters is witty, funny, and touching. Jenna Eflman is both droll and hysterically funny at the same time. A great show that the whole family enjoys.
  7. May 14, 2014
    Thank you for a good, clean family show! We are so happy to find a wholesome show that we can feel good about watching with our kids. Please keep this show!
  8. May 25, 2014
    The best new sitcom I've seen in a long time. Simmons carries the show. However NBC dropped the ball with About A Boy "boring" Growing Up Fisher is a breath of fresh air!!!!

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Feb 25, 2014
    The nutty parents in Growing Up Fisher do a good job of playing their extreme characters, instinctually making their eccentricities acceptable and funny rather than far-fetched and excessive. In contrast, the Growing Up Fisher children are so grounded and adult, but play that off with a world-weary-ness that is engaging.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 24, 2014
    Mel's eccentric independence is admirable and more often than not amusing--which isn't always the case for the show, which uses gentle but forced whimsy to deliver treacly life lessons from the perspective of preteen son Henry (Eli Baker).
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 24, 2014
    Simmons is great as he always is, but between the divorce, the mid-life crisis, the coming out as blind, the mother-daughter tension and the boy discovering his true self and The Importance of Family, there is simply too much to look at and not enough to see.