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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 23, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: J.K. Simmons, Jenna Elfman, Eli Baker
  • Summary: Loosely based on creator D.J. Nash's life, adult Henry Fisher (voiceover by Jason Bateman) looks back on his life as a 11-year-old (Eli Baker) with his older sister Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) after the divorce between his father Mel (J.K. Simmons), a blind lawyer and his mother Joyce (Jenna Elfman).
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: DJ Nash
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Feb 23, 2014
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 09:30 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Feb 21, 2014
    Both shows ["About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher"] are well written and actually quite engaging, but what is most interesting is the focus on the brighter side of splitting up. It’s a new genre of heartwarming family show.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 14, 2014
    Growing Up Fisher is a winning, welcome example [of a family sitcom], conceptually novel and solidly cash. [24 Feb 2014, p.37]
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 21, 2014
    Growing Up Fisher offers earnest, heartwarming stories about "a new kind of family," as ABC Family promos would call the divorced-but-still-friendly Fishers if the show aired on the basic cable network instead of NBC.
  4. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Feb 21, 2014
    Simmons, who was Juno’s dad and Brenda Leigh Johnson’s boss, is consistently funny and compelling, but the younger cast members haven’t settled into their roles yet, and the show doesn’t know what to do with them, anyway.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 24, 2014
    Simmons does his usual solid work in this role, and he's got all the physical comedy in the playing blind (and faking sight) bits. Elfman makes another solid statement that she should be in something much better (this coming off her fine work in 1600 Penn; she hasn't lost any comedy chops). Together they're just undermined by, well, syrup.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 20, 2014
    One of the worst comedy pilots of the 2013-14 season relies entirely on two-dimensional character tropes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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! Expand
  2. 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!!!! Collapse
  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 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. Expand
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. Expand

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