• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2009
Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 13 out of 22
  1. There's nothing here you couldn't imagine from the premise, but there's also nothing wrong with what's here: McGraw is a good foil for Grammer, and Grammer is good at what he does.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    58
    This isn't only "Frasier," recast as a standard family sitcom. It's "Green Acres."
  3. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    50
    The basic concept isn't bad. It's nice to see a captain of industry humbled, particularly now, but even that is unsatisfying in Hank.
  4. The show's main strength is the admirable comic acting ability of Kelsey Grammer and decent wordsmithing by sitcom veteran Tucker Cawley. But even with those assets, Hank comes across as familiar and formulaic--something you don't mind watching but wouldn't go out of your way to see.
  5. The comedy pivots on Hank’s painful adjustment to middle-class living, but that joke is undercut with syrupy life lessons about parental responsibility and quality time.
  6. 50
    It just doesn't seem the best fit for Grammer. He's playing a character who's as pompous as Frasier but with less justification, less heart, less wit--and less able support.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    50
    Lacking vividly drawn characters to react against, he must use his trademark crack timing and deadpan silences to carry the show, which just makes you feel bad for the star.
  8. It's a slight premise, and the odds of it morphing into a fresh, lively weekly adventure feel about the same. Slight.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    40
    Hank does fill a network void where family-friendly comedy is concerned, but Grammer is just going through the paces here. And I’m not sure a void actually deserves another void.
User Score
4.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. ShawnL
    Oct 19, 2009
    7
    Not extremely funny, but will still give a good laugh here and then. At least it's clean and appropriate, which is something that most Not extremely funny, but will still give a good laugh here and then. At least it's clean and appropriate, which is something that most shows don't try to be these days. Give it a chance, it's not as bad as the critics say it is. Full Review »
  2. AngelaG
    Oct 8, 2009
    8
    I like this show- characters aren't jaded, well except maybe the daughter. I like Hank's enthusiasm. And the idea of someone losing I like this show- characters aren't jaded, well except maybe the daughter. I like Hank's enthusiasm. And the idea of someone losing their job and having to start over is particularly relevant right now. Full Review »
  3. EstherM.
    Oct 3, 2009
    2
    Bad writing. Overacted. Irritating.