• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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. 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.
  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. 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.
  7. 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.
  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.
  10. Reviewed by: Katherine Stevens
    38
    Hank is a multi-camera sitcom shot on a cheap-looking set with a forgettable supporting cast speaking rarely funny dialogue.
  11. 30
    There's an unfortunate whiff of Marie Antoinette about Grammer's breezily ungrounded Hank.
  12. In a bad sitcom, everybody dies, as the laugh track gets louder and louder, and Hank, though it isn't a horror, has that loud laugh track and the slight, familiar scent of death.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    While Hank doesn't promise to add much cachet to those Hall of Fame credentials, this is a show transparently designed for paychecks, not posterity.
  14. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    30
    This new version works so hard to not fall flat on its face that of course it falls flat on its face.
  15. 30
    A junky sitcom that isn’t old school so much as mold school.
  16. In Hank, pompous comes off as merely pitiful. Or it would, if you could waste even a moment feeling sorry for anyone but the viewers, for whom the laugh track's likely to serve as a bitter reminder that somewhere, someone else is having a good time.
  17. It’s lazy, predictable and spectacularly tone-deaf.
  18. 30
    The result is a silly, one-dimensional cartoon of a family that I am guessing viewers will start tuning out before the half hour ends.
  19. Hank is the kind of show Dr. Frasier Crane would sneer at, which makes it particularly sad to see Kelsey Grammer reduced to starring in this ABC sitcom as a Dumb Daddy.
  20. 25
    Hank, is one of the worst new (or old) comedies of this or many other seasons.
  21. 25
    Grammer's so much better than the unfunny show that has been built around him.
  22. A moronic and ghastly effort that suffocates under the cloying and annoying blanket of a laugh track so disturbing it should be destroyed.
User Score
4.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 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 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 their job and having to start over is particularly relevant right now. Full Review »
  3. EstherM.
    Oct 3, 2009
    2
    Bad writing. Overacted. Irritating.