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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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37

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4.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hank and his family are forced to move from New York City to his hometown after he loses his company.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
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. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A moronic and ghastly effort that suffocates under the cloying and annoying blanket of a laugh track so disturbing it should be destroyed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. SidL
    Oct 2, 2009
    10
    Very much enjoyed it. Good clean family show.
  2. JasonS.
    Oct 1, 2009
    10
    Very, very good. Best show I've watched this season.
  3. MJ
    Oct 1, 2009
    9
    Found myself laughing at lines- a LOT... I hope this one makes it- it managed to be very, very funny without resorting to off color jokes and innuendos. I can't help but wonder of the critics saw the same show. Expand
  4. PaulP.
    Sep 30, 2009
    2
    Love Kelsey Grammer, but this is going to be an embarrassing blotch on his resume. They're trying to use Grammer's patented pomposity to play a kind of Jack Welch or Ted Turner who hits the skids, but here it isn't endearing, it's annoying and almost unwatchable. The rest of the cast is actually decent, but the tone's all wrong and the lines are out of the hack sitcom writer's playbook. Would have given it a lower grade, but it's not awful, just a pointless waste of electrons. Truly, this is electronic babysitting for people who go into comas after work. Expand
  5. EstherM.
    Oct 3, 2009
    2
    Bad writing. Overacted. Irritating.
  6. JRH.
    Oct 2, 2009
    1
    Sad to see Kelsey Grammer in such a pitifully unfunny show. Bringing the Frasier Crane character to Green Acres is a bad fit. I realized at the end of the premiere episode that I had not cracked even one small smile. This one is definitely a short-timer. Expand
  7. JosephL.
    Oct 2, 2009
    0
    Hackneyed, cliched dialogue; offensively loud laugh track; stereotypical characters. Can;t Grammer find a better vehicle than this? A total waste of time. Expand

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