• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 26, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 24, 2013
    100
    [The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show] have great, always likable stars heading up solid ensemble casts in well-written and mostly plausible shows. Who could ask for anything more?
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 26, 2013
    80
    The Michael J. Fox Show (which debuts with back-to-back episodes) is never cloying or condescending. And any time it seems to be veering toward disease-of-the-week-movie territory, you can be sure that lampoon is on the way.
  3. 80
    The show’s chilled-out confidence (as if it were starting its second season rather than its first) is appealing, and the cast’s Swiss-watch timing makes even lackluster exchanges crackle, but The Michael J. Fox Show’s selling point is its multivalent comic richness.
  4. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Feb 13, 2014
    75
    It's shot single-camera, mockumentary style like "Modern Family," but the set-ups aren't as outrageous and the writing, while funny, is not quite as sharp.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    The ingredients are there; they just need more seasoning.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 25, 2013
    75
    It's more likable than funny, but it has a very clear sense of what it wants to do and how it wants to frame its star.... There's abundant chemistry between Fox and Brandt, between Fox and Juliette Goglia as his teenage daughter, and between Fox and Wendell Pierce as his boss at the TV station.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Sep 25, 2013
    75
    But where the storytelling seems occasionally forced—intent on ending every episode with a moment of heart, no matter how unearned—the dialogue is weird and funny. With time for the stories to settle down and match the performances, the series should find a nice groove.
  8. The Michael J. Fox Show tries really hard to be as warm as a cup of cocoa yet hilariously irreverent. Maybe too hard.... On the plus side, Fox still oozes self-deprecating charm, and I love the sweet and playful chemistry he has with Brandt. Also, Pierce is a hoot as the smooth con man of a boss. More of that, please.
  9. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Sep 18, 2013
    75
    Mike Henry is as funny, emotionally open and inspiring as his alter ego.... The pilot feels more like a promise of intention than proof of concept. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.144]
  10. Reviewed by: Billy Nilles
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    Though the choice to have the characters speak to the camera feels a little tired (and the plotting to have it continue past the premiere is quite contrived), the show is quite possibly one of the funniest new comedies of the season, full of small moments that lead to big laughs.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    Mike’s family is perfectly balanced. Everyone works, down to even guest performers. The structure of The Michael J. Fox Show is definitely simple and safe, which many will see as cliched.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    Standard sitcom issue--yet they feel convincingly bound to each other from the start.
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    The show's still playing with the balance between work and home, but that's what the time's for. And what's there right now is definitely worth watching.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    Despite a cliché video-journal gimmick that has everyone talking to the camera Modern Family style, which ends up belaboring each point, and schmaltzy life lessons ("Sometimes you underestimate the ones you love") wrapping each of the three episodes I've screened, the Fox Show has an appealingly unforced rhythm to its humor.
  15. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 25, 2013
    70
    A show with broad appeal led by a still sparkly and high-strung Fox that is pretty good, a shade too predictable and manipulative to be excellent, but neither excruciating nor embarrassing.
  16. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 11, 2013
    70
    The Michael J. Fox Show is not only an enjoyable TV comedy about a likeable guy in a likeable family, it’s not only a step toward wider recognition of a specific disease and of disabilities in general, it’s the return of a primetime icon after years away battling Parkinson’s.
  17. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 25, 2013
    67
    The Michael J. Fox Show shows signs of deteriorating into a too sitcom-y enterprise with occasional flashes of smart writing and situations.
  18. Reviewed by: Dan Lucas
    Sep 26, 2013
    65
    Fox aside, the show boasts some strong performances which should hold it up through the weaker material, for a time at least.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 25, 2013
    63
    Unfortunately, having successfully created Mike and his family, Fox seems to have no idea what to do with them. The second episode and a later one made available for preview that features Anne Heche as Mike's rival at work fall back on what can be labeled the Comedy of Sitcom Stupidity.
  20. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 26, 2013
    60
    The pilot is clever in a number of places and the banter is quick.... Like Modern Family, which it seems to be aping, The Michael J. Fox show is big on hugs and syrup in the end notes, but that can be overlooked if what precedes it has enough right angles. Unfortunately, the second episode--which airs directly after the pilot tonight--is a complete and utter mess.
  21. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 26, 2013
    60
    The Michael J. Fox Show, which marks his welcome return to a regular network series, isn’t an instant classic. But it does a lot of things right.
  22. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 25, 2013
    60
    This comedy has its moments, particularly in scenes featuring Ms. Brandt and Mr. Fox, but too often the stories, as in Thursday’s 9:30 episode feel like they’re straight out of Sitcom 101.
  23. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 26, 2013
    58
    For a fleeting moment, the show hints it might venture into some saucy territory. Then it gets all “Family Ties” saccharine and goes in for the squishy hug.
  24. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    But all too often, [exploitation is] what this semiautobiographical series feels like.
  25. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    The three episodes NBC screened, especially the two past the pilot, aren’t bad, really; they’re studiously un-bad to the point of blandness. The supporting characters are thin types.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 25, 2013
    50
    Very little that Mr. Fox, or anyone else, does in The Michael J. Fox Show, which starts on Thursday night, will force you to laugh. Everything about his return to sitcom stardom is mild, tucked in, determined not to offend.
  27. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 25, 2013
    50
    It’s nice to see Fox in primetime again, and he isn’t the problem with the show. The problem is the writing, which is domestic comedy at its laziest. You’ve seen this material before, and before that, too.
  28. Reviewed by: Kevin Scott
    Sep 20, 2013
    50
    Between Leigh's sexually graphic ventures into young-adult lit and Ian's misguided search for an intern for his practically nonexistent web startup, it seems like many of the subplots are going to prove more interesting, if not more adventurous, than the main story arc.
  29. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 18, 2013
    50
    Harmless as it is, The Michael J. Fox Show remains a pretty thin concoction, built heavily around the appeal of its leading man.
  30. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 25, 2013
    42
    Get past the mawkishness (if you can) and there's a sweetness here, and geniality. The Michael J. Fox Show needs to be much more, but love is hard to shake.
  31. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 24, 2013
    40
    It's a strained, generic affair.
  32. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2013
    33
    It wants to be funny, it wants to be urbane, it wants to be human and it wants to nail every line. Where it fails miserably is in premise and character.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
  1. Sep 27, 2013
    0
    Dreadful. Unfunny and exploitative, I get it he has Parkinson's, where are the jokes Watch Seinfeld Or Curb Your Enthusiasm then an episode ofDreadful. Unfunny and exploitative, I get it he has Parkinson's, where are the jokes Watch Seinfeld Or Curb Your Enthusiasm then an episode of this and weep. Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2013
    2
    This is one of those projects that should have never made it past early development stages. Its just plain awful. The odd setups to make himThis is one of those projects that should have never made it past early development stages. Its just plain awful. The odd setups to make him seem that he is actively doing things to lessen the tremors is kind of distracting. The obligatory mentions of Parkinsons on intervals is needless. The "kids" are actors in their 30's. Casting alone destroys any chance this might have. Weak one liners, family members that don't feel like a family. Poor writing. Painful to watch outdoor one camera scenes. This show is awkward, forced, and unfunny. Its almost like a Saturday Night Live commercial. Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2013
    10
    My wife and I loved this show! There were many "laugh out loud" moments, and it was great to see Michael J. Fox back on television and doingMy wife and I loved this show! There were many "laugh out loud" moments, and it was great to see Michael J. Fox back on television and doing something with his life! I hope this show goes on for a long time. Well done Michael! Full Review »