• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2015
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 28, 2015
    88
    The half hour moves along briskly, sprinkled with a slew of funny lines and throwaway reactions and a few knowing winks at TV conventions--though not so many winks that they pull you out of the story. And through it all you have the pleasures provided by Lowe, Savage, Ellis and Devane, who mesh seamlessly.
  2. 88
    The premise isn't unfamiliar, but Lowe and Fred Savage make terrific brothers, and lots of little twists keep the comedy coming.
  3. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Sep 29, 2015
    83
    The Grinder is a very good pilot that suggests six or seven different directions for the show that follows--not all of them as sharp or as funny as the first episode.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 28, 2015
    83
    This one looks like a keeper but certainly not a sleeper. Lowe’s recent track record and pre-sold star power already make The Grinder a comedy of which much is expected--and so far delivered.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 16, 2015
    83
    The writing is breezy and the cast seems to be having fun.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 29, 2015
    80
    The show is very smart.
  7. 80
    The Grinder has fun with the concept, kicking it around with wry contempt, then picking it up off the ground and dusting it off and studying it for a moment, then deciding it might be a fun challenge to see if they can make people care about a character, and a concept, that's not only played out but stomped flat.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Peikert
    Sep 29, 2015
    80
    [A] very funny new sitcom.... Lowe and Savage have a crackling energy together.
  9. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sep 24, 2015
    80
    After only one episode on preview, it is not clear how well or long this premise can work and still be so engaging. But so far, the new series works well in every way.
  10. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Sep 29, 2015
    75
    Dean's goofy legal maneuverings--we're talking one step up from Mr. Brady's whiplash-busting briefcase toss--may strain the premise eventually, but after last season's wretched record for comedies, a sitcom that consistently amuses is worthy of acquittal.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    The pilot is funny but pretty much one-note; continued success will depend on the writers coming up with more for Lowe, Savage and the supporting cast to do.
  12. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    The Grinder, which features William Devane as Dean and Stewart's father, has great energy. The nicely executed courtroom scenes are balanced with mordant scenes at home with the family.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 28, 2015
    70
    The Grinder is sharp enough as a showbiz sendup. (To its credit, the legal-drama-within-a-show would be entirely credible as one of the mediocre crop of new network series this fall.) But that element would wear thin pretty quick.
  14. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 22, 2015
    70
    As comedy pilots go this season, the end result is a rarity in that there were laughs.
  15. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 21, 2015
    70
    The Grinder is clever. It has a great time sending up the clichés of lawyer shows, while also reveling in them.
  16. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 28, 2015
    67
    The show they're in is amiable enough, but the premise is awfully thin and the pilot doesn't hint at much of anything beyond that.
  17. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 25, 2015
    65
    The Grinder has its amusing moments, particularly in the way the celebrity-smitten townspeople unquestioningly accept TV stardom as a juridical credential, to the point that the judge allows Lowe to cite episodes of his shows as legal precedents.
  18. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 29, 2015
    60
    The pilot has some fun moments, but again, it's not exactly groundbreaking. What's not clear is where it can possibly go from here.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 25, 2015
    60
    It’s a clever enough idea--or at least a serviceable one--primarily to give the leads an excuse to play off each other. Lowe also has the mix of casual egomania and well-trained earnestness down to a science.
  20. Reviewed by: Josh Bell
    Sep 24, 2015
    60
    The family sitcom material is less effective, although that could develop over time, especially as the joke of a TV lawyer practicing real law inevitably loses its novelty. For now, it’s clever enough to make The Grinder one of the better new comedies of the fall season.
  21. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 29, 2015
    50
    Written by series creators Andrew Mogel (“Allen Gregory”) and Jarrad Paul (“Living with Fran”), The Grinder sets up a decent one-joke premise--actors, they’re so vain!--but it remains to be seen whether there’s more comedy to wring out of that joke in subsequent episodes.
  22. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 22, 2015
    50
    The set-up is forced and not entirely believable, but it can work well enough. Savage and Lowe may not convince anyone that they share a single gene, but as actors, they play well off each other. The writing needs a huge jolt, though.
  23. Reviewed by: Mitchel Broussard
    Sep 28, 2015
    40
    There's just no jokes here, no characters worth spending time with and nothing beyond one iota of a clever hook that becomes as disappointingly protracted - before the pilot is even done - as the worst cutaway gags in "Family Guy."
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 91
  2. Negative: 14 out of 91
  1. Sep 30, 2015
    9
    I'm excited for next weeks episode! Fred Savage is excellent and while I was never a huge fan of Rob Lowe on Parks and Rec, he has greatI'm excited for next weeks episode! Fred Savage is excellent and while I was never a huge fan of Rob Lowe on Parks and Rec, he has great chemistry with Savage and the rest of the cast. I never thought I'd say it but Fox made some good decisions for TV this fall. Full Review »
  2. Oct 9, 2015
    6
    Fred Savage is very good in this but Rob Lowe's character is a cartoon. He isn't real. I just don't like his character at all. I think IFred Savage is very good in this but Rob Lowe's character is a cartoon. He isn't real. I just don't like his character at all. I think I will occasionally watch this show in hopes it gets better. Full Review »
  3. Oct 3, 2015
    8
    I didn't expect it to be so good and fun. Rob Lowe is amazing. I only hope that the processes will become a little more realistic (ok, it's aI didn't expect it to be so good and fun. Rob Lowe is amazing. I only hope that the processes will become a little more realistic (ok, it's a comedy, but it felt too much fake) Full Review »