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TV Preview: Grandfathered And The Grinder

Mandy C. checks out the first episodes of Grandfathered and The Grinder. SPOILER ALERT: You might be frightened by how well both John Stamos and Rob Lowe have aged.

TV Preview: Grandfathered And The Grinder

Welcome back to our TV Preview series! In case this is your first time joining the series, let me explain: Over the next couple of months, I’ll be investigating the shows highlighted in our TV Preview: New Friends post, and letting you know—in my humble opinion—what’s worthy of watching live, what can wait until the weekend, what can wait until it’s on Netflix, or what can wait, well, forever.

Warning! Possible spoilers ahead.


Premiered: Sept. 29 on Fox (Watch online.)

Twitter Pitch

John Stamos gets surprised with a son and a granddaughter. Unfortunately, he doesn’t really want either. #totalClooney #butyestootan

Familiar Faces

John Stamos as Jimmy Martino

Ravi Patel as Ravi

Josh Peck as Gerald

Paget Brewster as Sara

Christina Milian as Vanessa

Deion Sanders as himself

Don Rickles as himself

Lil’ Wayne as himself

Bob Saget as himself

Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)

Kelly Jenrette as Annelise

Layla Golfieri/Emelia Golfieri as Edie

Redeeming Qualities

Watching John Stamos play with little Edie would melt even the coldest of hearts. Him asking her to give him a kiss, then his face after she did? Heart eyes for days. I also love Annelise and Sara, and cannot wait to see the friendship they develop—and the crap they give Jimmy.

It's Not Me, It's You

The “old bachelor” trope is an awfully familiar one, so Grandfathered needs to bring something unique to the table to make it stand out from the crowd. I’m not seeing that yet.

Let's Do This Again

I liked this first episode OK, but like you’ll see below in my thoughts on The Grinder, there wasn’t quite enough to make me want to watch week to week. I’ll likely check-in to see if it gets better, but I’m not rushing to give it a series order on my DVR. Side note: Do you think John and Josh dyed their hair to match?

The Grinder

Premiered: Sept. 29 on Fox (Watch online.)

Twitter Pitch

One part Rob Lowe being meta—acting as an actor—another part “Fred Savage resurgence.” #thegrinderdoesntmindkissingbooks

Familiar Faces

Rob Lowe as Dean Sanderson

William Devane as Dean Sanderson Sr.

Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Debbie Sanderson

Fred Savage as Stewart Sanderson

Kumali Nanjiani as Leonard

Rose Abdoo as Judge Stephanie Rossmyre

Brian Huskey as Albert Krantz

Tonita Castro as Yolanda

Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)

Hana Hayes as Lizzie Sanderson

Connor Kalopsis as Ethan Sanderson

Steve Little as Todd

Redeeming Qualities

Both Rob Lowe and Fred Savage have great comedic timing, and I love watching Rob Lowe play the clueless quasi-douchey Dean Sanderson. Plus, I’m really surprised at how much the two look alike.

It's Not Me, It's You

The leap The Grinder asks the viewer to make—believing that a fake lawyer could pull off real law without even trying—is a pretty huge one. And Clueless Dean might get old, fast. I also hope the brothers rub off on each other, rather than just Dean making Stewart “better” through changing what makes him, him.

Let's Do This Again

I was amused by this first episode, but I’m not sure if I was amused enough to want to keep watching. I have so many other shows to watch that actually make me laugh rather than just chuckle. I might catch up occasionally, every few weeks, but this isn’t one I’m going to watch on a weekly basis.

Did you watch these pilots? If so, voice your thoughts in the comments!

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.