Growing Up Fisher
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Verdict: Stream It!     
Aaron's Review
Growing Up Fisher is a new midseason replacement for NBC with a huge amount of heart and a good amount of laughs.
It may not be the most original show ever created, but its sincerity and humor are quite infectious.
JK Simmons and Jenna Elfman do terrific jobs playing the parents of this less than average family, and the children are wonderful too.
There is nothing spectacular about the direction, but this isn't the type of show that needs special effects and creative lighting.
In the end, there is a little room for improvement but it is definitely a show worth watching!

FINAL VERDICT: SEE IT!

Rachel's Review
This show is adorable albeit The Wonder Years-esque-- complete with Jason Bateman voiceover for our pint-sized protagonist.
Growing up Fisher is not the most original show, but it is solid family viewing that is sweet and slightly snarky in a clever and heartfelt way.
J.K. Simmons plays Mel Fisher, the blind father of young Henry (Eli Baker).
Simmons' dry delivery contrasts beautifully with his air of subversive mischievousness: I'm trying to say I would watch this man on television all night--all night.
This show offers up a coming-of-age story with some unexpected twists and well developed characters (the ladies are a little flat in the pilot, but start to fill out by episode two).
What a gem.

FINAL VERDICT: SEE IT!

Sean's Review
NBC's new show Growing Up Fisher is a hit-and-miss sitcom that leans heavier on the miss.
The writing draws on some elements that are heartfelt and a few gags that work, but they are few and far between.
Mel Fisher, the blind father of the now split family after his divorce from Joyce (Jenna Elfman), is written in the pilot episode with a series of cheap blind jokes, which actually serves to showcase the talents of star J.K. Simmons, who rises above the material and never plays the jokes as cheap.
Wife Joyce is content on using her newfound split from Mel to become a teenager again and bond with daughter Katie.
When she finds she needs to actually be her parent, the resolution is not between Joyce and Katie but between Katie and her brother Henry, played by Eli Baker.
He decides it's a good idea to pick up girls by pretending to be blind, but when the girl he likes finds out about this, it actually makes their bond stronger.
Maybe she thinks it's cute?
Combine this with a voice-over that overdramatizes the situation, and the show squanders the talents of a good cast.
Growing Up Fisher needs some maturity of its own if it hopes to survive in its mid-season placement.

FINAL VERDICT: SKIP IT!

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