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Back in the Game - S01E13

Comedy . Family

Terry tries to help a love-struck Lulu catch the attention of Patrick, the new doctor in town... but it seems he has more in common with tomboy Terry than with girly Lulu.

Episode Title: Who's On First
Airs: 0000-00-0 at 08:30 pm
  • Diane Werts

    The cast throws this curveball that catches the plate for a strike.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Caan’s perfectly clipped delivery and his daughter’s well-timed comebacks make Back in the Game at least a standup double if not a sliding triple.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    No matter who’s on screen or what they’re doing, Back in the Game is gut-bustingly hilarious.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    I don’t know if Back in the Game will have a long shelf life, or if it will turn Caan into a prime-time star (like son Scott on “Hawaii Five-O”), but I do think it’s worth a half-hour of your time.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Most every move creators Robb and Mark Cullen have made is a smart one, starting with casting an entirely fetching Maggie Lawson as the mother and the great James Caan as her gruff, constantly inappropriate father.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    While this Little League comedy doesn't quite measure up to the big leagues, we shouldn't be surprised if family audiences rally around the team, turning a solid base hit into something potentially worthy of extra innings.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    In this case familiarity breeds more comfort than contempt. Caan and Lawson spark when they spar, Crichlow's Lulu is a delight as is Gluck's Danny. And even Dick, though burdened with far too much sexual innuendo, has a few good moments.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Back In the Game doesn't really scream long-term storytelling beyond the family dynamic, which is precisely why it's wedged between The Middle and Modern Family on ABC. ... But this is a series that would seem to need, at minimum, four episodes before the audience could begin to get a real feel for it. Even smushed between two high-caliber comedies, there might not be enough lift to let all the charms of Back in the Game play out.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The family conflicts are facile and easily resolved on Back in the Game, but Terry is an appealing heroine, and she has an amusing new best friend.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    This ABC comedy is the equivalent of a big fat pitch over the heart of plate, and will need to get mileage out of more characters, but what’s here has the potential to hold its lineup spot between leadoff hitter “The Middle” and ratings slugger “Modern Family.”

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Caan is perfectly cast here.... As it so often does, it comes down to the writing. I just don’t care. And I just don’t find it funny. Full Review
  • Lily Moayeri

    Nothing groundbreaking, but every so often a sports-themed show is de rigueur

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • David Sims

    There’s an itchy feeling of familiarity to Back In The Game.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    There are two shows struggling to exist in one in the ABC comedy Back in the Game. One is about former all-star softball player Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson) and her relationship with her hard-charging, estranged, ex-athlete father, Terry Sr. (James Caan), who goes by “The Cannon.” This show is pretty terrible.... The second show is not at all novel but it’s at least easier to take: Back in the Game is essentially a “Bad News Bears” reboot.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The dads in charge of the league are jerks, so Terry decides to lead a team of all-star misfits, making this sort of “Glee” for the physically uncoordinated. You’ll be done with this after an inning.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It’s a good premise. But where both old guys are cranky and frustrating, unable to show they really care, Caan’s character is unpleasant in ways Eastwood’s was not [in the film "Trouble With the Curve"].

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Producers persist with this post-recessionary fixation on adult children who fall on hard times and move back in with a parent or two; it’s both the worst and funniest premise that marginally employed sitcom writers can currently conceive. And so far, it’s worked mainly as an indicator of quick cancellation.

    Washington Post Full Review