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Grandfathered - S01E05


When Gerald can't make it in time for Edie's interview at the most elite pre-school in the area, Jimmy steps in to help out. But once he meets the admissions counselor, he accidentally starts a lie that takes on a life of its own.

Episode Title: Edie's Two Dads
Airs: 2015-11-03 at 20:00
  • Vicki Hyman

    Yes, this is "Raising Hope" for the carpaccio crowd, but like that gone-but-not-forgetten Fox sitcom set in the no-frills aisle, the potential for schmaltziness is more than balanced by the show's oddball sensibilities.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Heidi Patalano

    With Daniel Chun penning a quick-witted script, Grandfathered subverts every hokey cliche that it nearly crashes into by maintaining a savvy self-awareness.... The brand of humor will remind viewers of “The Mindy Project” and the short-lived “Ben and Kate” with one-liners delivered so quick you could almost miss them. The supporting--are largely believable and charming.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    Romance greases the gears on a show like this, but Grandfathered is always more interesting when it’s the premiere of a show about people navigating the unique little family unit they accidentally made.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    If there's nothing particularly unconventional about Grandfathered, it carries off its conventions with considerable skill. Brewster, Peck and Jenrette take good advantage of every moment the script provides, while Stamos breezily bounces between mocking them and being a good-sport target for mockery.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    The first episode of Grandfathered is amusing and shows promise.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kevin P. Sullivan

    The strength of the show lies with Stamos, who's doing his best Clooney and give Grandfathered heart. [2 Oct 2015, p.66]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Grandfathered is a well-crafted piece of work, with jokes coming in at all angles.... But it's also a quietly touching story of emotional lost-and-found, with a cast of remarkable range. Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Stamos’ show has the writing, performance and concept chops to go the distance.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Grandfathered" is Stamos at his handsome-but-vulnerable best. Its pilot, a snappy half-hour sprinkled with celebrity cameos and one-liners, isn't groundbreaking television, but it sets the table for a multigenerational rom-com.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Grandfathered tells a slick, likeable iteration of this tale [irrepressible bachelor who gets civilized by domestic responsibility], cruising along on Stamos’ charisma, some timely pop culture references, and a good script.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It all makes for a nice enough start to a comedy that already appears to have a pretty happy ending in the bank after just the first episode.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’ll take a few more zany diaper changes (you knew there had to be some) before we’ll know if there’s a stronger show here. If not, then Grandfathered is just a more flashy version of “Raising Hope.”

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Grandfathered is a nicely written and well-acted charmer - but it threatens to get old fast.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    There's a buoyancy to these characters and an edginess to this script that make Grandfathered far less cloying and monotonous than the show's ads -- and its opening five minutes -- initially present it as.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Brewster classes up the proceedings considerably with comic timing the rest of the cast ought to study.... Grandfathered doesn’t have too many solid punchlines--it gets by on charm, which Stamos possesses in abundance.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Grandfathered is as winningly cast as “The Grinder”--Mr. Stamos manages to be smarmy and charming at the same time--but its supporting characters need development.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    In practice, Grandfathered is cute but forgettable.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Stamos' half-hour goes on to indulge such other TV trends as black lesbian confidantes, "BuzzFeed listicle" Web checks and the single camera's incessant progression of "witty" repartee jumping to quick-cut "gags" jumping to "awww" sentiment.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    After one episode of Grandfathered, it’s easy to feel like you’ve seen the first three seasons, especially if Jimmy is going to constantly be presented choices between bedding desirable women and looking after the moppet who has fallen into his lap.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    "Awws" are more frequent than laughs.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Grandfathered, on the other hand, feels as slick, predictable and manipulative as possible, dropping lots of punchlines about its premise.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Grandfathered is half-assed even by the exposition-dump standards of network pilots for I AM programs. Little of its dialogue even sounds like dialogue; most of it, in fact, sounds like stuff writers might scribble in their notebooks on a page marked, "IDEAS FOR DIALOGUE: MUST WRITE BEFORE FRIDAY!!!"

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review