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The Grinder - S01E18


Post-therapy, Dean finds that he has lost the ability to grind. To get it back, he decides to crack the case of the office being ransacked. Meanwhile, in flashback, we see a younger, struggling Dean Sanderson as he must decide whether to embrace a simple life, or pursue his destiny and become the Grinder he was always meant to be.

Episode Title: Genesis
Airs: 2016-03-15 at 21:30
  • Robert Bianco

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The premise isn't unfamiliar, but Lowe and Fred Savage make terrific brothers, and lots of little twists keep the comedy coming.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    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.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The writing is breezy and the cast seems to be having fun.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The show is very smart.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    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.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mark Peikert

    [A] very funny new sitcom.... Lowe and Savage have a crackling energy together.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    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.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    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.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    As comedy pilots go this season, the end result is a rarity in that there were laughs.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The Grinder is clever. It has a great time sending up the clichés of lawyer shows, while also reveling in them.

    Slate Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    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.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    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. Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    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.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    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.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    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.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    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."

    We Got This Covered Full Review