Fall TV Rewind: “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Michael J. Fox Show”

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If you’re hungry for my thoughts on the fall TV season as it currently stands, I’ve been contributing to The Rewind, a new weekly feature for The Eagle this semester. Each week, The Scene’s editors and contributors recap and review the most interesting TV episodes from the past week. My thoughts in summary: The Michael J. Fox Show isn’t growing much at all, Parenthood is stumbling in some storylines and thriving in others, and Parks and Recreation is as good and kind as ever.

Click through for links to all of my recent Fall TV reviews, and stay tuned for more Parenthood thoughts plus Trophy Wife and much more.

Parenthood, “All Aboard Who’s Coming Aboard” (Season 5, Episode 2): “Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson knocked these subtle scenes out of the park, a nice reminder that family dramas aren’t all melodrama and contrivances.”

Parks and Recreation, “Doppelgangers” (Season 6, Episode 3): “A warm, wild and wacky episode that integrates its guest stars and advances the season-long arc without sacrificing individual bits of comedy gold? It must be Parks and Recreation, TV’s most reliable source of delight for six seasons running.”

The Michael J. Fox Show, “Teammates” (Season 1, Episode 6):
“When NBC announced Michael J. Fox’s return to regular series television, few people could quibble with the prospect of the beloved sitcom star overcoming Parkinson’s disease and returning to his craft. After seeing six episodes of the show that bears his name, Fox certainly has not damaged his credibility or alienated his fans, but his show is nothing more than a generic, often lazy family sitcom.”

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