Parents' Guide to

The Michael J. Fox Show

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Heartfelt family comedy pokes gentle fun at Parkinson's.

TV NBC Comedy 2013
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Love this show!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

He's back on NBC!

It sure has been a while since we've seen Michael J. Fox do acting. And now that he's back on this new show, it is definitely a real treat for Fox fans! The show actually likes to have a little gag on Parkinson's disease, and it seems that Fox is ok with that! And he's also a great role model as a father and husband! Looks like this show will have many seasons of it to come!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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One of Hollywood's most beloved performers returns home to NBC in THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW, assuming a starring role in a series for the first time since Spin City's culmination in 2001 and more than 20 years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Even though he's never hidden the effects of his condition from cameras, often taking supporting roles in shows like The Good Wife and Rescue Me alongside his very public fundraising work on behalf of medical research, being at the center of a series brings his symptoms to light to a new degree. The show is loosely based on his life, both with the disease and as a family man, and it's unfailingly honest about the ups and downs on both counts. What makes it so endearing is that this is precisely what Fox and the show's creative team set out to do, giving viewers a sense of both the frustrating and funny aspects of an oft-avoided disease.

Even so, The Michael J. Fox Show also manages a far more impressive feat; it upstages the curiosity factor of Parkinson's with a heartfelt, family-centered story that's similarly honest about the ups and downs of life. It doesn't take long to look past Fox's tremors and get absorbed in his more relatable (at least for most of us) struggles of raising kids and balancing work and home responsibilities, and the messages that emerge here self-affirming for families and easily tailored to their own unique struggles.

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