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TV Review: ABC's 'Hank'

ABC’s Hank debuts Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. The following are reviews from TV critics around the Web, compiled by B&C.

“Mr. Grammer is still funny, but his newest format is too timeworn to give his comic style a fresh boost. Hank has the right star in the wrong setting.”

–Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times

“Essentially Green Acres updated with a corporate-tycoon-gets-humbling-comeuppance twist that’s less timely than it sounds, this multicamera half-hour does little more than provide reasonably pleasant company, while looking and sounding as if it could have been developed when Cheers begin its run.”

–Brian Lowry, Variety

“…Grammer’s series, Hank, a moronic and ghastly effort that suffocates under the cloying and annoying blanket of a laugh track so disturbing it should be destroyed. As should the show.”

–Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle

“Grammer’s so miscast it hurts. He has no chemistry with Melinda McGraw, who plays his all-wise wife. And Grammer’s efforts as a father are like watching a moose try to drive a car.”

–Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee

“He can make me laugh just by delivering a line such as, “It’s a fun little chardonnay, isn’t it?” But ultimately, this is a “Frasier” retread, and an inferior one.”

–Paige Wiser, Chicago Sun-Times

Hank embraces all the cliches viewers grew tired of in family sitcoms. Who has a hankering for more of that?”

-Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“If Hank isn’t this season’s most painful new sitcom, that’s only because Fox’s Brothers and CBS’ Accidentally on Purpose are trying to make it a horse race. It’s lazy, predictable and spectacularly tone-deaf.”

-Alan Sepinwall, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)