2. Four Episodes In, All Three Kids Have Well-Defined Personalities
Frequently, it takes a while in a comedy about adults for the kids to be as well drawn. That hasn’t been the case with the Michael J. Fox Show. The writers went to great lengths to incorporate the kids in the plotlines heavily throughout the first few episodes. So, instead of getting just a few pithy lines from the kids, they all have well-defined personalities. Eve (Juliette Goglia) is smart and obsessed with being unique, Ian (Conor Romero) is a computer nerd and college dropout who doesn’t quite know where his life is headed but still possess charm and irreverence, and Graham (Jack Gore) is a young trickster who is frequently getting up to hijinks and breaking things. Each of the kids is watchable, and each of the kids is fully integrated into the plot of the show.

3. It’s A Good Mix Between A Modern Sitcom And The Good-Natured Family Values We Grew Up On
A lot has been written on how The Michael J. Fox Show is a cross between Modern Family’s single-camera work and NBC’s nineties sitcom format. While there are shades of both of these ideas in the plot, the blend is more pronounced not by format but by subject matter. In essence, NBC is giving us the traditional nuclear family sitcom facing familiar problems that can be solved in a single episode. More often than not, we even get a nice little packageable moral at the end, but it actually feels modern because the issues are very current (kids on cell phones, a teen dropping out of college) and the lesson the family learns isn’t always PC or of the sentimental variety. Some comedies take a while to find a rhythm, but The Michael J. Fox Show has had a vision from the start.

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