A primetime TV legend, Michael J. Fox, is coming back to TV tonight with a new series, The Michael J. Fox Show, and art is imitating life on the NBC show. The semi-autobiographical series mirrors Fox's own struggle with Parkinson's disease, but with a light, sitcom tone. Find out if Fox's return to the small screen is one you can't miss when you read my thoughts on the pilot episode.
- What it's about: Former news anchor Michael Henry (Fox) has retired from his high-profile job because of his struggle with Parkinson's, but his stay-at-home dad role is beginning to drive his three kids and wife (Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt) nuts. With their blessing and a desire to get back in the game, he heads back to his old job at NBC to take over the news yet again.
- Where it works: Fox is a memorable TV star for a reason; he oozes charm and has the harried dad thing down without being cliché. I worried how Fox's Parkinson's struggle would be depicted, and the good news is that the show strikes the right balance of finding humor in the affliction without it being offensive.
- Where it doesn't work: Michael's three kids are each too quirky for their own good. I like that the show focuses heavily on Michael's role as a father, but the pilot spends a little too much time establishing their over-the-top personalities.
- You might like this show if: You've never stopped loving Alex P. Keaton.
- When it's on: Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC
Watch a preview of The Michael J. Fox show after the jump.