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Television lawyer Dean Sanderson moves back to his small home town after a stint in Hollywood thinking his time on TV qualifies him to run his family's law firm.
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Series cast summary:
 Dean Sanderson (22 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Stewart Sanderson (22 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Debbie Sanderson (22 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Lizzie Sanderson (22 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Ethan Sanderson (22 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Dean Sanderson Sr. (22 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Claire Lacoste (21 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Todd (21 episodes, 2015-2016)


Follows the life of a former hit TV series actor by the name of Dean Sanderson (Rob Lowe). Dean has returned to his hometown of Boise, Idaho, after years of portraying a lawyer on the fictitious television show THE GRINDER in Hollywood. His years of portraying a lawyer on television have somehow given him the idea he is actually qualified to work in and perhaps run his family's real-life law firm. Written by DeAlan Wilson -

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29 September 2015 (USA)  »

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Advokat  »

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Rob Lowe and Fred Savage both appeared in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Rob Lowe played a younger version of Dr Evil's henchman Number 2 (regularly played by Robert Wagner) in a time travel sequence while Fred Savage played Number 3, a mole in Dr. Evil's organization. See more »


Stewart Sanderson: Dean, can I just talk to you for a quick sec?
Dean Sanderson: No, we don't have time for quick secs.
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Cheesy but Funny
28 November 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The premise is pretty simple, TV Lawyer goes to work with straight laced brother and father at their law firm after his series ends. There is a really high cheese factor at times, with corny setups and awkward moments but I laugh out loud during every episode. I can see why the formula doesn't work for everyone and I'm sure the show could be tuned up a bit, but this one is a gem for me. The more absurd the spin that the grinder puts on real life drama, the funnier it gets.

Fred Savage has some hilarious moments, usually from the injustice of people displaying such unadulterated worship of his brother, the actor, to the point of taking absurd life advice from a man who has clearly spent to much time in a warped Hollywood bubble. There are a lot of moments where you question if its good acting or bad acting, and that makes it even funnier, at least for me.

Rob Lowe plays the Grinder who is the focus of the mayhem, but he simply has to play a buffoon with a straight face, so its the reactions of everyone around him that make the show. That said, he brings a lot of charm to the character and comes across very convincingly when a lesser actor might lose the character. The character reminds me a lot of Vincent Chase, the centre of attention from Entourage.

For me, the scene stealer is the father, played by the always excellent William Devane. There's a charm to the character that has become more couple with dysfunction as the series had developed. We've seen more clues as to how the two brothers grew up so differently and there is a lot of opportunity to throw in some absurd parenting moments from the past to explain how the Grinder came to be.

Any show that makes me laugh out loud gets at least an eight. The Grinder could be better, but its worth a look to see if it appeals to your sense of humour.

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