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The Grinder 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (2015–2016)
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Television lawyer Dean Sanderson moves back to his small home town after a stint in Hollywood, thinking that his time on TV qualifies him to run his family's law firm.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Rob Lowe ...  Dean Sanderson 22 episodes, 2015-2016
Fred Savage ...  Stewart Sanderson 22 episodes, 2015-2016
Mary Elizabeth Ellis ...  Debbie Sanderson 22 episodes, 2015-2016
Hana Hayes ...  Lizzie Sanderson 22 episodes, 2015-2016
Connor Kalopsis ...  Ethan Sanderson 22 episodes, 2015-2016
William Devane ...  Dean Sanderson Sr. 22 episodes, 2015-2016
Natalie Morales ...  Claire Lacoste 21 episodes, 2015-2016
Steve Little ...  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 - www.ComedyE.com

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Two brothers. One's a lawyer. The other played one on TV. See more »




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Release Date:

29 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Advokat See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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16:9 HD
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William Devane and Rob Lowe, who play father and son, have both played President John F. Kennedy in made for TV movies 39 years apart, Devane in The Missiles of October (1974), and Lowe in Killing Kennedy (2013). 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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Savage and Lowe are Fun to Watch
2 October 2015 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Rob Lowe plays Dean Sanderson aka The Grinder, so named because of the role he played in a successful television show called "The Grinder." His character was a bold, unbeatable attorney, and now that his show has ended, he is searching for his next stop on the roadway of life.

Meanwhile, he is staying at the Idaho home of his brother, Stewart (Fred Savage), and his family. Stewart has always lived in the shadow of Dean. It doesn't help that wherever they go, people faun over Dean. Stewart sees how overly dramatic his brother is, but everyone else eats it up.

Stewart is a real attorney, if not a very good one. He just isn't very smooth or very confident. Dean, mimicking his Grinder character, insinuates himself into one of Stewart's real cases and an unlikely partnership is born.

This comedy depends heavily on Savage and Lowe and smart writing, similar to "Two and a Half Men". This is light fare and it is happy to be that.

Update 10/16/15: This is the surprise pleasure of the fall season. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments in this comedy. I am upping my grade for this show to a "9".

Update 10/22/15: Okay, I am going all in. This show is so funny I am changing my grade to "10". Grind on!

Update 2/25/16: I have a problem. How can I give this show a grade higher than "10"? This is one of the best TV comedies of all time.

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