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The Grinder 

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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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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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Did You Know?


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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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 25 September 2015 (2015) See more »

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Simple, understandable and genuine story ,,. A : for the script and A : for Lowe and Savage .. you better start watching it now :D
30 September 2015 | by Aktham_TashtushSee all my reviews

The plot is so Original and fresh, with so much potentials, the Script is perfectly sculptured So many laughable scenes. I really enjoyed watching every minute of it as it felt the shortest Half an hour ever.

Jarrad Paul as a screenplay or a script writer i'v seen for him the famously funny "Yes Man" and "The D Train" this year .. and here he really outdone himself. Add to that .. the nicely sound-mix which blends with the suspense comic scenes to make it even more enjoyable and hilariously theatrical in an Ironic way.

First time seen Rob Lowe was in "Parks and Recreation" and he had almost "somehow" the same character as the one in here with all of this tightness and glamorous perfection and the fast funny talk and fast jokes .. and now with Fred Savage they are indeed making a great dual and since i'v watched the trailer before i knew this will work perfectly with such story and such amazing cast.

Fox is well known of premiering a wowzers Fall shows but few survive the winter ;) Hence I am seriously praying that this one to have a chance of staying on the network for a while as we now have high expectations, That's of course if it stays running on the same rhythm as this .. and i believe it will.

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