Aaron Barnhart

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For 221 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Barnhart's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Luis: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 221
221 tv reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    It is a show driven not so much by story line as by story telling. We may never have seen a TV program so adept at painting brilliant little vignettes that have nothing to do with anything except the sheer pleasure of watching a scene unfold or hearing pitch-perfect dialogue. [3 Mar 2001]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    The Shield" also features heart-stopping action scenes, the steady backbeat of its addictive soundtrack and highly entertaining chatter. The combined effect will kick down your door. [12 Mar 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    This show has great casting, comedy that crackles and characters who show signs of actually possessing some depth to them. These are rare qualities for any TV show, which is why I ranked it my second-favorite new series of the fall. [22 Sept 2003, p.E8]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    This sweet comic drama is the best new show of the fall. "Ed" is not only cleverly scripted but also marvelously cast and filled with little touches that make it absolutely endearing. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    To me, what allows “The Wire” to surpass “The Sopranos” in the pantheon of greatest American TV shows is its ambition and its anger.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    The best drama on television. [18 Sep 2004]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    "X-Files" fans have been talking up this show, sight unseen, for months, based mainly on rumors and snippets from the set. But Harsh Realm may well validate all that hype. [8 Oct 1999, p.F1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Hilarious, delightful and smart... "Eureka" may have the gumption to become the best sci-fi show since the late lamented “Farscape.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    What a pleasure to find a woman who doesn't need to karate chop some no-neck to prove she's in charge. [27 Sept 2003]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Hugh Laurie is simply brilliant as the sarcastic, Vicodin-popping, cane-clutching healer in House. You want to see a heroic doctor? Go watch Matthew Fox save an island on "Lost." Want to see a terrific performance by a comedic actor who may singlehandedly save the medical drama? Here's your guy. [16 Nov 2004, p.E3]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    What makes Boomtown so immediately interesting is that each of these people is treated like a main character, at least for a few moments. Rather than the standard objective, all-seeing-all-knowing camera, this show teases the viewer by using several highly subjective cameras, including some trained on bit players. I've seen this verite approach in documentaries, but this is the closest any fictional drama has come to approximating the effect. [28 Sept 2002, p.G1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Justified is one of those programs where, when you get done with the three review episodes FX sends you, you're angry because you know FX could've sent more episodes if it wanted to.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Spellbinding ... Blends intelligent writing, seamless special effects and more wonderful creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop. [19 Mar 1999]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Delightful. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Since CBS doesn’t want us to see "Kid Nation" in advance, I guess I’ll just have to declare Kitchen Nightmares the best new reality show of the fall.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    It's a heck of a show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    An out-of-the-gate triumph.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    The core of the show is its characters, who are vividly drawn and well cast, and its tangle of provocative story lines. [22 July 2003, p.E8]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Once again Simon and his producing partner, Ed Burns, plunge us deeply into the culture of foul-mouthed men, many of them barely out of their teens, who have ready access to firearms and agendas that have little to do with the American dream that you and I understood growing up. And, as before, you can’t stop watching it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    The most promising new network show of the year...One part family drama, one part crime drama, one part internal metaphysical whatever, Joan of Arcadia draws us immediately into its slightly off-kilter universe. [26 Sept 2003]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    What makes '24' so nail-biting good is its use of layered storytelling, plot twists and visual trickery to create the illusion of action. The premiere starts slowly, then picks up steam as it darts deftly in and out of six different stories. ... The genius of '24' is that it makes each minute feel more precious than the last. [4 Nov 2001]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Each person in the ensemble is distinct and intriguing. This show is loaded with possibilities.[20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    I liked this show immediately...A delightful, well-designed show from start to finish. [5 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Compelling. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Reaper is remarkably well-paced and hilariously well-written.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    '24' continues to distinguish itself as the most original show on television. [27 Oct 2003]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    “Everybody Hates Chris” is one of those rare nostalgia shows that doesn’t patronize childhood.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    '24' remains the same show, perhaps even a better show than last season. [5 Jan 2005]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    When Lost returns Wednesday with a thoroughly entertaining two-hour barnburner, you will want to be there.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    In the end, I had to give in to sheer enjoyment. My wife and I couldn’t load the next episode into the DVD player fast enough.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Warehouse 13 has always been a hodgepodge of other people’s ideas and gimmicks, but the magic is how they’re thrown together here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Worst Week is Rube Goldberg meets Murphy’s Law meets the parents. And it’s hysterical.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The darker tone of Haven (including a haunting piano soundtrack) and reliance on paranormal, rather than technological, story elements form an ideal counterpoint to the wonkery of "Eureka."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    A violent, hair-raising combo of “The Ring,” “War of the Worlds” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” with a dash of official conspiracy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    What makes this intriguing and ultimately irresistible serial thriller one of my favorites of the fall season are its characters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    This is a very talky show, filled with Braugher soliloquies, and it will be hard to top the first episode, which plays out like a Greek tragedy... But I was spellbound, except for the jarring interludes involving Gideon's motley crew of medical students. [10 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The people who create Eureka always seem to know how to add a few dabs of paint that no previous TV show covering time travel and electronic body transport had thought of.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The one-person-shows these recurring characters put on each week are what give In Treatment its vitality, and of course it helps that HBO can draw from top stage talent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    I like the serious, gimmick-free approach of the show.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Sharply written, compellingly acted, this is the crime procedural ABC has needed all along, one for the “Grey’s Anatomy” crowd.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The Mentalist is safe, predictable, manufactured crime drama … and it works.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It's safe to say you've not seen anything like it on network television. And not to put too fine a point on it, but the shock does wear off after a few minutes. [22 Sept 2004, p.F3]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    A great first hour gets this comedic drama off to a fine start.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The secret to the show’s success is not any of the overly familiar parts, but the nutty way Leverage throws them together. Also, Hutton is a great actor who generates plenty of crackle between Nate and his fellow fleecers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    With all the crazy gags, pitch-perfect dialogue and a fresh hero at the center, it’s hard not to see “Andy Barker” as the spiritual successor to “Police Squad!”.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Things may end badly for Vic, or not, but this I know for sure: The next time The Shield cheats its viewers will be the first.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Rescue Me does everything “Lost” does. It balances character, drama, comedy and suspense while relentlessly pushing a dozen story lines forward.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It's the best drama pilot I saw over the summer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Whatever the reasons, True Blood has become stranger, more complicated and more satisfying to watch over time.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The dialogue is surprisingly fresh, even to someone who's watched way too many MTV reality shows.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    After four seasons of showing us cosmetic enhancement from every conceivable angle, Nip/Tuck is ready to take its scalpel to something else: the entertainment industry. I’m not saying that it’s going to work or that Nip/Tuck's longtime fans will appreciate the gesture, but tonight’s episode introduces us to a show-within-a-show that is simply dreadful, and that alone (to this TV critic) is worth the price of admission.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    This is one smart, funny comedy that deserves better than the anemic time slot it’s getting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The comedy has a loose, improvisational feel to it, but is still pretty fast-paced. And the four characters are at their funniest just in the room alone, swapping lines with each other, an experience a lot of dudes in their 20s can relate to... or so I’m told.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The fourth season of Friday Night Lights (which already aired last fall on DirecTV) is as rich and dramatic and satisfying as ever.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It has personality to spare, so much that you forgive it for its romantic notion that a bunch of highly paid TV people constitutes a "family." [22 Sept 1998, p.F1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    This extremely promising series combines the human drama of the David Janssen TV show with the stuntwork of the 1992 Harrison Ford movie. And while neither lead has the Hollywood aura of Ford or Tommy Lee Jones, Williamson and Daly are well-matched as the cat and mouse. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Yes, Treme is a tremendous document of the period following Katrina, how it shattered not just homes and infrastructure and tourism but, most important, families. All of that is on the surface and pretty accessible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Breaking Bad is not an easy show to watch. [But] this is the Cranston show, and for those of us who still see reruns of “Malcolm in the Middle” and the red-faced, eye-bulging slapstick that Cranston was put through on that show, he is quite a revelation on Breaking Bad.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    An example of the pay cable channel at its finest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    I can’t say enough about how "Friday Night Lights" defied my expectations for what a TV show about football would be.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It's a bright, fun little show, adhering to the formula that has worked for so many other light dramas on USA: tight writing, a little romance, whirly movement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    “This American Life” on TV achieves the same contemplative mood as the radio show. And it has a striking spareness of imagery, much as “Life” on radio has a spareness of sound.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    AMC’s The Prisoner isn’t going to reinvent TV the way McGoohan’s brainchild did. For six hours, however, it’s compelling enough in its own way to make you its captive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    A lightly subversive sitcom set in modern-day Wisconsin.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    As the last of my DVD screeners ended, and I found the story wrapped around me, constrictorlike, I had to agree with old Gus: It feels true. Very true.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The first hour... hits you with a potent cocktail of action and intrigue.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Somehow it works, thanks in part to a tangled intrigue that pulls this lowly matriculator into a conspiracy of the highest order. [29 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    While capturing all this with seemingly unfettered access, Wrong finds the little dramas that provide insight into what it's like to be a resident at one of the world's premier teaching hospitals.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Warburton is spot-on perfect as Tick. [8 Nov 2001, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    With its demented story lines, idiotic characters, out-of-control banter and fantastic send-ups of a spy genre that had seemingly been overspoofed already, Archer is destined to put another feather in the cap of FX.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The results aren't much different from a video game, for the violence on Chuck is pretty cartoony, but after watching two episodes I’m hooked. This is a fun escapist show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Smallville roped me in. The most intriguing premise is that young Clark is only starting to grasp the enormity of his arriving on Earth a dozen years earlier. [16 Oct 2001, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    I'm happy to report that, much like the disembodied head of Richard Nixon (who shows up in the second episode), it's the same barrel of laughs it always was.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Not only is it funnier than its lead-in, it’s improved on its impressive (and sadly truncated) first season on ABC.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    As a comedy, it’s surprisingly entertaining....But what ultimately kept me watching, through every screener Showtime provided, was this audacious bit of acting from Collette.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It feels like Haggis and Moresco are picking up right where “EZ Streets” left off.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s definitely not the same-old same-old, for which ABC is to be congratulated.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    This just feels like the show "CSI" should have been all along. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The indie-director touches do not narrow the appeal of Louie. It is, however, strictly for adults.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    You will regret tuning in even a minute late for the premiere.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Torchwood is so much more tricked-out with talent and visual wizardry, moves at such breakneck speed and makes such demands on its viewers that it leaves most American TV shows in its dust.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Barnhart
    If "Popular" can do for social stratification what "Party of Five" did for addiction, it may have a chance. [29 Sept 1999, p.F1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Barnhart
    This behind-the-scenes look at the American presidency from the creator of "Sports Night" (Aaron Sorkin) gets off to a bumpy start tonight when viewers realize that the supposedly liberal chief executive played by Martin Sheen - who in real life is an actual fire-eating Hollywood liberal - has no minorities in his inner circle. (The first black face seen in the premiere episode is a traffic cop who pulls over one of the show's regulars.) [22 Sept 1999, p.F10]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Barnhart
    Time will tell whether this spin-off of NBC's cops-to-courts standby can lure an audience to Mondays. There's plenty here to work with. The question is, in what direction will creator Dick Wolf move it all? [20 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s a hoot.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Whether Chance has any actual superpowers might be a point worth debating if watching Human Target weren’t so much fun.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    A goofy and likable new comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s an ambitious and ever-shifting examination of the lack of foresight in a culture addicted to rapid change.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    The Lost Valentine ultimately succeeds for two reasons: It is an engaging if somewhat convoluted little yarn. And White takes emotional command of the movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Mostly a hoot. [4 Feb 2005]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    "The Riches" reminds me a bit of "Big Love" the first time I saw it. I wasn’t sure whether to like these people or despise them, whether I bought the premise or not. And yet, at the end of the hour, I wanted to see more.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    While I prefer the British Mars, the show's premise is so strong that this decent execution of it is hard not to recommend.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    It's an engaging set-up for what will likely be a hit, since it was obviously designed to complement the social-service minded "Judging Amy." [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Samantha Who? actually gets better as it goes along. There’s a lot of table-setting in this first episode, but I found myself enjoying a later episode, and Applegate is a big reason why.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    All those ingredients make for a stew that, initially anyway, needs salt....Having seen two more promising later episodes, I say give Dollhouse time. And in the meantime, enjoy the set, the so-called dollhouse.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    If Trump keeps showing us that success has not gone completely to his head, this should be a good season. [9 Sep 2004]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s a smart series with a pacing that sometimes takes your breath away. Still, once the action pauses, will viewers want to spend time with a bunch of amoral characters?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    After the nerve-jangling first episode, I predict you’ll be hooked.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    The new version bears less of a resemblance to “ER”-styled medical drama of the 2000 “Hopkins” than it does to “The Hills,” the MTV sensation that introduced a whole new visual vocabulary to unscripted TV. The stories still involve people being treated at Hopkins, of course, but what’s striking is how much time is spent outside the hospital with the docs and their families.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Because "Traffic" is filmed like "24," you can experience the excitement of a whole season of Fox in just three nights. [25 Jan 2004]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    I like Gary Unmarried. It’s like other sitcoms I’ve seen of late involving newly broken-up households (remember when the sitcom single dad was widowed instead of divorced?).
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    A gripping, one-of-a-kind drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    The show is entertaining enough, but the American Hood, played by Rufus Sewell, won't remind anyone of Patrick Stewart.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    If Grey's Anatomy falls short of being the next "ER," it's because it's too slickly produced. It comes with the kind of heart-tugging music and exquisitely lighted contemplative moments you might expect to see on, say, "The O.C." But the writing and acting, if not the staging, helped pull me through surgery. [26 March 2005, p.E3]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    After a nine-month hiatus, one of the best new shows of last season returns from the undead with a bit more of the deviled edge that made it so great when it first emerged from the crypt in the fall of 2007.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Sleek, action-packed and heavy on the acting talent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    An entertainingly raunchy spoof of reality TV. [23 Jul 2003]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Surprise! It’s not nearly as bad as I thought.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    There is a distinctly 2002 feel to this season of 24....But you know what? It all manages to hold together.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Fringe does a pretty nifty job of balancing the demands of the paranormal genre against the viewer’s need for some comic relief.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Thanks to the fact that Starz is pay cable and can say and show pretty much whatever it wants, this show ramps up the dramatic tension quickly and effectively.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Compelling if not entirely satisfying. [29 Oct 2002]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    The latest re-imagining of Daniel Defoe’s classic tale of a man shipwrecked on an island far from home has already earned its keep.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Of all the new mystery-driven dramas aspiring to be this year’s “Lost”... “Invasion” is the most absorbing and least hokey.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    In other words, don’t hate it immediately just because it isn’t “Curb,” because if you love “Curb” you might eventually like Bored to Death.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    A good, potentially great, show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s not near HBO quality but certainly better than that “Sleeper Cell” tripe that Showtime put on last year.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Heche really shines in this role.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    The constant toing-and-froing of “Mrs. Harris” might have gotten tiresome, as an earlier HBO effort at revisionist biography, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” did. Bening, though, is somehow able to conjure up a completely new mood for each time and setting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Once you get beyond the show’s homages, both to 1970s style and “Desperate Housewives,” this proves to be a groovy little summer soap opera.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    For all those who are not confirmed “CSI” fans, this is worth a look.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    The effects-laden pilot of “Painkiller Jane” is certainly watchable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    True, Cannavale and Paulson take some getting used to, at least among those of us who remember Piven and Marshall. But the premise still has miles more appeal than a “CSI” knockoff.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    If [Sorkin] intends to preach off-key sermons every week, “Studio 60” is going to get old fast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    Like young Jaime, it's going to take awhile for this show to find its artificial legs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    Unlike the previous Hanks-Spielberg efforts, each of these men is really on his own journey, and the changing shift of focus doesn’t help us build affection for the characters, either. The other problem with “The Pacific” is not really its doing. We’re in two wars now; comprehending a third seems a tall order for most people.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    In the tradition of "The Day After" and "My So-Called Life" comes The Big C, an important show premiering Monday that's not necessarily a great show.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    A viewer-friendly diversion.
    • Kansas City Star
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s a grim two hours... But it’s not overly explicit, and the script and talent are better than most Lifetime films.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It will take awhile to figure out whether Sons of Anarchy was worth the investment of our time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    [It] makes defense work look as sexy as anything on the high-tech "CSI."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    Unfortunately, whoever developed this show couldn't trust the audience to accept Piper Perabo's character as strong enough to get out of a pickle or two without male intervention. I won't reveal how, because the first episode is otherwise very enjoyable, thanks to a solid supporting cast including "O.C." dad Peter Gallagher, Kari Matchett and former WB/UPN heartthrob Christopher Gorham.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    There’s no doubt Life is blessed with a fine lead actor, an intriguing premise and better writing than most new shows this fall. It’s just that viewers aren’t going to find that promising TV drama buried underneath all the crime procedural.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    “Prison Break” could be the fall’s breakout hit, but only if other actors can bail out Miller.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It works because the three regulars--Zach Braff, Donald Faison and especially John McGinley--are all over these episodes, and the four newcomers are kept in their place.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It is a stew made from a teen-slasher base with chunks of prime-time CBS crime shows and some daytime spice stirred in. If the first six minutes work for you, you’ll probably want more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    My hope is that True Blood will get all of this tub-thumping out of the way in a few weeks and start its tremendous potential as an ensemble drama with hints of comedy.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    There’s nothing especially novel on “The War at Home,” except the way the familiar elements -- punch lines, fantasy sequences, sassy kids, talk-to-the-camera confessionals, bleeped profanity -- come together.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    Brothers really is not that bad a show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    I worry about Chuck. I see it moldering before my eyes. And it’s nobody’s fault
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    While not quite the out-of-the-gate obvious hit that “The West Wing” was, ["Commander In Chief"] has enough going for it that it may soon become America’s favorite soap opera about a president of the United States.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    [A h]ighly implausible if smartly written hour. [16 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    I was disappointed by the opening episode, which left me with the distinct impression that Taye Diggs (playing a newly divorced doctor in the practice) and Tim Daly (Walsh’s first love interest on the show, but I’m sure not the last) were simply working off their ABC contracts that began on other, now-canceled shows. The portrayals of alternative medicine were unfortunate and too much forced zaniness.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    From what I can tell, it’s going to be the same show every show.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    This one starts out at a frenetic clip, and even A-list talent is helpless in the face of the formulaic banter that such occasions demand. Only when the show slows down--midway through, does Parenthood suggest that it may have something worth watching.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    An uneven but so far entertaining buddy show.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It's all fairly paint-by-numbers with a fair amount of physical comedy, yet I couldn't help laughing out loud at times - watching Bynes give a terrier the Heimlich maneuver, for example. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    I didn't get much of a sense where this show was going from the pilot, though there was nothing to hate about Big Bang Theory, and the writing’s every bit as sharp as "Two and a Half Men" and "Dharma & Greg," comedies overseen by Big Bang producer Chuck Lorre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    I know there are a lot of people out there who can’t get enough of it, all the irritation and the narcissism and the racial tension and the yelling. But I’m not one of those people....Curb Your Enthusiasm leaves me just...well, a little bored.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Less of a punchline parade than a lighthearted look at the foibles of family life, Greetings From Tucson is laced with ethnic jokes about El Caminos, pinatas and family shopping trips. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    A mildly amusing sitcom that is promising -- including the sense that it promises to go nowhere fast.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    The show teeters at times on incomprehensibility but is brought back each time by its two stars.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Monday’s premiere was one of the most nearly perfect half-hours of television I’ve ever seen.... [But] I can’t imagine tuning in “The Colbert Report” four nights a week just to watch a caricature.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    For whatever reason, it’s hard for me to treat Lock ’n Load as mere entertainment. But maybe that’s not a bad thing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Though the violence is designed to be gorgeous, like a graphic novel, it doesn’t have the pacing of a comic book. The creators of Spartacus: Blood and Sand seem a little too enamored of their ability to sketch a vast Thracian tableau, a fight scene, or a coliseum full of cheering CGI Italians.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    The best that can be said about "Medium" is that it has a little more pep than similar shows and a sense of humor. [3 Jan 2005]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    She has a lot of spunk, mugging for the camera and poking fun at her career (no fewer than four Midler films get mentioned in the first episode). Next to her, however, the supporting cast is tired and colorless. And how many Bette Midler jokes can America take? [11 Oct 2000, p.F1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Goldblum has a commanding presence that may overcome the ho-hum storylines and overdone talking-ghost motif.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    What changes there were to the “Tonight” format seemed superficial. Otherwise, it could’ve been “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    As someone who’s on the fence about Silverman — I get what she’s doing, but I’m not sure it’s worth the adoration it often receives — I found myself chuckling more when I went through my notes on the first two shows than when I was watching them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Nelson clearly relishes this role, though his rah-rah approach to everything wears thin. And critics are right to note that some of the confrontations between Nelson and his black rivals are needlessly harsh. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s like “Men in Trees” ... for men.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    When our 32-year-old heroine is back home with her ultra-conservative family, which seems stuck in the 1960s, That's Life drags; when the action shifts to the college campus she's dreamed of attending all her life, the show improves considerably. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    The problem with reviving a time-travel show is there needs to be a really distinctive and appealing twist so that critics won’t just write things like, "This reminds me of "Quantum Leap.""
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    I know this is going to come as a shock, but when the scene is designed around Kate, the show sags. By contrast, when Rick strolls into the room, the show perks up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    How it all goes awry is the question that provides Caprica with its ripe potential. Unfortunately, a serious storytelling mistake in the early going has left me with doubts about whether it has the wherewithal to get there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Every minute of "The Practice" is imbued with urgency, but it is a contrived, almost comical urgency. [2 Mar 1997]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    In its favor, Danny has no laugh track, and Stern is endearingly innocent of the perils of single fatherhood. But viewers have moved beyond conventional comedies like this one. [28 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    I think “Survivors” is going to have a hard time getting noticed, not just because BBC America is way up there on digital cable, but because the hoopla surrounding the end of “Lost” is unrelenting, and “Survivors” just hasn’t done anything to break through.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    A perfectly serviceable but utterly forgettable sitcom.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    I waited for delicious strands of dialogue to memorize - it's a favorite pastime among "Sopranos" addicts - but none was forthcoming from "Falcone." [3 Apr 2000]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    The plot twist at the end (of the first episode) may wind up redeeming future episodes of That Was Then, but for now you may find yourself wishing afterward that you could travel back in time and get that hour back. [27 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Seems like a high-stakes game of Baccarat, with NBC throwing good money after bad. [22 Sept 2003, p.E8]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    I’ve got nothing against Vampire Diaries. Since it lacks broad appeal and hasn’t a clever bone in its body, it will probably be a hit, unlike CW shows I’ve stuck up for (like “Reaper” and “Aliens in America”).
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    The Bachelor gets off to a slow start but maybe that's to be expected. It starts with a marathon mixer; Take "hi, my name is Angelique" and multiply it 25 times and you get the idea. Michel tells the women he is "humbled and honored" by the turnout, perhaps forgetting that ABC flew all the women to Malibu for the party. [25 Mar 2002, p.D5]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Some of it works, like a jealous dream Doug (Louis) has in next week's episode about his wife (Marshall) and the hunks working on his water main. [24 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    We're supposed to buy that the C.S.I. unit is the next wave of high-tech crimefighting, but their tools don't look very high-tech to me. One gizmo looks suspiciously like a canister vacuum cleaner and the only thing it "finds" is a toenail clipping that could've been spotted with the naked eye. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    What's depressing is that Cox is a very gifted comic actress, but she can't seem to land a role that doesn't involve showing off her ample cleavage. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    "My Boys" suffers from an unrealistic setup, and too many scenes amount to five people sitting around talking.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    "'Til Death" seems a pretty thin concept.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Given the rather sophisticated allegorical treatments that TV audiences have been treated to in recent years courtesy of “Battlestar Galactica,” “The 4400” and the like, I find V’s first episode falling short, other than a fairly obvious allusion to Hitler Youth in the aliens’ outreach to teens.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    While it is formulaic and slow-paced, Moonlight is stylish entertainment with a charming star aimed at a specific audience--the folks who stay home Friday night and watch CBS.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Not as terrible as most shows of this genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    This one has an “Entourage” pedigree (Mark Wahlberg is a producer) and is technically billed as a comedy, though it has neither the witty banter nor satisfying ending of one.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Lopez might just be trying to prove that Latinos have as much right as anyone to bomb on ABC. [27 Mar 2002, p.F1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 88 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Color me confused on the concept. Are 20-somethings supposed to like this show? Good luck with those archaic pop culture references (Molly Hatchet, Carter/Mondale). Teen-agers? Sure - let them see that high school was just as vicious 20 years ago...Freaks and Geeks recalls a time a lot of viewers would rather forget. [25 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    I hate to say it, but if it weren’t for Sanz and Mullally, there would be no reason at all to watch this sitcom.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    The punchlines fell flat more often than not.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    The first hour’s writing, pacing and storylines were too pedestrian for me to recommend Cane.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    This comedy is set in a paper-supply sales office where people seem to work hardest at finding ways to kill time. I must say that it was an extremely realistic presentation: While watching the program, I kept looking at the clock and longing for it to be over so I could go home. [24 Mar 2005, p.E6]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    A forgettable amalgam of "House", "CSI", and every hospital soap opera ever made.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    Whoever wrote the first episode of “Lost” didn’t crowd the screen with dimwits forced to recite grade-B TV drama drivel. By that standard, “Surface” doesn’t get a pass.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    Tucker is my candidate for the first cancellation of the fall: bad show, bad time period, bad lead-in ("Daddio"). [2 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    Workplace comedies just bore me.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    ["Gary Unmarried"] has lots of laughs. But not as many as tonight’s episode of the new Knight Rider.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    I’m having a reverse case of Stockholm Syndrome with “Standoff”: The more time I spend with it, the less I like it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    But if its idea of entertainment is a new domestic terrorist threat every week - as it is in tonight's debut - no thanks. As for the stars, Harmon is Harmon, an acquired taste I never acquired. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    [A] sad-sack parody. [18 June 1999, p.F4]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    I don’t get a kick out of you, “Happy Hour.”
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    Unfortunately, neither Bates nor Kelley seems to have any heart in this show. Picking up pretty much where he left off with "Boston Legal," Kelley turns the courtroom into Air America.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    I have now watched two episodes of the new A&E series The Beast, and I am filled with questions. How many brain cells did I lose watching two episodes of The Beast?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    The one thing “Sleeper Cell” does commendably is to suggest that there is a struggle going on for the soul of Islam, and that al-Qaida does not have the only say in the matter. But that message is swamped by predictable thriller filler and cheap production values.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    Unfortunately, the first two hours of “Dirt” give no sense that anyone wants to make an entertaining satire out of all this.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    Kings is oddly tedious, thanks to a supporting cast of uninteresting characters and a script loaded with heavy-handed analogies to health-care reform, Halliburton and the Clintons.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    "Related," with its overly contrived premise and tinny dialogue, compares unfavorably even to other woman-relationship shows like "Beautiful People" on ABC Family or "Gilmore Girls."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    The only thing this sitcom has going for it is Sara Gilbert.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s not well-cast.... It’s not well-written.

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