Alan Sepinwall
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For 656 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Transparent: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 656
656 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    s a pleasure to report that Gossip Girl launches its fourth season with two confidently satisfying episodes. Because the episodes are designed almost as a stand-alone chapter, I can't say for sure if this bodes well for the season to come, but hey... Good Gossip Girl.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a very smart, well-produced, great-looking cop show, one that does familiar things but does them in interesting ways.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    That's Shameless in 30 seconds or less: messy, overcrowded, unapologetically frank and, at times, darkly funny.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The other six episodes I've seen have their ups and downs, but that's kind of the nature of the beast with comedies that push the outer edge of the envelope of taste and common decency; their batting average will be lower than their comedy peers, but their slugging percentage will be higher.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The new season starts a bit slow.... But it's all laying the groundwork for a gripping, almost nightmarish second half of the season in which the life of every member of the Gregson family seems in danger of splintering as badly as Tara's psyche.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    While there was plenty these four could have continued to talk about, there was never a point where I felt they missed something obvious because they didn't know the others and what they do well enough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s not perfect, but it’s easily the most restrained--and satisfying--Kelley series since those first couple of years of “The Practice.”
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The show's as cynical as ever, but it doesn't feel nearly as empty. Selina's more of an actual character--and has become an accomplished slinger of four-letter verbiage in her own right--and even if the team's screw-ups remain inevitable, the ways in which they screw up feel far less predictable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Falling Skies is exactly what you'd expect it to be, only a very good example of it (and is at its best in Sunday's pilot), and an ideal summer series. For once, Spielberg and company got it right on the small screen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The Shannons overall are about the last reason I would recommend this show, after the cool visuals, some effective action set pieces and the expected strong supporting performance by Stephen Lang.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The female leads are appealing, the world promising and the pilot much more clear-eyed and less compromised in its view of the era than "Playboy Club" is.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If Jane Timoney continues to be an interesting character--and if the characters around her become three-dimensional enough to stand plausibly with or against her--then this could hearken back not only to the original "Prime Suspect," but "NYPD Blue," "Homicide," etc.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It feels fairly honest, and more interesting and relevant than most.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The show as a whole moves briskly and confidently.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The formula doesn't always work (insert memories of your least favorite "Grey's" story arc here), but when it does, Rhimes is as successful at tugging for the heartstrings as anyone in the business.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Grammer is outstanding enough on his own to merit watching....Boss as a series, though, still doesn't seem like it's quite there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    So while Elementary fits a little too comfortably into the CBS lineup (in the timeslot "The Mentalist" was in last year), its specific approach to Holmes and Watson, and the way that Miller and Liu interact, makes the show work on its own less ambitious terms.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Quaid and Chiklis will keep me watching for a while, but in the long run I'd like to see a more ambitious approach to the material.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If it's not exactly "Gilmore Girls 2: Acoustic Boogaloo," it's close enough to be reassuring--and, on occasion, distracting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    With a cast this good, and with so many potentially juicy conflicts already in play, I'm going to take a more optimistic point of view than Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) might.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The supporting cast was better used, there were occasional touches of humor beyond Monroe, they mythology didn't just feel like a retread of bits from "Buffy," "Angel," etc., and I even thought leading man David Giuntoli had gotten better.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If you're not meant to think too hard about what's happening, then "Sons" largely succeeds at its goals, particularly given the performances, the direction (led by Emmy winner Paris Barclay) and Sutter and his writers' talent for crafting gut-wrenching individual moments.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The first episode is more of a pleasant experience that holds the promise of something better down the road.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Arrow is a competently-made superhero drama with an appealing lead performance from Stephen Amell.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Downton in season 3 is still a soap opera (as it was in season 1, as well), but it's a smarter one; it's harder to see the puppet strings Fellowes is pulling this year to get to his desired outcomes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    As with the many conspiracies of "Alias," I'm not always 100 percent clear on what's happening in Hunted, but the atmosphere and suspense are terrific, and the leading lady is compelling enough that I want to see her triumph over whoever it is she's ultimately supposed to be fighting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The new series succeeds on its own nostalgic terms.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a solid, meat-and-potatoes police procedural, and one that could potentially evolve into more depending on how the flash-forwards are used down the road.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    This is all excellent raw material. Of course, King adaptations often feature such impressive individual parts, and only occasionally exceed the sum of them. But the Under the Dome pilot is quite promising.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Basically, it's fun: creepy when it needs to be, light when it can be (which is more often than you'd expect, given the life and death stakes), doesn't look too cheap (it has an easier time than "Copper," in that it doesn't have to recreate an earlier time period).

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