Alan Sepinwall
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For 688 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 EZ Streets: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 688
688 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    There are shows on television that are smarter than Chuck, deeper, more ambitious, whatever. At the moment, I can't think of one that's more fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The only real sin of "Joan" so far is the presence of Joe Mantegna as Joan's police chief father. Mantegna, as always, is great, but his presence in what should be a small role apparently freaked out someone at CBS. So Hall tries to give him more to do by devoting a good chunk of each episode to unrelated crime stories - very mediocre ones, at that. [26 Sept 2003, p.57]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Felicity is very clearly targeted at the Clearasil set that worships at the altar of the WB's "Dawson's Creek," but if the show can maintain the charm and poignancy of the pilot, adults may also want to pay homage to television's newest star. [29 Sept 1998, p.47]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Party Down may not reinvent Starz the way "Mad Men" did for AMC, but it's a very funny series that any cable channel would be lucky to have.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    I've seen five Archer episodes--and laughed frequently and loudly at all five.
    • 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.”
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Twists and rule tweaks will only carry a reality show so far by the time you're into the sixth season. The format itself has to be durable, and the casting has to be sharp--both of which seem to be the case in the early going.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Thanks to committed performances from Cumberbatch and Freeman, and clever writing from Moffat and Gatiss, most of it works splendidly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The premiere doesn't necessarily have the sort of mythical, spine-tingling moments that the first season provided from time to time, but the acting remains strong (particularly by Chandler and Britton, the First Couple of primetime) and it feels like an episode of Friday Night Lights in a way that very little of season two did.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    So we have some of the best, and/or most likable, contestants in the history of the franchise, we have the most entertaining judge back, and the first two challenges very smartly play off the history of both the show and its contestants. What's not to like? I doubt this brings me back for the next standard season, but for this one? I'm in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Midway through the first season, Lawrence, Biegel and the other writers realized their cast was so funny together that the wisest course was to just put everyone together as often as possible, let everyone be goofy, and see what happened. By the end of the season, it was often funnier many weeks than the "Modern Family" episode leading into it. And even with Aniston's guest appearance tonight, this is still the show that Cougar Town became at mid-season last year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Nip/Tuck is the right show at the right time, a pointed, funny attack on the body biz and another winner from the cable channel that brought us "The Shield" and "Lucky." [21 July 2003, p.25]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Now that Sutter and company have finished the long and difficult task of fixing what wasn't working, I want to know everything it has to offer--even if some of those things may give me nightmares.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Chuck starts a step slower, with more exposition in the first two episodes and no larger-than-life character like Satan to smooth over that, but by episode three, it's just as assured and entertaining in its own extremely similar way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    In Plain Sight is a definite for any summer TV To-Watch list; don't cross it off until you've seen at least one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    It's at once a simple, R-rated office comedy about a bunch of people who would have nothing to do with each other if they didn't work together, and a pretty wicked satire of the quest for fame at all costs.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    A show this whimsical needs a few anchors to avoid floating away altogether. Emerson is one, and the hands-off Ned and Chuck romance is the other.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    And as the new season begins, it becomes clear that gags are easier to write in abundance than gag lyrics. The non-melodic portions of the show are still a scream.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Fey's parts of the premiere are terrific, and next week's episode is an even better--and sillier--showcase for her.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Rarely have I smiled as early and as often at a new series as I have at this one, which manage to be gentle and sweet and lighter-than-air without ever departing from the Earth that we know.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    With the start of season two, it looks like the expectations might finally meet the reality--or however real a show with aliens and time travel can get.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Because Dexter's victims are always so evil, we're inclined to root for him, but moments like that--or one in where Dexter admits he doesn't really care about saving innocents, just scratching his itch to kill--gives the show more moral complexity than you would expect, and it's the better for that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The "Seinfeld" plot doesn't kick off until the season's third episode. The first two, meanwhile, are a reminder of what a brilliant show, and a deep cast of characters, Larry has built ever since he said goodbye to Jerry and company.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The Good Wife is confident and polished, and a much better showcase for Margulies than her last legal drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The first episode is more of a pleasant experience that holds the promise of something better down the road.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a big swing for ABC and for Ridley, and if it's not a home run, it's also far from a big whiff.
    • 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).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The three episodes I've seen function as shaggy dog stories: not wildly funny, nor as dark and emotional as "Louie" so often gets, but amusing in spots and with a very clear voice.

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