Alan Sepinwall

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For 846 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Night Of
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 846
846 tv reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    A relentless, ambitious perpetual motion machine that may go down as the most exciting thriller in TV history. [27 Oct 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    A scream, in the biting Britcom tradition of "Fawlty Towers" and the best depiction of middle management hell since Mike Judge's cult classic "Office Space." [23 Jan 2003]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Nothing short of a TV miracle: a family show that's sweet, but not too syrupy, bitingly funny, but not mean-spirited and fun for viewers of all ages, without appealing to the blandest common denominator. [5 Oct 2000, p.37]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The six-episode first season of "The Office" was so dark, so wicked, so brilliant that it was hard to imagine Gervais and Merchant topping themselves. But they have. By slowly chipping away at David's power base, they've made him even more desperate, petulant and bullying. (The less funny David gets, the funnier the show is.) [10 Oct 2003]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    You have to work to watch this show. Characters and plotlines whiz by in a blur, and if you blink, you may miss an entire subplot. But the payoff is more than worth the effort: With its deep characterizations, dark humor, unpredictable plots and brilliant musical score, "EZ Streets" is fascinating television, unlike almost anything else now on the air. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    This doesn't feel like a factory product, but a work of individual, beautiful craftsmanship.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    ESPN's newest 30 for 30 film O.J. Simpson: Made in America proves to not only be better than The People v. O.J.--and among the best things ESPN has aired in its history--but a perfect complement to the FX show.-
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Many will hate it. But there will be viewers in whom it strikes a chord so deeply that they will feel themselves overwhelmed by it in the best possible way: not like they're drowning in the misery, but like it's teaching them a new way to breathe.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Even with Walt's apparent victory over all who would seek to deny him, his genius and his strength, Breaking Bad is still a perfect model of filmed suspense.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Season 2 finds ways to introduce even greater tension, even as [Philip and Elizabeth are] a more fundamentally sound unit, while also adding a whodunnit element that spices things up nicely.... Absolutely dynamite.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    What makes these episodes feel extra-special is the sense of purpose to them. There's a big story being told here--not one that requires you to watch every episode (though your funny bone will thank you if you do), but one that seems to raise the stakes for everyone involved, and which makes the jokes funnier, the characters richer, in the process.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Normal is overrated. Give me whimsy, dreams and Evil Troy and Evil Abed any day. Give me extraordinary. Give me Community.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s a delight, existing so far outside the mold of recent superhero adaptations in the 2010s that it couldn’t see the mold even with telescopic vision. It’s a comic book show likely to be as appealing to people who have no interest in comic books as to those who can name David’s famous relative without Googling, if not more, and it’s easily the most exciting new series this young year in TV has offered so far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Apatow despises formula. If he didn't, "Freaks and Geeks" might still be on the air, and while Undeclared isn't nearly as pessimistic or painful, it's just as observant - and, at times, even funnier...All I know is that re-watching the first few "Undeclared" episodes in preparation for this review gave me my first good, hearty laughs since Sept. 11. By taking the "Freaks and Geeks" formula and making it shorter, sweeter and mostly wince-free, Apatow has created a great new comedy that could become a major hit, even if Steven himself never gets around to picking a major. [25 Sept 2001, p.23]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Young's performance continues to be extraordinary, with a monologue late in the premiere all but guaranteed to raise the dust level in your home as you watch it. But it's a measure of the work McKinnon and the supporting actors have done in demonstrating how the smaller conflicts in the lives of Amantha or Ted Jr. or Tawney can be just as powerful (to them and to us) as Daniel's larger existential crisis.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Terrific sketch comedy: absurd, inventive, surprising, and just damn funny.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The last thing television needs is more serial killer dramas. But when they're this well made, this smart and creative and unexpectedly funny? Then, yes, more Hannibal, please.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Community is back, and back to being itself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Those who stayed patient with Halt season 1, or those who come to the show now that the quality has gone up significantly, will be rewarded.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    As with the first season, the stories keep tiptoeing up to cliché before shuffling into more interesting and complicated emotional territory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It would be easy for all this reinvention to feel jarring, or like Halt desperately racing from one idea to the next because the last one ran out of steam. But each transition has felt natural, earned, and of a piece with what came before.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Last summer, the show's quality was a surprise because of what it was about and where it aired. Now, UnREAL isn't surprising. It's just thrilling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Fey and Carlock have delivered basically the same show they did a year ago. Given how great that original NBC version was, I can't really complain. If your biscotti recipe is already deliciously weird, why change the ingredients?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Almost every scene demands that the viewer asks why it was presented in that particular fashion--not in a way that distracts from the narrative, but only helps convey the themes of the piece. And as the series jumps ahead to 1901, it's becoming more ambitious in those themes and its articulation of them.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Masters of Sex is the best new show of the fall by a very long stretch. It's also a refreshing anomaly: a prestige cable drama that doesn't feel like a recombination of elements from 15 shows that came before it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The good news is that nearly everything that went wrong last season goes right at the start of this one. ... "Justified" is again fun and scary and thrilling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has only gotten better, more confident, and more consistent as it's moved along. It knows exactly who its heroine is, what she's good at and what makes her terrifying, just as well as it has very quickly and appealingly figured out how to turn any potential weaknesses into additional strengths.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's essentially a six-hour lecture on zoning regulations, municipal codes, and why integration remained such a thorny issue long after the civil rights era of the '60s. But if it's a lecture, it's an engaging, emotional, and surprisingly light on its feet one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    I came into the series expecting a raunchy black comedy, and got that, but with the added bonus of something achingly beautiful when it wanted to be.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The sheer number of colorful characters maneuvering keeps things lively.

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