For 593 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Parks and Recreation: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 70 out of 593
593 tv reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    When I tell you that Weeds is off to a good start with Monday (Aug. 16) night's sixth season premiere, you have to know that what I'm saying is that it's pushing the story forward in interesting ways, not that Weeds has gone back to being the show it was in Season Two.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Bored to Death (created by real-life novelist--but not private dick--Jonathan Ames) as a whole is so dry in its comedy that there's very little margin for error. (Like the "Star Trek" movies, I found myself enjoying the even-numbered episodes and struggling through the odd-numbered ones.)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    It looks great, makes good use of Los Angeles locations and has a solid ensemble cast (including Regina King and Tom Everett Scott as detectives). But it feels emotionally empty in the same way "Third Watch" so often did.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Cougar Town, on the other hand, is still finding itself, but it’s already much better than the title would suggest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    As a show about average people who become superheroes, No Ordinary Family is very promising. It's the "Family" part of the title where the series has problems.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Now, I wouldn't say I loved it. Parts of it I didn't even like. I became quite engaged with what was going on downstairs with the servants, while I found virtually everything having to do with the Granthams (at least the parts unrelated to how they dealt with the staff) a chore to get through.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    If it felt much like an episode of one of Conan's old shows, the Conan debut also felt like a middle-of-the-pack example. Some funny bits, some other obligatory moments, and a good feeling to have the guy back, but nothing extraordinary like, say, his final week on "Tonight."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Much like "Cougar Town" was back in the fall of '09, Mr. Sunshine is a show with a lot of likable performers, a solid creative pedigree, occasional laughs and a whole lot of room for improvement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    I don't have much new to say about the third season of Jackie, because the show's strengths and weaknesses are the same as they've always been.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    There's a promising show here, and with time maybe Chaos can figure itself out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Twenty Twelve is ultimately too safe and predictable to be funny enough for the time spent watching it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    The larger problem, though, is that unless you're deeply invested in the fairy tale characters and seeing the variations on their familiar backstories--seeing, for instance, that Snow and Charming had a very different first meeting than the one we know about--then most of the story and character work is flat, despite a cast of likable, game actors.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    A good sitcom is much more likely to have started life with a bad pilot than a good drama, and there are little glimmers in each episode that suggest a much better show could come later. But those glimmers are much more obvious in 2 Broke Girls than in "Whitney."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not quite good (other than The Swede), but it's also not especially bad (though it has occasional terrible moments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Though there are some good jokes here and there about the humiliations a little person actor has to endure on your average movie set, for the most part, the biggest laughs have little to do with Davis and everything to do with the celebrity guests.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's mediocre, but it's at least pleasantly mediocre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's much too generic given Abrams' reputation from "Alias," "Lost," the better years of "Fringe" and the "Star Trek" reboot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    NYC 22 feels like the TV version of the show it wants to be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still not anywhere near the ballpark of the earlier AMC shows, and the plot itself remains incredibly frustrating, but there are other aspects that feel closer to the show Sud said she was making last year, rather than the one she actually made.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Hagman--and to a lesser extent fellow returning stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray--are so much more fun to watch than their four new, young co-stars that the new Dallas plays less like a passing of the torch than a suggestion that torches were better back in the '80s.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Ultimately, I found Da Vinci's Demons ridiculous but fairly amiable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    The pilot feels like 17 shows all crammed together into one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    There's enough strong raw material on hand that Ray Donovan could eventually be built into something great. Right now, though, it's raw material in search of a series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Hello Ladies is so much of a piece with both "The Office" and "Life's Too Short"--oblivious asshole keeps putting himself in humiliating situations because of an overinflated sense of self--that it's tiresome almost from the start.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Though The Newsroom, like "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" before it, is mostly Bad Sorkin on display, there are also those occasional flashes of Good Sorkin that make it worth sifting through the rest of the mess to find.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Mob City looks so good that I may watch it all the way through (TNT only sent out tonight’s episodes in advance) just for the eye candy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have much else to offer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Urban is usually a likable presence, and in time Kennex might calm down and start feeling like a person rather than a cliché, at which point Almost Human could settle into being an acceptable spin on buddy cop tropes. Right now, though, it's Ealy or bust.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    This compromise version emphasizes some of Killen's own weaknesses — he's not a procedural guy, as the cases on "Awake" tended to demonstrate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not a terrible show, but it's a fairly literal, toothless translation of the source material that doesn't give much indication of working as an ongoing series.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    "Family Guy" ... consists of almost nothing but pop culture references. ... Now, some of these gags are side-splittingly funny ... but there are way too many of them. [9 Apr 1999]