Alan Sepinwall
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For 667 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 The Americans: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 667
667 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and the rest of the cast remain, like the show, better than the material probably needs to be a commercial success, and thus strong enough that Vikings remains a genuine pleasure rather than a guilty one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a good, solid show that understands its strengths and keeps playing to them in season 2.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a show with a much stronger command of its subject matter and awareness of its own strengths and weaknesses--even as The Bridge still seems to be stuck in that nebulous border region separating the pretty good from the genuinely great.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The Strain is packed with so much macabre imagery and so many clever ideas that it doesn't feel like the resuscitation of a tired genre, but the launch of something new and fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If the show takes a while to warm up--and seems to hit certain character beats, like Thack's cocaine addiction, or his feelings towards rookie nurse Lucy Elkins (Eve Hewson), over and over again--it builds in the way you would hope a modern cable drama season would, and many of the repetitive earlier scenes wind up laying a foundation for major shifts in the season's second half.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Outlander is by far the best of these Starz costume dramas I've seen. It knows the stories it wants to tell and the strongest way to tell them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The pilot itself is among the best you'll see this fall. It looks great, the two leads have instant chemistry, and everything hums along nicely as a slightly larger-than-life crime saga.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Black-ish arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not wildly funny in the early going, but there's a sense of confidence in the material, the tone and the world, and the creative team doesn't ask you to buy into things that aren't necessary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The lighter and more optimistic tone is unexplored territory that could be tough to navigate at any speed. For the first hour, anyway, The Flash makes it look easy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    There are other half-hours I might recommend first as a holiday binge if you haven't seen them yet. But "Mozart" is an interesting, colorful look at a world I don't know well, filled with fun performances.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Atwell is so good, and the show has so much fun with the period setting, that it's a really promising start for Agent Carter.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If I began watching "Better Call Saul!" as a skeptic, the first three episodes have mostly made me a believer. There are nods to the parent show — and those are among the more emotionally affecting parts of this young series — but "Saul" quickly learns to function as its own thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    I have no interest in fashion, little inherent fondness for soap operas, and I'm absolutely not the gender this show is targeting. And based on the two episodes I've seen, I'm going to be watching "Ugly Betty" every week. It's that much fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The drama is one of the season's best because it makes you care even when you know something big is coming -- and because it finds pleasant little surprises along the way.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Krause could be hard to digest as the self-righteous Nate on "Six Feet Under," but he makes a fine, amusingly flustered straight man to the cast of eccentrics that Wright and producer Greg Berlanti have assembled.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The fifth and final season may be the most overtly farcical, but only because things in this slightly fictionalized Baltimore have become, if you can imagine, worse than ever.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    You get out what you put into it--even in the episodes that are weaker, I was rarely bored--and it's a consistent scripted oasis in a sea of shows where people take lie detector tests on camera.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The Lost season three finale was no fluke. The show has got its mojo back, and then some.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Those three performances are so good that they lift up everyone around them, whether it's Combs (best whenever he has Rashad or McDonald to spar with) or John Stamos, surprisingly subtle in what could be a thankless role as the white man who doesn't want the Youngers moving into his neighborhood.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Nix and company had a very thing going last season, and they've found a way to change the show a little without screwing it up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Horne and Page have sweet chemistry, but what makes the show work is the cast of eccentrics that Corden and Jones have created around them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Chiklis always sells his end of it, and when he has a great actor opposite him, you don't really notice how puzzling the story arcs would get.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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