Alan Sepinwall
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For 645 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 645
645 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The first two ABC episodes of Scrubs, premiering back-to-back tomorrow night, more closely resemble the series in its marvelous early seasons, and suggest that Braff's victory lap will be a memorable one.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The show's aura of jungle mysticism is so overblown it's hilarious. I love how the castaways have to kill rats for food and make fire with sticks, but the tribal council meetings take place on a lavish, obviously prefab jungle village set that looks like the Ewok treehouse city in "Return of the Jedi." (The million-dollar grand prize is sitting over in one corner of the set - a pile of cash in an open treasure chest. Very Scrooge McDuck.)...Asinine stuff - and intensely addictive. [2 June 2000, p.37]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    For one night, this is the best House, and its leading man, have been in a long time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The Lost season three finale was no fluke. The show has got its mojo back, and then some.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    I've seen both of tomorrow's episodes, as well as next week's, and I loved every minute. But I'm also a geek who read Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov growing up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Smith's work in "The Eleventh Hour" showed us exactly what Moffat saw in that audition...."Eleventh Hour" is also a great build-up for Karen Gillan's immensely likable Amy Pond, who has by far the most interesting, emotionally resonant backstory of the modern companions.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Though it rushes a bit through its final episode, Torchwood: Children of Earth is big in a way that very little of TV aspires to anymore. Until we see what kind of late charge "Mad Men" will have when it returns in mid-August, this is the most exciting television of the summer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The challenges--including a head-to-head competition where pairs of chefs are sent into various New York neighborhoods and told to cook the local cuisine--seem appropriately Big Apple-centric without being silly.
    • 79 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    There's definitely a joy to this series, no matter how dire things get for its characters.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.