For 270 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barry Garron's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The West Wing: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 270
270 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Garron
    A compelling, intelligent and wonderfully engaging drama. [22 Sept 1999]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Garron
    The series became an instant TV landmark because of its riveting stories, wonderfully drawn characters, superb acting and intelligent direction. If anything, the new season emphasizes these traits even more, as it probes the fascinating and usually emotionally charged relationships inside and outside the Soprano family. [2 Mar 2001]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Garron
    It is doubtful that any war movie on the large or small screen has captured the varied experiences of ordinary soldiers better than Band of Brothers. Whether it's the sheer terror of facing an unseen enemy or the momentary joy following a successful mission, the mini eschews the typical movie cliches while revealing and reveling in the humanity within each member of Easy Company. It explains in large measure why this group of regular guys and others like them have come to be called the Greatest Generation. [5 Sept 2001]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Garron
    A heart-pounding, mesmerizing adventure unlike anything else up or down the dial.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Garron
    Let's get it out the way right now, the blurb that will be quoted after this review is run: "If you see nothing else this summer, watch 'Brotherhood.' "
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Garron
    It is a gem of a production and would be a highlight of any TV season. Pacific, in its totality, conveys a sense of the combat experience that is as complete and realistic as any work of film could be.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Garron
    One surefire sign of a television series in its prime comes when an episode's plot and subplots dovetail so stylishly that it's difficult to tell which is which.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Garron
    A wonderfully engaging combination of comedy and drama that could succeed simply on the passion of its characters and the strength of the performances. But the show also boasts intelligent dialogue and a willingness to grapple with thorny issues, both personal and professional. [21 Sept 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Garron
    Murder One is by far the best new drama of the season, a sensational and intelligent combination of grit, mystery and conflict. [19 Sept 1995, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    Funny, spooky and wonderfully entertaining. [7 Oct 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    Tough, gritty, almost exhausting to watch. [16 Sep 1994]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    If this one doesn't make you laugh, it may be time to report to the cryogenics lab. [26 May 1995]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    Purists might balk, but for the rest of us, the latest retelling of the Superman tale is a brilliant blend of tradition and contemporary sensibility. Not only is it a Superman for a new generation, it's a Superman for every generation. [15 Oct 2001]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    "Heroes" is one of TV's most imaginative creations and might, with luck, become this year's "Lost."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    Scene after scene transports viewers across time and space to a place made vivid and real. By doing all this, the robust, two-part, four-hour "Masterpiece Theatre" program raises the bar for future "Jane Eyre" productions to a level that will not be easily hurdled.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    Creator-writer Norman Morrill's drama is so taut and his approach to the genre so sharp that the only significant complaint is that the first "season" is only six episodes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    The buzz is that "My Name Is Earl" is good, and the truth is that it's better than the buzz.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    Much of the charm in this show, as well as the humor, comes from Rock's ability to vanquish political correctness in favor of a candid but affectionate look at the past.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    There are more than a few well-made dramas this season, but "Studio 60" -- with its intelligent dialogue, ironic humor, brilliant acting and Schlamme's inspired direction -- lays claim to being the most exciting new show of the season.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    Whether or not "The Nine" succeeds -- and, personally, I'm pulling for it -- it deserves credit for advancing the art of TV storytelling to new heights, both complex and rewarding.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    In lesser hands, Longford might have come off as dogmatic or, worse, pathetic. Broadbent endows him with a cocktail of emotions that makes Longford simultaneously heroic and vulnerable. It is a performance that will likely not be forgotten later this year when Emmy nominations are announced.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    This handsome miniseries is praiseworthy on many levels--as history, as entertainment and as a way to bring to life for new generations a sense of the sacrifice and heroism needed to establish the U.S.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    This latest production from Terence Wrong and ABC News is as ambitious as it is thrilling, a beautiful collage of life-and-death drama, raw courage, medical miracles and human foibles.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    Long on heart, brimming with great characters, smartly cast, expertly written and funny from start to finish, Family is the obvious choice for best new fall comedy--and possibly best series.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Garron
    A series with grit, charm, warmth and wit about another woman who defies convention to make her own way. And if Heather Paige Kent ("Stark Raving Mad"), who plays Lydia, doesn't steal your heart, it's time for a transplant. [29 Sept 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Felicity lacks the quirkiness and the humor of "Ally McBeal." However, it has a warmth, a charm and a dramatic urgency that could, at least in part, justify the buzz. [28 Sept 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Elevate[s] the state of TV drama with fine writing, convincing acting and compelling stories. [16 Sep 1994]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The small-screen version is more than faithful to the delicious and heartwarming drama that was the main course of the low-budget 1997 hit. [27 Jun 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    At its heart, this American adaptation of a popular British series about a group of gay friends is dramatically rewarding, convincingly acted and smartly written. At times, though, it seems as if writers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman and director Russell Mulcahy do too much to keep viewers from reaching that heart. [1 Dec 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    This remains a superb, positively riveting TV drama, however repetitive the themes and grandly implausible the scenarios.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    "Ellie" is a smart, daring show, full of memorable characters capable of humorous banter in one moment and physical comedy the next. [25 Feb 2002]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The third season, as much as the two preceding ones, continues to breathe new life and vigor into the Western genre. What's more, the actors have become so comfortable in the skins of their characters, we can now appreciate the complexity of their personalities and desires.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It has the wit and bite that made the series a standout, but it has jettisoned much of the dramatic baggage that had begun to weigh the show down.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Outrageous at times, sentimental at other times, "The Boondocks" brings a unique and satiric vision to animation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    This is a first-rate series that explores the hearts and minds of terrorists even as it presents scene after scene of suspense and action.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    As exciting as the original.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Fun to watch, cleverly written and filled with engaging characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    "Supernatural" is unlike anything else out there and should build a following among viewers who appreciate its combination of spooky mythology and mystery adventure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Creator and writer Paul T. Scheuring offers this deal with viewers: Suspend credibility on a few key points and, in return, get a series that keeps you glued to the set for a full hour. My advice is to take the deal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    What gives this serious heft and its own unique feel is the family drama woven throughout the premiere. That, and a group of particularly talented and skilled cast members who, under director Thomas Schlamme, take their performances to the highest levels.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    "The Unit" is filled with thrilling action and heart-pounding adventure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It is smartly written, particularly well-cast and a worthy vehicle for Louis-Dreyfus and her high-energy comedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    "How I Met Your Mother" introduces a level of unpredictability not usually found in comedies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    There is a universality to "IT" that makes at least some of it instantly relatable. Ayoade, O'Dowd and Parkinson are terrific as employees who want only to keep their jobs but not let them interfere with their personal lives.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It's a one-of-a-kind thriller that rewards your attention with nonstop action, endless surprises, exciting cinematography and a great assortment of characters.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Husband-and-wife team Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa pack the half-hour with oddball characters, zany circumstances and loads of physical comedy, but it's all grounded in enough reality to be utterly believable and irrepressibly funny.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    A nice combination of brains and belly laughs and a solid addition to the CBS comedy block on Monday nights.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    In addition to some screwball comedy, it also has a lot of heart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Director-writer Peter Berg understands completely, and he explores the psychology of team sport and the dynamics of personal tragedy with great sensitivity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    A superbly constructed and unpredictable tale of intrigue and mystery.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Two episodes NBC made available to critics prove this series is ready to scale even higher comedic heights and that the brightest spot on the planet is not the light atop the Luxor but the writers' room of 30 Rock.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It bursts with humor thanks to a solid cast, smart writing and a quick pace.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Shores has created a funny, loopy, off-kilter comedy that, truth be told, probably would play just as well on other cable channels, including Comedy Central and TV Land.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    In the second season, some novelty has inevitably worn off, but Dexter is, if anything, more of a paradox and remains one of the most compelling characters on TV.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    This is challenging fare, but the smart storytelling and realistic portrayal of professional relationships is unique and worth checking out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    While it is far from apparent that Friday night is the best place for this smart and stylish show, one can assume USA will move it elsewhere, if necessary, to give it the chance it deserves.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Lipkin demonstrates a keen eye for nuances of class and social structure and a unique perspective on how to attain the American dream.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    There's a strong supporting cast, including Loretta Devine as Stone's no-nonsense secretary, but the big attraction is Miller's Stone and his transformation from heartless corporate lawyer to protector of the little guy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The series, from creators Bryan Fuller and Barry Sonnenfeld, is a masterful mixture of life, romance, optimism and youthful exuberance, all played out under the threat of instant death.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Pace and Anna Friel, who plays Chuck, his childhood sweetheart, are as charming as ever. Even better, their relationship is evolving. Yet another encouraging sign is that the first few episodes promise significant involvement from one of TV's best supporting casts.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Hip in tone but traditional in spirit, it's not at all hard to feel welcome at the Captain.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    A standout comedy with a lousy title.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Director David Nutter gets the series off to a rousing start, practically packing every frame with suspense, special effects and an urgency that drives this show like an incessant drumbeat.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It's imperative to make [a commitment] to this series because it doesn't really find itself until the second and third episodes. That's when you feel and recognize the beauty and the pain that Cynthia Mort smartly and sensitively portrays in her fiercely honest examination of sex in relationships.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It's an entirely different vibe, further enhanced by a charismatic and quirky central character who is both unpredictable and impossible to pigeonhole. Given a chance to develop, Detective Charlie Crews could someday take a place with the likes of Kojak, Columbo and Monk.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The Aliens pilot has some of the funniest writing on TV this fall.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Reaper is a fun show to watch but not to think about. The concept is imaginative, and the characters are enjoyable. The pilot is a hugely entertaining hour of TV.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Californication can be unabashedly self-centered, judgmental and off-putting, but it is redeemed by occasional hilarious moments, an appealing father-daughter relationship and Duchovny's skillful creation of a charismatic boor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The series, a feast for the eyes, boasts stellar performances and a historically authentic aura but only occasional flashes of the kind of action and suspense you might expect from such a period piece.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The script, from Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, is true to the spirit of the original and exciting enough to make you swallow the premise and beg for more.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    There's no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to new TV series, but Back to You is as close as it gets.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Under Michael Dinner's steady directorial hand, it's dark, tense and conspiratorial, a far cry from the camp sci-fi tricks of its predecessor.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Some of the sharpest political satire on the small screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Bleak but intriguing, Company is a brilliant reflection of the mind-set that dominated world politics for a half century. Solid performances are the rule, with special applause for Molina and Keaton. Director Mikael Salomon effectively uses darkness and shadows to illustrate the clandestine environment as well as metaphors for this grim historical era.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Black, a thinking-man's blowhard, carries the concept off with shameless aplomb, while his debating helpers are equal parts witty and wise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Give Gilligan credit for a pilot, written mostly as one long flashback, that is suspenseful and surprising. Cranston is always fun to watch and Bad is no exception. What's more, a strong supporting cast suggests there is a lot of room for this series to grow.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It takes nothing away from this genuinely talented group of kids to express even greater admiration for the promotion and marketing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Unlike so many adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, this one not only pleases just as it stands but also could inspire a genuine curiosity in many viewers about seeing more of his work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Sure enough, HBO's "Recount" is replete with inside politics. But it also has well-written characters, first-class acting and confident directing, which produces a level of tension and suspense you wouldn’t expect in a story about a widely reported recent event.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Although episodes are self-contained, each has a clue that points to the overall involvement of a shadowy, giant corporation, Massive Dynamics. Combine these elements with solid special effects and confident direction and you get some heavy-duty counterprogramming to ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    This role is tailor-made for Baker, who has a flair for playing irreverent characters who are crucial to the success of the system even as they tweak its authority figures.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The series, from Liese's Herizon Prods. and New Line Television, is remarkable for the way it compresses time and hones in on pivotal moments.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    This is one of the rare situation comedies that relies almost entirely on situations, each of which is more bizarre than the next and at the same time perfectly plausible. It's almost too good.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The action is swift, the patter is clever, the casting is smart and the special effects are nimble, all of which adds up to a flashy hour of fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Those who gravitate to this engaging show will be rewarded with the kind of substantial, thoughtful fare more often reserved for theater audiences. Plus, there are outstanding performances.
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The latest (and last) in the series featuring superhero librarian Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) packs more humor, suspense and adventure into two hours than either of its two predecessors.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Each part has edge-of-the-seat moments, thanks to some admirable performances as well as several intriguing new plot twists that inject surprise at key moments.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Although the premiere could be more energetic, there's enough going on to coax you to revisit the Buffkins. Hephner shows genuine star potential with his portrayal of brooding Morgan, the moral center of the show. His performance is reason enough to keep watching, though others also stand out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The perspective one gets from inside the House of Saddam is different than media reports from the outside and is, in itself, an important reason to tune in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    No doubt about it, Futurama and its entire splendid voice cast is back, sly wit, social satire and all. So, too, are the disembodied heads of celebrated figures.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It could be complicated, but Peters' tightly written teleplay makes it easy to follow. In addition, the pilot raises provocative issues without getting didactic. That, combined with mythology less dense than, say, ABC's Lost, should make this an attractive viewing option.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Well-cast and full of expensive-looking special effects, FlashForward should hook a respectable number of viewers with its combination of surprise and suspense.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    If one can get past the certainty that, like most reality shows, the reality here has been sanitized for everyone's protection, one should enjoy meeting these salt-of-the-earth workers with good hearts, the kind of people who normally are everywhere except on TV.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It is a terrific springboard to a series that is appealing--even compelling--in a variety of ways.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    This one has more heart and is a better fit with its primetime neighbors.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    But even as the cop genre seems beyond saturation, along comes TNT's Memphis Beat, a series with a fresh character in a fresh environment with a fresh look and sound that proves, against all odds, that good actors and agile execution trump format every time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Those willing to pay close attention to the long list of characters will be rewarded with a diverting story and several winning performances.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    It's all done so masterfully that by the third installment, Treme has the old-shoe feeling of a series that has been on for years, not weeks. Still, those first three episodes do move slowly, and if there's a sour note to be sounded it's that it takes awhile for the series to find its centerpoint.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The star also is the writer, director and editor, does a much better job of translating Louis C.K.'s wit and comic irreverence to a weekly series. It deserves to catch on, though it's back-and-forth style might make it a tougher sell to viewersc
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The show manages to be hugely entertaining and involving thanks mainly to the judges' personalities and the ability of the producers to spot emotionally charged stories when they see them. Sometimes these elements work together.
    • The Hollywood Reporter