For 264 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 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barry Garron's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 264
264 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    In the end, it's just a case of pouring old crime into new bottles.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    Although several characters are refugees from central casting, there is too much of an earnest streak running through "Dirt" to dismiss it as a breathless soap.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    A look at the first episode suggests that, just as A.M. radio is the unassailable province of the right, TV might better be left to the left.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    That it has been a hit in 35 nations... reveals that there are more international threats than terrorism and global warming.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    The series premiere suffers from a catalog of problems longer than most demand lists.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    [It] might more accurately be titled "Touched by a Sponsor."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    Without more skillful dialogue and lively stories, this won't help A&E kick the reality habit.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    That's a lot of story potential, but most of it is squandered in trite and predictable ways.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    Largely a waste of time.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    "Book Club" is one of those "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" series. You know, the kind that promote themselves as giving unvarnished looks into real-life issues facing women in a variety of situations but that mostly exist to exploit them.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    The show itself is so poorly conceived that you can only pity the viewer who gets lost in this Jungle.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    "Bells" needs to be about more than pacifying that week's psycho bride (or her demanding mother), or it risks being an updated version of "The Love Boat."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    It’s rather like a “Saturday Night Live” skit that should have stayed a skit and not wound up on the big screen.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    There's nothing particularly appealing about any of the folks having the close encounters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    A contrived and predictable drama in military dress. [23 Sep 1995]
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Barry Garron
    This is a show that could bury the [sitcom] genre altogether.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    So, one gets an episode about Spartacus' lessons at gladiator school and another episode about his fights in "the pit," a place brutal enough to make professional wrestling look like ballet. With such thin stories each week, it's small wonder that sex and violence are used to take up the slack.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    Crusoe, based loosely on the classic adventure tale by Daniel Defoe, is an international co-production that champions swashbuckling and scenery without grasping the significance of credibility and character development.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    At times, things veer so far off center that running from the feds seems like a distraction from the more important story of teen romance and angst, just another annoyance like a sudden zit or a dropped call.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    There is "love, hookups, backstabbing, cheating, scandals and crying," though not nearly enough to distract from the show's tedious obeisance to a formula that has become more familiar than the lyrics to "Happy Birthday."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    The characters have the depth of a dollar bill, and their predicaments produce few surprises. It's not that the stories lack potential -- well, some maybe. Mostly it's that the level of drama rarely goes beyond daytime fare.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    So give School Pride an A for good intentions, a D for research into what ails public schools and an F for deliberately concealing the fact that it took the network and its sponsors--and not some empowered community--to revitalize a school.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    Regardless, it doesn't take long to realize that "Miami Medical," written by executive producer Jeffrey Lieber, is long on emotional manipulation and short on compelling characters and insightful storytelling.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    It is obvious in just the first few minutes who the real winners are -- members of the NBC sales department. Collectively, they have taken product placement to new and annoying heights.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    This show still feels emotionally manipulative and at times even uncomfortably invasive.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    There are clever moments in NBC's new improv series "Thank God You're Here," but you can get awfully restless waiting for them.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    A lackluster show about a conflicted mother-to-be and her annoying and oblivious husband that mostly provides ammunition to those who argue that Hollywood is out of touch with the real world.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    It lacks the charm of the original. Worse, the characters in the NBC show are so exaggerated that the whole thing feels like a skit.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    In fact, the entire show consists almost entirely of spills, tumbles and falls, most of which fell short of being breathtaking, spectacular or catastrophic.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    When all is said and done, the series feels less like Wisteria Lane than "Stand By Me" channeled through Danielle Steel.