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 Sports Night: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 270
270 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Justified will not stretch the dramatic envelope the way many FX shows have. Still, with its white knight of a hero, fine guest stars and intriguing relationships, one can rely on the show to deliver 13 hours of entertaining and occasionally taut crime drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The 13-episode series has all the early earmarks of distinctive drama and smart storytelling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    What's different--and refreshing--about ABC's No Ordinary Family is that the efforts made to convince you that the Powells are normal, while entirely sincere, don't last long. Their supposed normalcy disintegrates into something more fun and potentially more compelling well before the pilot's end credits begin to roll.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Smits' charisma, plus the fact that future episodes promise more intellectually involving stories, bode well for this series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Carey, a stand-up comedy veteran, has great timing and expression. It's easy to relate to his working-class persona. Now if someone could just make his friends a little funnier, "Drew Carey" could be a winner. [13 Sep 1995]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    No one will mistake this for cutting-edge comedy but it is well-cast (especially Lithgow) and good-natured enough to please most viewers. [8 Jan 1996]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The writing is sharp enough to create nearly as many solid laughs as there are producers. [21 Aug 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus is at the top of her game. Her expressions, physicality and timing are right on the mark. Her vocals are a treat and flow naturally from the story. [14 Apr 2003]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    There's no shortage of laughs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    It is a series that boasts more than a few terrific performances, and yet it is surprisingly mellow, nearly devoid of the kinds of dramatic moments that resonate after the final credits roll.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    If you can ignore for a moment a logical flaw that permeates the series, you'll find an absorbing, well-paced legal drama with both heart and attitude, not to mention cinematography good enough to carry the Jerry Bruckheimer imprimatur.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Although it will be hard to match "The O.C.'s" ratings, particularly against the blockbuster competition of the time period ("The Apprentice" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"), the "Reunion" pilot offers a more intriguing and creative form of entertainment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Part improbable comedy, part unrealistic drama, "Head Cases" is nonetheless a clever series that gets incredible mileage out of its two central characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Sci-fi purists might find it the taste of CBS' "Threshold" disconcerting, but for the rest of us, this is scary fun and suspenseful dramedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    A dependable source of entertaining fright.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    She creates an appealing character despite all the preconceptions, many of which are acknowledged and dispensed with in the first few scenes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    With its superb cast, impeccable direction and mostly sharp writing, "Out of Practice" demonstrates simultaneously how polished and professional a sitcom can be and why TV comedy, with a few notable exceptions, is in such a funk.
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    There is a dynamic of affection and caring that makes the series more than just a collection of witty lines effectively delivered.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The improv style when done well, as it is here, doesn't generate sidesplitting laughter, but it does produce a steady stream of deliciously enjoyable moments.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The new show dovetails nicely with its lead-in to present a solid hour of skewered news and punctured pomposity.