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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barry Garron's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Murder One: 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
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    [An] unflinching and engaging look at the lives of a disparate group of women in their 20s and 30s whose share a love for this rough-and-tumble sport.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Sound more than a little like FX's "Rescue Me"? Absolutely.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    British reviewers pegged Hotel Babylon correctly when they called it flashy, trashy, cheeky, frothy and "like a perfectly executed souffle."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Holds its own against the 1956 classic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The show has a complex rhythm involving characters, satire and sight gags. You can watch "Barker" again and find things you missed the first time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Working together, Goldblum and Craven create some of the most honest scenes in the genre.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Arguably the best comedy this fall.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    A surprisingly refreshing romantic dramedy full of appealing characters.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    If the stories aren't entirely convincing, the actors are.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    This is a warmhearted dramedy, which gushes charm and family appeal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Hall... is brilliant at conveying the subtle complexity of Dexter.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    If there is a chink to this series' armor, it is in the casting of Armstrong in the title role.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The show succeeds on a number of levels and builds on a well-crafted premise pilot.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    It's a Western miniseries with impeccable pedigree, memorable characters, breathtaking cinematography and a story that seems almost as if it had been put together by a committee.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    All series need time to discover their strengths and weaknesses, and this is no exception. However, this show starts with a foundation of solid character comedy, which bodes well for the future.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Season 2 features an expanded role--probably too greatly expanded--for Dale (Todd Stashwick), the dull-witted, violent villain and nemesis from Traveller days. Even so, Izzard and Driver remain a joy to watch in this odd but fascinating series that is derivative of nothing on TV.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Julianna Margulies--also listed as a producer--is convincing as a lawyer whose only true solace is her work. Still, she lives under a black cloud that threatens to burst at any moment and overwhelm the show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The pilot is full of dark, dangerous and sexy moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    A little heavy on exposition.... "Burn" is at its best when Westen is outwitting and outracing bad guys.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Even with its eye-rolling plot and its McMusic, High School Musical 2, like the original, does well by doing good.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Greek is much more than artful manipulation of marketing strategy. The premiere has several surprises even as it dares you to pigeonhole any of these characters. The talented young ensemble cast works hard to sell the stories and mostly succeeds.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Bee greets viewers with a set of splashy colors, a house band, house singers and house dancers. It's all very hokey, but there's also something lively and real about it.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The producers do a nice job of developing characters and delineating the conflict. It's so good that, with only a few tweaks here and a little better dialogue there, it could rival "The Office" as a faux documentary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    It's a showcase for Ullman's remarkable skill, but it is done too fast for the comedy to percolate. We barely have time to figure out who the character is before there's another one. And another. Things are better in succeeding episodes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Despite its 1980s ambiance, you can't simply dismiss the show. It has some genuinely funny lines, though it's not clear who to thank for that.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    It's not that Americans can't master the outlandish sketch comedy exemplified by Little Britain USA. It's just that, from Monty Python to Borat to Eddie Izzard, the British invariably do it so much better.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    NCIS: L.A., like its parent, relies on a sturdy, mostly youthful cast, sporadic action, and sprightly dialogue.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Although this Valley is too deep at times, there are enough elements to provide a fun, action-packed experience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    This might make a better premise for a movie than a series, but Fox is giving it a shot amid its Sunday animated comedies. It could pay off thanks to above-average writing, a winning performance by Tyler Labine and an understanding by the producers that this series must walk a tightrope to avoid becoming too sweet or cynical.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Although the original remains the greatest (at least, based on the single Cleveland episode made available for review), the newer sitcom has charm, wit and actresses who could coax laughs reading the fine print of a credit card agreement.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    With its large ensemble cast and frequent flashbacks--visiting and revisiting events that occurred from 23 minutes to 13 months in the past--watching Event is like riding a contraption that is half time machine and half bumper car.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    What emerges is a drama that is solid, though not spectacular, and a star more charismatic than complicated. [24 Sept 2001]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The pilot is plodding at times, the result of a few too many heart-to-heart discussions among the characters. Still, Williams, Holliday and Heard create such fresh, memorable characters that it's impossible to get bored. [16 Sept 1995, p.E7]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    There's enough to like about this series to hope for its return later in the season. [3 Aug 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    A well-intentioned drama with a few comedic quirks but without depth or greater purpose.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Ironically, the differences among the characters that make the show interesting and even, at times, compelling, also test its credibility.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    It has potential.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    If anything, "In Justice" tries too hard.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Despite her position as editor, Emily lives in a world with high school values, where the ultimate achievements are being popular, fitting in, looking good and finding a hot date.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    This is sassy and superficial but also entertaining, and that's really all it aspires to be.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Simultaneously sexy and relatable, Elfman wins us over with a convincing performance that shows vulnerability just beneath a placid surface.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The real surprise is that, for all the times King has taken us down this creepy path, he can still evoke chills and thrills over and over again.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Thomas earns high marks for coming up with appealing characters who are as comfortable as old cardigans.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    There are no deep belly laughs here but you can count on a steady stream of chuckles, more from the characters than the situations.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Despite the intense look at the legal process, the show moves quickly.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    You get the feeling that if this show is given enough time to find its strengths and understand its characters, it could be around for quite some time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    It can be pleasant -- even charming at times -- but not much more than that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    [It] gets high marks for capturing the spirit and idealism of the staff but only passing grades for storytelling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Maybe the best thing about this miniseries is the weird assortment of characters.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The B-list panel... doesn't measure up to the likes of erudite and quick-witted Henry Morgan or Bill Cullen. But they enjoy themselves, and their fun can be contagious at times.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Despite some fine performances, it fails to show a connection.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The focus is on the dangerous and forbidden relationship between Mick and Beth and his efforts to keep his past a secret. Whether there's enough material there to knit together a series remains to be seen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Murphy is adept at creating clever mind games between his characters, but moments of true suspense or fright are few and far between.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Softer than soft porn, Call Girl is as much a documentary about high-end prostitution as it is about the conflicts and foibles of those who engage in it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    A terrific boon to those who can't wait a week between "Friday Night SmackDown!"
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Her way lets viewers glimpse at parts of her personal life (her house, her parents) but carefully withholds other details.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The sameness of the format detracted from the excitement inherent in any awards broadcast.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Mostly, it was a tasteful affair.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Cleveland has a few delightfully outrageous moments, along with several that are gratuitously gross ("hot fur," anyone?), but its most disconcerting element is its significant resemblance to "Family Guy."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The new series boasts eye-catching animation and dollops of sex and violence but only enough humor to elicit occasional chuckles. If you eliminate the references to sexual perversions, even the smiles are few and far between.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    While the series _ based on the 1995 Sandra Bullock film _ is more breathless than brainy, there's enough going on to make you want to stay tuned. [17 July 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The strengths of "Conviction" are its talented, attractive cast and clever stories about prosecutions that never are what they appear to be.... At the same time, this business of chasing a younger demo is still kind of new to the producers. There are moments when credibility gives way to exaggerated vulnerability.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Although competently produced, the series about doctors who specialize in brain maladies lacks a dramatic spark. Characters aren't fully formed; stories aren't arresting. Sometimes it even seems like the show was created from the transplanted organs of other series.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    At times, it seems more intent on chasing a demographic than entertaining it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    If you've seen the original with Donald Trump, there is scarcely a need to view this carbon copy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Now and then, there are instances in which the profilers, and Gideon in particular, literally walk out of one scene and into another. It's a nice touch and a visually creative change of pace, but it's not enough -- not even with frequent shots of Patinkin's expressive face -- to distinguish this series in a particularly crowded genre.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    When the show clicks, as it does in several scenes, the improvised performances have a more natural look and feel than typical sitcom scripts. Elsewhere, the comedy feels forced and staged.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Perhaps inevitably, with all that focus on the educational component, the story gets short shrift.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The cinematography is stylish, and the action sequences compare favorably to those shot for larger screens. The acting is good, sometimes even inspired, and yet there is a big problem with the show. Put simply, most of these characters are distasteful and sometimes downright repulsive.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    A brave and breezy (though slightly uneven) series that is well-cast but not always well-plotted.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The harsh reality is that it will be lucky to get the time it needs to figure out how to become the show it was meant to be.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    For those who make the effort to stay tuned, the reward at the end of the first episode is meager. One hopes for bigger payoffs in subsequent outings.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Intriguing but not entirely satisfying.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Samantha leaps from place to place as if its rapid pace could conceal the bumpy story line or at least suppress the observation that none of this makes much sense.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The characters connect mostly on a clinical level, rarely deeper.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    True Blood, with its constant profanity, gore and banal cruelty, will have a limited appeal. It might become appointment viewing for genre fans even as the rest of us steer clear of Bon Temps.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Too often, though, plots are contrived and coincidental (how many times can Kellerman defend clients against the same prosecutor, who just happens to be his girlfriend?) and lack the wonderful surprises that are trademarks of a Bochco production.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    To be sure, Flashpoint is a perfectly competent police procedural right down to its convincing weaponry and tactics. However, based on the pilot, it isn't particularly fresh or inventive.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The show's main strength is the admirable comic acting ability of Kelsey Grammer and decent wordsmithing by sitcom veteran Tucker Cawley. But even with those assets, Hank comes across as familiar and formulaic--something you don't mind watching but wouldn't go out of your way to see.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    It can be funny at times, like when a draft pick becomes part of a negotiated plea bargain in a criminal case. And there's no denying the strong chemistry among the little-known cast. At other times, though the one-dimensional humor wears thin and the guys nearly become parodies of themselves.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Although titled The Defenders, there is no mistaking this stubbornly and unaccountably bland legal show for the bold CBS series of the 1960s with the same name.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    The premiere of Angel suggests this is a fairly grim and humorless series, though perhaps not entirely predictable. With no Buffy to offset the intensely glowering and eternally brooding Angel (David Boreanaz), the former love of her life, the spinoff becomes a sort of "Touched By a Vampire," a show in danger of taking itself far too seriously and the audience far too lightly. [4 Oct 1999]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Contrary to the volume of the laugh track, the script produces little more than an occasional chuckle...CBS would like you to believe that James is the next breakout star, similar to Ray Romano a year ago. Anything's possible, but that would seem like a stretch big enough to astound an aerobics instructor. [21 Sept 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Finnigan, who was so right in NBC's loopy comedy "Committed," lacks the heft for the role of the no-nonsense prosecutor. Not that, as written, the role would be easy for anyone. It requires Annabeth to be a vigorous and energetic protagonist and, simultaneously, a weepy young mother with postpartum blues.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Although it would be extraordinary for any series to match the level of political complexity and realism of "The West Wing," this one barely tries.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    A fairly pedestrian comedy that needs all the studio-generated laughter it can muster.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Although more like "Felicity" than "The Paper Chase" in attitude and subject matter, early indications are that the characters in this eight-episode series have neither the depth nor texture of either of those shows.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    The premise of an attractive group of friends living and loving in the Big Apple is not exactly a novel idea, but there's always room for a series that resonates with a distinctive new take, a unique perspective or memorable characters. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    For someone named Pepper, this character is awfully bland.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    There's little point in critiquing the acting other than to say this isn't a production that will embellish anyone's list of credits. Nearly everyone here is a caricature trying to make the best of a miniseries that is all about the special effects.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Despite its pedigree as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation, "Silver Bells" is only slightly more sophisticated than an after-school special.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    This depiction of John Paul II as half human, half saint -- though hardly unexpected and possibly even warranted -- leaves us with a character that is less dimensional and less relatable and, consequently, less interesting.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Maybe this show would be more compelling if the Donnellys were a little less black and a little more gray.