For 191 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Curt Wagner's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 191
191 tv reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The visual style pours as much emotional juice into the boiling, moody brew that Gilligan cooks up as his actors' searing performances do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    True Blood works best when its freak flag flies--as long as its core characters are along for the ride.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Stuffed with absurd situations and piles of bad taste, Wilfred is the strangest new show on TV. And the funniest.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    With all its harsh realism and attention to detail it feels more authentic than a lot of the actual historical dramas on TV.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Southland brims with plot twists that never, ever feel contrived.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Justified continues to explode with superb writing, complex characters and rich acting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    And we're off and running with another season of great animation, skillful voice acting and hilariously foul-mouthed fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Game Change is less about Palin than it is about this sad state of political affairs....That message made an impression, as did two amazing performances, beginning with Julianne Moore's uncanny and nuanced portrayal of Palin.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The story remains completely realistic and believable while paving new roads for future developments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    [Show creator Callie Khouri] has created rich histories for each of her compelling characters. The actors give nuanced performances that make their characters more than one-dimensional cliches.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Damages proves once again why it is one of the smartest thrillers on TV.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Where it truly excels is in showing the emotional costs paid by the super soldiers doing their jobs and by the witnesses and/or victims of all the mayhem.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    It's not always pretty or easy to watch, but Southland remains an outstanding hour of appointment TV.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Unlike Season 5's two-hour premiere, which easily could have been edited to half its length, every minute of Sunday's episode feels necessary, checking in with all our favorite players and dancing with Weiner's favorite theme, death.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    It's a powerful, emotionally engaging character study.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    These final episodes overflow with love, compassion and one lesson we all can take to heart: Cathy lived.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    It gets darker, scarier and more captivating with each episode as Luther matches wits with killers and cops alike.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The Returned is far and away the most thoughtful and thought-provoking series I've watched this year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    [Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey's] riveting work would be worth the admission alone, but the hauntingly beautiful True Detective excels in every way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Unlike in "Homeland," the show's main conceit grows even more complex and fascinating by including the Jennings kids.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    With its strong performances, subtle details and believable situations, Looking presents a convincing portrayal of everyday life--either gay or straight.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The first three episodes of the epic fantasy's fourth season reach new heights at times, offering enough twists, shocks and action to make us forget last season's mind-blowing Red Wedding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Whitechapel defies the odds, however, rising above its cliches with solid writing, taut direction, evocative cinematography and great performances by Penry-Jones, Davis and Pemberton.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Hardy and the supporting cast deliver.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    I'm pleased to report that creators/writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip and exec producer Sally Woodward Gentle have tweaked that gimmick ever so slightly, making Whitechapel fresh yet familiar in Season 2.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    In order to fully appreciate SOA, viewers have to buy into Sutter's premise that murderers can be sympathetic and heroic, but that's not hard to do with such intelligent writing and so many mesmerizing performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The smartly written series throws a lot of information, historical context, beautiful sets and costumes at viewers early on to create what eventually becomes a first-rate thriller.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    [It's] a new season of jump-from-your-seat scares and shivery twists that will leave you breathless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Cougar Town returns with its wit, silliness and good-heartedness fully intact.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It's a funny, creepy, touching thriller that had me laughing one second and peeking between my fingers the next.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    If you want bold activities, high drama and laughs motivated by something other than fame, tune in for Season 2 of Shameless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The Borgias is back with more drama, sex, violence and betrayals than ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Smash tries mightily and mostly succeeds.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    An exciting and scary trip.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Well acted and smartly written, Awake works as an intellectual puzzler, emotional family drama and case-of-the-week procedural.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    TV's best series that few are watching hasn't lightened up, and that's mostly a good thing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It's mostly improvised, which makes the funny exchanges between Kudrow and her guest stars even more impressive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The relentless bleakness would be my only quibble with the series; one doesn't often choose to feel as battered as the characters on screen. But you won't be able to turn it off.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It's the season's riskiest new series, but also one of the best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Season 3 is off to a roaring good start.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    While Mazzara has amped up the action, he doesn't skimp on the angst.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The quirky campus comedy is as clever and edgy as ever.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Hunted is an intriguing and rewarding puzzle worth (trying) to solve.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Legit is legitimately and simultaneously raunchy, sweet and funny.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    He's funny and totally down to earth, which makes him an engaging host and guide for the eight-episode series.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Mamet and his actors have created a fascinating character study that puts our notions of prejudice, celebrity, media and justice in the spotlight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    As Sarah makes one shocking discovery after another, Orphan Black weaves an increasingly intricate, suspenseful tale.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The mystical mumbo jumbo nearly derails the proceedings, but Goyer reins in the hookum in favor of frolicking adventure that's more fun than fact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The show is way more than a thriller--although it could stand tall if it were just that. It continues to subtly examine the effects their high-risk and dangerous jobs have on the brave special ops soldiers fighting evil in the world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Even though the team's first assignment—involving an ordinary guy with strange new powers (J. August Richards)--is kind of average as adventures go, the actors seem to have found a snappy groove already.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Please Like Me, unlike the much-praised millennial comedy "Girls," feels unpretentious and natural with fully-realized characters rooted in reality.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Although the premiere is hampered by unnecessary narration and over-exposition, it's still a bewitching brew of whimsy, psychological scares, horrific atrocities and the wonderfully relentless feeling that something wicked this way comes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    [Creator J.H. Wyman] peppers what really is a police procedural with enough not-so-distant science to make Almost Human a sci-fi thriller, and enough humor to make it a buddy cop comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Believe it or not, that stomach-turning gore is part of this four-part gem's charm. A Young Doctor's Notebook gets the balance between tragedy and comedy just right.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The Spoils of Babylon is an entertaining and spot-on spoof of the overdone potboiler miniseries of the 1970s and '80s.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Silicon Valley is a funny, insightful, blistering satire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The former WWII code-breakers of this excellent British import don't deflect bullets with magical bracelets. They use their brains, determination, courage and pleasant demeanors like stealth weapons, covertly undermining postwar expectations to right wrongs no one else seems to notice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It remains one of TV's most compelling series, period.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Fargo the TV series--confident as Lorne Malvo--stands firmly on its own. You betcha it does.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    History tells us what the Manhattan Project unleashed on the world, but Manhattan conjures a compelling (fictional) journey for the men and women who made it happen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Despite its supporting cast of international actors who bring even thinly drawn characters to life, Outlander truly shines when Balfe shares the screen with either Heughan or Menzies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It's not easy to watch, but the Steven Soderbergh-directed period hospital drama sure is worth a look.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Ugly Americans can be gross and bizarre, but everything makes sense in the world that it has created.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Falling Skies, although competently directed, acted and sometimes written, goes off on more than a few tangents and paint-by-numbers subplots of the genre. It's best when it sticks to the main thread, and that's the battle for survival and to learn what the six-legged freaks are doing with the children.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    If they keep the cute at bay for more dinosaurs and dirty dealings, this should be a great ride.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It's a credit to Popper that the running gags seem fresh and funny every time, and that he can mine so much humor from a weekly dinner. But as long as he does, I'll have the table set.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    They say Revenge is a dish best served cold, and here it's downright delicious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Awkward's writing is sharp enough to keep even those viewers who refuse to go to their reunions laughing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Thanks to the rock solid performances of Bello, O'Byrne and co-stars that include Kirk Acevedo, Kenny Johnson and Chicago homeboys Tim Griffin and Aidan Quinn, Prime Suspect rises above the formula network procedurals that focus more on forensics than good, old-fashioned grunt detective work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Spivey gives her stars so much better material stemming from the parents' self-doubt about everything from doing right by their daughter to still rocking a tight skirt (Reagan) to buying the right cheese at the overwhelmingly huge supermarket (Chris).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It's dark, disturbing and a little downbeat--which isn't a dis at all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Luck is a sometimes confusing yet fascinating study of the colorful characters--the jockeys, trainers, owners, gamblers and railbirds--who populate horse-racing tracks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    A grisly tale, feuled by West's mesmerizing performance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    The acting remains impeccable, and the writing adds depth to characters that seemed one-dimensional the first season.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Although you've tasted many of the ingredients before (in "The Sopranos," "Mad Men," "The Godfather" movies), creator Mitch Glazer mixes in enough new elements to keep things tasty.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    An affectionate and surprisingly insightful look at Hollywood hopefuls clawing to make careers in TV, music, comedy and dance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    [A] cynical, hilarious and profane political satire.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It's an incredibly poignant look at Mia and her new family, and Sevigny is outstanding.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Miller is infinitely watchable as the twitchy detective, and I'm sure Liu will bring more to Watson if she's given the chance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Copper doesn't open as confidently as I had hoped (or as its pedigree might lead one to expect), but given the classic themes, rich time period and great acting, I trust it will keep my interest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Ben & Kate is at its best when the siblings lovingly spar--usually about one of Ben's hair-brained schemes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    The Mindy Project mostly lives up to the hype.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Arrow landed in my list of Top 5 pilots of the season, and I hope future episodes are as enthralling and well-made.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It's truly troubling to watch as helpless, restrained patients are treated against their wills. Yet despite mumbling over and over during the first episode, "I'm done with this already," I had to see the second.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    This is history lite, to be sure, but it's probably a lot livelier than your sixth-grade history class was.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Dallas is just as superbly soapy as ever, but you have to wonder whether the show can survive without its legendary star.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    [An] exciting but frustrating spy thriller from former CIA employee and writer-executive producer Joe Weisberg, skillfully captures the anxiety of the age.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    While "Copper" took some time to get into a groove, Ripper Street is riveting from the first cry of murder.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    [Purefoy's and Bacon's] performances--and scenes that focus on Carroll's killer minions that I won't talk about lest I spoil things for readers--are the strongest parts of the series and overshadow the weaknesses. Those include numerous plot holes and some sketchy logic, plus Williamson's annoying habit of beating us over the head with the Poe references.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    As fascinating as the minutiae are, fine work by the cast makes me wish this had been a fully scripted miniseries.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Like "Psycho," it offers a deliciously scary stew of unexpected twists, murder and mind games.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    The good news is Vikings improves with each episode, slowly building its fascinating characters and discovering its ultimately absorbing tale.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Despite some flaws, Broadchurch is beautifully filmed, sharply directed and intensely acted.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Like Spader, Collette is fascinating to watch; there's always so much happening just under the surface.... Show creators Alon Aranya, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Jeffrey Nachmanoff pack the Hostages pilot with a ton of side plots.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    The slooowly-paced first two episodes offer enough action and intrigue to keep me riding a while longer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It's epic, hilarious and totally tasteless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    There's no doubt that The Blacklist will present a terrorist case of the week. But the marvelous action sequences and intriguing plot twists should lift it above any standard procedural.... If none of that interests you, Spader's magnetic performance alone is enough to warrant at least a couple looks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Gervais has written, produced and directed a thoughtful and thought-provoking dramedy that celebrates everyday heroes and the power of kindness while attacking materialism and the way society often forgets people "just because they're old and poor and weak."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    All joking aside, Key and Peele do still have something to say.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Though the gorgeous production starts out slowly and has its pompous moments, it's ultimately worth your time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Hints of a deeper mythology are revealed, too, suggesting that Helix will move beyond its stop-the-virus story into something even more intriguing. In the meantime, it's a suspenseful, scary thriller.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    While the storytelling is generally riveting, Hirst and his team occasionally drop a few stinkers in the dialogue. The exceptional cast—which also includes Katheryn Winnick as Ragner's wife, Lagertha—is able to rise above those bombs. It's their distinctive portrayals that, for me, bring this Dark Ages tale to life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Scheuring gets sidetracked by the trite redemption stories of a hooker (Conor Leslie) and a Canadian Mountie (Marton Csokas). But those are small hiccups in this entertaining, expansive tale of one man's fight to keep his humanity, which he discovers is more valuable than all the gold in the Yukon.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It may not be as intriguing as "Thrones" or as tense as FX's spy thriller "The Americans," but Turn--which touches on still-relevant topics like torture, homosexuality and politics--offers a fresh spin on the War of Independence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    While we appear to be in for a depressing ride, fear not: Creator Matthew Weiner still has a few winks and tricks up his sleeve.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Live Another Day starts its 12-episode run in a typically gripping if superficial and improbable fashion, but you'll get no complaints from me.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The hauntings are staged for maximum creepiness; the show (and James) look great.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Some might say the show is overstuffed with stories, but I had no problem following the various strands, even if some were less interesting than others.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Necessary Roughness hasn't scored a touchdown yet, but it's early in the game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Horowitz and Kitsis are clever and playful in how they insert the fairytale characters into the present day, which kept my interest even when, as I said earlier, I was chuckling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    There isn't anything too deeply intellectual here because the action moves the plot. And "Strike Back" has action to spare.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    None of this, of course, is cutting edge new. But if you buy into the show's out-there fantasy of the suburbs--and I do, because I fear them--then you'll be amply entertained.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Most of these characters are by-the-numbers denizens of any Western. Thankfully most of the actors make them more interesting than the sometimes atrocious dialogue should allow.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    It's all very new-agey and a bit pretentious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The former "Dawson's Creek" hunk provides much of the charm and limited punch lines until Apartment 23 starts to find its way in later episodes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    It isn't consistently funny--and it definitely isn't as daring or groundbreaking as advertised.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    A tantalizingly juicy soap opera.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    When it really sails, it cuts through the waves swiftly. But it loses wind so many times the thrills come only sporadically.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Some of the dialogue is groan-worthy, some plot turns totally predictable and some of the soapy silliness is just, well, silly. But J.R.'s Dallas is still a hoot.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    NBC's The New Normal has its share of stereotypes and crass jokes that straddle the line of bad taste. But it's also sweet and, dare I say, funny.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The Inbetweeners delivers moments of humor equal to all those other shows--mostly from the physical comedy--but overall it's too wimpy to make its own mark.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Despite the familiarities, the cheerfulness of this group helps the show overcome its predictability and other faults.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    [Todd Ray's] passion for the peculiar is praiseworthy, and erases any misgivings that the venture is exploitation at its most blatant. Still it's not that easy to watch a guy called Morgue stick a hook in his nose until it comes out his mouth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    While well acted and artfully shot, it suffers from message movie traps.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    I can't help but believe that if this new series focused on the dark, foreboding tone in its asylum scenes, it could become a powerful, trippy 9 p.m. drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The show is edited almost like a sitcom to draw out maximum humor, with cutaway interviews of cast members at just the right moments to reinforce their folksy philosophies. One could complain about the gender stereotypes at play, but the roles are so exaggerated here it seems the show and the Robertsons are mocking those biases.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    It's often dull and heavy-handed. Rhys Meyers is burdened with purposefully heightened dialogue that sounds silly at times. His Dracula is meant to be irresistible, but he's just plain creepy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The ambitious series finds a nice balance of slapstick and suspense. You might feel cheated if you're expecting the usual setup and joke, setup and joke format of many American sitcoms, but there are plenty of surprises and laughs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    [Broad City] feels like a series of sketches that often hit but sometimes miss.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    If only writers John Brownlow and Don Macpherson focused more on Fleming's wartime spy-jinks than on his extended mating dance with the already married and cheating Ann.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    While its glimpses into the democratic world of piracy are interesting, Black Sails could cull a few plot barnacles and give viewers more action.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Salem as a whole reflects the difference in the work of West and Montgomery. Yet its wildly uneven premiere has enough going for it to make me watch at least another episode.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The short, 41-minute opener (I'd DVR it and fast-forward through the commercials) is slickly filmed, generally well acted and ends with an intriguing revelation. But so little feels new and fresh.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    [Bean's] nearly the only reason to watch this retread mashup of team-based crime/spy shows and the "Bourne" films.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    The only thing that separates this bland cop drama from others is that Gloria is also a divorced single mom with two kids who lives with her recovering drug abuser but looks-good-in-a-towel brother (Chris Payne Gilbert).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    The show still feels like it's coasting off the success of those super-charged early seasons.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Tonally, it's all over the place.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    OK, so I'm having a real problem with the idea that Bridget could get away with this switch for even one second. If you can look past that, you'll still have to deal with a story so dense it takes a couple long expositional scenes to explain it all.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    If the writers relax their death grip on that formula and Handler stops choking the proceedings, Are You There, Chelsea? might be worth another look.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    It's fun to look at, but there's not a lot of substance underneath.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Johnston, Faison, Knight and Basche have their moments, but more often than not they hammer the jokes home, mugging insufferably as they do so.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    By pulling the curtain back on the magic of Neverland, Willing has stripped all the fun from a marvelous classic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Sounds promising, but the premiere falls flat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    BFF uses the most obvious male-female cliches.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Missing barely winks at the silliness it slings.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Get on The Client List only to see some ripped abs; everything else is nonsense.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    These gals are at times so self-absorbed it's difficult to feel much for them when things don't go their way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    A show about a hot gay couple who are both cops would have been a lot more interesting than the umpteenth light police procedural USA has delivered.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    The addition of Chicago native Hudson is a masterstroke, but with all that other melodrama, Smash remains a hit-or-miss proposition for me.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    I get the feeling Grace will always do the right thing, which is going to make The Mob Doctor predictable and not all that entertaining.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    The Neighbors revives an old storyline used in everything from the the "SNL" Coneheads sketch to "Third Rock from the Sun." It just doesn't do it as well.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    The movie holds these men and women up as heroes, but it makes them rather bland cardboard cutouts.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    The M&Ms are brutal and might have set Monday Mornings apart as a psychological examination of regret and human error. But in the three episodes sent for review, producers David E. Kelley and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta (adapting this from his 2012 novel) instead overdose on the same sappy storylines we've seen before.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Not only is the production harmed by its overloaded pilot and just fleeting moments of originality, its visual effects and alien makeup design are wildly inconsistent. Despite all this, Defiance grew on me the more I watched.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    While Prosecuting Casey Anthony does a decent job of re-creating the trial and media frenzy surrounding it, it fails to offer theories as to why the jury didn't convict her of murder.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Both believable and appealing as the hard-bitten homicide investigator, Lehman provides the only real motive for tuning in.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    The HBO special comes off more as another managed attempt to forge the legend of Queen B.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    In seriously exploring what drives people to kill, Hannibal serves up a meal too heavy to enjoy each week.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Despite fine acting from Cumberbatch and especially Hall and rare moments of comic relief, this adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's novels feels heavy and suffocating.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Despite its historic gravitas and scrupulous attention to period detail, Spies of Warsaw never really ignites.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    True Blood still entertains with crackling dialogue and about half its plotlines, but it's starting to feel a little long in the fang.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Curt Wagner
    Reign isn't half bad at times with its marvelous costumes, palace intrigues and Follows' delicious take on Catherine. But the minute you start getting into fantasy, you're yanked right out by the contemporary music and other oddities—like a montage of giggling gals putting on makeup.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Curt Wagner
    Unlike "Archer" or "Sunny" or FX's "The League" and "Wilfred," Unsupervised refuses to go for the throat. And that makes it unfunny.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Curt Wagner
    Much of the writing here is dreadful; scenes go nowhere while thinly developed characters pop in and out of the action--although there is little action early on.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Curt Wagner
    You're likely to understand Fox's hesitation with The Goodwin Games after seeing the premiere, which introduces the characters and the premise, but with only a few laughs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Curt Wagner
    [King & Maxwell] will live and die on the casting--because everything else about it feels as stale and standard as week-old white bread.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Curt Wagner
    As an exercise in recreating a noir drama, Mob City has all the trappings we've seen better in "L.A. Confidential" and other projects, but little of the thrill.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Curt Wagner
    Chozen will get more compelling once it focuses on that feud over loutish buffoonery and references to prison sex--which aren't that funny even the first five times they're made. For now, though, it simply mines the gay rapper premise for cheap laughs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    The Glee Project feels like an exercise in ego for the folks running the show. There's a whole lot of playing to the camera going on amongst the professionals, especially from choreographer Zach Woodlee and Murphy himself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    All in all, A Royal Romance offers some OK acting of a dull story.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    Charlie's Angels is as absurd as the original 1976-81 series that launched the careers of Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett (and her hair).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    The office gang from Free Agents is anything but funny.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    Sad to say, another round of Black Friday madness would deliver more laughs than this brainless new sitcom.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    Everything feels like a put-on; nothing seems plausible.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    Watch it to laugh, and you'll have a lot of fun.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    Seems to me she's [Alana's mother June is] desperate to stay in the spotlight. And all I can say to that is, "Honey, bye-bye."
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    Liz & Dick is, simply, a joke.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Curt Wagner
    [A] stinker of a family sitcom.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 12 Curt Wagner
    Nothing has really changed.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 Curt Wagner
    I'd rather babysit a dozen children between the ages of 2 and 10 then sit through more of this.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Curt Wagner
    ABC, you can do better than this drivel you call Work It.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Curt Wagner
    Rob is clumsy and uncomfortable, not to mention completely devoid of chemistry among its actors or subtlety in their delivery of "jokes."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 Curt Wagner
    Anger Management is a colossally wasted opportunity for both Sheen and FX.