For 298 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Fienberg's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 O.J.: Made in America
Lowest review score: 0 Beauty and the Beast (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 298
298 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Fienberg
    You can feel Hardy and his mad energy desperately pushing The Take along, but you can hear the gears grinding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Fienberg
    While structurally sound, Ted Mann's script lacks the verbosity and filth and, unfortunately, subtext that he brought (with a healthy assist from David Milch) to "Deadwood."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    The performances and the above-average directing team may lure some viewers who will then get irked by the rah-rah "America, hell yeah" bellicosity and those who come for the "America, hell yeah" bellicosity will probably get ticked off by all the pesky feelings, and by the suggestion that sometimes soldiers do bad things in war.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Through six episodes, the plotlines focusing on men putting the squeeze on each other in the name of profit or justice have already blended into a blur of well-acted familiarity; only the scenes with [co-star Maggie] Siff come to life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Basically, the brilliant brat is amusing, but in The Big Bang Theory, what's more amusing is the people who choose to be with him; in Young Sheldon what's more amusing is the people who don't have the choice but have to be with him. The pilot for Young Sheldon isn't there yet. It's too hung up on a main character we know isn't going to and can't change for the better.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Flint is entirely non-exploitative and honorable in its intentions and largely average in its execution, elevated mostly by a splendid ensemble of actresses.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    With the important caveat that Wynonna Earp, premiering on Syfy on Friday (April 1), isn't as sharp, funny, thematically rich and consistently well-cast as Buffy was even in its bumpy opening season, there are enough elements in common to justify a tenuous comparison and enough small pleasures to encourage continued viewing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Clay's entry is far from the bottom of this burgeoning genre's particular barrel--Hello, Donny!--and the debut season of Dice actually has some highlights, including a very funny second episode built around an inspired cameo by Adrien Brody, but general unevenness pervades.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    When the filmmakers get to showcase a true personal investment in the subject matter, the episodes really shine. When the directors approach the subject from a distance, what you get is a by-the-numbers NatGeo special, which isn't a bad thing, but plays as really disappointing given the names involved here. From this batch, examples of the latter outnumber the former, with only one installment that's truly worth seeking out.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Ersatz animation aside, Moonbeam City lacks a clear comedic point of view because several episodes in, its characters remain cyphers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    I think many viewers will be prepared to follow Boreanaz and his team into weekly skirmishes. I won't, but I was able to appreciate how competently SEAL Team does its job.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television is bloated and sloppy and amateurish in a way that occasionally rises to the level of "gleeful," but it's occasionally hilarious and delivers a much more scathing, granular and detailed satire of the television business and Hollywood fame than the facile yuks of Showtime's departed, overpraised Episodes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Fans of the series will be relieved to know that new showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese have kept the trains moving on time, while more tentative or wearied viewers should be warned that the frustrating aspects of the series have only grown worse and House of Cards spends at least seven or eight episodes of the new season spinning its wheels and running on forgettable fumes. To the show's absolute credit, entertaining and amusing things begin to happen by the 11th or 12th episode.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    If the half-baked subcultural anthropology doesn't grab you, Outsiders starts slow, but begins detonating little pockets of insanity in nearly every episode, proving that audacity without dramatic foundation can be amusing, if not necessarily good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Madoff feels padded, but also warped with artificial cliffhangers, corny ad-break musical stings, cheap attempts to add thriller elements and an ending that lurches across nearly half of the second night. Still, working from ABC News correspondent Brian Ross' research and book The Madoff Chronicles, the movie has enough juicy details to remain very watchable, and Dreyfuss is having a great time playing this awful man.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    It's on the fringes that The Son is sometimes smart, nuanced and relevant.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    A&E's Damien joins the franchise, offering spooky and violent moments through its first five episodes, but struggling to find the narrative momentum necessary to work as an ongoing series.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Fans of Larry the Cable Guy will be happy to see him do his thing in different circumstances, but they probably won't come away with much more knowledge about what makes the United States unique than they had when they started. Meanwhile, those who are Larry-ambivalent will be teased with a couple fertile situations that get thwarted by Larry's need to be Larry.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    The leading man swap produces an uncomfortable sense of either deja vu or just pure repetitiveness and serves to highlight how even though the second season of Wayward Pines is still sometimes spooky, it hasn't been pushed forward nearly aggressively enough.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    The retro-futuristic effects in The Orville work well, and the show looks like it cost Fox a fair amount of money. Whether viewers will respond to sincerity and professionalism, but limited mirth and very few thrills, when they've been promised Seth MacFarlane hilarity remains to be seen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Enough is happening in Ozark that it's never boring, which sets it apart from Netflix's recent misguided stab at prestige programming, Gypsy. Instead of being predictable, though, Ozark becomes monotonous.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Moving past Daniels' sometimes tin ear for dialogue--or insistence on saddling actors with clumsy soap dialogue in scenes that are staged as naturalistic--wouldn't hurt the actors, because it's hard to find praise for Destiny, O'Grady or Demorest, each struggling with broad or inconsistent character introductions.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    The show and the characters try to wedge the sitcom schtick into the dark reality of maturity and vice versa and the show and the characters fail. There are effective beats of drama in Ethan and Lisa's fertility saga and they're constantly undermining or getting undermined by comedy. The fictional characters, actual human life and the overall world of Friends From College are often working on three different levels, which may be exactly the kind of show that Friends From College is aspiring to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    This is hog hagiography, pure and simple. It's three nights of American vehicular heroism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    It's a show that wants to be praised for its realism that can't avoid cheating to yank your strings. The mismatched combination renders Code Black only a step above generic, but for fans of the medical genre, that's all your prescription plan will cover this fall.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Weekend Update Summer Edition played as exactly what it was, namely a straightforward headline recitation delivered in typical mixed bag fashion by Michael Che and Colin Jost, padded with guest appearances by whichever members of the Saturday Night Live family weren't rushing to finish up making movies and whatnot during their summer hiatus.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    When Downward Dog tries to be a show as funny as the ABC ads try to make it look, it's not very good at all. ... When Downward Dog is about the love triangle or unconventional ménage à trois between Martin, Nan and Jason, that's a show that I mostly enjoyed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Life in Pieces has that solid foundation in place, with a superior cast that carries from the established veterans who make up its older generation right down to the newcomers representing the youth. Now Life in Pieces just needs to hone the show around its ensemble until it becomes worthy of its stars.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Kevin Can Wait is basically Kevin James 101.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Riverdale is all-in on its gimmick, and I can admire that.

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