For 205 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Fienberg's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 BoJack Horseman: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 H8R: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 205
  2. Negative: 27 out of 205
205 tv reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Fienberg
    Netflix's BoJack Horseman evolved from frothy talking-animal Hollywood satire to character-rich treatise on depression in its first season, deepened and darkened into one of TV's best shows in its second season and gallops into its third season with a profound confidence.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Fienberg
    O.J.: Made in America is a provocative, intelligent and thorough documentary that tears along at an impressive clip given its length, with tragedy around every corner. The first miniseries to air under the ESPN Films and 30 for 30 banners, it also instantly takes its place among the banner's best efforts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Fienberg
    "The Jinx" is an utterly compelling watch. Through the two episodes I've seen, it's chilling, emotional and occasionally morbidly funny and moves at a thrilling pace.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Fienberg
    The second time I watched The Last Man on Earth, I laughed a lot, but I found myself taken by the way that the stillness in the landscape and the stillness in one side of Forte's performance also accentuate a sadness and humanity. Forte's line readings make the most of every word, but he pulls mirth and misery in the same breath.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Fienberg
    Along with FOX's "Last Man On Earth," Fresh Off The Boat is one of the best new network comedies of the spring and both are probably better than any network half-hour--allowing for "Jane the Virgin" genre wiggle-room here--that debuted last fall.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Dan Fienberg
    Smart and audacious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Dan Fienberg
    The first chapter of Peter Morgan's chronicle of the rule of Queen Elizabeth II remains gripping across the entirety of the 10 episodes made available to critics, finding both emotional heft in Elizabeth's youthful ascension and unexpected suspense in matters of courtly protocol and etiquette.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Fienberg
    The Honorable Woman is really a thriller and, at its best, it's on a level with something like "Homeland" at its best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Fienberg
    Michael Hirst's saga of pillaging and migration remains everything it has been almost from its premiere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Through two episodes, The Good Fight feels appropriately like an extension on the brand and unless you discover that what you really liked about The Good Wife was the soap opera of Alicia Florrick's life, you'll find this a welcome return.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    It's a smart and often funny look at young people looking for love and professional satisfaction in Los Angeles, which is about as common a genre as TV has to offer these days. But taken in the totality of the TV landscape, Rae's voice is one that wasn't being heard and that voice is what makes Insecure stand out, not necessarily as better than the Emmy winners or critical favorites in the field, but as gratifyingly distinguishable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    On a night-by-night basis, Roots works the tricky balance between misery and uplift. Even if it can't tap into the sui generis newness of the original, the miniseries is often brutal and harrowing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Even more than Murdock in Daredevil, Jessica Jones dominates the proceedings in the show that bears her name--and thanks to Rosenberg and Ritter, the first season is well on its way to delivering.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    The diva devotee's undeniable passion for the material, plus a cast of almost gratuitous distinction, helps cover for a narrative that's sometimes more juicy than weighty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Episodes build to key revelations or legal turning points and they sometimes exceed the standard hour boundaries and as propulsive as episodes are, they feel substantive, but also still trimmable. The series has an urgency, but in that urgency there's also an occasional sloppiness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    The early episodes are so charmingly brainy and move with such a light step--Paul McGuigan of Sherlock and Scandal knows his way around a flashy pilot--and the cinematography is so stylish--not surprisingly, everybody loves photographing Mike Colter--that you only sometimes realize that the things you expect to get out of a superhero show are largely missing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    If the first season of The Leftovers sometimes felt insular, the second premiere instantly proves that the show is actually boundless. Just as the first-season cast balanced prickliness and empathy, it's easy to get into the Jarden version of the story because of the Murphys, a family led by the terrific Kevin Carroll and newly minted Emmy winner Regina King.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Through four episodes, the new season of American Crime is another tantalizing dip into a dozen intellectual pots and once again, this is both enriching and frustrating, though more of the former than the latter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Unlike NBC's previous musical experiments, it's likely that The Wiz Live! will actually live on in replays and on DVD as audiences try to notice new details, re-experience adored numbers and not have to pause every five minutes for commercials.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    The start of the fifth season won't launch an armada of think pieces, but if you still get pleasure from watching these flawed, often awful characters make flawed, often funny choices, Girls is still Girls.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    The sadness and unrest in F Is for Family tempers the humor and keeps the show from ever getting too frivolous. The family of its title gives the show a hopeful core, but it's always looking around the corner for the next stumbling block, so mostly, F Is for Family is entertainingly honest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    One Mississippi is effectively quiet and understated in many of the ways that Transparent is demonstrative and confrontational, while both shows share an interest in family histories and personal pain.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    [The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story] often feels like an elaborate stunt, but still ekes out ample nuance, humanity and humor, despite a couple clunky performances that threaten to spin the series into the realm of camp.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Even if Underground isn't fun, the Misha Green and Joe Pokaski-created series is both exhilarating and entertaining, taking a history lesson and making it something more contemporary, taking a painful chapter in American life and infusing it with populist genres.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    It's characters on the verge of stereotype in a genre piece that's on the verge of parody, but by the tenth episode I found myself invested in Chantal's disappearance and even if I didn't like all of the main characters, I found myself sneering at them in a way I think they'd respect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    One of the better dramas on TV--particularly right now in the waning days of the summer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    With DuVernay leading the charge, Queen Sugar boasts a promising cast, heavily populated by black actors in their first series-regular roles, and an all-female directing team, some established but many still launching their careers--meaningful footnotes to the quality of the show, which is high.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    When I write that "Undercovers is basically a slicker, more expensive, less geeky version of 'Chuck,'" that's not quite meant as an insult. I prefer "Chuck," but the pilot for Undercovers is stylish, sexy and, at its best, quite fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    If the main character at the center of Quarry is familiar and one prone to viewer fatigue, Quarry works because so much of the rest of the show around Mac is so rich.

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