For 148 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 66% 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: 57
Highest review score: 100 BoJack Horseman: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Beauty and the Beast (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 148
  2. Negative: 20 out of 148
148 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Appleby and Zimmer continue to deliver strong and funny lead performances playing two of TV's most outspoken and prickly characters. And with a fine new suitor comes a fresh and engaging new group of wifeys, blifeys and villains. Catching up on the first season is recommended, but you could almost just jump in fresh for the summer pleasure, no guilt here, that is UnREAL.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Great care has been taken in almost every aspect of bringing the former Gandolfini passion project to TV. That care may peak early with a premiere that should be in Emmy consideration at this time next year, but subsequent episodes still hold an elevated, pulpy crime novel feel, dampened only slightly as contrivances begin to settle in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    There is certainly cause for some wariness that an already bursting-at-the-seams drama has become stretched even more haggis-tight, but the three episodes made available to critics remain above the guilty-pleasure fray, with catchy new songs, wacky diamond-encrusted, fur-lined hijinks and, of course, Cookie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Manhattan returns to WGN America on Tuesday (October 13) for its second season and it hasn't made one of those leaps that might cause critics to yell into the void that this is a classic drama that viewers are missing out on, but it still features a superb and growing ensemble cast, a textured commitment to period detail, the smooth execution of some of TV's best directors and the looming potential of atomic detonation to give it all some dramatic juice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    You care what happens to the characters in Stranger Things because they're written authentically and they're cast exceptionally, especially when it comes to the kids.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Whatever your perspective, if the idea of Glee or Popular spiked with wanton slaughter sounds appealing, Scream Queens initially should have you covered.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    The [late night] terrain is still forming, but there's a clear place for Full Frontal after this assured, effective debut.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    The little things that fell short of polished paled in comparison to the things that landed against all odds.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Dexter returns as a slightly fresher show, without doing any damage to the character fans love. I enjoyed the first three episodes back and I imagine most fans will feel the same.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Come for the top notch production values and the budgetary polish that being on CBS allows. Come for Benoist, who brings a sort of heroic decency you might call Christopher Reeve-esque. Come for Flockhart chewing scenery. I'd say to stay for the uplifting and progressive message, but that's up to you.

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