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
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Through three episodes Girls is back on solid and often increasingly inventive footing.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    If you tuned in for the start of "My Roanoke Nightmare," chances are good that you'll continue with it because it was a lot of ground-laying, but almost none of the excess that the show is known for. ... Beyond the atmospheric set-up, the "My Roanoke Nightmare" was worth watching just for the initial casting fun, always an AHS staple.
    • 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Netflix's One Day at a Time is timely, soulful, consistently funny and, more than anything, blessed with great warmth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Richardson and Robinson make for likable leads and Detroiters is savvy and funny in many ways, but what really made it work for me was the admirable affection that comes from its love for Detroit.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    It manages to be sweet, smart, quirky, story-strong and funny all at the same time with what appears to be minimal effort.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Fienberg
    Not only are high school horrors pretty universal, even if the specifics change, but I can find a way to fit "Awkward" into a tradition of hyper-literal high school comedies like "Pretty in Pink" or "Heathers" or "Mean Girls" or "Juno" or "The In-Betweeners" (if your taste runs to British TV). It's not as good as any of those, but it's not as bad as "Jawbreaker," which is in the same tradition.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Fienberg
    Despite whatever aesthetic limitations it may have, The Curious Case of Curt Flood manages to tell a solidly complete version of the story over its 90 minutes, resisting the temptation to make this a simple hagiography.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Fienberg
    With Samuels' star-power and the proficient execution of the episode episodes, The Nine Lives of Chloe King is the sort of summer fun that I'll happily watch in the summer and it has the potential, if it navigates the story properly, to become the rare ABC Family series I might stick with even against regular programming.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Early on, Hotel hasn't hooked me with its storytelling, but it's always fun to see what the series does with its repertory acting company and with new additions. Throw in the normal grotesquerie and visual panache and that should keep me going for a while, even if all of the humor appears to have been funneled into Scream Queens.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    What keeps Goliath watchable, and it's certainly quite watchable, is the superlative ensemble cast, particularly Billy Bob Thornton, whose gift at taking predictably quirky characters and making the beats of that quirkiness slightly off-kilter is close to unmatched.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    [The Ranch is] unexpectedly sensitive, well-acted and formally adventurous, in addition to often being broadly funny.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Whitely succeeds in the basic goal of Last Chance U, which is to make you care about the success or failure of a JUCO football team in Mississippi. ... Maybe the next four episodes will offer more Scooba, more variations on the redemptive "last chance" theme and perhaps an introduction to a jock willing and able to read "The Most Dangerous Game."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Jerry Weintraub feels like he's the guy pulling the strings on His Way, which hinders the film, particularly in its second half. That doesn't mean His Way isn't an entertaining 83-minute documentary, but it's an entertaining 83-minute documentary, rather than being an enlightening film that's anywhere near as perceptive as its subject matter
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    The best and most honest thing you can say about Monday's premiere is, "He didn't break it." He also didn't try to.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    The Voice delivered an entertaining two hours, far more tightly packed than any "Idol" audition episode for years, though that's an unfair comparison.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Although it's plagued with structural problems and a questionable relationship to the passage of time, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is better than the season that fans were previously stuck with.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Pitch has an admirable sense of scale and not overselling its main plot. ... The Pitch pilot ends with a twist that doesn't enhance anything and, in fact, made me concerned about how the show might be structured moving forward.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Engrossing, but probably not as captivating as what's taking place to get the show to air. .... Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath will stir up some viewer emotions, but it's not a dynamic series, even with the added footage of Remini and Rinder in transit between interviews. It's a lot of sitting around talking, interspersed with footage from fairly innocuous Scientology promotional videos and event interviews.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    It's action escapism, not homework, and with Hawkins as a sturdy lead and a string of chases, gunfights and a couple of decent stunts, 24: Legacy mostly does its job.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    It doesn't start smoothly, but as we always say, comedies often require extra time to find their footing and with Plimpton, Ferguson and Galvin, the right pieces are in place and if the third and fourth episodes are an indication, The Real O'Neals may be heading in the right direction.

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