For 1,045 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Bleak House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,045 tv reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Some of the humor is decent enough, but some also has the same feeling as Paul's life: We're here and there's nothing we can do about it, so we might as well tell jokes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The characters on ABC's new sitcom Happy Endings seem likable and funny. So why, the viewer may ask, does the show give them such a forced and convoluted back-story that it keeps getting in the way of both those qualities?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There may or may not be a better way to do this show. Unfortunately, this one just isn't all that exciting.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The sobering truth is that sometimes when you mix too many colors, you don't get a brighter rainbow. You get dark gray. Or, in this case, a supersize soap opera.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Where "Army Wives" can get soapy at times, it also starts with a premise that sets it apart. The Protector doesn't start with that advantage.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    They both confess to failings, Tatum more than Ryan, and they seem genuinely interested in making things work. Whether they can will be the drama for the next seven episodes, and the only safe bet is that with two people as self-focused as these guys, the ride won't be smooth.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    So it may develop a cult following, and whether it does or not, FX deserves continuing credit for trying different approaches to traditional TV shows. Too often, though, Wilfred makes us work a little too hard for the payout.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    What's good for Roseanne, though, isn't necessarily good television. We need something to happen other than a continuing low-level debate over whether Roseanne will accede to Johnny's bidding and get married.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    To draw out the story by looping it through subplots and minidramas runs the risk of turning it into a fairy-tale soap opera--when what we really want to know is whether the tragic Snow White or the lonely Emma can in the end live happily ever after.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It plays as cheap voyeuristic thrills, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but does keep the show percolating at a somewhat low level.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing to really dislike about CBS' new sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. There's just not that much there at all.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Skilled as Applegate, Arnett and Rudolph are at making us laugh, they need dimension.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem isn't the performers....The problem is the jokes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Collectively, then, Whitney often feels like a series of standup jokes broken up by snippets of dialogue.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Chew too often felt overstuffed, as if its celebrity crew were engaged in a speed-talking contest.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Without sounding disrespectful, it feels pretty routine.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bag of Bones feels a little skeletal.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    So the upstairs and the downstairs people are sorting things out this season, a process that drifts in and out of confusion.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's as familiar, comfortable and tasty as a Ritz cracker.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    All these characters seem modestly interesting, but none, at least on first acquaintance, feel compelling. Nor are we drawn into their quest.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Viewers who don't regularly contemplate alternative-reality issues probably should tape the show as well as watch it, because the non-expert may have to watch it twice just to figure out what's going on, or even to understand what parts we don't understand.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    In an attempt to distinguish itself from a dozen previous TV fashion competitions, which is not a bad goal, Fashion Star ends up feeling overly complicated and a little cluttered.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bent feels like a one-night stand where, in the morning, no one minds if you don't stay for breakfast.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Duck Dynasty still turns out to be a formulaic show, with a lot of low-level verbal crossfire among family members who at the end of the day assure us they all love each other.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Okay, delicious trash, perhaps. But still, trash.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    On its first pass, Common Law feels awkward.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's too easy, too much like a series of safe sketches that play to all the stereotypes everyone in politics claims describe the other side.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with 7 Days isn't its lack of explicit material. It's the mundanity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    After a little while, though, it slips over the line from factoid to lecture--and what doesn't help, oddly enough, is the wise-guy attitude the Sklars bring to it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The turf [conversations revolving around sex] is so familiar in sitcoms these days that even funny lines feel recycled. Like Men at Work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Chiklis is terrific. Too often, though, Vegas plays like a comic book, without much depth to its characters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While everyone here executes their roles well, Saving Hope never feels very gripping.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Nick at Nite's new soap opera Hollywood Heights asks us for an extended suspension of dramatic disbelief. It has some work ahead to earn it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Maybe at a certain point it won't feel like all this is a little too gimmicky, or that the rules are being made up as we go along. Out of the box, it kind of does.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Picking up a copy of the Washington Post from any day in his presidency would likely provide more insight into the man who led the Free World when the Berlin Wall fell and later launched the first Gulf War.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This one may be mostly for the hard core.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The best face it can put on terrible murder cases is philosophical, and that may not be enough to keep viewers from the somber takeaway that someone they like has ended up dead.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s still a basically good-hearted guy against a mean old world. But the modernizing makeover has taken away some of what made Sinbad last so many centuries in the first place.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The New Normal wants what "Modern Family" is having. But if we're going to catapult from "South Park" to a Hallmark movie, we need a smoother ride.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Katie came off as likeable, which counts for a lot in daytime. The show just didn't have a lot of content, somewhat like the stage that often felt too big for her.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Part of what Jordan does, inadvertently, is remind us that the real value of a toy is what it meant to us when we played with it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    When you get a headache just trying to follow a show's setup, that's not a good sign. When a show's twists and turns make it hard to concentrate on what seems to be a terrific performance from the splendid Andre Braugher, that's even worse.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Almost all of it feels hit-and-run, an exercise in setting up a clever line here or a cartoonish response there.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Fatal Honeymoon seems vaguely unsatisfying--not because of its conclusion, but because it feels like an extended dramatization that in the end tells us less than a straight news report or documentary could have done.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Emily Owens M.D. begins with the mildly interesting if familiar premise that real life is just like high school. Unfortunately, that idea does not become a launching pad for an interesting story.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing wrong with playing a gay stereotype on a sitcom, except that if you're the main character, you can't be just a gay stereotype. Even an amusing one.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Droll and amusing though the jokes and characters in the first episode often are, The Neighbors has all its chips riding on what is essentially a one-line gag.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It has complex and possibly interesting ideas and subplots. By the time most viewers finish, though, their flame of interest may be flickering.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Not even the prospect of Deena getting arrested for being drunk and disorderly can restore this final season to its past glory.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The show still has some interesting things happening, and there are worse things on TV than a fast-paced action drama. But making it into “Son of 24” doesn’t feel like the right touch.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    George's action scenes are solid. There just aren't enough of them, and Hunted isn't comprehensible enough for the cerebral part to carry as much of the show as it has to.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Ethel comes off as a lovely family heirloom, something future generations of Kennedys can cherish. For the rest of us, it's a little less compelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Even though Baio and Ubach handle their roles well, neither the comic setups nor the sentimental reconciliations feel like much more than reruns.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    On Our Own could ultimately paint the Houstons as solid, regular folks using their faith and love to cope with life's troubles. After the first night, though, most viewers will likely understand some of the unease.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Catfish has value as a cautionary tale, and documentation of one way the Internet has affected lives. That makes it sociology, not entertainment.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's a story of triumph with a strong vein of tragedy, and in the larger picture, Liz & Dick never captures that scope. Nor, down at the detail level, does the script do neither Lohan or Bowler any favors.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    [Red Widow] threatens to box its characters into a dead-end world from which viewers see no escape.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The gimmick undercuts what could have been a decent doctor show with benefits --that is, a solid romance between lead characters Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) and Dr. Lena Solis (Alana De La Garza).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Unfortunately, the potentially intriguing premise of this new three-part BBC America series, In the Flesh, soon turns into a heavy-handed allegory for how we treat anyone who is different and perceived as threatening.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Giving the characters a few more shades of gray wouldn’t hurt, either, since the whole drama has a kind of cartoon simplicity that makes us feel like we’ve seen all of it before.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    She seems to focus more, at least upfront, on injustices she suffered in the past, when she was the weird kid in school who got bullied.... For a lot of kids, the teen years are just plain awful, and it’s not surprising survivors would feel a bond with someone who had the experience and understands. That doesn’t guarantee a good TV show.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Instead of trusting this foundation and these actors, though, Family Tools seems to feel it must make every situation and interaction so outrageous it turns the characters into cartoons.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s all good-natured. It’s also random.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Faris does her best with a role that still feels unfinished, and too much of the rest of the cast consists of caricatures.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It has funny moments. It’s just not a game we’re likely to want to keep watching.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with Mistresses may lie with the expectations it has set. If the sex isn't going to be fun, what is it going to be? It would be good if we found that out soon.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Blood & Oil almost feels more like a “Real Housewives” rolling family fight than a microcosm of our national quest for energy independence.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s a bleak and predictable story, not just because of where it took Anna Nicole, but because of where it took those around her.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While there’s the potential for a nice, relatable human situation here, almost all the dialogue feels like setups for punch lines. Too often this leaves the actors, even skilled veterans Riegert and Mull, stranded.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Hard Knock Life just isn’t all that interesting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Even with savvy veterans and a relatively fresh newcomer like Isler around him, little about Sean Saves the World will make most viewers keep coming back.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The dramas, at least up front, feel pretty mundane. Someone thinks the boss is being too strict and picking on her. Someone doesn’t think someone else is carrying enough of the load.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s a good premise. But where both old guys are cranky and frustrating, unable to show they really care, Caan’s character is unpleasant in ways Eastwood’s was not [in the film "Trouble With the Curve"].
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Vineyard feels less like a Martha’s Vineyard experience than a generic young-folks reality-show experience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While several subplots swirl around, Drac’s mission will be driving this story, which means we need a commanding presence at the center. Rhys Meyers plays it more subtly. That’s a valid acting choice. It just doesn’t make the story as bloody good as it might be.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Good parenting is noble, selfless, wonderful work. It’s just not all that compelling to watch it practiced by strangers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At several points, Resurrection feels like the kind of show that might have been better served by culling subplots and making it into a miniseries or a movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This show doesn’t have to be super. It does have to be fun.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Even though the fate of the world is presumably at stake, as tends to be the case in these fantasies, this one just doesn’t feel very rousing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There isn’t a lot of drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s all done in a tone of subtly absurdist humor, which is fine but wearing. While explanations of international marketability and aftermarket products may fascinate Hollywood, they soon become white noise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There’s nothing terribly wrong with Killing Kennedy. We just don’t need the splashes of Hollywood in a story we already know way too well.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Numerous scenes reiterate what we knew, and side touches like Bonnie’s recurring ballerina fantasies don’t need the time they’re given.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It starts by focusing on the riders’ determination and training. That’s good. Then it segues into the infighting and personality clashes among the competitors. That’s not so good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Chozen shows he’s still got the goods, and his prison years have given him rich material. Among other things, he declares rap needs to be more inclusive, which lays a serious message under the gags. Second, everything gets a lot cruder, an understandable decision that could downshift the show from unique to routine.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    V.C. Andrews’ popular and creepy 1979 novel “Flowers in the Attic” gets no favors from the scriptwriters in this latest adaptation. The reason to watch, even when you’re saying “Yeah, right” to what’s happening on the screen, is actors Ellen Burstyn, Mason Dye and Kiernan Shipka.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The movie itself apparently isn’t sure the murders themselves are lurid enough. So it adds a few things that didn’t happen, plus some 21st-century music.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Mitt focuses on a couple of flashpoints: the unsuccessful 2008 primaries against John McCain, the successful 2012 primaries and the 2012 general election. In none of these do we get any “aha, so that’s how he really feels” moments. It’s more a portrait of someone who assesses each situation accurately, good or bad.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At the end of the night, Mixology doesn’t have a lot of fizz.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing wrong with American Dream Builders except it feels like these design shows are becoming a TV version of Levittown.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Leaden, predictable and, at times, unintentionally funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    A script so unimaginative, and characters so flat and forced, that it begs for a recall vote.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's a show so determined to shock that it cares more about that than about such things as compelling lead characters, believable situations or inventively solved mysteries.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    If you think "Will & Grace" got lazy and tired after a few years, with its broad punch lines and broader plots - and you should - "Twins" accelerates the process by starting out that way.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not only unimpressive. Parts of it are uncomfortable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The questions posed by "The Triangle" are fascinating. But the answers are - sometimes literally - a waste of time.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Where "The Game" botches its "Game" plan, though, is in writing punch lines that are much too broad, and in casting men who are more convincing in their roles and relationships than the women.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    There's little talent, and even less charisma, evident in this gaggle of guys.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    For every story line that intrigues, and every character that sparks some interest, there are several others that don't.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The cast is pleasant enough, and Romijn certainly tackles her character with the abandon and conviction necessary to anchor a comedy-drama series. Were the show better written, these actors probably could deliver the goods with no problem.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This year even Anderson can't keep this ship from running aground.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    My "Sixth Sense" says "Ghost Whisperer" isn't a very good show at all.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Every year, there's at least one sitcom that takes an extremely talented cast, and wastes all that talent in an extremely disappointing series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Louis-Dreyfus herself tries hard - sometimes too hard - and deserves better.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Perhaps, with all the reality TV dating shows pervading the tube, there's not much appetite left for a sitcom about a fictional dating firm. More probably, there's just not much appetite for a sitcom that isn't funny.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This latest attempt at a series with glamorous young people frolicking at an even more glamorous resort doesn't demonstrate significantly more depth than its unsuccessful predecessors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This "Free Ride," I suspect, will be over very soon.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Yes, these are good deeds. Yes, Amy Grant seems genuinely nice. But no, "Three Wishes," unlike "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," does not come off as a good TV show.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Something feels wrong about a TV "reality show" team swooping into the hotel where a displaced Hurricane Katrina family has been living since September and carting two girls out to Las Vegas for a fancy birthday party.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    How un-innovative is this series about innovation? Let me count the ways.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    They say insanity is performing the same action repeatedly and hoping for a different outcome. For ABC and "Day Break," insanity may be expecting viewers to watch the same day over and over and be interested in the infinite minor and major variations.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The question, still open, is whether the writers can pack enough comic caffeine into the next 21 weeks to keep viewers along for the ride.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not only about a bomb. It is one.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Tonight's new Fox courtroom drama series, "Justice," has plenty of [gimmicks]. What it doesn't have, though, is a persuasive reason to watch.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The plot strains credulity so much that even that action-happy audience might reject the show.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    These actors more than deserve a series of their own. They deserve a good one, and "Standoff" isn't it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The initial story... is a lot more complicated than it is compelling - and by the time tonight's first hour is up, you aren't hungry for more.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It may be harsh to suggest his "Creek" has run dry, but as a followup exploration of teen anxiety, "Hidden Palms" offers little but scenic and human scenery.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    In theory, it's an intriguing concept for a series. But in practice, "Six Degrees" doesn't work at all in drawing you in at the start.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    "Fashion House" is a passable pop diversion, and a definite curiosity.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's a show where neither the world being created nor the characters populating it are remotely convincing - or interesting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not a very artistic or compelling documentary.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    If we're going to root for these guys, however, it would help to like them. These guys don't make it easy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Even the best home run hitters can swing and miss badly, though - and on "The Wedding Bells," all of them do.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The show feels recycled.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Carpoolers, despite a few likable cast members and passable jokes, is in so much trouble, it's pulled over, on the shoulder.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Its humor, which dominates, isn't funny enough, and its occasional stabs at dramatic scenes aren't serious enough.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The Captain [is] a historic hotel now populated by every Hollywood stereotype ever dusted off for a sitcom pilot.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Let's say Unhitched just isn't very funny.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    There's more pathos than humor in "Dice Undisputed," and very little "reality" that seems real rather than self-consciously staged.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    You know a show needs work when its show-stopper is the mime.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It doesn't bode well for this series, however, that tonight's premiere features a magnetic, dynamic, no-nonsense female cyborg who steals every scene she's in--and it isn't Ryan as Jaime Sommers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 David Hinckley
    Waters may kill me, but the rest of "'Til Death" doesn't have the same pitch-perfect tone.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Neither the characters nor the cases in "Conviction" generate much of anything. Not drama, not comedy, and certainly not viewer loyalty.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The drama has more false frights than a student horror film, and such an uneven and incompatible tone that it's tough to tell which is funnier, the scenes of alleged humor or the scenes of alleged drama.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "The Loop" is much more failure than success.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Cold-hearted and dreadful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Desperately trying to be mysterious like "Lost," this show, by any other name, turns out to be an ironically diluted version.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The network may feel that Bratt could stand there, read the phone book and attract millions of adoring female fans. Starring in "E-Ring" may be the closest thing to finding out whether that's true.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Head Cases" has good leading men but a crushingly bad premise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    NBC has reestablished another Thursday night tradition: sticking another unfunny, almost unwatchable sitcom at 8:30.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Criminal Minds," which generates almost no creative energy of its own, has the aura - or is it odor? - of being patched together from scraps of failed CBS dramas of the past.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Stiflingly reverential, sadly superficial.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It's all surface and very little substance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Thou shalt not watch.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Lacke is the only person, or thing, in "Happy Hour" that made me laugh.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It would be obvious and unfunny to dismiss Rob Corddry's new Fox sitcom, "The Winner," by saying it's a loser. But since the alleged humor in this new series is even more lazy and less amusing than that, it seems only fair.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    A sort of perfect storm of bad writing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Nothing to see.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Since these "Book Club" women do not seem inclined either to read or discuss their books, my advice is to follow their example - and neither watch nor discuss "Tuesday Night Book Club."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    He's polite-looking and very likable - but aside from some quick ad libs during on-location segments, he doesn't get any chance to establish, much less assert, his personality.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It's not good.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The word "juvenile" doesn't begin to describe "The Sarah Silverman Show." It completely describes it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    This one is almost impressively wonderless.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Everything feels forced, right down to the dialogue, wherein the characters all talk the way writers write when they're stretching to set up a joke.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    If, years later, you're still trying to wash away the foul taste of Fox's "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance," the idea of putting family members and friends through emotional anguish for the sake of prime-time entertainment isn't any funnier than it sounds.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's stunning that ABC's new sitcom In the Motherhood, built on stories of life as Mom, manages to come off as stiff, disjointed and curiously unlikable.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It may remind some viewers more directly of the British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous," except that "Ab Fab" was hilarious and this one just gives you a headache.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In a perfect world, Dollhouse would be a good show. It's not.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The producers are dependent on their contestant and the kindness of baffled strangers to develop an interesting impromptu drama, and it just doesn't happen all that often.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The lesser problem is that all the gags are telegraphed. We see them coming long before they arrive. The bigger problem is that when they get here, they all feel forced, as if someone thought of the gag first, then tried to manufacture a situation, however contorted, that would lead to it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Hidden camera gags often now settle for crude instead of working a little harder to achieve clever.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    There isn't a person on this show selling anything more compelling than shallow vanity.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The two-night miniseries "The Storm," the latest production in NBC's summer of the apocalypse, suggests the network may be running out of creative ways to terminate life as we know it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    He's supposed to be a neurotic slacker who escapes into this cool new world, but even there, he still comes off as a neurotic slacker. You want smack him and tell him to go sit down. And if you did, he probably would.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The writing is uneven, so is the tone, and all put together, it's just not very engaging.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's a waste of Cox's comic talents to have her spend the whole show trapped in lines like, "We had sex three times without you needing a nap or a pill or anything."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The fragility of these women sucks the fun out of the meeting-and-culling process that should be the entertainment heart of any dating reality show.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    At first these actions, which feel extreme, seem to have little relation to the problems at hand. It soon becomes clear, however, that they do. As he promises, Robbins is attacking deeper problems, not symptoms, and as with any good infomercial, the results look compelling on the screen.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    If it's any solace to the handful of organizations that are boycotting this new William Shatner sitcom over its attention-getting title, the title is the least of the reasons not to bother watching. A better one is that it's not very good. In the process, $#*! My Dad Says wastes the talents of Shatner.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    My Generation solves that problem by creating fake people. There still could be a worthwhile drama, or least an entertaining soap opera, in "life 10 years after high school." But not when your characters are all stereotypes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Everybody in the premiere episode of Strange Days turns out to be a nice guy or gal, and that's a great thing in life. It just doesn't make for a very strange, or interesting, TV Show.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    You wish them all well. But in the end, watching the Hasselhoffs isn't much more interesting than watching a mechanic rebuild the transmission on KITT.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Well, the plot doesn't offer a lot of possibilities. The jokes are predictable even when the delivery is hip, and none of the characters is especially likable, nor do we care that much which of them mix-and-match with which others.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    At the very least, you'd think the Miami edition of this franchise would have some striking pastel visuals. But even the look, alas, is no brighter than the content.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In the end, visiting the lives of self-absorbed rich people is about as interesting as visiting people who have saved all their toenail clippings. And named them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    They're profane, contentious and come off hard as nails, given to saying things like if a man is good to his family, his crimes are not that important. For most viewers, it's a glimpse into another world--a world where a glimpse is enough.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    His wavelength is extreme narrowcasting, and most viewers are likely to find Angry Boys just rambling and dull.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    She wears 4-inch heels to her community service program, as if she expects her community service will involve a pole. Most intriguing of all, she seems vaguely bored. What a coincidence. So are we.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Everything in Mike's life seems contrived to set up ba-ba-boom punch lines.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    If you like smart women who hide the iron fist under the velvet glove, you'll get more satisfaction elsewhere--like from, oh, say, Nikita over on the CW, who is better drama all by herself than this ill-served new trio of Angels.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It isn't invested deeply enough in magic to create an alternative world, and while Giuntoli is perfectly fine as a cop, the police procedural part feels routine.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In the end, it doesn't feel much more enduring than a tweet.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The setup could be mildly amusing if it weren't more common than Starbucks.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    To make them all screwy but lovable, in the vein of "Raising Hope," requires more work than this show seems to want to do.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The show lumbers like a 200-pound man trying to impersonate a 95-pound ballerina.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The main problem with Rob is that instead of finding fresh insight and perspective from his inside position, Schneider just slams a piñata full of familiar and predictable ethnic jokes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Watching Best Friends Forever is like going to the sitcom thrift shop and poking through the leftovers. It gets old quickly.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    There just isn't much about Bristol's life that's of much interest to anyone outside of family and friends.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's hard to see this show lasting too far beyond the initial taste.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    As it's set up here, the comedy part doesn't work if Ben isn't genuinely annoying, and the larger arc doesn't work if he isn't genuinely endearing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    1600 Penn mines none of the more subtle and satisfying possibilities of poking fun at a staid institution. It's more like a drug-fueled "Saturday Night Live" sketch that won't end.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The plot often just seems to be killing time between endless battles in which throats are slashed, limbs severed and torsos bisected.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The producers don't even pretend to focus on the girls, however. They focus on the parents, a not very endearing bunch whose ongoing mental games with each other and whose drive to push their daughters creates the drama TV cares about.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    If you’re a sci-fi fan for whom this stuff can never be too complex, have at it. If you’re not, wait an hour and watch “Revolution.”
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Some scenes play like those stiff “re-creations” in crime reality shows and the camera’s constant quick-cuts promote headaches, not intrigue.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The outrageousness becomes cartoonish and the conciliatory moments so forced and predictable they lose their healing power. That’s what happens with How to Live.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The show gets some credit for acting, because the veteran cast members have good comic timing and coax the most out of their lines. Trouble is, that’s like coaxing maximum flavor from a bowl of lawn clippings.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Heche, a strong comic actress, can’t fully conquer the material here, and while the rest of the cast tries hard, there isn’t much with which to get traction.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Princesses proves Jewish women who are mostly from the affluent North Shore of Long Island are at heart not much different from the Italian women who populate Bravo’s most popular series, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Drunk History is a good-natured show with no inflated aspirations. But like a drunk in a game of darts, it doesn’t hit the target very often.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It’s always worth taking a shot at a shark movie. Ghost Shark just needed to be thrown back.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It’s not just that they’re caricatures, or that even the most prominent piece of ’80s music used in the pilot makes you wince. It’s the way every move and sentence feels like the easiest path to predictable gags.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The whole show just feels cartoonish and, well, silly.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Reign at several points is laugh-out-loud funny. Too bad it's not a comedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Lovable con artists can work on TV, as they did in “Leverage.” They don’t work here, because at every turn the premise and plot get clunkier.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The latest British girlfriends comedy is anything but absolutely fabulous. Sadly, it’s a bit tedious.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Surviving Jack serves up the latest exasperating parent whose outrageous behavior doesn’t add up to a decent sitcom.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Twenty Good Years" is so bad, its pilot doesn't contain 20 good seconds.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Modern Men" is a waste of money, time and only an elder generation of talent.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    Yes, it's "Married ... With Children" all over again, except that it's not played as broadly, or as successfully.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Inconceivable" is so sappy and syrupy, it's the sort of program that even the Lifetime or Oxygen networks might reject.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Hot Properties" is such a stiff and unfunny sitcom that it's hard to imagine how it got on the air.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    It gets nothing right - not the potential sexiness, not the negligible drama and certainly not any solid shot at explaining, much less popularizing, the alleged sport of roller derby.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Rules of Engagement" is no more believable than it is amusing, and it's never amusing.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Desire" is so cheesy that the restaurant ought to specialize in fondue.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    Big Shots is a big waste.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Lil' Bush" is more than a lil' awful.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    "How to Get the Guy" doesn't have to worry about a slow slide: It starts out about as low as you can go.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    The original "I've Got a Secret" was such a simple game show, and such a simple pleasure, that the only way to botch a remake would be to either spice it up or dumb it down. The Game Show Network... manages to do both.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    Dating shows tend to be bottom feeders in the "reality" game, but not even the oiliest episodes of "The Bachelor" have ever felt as creepy as "The Cougar."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    Workaholics is crude, dumb lowbrow comedy, which means it's doing fine right up until the last requirement of the genre, which is that it should be funny. Workaholics is not.