David Hinckley
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For 1,161 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Mad Men: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,161 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The ensuing jokes aren't new. The men-turned-women only want to know if this planet has a shopping mall. The men still won't ask for directions. nBut Groening has never relied heavily on subtlety, and his strong suits, like timing and tone, keep things moving.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    So Weeds still has its highs. It just may not be all that long before we'll be getting the munchies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Alzheimer's Project is hard to watch. It's just not as hard as the disease it examines.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The result will be more fascinating to those already invested in this sort of conservation issue than to the casual viewer, who may find the journey tough going and the nuances of the whole whaling question a little dense.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The pieces are in place for a solid drama-with-humor, the kind that cable channels are serving like aspirin these days. The problem is this show hasn't quite figured out yet how to integrate all the components into a uniform tone and direction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Once you get past its somewhat misleading title, Mark Burnett's new Shark Tank is a well-paced hour that offers entertainment without humiliation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    What makes it all work is the good time the Cassidys, especially David, are having in these roles. In the end it's contagious. Shakespeare, no, but clever enough to be good 'tween fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The warning bell is that since the team begins as caricatures, the show could become a string of situation jokes. There's room for growth, though, as they say, and the creators wisely mixed up the cast.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This show tackles a genuinely interesting issue: how high-achieving men cope with what society sees as demoting themselves by staying home while their wives earn the family money. It tackles that question in a calm and at times even insightful way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It all adds up to an hour of decent entertainment, and there's room for enough character development to give NCIS: Los Angeles a personality of its own.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Human Target lays a good premise and an intriguing character over a fairly stock detective story. It's not the worst way to spend an hour.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Parenthood is liberally spiced with humor, and like all Ron Howard productions, it also has regular moments designed to make our hearts feel all toasty. But other parts aren't funny at all for the large Braverman family around which the show revolves.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    By staking turf between "True Blood" and "Twilight," Vampire Diaries hopes it has found the promised land. The danger is it could also be no man's land.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While the execution isn't perfect and the first episode feels a little cluttered, it has at least two ideas that create interesting drama and could even stimulate a little thought.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    In weeks ahead, the show will likely work out a balance between the jerk and the laughs. Then it can also start exploring the other characters, all of whom have the potential to fuel amusing ongoing subplots.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It does, however, wisely retain some of the elements that worked in the original, like characters who are interesting without being deep. We watch them because of what they do, not because we think there's a lot there.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Kell isn't Miranda, through no fault of her own. At day's end, Kell on Earth feels a little like a knockoff.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    USA promises "characters," and Annie Walker is all of that. She just once in a while maybe needs to go with decaf.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Ramsay remains an engaging TV character who understands that a significant part of his appeal lies in the fact that we're never sure when he could explode.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Scoundrels seems less concerned with how it sets up the rest of the series than with the laughs it hopes that setup will engender....Still, Scoundrels isn't all sitcom setups and repartee. At several points, just when we think we have one of the Wests safely caricatured, he or she will do something that surprises us.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Rizzoli & Isles features a good dose of humor and a lean style of storytelling that's reflected in the fairly small core group with which we will apparently be working.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We're going to need a few episodes, though, to see whether the awkwardness will disappear, or if the show wants it to.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The cop is a little too snarky, the nurse is a little too cavalier and the 16-year-old doesn't look a day under 21. That said, A&E's new Florida police drama, The Glades, still has some juice.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The story and the chemistry work, but periodically the action feels rushed, as if we all know the drill and we might as well get it over with. Future episodes may correct that, because they'll need less setup work.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    FX has always had a good idea what viewers it's after, and the way TV works these days, a loyal cult can be enough. The League certainly has the goods to get one of those.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The rhythms feel off. The cuts don't feel as crisp, the transitions don't feel as sharp. Part of this may stem from the show's deliberate and successful attempt to look L.A. Where the New York edition always had a little grit.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    All in all, it's commendable ABC is so committed to recycling. Green is good, even if in this case, it's mostly the color of money.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The opening episode of his new A&E reality show almost physically painful to watch. The good news is that if the viewer sticks it out, as Danza did, things will get better as the weeks roll along. They never get perfect. But he will eventually find his footing and win some props.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Whole Truth gets a split verdict. Solid idea, inconsistent execution.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The new sitcom Mike & Molly won't change your life, but it will make 30 minutes of it happier and more fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Despite a good veteran cast led by Michael Imperioli, Detroit 1-8-7 doesn't immediately set itself apart from a whole pack of competing cop shows.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Chase is as close as TV gets to a Western these days, and that's a good thing. It spins a good yarn. In the end, though, it also feels like TV's version of a "tweener." It's probably too big for USA, but it may not pack quite enough flair to stand out on NBC.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Fans of the comic book and first-rate psycho-horror may form a large enough audience to make this a hit. Those not in those groups may want to start by taking a deep breath.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    In the larger picture, Hellcats has the deceptively tricky mission of taking what has been a 90-minute idea in most other incarnations and stretching it into an ongoing series. But it serves up plenty of eye candy to enhance the ride, so hey, gimme an M for Marti!
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    On the correct assumption that almost no one watching TV today remembers the original "Defenders" series, CBS has created a new one with more swash, more buckle and results that are modestly entertaining.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This likable and predictable new sitcom about three couples in the same family probably wouldn't get a lot of attention all by itself. But slung in the hammock between "The Middle" and "Modern Family," two established sitcoms about endearingly off-center families, it should snuggle right in.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Linney, a terrific actress, anchors this cast nicely. We like them all, which is critical and helps us past the fact that Linney's wild-child moments break little new ground. Neither does the message The Big C ultimately delivers, which doesn't mean it's a bad one.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At many points, though, it feels like a one-man stage production, with Eccleston taking long navel-gazing trips into Lennon's psychic anguish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The visitors return for their second season on ABC Tuesday night and alas, they still aren't quite as fascinating as you want them to be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Sister Wives isn't likely to spark mass polygamy in America, but it's the rare reality show that reveals things viewers didn't expect. It even has jokes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Gossip Girl will get some slack on repeating itself, because teenagers have an incredibly high tolerance for remixing, reworking and rehashing the drama in their own lives. But the show still has to feel fresh, which is why Monday's episode adds at least two new characters who promise to have significant impact on people we already know.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Hollywood Treasure will intrigue film junkies and memorabilia collectors. For the rest of us, it's breezy amusement about a world that, like the movies themselves, we will always be watching from the audience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Watching someone explain the obvious may not create electrifying television, but once in a while, it's okay for TV to be more valuable than fun. Like when it comes to how you find a job.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's solid, urban-flavored comedy. Morgan isn't likely to make anybody gasp, as Kinison or Richard Pryor did, but there's nothing wrong with telling a joke well and, most of the time, he does precisely that.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Like any good graphic novel, The Cape doesn't forget to sometimes be funny. It also at times asks us to suspend disbelief.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    She seems distant and a little wary, like someone who has carefully built a comfortable life and sees no reason to invite a lot of strangers in. Her relationship with us is what she sees and shares. In the end, that seems fair enough.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The storage hunters aren't warm and fuzzy. They're hard guys, always looking for the edge and the way to get that nickel first. On the other hand, they seem to like their work. In the end, what part of the American Dream is bigger than that?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    After you watch Wednesday night's premiere of ABC's doctor drama Off the Map, you might think the title means the show hasn't quite found its path yet. You'd be right. But it's got a shot to get there, with an engaging ensemble cast and a novel premise that could prove useful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Poehler has great skill at delivering outrageous lines in a droll deadpan. That sets the tone for a cast, including Lowe and Scott, with similar abilities. Too many of the sketches, though, cross that fine but visible line between bemused absurdity and slapstick.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Since we like scrappy underdogs, and Bates has the skill to slide from exasperation to amusement to determination, she just might coax this hybrid into the race.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Working Class doesn't seem to have any lofty ambitions. It's a family drama with characters who are a little goofy, but credible, and it seems to recognize that their interaction needs to be the core of the show's humor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show's only visual, literally, is cartoon animation of Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington talking. That's a bold gamble because if the words aren't grabbing the viewer, there's nothing else to hold the fort until the words get good again....So as with radio, you ignore the lulls and focus on the keepers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    After you've suspended about a 10-year supply of disbelief, Fox's new epic drama Terra Nova turns out to be an okay adventure story.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Retired at 35 does have the good sense to create a story. If it ever relaxes enough to tell it, the show could become more than "lukewarm in Florida."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    For the nongeeks among us, watching HBO's sprawling new fantasy drama Game of Thrones is the epic TV version of trying to sort out the Middle East. That doesn't make it a bad show, and certain elements like the production can be savored by all.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Definitive history The Kennedys is not. But most of the flaws explored here mostly make the characters seem human. The series credits wins as well as losses and sends most of its characters home on a positive note.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    True Blood also sometimes seems to have a cast of thousands, despite being set in a small town, so all sorts of subplots have been simmering. The show evolves, as it has before, by starting the new season with a few more. It's a little wearing sometimes, to be honest, though it has enough narrative strength to keep hard-core fans happy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show has its tense moments. But it's closer to comfort television than "Hell's Kitchen."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The first thing most people wondered last year when they heard a polygamist family was starring in a reality show was why they would want to do that. This opening episode for season two suggests some members of the family will be asking the same question. While this still doesn't make Sister Wives great television, it does shift the central drama to the fundamental question of how Kody Brown, his four wives and their 16 children can coexist with outsiders who frown on or condemn their lifestyle.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Bower starts out seeming just a bit too young and green to command the throne, though he may grow into it as the weeks go along. The rest of the cast play their positions well, from the conniving Morgan to the inscrutable Merlin. And if once in a while things look like "The Young and the Restless," well, some truths are eternal.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Quantum Kitchen moves along at a good clip and Marcel creates dishes you won't ordinarily see on food shows. That could be the recipe for a novelty act, but it's hard to resist peeking under the lid.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    None of this is really new. It's still presented here in a way that provides a visceral appreciation for what's involved in extracting fuel from mountains.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Fans will find much to enjoy here. At too many points, however, these first three episodes suggest that rekindling Upstairs Downstairs is not quite like riding a bicycle.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    William & Kate is designed almost entirely as an opening act to the real wedding, a short guide to the players. It succeeds simply by not giving anyone a single reason to believe W&K won't live happily ever after.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As the Loud family fractures and then reunites to fight back against their critics, Cinema Verite settles into melodrama that Lane's solid performance can only partly hold together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Heeding one of the elementary vampire show lessons, Chloe King sets all this against a backdrop of clever teenage banter and the awesomeness of teenage romance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's so heartwarming it would make a penguin take off his tuxedo in the middle of an Antarctic winter.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Justice for Natalee Holloway, a title that sadly suggests more optimism than the movie delivers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Oddly, though, it almost feels too light.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's still lively, still fun and still has the right touch of snap in the dialogue. But at times it's working a little too hard, and maybe requiring the viewer to work too hard as well.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Secret Circle isn't stunning out of the gate. It does seem to understand what it wants and needs to be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's a lawyer show with no aspirations to examine the legal universe. If it has any antecedent, it would be "My Cousin Vinny." So it's wise not to try to parse the nuances too closely here. Better to enjoy a steady stream of pop-culture banter and an attitude reminiscent of sophomore year in college.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The individual interviews suggest the contestants here evoke about the normal amount of sympathy in find-a-mate shows.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's a lot of soap, and the dialogue can make you wince. But the characters just might make you care.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Alphas is hardly the alpha show in this supernatural-hero genre, but it's still engaging.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Gettysburg aims for a mix of entertainment and information. It's not a bull's-eye, but it's a decent shot.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Happily Divorced, TV Land's third shot at a new old-style sitcom--the George Segal parents-and-son romp "Retired at 35" is the other one--tries harder than "Cleveland" and generates fewer laughs. "Happily Divorced" is not without its pleasures.[...] Okay, Drescher, who most famously starred in "The Nanny," may be an acquired taste. But if you like her combination of attitude and accent, she provides a full dose of both here.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you can get past the setup of Suits, the ride could be fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Like all mothers on TV dramas, Angela starts out annoying. That means we can probably count on her to say something wise at just the moment we least expect it. In the end, though, this is Thorne's show, and she carries the lead well. Now the writers and Dr. Donna have to find enough interesting places she can go.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show is asking viewers, then, to invest some time and not expect a clean resolution of some black-and-white drama each week. That's a gamble and a risk. Revenge seems confident it can be taken and won.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Once the race starts, the drill is familiar. Sand dunes, snowy peaks, raging rapids, weekly eliminations. It doesn't diminish the achievements of the contestants that we sometimes feel like we've been there and seen that.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The setup sometimes feels as airy as an Alabama breeze, but most of us will like the characters, and that provides some grits, er, grit, as well as a decent set of legs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Miracle Day mystery itself feels, at least at first, hopelessly tangled. Viewers may be willing to give it some time, though, because the action provides an entertaining ride.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    In the end, Citizen U.S.A. is heartening because it neither doubts nor ennobles those who have come here and decided to stay. Rather, it suggests that like every other citizen, each now has the freedom to succeed or fail.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While the writers are still finding specific situations they haven't tapped before, like Vince's trip to rehab, the responses, the dynamic and the jokes all feel like they're slipping into reruns.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Mostly, though, all the evidence together doesn't add up to an answer. Whatever went wrong with Aunt Diane that day, we don't know and may never know.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The action will hold your attention, though Moby Dick is really more a drama of character and flaws and faith. At times, in fact, it lapses into melodrama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's soap here, and the liberated-woman part sometimes feels like a reach. But the show is fun, it makes flying look like fun, and yes, that line of stewardesses does look good enough to stop an airport.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you're looking for subtle, Prime Suspect will not become your appointment television. On the other hand, if you're looking for an intense police drama that suggests women face brutal obstacles in the police world, Maria Bello's Jane Timoney keeps the pedal to that metal.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's a show that wants to say something. Now it needs viewers who want to listen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Walking Dead may be under new management, but it seems to have kept its rhythm, moving easily between bursts of intense violence and long stretches of psychological sparring.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The story of Prince William and Kate Middleton offers way too much of a Hallmark moment for the channel not to weigh in with a sentimental, heartwarming version of the year's favorite romance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The laughs are here, some a little on the cheap side, but no more often than cheap laughs pop up in real life. Otherwise, by early indications, Pants makes us care about its characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    For those in the middle, or historical scholars, this sit-down doesn't offer much that Bush hasn't said before. The value here is that it's all in one place.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Free Agents has a strong premise, solid characters, good chemistry and some great one-liners. Like Alex and Helen, it needs to trust its heart.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    [It] isn't quite as revolutionary as it suggests, but it's a lively account of some big guys who, if it weren't for a single stray asteroid, might still be here today.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Watching them through this process turns out to be surprisingly interesting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV Tuesday night in a show that could be a lot of soapy fun, but may require more work than some TV viewers will want to put in.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Viewers who like the horror genre and the offbeat Murphy/Falchuk approach, and who are willing to put in enough serious time to absorb all the nuances, will fall in love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    In contrast to Scorsese's other work, like his Bob Dylan documentary and "The Last Waltz," George Harrison feels like it doesn't get far below the surface.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    American Hoggers turns out to be a remarkably straightforward show, almost closer to a documentary.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This kid behaves so obnoxiously toward the whole world that we want to stand up and scream, "Doesn't anybody in this whole school know how to spit in this kid's sushi roll? Is there not one of you who could jam his head into a toilet?" Which is, of course, exactly the response that creator Jonah Hill wants.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While it has contemporary music, appliances and vernacular, it has the soul of an old-school sitcom where the issues are basic: boys and girls, grownups and jobs, rogue waves and colorful surfboards.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At this point, [it's] somewhere between a long shot and a lock.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At the very least, it maintains TV Land's brand as the comfort food of television.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Once the viewer adjusts to the notion that marijuana here is as legal as a Snickers bar, the rest becomes a fairly straightforward small-business drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Neverland, a new prequel to the beloved story of Peter Pan, weaves a complex, often disturbing tale demanding considerably more of its audience than the breezy musical versions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's potential here. If the characters can bond into an interesting dysfunctional family, The Finder could be worth finding.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Whether Napoleon will work as a weekly animated series may depend on how well a teenager fits in with the other oddballs who populate Fox's Sunday-night animation bloc.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The drama thickens fast, and if the creators keep stirring rapidly, Jane by Design could become the same good soapy fun as its best ABC Family sisters.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The action moves at an admirable clip and the cases feel interesting enough so we want to see how they come out.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Like many of Showtime's most cherished series, House of Lies can be annoying and entertaining at the same time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Happily, there are reasons to watch Alcatraz, starting with an appealing cast and a premise that really does not require a college degree in the mythology of other worlds.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Lowe's Midwestern accent comes and goes, but in general it's a performance that will make viewers plow through the darkness and keep watching.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    You want to like it, because the rough patches stem more from high ambition than from shortcomings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The jokes just works best in moderation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Some of it is moderately profane. Some pushes traditional boundaries of taste, though in today's comedy world these guys aren't even close to the edge.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The dialogue is crisp, no scene lasts too long, and despite the large cast, we can follow what's happening. What's not clear yet is whether this show has its own style and vision.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you had to lay out the blueprint for the quintessential Lifetime movie, Secrets of Eden would be it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This is fascinating and clearly National Geographic thinks so, too.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's fun in a familiar sort of big-hair soap opera way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The premise of It Gets Better, that life improves dramatically after high school for gay teenagers, is tempered by the tacit acknowledgement that before then, it can get pretty bad.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It takes a story whose outline we know and uses backstage access to turn it into a well-paced drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Nothing that happens with other characters or elsewhere in the plot, though, is likely to diminish Shahi's presence.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Shahs of Sunset doesn't have any great message except maybe that the world of money knows no geographic boundaries.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As drama it has a few holes and clearly a lot of backstory that will unspool at its own pace....But the narrative is crisp, fast and easy to follow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A well-crafted documentary directed by Nelson George tracking Johnson's life, from when he landed in Los Angeles, led the Lakers to championship titles, and how upon learning of his diagnosis helped change the world.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If Olivia can keep her edge, if Rhimes can keep the stories as strong as the soap, and if we start feeling we don't know exactly what to expect, "Scandal" could become a habit worth forming.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's not great television in any standard sense, and the appeal of hearing about Christie, Joey Lynn and the ghost of Roberto could soon be as gone as the Dodgers. But, not for nothin', it's got a style of its own.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's so intensely focused on these specific girls and their "Sex and the City" dream, though, that at times it may not resonate as much with a larger audience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While Titanic gets melodramatic and even a little soapy, it achieves what seems to be its main goal: to remind us that when the ship went down, the most terrible loss may have been 1,500 dreams.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's an extent to which watching ad development becomes like watching someone write a song or a book. Unless you're in the game yourself, the result is the only part you really care about.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The answers aren't especially explicit, and the viewer may suspect de Cadenet is looking more for the tone of the reaction than information. That exchange never becomes the most interesting part of the conversation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While Hemingway & Gellhorn makes it clear she had world-class writing skills of her own, Gellhorn's story often does feel subsumed here, as if all of Hemingway's swagger and bravado really did make him a more prominent figure, or at least a more interesting one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Between old fans who will enjoy a revisit and young folks who never even heard of Miss Ellie, TNT is placing a sound bet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    What we have here is a classic family sitcom, with jokes that come from the quirks of the characters rather than a mandate that there be a sex line every 30 seconds.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It still drives you crazy with flashbacks, flash-forwards, fantasies and all manner of other tricks that do help define the show's ambience, but which often interrupt the story as much as they enhance it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Plenty of material here, spoken by people we like. It's what a good cable sitcom can be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Individually, they [characters] remain fun, even in a preachy scene where Glee members forget the Golden Rule. But all the vignettes and moments need a show around which to revolve. Glee needs the New Rachel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Short scenes [are] designed to suggest we just walked in on random real people. It's a raw look that is, nonetheless, a look. It also, inevitably, says scripted TV drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It relies less on mystery and more on physical action, like a video game-style scene where Miles, Charlie and their small band wipe out what looks like about a hundred bad guys.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    All this setup, and more, happens at the speed of light. But it's all easily understandable and gets us right to the real attraction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A stylish ambience and a familiar cast might not be enough to make 666 Park Avenue into another unlikely Sunday night hit for ABC.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's a little bit scary and a little bit amusing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While the Bible might seem like tricky turf for a TV show, the execution makes it comfortable for all but the most rigid Puritan.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The deadpan goofiness remains fresh enough to keep fans interested.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This Coma is different enough from the 1978 movie to have its own appeal, and the cast keeps things interesting even during plot lulls.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The premiseof TLC's new Breaking Amish is so simple it almost seems too simple. That makes the show a little disorienting, because we're really not sure whether we're gawking at a bizarre social experiment or watching five people make a decision harder than anything the rest of us may ever have to make.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A lead character stuck endlessly agonizing over her fate isn't a character we will watch forever, even though Spiro is one of the freshest and brightest stars on TV this season.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Even by the notoriously uneven standards of sitcoms, The Mindy Project takes precipitous swings from fresh and clever insights to the most predictable "Oh, girl, don't go there" setups.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Made In Jersey feels curiously half-dressed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Arrow turns out to be a lively show, probably better than hard-core "Green Arrow" fans expected. That's a good start.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While some tension looms throughout Steel Magnolias, it's really more a character drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While it tries to stay in the hip genre of new-school dramedy, it often tilts toward traditional soap and sitcom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It feels somehow as if there's a backstory here we don't fully know about. Still, their adventures are instructive and the dangers seem genuine.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The journey of mankind on the History channel, while ambitious and informative, at times comes off a little too much like a history lesson.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Stones have been better showcased and explained than they are in Crossfire Hurricane. Still, as personalities and musicians, they never fail to provide a good measure of satisfaction.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This new documentary on Vogue magazine makes the road to trendy clothing images sound more like a midnight slog through a gator-infested swamp.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Even if Amish Mafia may evoke for some viewers the popular and somewhat discredited "Breaking Amish," the show has a running undercurrent that feels interesting and credible.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Monday Mornings doesn’t break major new ground in TV medical dramas. It has a couple of nice twists and does a couple of familiar things well.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Long-arc storylines usually need some immediate or fresh hook. Deception doesn't have that, instead reshuffling familiar pieces into a new puzzle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Mr. Selfridge unfurls a number of subplots, tied to business, politics, class gaps, romance and so on. Some are more engaging than others.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Washington Heights keeps viewers more off-balance than your average program, scripted or unscripted, about 10 young people at the point when they have to start figuring out the rest of their lives.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We've seen all the parts of this story before, and frankly, we've seen them told better.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It takes a while for Hank and his assistants Rachel (Addison Timlin) and Arron (Scott Michael Foster) to grasp all this, even with the unwanted help of FBI agent Beck Riley (Carmen Ejogo). Once they have, and we have, the setup is solid.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It does fine when it sticks to the music and the basic story, then stutter-steps a little when it starts to suggest that, say, the Eagles defined a memorable era.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Killing Lincoln gives us some of the lost minutia of the event. Those factoids, like the disappearance of the one autopsy photo of Booth, are intriguing. It’s only the TV-drama flourishes that aren’t.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We quickly care what happens to these characters, which gets any show off to a strong start. Just as quickly, though, the time-jumping makes the story feel more complicated than it needs to.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    By those criteria [action drama, airs of vague mystery and psychological setups that upset the characters’ equilibrium], Under the Dome hits its marks. It’s not profound and it may take a while to reach terrifying, but as a campfire story, a fresh batch of characters in a time-tested tale, sure, why not?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It could be problematic that we know almost no one here will live happily ever after. But while it could head down several wrong highways, it could also give us a nice creepy ride.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The documentary doesn’t fawn over its subject. War skeptics get plenty of time to explain why they think Cheney was wrong.... Conversely, when the filmmakers make an effort to humanize Cheney, he doesn’t give them much to work with.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    By the standards of Lifetime ripped-from-the-headlines movies, almost all of which aim to reduce viewers to a gasp of horror at some despicable villain, Romeo Killer plays like a documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Spies of Warsaw starts off as a complex spy drama and feels like it finishes as a less complex romance drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Vice tries to go where other news, documentary and magazine shows do not. That’s okay, though it does at times overstate its pioneering prowess.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It’s the kind of deft touch that makes Rectify, a series with a very measured pace, stay lively enough so we’re willing to wait for something to happen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It feels at times like part “Da Vinci Code,” part “National Treasure,” part “Borgias” and part “Sherlock,” all with its own underlying tongue-in-cheek bemusement.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    USA's new The Moment is a feel-good, serious-minded reality show with one drawback: It leaves its stories unfinished.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The connection of Graceland to real-life events doesn't much matter. It feels promising as television, and several characters besides Warren and Briggs--including a DEA agent played by Serinda Swan, switching sides after “Breakout Kings”--have the potential to make us care about their stories.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This gentle 42-minute look at the life of Georgia Holt is pleasant, sentimental and sweet.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At least in the early stages, though, the show feels reasonably legitimate, and introduces us to characters who are neither appalling nor boring.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Crazy Ones has its charms. It also has yet to find the balance between Williams’s shtick--his solos, basically--and the good ensemble comedy that would keep viewers coming back.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Friends With Better Lives seems to be betting that we, like the characters themselves, won’t need much beyond each other. That could work. Especially if they tell an occasional joke that’s not about sex.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The producers provide plenty of action, much of it triggered by the understandable fact that every enemy on Earth would like to get hold of Gabriel’s microchip, or find one of his own. In keeping with CBS’ tradition of action procedurals, Intelligence will solve cases of the week as well as grapple with longer-term dramas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show has so much visual scope it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Brooklyn DA feels like a hybrid, both in genre and content.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If the acting isn’t remarkable, we get a sense of what life was like in one of country music’s royal families.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Matt Groening seems to figure that since we’re now entering the final season for Futurama--again--he might as well let all his random absurdist thoughts out of their cages. That’s not a bad thing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Viewers who were glued to the trial may note a misplaced detail here and there, but in general they are likely to find this 87-minute movie a solid summation of Arias’ disintegration.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The title turns out to be pretty accurate. These two strangers, both versed in survival training, are sent into the dense Costa Rican jungle with a knife and a firestarter.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This Ironside starts out as a good cop show that Underwood could turn into a very good one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Michael J. Fox Show, which marks his welcome return to a regular network series, isn’t an instant classic. But it does a lot of things right.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While Family has predictable moments, it has the potential to provide some pleasant surprises.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The film isn’t after “why.” It just wants to say that a lot of physical and circumstantial evidence points to a missile. Toward that goal, it’s on target.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    From the early evidence, though, there’s every indication a Hallmark series will be the same sort of television comfort food as a Hallmark movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It makes for an intense two hours.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We’ve seen so many mob documentaries and dramas that the whole subject sometimes seems cartoonish. Inside the American Mob does not.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It just feels redundant. Perhaps little or nothing on the home movies lent itself to a richer portrait. Nixon was so guarded, that’s entirely possible.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Low Winter Sun is a good show with the potential to grow into a very good show.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It’s a breezy show that’s fun without being just silly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As they build the show’s foundation, dozens of other characters float by. Figuring out which ones matter, and why, will be part of the fun and the challenge in this compact series.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It could still be a hit, largely because of Kinnear. But it needs to pick up its game.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Lucky 7 tries to cram a lot of diverse drama into one show. Its challenge will be doing story lines clearly and well rather than zipping all over the map.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    With law, politics, forbidden romance and the sordid doings of awful rich people all on the table, the raw material is certainly available for Betrayal to become a solid guilty pleasure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We watch a relationship develop between Johnson and Masters, played particularly well by Caplan. Yet much of Masters still feels clinical, as if it isn’t sure how to remain faithful to the real-life story and still give the TV drama the sex appeal viewers expect.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Where “Pretty Little Liars” has set the standard for teen mystery/soap-opera TV, Ravenswood comes on more like a horror flick.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The sci-fi here is easily digestible, so for fans of cop dramas, Almost Human is worth a look.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Success is the exception for shows that try to weave mythologies this complex, and Sleepy Hollow falls back early on predictable conventions like having Abbie’s deceased ex-boss leave copious files on mysteries he could never solve.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Gatekeepers reveals a few anecdotal secrets here and there, most of them charming and none that will damage any ex-bosses’ reputations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The documentary covers, thoroughly and in as balanced a way as possible, the murder of a 15-year-old California middle-school student by a classmate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Burton and Taylor confines itself to the nine months of the tour, and while that’s a wise decision, it does mean we only get allusions to other aspects of their relationship.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It’s a good primer, because PBS does structured history well. It just feels more academic than slam-bang.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It makes for lively drama, with sharply defined conflicts and characters who aren’t always all good or all evil. Naturally, there are also interludes for romance and mean girls and obnoxious hot-body guys.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Credibility starts to fray when our heroes, or anti-heroes, keep needing miraculous last-second evasions and escapes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    McLaren doesn’t come off as a conspiracy theorist or an agenda-crazed obsessive. He comes off as a detective building a case. But then, so do others. And only one can be right.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Kirstie breaks no new ground, and it doesn’t try to. It walks a path we have enjoyed before.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While viewers may be curious to know whether they do, the journey itself may not be as interesting to us as it is to #1096’s progeny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Sondheim comes off as distant and a bit cool here, reluctant to make eye contact and often speaking with a professorial air even when he’s talking about himself. But what most people want in Sondheim isn’t a drinking buddy. It’s a musical composer, and in that he qualifies on all counts.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Odd as it sounds, How Sherlock Changed the World argues persuasively that it was a crime writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who virtually invented the modern science of forensics by having his fictional detective employ it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While it’s too early to tell for sure, Harmon does seem to have brought back some of the show’s earlier spirit. What he’s not doing is making an overt bid for any new, broader audience.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Truthfully, it doesn’t add much value to have Grimes’ husband Gary (Julian Ovendon) deliver a melodramatic speech, accompanied by appropriate mood music, about how he married her because he knew she wanted to save the world. Fortunately, the hunt itself has been crisply framed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Chicago Fire is positioned to succeed. Assuming it uses Hank to wrestle with deeper issues and not just explore all the ways his team can get dirtbags to spill, it’s got a great chance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Viewers glimpse the fuller scope of the problem, in most cases, at the same time Alan does, giving Helix a nice sense of ominous building tension. It’s also not too geeky a story, so someone who just likes suspense drama can follow it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Over six episodes, almost no cliche of TV epics is left unlampooned. In the end, ironically, Spoils of Babylon creates some excess of its own.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Bitten seems aimed more at a mainstream audience than the hard-core werewolf/vampire crowd, which is okay. Probably smart, in fact.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    For whatever reason, probably no more complex than plain old first-night jitters, Fallon didn’t bring his A-game to go with his A-list of guests.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It’s getting there. If things feel a little contrived, or a lot contrived, that’s hardly a first for the show. They’re also tangled and messy and dastardly with a real shot at becoming sordid. That’s a good start.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Bates Motel remains such a well-acted show that it discourages casual viewing more and more with each episode.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The discussions at times feel Seinfeldian, tempered with Leary’s fondness for outrage, darkness and absurdity. Leary’s last show, “Rescue Me,” worked because it never lost the humanity. The task for Sirens, which will take a few weeks, is to establish it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Believe does require a few leaps of belief from viewers. The law seems surprisingly indifferent, for instance, to locating this escaped Death Row inmate. Still, with its seriously flawed “hero” and a girl who’s hard to resist, Believe could be an interesting ride.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Street fighting and strategic hiding alike seem to take place in deep shadows, making some of the action difficult to follow. More like impossible, really, for anyone not fully familiar with season one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Some of the resulting tech and geek jokes feel accessible to all. With others, we feel like we need a password, and that could limit the long-term appeal of Silicon Valley. But if it only settles in as niche humor, it’s solid there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    She doesn’t explode off the screen. She does make you laugh.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Because the contestants are also paired into teams, we get the sometime fractious reality-show dynamics of forced alliances. Based on this show, however, there don’t seem to be many truly obnoxious people whose dream is to design cool monsters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    West and the rest of the cast perform solidly as well, and once we know the lineup, presumably we’ll dive deeper into the game.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There’s warmth and some humor here. It’s also been tweaked so that, unlike the movie, it isn’t only for teens. But Bad Teacher has a tough test ahead.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you enjoy the challenge of doing complex jigsaw puzzles in low light, Penny Dreadful will be your cup of tea. Just make sure it really is tea in the cup.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The characters, all of whom are terribly likable, speak as if they are reading from Hallmark greeting cards.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Sitcoms have succeeded on less, and while The McCarthys won’t dazzle anyone with spectacular dunks, it’s counting on the fundamentals being enough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There’s a Crescent City flavor here. But in the larger picture, not much on this menu is unfamiliar.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    With a relatively modest first order and a late May launch, The Night Shift may be seen by NBC as, realistically, a summer series. By that standard, it does its job and more.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As it threads through a maze of sometimes shaky plot turns, you could say the script gets tortured--along with most of the characters. But there is a payoff, in the high-stakes cat-and-mouse game between pirate Blackbeard (John Malkovich) and Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle), a British crown agent who represents law and order.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Pperhaps as a result of that mission, The Sixties often feels like an academic project, something for a modern history class.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    No one in Chester’s Mill should ever get too confident, however, and in the first episode there’s some character transition.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you can gulp hard and swallow the premise of Tyrant, you’ll find another hard, dark, intense FX drama about a world in which a lot of the normal rules don't seem to apply.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While Taxi Brooklyn is an import, a low-cost summer rental, it has much of the lean, clean charm of, say, USA programs.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Mystery Girls is silly, tongue-in-cheek fun where we’re all in on the gag. How long it can be sustained is the question. But for now, at the very least, it’s a much better look for Tori Spelling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show clearly plans to unveil the science fiction slowly, in some cases letting us come to certain realizations at the same time as the characters. This will rule out some casual viewers, because Extant is a show to which you must pay attention/--a task which, happily, the writing and acting make rather pleasant.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As drama, that new direction is interesting and may be darkly honest. It’s just unsettling, which will take some adjustment for viewers of a network that has rarely gone there.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While Jackson will feel some genuine hesitation and wariness about Grammer's pit-bull personality, it doesn’t feel yet like the chemistry between the actors has fully developed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It’s funny. It’s also scattered, and in the first episode it doesn’t push envelopes or test edges.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Messing is most agreeable, hitting her comedy marks and credible as supercop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Flash forms a decent complement to “Arrow,” from which it has been spun off. If it doesn’t sparkle, it also doesn’t stumble.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Even by the soap-opera standards of telenovelas, it feels a little much. The pieces at first don’t always mesh smoothly. Rodriguez is terrific, though, and this could be that rare telenovela that assimilates.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Once we know the setup, at home and in the workplace, we can pretty much figure what we're about to see and hear. That doesn't make the show less amusing or Cristela herself less appealing. It does mean that once it has found its pocket, at least in the beginning, it seems content to work inside it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Good Wife has endured, despite borderline ratings, because it handles the fundamentals so well. It needs to keep doing that.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It may be a couple of weeks before we decide whether these lead characters and their ensemble will be able to mix the soap and the political intrigue into a story that makes us care enough to keep coming back.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Everyone talks fast, suspecting that if they pause to breathe, someone else will jump in. But it’s not too chaotic, and most of The Approval Matrix comes off as a discussion actual people could really have.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The production, and Brody, work hard to elevate Houdini’s routines to metaphor.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Santos very nicely balances her conflicting roles as the kid who wants to experience life and the teenager who finds she has become the mother. We’re rooting for her, the same way we root for the teens in other MTV dramas. The network does this stuff well.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Wizard Wars never comes across as a straight magic show, but more about how to assemble the pieces that add up to a magic show.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The dialogue only occasionally gets "Star Trek"-ish, and the special effects are nothing special. But it’s not a bad story, it moves well and you don’t have to wait a hundred years for the conclusion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It’s a breezy, amusing half hour with a lead character whose insecurities poke through her confident exterior.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A few horror-story cliches seep in, but with Bello playing a character who is strikingly unglamorous and at times not even sympathetic, Big Driver should deliver for its audience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    [The two plotlines] provides plenty of rich material for Sorkin on both fronts, and we can be sure he’s got plenty to say. The hope is that he will restrain himself enough so the rest of us can distill it into something we can digest.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Because of the short-form length, this Toy Story doesn’t have the barrage of witty asides and pop culture fun that we’ve seen in the movies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Despite the accordant level of menace, The Librarians never gets too dark. If anything, it sometimes gets too goofy. Still, it’s worth checking out.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Significant parts of Guide will remind you of past dramas about women in their 40s who are suddenly “out there” again. But it has its own sense of humor and hurt, all of which Edelstein conveys nicely.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This new documentary on the British artist Banksy doesn’t pretend to tell us whether he’s a great conceptual artist or a great scam artist.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The "Apprentice" vision of "reality" is pretty much summarized by the fact that somehow all the women are slender and attractive. [8 Jan 2004]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Complexity is one thing; making the complexity compelling is another, and "Prison Break" fails there.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    In the end, while its outrageous characters are often amusing, their palate of jokes runs thin.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The quality of the mystery in the pilot, no better than mediocre, is what keeps this series from starting off with a wider lead at the opening gun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "The Unit" features a strong cast - but for much of this show, they're cast adrift.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    No matter how obvious the wardrobe might be, the scripts are even more so.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Courting Alex" is courting disaster by the way it plays against Elfman's, and Coleman's, strengths.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Felicity" is a tolerable, even watchable family drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The story of these patients is worthwhile, and even touching, but that doesn't make it excellent television.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Dresden" hasn't put a spell on me at the start - but it's not bad. It's just that on Sundays, opposite such shows as "Desperate Housewives" and "Rome," not bad is not nearly good enough.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Brothers & Sisters" establishes itself as little more than a family gathering you should have no interest in attending. Their dialogue sounds real, but not much of it sounds interesting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Standard setup? Sure. Standard execution? For the most part.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The best thing to say about "The Class" is that it improves by quite a few notches as it goes along.... The worst thing to say about "The Class" is that requiring viewers to come back and try, try again is asking a lot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
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    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Lipstick Jungle apparently still isn't sure we get the point about bonding, because it goes out of its way to make it clear that even sympathetic male characters don't.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It's all sort of cartoonish and, for better or worse, the characters rarely rise above it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "'Til Death" plays like a tired reworking of "Married ... With Children," but without the children.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    I'll be patient, out of respect to Milch and Tinker, but I don't expect you to be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Eli Stone is uneven and seems uncertain about what it wants to be when it grows up, it has rather endearing moments.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    People victimized by terrible events and circumstances often feel pride and dignity are two of the few things they have left. There are times in Oprah's Big Give when it feels like those things may be slipping away, in the service of creating a splashier television show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It presents a mouthwatering cast and a tasty premise, then fails to generate a succulent premiere.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Fox and K-Ville creator Jonathan Lisco get credit for setting their new police drama in post-Katrina New Orleans--but future episodes will have to settle down and get serious if the show is to do justice to its setting and potential.

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