David Hinckley
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For 1,152 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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,152 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bella, played by Elizabeth Reaser of "Grey's Anatomy," is pleasant, and viewers will appreciate how she works to keep urgency from devolving into desperation. But she's stuck in this guy-of-the-week plot that leaves little room to do anything but hope each guy has enough unique quirks so the jokes can change.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This handoff is clean.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Margulies is sufficiently skilled that she finds the parts of Elizabeth Canterbury we can like, and her internal struggle is what makes this more than just the latest lawyer show.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It's got a way to go to become a polished program, but made a very solid and affable first impression.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The dialogue can be crisp, sharp and witty, particularly among colleagues in both the White House and at the Globe.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Mainly, underneath the sitcom setups and witty banter, this show moves to the pulse of the ad game. The mystique and power of raw ideas push this story as surely as they push the characters of "Mad Men."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    As in the earlier show [NBC's "Best Friends Forever"], both Parham and St. Clair create likable characters we wouldn’t mind following through strange, poignant, absurd, comic and ultimately endearing adventures. But those adventures get diluted here, at least on the back-to-back opening night episodes, by heavy-handed scenes you don’t expect or want in a USA show.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Spies of Warsaw starts off as a complex spy drama and feels like it finishes as a less complex romance drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Based on the first episode, the team seems to work about two cases at a time, and while neither of tonight's feels wildly creative--one warns of the downside to an intense religious upbringing, the other catches an elected official in an ethics scandal--both are engagingly told, with humor and little twists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "The Knights of Prosperity" has delivered this season where so many new shows have failed: It introduces a serialized story line with characters and a plot that are different and likable enough to warrant a return visit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As viewers, we're less interested in the destination than the ride, and this one starts out feeling like fun.
    • 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Based on Sunday's opener, Breaking Bad falls around the middle of the pack in the new wave of cable dramas. It's no "Mad Men."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If the premise is somewhat forced, it sets up a situation with enough comic potential to sustain Hot in Cleveland indefinitely.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The deadpan goofiness remains fresh enough to keep fans interested.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    The antics, though, are standard sitcom - and, refreshingly, many actually are funny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Skilled as Applegate, Arnett and Rudolph are at making us laugh, they need dimension.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with this "Diary" is that Belle simply isn't as interesting as Bridget [of "Bridget Jones's Diary."]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It works as legitimate drama, it works as soap trash.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The good part is that the drama should be fun to watch for us. And for the guy at Pizza Shack, too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Tremendously likable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The word "juvenile" doesn't begin to describe "The Sarah Silverman Show." It completely describes it.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Life doesn't squander the talents of its cast. The mysteries are solid, the characters multilayered, and Crews is given a bigger mystery about which to obsess--finding out who framed him.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The problem isn’t the characters, though they can feel a little stilted. The problem is that we don’t believe the whole situation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If something has been missing from your TV screen since "24" went off the air, like an unapologetic, fist-pumping, nonstop action thriller with compelling good guys and loathsome bad guys, Cinemax's new Strike Back needs to be your appointment television for the next 10 weeks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It has everything you want from such a show: quirky characters, gifted actors, a captivating central story - and questions that leave you not only wanting more, but hungry for it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Louis-Dreyfus herself tries hard - sometimes too hard - and deserves better.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    What matters is how well it's done, and Disney does a lot of things right. It's multicultural. Parents are portrayed as people. The intrapersonal dramas are small enough so viewers will understand them.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Most of it was funny stuff, and the audience lapped it up, having long since accepted Conan as contemporary media's cuddliest martyr. For those outside the hard core, though, the sands may be running through the hourglass on this drama, from which Conan is the last major character to move on.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Things get tense fast in CBS’ new Hostages, and if it can maintain that tension for 13 weeks, the network has a winner.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Even though "The Tudors" adds another jewel to the crown Showtime has been forging of late, this particular jewel isn't all that dazzling.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Nip/Tuck may sag a little here and there, but for what it is - a goof on medical shows--its scalpel still has an edge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s a half hour you won’t regret spending.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Gunn, a calming and classy fixture on Bravo's "Project Runway," has it--and that's why his new show for the same cable channel works.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Spy dramas sometimes get too enamored of their own twists, subplots and dark details, but this one never becomes impenetrable.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The latest British girlfriends comedy is anything but absolutely fabulous. Sadly, it’s a bit tedious.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Alphas is hardly the alpha show in this supernatural-hero genre, but it's still engaging.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The core characters, including Sookie's best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley), Sookie's brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and bartender Sam (Sam Trammell), who has a thing for Sookie, all have interesting features and are well-played. The rest of the locals don't come off so well, mostly having few brains and a big shortage of couth.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It’s a breezy, amusing half hour with a lead character whose insecurities poke through her confident exterior.
    • 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s a breath of fresh television air.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    We don’t dislike Annie or Jake. It’s just really hard to imagine where else Marry Me could go from here, and harder to imagine why we would care.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A Cherry drama rises or falls on the pretty simple test of whether it’s fun, and Devious Maids has the right stuff to get to there.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At times, the opening night of season four gets almost that silly, though at other times it returns to its strongest suit, which is illustrating 1) the coexistence of powerful, conflicting forces inside the same person, and 2) the idea that absolute power corrupts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    We like the people and the jokes are funny. We know there’s something vulnerable and even poignant behind that barrage of one-liners.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The story itself relies on a series of coincidences that may be improbable, but the character responses feel authentic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    What we have in a sense, then, is another boy-girl dance playing off against the tension of lethal crime in New York. But the premise is novel enough that maybe John won't be just tilting at windmills.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Where it diverges [from many trappings of a Western] is the lack of white hats and black hats. The axis of good and bad is constantly shifting, which is part of what makes the story intriguing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's not clear what this factory produces. But the show may be creating exactly the product its audience wants.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The opening night lesson of the new Fox sitcom Traffic Light is that no matter how marvelous hands-free telephone technology has become, it isn't yet advanced enough to carry its own sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    As Hollywood comedies go, "So Notorious" is better than "Fat Actress" or Lisa Kudrow's "The Comeback," but not in the same league as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" or "Entourage."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This will be good news to people who enjoy watching train wrecks in which the engineer accelerates as the precipice nears, which is Grace's signature move.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The reality show has become a nightmare, which isn’t a terrible premise. But setting it in the woods and turning the contestants into prey for some malevolent force harks back more to “Friday the 13th” than to “Survivor.” This wouldn’t be as noticeable if Siberia leavened the whole thing with dark humor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Harper's Island is an elaborate horror movie, a twentysomething slasher flick with a really good wardrobe, a first-rate cast and 13 weeks worth of twists and subplots.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Oddly, though, it almost feels too light.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    At the end of each episode, you want to see what will happen in the next one. For a murder mystery, that’s a pretty good start.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    South Riding creates memorable characters, particularly Burton and Carne, and it's beautifully filmed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Four hours in, living up to past standards no longer is in question. Setting new ones is what's going on here, as "24," partly by cashing in on our knowledge of and commitment to previous seasons and characters, gets off to its best start ever.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It requires a lot of patience to get there, but the lessons may be worth it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Tuesday night’s premiere packs a lot of trash into 42 minutes, between the quips about “jewelry whores” and an almost pathological concern with whose “bubbies” are and aren’t authentic. It plants the first seeds of drama, too.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "Eureka" is the sort of show that makes you want to see more of almost every supporting player - and, of course, of the show itself.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The likable Pete and Myka are a classic match, bickering until they need to stop and work together, which they do. Artie provides both comic relief and a reminder that their job is difficult and dangerous--point also made by Artie's boss, Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder). Not too much new here. But there's nothing wrong with taking the old and doing it well.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The sci-fi here is easily digestible, so for fans of cop dramas, Almost Human is worth a look.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It could still be a hit, largely because of Kinnear. But it needs to pick up its game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The transplant is unlikely to produce a dramatic rally. But it does give friends and family a reason to keep visiting.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    With fine supporting players like Anna Chancellor as Fleming’s wartime superior, Second Officer Monday, and Rupert Evans as Ian’s brother Peter, this four-part series makes us care about people whose fate neither we nor they can easily summarize.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's a show that wants to say something. Now it needs viewers who want to listen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If you can make it through Monday's first episode of Fox's much-anticipated new suspense drama 'The Following,' you have some intense, but high-quality, television ahead.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The best thing that can be said for the six Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on their opening night is that they aren't as annoying as their counterparts in New York or New Jersey. The fact they don't make us want to wash our hands, though, is not the same as saying their self-absorbed dramas are worth an hour of our lives.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not a very artistic or compelling documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This is fascinating and clearly National Geographic thinks so, too.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Lifetime busts out a new sitcom Monday night, and while Sherri isn't an instant classic, it should spark more than a few "Right on, sister" responses from the Lifetime audience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The more it progresses, the more surprises it unwraps, and the more promise it presents.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It may also turn out that "Twilight" and "The Vampire Diaries" and their kin have satisfied the target audiences for these wistfully romantic bedtime fantasies. But if there's room for one more, Teen Wolf could be it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A program that gets stronger as we get to know its characters better, and the quality of the cast helps tremendously.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    If you relish the devious darkness of "Dexter" and the wonderful wackiness of "Weeds," you'll love the macabre moodiness of "Meadowlands."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "The Unit" features a strong cast - but for much of this show, they're cast adrift.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    With 19 episodes remaining in this season, there's plenty of time for all this drama to intensify and the characters to sort themselves out as good and not-so-good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    How fitting, then, that the plastic-surgery drama returns Tuesday for its fifth season by dangerously reinventing itself. Dangerously - and totally successfully.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Late Night lets the host act a little more relaxed, and Meyers uses that freedom well.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The only real downside of Gym Teacher is that it runs about twice as long as its material.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Hinckley
    This 10-hour production on World War II in the Pacific is an ambitious, imperfect, intense and often compelling look at combat that gets dirtier and more ragged with each episode.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    ABC'S latest police drama, The Unusuals, manages to tap into both the dark tension and the zany absurdity of a cop's life in New York. If you're looking for a show that captures the best of both those worlds, however, call Wednesday night's premiere episode a work-in-progress.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The law-firm arena is one of TV's oldest and most familiar genres, but Damages enlivens it by defying expectations.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It should be funny, which the new Fox workplace comedy Do Not Disturb is not.
    • 61 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Fans of the film will devour the TV series, and nonfans might give it a shot. Just be forewarned that it’s not “Blue Bloods.” It’s more like cold blood.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    ABC chimes in with its new animated sitcom The Goode Family--then pulls just enough punches so tonight's premiere episode feels like satire lite.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    A sports tryout is an interesting ritual and Bobby Knight is an interesting character. But like a good basketball team, a riveting reality show doesn't come together overnight.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The jokes flow nicely, the music is fun, and the pop culture references will make almost everyone smile.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It puts a fresh lens on events that shaped America, and in the process it spins a good yarn.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    They might have to lose some of the cartoon-cop humor to get there. Whether they do may determine whether Dan and Jack end up as a short, forgettable joke or a couple of cops we care about.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Now it must find a way to become more than a routine action drama pitting plucky good guys against amoral, robotic bad guys. It's got the characters who can do that, though, and it's also streamlined its story enough so even a new viewer can figure out what's going on from tonight's back-to-back premiere episodes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you can get past the setup of Suits, the ride could be fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It all feels maybe a little too familiar.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    If it all sounds a little contrived, it is. But that's not the show's real problem. The real problem is that instead of having goofy fun with all its eye candy, Royal Pains mostly wants to sit around drinking in the excesses of the uber-wealthy, with an occasional joke as an afterthought.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Add strong performances by a dozen major characters, starting with Claire Foy as Little Dorrit, and you've got the kind of production television is often accused of having abandoned.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    So we’ve got our choice of apocalypses--and for fans of good, solid, action-packed summer TV escapism, that’s good.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It would be a stretch to call Mad Love subtle--one running gag is an elevator that stops a few inches short of the floor--but neither does it feel compelled to spell out every nuance, like how Larry and Connie really feel about each other.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Any fan of Westerns, or of Duvall, will not be disappointed if this "Trail" is followed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Creator Timothy Sexton has woven this story with a master’s touch, making us care about the characters even as we fear for their lives. Or, for that matter, all our lives.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    In the end, the movie transcends the legal chess match, defining itself instead by the sheer wattage of Spector’s personality and his high-level sparring with a woman whose brains match his own, minus the madness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The series... is pure formula, but it's a formula that works.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    But if Ugly Americans comes with a message, it is at least equally determined to just be funny, and at that task, it frequently succeeds.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The performances here are good, right down to a cynical--and beautiful--bartender to whom Teddy tells the whole tale. But the action often feels like it was created by video-game developers, and what is supposed to be the subtext, about Teddy really trying to save himself, is about as subtle as a kick in the groin from a sneering DEA agent.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The phrase "all over the place" barely begins to cover it.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Bomb Girls isn't a fancy show. It's just a whole bunch of good stories.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    For outlining the way Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and Henry Ford literally shaped the America in which we still live, this special stands as tall as Rockefeller Center.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Shirley MacLaine will get most of the attention for playing fashion legend Coco Chanel in this smart-looking and solidly crafted new Lifetime biopic premiering Saturday night.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Low Winter Sun is a good show with the potential to grow into a very good show.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Certain plot lines and production values are irritating (especially the never-ceasing music, scored relentlessly, as if "Related" were a silent movie), but there are a few redeeming bonuses here. The supporting and guest cast is loaded with very effective performers.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    This one is almost impressively wonderless.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    With the second season now starting, it needs to add a little more value.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Samantha Who? plays the discovery parts nicely. The question for this show, as it gets a few episodes in, is a trickier one: Once Sam starts recognizing everything and everyone around her, and makes the necessary adjustments, what's left?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Without taking anything away from “Once Upon a Time”--this one is cleaner and seems to require less cataloging of multiple plotlines.
    • 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"].
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    We've seen that moment many times before, from gays and straights. That doesn't mean we can't see it again. It just means The Real L Word needs to feel like more than a Facebook post.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    For a serialized drama to catch on, though, it has to grab you from the start. Despite its impressive roster of actors, "Smith" doesn't.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Undercover Boss isn't spectacular TV. But its real appeal lies in the exercise itself: watching a CEO meet actual workers and realize they work hard at jobs often made harder by petty rules and policies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [Martin's] got his own troubles, and at least up front they make for some engaging television.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Lifetime's new Against the Wall turns out to be first-rate drama. In fact, it's one of the best new shows of the year.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    [The cast are] all quirky, setting up an endless stream of mix-and-match jokes that don’t seem interested in going much of anywhere.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Chasing Life walks a line itself, staying away from sad, but stopping short of sentimental. Ricci makes the balance work, reminding us that a story of a girl with cancer can also be the story of a girl.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    There are holes to fill, though, before this show gets up to "Monk" level. What's encouraging is that it starts solidly and has a chance to find itself.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It fields one of the most enjoyable sitcom ensemble casts in some time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Everyone in "How to Make It" isn't a winner. But the show looks to be just that.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Leaden, predictable and, at times, unintentionally funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Over four nights, the episodes do gradually blossom into the kind of internal dramas that power Mark Burnett-style reality shows. Just be prepared for long early stretches with minimal action and not entirely riveting characters.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 58 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The Captain [is] a historic hotel now populated by every Hollywood stereotype ever dusted off for a sitcom pilot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As you would expect from a show entering its 19th season, the acting and the pacing are strong and confident. L&O has always been smart enough to stick with what works.
    • 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.
    • 58 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The characters, all of whom are terribly likable, speak as if they are reading from Hallmark greeting cards.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The rest of the drama, though, suspends disbelief much more successfully. The acting, by both men and women, is quite nuanced and well-observed. After a few episodes, you feel their pain, and hope that it is eased.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A very complex metaphysical mystery, the enjoyment of which comes, in no small part, from the surprises that spill out as it slowly unfurls.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We've seen all the parts of this story before, and frankly, we've seen them told better.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show has its tense moments. But it's closer to comfort television than "Hell's Kitchen."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Clueless, oblivious characters are a foundation of most sitcoms, but this show needs more of a humor base than a wall mural that shows Pawnee's first white settlers massacring the natives.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The cast works well together. They just have to fight some implausible setups and jarring shifts from clever and poignant to sappy and slapstick. ... Even assuming the show can keep the cast sick enough to be in the hospital, but so not sick it just gets sad, it may be hard to sustain this story over a full season.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A competition to find a junior editor for Elle magazine, where Slowey is fashion news editor, differs from a two-hour drama in enough ways so the TV show doesn't have quite the same charm. It's fun. Just not as much.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    All three families seem fairly serious, not just like people who want to be on television. So the details of their new lives seem instructive, even if the lesson is “better them than us.”
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    So many parts of the pilot, though, seem dumbed down or sacrificing character for punch lines, you wonder why things weren't retooled in time for launch.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Some scenes are brilliantly and subtly turned, some make you roll your eyes. Some are straight from the Soap Opera 101 playbook.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Too much of Men, despite Romano's skill at observational humor, feels slow and uncomfortably downbeat.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.”
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Rules of Engagement" is no more believable than it is amusing, and it's never amusing.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Much of the real beauty of Power lies in the details, conversational and visual.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    The chemistry among the leads isn't fully there, and the trail of clues, at least in the opening two episodes, relies on a lot of serendipity and improbable deductive work. But "In Justice" is a watchable show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Montgomery's last gig on CBS, "Without a Trace," lasted seven years. Unforgettable has a ways to go, but it's got a lot of the right stuff.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Deliverance Creek is what the TV biz calls a “backdoor pilot,” meaning that its real goal is for the story to continue as a weekly series. If it does, let’s hope it gets less murky.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In a perfect world, Dollhouse would be a good show. It's not.
    • 57 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a brilliant sitcom premise in this sense: The characters will all have backstories. The only tiny caution is that many of those stories won't necessarily be funny.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a charming dance, and Gillan and Cho play it with the proper froth.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    TNT's new Memphis Beat has a great soundtrack and a pretty good cop drama in between.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Standard setup? Sure. Standard execution? For the most part.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It has funny moments. It’s just not a game we’re likely to want to keep watching.
    • 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?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    "Raines" not only deserves an audience - with any luck at all, it deserves a renewal, and a firm spot on NBC's fall schedule.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It presents a mouthwatering cast and a tasty premise, then fails to generate a succulent premiere.
    • 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]
    • New York Daily News
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While moments in The Principal's Office are relatable enough, they're just not that intriguing, maybe because they involve people we've never met before and will not meet again.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Whole Truth gets a split verdict. Solid idea, inconsistent execution.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    In between the romantic dramas, a lot of sharply written comedy and some long passages of news-wonk stuff, it aims to make viewers do a little thinking.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    "Freddie" isn't groundbreaking, but it's watchable, and the characters are very likable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The story of these patients is worthwhile, and even touching, but that doesn't make it excellent television.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    American Hoggers turns out to be a remarkably straightforward show, almost closer to a documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Reaper has a clear potential to be simply cartoonish, like a bad adaptation of an action comic. But it surprises you, sprinkling in enough human nuance to keep several decent character dramas percolating.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Chew too often felt overstuffed, as if its celebrity crew were engaged in a speed-talking contest.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Body of Proof would be interesting enough if it were just "Quincy" with better legs. Add the other elements and you have something worth checking out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    A script so unimaginative, and characters so flat and forced, that it begs for a recall vote.
    • 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
    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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    After an episode or two, when you sort out the characters and how their lives bang together in the dark, elegant shadows of late-1950s Miami Beach, you'll find rich drama, well written and beautifully styled.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Wile Bobby Cannavale plays a credible Cupid and Sarah Paulson is likable as his mortal sparring partner Dr. Claire McCrae, there just isn't a whole lot here.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A promising new summer series.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Mary doesn't win 'em all, but In Plain Sight is a W for USA.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's fun in a familiar sort of big-hair soap opera way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Like watching "The Carol Burnett Show: The Next Generation."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There’s a Crescent City flavor here. But in the larger picture, not much on this menu is unfamiliar.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It's all sort of cartoonish and, for better or worse, the characters rarely rise above it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Whether it will sustain as a weekly TV show or whether it would work better as an occasional random 10 minutes of dinner conversation remains to be seen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    If The Cleveland Show isn't quite as sharp-tongued or focused yet as "Family Guy," it's got the eccentricity to fit into broadcast television's most off-center evening.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Its supporting players steal the spotlight from the central character.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    None of the stories is particularly memorable and, interestingly, no one suggests that weight gain was a by-product of depression from losing the spotlight.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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