David Hinckley

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For 1,309 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Californication: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 How to Get the Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
1309 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's hard to classify Grace and Frankie except to say it’s splendid television.
    • 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
    With Minnie Driver and Morena Baccarin as two of Jacob’s wives, and Debra Winger as Dinah’s blunt-speaking grandmother, the story is engaging both as untold Biblical fable and modern-day television.
    • 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
    The story lines feel a bit contrived, though, and the action sometimes a trifle forced. We like the spies better than their thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Happily, Scream maintains a sense of humor, reinforced with snappy, self-aware pop culture dialogue.
    • 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
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Thought-provoking and melancholy, like all good F. Scott Fitzgerald stories, The Last Tycoon delivers a good summer watch. ... All this said, The Last Tycoon has taken some critical heat, and not without cause. It has several unsparkling passages and weak spots.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It feels less bold than familiar, and thus, in its own way, perhaps too quickly comfortable.
    • 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
    • 70 David Hinckley
    While this is hardly the first complicated sibling relationship in a TV series, this one has the overlay of unspoken things both men apparently felt extraordinary circumstances had forced them to do.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It helps a lot that [Blunt] is played by Patrick Stewart, who brings theatrical majesty to a man who quite sincerely believes words can change the world for the better.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Complications offers a fine ride.
    • 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
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new weekly late-night talk show plays like a Flintstones vitamin. He wraps the real message in the kind of sweet packaging that makes viewers hardly notice they’re getting something that’s good for them.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    NBC’s annual live musical event had spirit and lively dancing Thursday night. It also felt long and flat, even when it briefly morphed into a superhero showdown.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    In the broader picture, happily, The Bastard Executioner doesn’t require any extensive knowledge of British or Welsh history. It may require some patience to understand where it’s going and start heading toward the payoff.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It feels painted by the numbers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you’re willing to suspend enough disbelief to enjoy Zoo, you will definitely think twice before ever again saying, “Here, kitty, kitty.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Brothers starts with a noble idea: Bring two estranged adult brothers together by forcing them to live in their parents' house again. It just doesn't quite achieve either poignance or real comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Well, the plot doesn't offer a lot of possibilities. The jokes are predictable even when the delivery is hip, and none of the characters is especially likable, nor do we care that much which of them mix-and-match with which others.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Some parts work well; others don't.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It just doesn't feel like it's setting up a story we're really going to care about.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The fragility of these women sucks the fun out of the meeting-and-culling process that should be the entertainment heart of any dating reality show.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It's not surprising television writers would find television funny. It's gratifying they can make it funny for us, too.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sewell radiates the kind of fascination you can't buy off the rack at the TV drama store, and that alone gives Eleventh Hour a strong start.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Those Who Kill can be a tough watch, because it has some intense scenes. Fortunately, they aren’t unduly extended, and for those who stick it out, there look to be rewards.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Whitney is an odd mix. The love feels real, and you begrudge them none of it. Yet the problems are just as real, and it's hard to see what could have averted them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    On its first pass, Common Law feels awkward.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    What Bob's Burgers doesn't quite have yet is a rhythm and flow of its own. It's got the ingredients to get there, though.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's all good-natured, upbeat and occasionally funny. Janeane Garofalo has an amusing role as a sardonic talk-show host. But mostly the viewer will be drumming his or her fingers, waiting for the inevitable to play out, which it does, with no particular distinction.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    To my eyes, in the end, those moments still don't make this show worth an hour and a half of a Saturday night. It just has too many giggly jokes about "toilet water." But if you're among those fans who feared a few years ago you'd lost Pee-wee forever, there's no arguing that you now have him back.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    They're profane, contentious and come off hard as nails, given to saying things like if a man is good to his family, his crimes are not that important. For most viewers, it's a glimpse into another world--a world where a glimpse is enough.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Numerous scenes reiterate what we knew, and side touches like Bonnie’s recurring ballerina fantasies don’t need the time they’re given.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    In an attempt to distinguish itself from a dozen previous TV fashion competitions, which is not a bad goal, Fashion Star ends up feeling overly complicated and a little cluttered.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    If ABC's new cop drama, Castle, can slightly tweak its title character, it could turn into a very nice little show. In Monday night's premiere episode, it's just not quite there.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A new ABC Family series built around four teenage friends and an ominous hint of supernatural forces that mean no good, makes most popular vampire romances look anemic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you’re up for an hour of the ominous, Eye Candy earns its way into the next generation of noir.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    The show isn't a terrific one, but its working-mom protagonist, and its element of "Blue Velvet"-style suburban creepiness, might well find a very receptive and loyal audience for this CBS drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    In theory, it's an intriguing concept for a series. But in practice, "Six Degrees" doesn't work at all in drawing you in at the start.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    These attorneys quickly become characters, not just caricatures, and make "Just Legal" very easy to enjoy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Once we've all acknowledged there really was no need to remake "The Wizard of Oz" because the original creators did a pretty good job back in 1939, it's safe to admit that the way it's been handled in Tin Man, a new miniseries, is a lot of fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Reign at several points is laugh-out-loud funny. Too bad it's not a comedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    What we get is a young adult soap opera whose story is as old as drama itself, but which is smartly packaged to look like you'd get it by typing www, instead of pressing the "on" button.
    • 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."]
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Nothing to see.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Yes, it's "Fugitive ... With Children." But "Runaway"... actually is pretty good, mostly because this family doesn't always get along.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It succeeds reasonably well in that goal, distilling the story of Jesus’ life into a tale of political and theological intrigue that could fit comfortably into a contemporary TV procedural.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Matt Ryan plays title character John Constantine, and he gets an incomplete on his acting grade because he has so little legitimate material with which to work.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It has woven well-crafted murder dramas and, beyond that, given us wonderfully complex lead characters who go way beyond the light banter, gruff exterior and “will they/won’t they” tease of most TV cop teams.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you had to lay out the blueprint for the quintessential Lifetime movie, Secrets of Eden would be it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Where "Army Wives" can get soapy at times, it also starts with a premise that sets it apart. The Protector doesn't start with that advantage.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Without sounding disrespectful, it feels pretty routine.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing wrong with American Dream Builders except it feels like these design shows are becoming a TV version of Levittown.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Some of the pirates tonight, perhaps inevitably, take on a little of Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. But the acting is generally solid and the action is both stirring and, happily, easy to follow.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In the end, visiting the lives of self-absorbed rich people is about as interesting as visiting people who have saved all their toenail clippings. And named them.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There may or may not be a better way to do this show. Unfortunately, this one just isn't all that exciting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Fatal Honeymoon seems vaguely unsatisfying--not because of its conclusion, but because it feels like an extended dramatization that in the end tells us less than a straight news report or documentary could have done.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    A couple of hail-Mary maneuvers and a lucky coincidence come to the rescue. But it’s clear that Gang Related already has dipped deep into a well that only holds so much water.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Parker's celebrity may help sell a TV show, but it's much more interesting to find a Civil War soldier in your own family tree than a long-ago public figure in hers....Genealogy is way better when it's participatory, not a spectator sport.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Maybe at a certain point it won't feel like all this is a little too gimmicky, or that the rules are being made up as we go along. Out of the box, it kind of does.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    She seems to focus more, at least upfront, on injustices she suffered in the past, when she was the weird kid in school who got bullied.... For a lot of kids, the teen years are just plain awful, and it’s not surprising survivors would feel a bond with someone who had the experience and understands. That doesn’t guarantee a good TV show.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    Workaholics is crude, dumb lowbrow comedy, which means it's doing fine right up until the last requirement of the genre, which is that it should be funny. Workaholics is not.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Some of the comedy borders on dark slapstick. Some favors absurdity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Up front, at least, the show too often feels like its fighting with itself.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The pieces are here. They just feel messy and unfocused, which means the show's fate may depend on whether the audience will hang around long enough to sort it all out. That may take a little sprinkling of magic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The show just doesn't add enough fresh blood to dramas and situations we may simply have seen too often.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The trappings up front are so over the top that to say you watch Spartacus to see a contemporary reworking of a cinema classic is like saying you go to Hooters for the food.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It’s not just that they’re caricatures, or that even the most prominent piece of ’80s music used in the pilot makes you wince. It’s the way every move and sentence feels like the easiest path to predictable gags.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The plot strains credulity so much that even that action-happy audience might reject the show.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There’s doubtless some dramatic license here. No matter. It’s a classic campfire story, from a land that truly was the Wild West.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Time travel looked so cool and carefree in "Back to the Future" that you wonder why it seems to become so difficult and often downright unpleasant when TV characters try it. In the case of Dan Vassar, the time traveler in NBC's new Journeyman, it also gets unreasonably complicated for the viewer.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The best face it can put on terrible murder cases is philosophical, and that may not be enough to keep viewers from the somber takeaway that someone they like has ended up dead.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    While the crime itself is only moderately intriguing, its real function is to let viewers see what each of these women does, how they work together and how they talk to each other.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    As silly concoctions go, it's rather tasty.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The production, and Brody, work hard to elevate Houdini’s routines to metaphor.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Wilson plays the disenchanted slob well. But it’s not long before the politically incorrect insults and Backstrom’s general misanthropy start to lose their impact, and the cop stuff feels formulaic enough that there seems little reason to hop aboard his train.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While it follows the current cable pattern of taking dramas a little further than traditional broadcast shows, The Beast essentially serves up familiar cop fare.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show pays more attention to relationships we care about, hints at a sensible number of new ones that show some promise, and thus doesn't rely on obscure medical mysteries to carry the whole dramatic burden.
    • 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!
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem for the miniseries is that what it adds to fill the extra time feels like padding.
    • 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
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The initial story... is a lot more complicated than it is compelling - and by the time tonight's first hour is up, you aren't hungry for more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Nothing that happens with other characters or elsewhere in the plot, though, is likely to diminish Shahi's presence.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The questions posed by "The Triangle" are fascinating. But the answers are - sometimes literally - a waste of time.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's a waste of Cox's comic talents to have her spend the whole show trapped in lines like, "We had sex three times without you needing a nap or a pill or anything."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Ironically, Griffiths at times may be a little too much actress for her role. But it takes a village to make a Camp, and watching this crew work to save Little Otter and find summer love is far from the worst thing you could do at 10 o’clock on Wednesday night
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Everyone in the pilot makes a solid first impression.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's more nuanced than the average cop drama, and for that reason, more intriguing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Tonight's episode just feels a little too much like the first day of orientation, where we're squinting at nametags, instead of checking out what's for dinner.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The Captain [is] a historic hotel now populated by every Hollywood stereotype ever dusted off for a sitcom pilot.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Some of Star-Crossed falls into the CW’s well-trod comfort zone: young-adult romantic drama with a sci-fi twist. It shows extra ambition, though, by putting its outsiders so constantly and viscerally close to those who suspect and fear them. Add forbidden love, which can never escape the shadow of potential doom, and Star-Crossed could become both provocative and entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    His wavelength is extreme narrowcasting, and most viewers are likely to find Angry Boys just rambling and dull.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Even though Baio and Ubach handle their roles well, neither the comic setups nor the sentimental reconciliations feel like much more than reruns.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Even though the fate of the world is presumably at stake, as tends to be the case in these fantasies, this one just doesn’t feel very rousing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    I'll be patient, out of respect to Milch and Tinker, but I don't expect you to be.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Evoking the era is one thing "Reunion" does very well. Involving you in the plot and characters, as well as the gimmick, isn't.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The show gets some credit for acting, because the veteran cast members have good comic timing and coax the most out of their lines. Trouble is, that’s like coaxing maximum flavor from a bowl of lawn clippings.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Sitcoms have been putting odd groups of people together in small apartments since before television existed. And so what? If we like the people, it doesn't matter, and Billie is someone we could get to like quite a bit.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Watching Best Friends Forever is like going to the sitcom thrift shop and poking through the leftovers. It gets old quickly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While everyone here executes their roles well, Saving Hope never feels very gripping.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The more it progresses, the more surprises it unwraps, and the more promise it presents.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Maybe it will work. Maybe it will sort itself out in time for viewers to figure out what they like. For now, it feels chaotic.
    • New York Daily News
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    V.C. Andrews’ popular and creepy 1979 novel “Flowers in the Attic” gets no favors from the scriptwriters in this latest adaptation. The reason to watch, even when you’re saying “Yeah, right” to what’s happening on the screen, is actors Ellen Burstyn, Mason Dye and Kiernan Shipka.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Hawkins does a solid job filling Jack’s familiar shoes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It has complex and possibly interesting ideas and subplots. By the time most viewers finish, though, their flame of interest may be flickering.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Palin is a decent, likable guide to the wonders of Alaska, when we get to them. But the real agenda of this show more often seems to be the wonders of Sarah Palin.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    As the title declares with pride, the show has a lot in common with old-style drive-in second features at drive-ins.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem arises when these plots become so intricate, and lurk so far beneath the surface, that many viewers will just put down the shovel and decide it’s not worth the effort to follow them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Nick at Nite's new soap opera Hollywood Heights asks us for an extended suspension of dramatic disbelief. It has some work ahead to earn it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The writing is uneven, so is the tone, and all put together, it's just not very engaging.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's a funny and disturbingly insightful tale in Showtime’s latest unorthodox comedy. Regrettably, it often disappears under a lava flow of vulgarity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At the very least, it maintains TV Land's brand as the comfort food of television.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Persons Unknown was originally developed for Syfy, and it shows. It's all eerie music, unanswered questions and disturbing discoveries, leavened only very occasionally by humor.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The plot contortions required to keep this going are straight out of a cartoon, and they threaten to take some otherwise nice characters with them.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's broad, accessible comedy - the kind of show where you aren't sure what to expect, but once you sit down, you keep watching.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Running Wilde gets off to an unpromising start by creating a complicated, tortured premise that many labored minutes later delivers us to a simple rom-com.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Collectively, then, Whitney often feels like a series of standup jokes broken up by snippets of dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Leno did the show last night exactly the same way he does every show. He knows how to tell jokes and he can make his way through an interview.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Princesses proves Jewish women who are mostly from the affluent North Shore of Long Island are at heart not much different from the Italian women who populate Bravo’s most popular series, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    What the show lacks most is the humor that lightened the original.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The individual interviews suggest the contestants here evoke about the normal amount of sympathy in find-a-mate shows.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's hard to see this show lasting too far beyond the initial taste.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    [Red Widow] threatens to box its characters into a dead-end world from which viewers see no escape.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not only about a bomb. It is one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Heche is very likable here. She plays some of the same notes she played when stranded with Harrison Ford in "Six Days Seven Nights," or playing Amanda in last year's "Everwood" guest arc, but also crafts a credible character, and slips into her central role comfortably.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Bochco delivers instead a solid lawyer show that fits comfortably into the mold formed by dozens of lawyer shows before it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Jimmy Fallon took NBC's late-night slot for his first test drive early this morning, and it needs a little tuning up. It also showed some promise.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Shailene Woodley is terrific as the teen in question. Unfortunately, other parts of the show feel so contrived they border on soap opera parody.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s hard to explain why it all works, except it does.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Kirstie breaks no new ground, and it doesn’t try to. It walks a path we have enjoyed before.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    In the end, this Canadian import would be okay for a summer evening if there was more to like in the characters. There just isn’t.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The show feels recycled.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For viewers, it's almost impossible to stay awake.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Royals doesn’t pretend to be much more than good fun, and it delivers that.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Happily, in spite of the plot labyrinth that any conspiracy theory naturally creates, Salvation keeps its story understandable and makes us keep wanting to know what happens next.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Jay was Jay last night--hands in pockets, blue suit, solid monologue. Pleasant, likeable, funny, a guy you'd invite to your barbeque.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Part of what Jordan does, inadvertently, is remind us that the real value of a toy is what it meant to us when we played with it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Plenty of material here, spoken by people we like. It's what a good cable sitcom can be.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    No matter how obvious the wardrobe might be, the scripts are even more so.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bag of Bones feels a little skeletal.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At the end of the night, Mixology doesn’t have a lot of fizz.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The outrageousness becomes cartoonish and the conciliatory moments so forced and predictable they lose their healing power. That’s what happens with How to Live.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Unlike most serialized dramas of late... "24" continues to do everything right.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Deep it's not, but funny it often is.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Rescuing people from burning buildings. Feeding people who are starving. Taking a child no one cared about and teaching that child to read. That’s heroic. The Hero is an entertaining reality show. That’s fine. It’s just not the same thing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's as familiar, comfortable and tasty as a Ritz cracker.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There may not be a quiz, but without notes you’ll almost certainly miss some of the twists and clues. The eight-episode Intruders, based on the Michael Marshall Smith book, doesn’t fear the dense.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While they're entertaining together, the show needs other characters to avoid becoming just an endless exchange of the snarky things TV writers love to have exes say about each other.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    It's bold, different and exciting, with a central character and performance that take your breath away.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Emily Owens M.D. begins with the mildly interesting if familiar premise that real life is just like high school. Unfortunately, that idea does not become a launching pad for an interesting story.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
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