David Hinckley
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For 1,153 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:
1,153 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Its supporting players steal the spotlight from the central character.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
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    • 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
    • 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
    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
    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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    The Vineyard feels less like a Martha’s Vineyard experience than a generic young-folks reality-show experience.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    A wellmeaning, goodnatured show that doesn't have quite the sparkle you'd expect when the main characters include Aphrodite and Hercules.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While Family has predictable moments, it has the potential to provide some pleasant surprises.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While the fixings are here for genuine humor, Glory Daze repeatedly settles for quick-and-dirty. That's frustrating, even though it's understandable to some extent, because the audience for that style of comedy clearly exists.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Some scenes play like those stiff “re-creations” in crime reality shows and the camera’s constant quick-cuts promote headaches, not intrigue.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Ultimately, though, the stories here are too brief and, frankly, too ordinary to sustain the viewer's interest for very long.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This show doesn’t have to be super. It does have to be fun.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Whether Napoleon will work as a weekly animated series may depend on how well a teenager fits in with the other oddballs who populate Fox's Sunday-night animation bloc.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Secret Girlfriend feels like it never aspires to be more than a leaf blowing past us in the wind.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Whichever the case, or whatever combination of the two, watching these 15 aspiring fashion designers compete for their big break is more fun than a new Victoria's Secret catalogue.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Reckless feels like it was designed by a committee.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While the story feels thin and forced, it does let the show dig into Nick and Suzanne's real feelings toward each other, and reminds us that we like them both.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This group doesn't need a villain or a backstabber, at least in the early stage. The job is enough of an equalizer.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    The original "I've Got a Secret" was such a simple game show, and such a simple pleasure, that the only way to botch a remake would be to either spice it up or dumb it down. The Game Show Network... manages to do both.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It's all surface and very little substance.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Not offensive. Just not particularly fresh or compelling. Long-term, "Outsourced" may want to become an Indian cousin of "Community," with diverse off-center people whose eccentricities fuel jokes. That's fine. The question may be whether, in carefully omitting most things that could offend, the show has enough left to endure.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The sobering truth is that sometimes when you mix too many colors, you don't get a brighter rainbow. You get dark gray. Or, in this case, a supersize soap opera.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Somewhere along the way, though, this three-night, six-hour production begins to feel less like a compelling metaphor for totalitarian repression and more like a marathon. No offense, but is it over yet?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This "Free Ride," I suspect, will be over very soon.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Private Practice at first glance looks like it's about to die. But by the end of its premiere tonight it has miraculously come back to life, apparently without even the aid of a tall, handsome, mysterious script doctor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Shahs of Sunset doesn't have any great message except maybe that the world of money knows no geographic boundaries.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Giving the characters a few more shades of gray wouldn’t hurt, either, since the whole drama has a kind of cartoon simplicity that makes us feel like we’ve seen all of it before.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Friends With Better Lives seems to be betting that we, like the characters themselves, won’t need much beyond each other. That could work. Especially if they tell an occasional joke that’s not about sex.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It may be harsh to suggest his "Creek" has run dry, but as a followup exploration of teen anxiety, "Hidden Palms" offers little but scenic and human scenery.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    All the Haggis-Moresco touches are here, from the imaginative choices and uses of music to the sly surprises and twisted humor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    With a relatively modest first order and a late May launch, The Night Shift may be seen by NBC as, realistically, a summer series. By that standard, it does its job and more.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s a bleak and predictable story, not just because of where it took Anna Nicole, but because of where it took those around her.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    For every story line that intrigues, and every character that sparks some interest, there are several others that don't.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This Ironside starts out as a good cop show that Underwood could turn into a very good one.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Even if Amish Mafia may evoke for some viewers the popular and somewhat discredited "Breaking Amish," the show has a running undercurrent that feels interesting and credible.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Every year, there's at least one sitcom that takes an extremely talented cast, and wastes all that talent in an extremely disappointing series.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    First, Catherine at times feels stylized, like a character from a ’30s movie. It’s alluring and distracting. Second, none of the other characters pops out enough so we’re immediately eager to find out what will happen next.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Good parenting is noble, selfless, wonderful work. It’s just not all that compelling to watch it practiced by strangers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's hard to imagine reinventing the concept of the doctor show. But in a way, that's what Private Practice sets out to do in its new-look second season Wednesday--and it doesn't do a bad job.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Chozen shows he’s still got the goods, and his prison years have given him rich material. Among other things, he declares rap needs to be more inclusive, which lays a serious message under the gags. Second, everything gets a lot cruder, an understandable decision that could downshift the show from unique to routine.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The dramas, at least up front, feel pretty mundane. Someone thinks the boss is being too strict and picking on her. Someone doesn’t think someone else is carrying enough of the load.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    While some of the pilot strains to be contemporary with its youthful fixations, the only actor and character who really stands out is Atandwa Kani's Tumelo, a native South African who connects with Katie. Otherwise, it's the animals that make Life is Wild worth watching.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Lovable con artists can work on TV, as they did in “Leverage.” They don’t work here, because at every turn the premise and plot get clunkier.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a big cast where every piece fits, and at least upfront, the writing and jokes are good enough that Anger Management only uses sex gags where they work, not to cover up any lack of other ideas.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "The Loop" is much more failure than success.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Okay, delicious trash, perhaps. But still, trash.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While Jackson will feel some genuine hesitation and wariness about Grammer's pit-bull personality, it doesn’t feel yet like the chemistry between the actors has fully developed.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Neither the characters nor the cases in "Conviction" generate much of anything. Not drama, not comedy, and certainly not viewer loyalty.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    At first these actions, which feel extreme, seem to have little relation to the problems at hand. It soon becomes clear, however, that they do. As he promises, Robbins is attacking deeper problems, not symptoms, and as with any good infomercial, the results look compelling on the screen.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Head Cases" has good leading men but a crushingly bad premise.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    On Our Own could ultimately paint the Houstons as solid, regular folks using their faith and love to cope with life's troubles. After the first night, though, most viewers will likely understand some of the unease.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Let's say Unhitched just isn't very funny.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The setup sometimes feels as airy as an Alabama breeze, but most of us will like the characters, and that provides some grits, er, grit, as well as a decent set of legs.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    My Generation solves that problem by creating fake people. There still could be a worthwhile drama, or least an entertaining soap opera, in "life 10 years after high school." But not when your characters are all stereotypes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It may be a couple of weeks before we decide whether these lead characters and their ensemble will be able to mix the soap and the political intrigue into a story that makes us care enough to keep coming back.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s all good-natured. It’s also random.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Even with savvy veterans and a relatively fresh newcomer like Isler around him, little about Sean Saves the World will make most viewers keep coming back.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 David Hinckley
    Waters may kill me, but the rest of "'Til Death" doesn't have the same pitch-perfect tone.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Heche, a strong comic actress, can’t fully conquer the material here, and while the rest of the cast tries hard, there isn’t much with which to get traction.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    He's polite-looking and very likable - but aside from some quick ad libs during on-location segments, he doesn't get any chance to establish, much less assert, his personality.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It just plays like strung-together sketch comedy, working much harder for fewer rewards than if it added a little depth to the characters.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For the moment, it would be nice if the show could just make the present more compelling.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Underneath it, we also see kids. Yes, rich kids, but also insecure kids coping with the universal dramas of teenagers. That may be the most engaging part of NYC Prep.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The producers don't even pretend to focus on the girls, however. They focus on the parents, a not very endearing bunch whose ongoing mental games with each other and whose drive to push their daughters creates the drama TV cares about.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Made In Jersey feels curiously half-dressed.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Sadly, the game on CM:SB feels too often like we've seen it before and we know what's coming.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This lavishly produced and well-acted mystery-and-conspiracy drama lacks only one essential element: a payoff that makes the previous four hours feel a little more worth your time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Criminal Minds," which generates almost no creative energy of its own, has the aura - or is it odor? - of being patched together from scraps of failed CBS dramas of the past.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    There's more pathos than humor in "Dice Undisputed," and very little "reality" that seems real rather than self-consciously staged.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Kell isn't Miranda, through no fault of her own. At day's end, Kell on Earth feels a little like a knockoff.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A lead character stuck endlessly agonizing over her fate isn't a character we will watch forever, even though Spiro is one of the freshest and brightest stars on TV this season.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Droll and amusing though the jokes and characters in the first episode often are, The Neighbors has all its chips riding on what is essentially a one-line gag.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For the good raucous fun we seem to want in our "reality" food shows, Chopping Block isn't yet something most Americans are likely to order.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The comedy is sharp enough, but also gentle. We like the characters. We probably even know them. And it never hurts to put the rom back into com.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Katie came off as likeable, which counts for a lot in daytime. The show just didn't have a lot of content, somewhat like the stage that often felt too big for her.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Instead of trusting this foundation and these actors, though, Family Tools seems to feel it must make every situation and interaction so outrageous it turns the characters into cartoons.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with Mistresses may lie with the expectations it has set. If the sex isn't going to be fun, what is it going to be? It would be good if we found that out soon.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's got the action and the one-liners. It just doesn't leave you caring all that much whether you see it again.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not only unimpressive. Parts of it are uncomfortable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing to really dislike about CBS' new sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. There's just not that much there at all.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The jokes that drive the plot revolve more around things like feeding drugs to assistant principal Stuart Proszakian, whose last job was being a prison clown with the Department of Corrections.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    At the very least, you'd think the Miami edition of this franchise would have some striking pastel visuals. But even the look, alas, is no brighter than the content.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It sounds soapy, but it's all handled well enough, and with enough humor, that we believe it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    NBC has reestablished another Thursday night tradition: sticking another unfunny, almost unwatchable sitcom at 8:30.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The drama has more false frights than a student horror film, and such an uneven and incompatible tone that it's tough to tell which is funnier, the scenes of alleged humor or the scenes of alleged drama.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It starts by focusing on the riders’ determination and training. That’s good. Then it segues into the infighting and personality clashes among the competitors. That’s not so good.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Lipstick Jungle apparently still isn't sure we get the point about bonding, because it goes out of its way to make it clear that even sympathetic male characters don't.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    After one hour, we not only care about the patients - but care quite a bit about the doctors.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's a show where neither the world being created nor the characters populating it are remotely convincing - or interesting.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Beautiful Life is designed to fit alongside CW anchors like "90210," except that even by those standards, it's pretty predictable and stilted.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This kid behaves so obnoxiously toward the whole world that we want to stand up and scream, "Doesn't anybody in this whole school know how to spit in this kid's sushi roll? Is there not one of you who could jam his head into a toilet?" Which is, of course, exactly the response that creator Jonah Hill wants.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The question, still open, is whether the writers can pack enough comic caffeine into the next 21 weeks to keep viewers along for the ride.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    As a reality show, "Fly Girls" feels pretty routine.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Mental doesn't blow in with quite as fresh a breeze as "House." But it could get up into that division.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Courting Alex" is courting disaster by the way it plays against Elfman's, and Coleman's, strengths.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    What's good for Roseanne, though, isn't necessarily good television. We need something to happen other than a continuing low-level debate over whether Roseanne will accede to Johnny's bidding and get married.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The network may feel that Bratt could stand there, read the phone book and attract millions of adoring female fans. Starring in "E-Ring" may be the closest thing to finding out whether that's true.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Yes, these are good deeds. Yes, Amy Grant seems genuinely nice. But no, "Three Wishes," unlike "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," does not come off as a good TV show.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    You wish them all well. But in the end, watching the Hasselhoffs isn't much more interesting than watching a mechanic rebuild the transmission on KITT.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Desperately trying to be mysterious like "Lost," this show, by any other name, turns out to be an ironically diluted version.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It takes a while for Hank and his assistants Rachel (Addison Timlin) and Arron (Scott Michael Foster) to grasp all this, even with the unwanted help of FBI agent Beck Riley (Carmen Ejogo). Once they have, and we have, the setup is solid.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Thou shalt not watch.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A squirt of soap serves this show well.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Trouble is, it doesn't feel all that fresh. Arrogant, idiot superiors have been a bedrock of humor-infused dramas from the ancient Greeks right up through "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Ugly Betty."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Many of its real-life characters display a lot of talent. They also are so transparent about their emotions, whether sincere or calculating, that their social interactions play more like a scripted soap on fast forward.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Everybody in the premiere episode of Strange Days turns out to be a nice guy or gal, and that's a great thing in life. It just doesn't make for a very strange, or interesting, TV Show.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing wrong with playing a gay stereotype on a sitcom, except that if you're the main character, you can't be just a gay stereotype. Even an amusing one.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    With law, politics, forbidden romance and the sordid doings of awful rich people all on the table, the raw material is certainly available for Betrayal to become a solid guilty pleasure.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Some of the humor is decent enough, but some also has the same feeling as Paul's life: We're here and there's nothing we can do about it, so we might as well tell jokes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    We don’t dislike the characters. We just don’t feel compelled to watch them, because they often don’t feel much more real than the animated characters they’re replacing on Fox Sunday night.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Until the show figures out how to make sitcom slapstick and inner-beauty melodrama work, it’s kind of a mess.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    This one is almost impressively wonderless.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with 7 Days isn't its lack of explicit material. It's the mundanity.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The gimmick undercuts what could have been a decent doctor show with benefits --that is, a solid romance between lead characters Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) and Dr. Lena Solis (Alana De La Garza).
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    These actors more than deserve a series of their own. They deserve a good one, and "Standoff" isn't it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "'Til Death" plays like a tired reworking of "Married ... With Children," but without the children.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Almost all of it feels hit-and-run, an exercise in setting up a clever line here or a cartoonish response there.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Messing is most agreeable, hitting her comedy marks and credible as supercop.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The cast is pleasant enough, and Romijn certainly tackles her character with the abandon and conviction necessary to anchor a comedy-drama series. Were the show better written, these actors probably could deliver the goods with no problem.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Carpoolers, despite a few likable cast members and passable jokes, is in so much trouble, it's pulled over, on the shoulder.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    If you think "Will & Grace" got lazy and tired after a few years, with its broad punch lines and broader plots - and you should - "Twins" accelerates the process by starting out that way.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The turf [conversations revolving around sex] is so familiar in sitcoms these days that even funny lines feel recycled. Like Men at Work.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's a slight premise, and the odds of it morphing into a fresh, lively weekly adventure feel about the same. Slight.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    To make them all screwy but lovable, in the vein of "Raising Hope," requires more work than this show seems to want to do.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The setup could be mildly amusing if it weren't more common than Starbucks.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's stunning that ABC's new sitcom In the Motherhood, built on stories of life as Mom, manages to come off as stiff, disjointed and curiously unlikable.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Despite a first-rate performance from Smits and a smart, sharp cast, the show stumbles over a clumsy setup from which, alas, it may be difficult to recover.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem isn't the performers....The problem is the jokes.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This one may be mostly for the hard core.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    You know a show needs work when its show-stopper is the mime.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Stiflingly reverential, sadly superficial.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It may remind some viewers more directly of the British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous," except that "Ab Fab" was hilarious and this one just gives you a headache.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's a lot of soap, and the dialogue can make you wince. But the characters just might make you care.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Even the best home run hitters can swing and miss badly, though - and on "The Wedding Bells," all of them do.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
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    • 20 David Hinckley
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    There just isn't much about Bristol's life that's of much interest to anyone outside of family and friends.

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