For 1,045 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Mad Men: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 I've Got A Secret: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,045 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 50 David Hinckley
    I'll be patient, out of respect to Milch and Tinker, but I don't expect you to be.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Watching Best Friends Forever is like going to the sitcom thrift shop and poking through the leftovers. It gets old quickly.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The writing is uneven, so is the tone, and all put together, it's just not very engaging.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    Collectively, then, Whitney often feels like a series of standup jokes broken up by snippets of dialogue.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 20 David Hinckley
    His wavelength is extreme narrowcasting, and most viewers are likely to find Angry Boys just rambling and dull.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Secret Girlfriend feels like it never aspires to be more than a leaf blowing past us in the wind.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At the very least, it maintains TV Land's brand as the comfort food of television.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    No matter how obvious the wardrobe might be, the scripts are even more so.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For viewers, it's almost impossible to stay awake.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    [Red Widow] threatens to box its characters into a dead-end world from which viewers see no escape.
    • 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
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Deep it's not, but funny it often is.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's hard to see this show lasting too far beyond the initial taste.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The show feels recycled.
    • 48 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.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At the end of the night, Mixology doesn’t have a lot of fizz.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Unlike most serialized dramas of late... "24" continues to do everything right.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Ultimately, though, the stories here are too brief and, frankly, too ordinary to sustain the viewer's interest for very long.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bag of Bones feels a little skeletal.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Plenty of material here, spoken by people we like. It's what a good cable sitcom can be.
    • 47 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's as familiar, comfortable and tasty as a Ritz cracker.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Part of what Jordan does, inadvertently, is remind us that the real value of a toy is what it meant to us when we played with it.
    • 47 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."
    • 47 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 David Hinckley
    USA's new The Moment is a feel-good, serious-minded reality show with one drawback: It leaves its stories unfinished.
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This show doesn’t have to be super. It does have to be fun.
    • 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
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It's all surface and very little substance.
    • 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.
    • 79 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
    • 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.
    • 46 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?
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This "Free Ride," I suspect, will be over very soon.
    • 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
    • 38 David Hinckley
    For every story line that intrigues, and every character that sparks some interest, there are several others that don't.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "The Loop" is much more failure than success.
    • 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
    Good parenting is noble, selfless, wonderful work. It’s just not all that compelling to watch it practiced by strangers.
    • 44 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.
    • 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
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This Ironside starts out as a good cop show that Underwood could turn into a very good one.
    • 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
    Neither the characters nor the cases in "Conviction" generate much of anything. Not drama, not comedy, and certainly not viewer loyalty.
    • 44 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.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For the moment, it would be nice if the show could just make the present more compelling.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 David Hinckley
    Waters may kill me, but the rest of "'Til Death" doesn't have the same pitch-perfect tone.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 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
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Let's say Unhitched just isn't very funny.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Okay, delicious trash, perhaps. But still, trash.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    There's more pathos than humor in "Dice Undisputed," and very little "reality" that seems real rather than self-consciously staged.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s all good-natured. It’s also random.
    • 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
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Made In Jersey feels curiously half-dressed.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Droll and amusing though the jokes and characters in the first episode often are, The Neighbors has all its chips riding on what is essentially a one-line gag.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not only unimpressive. Parts of it are uncomfortable.
    • 41 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.
    • 41 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
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It sounds soapy, but it's all handled well enough, and with enough humor, that we believe it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with Mistresses may lie with the expectations it has set. If the sex isn't going to be fun, what is it going to be? It would be good if we found that out soon.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Mental doesn't blow in with quite as fresh a breeze as "House." But it could get up into that division.
    • 40 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."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    NBC has reestablished another Thursday night tradition: sticking another unfunny, almost unwatchable sitcom at 8:30.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The question, still open, is whether the writers can pack enough comic caffeine into the next 21 weeks to keep viewers along for the ride.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Courting Alex" is courting disaster by the way it plays against Elfman's, and Coleman's, strengths.
    • 39 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.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    As a reality show, "Fly Girls" feels pretty routine.
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Thou shalt not watch.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    This one is almost impressively wonderless.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A squirt of soap serves this show well.
    • 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
    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).
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with 7 Days isn't its lack of explicit material. It's the mundanity.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Almost all of it feels hit-and-run, an exercise in setting up a clever line here or a cartoonish response there.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing wrong with playing a gay stereotype on a sitcom, except that if you're the main character, you can't be just a gay stereotype. Even an amusing one.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Hidden camera gags often now settle for crude instead of working a little harder to achieve clever.
    • 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
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Stiflingly reverential, sadly superficial.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The setup could be mildly amusing if it weren't more common than Starbucks.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    To make them all screwy but lovable, in the vein of "Raising Hope," requires more work than this show seems to want to do.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem isn't the performers....The problem is the jokes.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It may remind some viewers more directly of the British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous," except that "Ab Fab" was hilarious and this one just gives you a headache.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 20 David Hinckley
    There isn't a person on this show selling anything more compelling than shallow vanity.
    • 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
    The show's overall tone is less campy than the Flash Gordon movie, but it's more mature, and entertaining, than the old "Battlestar Galactica" or "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" series.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The producers are dependent on their contestant and the kindness of baffled strangers to develop an interesting impromptu drama, and it just doesn't happen all that often.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    All this setup, and more, happens at the speed of light. But it's all easily understandable and gets us right to the real attraction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    The antics, though, are standard sitcom - and, refreshingly, many actually are funny.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Not all Mortimer's posse seems shallow or unpleasant. But collectively they feel like the characters from all those nasty and wonderful 1960s Rolling Stones songs about neurotic rich girls. If only they were as interesting.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    There's little talent, and even less charisma, evident in this gaggle of guys.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    Dating shows tend to be bottom feeders in the "reality" game, but not even the oiliest episodes of "The Bachelor" have ever felt as creepy as "The Cougar."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The two-night miniseries "The Storm," the latest production in NBC's summer of the apocalypse, suggests the network may be running out of creative ways to terminate life as we know it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    There just isn't much about Bristol's life that's of much interest to anyone outside of family and friends.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Everything in Mike's life seems contrived to set up ba-ba-boom punch lines.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    A lot less salacious, and a lot more cerebral, than it sounds.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    If we're going to root for these guys, however, it would help to like them. These guys don't make it easy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Not even the prospect of Deena getting arrested for being drunk and disorderly can restore this final season to its past glory.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    "Freddie" isn't groundbreaking, but it's watchable, and the characters are very likable.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    Big Shots is a big waste.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's not great television in any standard sense, and the appeal of hearing about Christie, Joey Lynn and the ghost of Roberto could soon be as gone as the Dodgers. But, not for nothin', it's got a style of its own.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Cold-hearted and dreadful.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Inconceivable" is so sappy and syrupy, it's the sort of program that even the Lifetime or Oxygen networks might reject.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It’s always worth taking a shot at a shark movie. Ghost Shark just needed to be thrown back.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At many points, though, it feels like a one-man stage production, with Eccleston taking long navel-gazing trips into Lennon's psychic anguish.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Anchorwoman turns out to be entertaining--even as it indicts the local TV news operation it pretends to value.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    "Fashion House" is a passable pop diversion, and a definite curiosity.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Since these "Book Club" women do not seem inclined either to read or discuss their books, my advice is to follow their example - and neither watch nor discuss "Tuesday Night Book Club."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Hot Properties" is such a stiff and unfunny sitcom that it's hard to imagine how it got on the air.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Lil' Bush" is more than a lil' awful.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In the end, it doesn't feel much more enduring than a tweet.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Farmer Wants a Wife feels about as "real" as "The Dukes of Hazzard," suggesting it should be viewed in much the same spirit.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    If you like smart women who hide the iron fist under the velvet glove, you'll get more satisfaction elsewhere--like from, oh, say, Nikita over on the CW, who is better drama all by herself than this ill-served new trio of Angels.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Justice for Natalee Holloway, a title that sadly suggests more optimism than the movie delivers.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Blood & Oil almost feels more like a “Real Housewives” rolling family fight than a microcosm of our national quest for energy independence.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Twenty Good Years" is so bad, its pilot doesn't contain 20 good seconds.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This latest attempt at a series with glamorous young people frolicking at an even more glamorous resort doesn't demonstrate significantly more depth than its unsuccessful predecessors.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    How un-innovative is this series about innovation? Let me count the ways.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    My "Sixth Sense" says "Ghost Whisperer" isn't a very good show at all.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Everything feels forced, right down to the dialogue, wherein the characters all talk the way writers write when they're stretching to set up a joke.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The main problem with Rob is that instead of finding fresh insight and perspective from his inside position, Schneider just slams a piñata full of familiar and predictable ethnic jokes.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    Yes, it's "Married ... With Children" all over again, except that it's not played as broadly, or as successfully.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Perhaps, with all the reality TV dating shows pervading the tube, there's not much appetite left for a sitcom about a fictional dating firm. More probably, there's just not much appetite for a sitcom that isn't funny.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Rules of Engagement" is no more believable than it is amusing, and it's never amusing.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    If it's any solace to the handful of organizations that are boycotting this new William Shatner sitcom over its attention-getting title, the title is the least of the reasons not to bother watching. A better one is that it's not very good. In the process, $#*! My Dad Says wastes the talents of Shatner.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This year even Anderson can't keep this ship from running aground.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Desire" is so cheesy that the restaurant ought to specialize in fondue.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's a story of triumph with a strong vein of tragedy, and in the larger picture, Liz & Dick never captures that scope. Nor, down at the detail level, does the script do neither Lohan or Bowler any favors.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    "How to Get the Guy" doesn't have to worry about a slow slide: It starts out about as low as you can go.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Something feels wrong about a TV "reality show" team swooping into the hotel where a displaced Hurricane Katrina family has been living since September and carting two girls out to Las Vegas for a fancy birthday party.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Lacke is the only person, or thing, in "Happy Hour" that made me laugh.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's a show so determined to shock that it cares more about that than about such things as compelling lead characters, believable situations or inventively solved mysteries.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It's not good.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    A sort of perfect storm of bad writing.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The formulaic story also limits what the actors can do, though Sokoloff slides nicely into the plucky reluctant heroine role.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Modern Men" is a waste of money, time and only an elder generation of talent.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Where "The Game" botches its "Game" plan, though, is in writing punch lines that are much too broad, and in casting men who are more convincing in their roles and relationships than the women.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It should be funny, which the new Fox workplace comedy Do Not Disturb is not.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    She wears 4-inch heels to her community service program, as if she expects her community service will involve a pole. Most intriguing of all, she seems vaguely bored. What a coincidence. So are we.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    If, years later, you're still trying to wash away the foul taste of Fox's "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance," the idea of putting family members and friends through emotional anguish for the sake of prime-time entertainment isn't any funnier than it sounds.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The show lumbers like a 200-pound man trying to impersonate a 95-pound ballerina.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While there’s the potential for a nice, relatable human situation here, almost all the dialogue feels like setups for punch lines. Too often this leaves the actors, even skilled veterans Riegert and Mull, stranded.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It just might be the kids, the ones who grow up too soon in the hard world of "The Wire," who steal opening night.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    The episodes that kick off this last 10-show run don't feel perfect. But they almost always feel intuitively right.