David Hinckley

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For 1,309 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Justified: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 I've Got A Secret: Season 1
Score distribution:
1309 tv reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Okay, delicious trash, perhaps. But still, trash.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Season four continues the good work of past seasons by building on all the trouble Jackie has heaped upon herself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If Olivia can keep her edge, if Rhimes can keep the stories as strong as the soap, and if we start feeling we don't know exactly what to expect, "Scandal" could become a habit worth forming.
    • 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.
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    • 60 David Hinckley
    Savage U blends his likability and his well-honed shtick in a way that should appeal both to viewers with serious sex questions and casual observers who get off from hearing someone on television talk dirty.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Once you sort out all the teams and players, Game of Thrones falls together like a good Western. But you may need all 167 hours, at least at first, to do the sorting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It remains a show to which the viewer must pay close attention.
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    • 20 David Hinckley
    What Niecy Nash's very own reality show does prove is that likable people can produce uninteresting television.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    If Sunday night's two-hour return episode of Mad Men ended after the first four minutes, it would still put the show in contention to win its fifth straight Emmy as the best drama on television.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bent feels like a one-night stand where, in the morning, no one minds if you don't stay for breakfast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Duck Dynasty still turns out to be a formulaic show, with a lot of low-level verbal crossfire among family members who at the end of the day assure us they all love each other.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's not that we haven't seen the polar regions before. But this special, narrated by Alec Baldwin, puts it all together in a way that makes it feel consistently more intriguing than the nature films you remember from school.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Nothing that happens with other characters or elsewhere in the plot, though, is likely to diminish Shahi's presence.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As drama it has a few holes and clearly a lot of backstory that will unspool at its own pace....But the narrative is crisp, fast and easy to follow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A well-crafted documentary directed by Nelson George tracking Johnson's life, from when he landed in Los Angeles, led the Lakers to championship titles, and how upon learning of his diagnosis helped change the world.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It takes a story whose outline we know and uses backstage access to turn it into a well-paced drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's fun in a familiar sort of big-hair soap opera way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Viewers who don't regularly contemplate alternative-reality issues probably should tape the show as well as watch it, because the non-expert may have to watch it twice just to figure out what's going on, or even to understand what parts we don't understand.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The premise of It Gets Better, that life improves dramatically after high school for gay teenagers, is tempered by the tacit acknowledgement that before then, it can get pretty bad.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    Celebrity Apprentice has 18 new celebs this year, including several who will make you roll your eyes. Then in the end, the show once again somehow ends up being good clean fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Loving Story is a different kind of 1960s civil rights tale, one that in many ways has a deeper level of warmth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This is fascinating and clearly National Geographic thinks so, too.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    All these characters seem modestly interesting, but none, at least on first acquaintance, feel compelling. Nor are we drawn into their quest.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you had to lay out the blueprint for the quintessential Lifetime movie, Secrets of Eden would be it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    You want to like it, because the rough patches stem more from high ambition than from shortcomings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Some of it is moderately profane. Some pushes traditional boundaries of taste, though in today's comedy world these guys aren't even close to the edge.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    So the upstairs and the downstairs people are sorting things out this season, a process that drifts in and out of confusion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At this point, [it's] somewhere between a long shot and a lock.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Lowe's Midwestern accent comes and goes, but in general it's a performance that will make viewers plow through the darkness and keep watching.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Happily, there are reasons to watch Alcatraz, starting with an appealing cast and a premise that really does not require a college degree in the mythology of other worlds.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Whether you've followed the show to this point or not, you can tune in and savor smart TV drama at its best.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's potential here. If the characters can bond into an interesting dysfunctional family, The Finder could be worth finding.
    • 29 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem isn't the performers....The problem is the jokes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Like many of Showtime's most cherished series, House of Lies can be annoying and entertaining at the same time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Season one set the bar high. Season two clears it.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    His wavelength is extreme narrowcasting, and most viewers are likely to find Angry Boys just rambling and dull.
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    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's like watching someone send out résumés.
    • 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The show lumbers like a 200-pound man trying to impersonate a 95-pound ballerina.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's as familiar, comfortable and tasty as a Ritz cracker.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Method to the Madness leaves no doubt, in any case, about the appreciation he has inspired in others over the years, and not just the French.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bag of Bones feels a little skeletal.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    This isn't a portrait of a perfect response. But it leaves no doubt about the magnitude of the moment and the size of the challenge America and its President would soon tackle, and overcome.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Neverland, a new prequel to the beloved story of Peter Pan, weaves a complex, often disturbing tale demanding considerably more of its audience than the breezy musical versions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's nasty, hard-core stuff--a tale well told.
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    • 40 David Hinckley
    We come away knowing only a little more about the man who created "Star Trek," but with no doubts at all about the kind of affection his masterwork inspired.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At the very least, it maintains TV Land's brand as the comfort food of television.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Once the viewer adjusts to the notion that marijuana here is as legal as a Snickers bar, the rest becomes a fairly straightforward small-business drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If these all sound like the same kinds of dramas that would go on in any American community anywhere, they are. That's the point.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Where it diverges [from many trappings of a Western] is the lack of white hats and black hats. The axis of good and bad is constantly shifting, which is part of what makes the story intriguing.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It isn't invested deeply enough in magic to create an alternative world, and while Giuntoli is perfectly fine as a cop, the police procedural part feels routine.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While it has contemporary music, appliances and vernacular, it has the soul of an old-school sitcom where the issues are basic: boys and girls, grownups and jobs, rogue waves and colorful surfboards.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    You either like Beavis and Butt-Head or, if you're like most of the world, you don't. And they don't care. If you do, it will be good news that they are back and better news that they've lost nothing off their fastball.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Without sounding disrespectful, it feels pretty routine.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    To draw out the story by looping it through subplots and minidramas runs the risk of turning it into a fairy-tale soap opera--when what we really want to know is whether the tragic Snow White or the lonely Emma can in the end live happily ever after.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Boss makes the stories compelling and chilling all over again.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    American Hoggers turns out to be a remarkably straightforward show, almost closer to a documentary.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The setup could be mildly amusing if it weren't more common than Starbucks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Walking Dead may be under new management, but it seems to have kept its rhythm, moving easily between bursts of intense violence and long stretches of psychological sparring.
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    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's unglamorous, nuts-and-bolts police work, applicable to a wide range of law enforcement situations, and that's where much of the show's interest lies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Watching them through this process turns out to be surprisingly interesting.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Everything in Mike's life seems contrived to set up ba-ba-boom punch lines.
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    • 60 David Hinckley
    Maybe in the end, the Brit version works better simply because it understands that these characters are being whipsawed by highs and lows when all they really want is to get back to the middle. Whatever the nuances, the Brit version is worth watching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    In contrast to Scorsese's other work, like his Bob Dylan documentary and "The Last Waltz," George Harrison feels like it doesn't get far below the surface.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Viewers who like the horror genre and the offbeat Murphy/Falchuk approach, and who are willing to put in enough serious time to absorb all the nuances, will fall in love.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Oddly, though, it almost feels too light.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Despite living on pay-cable, Homeland also doesn't feel obliged to create explicit moments just because it can. But it's also possible it's just keeping something in reserve--a lot like its compelling characters.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    What the show doesn't say, but wouldn't mind our noticing, is that even today we should be very careful about giving up some part of our freedom because someone tells us it will "solve" some other problem.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Chew too often felt overstuffed, as if its celebrity crew were engaged in a speed-talking contest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    These four hours pack as much intensity and darkness as 22 episodes of many other police shows.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    After you've suspended about a 10-year supply of disbelief, Fox's new epic drama Terra Nova turns out to be an okay adventure story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Boardwalk Empire loses sight of neither the large nor the small pictures as it moves into season two.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's a show that wants to say something. Now it needs viewers who want to listen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's soap here, and the liberated-woman part sometimes feels like a reach. But the show is fun, it makes flying look like fun, and yes, that line of stewardesses does look good enough to stop an airport.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Some viewers won't buy the premise of the Social Security numbers. Its beauty, though, is that you don't have to.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Collectively, then, Whitney often feels like a series of standup jokes broken up by snippets of dialogue.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you're looking for subtle, Prime Suspect will not become your appointment television. On the other hand, if you're looking for an intense police drama that suggests women face brutal obstacles in the police world, Maria Bello's Jane Timoney keeps the pedal to that metal.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show is asking viewers, then, to invest some time and not expect a clean resolution of some black-and-white drama each week. That's a gamble and a risk. Revenge seems confident it can be taken and won.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    One of the new season's potentially best sitcoms is born.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Montgomery's last gig on CBS, "Without a Trace," lasted seven years. Unforgettable has a ways to go, but it's got a lot of the right stuff.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Like many sitcoms, 2 Broke Girls stretches a little to set up the premise, but once it gets there we're sold, mainly because the two lead actresses are funny and endearing with great chemistry.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Secret Circle isn't stunning out of the gate. It does seem to understand what it wants and needs to be.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In the end, it doesn't feel much more enduring than a tweet.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Skilled as Applegate, Arnett and Rudolph are at making us laugh, they need dimension.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV Tuesday night in a show that could be a lot of soapy fun, but may require more work than some TV viewers will want to put in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sons has hit the ground roaring.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    [It] isn't quite as revolutionary as it suggests, but it's a lively account of some big guys who, if it weren't for a single stray asteroid, might still be here today.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It plays as cheap voyeuristic thrills, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but does keep the show percolating at a somewhat low level.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    For those in the middle, or historical scholars, this sit-down doesn't offer much that Bush hasn't said before. The value here is that it's all in one place.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The story of Prince William and Kate Middleton offers way too much of a Hallmark moment for the channel not to weigh in with a sentimental, heartwarming version of the year's favorite romance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The laughs are here, some a little on the cheap side, but no more often than cheap laughs pop up in real life. Otherwise, by early indications, Pants makes us care about its characters.
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    • 40 David Hinckley
    Putting it [rocket-powered carnival ride] into a show on the Science channel doesn't elevate it to high creativity or some sort of scientific breakthrough. It's just putting a glossier frame around the age-old tale of boys and their toys.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    No, The Hour is unlikely to remind anyone of "Mad Men." Except that it's superior period drama with a deliberate pace.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If something has been missing from your TV screen since "24" went off the air, like an unapologetic, fist-pumping, nonstop action thriller with compelling good guys and loathsome bad guys, Cinemax's new Strike Back needs to be your appointment television for the next 10 weeks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The action will hold your attention, though Moby Dick is really more a drama of character and flaws and faith. At times, in fact, it lapses into melodrama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Lifetime's new Against the Wall turns out to be first-rate drama. In fact, it's one of the best new shows of the year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Mostly, though, all the evidence together doesn't add up to an answer. Whatever went wrong with Aunt Diane that day, we don't know and may never know.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While the writers are still finding specific situations they haven't tapped before, like Vince's trip to rehab, the responses, the dynamic and the jokes all feel like they're slipping into reruns.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If the dramas are exaggerated, Jenna makes the trauma feel legitimate, and her narration gives everything a knowing undertone of humor and self-awareness that keeps the most uncomfortable moments from being painful.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Like "The Sopranos," Breaking Bad finds nuance and drama within this compromised world, and in the process suggests intriguing and sometimes unsettling parallels to the world in which the rest of us live.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A strong documentary that examines a sympathetic yet imperfect character while admitting it's impossible to pin down his precise impact on history.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Patty returns to the unanswered question that Ellen asked her last season: "Is it worth it?" For viewers, yes, it is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The reason to watch anyway is that it can also be rewarding on levels you rarely find in television drama.
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    • 60 David Hinckley
    You can call Rizzoli & Isles glib and sometimes even silly, but you have to admit it's also fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Alphas is hardly the alpha show in this supernatural-hero genre, but it's still engaging.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    So The Closer is still the same fast-paced cop drama. It's just that now we also have the subtext of finding out what road we take to the close.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Miracle Day mystery itself feels, at least at first, hopelessly tangled. Viewers may be willing to give it some time, though, because the action provides an entertaining ride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Curb remains an acquired taste. Still, even if you never watched a minute of the previous seven seasons, you can tune in and get some laughs. Guilty and otherwise.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    In the end, Citizen U.S.A. is heartening because it neither doubts nor ennobles those who have come here and decided to stay. Rather, it suggests that like every other citizen, each now has the freedom to succeed or fail.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    Ugly Americans packs a lot into 21 or 22 minutes. Happily, its often droll and deadpan style makes it easy to watch even if some of the references are whizzing by unappreciated.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The individual interviews suggest the contestants here evoke about the normal amount of sympathy in find-a-mate shows.
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    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's no mystery why this has become one of the most popular shows on cable. It knows what it is, a summer show for summer fun, and it doesn't complicate matters by trying to be more.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Like all mothers on TV dramas, Angela starts out annoying. That means we can probably count on her to say something wise at just the moment we least expect it. In the end, though, this is Thorne's show, and she carries the lead well. Now the writers and Dr. Donna have to find enough interesting places she can go.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    Hot Coffee presents one side of a discussion whose resolution may ultimately be found in the middle. Its greatest value is that this is the side less heard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    While the move to New York opens new story lines, the first episode doesn't feel like a city show. It has a sprinkling of exteriors, but it doesn't feel as if it's really happening here yet. With a little time, though, Nancy can make just about anything work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    True Blood also sometimes seems to have a cast of thousands, despite being set in a small town, so all sorts of subplots have been simmering. The show evolves, as it has before, by starting the new season with a few more. It's a little wearing sometimes, to be honest, though it has enough narrative strength to keep hard-core fans happy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    So it may develop a cult following, and whether it does or not, FX deserves continuing credit for trying different approaches to traditional TV shows. Too often, though, Wilfred makes us work a little too hard for the payout.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Once the race starts, the drill is familiar. Sand dunes, snowy peaks, raging rapids, weekly eliminations. It doesn't diminish the achievements of the contestants that we sometimes feel like we've been there and seen that.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The ensuing jokes aren't new. The men-turned-women only want to know if this planet has a shopping mall. The men still won't ask for directions. nBut Groening has never relied heavily on subtlety, and his strong suits, like timing and tone, keep things moving.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you can get past the setup of Suits, the ride could be fun.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    They both confess to failings, Tatum more than Ryan, and they seem genuinely interested in making things work. Whether they can will be the drama for the next seven episodes, and the only safe bet is that with two people as self-focused as these guys, the ride won't be smooth.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It all adds up to plenty of action and suspense, with heroes we like and villains we can boo and hiss. And the fate of the planet at stake. Who says there ain't no cure for the summertime TV blues?
    • 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.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    This year Dwight has pretty much buried the impersonator tag, though he still has Elvis posters on his wall, and Memphis Beat has further solidified its standing as one of cable's more engaging police dramas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Heeding one of the elementary vampire show lessons, Chloe King sets all this against a backdrop of clever teenage banter and the awesomeness of teenage romance.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    By shrewd editing and maybe a little luck, the contestants here almost immediately give off the same sense of camaraderie as the "Glee" cast in its warmer, more sentimental moments, like when they're in a competition and realizing that better individual efforts only enhance the whole.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's still lively, still fun and still has the right touch of snap in the dialogue. But at times it's working a little too hard, and maybe requiring the viewer to work too hard as well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [Garbus] captures the epic, almost mythical scope of his talent and thus the tragic height of his fall.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Gettysburg aims for a mix of entertainment and information. It's not a bull's-eye, but it's a decent shot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It may also turn out that "Twilight" and "The Vampire Diaries" and their kin have satisfied the target audiences for these wistfully romantic bedtime fantasies. But if there's room for one more, Teen Wolf could be it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Once a show is 80% about fighting, it loses its singularity, because it could be any two people in any workplace arguing over who gets to use the Xerox machine.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's a lawyer show with no aspirations to examine the legal universe. If it has any antecedent, it would be "My Cousin Vinny." So it's wise not to try to parse the nuances too closely here. Better to enjoy a steady stream of pop-culture banter and an attitude reminiscent of sophomore year in college.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Whether you agree or disagree, the film sorts out a complex situation in simple and human terms.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Justice for Natalee Holloway, a title that sadly suggests more optimism than the movie delivers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    South Riding creates memorable characters, particularly Burton and Carne, and it's beautifully filmed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    That's more than a simple bid to cash in on nostalgia for two of the show's original cast members, though it does have that basic appeal. Their return also adds a new dimension to the show.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's so heartwarming it would make a penguin take off his tuxedo in the middle of an Antarctic winter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As the Loud family fractures and then reunites to fight back against their critics, Cinema Verite settles into melodrama that Lane's solid performance can only partly hold together.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    William & Kate is designed almost entirely as an opening act to the real wedding, a short guide to the players. It succeeds simply by not giving anyone a single reason to believe W&K won't live happily ever after.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    For the nongeeks among us, watching HBO's sprawling new fantasy drama Game of Thrones is the epic TV version of trying to sort out the Middle East. That doesn't make it a bad show, and certain elements like the production can be savored by all.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The characters on ABC's new sitcom Happy Endings seem likable and funny. So why, the viewer may ask, does the show give them such a forced and convoluted back-story that it keeps getting in the way of both those qualities?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Fans will find much to enjoy here. At too many points, however, these first three episodes suggest that rekindling Upstairs Downstairs is not quite like riding a bicycle.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    All we see on screen are the backbites and the snarky remarks, and the urgent, earnest, whispered outrage about who shows up at what party when someone else hoped they wouldn't.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Bower starts out seeming just a bit too young and green to command the throne, though he may grow into it as the weeks go along. The rest of the cast play their positions well, from the conniving Morgan to the inscrutable Merlin. And if once in a while things look like "The Young and the Restless," well, some truths are eternal.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Killing marks another bull's-eye for AMC in presenting complex, literate, well-crafted television.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    What makes for a mixed stewardship of the Roman Catholic Church can also make for lively television.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    None of this is really new. It's still presented here in a way that provides a visceral appreciation for what's involved in extracting fuel from mountains.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Body of Proof would be interesting enough if it were just "Quincy" with better legs. Add the other elements and you have something worth checking out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Nurse Jackie is delivering quite nicely with the personnel on hand. Among other things, it confirms that the best comedy is often rooted in things that are not funny at all, but make people act in funny ways.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The new Mildred isn't perfect. Sometimes it has too much time on its hands, holding scenes just because it can. But watching it is time well-spent, because it reminds us that not everyone gets over the rainbow to the place where the dreams you dare to dream really do come true.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The first thing most people wondered last year when they heard a polygamist family was starring in a reality show was why they would want to do that. This opening episode for season two suggests some members of the family will be asking the same question. While this still doesn't make Sister Wives great television, it does shift the central drama to the fundamental question of how Kody Brown, his four wives and their 16 children can coexist with outsiders who frown on or condemn their lifestyle.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The 25th edition, which returns to Las Vegas and introduces seven more kids who know how to deliver what the show wants, which is hormone-based drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a feel-good story, and what makes it more satisfying is that in contrast to so many reality shows, the people here feel genuine, with no sense they're performing for the camera. This one's a contender.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show has its tense moments. But it's closer to comfort television than "Hell's Kitchen."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    While he can be matter-of-fact, bemused and self-deprecating, he never loses a sense of forcefulness, purpose and pride. As Fishburne obviously understands, the story requires no hand-waving or rhetorical embellishment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It would be a stretch to call Mad Love subtle--one running gag is an elevator that stops a few inches short of the floor--but neither does it feel compelled to spell out every nuance, like how Larry and Connie really feel about each other.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sunset Limited requires considerable engagement, an assignment made easier by the superb performances of Jackson and Jones. Their verbal sparring may not be a reason to live, but it's sure a good reason to watch this production.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It just doesn't feel like it's setting up a story we're really going to care about.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Olyphant's even a little better this season than last, as he settles further into the Givens skin. He captures the marshal's essential confidence while never giving away one syllable more than he wants to reveal about the hand he's holding. Further enhancing the fun, there's a new crook in town.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The opening night lesson of the new Fox sitcom Traffic Light is that no matter how marvelous hands-free telephone technology has become, it isn't yet advanced enough to carry its own sitcom.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This cop series immediately delivers intense, richly interwoven drama that sets it apart both from other recent new shows and from well-established standard police "procedurals."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Who Do You Think You Are? still has an uneasy feeling at times, stemming from the fact it only traces the ancestry of celebrities. But if celebrities aren't the only important Americans, that doesn't mean interesting celebrity ancestors aren't important.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Okay, it gets silly. But silly can be funny, too, and Archer is, as noted, consistently funny.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Poehler has great skill at delivering outrageous lines in a droll deadpan. That sets the tone for a cast, including Lowe and Scott, with similar abilities. Too many of the sketches, though, cross that fine but visible line between bemused absurdity and slapstick.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    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
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show's only visual, literally, is cartoon animation of Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington talking. That's a bold gamble because if the words aren't grabbing the viewer, there's nothing else to hold the fort until the words get good again....So as with radio, you ignore the lulls and focus on the keepers.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Lights Out isn't always comfortable watching, because it forces people we like to do things we don't like. But if it's sometimes hard to watch, it's harder not to.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Episodes has funny moments. It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Don't let all this make the show sound complicated. Based on opening night, it looks like Shameless fun.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The next great "Masterpiece Theater" series has arrived.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Like any good graphic novel, The Cape doesn't forget to sometimes be funny. It also at times asks us to suspend disbelief.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you think sitcoms these days try way too hard for shock and awe, Are We There Yet? provides a rather nice alternative.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As in past seasons, a few moments this year may seem made for TV. But this is a show that's scored way more than it has faltered, and the opening episode suggests that streak will continue.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Gossip Girl will get some slack on repeating itself, because teenagers have an incredibly high tolerance for remixing, reworking and rehashing the drama in their own lives. But the show still has to feel fresh, which is why Monday's episode adds at least two new characters who promise to have significant impact on people we already know.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This seven-part National Geographic series on the world's great migrations turns out to be riveting--not just beautifully filmed, which you would expect, but bursting with great stories about how diverse creatures have learned to survive in a world where everyone is fighting for the same food, air, turf and water.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Their tone remains generally civilized, but also awkward enough to make for entertaining television. Still, the more casual viewer may find that All-Stars seems to throw around a lot of "you had to be there" jokes and dramas. The food drill remains the same--contestants cook, judges assess--but the interplay among the chefs clearly is shaped in part by the back stories.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's solid, urban-flavored comedy. Morgan isn't likely to make anybody gasp, as Kinison or Richard Pryor did, but there's nothing wrong with telling a joke well and, most of the time, he does precisely that.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Watching someone explain the obvious may not create electrifying television, but once in a while, it's okay for TV to be more valuable than fun. Like when it comes to how you find a job.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Very often, reality-show participants stop seeming like real people, as if being on TV makes them abstract characters. [Daughter] Bailey's bad moment here makes Downsized feel painfully real.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    She seems distant and a little wary, like someone who has carefully built a comfortable life and sees no reason to invite a lot of strangers in. Her relationship with us is what she sees and shares. In the end, that seems fair enough.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Moguls & Movie Stars has been assembled with obvious care, using a wide range of illustrative material and charming interviews with surviving major characters, descendants and historians.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The storage hunters aren't warm and fuzzy. They're hard guys, always looking for the edge and the way to get that nickel first. On the other hand, they seem to like their work. In the end, what part of the American Dream is bigger than that?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Whether the people here are fifth-generation circus or they ran away to join it, their lives make for a good tale.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Doubtless there always will be some of the Gen. Patton mentality, that a soldier with no physical wounds must be "yellow" if he or she can't just shake it off. Wartorn argues, powerfully, that blaming the victim is not our finest hour.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Most of it was funny stuff, and the audience lapped it up, having long since accepted Conan as contemporary media's cuddliest martyr. For those outside the hard core, though, the sands may be running through the hourglass on this drama, from which Conan is the last major character to move on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Fans of the comic book and first-rate psycho-horror may form a large enough audience to make this a hit. Those not in those groups may want to start by taking a deep breath.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show still occasionally talks about this stuff more than real-life guys probably would. But mostly it lets the action speak for itself. Men of a Certain Age is aging well.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Human Target was a good wise-guy action adventure last season. It's already looking like a better one this season. The main reason: Two girls, Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery, have crashed the testosterone party.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Hollywood Treasure will intrigue film junkies and memorabilia collectors. For the rest of us, it's breezy amusement about a world that, like the movies themselves, we will always be watching from the audience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The new guest cast is uniformly solid....The whole show is now on its own for the first time, since the previous two seasons were adapted from an Israeli series. That series ran for only two years, so this new In Treatment will have to work from scratch. What it has scratched out so far is impressive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A viewer who knew nothing of the earlier incarnations could come to this one and find it immediately engaging, like a good modern police buddy-team drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The best new cop drama of a TV season that has more police than a presidential motorcade. Blue Bloods doesn't have the best time slot on TV, but it's got some of the strongest characters and performances.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Tuesday night by plunging its characters deeper into a web of crisscrossing dramas that suggest the law and politics ultimately come down to soap operas. Whether it's true or not, The Good Wife makes the theory entertaining to explore.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While moments in The Principal's Office are relatable enough, they're just not that intriguing, maybe because they involve people we've never met before and will not meet again.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For the moment, it would be nice if the show could just make the present more compelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Just reciting plots can make Southland sound like a soap opera, and in some ways that's what ensemble shows are. But this one is more than that.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Standard setup? Sure. Standard execution? For the most part.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There are no actual fires involved, and several key scenes are played in near-silence. The emotional intensity, though, rips right through the screen.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Modern Men" is a waste of money, time and only an elder generation of talent.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Twenty Good Years" is so bad, its pilot doesn't contain 20 good seconds.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    "Fun" hasn't been a big part of her job description, but she may have found some of it here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency takes some time setting itself up Sunday night, but those who stay with it will be rewarded with the funniest and most charming lady detective series since "Murder, She Wrote."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The opening episode of his new A&E reality show almost physically painful to watch. The good news is that if the viewer sticks it out, as Danza did, things will get better as the weeks roll along. They never get perfect. But he will eventually find his footing and win some props.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "Eureka" is the sort of show that makes you want to see more of almost every supporting player - and, of course, of the show itself.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At some point, the gang on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will no longer be able to top itself, no longer do or say things that are even more wrong than the last thing they said or did. It hasn't happened yet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Lost returns Wednesday exactly the way fans like it: utterly, totally, completely incomprehensible to anyone who doesn't know the secret handshake. If you're a fan, however, or if you're willing to really study the one-hour crash catchup course that ABC is airing before the first two new episodes tonight, you'll be rewarded with richly intertwined and well-acted drama.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A splendid new addition to pay-cable's stock of dark comedies that keep a human heart beating behind the laughs.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    As You Like It is effortlessly entertaining from start to finish.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    They might have to lose some of the cartoon-cop humor to get there. Whether they do may determine whether Dan and Jack end up as a short, forgettable joke or a couple of cops we care about.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Sister Wives isn't likely to spark mass polygamy in America, but it's the rare reality show that reveals things viewers didn't expect. It even has jokes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The result will be more fascinating to those already invested in this sort of conservation issue than to the casual viewer, who may find the journey tough going and the nuances of the whole whaling question a little dense.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For viewers, it's almost impossible to stay awake.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This "Free Ride," I suspect, will be over very soon.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's still a reasonably funny show, thanks to first-rate performances from Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, a woman who deals drugs, and Elizabeth Perkins as Celia Hodes, a woman who uses them. [But] It's getting harder to maintain a sharp seriocomic edge when Botwin keeps slipping further into a world where there just aren't a lot of inherent laughs.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    To be as much fun as it strives to be, Warehouse 13 can't be just a cop show with a gimmick. It needs to make the gimmick interesting and fun. Season one was promising and season two seems to be staying on track.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As you would expect from a show entering its 19th season, the acting and the pacing are strong and confident. L&O has always been smart enough to stick with what works.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Gunn, a calming and classy fixture on Bravo's "Project Runway," has it--and that's why his new show for the same cable channel works.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It's all sort of cartoonish and, for better or worse, the characters rarely rise above it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The best thing to say about "The Class" is that it improves by quite a few notches as it goes along.... The worst thing to say about "The Class" is that requiring viewers to come back and try, try again is asking a lot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The lesser problem is that all the gags are telegraphed. We see them coming long before they arrive. The bigger problem is that when they get here, they all feel forced, as if someone thought of the gag first, then tried to manufacture a situation, however contorted, that would lead to it.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Without a grounding in vampire lore, many viewers won't get a lot of the nuances, including the humor, in True Blood. So as good as Paquin and company play it, this is another quality pay-cable show that does have a secret handshake.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It has everything you want from such a show: quirky characters, gifted actors, a captivating central story - and questions that leave you not only wanting more, but hungry for it.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    In Treatment feels neither soapy nor formulaic, because of the intensity with which it's presented.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    In the end, while its outrageous characters are often amusing, their palate of jokes runs thin.
    • 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."]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Mainly, underneath the sitcom setups and witty banter, this show moves to the pulse of the ad game. The mystique and power of raw ideas push this story as surely as they push the characters of "Mad Men."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Hinckley
    This 10-hour production on World War II in the Pacific is an ambitious, imperfect, intense and often compelling look at combat that gets dirtier and more ragged with each episode.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
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