David Hinckley
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For 1,220 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 I've Got A Secret: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,220 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    United States of Tara, which features Toni Collette as the title character and whose executive producers include Steven Spielberg, takes a riskier tack, giving the story a wide vein of comedy. In many ways, they pull it off.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Mental doesn't blow in with quite as fresh a breeze as "House." But it could get up into that division.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Spies of Warsaw starts off as a complex spy drama and feels like it finishes as a less complex romance drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Viewers willing to put in the work tonight could be rewarded with a complex, nicely turned drama. Those less interested can wait a week, when the 10 p.m. options will expand to include Jay Leno telling jokes. No scorecard needed there.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you’re up for an hour of the ominous, Eye Candy earns its way into the next generation of noir.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Secret Circle isn't stunning out of the gate. It does seem to understand what it wants and needs to be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It’s getting there. If things feel a little contrived, or a lot contrived, that’s hardly a first for the show. They’re also tangled and messy and dastardly with a real shot at becoming sordid. That’s a good start.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It may be a couple of weeks before we decide whether these lead characters and their ensemble will be able to mix the soap and the political intrigue into a story that makes us care enough to keep coming back.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Despite the accordant level of menace, The Librarians never gets too dark. If anything, it sometimes gets too goofy. Still, it’s worth checking out.
    • 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.
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    • 60 David Hinckley
    Resolution, in standard Ripper Street fashion, comes with ambivalence. It also does little to sort out Reid’s own complicated life. But its well-turned story should keep viewers tuned in.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Mystery Girls is silly, tongue-in-cheek fun where we’re all in on the gag. How long it can be sustained is the question. But for now, at the very least, it’s a much better look for Tori Spelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It relies less on mystery and more on physical action, like a video game-style scene where Miles, Charlie and their small band wipe out what looks like about a hundred bad guys.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Suspense-building requires walking a line, though. If you spend too long getting to the point, the bubble you’ve inflated starts to lose air. That’s close to happening a couple of times, which is too bad, because when we get to the reveals, we’d like to still really care.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    She doesn’t explode off the screen. She does make you laugh.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show has so much visual scope it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you can get past the setup of Suits, the ride could be fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Once you get past its somewhat misleading title, Mark Burnett's new Shark Tank is a well-paced hour that offers entertainment without humiliation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Top Model runs smoothly enough so it doesn't need two hours, which means we spend too much time watching the contestants look at pictures of Tyra Banks on the wall of the house where they're staying.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Believe does require a few leaps of belief from viewers. The law seems surprisingly indifferent, for instance, to locating this escaped Death Row inmate. Still, with its seriously flawed “hero” and a girl who’s hard to resist, Believe could be an interesting ride.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Pperhaps as a result of that mission, The Sixties often feels like an academic project, something for a modern history class.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It still has the same problem, which is exactly where it can take itself, but the ride remains as delightful as the bright shiny colors with which the show lavishly decorates itself.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While Taxi Brooklyn is an import, a low-cost summer rental, it has much of the lean, clean charm of, say, USA programs.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Flash forms a decent complement to “Arrow,” from which it has been spun off. If it doesn’t sparkle, it also doesn’t stumble.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The title turns out to be pretty accurate. These two strangers, both versed in survival training, are sent into the dense Costa Rican jungle with a knife and a firestarter.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    You wouldn’t necessarily want to hang with any of these folks. They do give us a glimpse of a world that may be only a couple of subway stops away, but might as well be located in another galaxy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This is fascinating and clearly National Geographic thinks so, too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We're going to need a few episodes, though, to see whether the awkwardness will disappear, or if the show wants it to.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While it tries to stay in the hip genre of new-school dramedy, it often tilts toward traditional soap and sitcom.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While some tension looms throughout Steel Magnolias, it's really more a character drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There’s a Crescent City flavor here. But in the larger picture, not much on this menu is unfamiliar.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This moves the show closer to the "Dallas" model...It makes our lives simpler, though it does pressure the writers to come up with ever-more appalling behavior.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Parenthood is liberally spiced with humor, and like all Ron Howard productions, it also has regular moments designed to make our hearts feel all toasty. But other parts aren't funny at all for the large Braverman family around which the show revolves.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A competition to find a junior editor for Elle magazine, where Slowey is fashion news editor, differs from a two-hour drama in enough ways so the TV show doesn't have quite the same charm. It's fun. Just not as much.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It still drives you crazy with flashbacks, flash-forwards, fantasies and all manner of other tricks that do help define the show's ambience, but which often interrupt the story as much as they enhance it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The rhythms feel off. The cuts don't feel as crisp, the transitions don't feel as sharp. Part of this may stem from the show's deliberate and successful attempt to look L.A. Where the New York edition always had a little grit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Vice tries to go where other news, documentary and magazine shows do not. That’s okay, though it does at times overstate its pioneering prowess.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At least in the early stages, though, the show feels reasonably legitimate, and introduces us to characters who are neither appalling nor boring.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    ABC chimes in with its new animated sitcom The Goode Family--then pulls just enough punches so tonight's premiere episode feels like satire lite.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    After a 40-minute trip through the strange life of Robert Durst, we have no idea whether he’s a killer or a survivor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It could still be a hit, largely because of Kinnear. But it needs to pick up its game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Like the network's first original series, "Cedar Cove," Good Witch doesn't stray a micrometer from the Hallmark brand. You don't need witch's powers to figure out what's going to 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
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It feels somehow as if there's a backstory here we don't fully know about. Still, their adventures are instructive and the dangers seem genuine.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This version has a brisker pace than the fine French original, though it wouldn’t be called action-packed. With its ominous and dark undertone, call it cerebral sci-fi.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Friends With Better Lives seems to be betting that we, like the characters themselves, won’t need much beyond each other. That could work. Especially if they tell an occasional joke that’s not about sex.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you can gulp hard and swallow the premise of Tyrant, you’ll find another hard, dark, intense FX drama about a world in which a lot of the normal rules don't seem to apply.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    [The two plotlines] provides plenty of rich material for Sorkin on both fronts, and we can be sure he’s got plenty to say. The hope is that he will restrain himself enough so the rest of us can distill it into something we can digest.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The only problem here is that once in a while the producers and cast get so enthusiastic about their production numbers, their words become almost unintelligible.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The only real downside of Gym Teacher is that it runs about twice as long as its material.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As it threads through a maze of sometimes shaky plot turns, you could say the script gets tortured--along with most of the characters. But there is a payoff, in the high-stakes cat-and-mouse game between pirate Blackbeard (John Malkovich) and Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle), a British crown agent who represents law and order.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Weed Country makes it clear there’s still a lot of Wild West in the marijuana biz--and a whole lot of conversation needed to sort it out.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Credibility starts to fray when our heroes, or anti-heroes, keep needing miraculous last-second evasions and escapes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Leno did the show last night exactly the same way he does every show. He knows how to tell jokes and he can make his way through an interview.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This show tackles a genuinely interesting issue: how high-achieving men cope with what society sees as demoting themselves by staying home while their wives earn the family money. It tackles that question in a calm and at times even insightful way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Human Target lays a good premise and an intriguing character over a fairly stock detective story. It's not the worst way to spend an hour.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Standard setup? Sure. Standard execution? For the most part.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    In the end, while its outrageous characters are often amusing, their palate of jokes runs thin.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It presents a mouthwatering cast and a tasty premise, then fails to generate a succulent premiere.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The cast works well together. They just have to fight some implausible setups and jarring shifts from clever and poignant to sappy and slapstick. ... Even assuming the show can keep the cast sick enough to be in the hospital, but so not sick it just gets sad, it may be hard to sustain this story over a full season.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The "Apprentice" vision of "reality" is pretty much summarized by the fact that somehow all the women are slender and attractive. [8 Jan 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Eli Stone is uneven and seems uncertain about what it wants to be when it grows up, it has rather endearing moments.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "The Unit" features a strong cast - but for much of this show, they're cast adrift.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    For a serialized drama to catch on, though, it has to grab you from the start. Despite its impressive roster of actors, "Smith" doesn't.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Dresden" hasn't put a spell on me at the start - but it's not bad. It's just that on Sundays, opposite such shows as "Desperate Housewives" and "Rome," not bad is not nearly good enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    So many parts of the pilot, though, seem dumbed down or sacrificing character for punch lines, you wonder why things weren't retooled in time for launch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    No matter how obvious the wardrobe might be, the scripts are even more so.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Complexity is one thing; making the complexity compelling is another, and "Prison Break" fails there.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It requires a lot of patience to get there, but the lessons may be worth it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "'Til Death" plays like a tired reworking of "Married ... With Children," but without the children.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    With talents like Dunham (who created the show, writes, directs and stars) and executive producer Judd Apatow behind the scenes, you’d expect at least more chuckles than you get from this sad return.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    I'll be patient, out of respect to Milch and Tinker, but I don't expect you to be.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Up front, at least, the show too often feels like its fighting with itself.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Brothers starts with a noble idea: Bring two estranged adult brothers together by forcing them to live in their parents' house again. It just doesn't quite achieve either poignance or real comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The story of these patients is worthwhile, and even touching, but that doesn't make it excellent television.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Time travel looked so cool and carefree in "Back to the Future" that you wonder why it seems to become so difficult and often downright unpleasant when TV characters try it. In the case of Dan Vassar, the time traveler in NBC's new Journeyman, it also gets unreasonably complicated for the viewer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The quality of the mystery in the pilot, no better than mediocre, is what keeps this series from starting off with a wider lead at the opening gun.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    If ABC's new cop drama, Castle, can slightly tweak its title character, it could turn into a very nice little show. In Monday night's premiere episode, it's just not quite there.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    As a series, it could be a lot better, but there's no denying the appeal of the two musicians.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Courting Alex" is courting disaster by the way it plays against Elfman's, and Coleman's, strengths.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Felicity" is a tolerable, even watchable family drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The problem isn’t the characters, though they can feel a little stilted. The problem is that we don’t believe the whole situation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This show doesn’t have to be super. It does have to be fun.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with 7 Days isn't its lack of explicit material. It's the mundanity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    George's action scenes are solid. There just aren't enough of them, and Hunted isn't comprehensible enough for the cerebral part to carry as much of the show as it has to.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For viewers, it's almost impossible to stay awake.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The host does taped vignettes of her own between the standup performances, and while her comic timing is okay, her material feels like something we’ve seen a couple too many times before.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Ethel comes off as a lovely family heirloom, something future generations of Kennedys can cherish. For the rest of us, it's a little less compelling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Tambor, a good actor, gets whipsawed by some of what he’s asked to do, and the show sometimes has the same feeling. It too often ends up finding neither the comedy nor the pathos in these tortured lives.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Wile Bobby Cannavale plays a credible Cupid and Sarah Paulson is likable as his mortal sparring partner Dr. Claire McCrae, there just isn't a whole lot here.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Maybe at a certain point it won't feel like all this is a little too gimmicky, or that the rules are being made up as we go along. Out of the box, it kind of does.
    • 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."]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Part of what Jordan does, inadvertently, is remind us that the real value of a toy is what it meant to us when we played with it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem isn't the performers....The problem is the jokes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Somehow, it’s hard to appreciate the insights because the whole thing just feels so gosh-darned depressing.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The first episode leads us into a series of Hitler jokes, which proves once again that even 70 years after the Allies liberated the concentration camps, Hitler jokes are really really hard to make funny.... On the upside, Man Seeking Woman still has promise. It needs to head in that direction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Chiklis is terrific. Too often, though, Vegas plays like a comic book, without much depth to its characters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Persons Unknown was originally developed for Syfy, and it shows. It's all eerie music, unanswered questions and disturbing discoveries, leavened only very occasionally by humor.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Secret Girlfriend feels like it never aspires to be more than a leaf blowing past us in the wind.
    • New York Daily News
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s a good premise. But where both old guys are cranky and frustrating, unable to show they really care, Caan’s character is unpleasant in ways Eastwood’s was not [in the film "Trouble With the Curve"].
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Trouble is, it doesn't feel all that fresh. Arrogant, idiot superiors have been a bedrock of humor-infused dramas from the ancient Greeks right up through "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Ugly Betty."
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    We don’t dislike the characters. We just don’t feel compelled to watch them, because they often don’t feel much more real than the animated characters they’re replacing on Fox Sunday night.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    In the end, yes, of course, everyone loves each other. But by the time we get there, the only Swedish word that’s likely to remain lodged in our mind is “meatballs.”
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The performances here are good, right down to a cynical--and beautiful--bartender to whom Teddy tells the whole tale. But the action often feels like it was created by video-game developers, and what is supposed to be the subtext, about Teddy really trying to save himself, is about as subtle as a kick in the groin from a sneering DEA agent.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s all good-natured. It’s also random.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    First, Catherine at times feels stylized, like a character from a ’30s movie. It’s alluring and distracting. Second, none of the other characters pops out enough so we’re immediately eager to find out what will happen next.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Hard Knock Life just isn’t all that interesting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It has funny moments. It’s just not a game we’re likely to want to keep watching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There isn’t a lot of drama.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Instead of trusting this foundation and these actors, though, Family Tools seems to feel it must make every situation and interaction so outrageous it turns the characters into cartoons.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Ultimately, though, the stories here are too brief and, frankly, too ordinary to sustain the viewer's interest for very long.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There’s nothing terribly wrong with Killing Kennedy. We just don’t need the splashes of Hollywood in a story we already know way too well.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    On its first pass, Common Law feels awkward.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It all feels pretty dense and confusing to those outside the sci-fi world.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    When you get a headache just trying to follow a show's setup, that's not a good sign. When a show's twists and turns make it hard to concentrate on what seems to be a terrific performance from the splendid Andre Braugher, that's even worse.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    After a little while, though, it slips over the line from factoid to lecture--and what doesn't help, oddly enough, is the wise-guy attitude the Sklars bring to it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Numerous scenes reiterate what we knew, and side touches like Bonnie’s recurring ballerina fantasies don’t need the time they’re given.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with Mistresses may lie with the expectations it has set. If the sex isn't going to be fun, what is it going to be? It would be good if we found that out soon.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This one may be mostly for the hard core.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The story lines feel a bit contrived, though, and the action sometimes a trifle forced. We like the spies better than their thriller.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The trappings up front are so over the top that to say you watch Spartacus to see a contemporary reworking of a cinema classic is like saying you go to Hooters for the food.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Not offensive. Just not particularly fresh or compelling. Long-term, "Outsourced" may want to become an Indian cousin of "Community," with diverse off-center people whose eccentricities fuel jokes. That's fine. The question may be whether, in carefully omitting most things that could offend, the show has enough left to endure.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Giving the characters a few more shades of gray wouldn’t hurt, either, since the whole drama has a kind of cartoon simplicity that makes us feel like we’ve seen all of it before.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Clueless, oblivious characters are a foundation of most sitcoms, but this show needs more of a humor base than a wall mural that shows Pawnee's first white settlers massacring the natives.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Almost all of it feels hit-and-run, an exercise in setting up a clever line here or a cartoonish response there.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    [The cast are] all quirky, setting up an endless stream of mix-and-match jokes that don’t seem interested in going much of anywhere.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While the new kids at McKinley get a few quirky gags, including an unsubtle Tea Party exchange, they feel half-hearted, as if only real remaining mission is to follow our old friends to the finish line. That’s fine. But we could have done it two seasons ago and not missed much.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Unfortunately, Resident Advisors settles too often for familiar college hijinks and obvious sex gags that do nothing a hundred broadcast sitcoms haven’t already handled.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The best face it can put on terrible murder cases is philosophical, and that may not be enough to keep viewers from the somber takeaway that someone they like has ended up dead.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Droll and amusing though the jokes and characters in the first episode often are, The Neighbors has all its chips riding on what is essentially a one-line gag.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Catfish has value as a cautionary tale, and documentation of one way the Internet has affected lives. That makes it sociology, not entertainment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Picking up a copy of the Washington Post from any day in his presidency would likely provide more insight into the man who led the Free World when the Berlin Wall fell and later launched the first Gulf War.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While everyone here executes their roles well, Saving Hope never feels very gripping.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Picking up where the worst of the "Real Housewives" leaves off, these women drink too much in a restaurant and start pounding on each other and pulling each other's hair.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Wilson plays the disenchanted slob well. But it’s not long before the politically incorrect insults and Backstrom’s general misanthropy start to lose their impact, and the cop stuff feels formulaic enough that there seems little reason to hop aboard his train.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Unfortunately, the potentially intriguing premise of this new three-part BBC America series, In the Flesh, soon turns into a heavy-handed allegory for how we treat anyone who is different and perceived as threatening.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At several points, Resurrection feels like the kind of show that might have been better served by culling subplots and making it into a miniseries or a movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s still a basically good-hearted guy against a mean old world. But the modernizing makeover has taken away some of what made Sinbad last so many centuries in the first place.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Beautiful Life is designed to fit alongside CW anchors like "90210," except that even by those standards, it's pretty predictable and stilted.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    So where "Dallas" was happy if we were appalled at almost every character, Lone Star depends on us coming to like most of them, including Bob. The problem is that he's not a guy who got drunk one night and wrecked someone's car on a joyride. He has spent his life stealing from people who thought he was their friend.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    it's still feeling like a pasted-together assortment of ideas and plot lines from productions past.
    • 48 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
    Maybe it will work. Maybe it will sort itself out in time for viewers to figure out what they like. For now, it feels chaotic.
    • New York Daily News
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For the good raucous fun we seem to want in our "reality" food shows, Chopping Block isn't yet something most Americans are likely to order.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Okay, delicious trash, perhaps. But still, trash.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Too much of Men, despite Romano's skill at observational humor, feels slow and uncomfortably downbeat.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The formulaic story also limits what the actors can do, though Sokoloff slides nicely into the plucky reluctant heroine role.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Vineyard feels less like a Martha’s Vineyard experience than a generic young-folks reality-show experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Skilled as Applegate, Arnett and Rudolph are at making us laugh, they need dimension.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There’s a place for an honest, nonjudgmental show like Teen Mom 3. At a time when real-life teens are happily getting pregnant a lot less, you just hope no one’s watching this and thinking maybe it’s no big deal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Fatal Honeymoon seems vaguely unsatisfying--not because of its conclusion, but because it feels like an extended dramatization that in the end tells us less than a straight news report or documentary could have done.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's all good-natured, upbeat and occasionally funny. Janeane Garofalo has an amusing role as a sardonic talk-show host. But mostly the viewer will be drumming his or her fingers, waiting for the inevitable to play out, which it does, with no particular distinction.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The show just doesn't add enough fresh blood to dramas and situations we may simply have seen too often.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's as familiar, comfortable and tasty as a Ritz cracker.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The show does a good job in tonight's premiere of sorting out the good guys and filling viewers in on the disturbing backstory. In fact, it may do too good a job because there doesn't seem to be a lot of mysteries left.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    [Red Widow] threatens to box its characters into a dead-end world from which viewers see no escape.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Lange is fine as the senior Edie, but Barrymore, for reasons not entirely her fault, seems off her game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The New Normal wants what "Modern Family" is having. But if we're going to catapult from "South Park" to a Hallmark movie, we need a smoother ride.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    We've seen that moment many times before, from gays and straights. That doesn't mean we can't see it again. It just means The Real L Word needs to feel like more than a Facebook post.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Without sounding disrespectful, it feels pretty routine.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    NBC’s annual live musical event had spirit and lively dancing Thursday night. It also felt long and flat, even when it briefly morphed into a superhero showdown.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Fox's best comedies are always off-center. Raising Hope forgets to stay there.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem for the miniseries is that what it adds to fill the extra time feels like padding.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Somewhere along the way, though, this three-night, six-hour production begins to feel less like a compelling metaphor for totalitarian repression and more like a marathon. No offense, but is it over yet?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's too easy, too much like a series of safe sketches that play to all the stereotypes everyone in politics claims describe the other side.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Episodes has funny moments. It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At times Babylon feels like it’s paying more attention to comic setups than the drama. At other times it isn’t. It’s not only confusing to viewers, it’s confusing to the cast, whose lines sometimes seem almost cartoonish.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While several subplots swirl around, Drac’s mission will be driving this story, which means we need a commanding presence at the center. Rhys Meyers plays it more subtly. That’s a valid acting choice. It just doesn’t make the story as bloody good as it might be.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This lavishly produced and well-acted mystery-and-conspiracy drama lacks only one essential element: a payoff that makes the previous four hours feel a little more worth your time.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At times we're watching largely to see if there will be a clever turn in the writing. It would be better if we were more invested in the character drama.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    As a reality show, "Fly Girls" feels pretty routine.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Chew too often felt overstuffed, as if its celebrity crew were engaged in a speed-talking contest.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It doesn’t offer enough fun to balance out the multiple improbabilities in its storyline, the constant time-shifts, the hard-to-follow scenes in the dark or what we’re expected to accept about the legal and academic worlds.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Reckless feels like it was designed by a committee.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's got the action and the one-liners. It just doesn't leave you caring all that much whether you see it again.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The show still has some interesting things happening, and there are worse things on TV than a fast-paced action drama. But making it into “Son of 24” doesn’t feel like the right touch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    As in the earlier show [NBC's "Best Friends Forever"], both Parham and St. Clair create likable characters we wouldn’t mind following through strange, poignant, absurd, comic and ultimately endearing adventures. But those adventures get diluted here, at least on the back-to-back opening night episodes, by heavy-handed scenes you don’t expect or want in a USA show.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    A couple of hail-Mary maneuvers and a lucky coincidence come to the rescue. But it’s clear that Gang Related already has dipped deep into a well that only holds so much water.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Deliverance Creek is what the TV biz calls a “backdoor pilot,” meaning that its real goal is for the story to continue as a weekly series. If it does, let’s hope it gets less murky.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The gimmick undercuts what could have been a decent doctor show with benefits --that is, a solid romance between lead characters Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) and Dr. Lena Solis (Alana De La Garza).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing wrong with American Dream Builders except it feels like these design shows are becoming a TV version of Levittown.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Faris does her best with a role that still feels unfinished, and too much of the rest of the cast consists of caricatures.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's a slight premise, and the odds of it morphing into a fresh, lively weekly adventure feel about the same. Slight.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The phrase "all over the place" barely begins to cover it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There may not be a quiz, but without notes you’ll almost certainly miss some of the twists and clues. The eight-episode Intruders, based on the Michael Marshall Smith book, doesn’t fear the dense.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem arises when these plots become so intricate, and lurk so far beneath the surface, that many viewers will just put down the shovel and decide it’s not worth the effort to follow them.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The movie itself apparently isn’t sure the murders themselves are lurid enough. So it adds a few things that didn’t happen, plus some 21st-century music.
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It should be funny, which the new Fox workplace comedy Do Not Disturb is not.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At the end of the night, Mixology doesn’t have a lot of fizz.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Everything but the problems feels increasingly awkward and forced. Well-played as the characters remain, we care less about them, not more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s all done in a tone of subtly absurdist humor, which is fine but wearing. While explanations of international marketability and aftermarket products may fascinate Hollywood, they soon become white noise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    With the second season now starting, it needs to add a little more value.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    To put it bluntly, it's more fun to watch some guy pick up a car than to hear him contemplate its impact on his family.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Mitt focuses on a couple of flashpoints: the unsuccessful 2008 primaries against John McCain, the successful 2012 primaries and the 2012 general election. In none of these do we get any “aha, so that’s how he really feels” moments. It’s more a portrait of someone who assesses each situation accurately, good or bad.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    In the end, this Canadian import would be okay for a summer evening if there was more to like in the characters. There just isn’t.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The best thing that can be said for the six Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on their opening night is that they aren't as annoying as their counterparts in New York or New Jersey. The fact they don't make us want to wash our hands, though, is not the same as saying their self-absorbed dramas are worth an hour of our lives.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Middle feels like a sitcom version of standup comedy. "Three guys and two girls walk into Indiana..."It's not offensive. Just superfluous.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing wrong with playing a gay stereotype on a sitcom, except that if you're the main character, you can't be just a gay stereotype. Even an amusing one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The pieces are here. They just feel messy and unfocused, which means the show's fate may depend on whether the audience will hang around long enough to sort it all out. That may take a little sprinkling of magic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    None of the stories is particularly memorable and, interestingly, no one suggests that weight gain was a by-product of depression from losing the spotlight.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    We see his standup act and we laugh. We watch this whole package and the laughs are sporadic. Someday he may find the scripted sitcom that captures his humor. Not this time.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It just doesn't feel like it's setting up a story we're really going to care about.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    If it all sounds a little contrived, it is. But that's not the show's real problem. The real problem is that instead of having goofy fun with all its eye candy, Royal Pains mostly wants to sit around drinking in the excesses of the uber-wealthy, with an occasional joke as an afterthought.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bella, played by Elizabeth Reaser of "Grey's Anatomy," is pleasant, and viewers will appreciate how she works to keep urgency from devolving into desperation. But she's stuck in this guy-of-the-week plot that leaves little room to do anything but hope each guy has enough unique quirks so the jokes can change.

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