David Hinckley
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For 1,245 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 Dexter: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 How to Get the Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,245 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Season one set the bar high. Season two clears it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Sorting out the sins and sinners in the final eight episodes of Boardwalk Empire promises to be as intriguing as it will be intense.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    [Creator Julian Fellowes] never been afraid to have characters we like do things we don't like. That continues in season three, which finds plenty of new ground even as it inevitably begins treading back over some old.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Unlike most serialized dramas of late... "24" continues to do everything right.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    So does it remain a lavish soap opera? Of course. And so what? Watching remains pure pleasure.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    It might be 16 of the best upcoming hours on television.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    As with the Gervais-Merchant "The Office," the more time you spend with the characters in "Extras," the more you feel their pain as well as laugh at their expense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The language, the acting, the themes - everything in "Deadwood" is good as gold. In TV entertainment terms, maybe even better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Justified doesn't have the bite of "Fire in the Hole," from which the first episode was adapted, but it gets much of the tone--droll, a little weary, frequently tense, sometimes conflicted--never forgetting that at the core, good is challenging evil.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    It's bold, different and exciting, with a central character and performance that take your breath away.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Sons is on track to stand among the best TV shows of our current golden age, and we have two more seasons to watch it get there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The law-firm arena is one of TV's oldest and most familiar genres, but Damages enlivens it by defying expectations.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The gamble is that other characters can hold our interest and move the ball forward while we wait for Carrie and Brody. Mission accomplished.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The real skill and appeal of Mad Men remains in its characters.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Watching HBO's new Boardwalk Empire is like sitting in your favorite tavern and hearing someone say, "Drinks are on the house." Friends, it doesn't get much better.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    With the bar set at Emmy, Homeland has little room to falter. With this return episode, it doesn't.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    If you loved "The Office" you may have grave doubts that any followup comedy could be as good and as quote-the-dialogue funny. "Extras" is that - another triumph, and a perfect Sunday-night companion piece for "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    One of this season's most tasty and twisted TV treats.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Four hours in, living up to past standards no longer is in question. Setting new ones is what's going on here, as "24," partly by cashing in on our knowledge of and commitment to previous seasons and characters, gets off to its best start ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Sameer Asad Gardezi and his writing partners have created something very different in Aliens in America--and something very, very funny.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    It's not comfortable. Just compelling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    With strong performances by a cast that includes Alfred Molina, Michael Keaton, Rory Cochrane and Chris O'Donnell, this adaptation of a Robert Ludlum novel reels you right in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    "The State Within" is challengingly cerebral - but at times, it's also almost painfully visceral. Don't miss it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Archer is the rare show that's in love with its own wordplay and good enough that this love becomes endearing rather than annoying.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    "The Nine," starting tomorrow, is the show most people will want to discuss at the office water cooler.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Fabulous in every respect.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    In theme and execution, in caliber of performance and level of dramatic tension, "Sleeper Cell" is an impressive, relentlessly gripping drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The team behind this series--creator Tom Kapinos from "Dawson's Creek," executive producer Scott Winant from "My So-Called Life" and "thirtysomething," and Duchovny himself--makes it easier for Duchovny by surrounding him with sparkling female characters and talent.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The next great "Masterpiece Theater" series has arrived.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Creator Kurt Sutter has found fewer openings to lighten the show as the story has darkened, and that continues to be the case. Still, we want to know what’s going to happen, even if the odds of anything good are about the same as the odds of the show ever winning the Emmys it deserves.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Weiner’s ability to capture “human” set Mad Men apart at the first beginning and shows no sign of faltering at the second.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Like the best TV comedies - from "Seinfeld" to "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and all the way back to "The Jack Benny Program" - "30 Rock" sparkles not just because its central star gets to shine, but because everyone does.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Pushing Daisies is perfect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Every hour is impressive, surprising and entertaining.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    While many shows that have reached this point in the road have left their creative peak behind, Mad Men shows no such erosion. It still has things it wants to say and it still has the poetry to say them well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    It's one of the best new shows from any network this year, and is a total, almost giddy delight from start to finish.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    As You Like It is effortlessly entertaining from start to finish.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    In Treatment feels neither soapy nor formulaic, because of the intensity with which it's presented.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Though the overall tone is light, there's enough darkness in "The Riches," and enough depth in the performances, to make you care about these people - even when you don't totally buy the premise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It has a sprawling cast, but even before the pilot is over, because of the clever way it's written, directed and acted, you'll know, and like, every single character.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    How fitting, then, that the plastic-surgery drama returns Tuesday for its fifth season by dangerously reinventing itself. Dangerously - and totally successfully.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It's as quirky, original and funny a comedy as "Universe."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    "Thief" brims with strong, potent performances.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Whichever the case, or whatever combination of the two, watching these 15 aspiring fashion designers compete for their big break is more fun than a new Victoria's Secret catalogue.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    The show itself, however, does much of its best work in the shadows, where nothing is that clear.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    "Raines" not only deserves an audience - with any luck at all, it deserves a renewal, and a firm spot on NBC's fall schedule.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    I can't remember the last time I laughed so quickly and loudly at a new TV series.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    There's enough classic "Sopranos" action -- some of it involving extreme physical violence -- to remind the average person that where the Sopranos are is not where most of us want to go. Yet at the same time, these episodes repeatedly return to the ways in which the Soprano clan, in its desperate, sometimes twisted and sometimes touching way, seeks to embrace family values.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    FNL didn't get to be the best new show on prime time last season by losing its balance, and tonight's opener has the large cast still making almost all the right moves. [5 Oct 2007, p.147]
    • New York Daily News
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Tremendously likable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    "Big Love" sounds like a high-concept, comedic, intentionally sensational enterprise. Parts of "Big Love" are sensational, all right. But only in the best sense of the word.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    The episodes that kick off this last 10-show run don't feel perfect. But they almost always feel intuitively right.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Powerful.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It just might be the kids, the ones who grow up too soon in the hard world of "The Wire," who steal opening night.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    If you relish the devious darkness of "Dexter" and the wonderful wackiness of "Weeds," you'll love the macabre moodiness of "Meadowlands."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Any fan of Westerns, or of Duvall, will not be disappointed if this "Trail" is followed.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It boldly goes where no man has gone before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Chuck sounds like a regrettably derivative idea - a remake of "Jake 2.0." But it's not. Chuck is a blast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Elizabeth is mercurial, powerful, unpredictable - qualities made real, and a bit frightening, because of the intensity with which Mirren commits to the role.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Their dance of love and rejection, of giddiness and bitterness, is a warped waltz, and Kingsley and Bening clearly relish every step.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s beautifully filmed, with a measured pace and a priority on the performances.
    • 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.
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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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s not just a good story, it’s a good story well told.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Boardwalk Empire keeps the players moving as its fourth season begins Sunday night, and that’s just one reason it remains must-see television drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sherlock Holmes may hail from two centuries ago, but Elementary, this latest incarnation of the old chap, produces the the season's best new broadcast drama.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The viewer simply has to accept that he knows where his comedy is going, and that while his standup has punch lines, the humor in his sketches often stems more from a cumulative impression than one-liners along the way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Brooks makes it fresh, and not just because he comments on clips from "Blazing Saddles" or "Your Show of Shows," the seminal TV show he worked on with Sid Caesar in the early 1950s.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [Martin's] got his own troubles, and at least up front they make for some engaging television.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Much remains solid at the heart of rich Downton drama, and Fellowes has certainly shown in the past that he can bring it all back home.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    With fine supporting players like Anna Chancellor as Fleming’s wartime superior, Second Officer Monday, and Rupert Evans as Ian’s brother Peter, this four-part series makes us care about people whose fate neither we nor they can easily summarize.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The restless undertone that has permeated the show from the beginning does not abate as we start the final round of adventures and presumably get some idea where everyone will go after the cameras are turned off.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Life Unexpected is TV pleasure unexpected.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Other complications arise as well, and Laurie is superb in this episode, carrying scenes so strongly that for long stretches the viewer will forget the absence of his regular colleagues entirely.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    No one in Westeros is going soft, and there is no shortage of intrigue and sly drama that doubtless foreshadows death, destruction and plentiful violence to come.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Watching it, to be blunt, is more work. It’s work well rewarded.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    In the extended picture, it looks like season three might be playing a bit more with the larger concept of freedom--through the lens, naturally, of those who don’t have it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There’s plenty of action to go with snappy grownup dialogue, and Peggy is the kind of dame you won’t be able to resist watching.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    3 AM doesn't pretend to have discovered people who live in the shadows and do things they don’t teach in school. What it does is poke into these lives, subtly examining the lines between the exhilaration of setting your own rules and wondering if that’s all there is.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Another Day presents a steady stream of music, traditional and new. By the halfway point, the larger point of the film also kicks in, about how this music keeps getting played because it’s too good to disappear. Happily, Another Day, Another Time is also this day and time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Whether the film gets all the nuances right is hard for civilians to say. But round for round, the fight is surprisingly lively.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Admit it: You've probably never considered the potential impact of sleep deprivation on a serial killer. Well, the creators of Dexter have, and the results make for highly entertaining television.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Arrested Development often feels like an interwoven series of droll sketch comedies, which means viewers can walk in at almost any time and enjoy the gags.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It remains one of the best.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The comedy is sharp enough, but also gentle. We like the characters. We probably even know them. And it never hurts to put the rom back into com.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The journey has been fascinating, and unlike in some other cop shows, the police part isn’t toss-away boilerplate. While the cases aren’t as complex as the characters, they’ve got layers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Many of the people we meet in the cast are good guys, which gives Dancing a hopeful tone, even when the odds go the other way. We want the folks who deserve it to win, and so does the show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Happily, Scream maintains a sense of humor, reinforced with snappy, self-aware pop culture dialogue.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Whether you agree or disagree, the film sorts out a complex situation in simple and human terms.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A new ABC Family series built around four teenage friends and an ominous hint of supernatural forces that mean no good, makes most popular vampire romances look anemic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sons has hit the ground roaring.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Ironically, Griffiths at times may be a little too much actress for her role. But it takes a village to make a Camp, and watching this crew work to save Little Otter and find summer love is far from the worst thing you could do at 10 o’clock on Wednesday night
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Boss makes the stories compelling and chilling all over again.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The best moments in Wednesday night's chat between Elvis Costello and Elton John, which are good enough to recommend the show for fans of both men, serve up small but sparkling musical pleasures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    With 19 episodes remaining in this season, there's plenty of time for all this drama to intensify and the characters to sort themselves out as good and not-so-good.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    What matters is how well it's done, and Disney does a lot of things right. It's multicultural. Parents are portrayed as people. The intrapersonal dramas are small enough so viewers will understand them.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Bomb Girls isn't a fancy show. It's just a whole bunch of good stories.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Boardwalk Empire loses sight of neither the large nor the small pictures as it moves into season two.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's still not a show for everyone, since 99% of the action is conversation. But it's intelligent conversation, and the problems of the patients, including Weston, are multilayered and compelling.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The shadows are deep enough over "Breaking Bad" that it's hard to imagine a ray of hope or light shining through anywhere. But the actors and writers are so good that, like Walt, we'll keep looking for it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Affair looks to be a bit more cerebral than some of Showtime’s other star shows. That makes it no less compelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Jenna's buoyancy in a life of constant land mines keeps Awkward fun and refreshing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The notes of triumph become louder and more frequent as PBS’ ambitious six-hour series on America’s fastest-growing minority moves toward its conclusion.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There’s doubtless some dramatic license here. No matter. It’s a classic campfire story, from a land that truly was the Wild West.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It knows exactly what it wants and needs its new hybrid product to be. The hockey fights video of teen romance drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    While there are times when it’s no easier to watch, the certainty of the end seems to give the show more focus.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Anyone who loves Batman, naturally, will be watching Gotham, and knowing the Batman world makes the show more fun. But it’s also surprisingly accessible to viewers who just like a good action-packed cop drama with a dry sense of humor. Up front, it looks like a bat-winner.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Bessie doesn’t poke into deep psychology. It’s more a snapshot of an impressive, self-made life--with a great soundtrack.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Much of the real beauty of Power lies in the details, conversational and visual.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s a half hour you won’t regret spending.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The dialogue can be crisp, sharp and witty, particularly among colleagues in both the White House and at the Globe.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This handoff is clean.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Viewers may find it takes some concentration to sort out the lineup and the dramas here. The payoff is worth the investment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Nashville plays as a smartly written and well-appointed soap.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Now it must find a way to become more than a routine action drama pitting plucky good guys against amoral, robotic bad guys. It's got the characters who can do that, though, and it's also streamlined its story enough so even a new viewer can figure out what's going on from tonight's back-to-back premiere episodes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Through a fast-moving combination of live action and CGI, Sons of Liberty shows how the point of no return became America’s starting point.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The good part is that the drama should be fun to watch for us. And for the guy at Pizza Shack, too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a charming dance, and Gillan and Cho play it with the proper froth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s not always comfortable or reassuring. It’s just a strong story told by a strong cast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    All three families seem fairly serious, not just like people who want to be on television. So the details of their new lives seem instructive, even if the lesson is “better them than us.”
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's unavoidable that True Blood will fall into some of the same dramas as other vampire shows. It's just got sharper teeth.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Without taking anything away from “Once Upon a Time”--this one is cleaner and seems to require less cataloging of multiple plotlines.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    He has always been wrapped a little tight but now he's about to explode, and Chiklis plays it beautifully, making it sound as if he must measure every phrase so that just opening his mouth doesn't release all the frustration in a nuclear blast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    What Southland has, already, is its own swagger, a get-outta-my-way style of moving and talking that says it's going for the raw edges we see on cable shows like "Breaking Bad." Southland pulls it off, too. If Thursday night's premiere episode is an indication how it plans to roll, it's a keeper.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The new musical-comedy drama Glee dresses like "High School Musical" and has the heart of "Porky's." That's a compliment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Crucial, sometimes hopeful and sometimes worrisome as the larger issues of modern medicine are, Hopkins excels on the human side.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's well-paced, it's fun to watch and none of the characters needs to be anywhere near as annoying as, say, Nick Castle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Madam Secretary starts off solidly, with an engaging performance by Téa Leoni as the secretary of state.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    For viewers, most of the jokes still click.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s lethal and funny. Sometimes the new normal looks much like the old.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The jokes flow nicely, the music is fun, and the pop culture references will make almost everyone smile.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    In between the romantic dramas, a lot of sharply written comedy and some long passages of news-wonk stuff, it aims to make viewers do a little thinking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The dramas, rivalries, kindnesses and treacheries begin almost at once, and as in all the best PBS series, they are well-drawn.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    You don't have to know a thing about "Firefly" to enjoy this fascinating victory dance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As with “Pretty Little Liars,” the viewer knows no more than the characters. And as with “PLL,” it should be fun finding out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Even if you’ve never wondered how a movie comes about, The Chair makes the process feel almost cinematic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's gripping stuff, seamlessly blending the larger tension of the world with the smaller dramas back at 165 Eaton.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    HBO’S new miniseries Parade’s End won’t stop the “Downton Abbey” DTs. But it can soothe the pain with wonderful visuals and superb performances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    For all the familiar elements here, however, nothing feels like a gimmick. It’s a crime-and-cop story with enough time to paint detailed pictures of all the people the murder affects.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's like three, maybe four sitcoms all squeezed into one, and quite an enjoyable one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This requires commitment, it requires paying attention and it has few cartoonish interludes to give the audience a breather. It also reminds us the value and satisfaction we can find in a complex production executed well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a fun ride and Wyle has gotten a little better each time. That's why it's a shame there apparently won't be another.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If you enjoy following complex machinations, however, and enjoy watching smart TV characters try to figure them out, Rubicon is your ticket.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    House of Cards, like “The West Wing,” has soap and melodrama in its DNA. It also moves at a surprisingly deliberate pace, often seeming to linger on a scene just so it won’t clutter itself up by bringing in too many subplots. Still, the second season maintains the tension of the first season, and the “Bad Boys at Work” sign is still up. Let the binging begin.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If the premise is somewhat forced, it sets up a situation with enough comic potential to sustain Hot in Cleveland indefinitely.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a brand new ballgame. It looks to be a winner.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A Cherry drama rises or falls on the pretty simple test of whether it’s fun, and Devious Maids has the right stuff to get to there.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Wright, who already has won an Emmy for the role, remains one of the best parts of the series, while Underwood’s bottomless appetite for dark dealing keeps Spacey so deliciously detestable you can’t help but keep rooting for the bad guy to win.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's popcorn TV well worth settling in to watch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Liv is funny as well as charming, and the no-frills CW production keeps the focus on the characters and the stories. iZombie is dead-on.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    But if Ugly Americans comes with a message, it is at least equally determined to just be funny, and at that task, it frequently succeeds.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This season also takes a few scenes to get into gear. But it’s faster, and Schilling in particular slides right into her new rhythm as the seasoned prison veteran.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Ramsey is just right for the role and Goldberg is equally good. Several other characters have promise. Even with all that second-hand smoke, Hindsight should show us a good time.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Rescuing people from burning buildings. Feeding people who are starving. Taking a child no one cared about and teaching that child to read. That’s heroic. The Hero is an entertaining reality show. That’s fine. It’s just not the same thing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It all adds up to a promising, surprisingly lively and fast-paced drama that humanizes those early computer geeks.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Like all good sitcom characters, they sometimes drive us nuts. But we fall for them both and would like very much for this long shot to come in.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Once you get past its curiously unhelpful title, this six-part series offers a powerful look at the rise of women over the last half century, in fields from comedy to politics.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s all very evocative, creating a perfect mood for the complete “Basement Tapes” sessions that, surprise surprise, have just been released.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It works as light summer drama, with lots of great banter between the women, and it works as cop drama, since it has put both of them in very dangerous situations at regular intervals. Best of all, though, it keeps peeling away layers on both characters.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a big cast where every piece fits, and at least upfront, the writing and jokes are good enough that Anger Management only uses sex gags where they work, not to cover up any lack of other ideas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sleepless in America plays like a meticulously researched horror documentary.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's hard to classify Grace and Frankie except to say it’s splendid television.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Treme, created by "Wire" mastermind David Simon, may not ultimately get to the level of those others, because it's going to take a while to sort out the characters and lay down the themes. It also looks to have a deliberate pace, and it doesn't seem to be setting up for a lot of blood-and-guts action, so it may end up attracting a more cerebral crowd.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Much of the film is built on interviews with firefighters, and the conversations feel like conversation between professionals, not like a lecture to a group of outsiders.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Unlike shows that rely on flamboyant judges for much of their color, Top Chef has mostly risen and fallen on the personality and skills of the contestants. So it's off to a good start this time around.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The likable Pete and Myka are a classic match, bickering until they need to stop and work together, which they do. Artie provides both comic relief and a reminder that their job is difficult and dangerous--point also made by Artie's boss, Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder). Not too much new here. But there's nothing wrong with taking the old and doing it well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Life is annoying Nucky Thompson as Boardwalk Empire starts its third season, and that gives this first-rate show just the push-off it needs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Killing marks another bull's-eye for AMC in presenting complex, literate, well-crafted television.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [A] delightful animated hour.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    At the end of each episode, you want to see what will happen in the next one. For a murder mystery, that’s a pretty good start.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a show about someone trying to figure out life, one little thing at a time, and realizing that sometimes, hey, you can't.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    These four hours pack as much intensity and darkness as 22 episodes of many other police shows.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Top of the Lake doesn’t fully get rolling for a while. Happily, Moss doesn’t let us become disinterested.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It understands that high school drama can be as serious as it absurd, and as Jenna and her friends enter their junior year, we can see them slowly starting to wrestle with the real and scary question of where it all goes from here.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sewell radiates the kind of fascination you can't buy off the rack at the TV drama store, and that alone gives Eleventh Hour a strong start.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Book of Negroes, a six-hour Black History Month miniseries, will be fairly compared to "Roots."
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Writer/director Hugo Blick skillfully walks the hairline between a well-paced adventure thriller and a psychological study that gives us enough time to appreciate the nuances of the character we're watching.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [Genealogy] may not seem like a particularly robust thread for an eight-part series, but O’Dowd, Guest and a wonderful cast of deadpan actors and improv experts spin it into a tapestry of cheery laughter.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    All the cast seems to be enjoying these turns, because it's a show that cherishes the idea of going over the top.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Beyond the joke, the show’s premise is encouraging: that being gay is no big deal.... The engine driving this show is female friendship, the kind strong enough to get you through even high school. For Amy and Karma, we want that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Fascinating film details history of American unit whose sole objective was to fool Hitler and Nazis by creating fake armies.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Complications offers a fine ride.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Harper's Island is an elaborate horror movie, a twentysomething slasher flick with a really good wardrobe, a first-rate cast and 13 weeks worth of twists and subplots.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The game has always been better and more joyous than many of the people who played it. "The Tenth Inning," like its predecessor, makes that point as cleanly as a line-drive single to left-center.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    One of the new season's potentially best sitcoms is born.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It sounds soapy, but it's all handled well enough, and with enough humor, that we believe it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A relationship with Julie, which has been percolating for some time, might be just a good cover for Dexter. But it feels more complicated than that, which at the very least reflects good writing and acting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It all adds up to a dizzying series of cross-plots and so many brief and often odd alliances that some viewers may wonder if they've wandered into "Survivor." On the positive side, it's all done with standard Glee fun, the tongue never far from the cheek, and it's punctuated with upbeat musical numbers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Happily, Harrelson and McConaughey play the characters well enough, and the script is crafted ingeniously enough, that we want to know where it all goes next--and don't focus on the likelihood it will be no place good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Orange has graphic scenes that aren’t for kids. But they aren’t played for cheap gags, either, and that attitude serves the production well. With Schilling in top form, this Orange tastes fresh.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Like the Oscars themselves at their best, it’s a celebration of the movies.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s absurd. It’s ridiculous. If you’re a fan of low-budget horror movies and you miss it, you will regret it for the rest of your life.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    They’re wry and smart about each other and sometimes themselves. Everything also comes out funnier because it’s refreshingly underplayed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Painful as that journey may be, the show and these actors hit all the notes that make us want to come along.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Spy dramas sometimes get too enamored of their own twists, subplots and dark details, but this one never becomes impenetrable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The trump card of Hollow Crown, of course, is that it was written by Shakespeare--and if the language sounds stilted to modern ears, anyone who listens for more than a few minutes will be properly seduced.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Much of A to Z deals in a different kind of action than most recent sitcoms about young singles, where the only goal often seems to be setting up predictable sex jokes. Because of that, A to Z may seem a little less frenetic. In truth, that’s good.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The episode moves along at a good pace, with only a couple of moments when the timing feels a little too coincidental.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Dust Bowl sounds like a dry subject, no cheap pun intended, and Burns works hard to humanize it by talking with some of the now-elderly people who made it through.
    • 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?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Maybe the best new sitcom of the fall is one of the first.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Wright is a diligent reporter, and his material has been whipped into a smooth script under producers David Simon and Ed Burns.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s all done with brilliant imagery and crisp production that differs from Sagan’s primarily because the technology just keeps getting better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    With impressive clips and first-rate commentators like Hamill, Jonathan Schwartz, Terry Teachout and John Lahr, Gibney has explained why, like him or not, Sinatra mattered so much.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    After an episode or two, when you sort out the characters and how their lives bang together in the dark, elegant shadows of late-1950s Miami Beach, you'll find rich drama, well written and beautifully styled.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    What sets Mozart apart from MTV shows, though, is that here we have a handful of twentysomethings and a lot of older folks, not vice versa. It plays this fresh turf well, on both sides.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show's long break seems to have rejuvenated its story lines, in which intense, rapid-fire action plays out against the backdrop of a complex, methodical geopolitical chess game.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This reincarnation of The Normal Heart raises all the right disturbing questions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The result is intelligent if occasionally dense tales that focus on the hardest part of a detective's job, which is trying to outthink someone whose thinking is already, by definition, off-center.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    ABC's new FlashForward requires concentration and endurance. It's well worth the investment of both.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s just an entertaining story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's now even easier to get so caught up in the dramas that you can forget this show is really funny.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Kurt Sutter's epic tale of an outlaw California motorcycle club launches its fifth season Tuesday with the same visceral intensity that stamped season four.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    No TV special could fully capture how bleak the world felt for those 13 days, but this one does an outstanding job, simply by reciting what happened.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Bryan Cranston's Walter remains one of the best-played characters on television, and he's surrounded by a strong cast that, knowingly or unknowingly, plays off his desperation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Those Who Kill can be a tough watch, because it has some intense scenes. Fortunately, they aren’t unduly extended, and for those who stick it out, there look to be rewards.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Undercover Boss isn't spectacular TV. But its real appeal lies in the exercise itself: watching a CEO meet actual workers and realize they work hard at jobs often made harder by petty rules and policies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Manhattan dramatizes with a little extra dab of soap, but generally quite engagingly life in the secret World War II compound where the country's most brilliant scientists were tasked with creating a superbomb before the bad guy could.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    In the end, the movie transcends the legal chess match, defining itself instead by the sheer wattage of Spector’s personality and his high-level sparring with a woman whose brains match his own, minus the madness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Hatfields & McCoys doesn't just explain a feud, it humanizes the people on both sides and reminds us how differently some of our ancestors lived just a few generations back.

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