For 185 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Doug Elfman's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 In Treatment: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 185
  2. Negative: 59 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    "Curb" may be ridiculously silly, but, unlike "Extras," its shenanigans are inventive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    The fifth season of this filmlike thriller is metaphorically knocking my socks off. My actual socks remain on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    If you're a woman and you want to see a naked male butt, watch Nip/Tuck. If you're a man who values the naked female form, Nip/Tuck is for you...Those two sentences are outlandish. But I'm doing what I can to draw your attention to one of the most exhilarating shows on TV...Nip/Tuck is fun. It's sexy. It's the opposite of sexy. It's existential. It's bloody disgusting. And it's the only series on TV now that deserves to inherit the fans of "Six Feet Under." [4 Sept 2006, p.31]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    The show's super strengths are its well-developed filmmaking, smooth pacing and a perfect cast. It views like the first hour of a fun, thoughtful movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Based on the first three new episodes, I can continue to put Rescue Me on my list as one of the best 20 shows that have ever been on TV. [13 June 2007, p.51]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    It may be hard to believe that "Invasion's" premiere could be touching in the context of Katrina, and effective as a sci-fi drama. But that is the power of high-quality storytelling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    [A] rare work of brilliance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    "Day Break" asks viewers for faith, to believe unanswered questions will not go unanswered forever, and that every episode will be worth experiencing. For now, I'm willing to take that leap of faith, because the action is swift, the acting is taut and the premise is cool.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    There is a challenge to "Smith." It may be wonderfully shot so far. It may be blissfully quiet. And it may be supremely acted. But how much can a viewer care about the bad boys and girls over the course of many episodes?
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Fantastic, fascinating, creepy, charming and gruesome.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Dexter, one of the best shows on TV this decade. High praise, indeed. Deserved.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Scene by scene, "Mrs. Harris" overcomes the rote nature of true crime stories.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Pushing Daisies deserves its high praise. It's the best new drama of the fall, finding sweet hope in morbid tragedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    In Treatment is exhilarating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Cute, creative and slick, this is one of the best new shows of the fall season.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    It's a lot of fun. It's funny. And stars Bret Harrison and Tyler Labine have better chemistry than most duos on TV.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Californication--the best new TV show in a year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    High School Musical 2 is very good. It's more than listenable. The music is surprisingly catchy, smartly penned and not annoying.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    It's really kind of a glorious little miracle, a half-hour series of little pictures of simple, complex and unfamous Americans breathing everyday lives, with a twist of kookiness, while they search for the Meaning of Everything and The Big Picture.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    Despite high praise, there are two serious problems: (a) The first new episode is crazy confusing, and (b) over the course of the first batch of episodes, the story lines don't develop quickly enough.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    It's really quite good and oddly entertaining, as cynical as it is.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    In the vein of Bill Murray, [Leary] is now a subtler tragic-comic actor who signals both tough luck and buoyant twinkles with a smirk and a glance. [30 May 2006, p.39]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    "Heist" is good TV -- not great yet, but good -- from the cast to the suspenseful pacing and a cool musical score.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    The casting is for awesome, flat-out too-good-for-TV acting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    The show's appeal is its breezy verbiage and well-suited cast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    Boreanaz and Deschanel stir good chemistry as a crime-fighting duo.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    What is special about "Ghost Whisperer" is the way it gets everything else right -- casting, acting, writing, directing, pacing, music, you name it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    Finally, a "Sex and the City" clone comes through.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    Fans of Sorkin's years on "The West Wing" will likely enjoy "Studio 60." And there should be enough mature viewers who crave bright writing to make the show a sudden mainstay.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    I don't want to spoil the great lines, delivered with perfect comic acting. To me, it's bliss.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    If the series doesn't peter out after its first two great episodes, Comedy Central may at last have on its hands a live-action comedy as funny as "Chappelle's Show."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    The Sarah Connor Chronicles" begins as an intense, thoughtful, exciting, fun spectacle. The first episode will kick your ass.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    As usual, he's demanding, brutal and fearless. He repeatedly insults egotistical managers and chefs and yells, "Just smell that for me!" And they do.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    It's very appealing. Aliens in America pulls off its absurd, touchy situation by handling everything with a relaxed tone and excellent film work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    It's hard for an artistic entity to balance that kind of American duality. Mad Men does so in a subtler and more natural way than "Natural Born Killers" did satirically.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    This is the best the drama has been in some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It's still solidly entertaining (if less so) thanks to Walsh and McMahon's dependable character arcs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Rome" treats viewers as long-term fans of deep terrain. To follow "Rome," it is required you keep up. If you do, you may be rewarded with a fine tale, proper acting and a better-told history lesson.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    Hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back. And once again, there's more meat to the competition than there is on the bones of the models.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The minute "Thief" begins running tonight on cable's FX, television reclaims its best actor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Boondocks" is a charming, amusing and good-looking cartoon. What's more, it establishes fertile, identifiable characters and story lines.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The acting, writing and directing are subtle and graceful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Weeds" comes from a Hollywood la-la land that is too crammed with trauma and wit to be real. But it's just entertaining enough to be watchable, despite the fact that it doesn't seem to be going anywhere dramatically deep. [4 Aug 2005]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The new episodes find the upper-middle-class mother of two evolving into a gangster. This is a good move for the show. [13 Aug 2007]
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It should get tighter as the season progresses. But I already laughed several times at the silliness of this week's first episode, which is more than I can say for most sitcoms.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    A well-written and well-cast, if broadly drawn, show.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    There's peril in traveling the well-worn path of unrequited love and adulterous wives. But what makes this beginning of "Brian" work is that the characters are nicely drawn archetypes, not stereotypes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "The Unit"... is predictably Mametian only in that it's interesting, tightly written and finely shot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It starts out a little cutesy but quickly finds laughs in crisp writing and really strong (and blessedly not-overblown) acting.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The world of TV benefits from having another good show, with relaxed Spade at the desk, mocking the Stepford-like trance with which entertainment-news shows like "Access Hollywood" mindlessly idolize stars into saints and sinners.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It's a better film than a viewer, and certainly a parent, could expect from a movie based on an 18-inch piece of plastic.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    These tall tales flow into a stream of consciousness. That's good. The acting is convincing. That's good. The Irish stuff is heavy-handed. That's bad.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    That cast and the sweet but not disgustingly sugary direction uplift "Mattress" from what could have been a merely not-horrible event.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Miracle Workers" is genuine, naturally sweet and never exploitative.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The playful and creative scripts are pretty fun. The good-looking cast is solid, led by Barrowman, a graduate of Joliet West High. The special effects are iffy. It's no "Buffy," but like "Buffy" it's getting better with age. It's not hard to imagine it could be must-watch TV by season four.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "The Class" is a good example of how any premise can be turned into good fiction, even if it's cluttered with tired cliches.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    I predict those struggles for allegiance to be reflected in the microcosm of smalltown Jericho. Instead of “North and South,” we may be about to get “East and West.”
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It isn't as ambitious or objective as HBO's "The Wire," but it's about as close as broadcast TV gets to "The Wire." It finely depicts the daily grim and gritty existence of kids and adults dealing with narrow hopes, sad expectations, provincial victories, race and poverty.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    t's not perfect. A few situations and lines are hyped-up "Sex and the City" moments, like when a distraught Lipsticker complains, "I need a cupcake." But if you can moan your way through such moments, the show gets more serious as it goes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The execution is cute, silly, heartfelt and sweet (not saccharine), plus it's shot at the cinematic level of a moderately funded romantic comedy movie.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Desire" is (I can't believe I'm saying this) good. Compelling. Stupid. Well-acted. Not terribly written. Funny on purpose. Better than most series on TV.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    If you enjoy inside baseball, it's an interesting dynamic to view, and it's made cohesive by solid efforts from the actors, scriptwriter James D. Solomon and director Jeremiah S. Chechik.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The show's first three episodes don't always land their punches. But "The Riches" takes daring swings. And the acting, especially in Monday's debut, is as good as it gets on TV.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    I said this is an old-school literary movie because it is a gallery of objective portraits, leaving the viewer to absorb narrative while pondering various parallels and themes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    What we have here is a show Hunter has produced acceptably well and acted with immense, believable intensity. It's a fairly gritty TV role served with a spoonful of lightheartedness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    Shrek the Halls does a very good job of top-to-bottom production.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    In better moments, "Weeds" proves small kerflops can be made interesting and fun to watch. In lesser moments, not so.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Heavy-handed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Presumably, the actors will settle into their roles and get a better grip on timing and volume. They're over-the-top for material that's already zany.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    There's promise here, as long as it gets grittier and funnier, and doesn't descend into bombast.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Dramatically speaking, what douses a bit of the fire of this ensemble show are a few non-compelling characters and/or bad actors.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    It's skank-errific, if flawed.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    The show's weaknesses, in its first two episodes, rest in some slack dialogue and unevenly edited payoffs of suspense.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    It's slicker, more ambitious and has more chuckles than expected.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    The writers and directors do a sometimes routine, sometimes solid job of making something as atypical as an imprisoned innocent seem believable in the world of fictional network television.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    It's kind of good.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    "Kitchen Confidential" holds more potential than tonight's decent if imperfect start, given Star's track record and casting.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    "South Beach" isn't the terrible waste of viewing time a cynic might expect. But it is a conventionally drawn, sudsy soap.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Where "Party" goes awry is by trying to be an hour. That's twice as long as it should be. There's more fat in it than a Popeye's biscuit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    It's a fairly entertaining show right out of the gate, though it's distractingly busy with a gimmick: Poorly edited flashbacks pop up suddenly to show what victims were doing in the moments before they suffered health problems. This could be done well, but it's not now.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Some results are interesting anthropologically. But "Black.White" bogs down in conversation and never fascinates.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    As far as junk like this goes, it's not heinous and has moments of OK-ness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    "Shark" now looks like above-average, workaday TV with promise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    NBC should consider scrapping Thursday's first episode.... But then come the second and third installments -- inspired, taut and funny.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    There's nothing wrong with "The Nine." It's just essentially a step above pedestrian.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Irons and the rest of the cast are spot-on. The writing and directing are fairly crisp. Perhaps, though, tracing Elizabeth's life for 20-plus years subtracted from my becoming intently involved in each period of this biopic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    There's nothing particularly fresh or appealing about the story lines or symbolisms, no matter how well-directed and -acted "Brotherhood" is.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    "Dirt" gets the ingredients right (the tone, acting and pacing are swell), but the dialogue doesn't make it addicting enough to watch, and the editing could be slicker more often.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Scenes that work are funny... Scenes that fall flat are merely blah, rather than stupid.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    "Army Wives" is better than it has any right to be.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    K-Ville's" heavy tone and sober acting capture enough of that essence to make it interesting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    The storylines are not so much entertainingly paced as they are merely interesting, representational or too often plodding.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    NBC's new "Thank God You're Here" doesn't start out as strong as I'd hoped. It has potential, though.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    In fact, "The Tudors" suffers from being merely capable on most fronts, a decent diversion. The direction is effective but artistically flat, and so are several scripts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The problem with the beginning of "24" isn't the plotting or the rusty acting. It's the pacing, the clunky rhythm of the action-adventure. Thank goodness, the quality of "24" fluctuates, so it has real potential to become great again in future episodes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Blade" could work as an earnest fantasy. It just doesn't, yet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Hopefully, the scriptwriting will improve and make better use of the cast, which is ripe for higher-quality material.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    [It is] a mess of unconvincing drama, and the acting veers from magnificent to quite poor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    [It] isn't awful. Mostly, it's just too tightly packed, like those peanut cans kids open and giant toy snakes spring out. [11 Aug 2005, p.49]
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The new premiere isn't horrible, and it shows some promise.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The half-tense dramatic payoff is a pleasant surprise, but the bluster -- oh, the bluster and machismo are palpable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Four Kings" is a strange thing. The first episode of the new NBC comedy reeks. But there are moments in the next two episodes that make it seem as if it has the potential to be a male version of "Sex and the City," minus the naughty stuff HBO could show that NBC can't.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Love Monkey" does have its endearing moments. A few chuckles, even. But tonight's debut clomps all over predictable territory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Old Christine" could morph into a fresh and funny staple, as long as it's tinkered with correctly.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The cast is a fine one. The chemistry works between Elfman and Randall. The weakness of "Alex's" premiere -- and not future episodes, I hope -- is the overwrought script.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    This show may convince us the Simmonses are good people. But there's not much catchy drama in following the evolution of a teenager's party planning.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    There is one fantastic thing about this show. It's only a half-hour.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Good cast. Nice narrative flow. But I don't quite care about this drama yet -- villains are too smart and heavyhanded, and tension is slack.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The direction is capable. And there are moments of shining in the script, though there aren't yet enough fine scenes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The first episode is OK. Predictable. Standard. But Garrett's funny, and he and Fisher work great together.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "The Winner" quickly metastasizes into a routine sitcom with laugh tracks and Ye Olde Storylines.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Hidden Palms" isn't totally odious. After the bad acting in the initial daddy suicide, the show calms down and holds mild interest for its bikini hotness, cool blue pools and unapologetic stupidity.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    At first blush, "Help Me Help You" looks like it will be terrible, but it's not. The actors are talented. The language and pacing are playful.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The first episode doesn't measure up to the actors' capabilities, but there is a fantastic amount of promise.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Tuesday Night Book Club" has the effect of making viewers wish to live somewhere less petty and self-destructive than America, or at least the Scottsdale of this show.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    It's awash in sudsy Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild, plus a bit of Tippi Hedren. But slow tension fails to fill the first episode, and the acting is a tangle of scorns.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The show's weakness is that not a lot of interesting or funny stuff happens on the bus or in their touring cities.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "1 vs. 100" isn't really bad. Its only serious trouble is the pacing. In an hourlong episode, I count just 14 questions.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Taylor, being one of Hollywood's underutilized great actresses, makes State of Mind interesting just by appearing in it. Taylor's supporting cast is quite good, too.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The tone of this odd show (created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, and initially directed by Ken Olin) is both sweet and wacky, as if it were made by David E. Kelley, he of "Ally McBeal." But it's missing something.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Samantha is more of a smiler than a laugher. That's fine. But the comedy straddles straight-up storytelling with clumsy moments of broad comedy (no insulting pun intended).
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    At first, this new comedy about four mostly wimpy dudes seems just stupid, but some of it is decent.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    What's not fun? At least half of the rest of the show.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The dramatic structure is overorganized around the linear detective-ing, and the show's too Dan-centric without a "Quantum Leap"-like partner to spice things up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Coughlan finds the nice subtle undertones so Jenny seems more real and less cardboard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Breaking could be a good study of acting, since Cranston and Aaron Paul (as his partner, Jesse) get under the grimy skin of their characters. But there's not enough of the good stuff, like writing, directing, mood, cinematography--you get the point.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    I will be rooting for this series to improve, but not watching it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Like "Roseanne," it can mine poverty for working-class laughs. It isn't executing that well, yet.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's just a younger and hotter and stupider and drunker "Law & Order" office.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It can't be this much like glorified Lifetime every week, can it?
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It demonstrates how a show can be a run-of-the-mill cop drama despite a talented cast and a few interesting twists.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Has a lot of forced backstory writing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script is just poor.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The problem with "Treasure Hunters" is the same problem with "Amazing Race": It just feels like all the competing teams are spinning their wheels by solving clues.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    A clutter of clunky dialogue that sucks the life out of [Flockhart] and other usually skilled actors.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script -- like the direction and acting -- is only half on.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    I'm not positive, but I think "Justice" is terrible, at least the first episode.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It squanders committed acting and funny lines by draping them over a suspect premise.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    If Matt and Emily blow up, the show doesn't get a second episode. Because they'll be dead. Keep your fingers crossed.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's not a bad show.... But I don't care about the characters or plot after watching the first episode.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    "Runaway" isn't offensively awful. It's passively poor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The debut episode isn't so bad. The action is fairly taut, except for a dumb foot chase. The direction is tight, despite a few improbable twists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Yes, another comedy starts out with mild promise and quickly tanks.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The story itself is just fine and dandy, and smidgens of it are charming. "Wedding Wars" just isn't very good.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    An anemic, unfunny romantic comedy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It suffers from too much gloom and glam.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's sleek and mildly epic-looking. But qualitywise, I'm wondering where the storyline is going other than just the soapy family fights.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's not a great show, but it's a good concept.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Rome is so jam-packed with Caesar and pals, it feels like a show that high school teachers would ask students to watch, if it weren't for all the whore sex, rape and consensual carnality. It very well might take an apt pupil to follow this cinematic jigsaw puzzle. [24 Aug 2005, p.55]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    The idea is inventive and almost makes me want to keep watching, except I already did and I couldn't handle the awkward bad choices characters made.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Tedious.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "The Game" is such a predictable drag, it's hard to keep your eyes on it. It's like watching traffic or a catnap or a Bunsen burner.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    A followup to "Sex and the City"? Not "Related." It has zero sex and a thimble of city life. What's worse, the women are even whinier and less confident than the women of "Sex" -- and the men of "Related" are more generous and real than that other show's two-dimensional pugs.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "Stacked" should be set someplace other than a bookstore. It's hard to imagine these idiot characters being able to read anything longer than a grocery receipt.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "Out of Practice" lives in a comedy vacuum: All its laughs are trapped inside and can't get out.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    You have no idea how much restraint I'm using not to call it "Crummy." Oops. Lost the restraint.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Negligible.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Tonight's premiere episode doesn't have a single laugh in it.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    It has moments of being so-bad-it's-good, which is to say it's at its best when it's a near-satire of the genre. But it drowns in redundant action scenes and sentimentality.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    There are a lot of studious, high-achiever kids. Lauren is an anomaly. She is the lucky one. The one with an MTV camera crew for a resume. The pretty one with petty friends who melt in bikinis by blue-green pools of entitlement and argue idly with quarrelsome, spoiled boyfriends.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    One of the most puzzling things about TV this year is the mere existence of this catastrophe. It is a huge, huge pile.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "Rules" and "'Til Death" bear exactly the same ups and downs. The ups: essentially a good cast, plus sporadic funny lines. The downs: many un-funny lines, plus rehashed storylines from a thousand episodes of married-life sitcoms dating all the way back to "The Honeymooners."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    At least "Lost" and "Heroes" give us a sci-fi excuse to forgive illogical stretches of the imagination.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "Men in Trees" starts pretty badly. The actors haven't found their characters' breath yet. The writing is chiefly cardboard. But the light drama isn't all bad.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    All this obvious plot about baby showers, maternity peeing and big-belly clothing is unbearable.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    A rote TV drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    The women aren't real, realistic, real-ish, real-esque or real-y. They don't even seem genuine in being fake.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    It's one of the worst new series--but for its cardboard acting and writing, not for the morals.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    The execution of "Tin Man" is flat, flatter, flattest. The dialogue is utilitarian, except when it's "Dungeons and Dragons" cliche.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    I've laughed more at my own ex-mechanic, who rode a bicycle to his shop because he racked up too many DUIs.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    My name is Clint, and I'm a big stupid doofus from Texas starring in a new "docu-soap" called Nashville, where me and a bunch of other country singers try to become famous, like those girls did on "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    You can see the script and directional tone holding back the actors.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    Bad sitcom, bad.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    The most confusing ensemble drama of the new season.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    "Teachers" is never not lame.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    The new debut episode climaxes with a confusingly written yet completely unoriginal plot twist at the end. And the women characters are less confident than before, frazzled and more judgmental.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    If this is America, I want out.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    Oh, and there's a very pink teapot on their coffee table. It's easy to take note of such set pieces when you're in the process of not laughing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    This is annoying beyond my comprehension.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    I think I could have written a better script during the two hours it took me to watch "Have No Fear." I think you could, too, and I don't even know you.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    A low-rent "American Idol" ripoff.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    "Path" is the dullest, worst-shot TV movie since ABC's disastrous "Ten Commandments" remake. It substitutes shaky handheld cameras and dumb dialogue for craftsmanship. It could not be more amateurish or poorly constructed unless someone had forgotten to light the sets.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    Dirty Sexy Money, ABC's dull new drama starring Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under") and Donald Sutherland, contrives for your viewing displeasure one of the world's stupidest, richest and hate-worthy families called the Darlings.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    Back to You stinks, shames the sitcom form, is written and directed with smelly gusto, and is not original, funny or redemptive by any universal standards known to science, creation or TV executives.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    The result is a "partially scripted reality show" (whatever that means) that edits scenes so as to make people look ridiculous while clashing over artificial constructs.