For 593 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Orange is the New Black: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 593
593 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Let's get this out of the way. Last fall's best new drama and this fall's best new drama have one thing in common: a 15-year-old girl. [18 Sept 1995, p.43]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    It has plenty to say about the things humans are capable of and, like most great series, it rewards the careful viewer.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    The best show on television.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Game of Thrones continues to tease out the most meaningful stories from George R.R. Martin's still unfinished fantasy series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," straying where necessary to highlight a possibly neglected character or perhaps just to produce something slightly less depressing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Matthew Weiner's stylish soap opera continues to be both stylish and sudsy in about equal parts, and, as always, I'd be happy to spend most of my time at the office with Don, learning the secrets of advertising and ignoring his mess of a personal life, if not for Don's precocious daughter, the inimitable Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka).
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    There's mystery, because the murder case is unresolved, but the drama lies in discovering what prison has made of Daniel and in seeing how he and those around him deal with the walls that still keep them apart.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    A haunting, beautifully executed French series, whose horror reveals itself so gradually that it may be Thanksgiving before you fully understand why what feels at times like a wonderful dream is premiering on Halloween.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [There's] a level of ambiguity executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa might not have gotten away with when they were writing for Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer on "24," but it's part of what makes Homeland, adapted from an Israeli series created by Gideon Raff, one of the season's most intriguing dramas.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    As always, execution matters. Broadchurch's is practically note-perfect.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's quibbling to say that it feels at times as if Downton Abbey had been custom-designed for those of us for whom period romance is mother's milk, studded as it is with plucky heroines, accidental heirs and scheming dowagers, with just enough history thrown in to make the melodrama seem highbrow. It's not, really, though. It's simply delicious fun.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    It's no mean feat, either, to follow three highly entertaining reinventions of stories involving one of literature's most adapted characters with three more even better than the first. But it must not be impossible, because Sherlock has done it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    This is extraordinarily ambitious and entertaining television, wherever its pedigree.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    TV--or whatever it is we're calling Netflix--doesn't get much better than that.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Showing people having sex while wired up to machines may have gotten viewers in the door, but it's the characters and the performances that should keep them there.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    [It] so far boasts characters more intriguing than their interactions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    While I'm thrilled to have something as deep and juicy as The Wire back after so long a break between seasons, I'm afraid that the show's very best years may be behind it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have so far done a remarkable job adapting a story with even more moving parts than the show's very cool title sequence.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Boardwalk Empire has been the glittering light at the end of HBO's tunnel for so long now that you might wonder if it--or any other show--could possibly live up to the hype. Amazingly, it does.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    [Phillips says] "Money, guns, America's going to get you whatever you need." And so--at least for those who prize artful ambiguity over dull certainty--should The Americans.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Two hours can be a long time for a show that's not heavy on action sequences, but "The Doorway" does eventually take us somewhere.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    This new-to-you season of "Friday Night Lights" is more than worth the wait.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Certainly there's nothing fussy about the almost instantly endearing Treme, which matches some of the best actors working today with characters worth the hustle you'll need to catch up with their interwoven stories.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I still don't know where it's headed, but it feels, finally, as if we could be getting somewhere.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [Dunham has] crafted an honest and at least occasionally hilarious show that might even live up to its hype.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Whether you'll want to go the distance with "Big Day" will probably rest on how close you feel to the family.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    ABC is taking it one step at a time as it uses its biggest hit, "Dancing with the Stars," to give three of those shows a fighting chance. At least one of them actually deserves it. That would be Modern Family.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    McConaughey and Harrelson are terrific together and intriguing apart, and whatever went on or is going on between them, and in the sadly complicated community they serve, is more interesting than the murder mystery that's meant to drive the story.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Obvious or not, I watched most of the 10 episodes without the scene-setters and was occasionally lost. But if the battles aren't always distinctive, the characters are.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I have a few quibbles about what happens after [the crash sequence], though I wouldn't think of spoiling it for the less rigid-minded. Let's just say that Abrams has a tendency to take his ideas several steps further than I might find necessary, which could explain why "Alias" lost me less than halfway through its first season. Here's hoping Lost won't wander that far. [22 Sept 2004,p. 38]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    If you've seen "The Killing," you may think you've already seen some version of the story that filmmaker Jane Campion is telling in the Sundance Channel's new miniseries, Top of the Lake, but I promise you, you haven't.