For 549 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 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Broadchurch: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 549
549 tv reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Where American Gypsies shines--and it really does shine here and there--is in the glimpses we get of the internal system of justice that's developed among a people who don't trust government, and family rituals like the "red-dress ceremony" with which the Johns family welcomes its newest member.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Though I sense the show is treading water a bit as Prohibition drags on and the operations of the black market become increasingly contentious, there's still plenty to see on the Boardwalk, thanks to the show's secondary characters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Ben and Kate has great sibling chemistry, a cute kid (Maggie Elizabeth Jones as Kate's daughter, Maggie) and an appealing premise.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The first two episodes of The Neighbors actually made me laugh more than once--and without the aid of mood-altering substances.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Plenty of new challenges await the survivors, led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), whose performance as a man who's had ruthlessness thrust upon him continues to be a series highlight.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Not everyone's going to like this or other aspects of Sister Jude's story, which essentially does for nuns what the first season did for real estate agents. But it's the kind of cliché meant to appeal to parochial-school survivors of a certain age of which, yes, I'm one. And Murphy another.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    This feels very much like the show I've been watching all along.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The plotting of the pilot is a bit too pat at times, but two subsequent episodes bolster the argument that Underemployed deserves a shot at going full-time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Though Ethel can't possibly be construed as a tell-all, much less the work of an impartial observer, it's great that someone finally got her to talk at all.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    In the light of Monday morning, a lot of what goes on in Red Widow is probably going to seem pretty silly. But shows like this are all about the chemistry, and the chemistry between Mitchell and Visnjic is everything you'd want in an essentially unequal relationship between a recent widow and the megalomaniacal drug dealer who can end her life at any moment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    An entertaining romp with strong performances, it seems a good fit for Lifetime.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Golden Boy works as a decent cop show. But an epic one? Not yet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    That small towns aren't immune from the same problems that plague big cities isn't an original idea, and having the people living in them face some overwhelming menace isn't new territory for King. But the dome's a little different, and certainly a welcome break from zombie apocalypses.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Who cares who runs the law firm? The petty office wars are where it's at.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    No one should base a term paper on it, but Da Vinci's Demons is at least an entertaining lie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    No, it's not as unpredictable as "Mad Men," but at least it packs enough of a punch to keep the conspiracy theorists at bay.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Together Bridges and Martindale pretty much steal the pilot from everyone around them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    What Mom lacks in bite, it makes up for in balance, with a dependable number of laughs and a strong ensemble that includes French Stewart and Nathan Corddry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    As an eccentric genius, Williams is in familiar waters, and he's found a playmate in James Wolk, who's somehow able to keep up with an actor whose streams of consciousness can be Class V rapids. Gellar's playing it straight, but a scene in which she has to sing in front of Kelly Clarkson suggests she's game for anything.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    At least one aspect of Stef's relationship with her ex (Danny Nucci) seems unlikely, and Lena works at the most beautifully sited school in America, which all the kids happen to attend. But there's heart here, and a message about not throwing away children that belongs on a network that puts "Family" in its title.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Tenney and Romijn make fun partners, and the pilot by executive producer Shane Brennan follows an intriguing course that might have seemed far-fetched only a week ago, before we learned that truth might be stranger than "Person of Interest."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    They're [Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher] good together (even if I don't completely buy Samberg yet in the role), but the show's strength is its note-perfect ensemble.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The show's still playing with the balance between work and home, but that's what the time's for. And what's there right now is definitely worth watching.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The show's real power resides in Lowe herself, whose screen presence makes even the silliest bits of Wonderland work better than they probably deserve to.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    In four subsequent episodes I've seen, the stories and characters get to breathe a bit. [MacDowell's] Olivia's just headstrong enough to stay interesting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I can't fault the emphasis on some other characters' stories--including Nucky's valet, Eddie Kessler (Anthony Laciura), and nightclub operator Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams)--or the additions of Jeffrey Wright, Ron Livingston and Patricia Arquette to a cast that's already one of the strongest in television.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    There are aspects of Coven that are stylish and clever, and others that are just "Carrie" on steroids. The cast, of course, is tremendous.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The adult cast is superb... but it feels as if the young actor playing Adam (Sean Giambrone) might have been kidnapped from a more conventional TV family.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I've only seen one episode, which is enough to feel hopeful about the chemistry between Karl Urban (playing an angry, damaged human cop) and Michael Ealy (his possibly misprogrammed android partner) but not quite enough to tell why Lili Taylor would sign on to play the captain in a sci-fi buddy-cop show.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Yes, it's a CW series, but one that poses enough lifeboat-ethics issues to keep a freshman philosophy class busy for months.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    McGinley is delightfully obnoxious, and the young lovers are quite sweet, but it's the undercurrent of resentment flowing in two directions that raises Ground Floor, if not to TV comedy's penthouse, at least to its second floor.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The show's action-packed and wildly improbable, but Helfer looks as if she might be having fun, and if you don't think too hard (and wouldn't rather be watching the gunplay in "Justified"), you might, too.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    This one has some great characters and some heart-tugging stories. It also has a real sense of place, though I'm not sure how willing Chicagoans are going to be to claim all of it as their own.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I don't know that Looking starts out being very good at what it thinks it is, either. But it's intriguing enough to be worth a second or third date before deciding.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The scenery in Klondike ... really is impressive, the performances are solid and though the dialogue's sometimes less than natural, the added-for-TV touches mostly make the story more palatable, if no less sad.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Driver's at her funniest in scenes where she and Marcus revel in their oddness, but "About a Boy" left me less sure of who Marcus is: He veers between painful naivete and canny opportunism with alarming speed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The humor's as broad as Lake Michigan, but when Sirens wades in a little deeper, as it occasionally does, it sometimes manages to be even funnier.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    It's at its best--if not necessarily its funniest--when Em and Doll are struggling to find a balance between their childhood selves and the more demanding adults they've become.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The pilot for "Twenty Good Years" has some genuinely funny moments even as it makes no apparent effort to reinvent the form.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    As Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model gets under way, some of the stories seem sobbier than ever, though the young women telling them are shorter than usual.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    McKenzie may look like Russell Crowe's younger brother - while playing nearly a decade below his own age - but for all the James Dean comparisons being bandied about, he's a character straight out of Dickens: a little bit Pip, a little bit David Copperfield. [4 Aug 2003, p.28]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Parts of tonight's episode and next week's also focus on the Dubois offspring and their own burgeoning psychic abilities, yet another growth opportunity for a show that keeps finding a way to survive in an ever-tougher world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    For all their macho posturing, you've got to wonder sometimes whether Leary and Tolan didn't spend their younger days watching soaps. [13 June 2007, p.43]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    What's bad for Seattle Grace isn't necessarily bad for Grey's, which needs all the medical drama it can muster to distract its doctors from their (mostly) dreary love lives. Guest stars don't necessarily hurt, either.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    [3 Lbs.], as medical shows go, is pretty, full of the kind of light-show graphics the "CSIs" and "House" have led us to expect.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Across the pond, wisecracks, sexual tension and some broad shots at Britain's class system make for a predictable two hours with some pleasant scenery.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Thank goodness for Danny DeVito, whose total commitment to this insanity often makes the unbelievable just believable enough to be funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    While there's nothing groundbreaking happening in "My Boys," there is something a bit fresher than we saw in any of the many "Sex and the City" wannabes that popped up a few seasons ago.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    As much fun as it might be for some of us to start our Wednesday nights watching a shirtless Taye Diggs get out of bed - just as it was once fun to watch Agents Mulder and Scully chase goblins and ghosties and things that go bump in the night - these TV conspiracies have a way of ending badly.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    There's something faintly retro about a show that tackles fears many thought died with the Cold War.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    If you watch "Shark," it's going to be for those Woods-ian rants and for the sheer exuberance he brings to them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    [It] so far boasts characters more intriguing than their interactions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Samantha Who? could easily be a complete mess. That it isn't is almost entirely due to Applegate, who brings sweetness, sarcasm and a steely edge to this story of a woman doing everything she can not to become the person she's always been.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The comedy's broad, the characters broader--Chris Parnell plays a control freak of a vice principal, Brooke Burns the former homecoming queen from Becky's year who's just joined the faculty--but there are moments when you can see it turning into something watchable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I'm thinking most of these kids seem way too old to be headed back to high school from the Hamptons. It's not so much the actors--it is their characters, who've morphed over the summer into people whose world-weariness is palpable and their genuine problems so few that the writers needed to manufacture some truly outlandish ones to keep things interesting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Martin kills as a 12-year-old who is old beyond her years. I might watch just for her. As comedies go, Californication is a bit of a downer, and not just to fans of "The X-Files."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    An overly complicated pilot had me feeling that I, too, would like to time-travel, if not actually fast-forward, but a more straightforward second episode made me decide not to cancel my subscription just yet.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Ball's done an entertaining job of turning Harris' stories about life in a small Southern town after vampires "come out of the coffin" into something adults who wouldn't dream of reading her books might be caught dead watching.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    That for those of you who love True Blood for its soapy mix of sex and horror--and occasional flashes of humor--nothing important is missing from the three episodes I've seen of the new season.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I just knew that there seemed to be a Duchovny-shaped hole in the universe "Lost" co-creator J.J. Abrams had designed for his new sci-fi show....Fortunately, things pick up considerably in the second half of tonight's two-hour premiere.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I can't say I was riveted by either of the episodes I watched, which largely consisted of interviews with the girls and their parents, together and separately, interspersed with scenes from extracurricular activities and parties. But if there are parents who can actually get their teens to watch with them, it might get a conversation going.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It might all have been a bit lifeless, had not Sutter, a writer on "The Shield"--which has so far kept its own tragic hero from speaking in blank verse--not cast his wife, Katey Sagal, as Jax's mother, Gemma.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I gradually lost interest during the agents' first case together, which takes them on the road. Here's hoping the assignments get better. Because the warehouse itself is packed to the rafters with (sorry, Syfy) geeky fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Certainly Swayze, as undercover FBI agent Charles Barker, is better than his material. If The Beast, which turns on the relationship between the experienced and not exactly by-the-book Barker and the young agent, Ellis Dove (Fimmel), he's supposed to be training, is more rooted than reality than, say, Fox's "24," it can't be by much.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    If you watch the CBS show more for Baker's sunny smile than for the way he always seems to know when people are lying, ABC's Castle might be more your style.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I found the first episode of "Survivors" incredibly depressing and began to think longingly of rewards challenges and hidden immunity idols. But a subsequent episode, though devoid of tribal councils, did provide enough heart and even occasional flashes of humor to make survival - and the continuation of "Survivors" - seem like a fate considerably better than death.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It's hard to say from one episode how the transition from movie to series will go, but producers have populated the show's Padua High--yes, the Shakespeare jokes just keep on coming--with interesting enough kids to make 10 Things a more than watchable high school show, anyway.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Nothing very important is happening here, but if you love "24" for its silliness rather than its sometimes muddled message, "Human Target" might just hit the bull's-eye for you.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I've only seen two episodes and while I'm not yet ready to move in with the Bravermans, I'm at least curious to see what they're doing next.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    There's very little that's unexpected in Make It, including the obvious editing of the gymnastics performances. But Emily's a tough character who's easy to root for.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Strahan's not yet up to his cast mates' level and the writing's uneven in tonight's back-to-back episodes--producers need, for instance, to figure out just how serious Weathers' character's forgetfulness is meant to be--but there are a few great moments.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    As for Scoundrels, it is, like its characters, far from perfect, but probably far better than you expected from a scripted network show in the summer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    AMC's likely earned a little rope with a small but passionate audience. Whether Rubicon manages to establish more than an edgy mood will probably decide how long even the most masochistic of those viewers sticks around.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Maybe there are superheroes who specialize in improving organic-farming methods or eradicating bedbugs, but they probably won't be getting network shows any time soon. Shows that parents might be willing to watch with their kids--and kids with their parents--remain few and far between, so it's too bad that the so far ordinary but at least well-meaning No Ordinary Family is facing off this fall against the phenomenon that is Fox's "Glee."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Now it's a talky but straight-ahead ensemble cop show whose cast includes Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos") and James McDaniel ("NYPD Blue"). Think "Southland" in Detroit.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Chase is a very competent action-adventure with a heroine who's so far not as interesting to me as, say, the deputy U.S. marshal Mary McCormack plays on USA's "In Plain Sight." That could change, though, if I gave her a chance, and for adrenaline junkies who appreciate the professionalism Bruckheimer's company brings to just about everything it produces, this is certainly a better way to spend an hour than wishing that guy would stop talking so you could get a better look at Hawaii.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I might not believe for a moment that any of these people actually exist in nature, much less Pennsylvania, but Big Lake, with its wink and a nod to a format that always required suspension of disbelief, is at least more than willing to own its silliness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    If Harris, who's clearly meant to steal every scene he's in, seems a little too cool to be hanging out with the brothers from Omega Sigma, whose deficiencies haven't yet been fully cataloged, it's still not nearly as cool as he's going to need to be if he's to lead this slightly tired toga party right into "Conan's" waiting arms.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Not every TV show has to leave you wishing for a Ph.D. in physics and total recall of Philosophy 101, and V, which seems to have embraced the cheesy goodness of the original, strikes me as a bit more fun this season.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Southland, which seems to be at pains to give each of its characters and their stories equal weight, may just be a little too evenhanded for its own good.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The premiere of Mr. Sunshine feels more forced at times than it needs to be, as if the writers mistrusted Perry and company's ability to wring humor from real-life situations and felt compelled instead to send in the clowns--with axes--to get the job done.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Little of this stands up to close scrutiny, but there's a nice twist at the end of the pilot, and it looks as if every episode will begin with a fiendishly clever prison break by someone viewers might actually hope to see caught.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I found myself more drawn to the part of next week's episode where we see Jo with her fellow physics grad students--think "Big Bang Theory" with "American Idol's" Kevin "Chicken Little" Covais--and wondering if a slightly less seductive Georgia (at any weight) might not have a better shot at being the funny girl.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Way over the top but potentially a guilty pleasure for those with the time to pursue it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I can't disagree with those who insist the show passed its sell-by date a few years back, but it doesn't mean I'm not still fond enough of these guys to keep watching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It doesn't yet feel like just another cop show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Yes, it sounds insane (you can't have ghosts on CBS who don't help solve crimes) and like many of this season's pilots, it left me wondering how the show's premise could be sustained for more than a few episodes, much less multiple seasons. But it's an awfully pretty pilot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Clever but somehow not very absorbing, Person might provoke the paranoid while leaving the generation who's grown up on camera wondering what all the fuss is about.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Silly doesn't even begin to describe most of what goes on in the first few episodes....And yet, like an addiction to free-range hemoglobin, there's something undeniably compelling about the characters, human and otherwise, in a series whose plotting grows more twisted every year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The show's set in Washington, where the crises that need managing are unending, so there's bound to be material, some of it all too familiar.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Interesting enough to justify six hours? Probably not. But for those who watch "Game of Thrones" and "Spartacus" for the high body counts, it offers plenty of action.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    People who like their procedurals with punch--there's plenty of punching, not to mention kicking, in the pilot--might like CBS' period cop show just the way it is. But if I'm going to stay with Vegas, I'm going to need to be wooed a little.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Between their personal history and their decidedly different approaches to running the place, they're dealing with plenty of built-in conflict, but if the show's a hit, I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually united, just as Perry and his fellow "Friends" stars once did, to demand an end to (or at least a dialing back of) the monkey business.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    While I'm intrigued, I'd prefer to be carrying something stronger than a candle before I head too far down this particular rabbit hole.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It's hard enough keeping track of the aliens in Falling Skies, but the first few episodes introduce so many new challenges and mysteries it makes my head hurt thinking about them.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    As the series goes on and takes a deeper interest in the multitude of characters he's gathered around him, Mr. Selfridge begins to come into focus. Whether you'll find it as engaging as "Downton Abbey" may depend less on any single performance than on how invested you can become in the rise of the modern perfume counter and off-the-rack dresses.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Defiance the TV show may not break new ground in its two-hour premiere Monday, but it does stand on its own as a watchable sci-fi series, with a Wild West vibe mixed with a bit of "Farscape"-meets-"West Side Story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    No matter how beautifully the dead bodies are staged--and, like Dr. Lecter's dinners, the corpse presentations in Hannibal could be ripped from old issues of Gourmet magazine, if Gourmet had featured cannibalism--they're still meant to represent once-living people. So, if I'm less amused by this than whoever chose to title those episodes "Aperitif," "Amuse-Bouche," "Potage," "Coquilles" and "Entrée," call me a party pooper. Still, it's a gorgeous party, with hosts that include "Wonderfalls" star Caroline Dhavernas as a colleague of Will's and Laurence Fishburne as Will's boss.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Whether other people's secrets will prove to be as interesting as the intimations of Norman's not-so-sweet future remains to be seen.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The World According to Dick Cheney has some chilling moments, from his dispassionate description of waterboarding ("It creates a sensation of drowning") to his 9/11 narrative, in which he takes responsibility for having authorized the shooting down of Flight 93 if it approached Washington. What it doesn't have is a lot of navel-gazing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I'm reluctant to lose my heart again, much less encourage anyone to follow me down what could be a dead end. And yet I'm intrigued.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Based on the few, non-consecutive episodes I've seen, it does seem willing, though, to pose some hard questions, including whether it's reasonable to expect that the people we pay to lie down with dogs won't ever wake up with fleas. Or worse.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I don't mind seeing actors like Ed Burns, Milo Ventimiglia and Robert Knepper in nice suits, acting the way bad guys in old movies are supposed to act. I'm even happier to see Jon Bernthal all cleaned up and zombie-free. I just can't quite tell, after two episodes, whether their stories can compete with their setting.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It's hardly groundbreaking, but if you are documentary-challenged, or don't know much about Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar) and his Russia-born wife, Marina (Michelle Trachtenberg), you might learn something. Also: Lowe's Kennedy hair is truly amazing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    You don't have to have lived through Watergate to know that it's the cover-up that gets you, but there's much more happening in The Red Road, maybe too much to be contained in a six-hour first season, and some of it more interesting than what's going on between these two men.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I just wish that its 90-minute premiere was a tad more entertaining, because I found a lot to like in two subsequent episodes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    "Six Feet Under's" Rainn Wilson, in fact, is so weirdly compelling as Scott's hierarchy-obsessed assistant that he just might make the whole exercise worthwhile. [24 Mar 2005, p.36]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I just couldn't buy in.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I should probably feel bad, too, about finding all this silliness passably amusing, especially after having trashed its evil stepsister on ABC. But somehow I don't.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I want to like "30 Rock" more than I do so far, because I've always liked Fey. Yet it could be Fey - the actress, not the writer - I'm having trouble warming to.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    The first hour left me a bit cold, but the second, which arrived yesterday, filled in enough of the blanks to take me as far as Monday.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    In January or February, I might not have found room in my own schedule for a combination murder mystery and teen soap. I certainly would have wondered more about setting a show about adolescents among the ancients of Palm Springs. Now I'm just inclined to appreciate the little things.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Like so many current serials, [it] requires viewers to buy into the idea that its heroes have no choice but to do very unobvious things.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Their efforts to better their lives through grand larceny feel forced, not to mention doomed.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Much of what's swept up in "Dirt," from gay action stars to sad sitcom actresses, seems more dusty than dirty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    McCormack, a rangy actress who looks more comfortable in Mary Shannon's tank tops and casual jackets than she ever did in the lawyerly business suits she wore way back on "Murder One," manages to make all this crankiness intermittently endearing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I'm ashamed that a wounded Marine, about to be discharged after 15 years in the service, needs help from an entertainment show to find and afford civilian housing for himself and his family.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Kranz does look like a writer, for what it's worth. But if he's really as good as they say, he'd have written something better than this.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I don't want to beat up on Meyers here. He does justice to Hirst's Henry, if not entirely to history's, and being young and good-looking is hardly a crime. But like Tony Soprano, Henry VIII brings more to the table than charisma: Corrupted by absolute power, he's a bit of a monster.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    In Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, it feels as if he's sometimes forcing himself to emote for the cameras.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    There's a distinct "Alias" overtone to her initiation into the dark side of the force. If I'd liked "Alias," this might have me all excited. But I didn't, so I'm not.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Defoe's ambitious bachelor is transformed into an ardent husband and father, whose memories of his previous life are so tinged with romance they include falling rose petals. I kid you not.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    It's a subject that was explored more deeply, and even a touch more believably, in BBC America's "Jekyll," a nail-biter of an update in which James Nesbitt inhabited both personalities so completely they barely even looked alike. Slater, by contrast, just seems like a guy in need of a good night's sleep.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Teddy's impulses are undeniably good ones, but tales of African corruption are nothing new and often cited as a cause of viewer fatigue. And though Teddy's expected to range far and wide, it remains to be seen whether The Philanthropist, and its debonair title character, have anything new to do--or say--about the problems he'll encounter.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Truth is, there's not terribly much to dislike about Opportunity Knocks, a kinder, gentler version of Fox's "Moment of Truth" in which families win by having their members answer not unreasonable questions about one another. There's not much to get excited about, either.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    It probably wasn't their intention, but the producers of The Principal's Office have succeeded in capturing one reality of high school life that's often been overlooked on shows like "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill"--the sheer tedium of it all, from the petty rebellions to the sometimes even pettier responses.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    If you don't care for Criminal Minds, Whitaker, Garofalo and company probably aren't going to be enough of a reason for you to tune in. Their characters may get to be interesting from time to time, but the crime's always going to be the main focus.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    MacLaine, who apparently decided not to bother to attempt a French accent, isn't served well by a script that essentially has her introducing flashbacks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    My guess is Fox figures fans of MacFarlane's shows know what they're getting into and may not care if racial parodies are served up by white guys or black ones. Those of us who maybe aren't so comfortable were never welcome in the first place.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Gross, who couldn't look (or act) less like Jack Nicholson and is the No. 1 reason you should run out right now and rent the Canadian series "Slings & Arrows," is a happy bit of casting that could add a little zing to this warmed-over dish.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Cassidys aside, the Ruby pilot, at least, feels more Disney Channel than ABC Family, with a sitcommy pace that doesn't allow for much in the way of plot or character development.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    For sci-fi fans, the new V, like a Visitor, clothes itself familiarly, with actors from "Lost," "The 4400," "Firefly" and "Smallville," but until we see something we haven't seen before, we should probably go easy on the devotion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Tone--and we're talking cringe humor here--only takes you so far, and those looking for "Mars"-like subtlety should look elsewhere. But those who miss Veronica and company might want to tune in for the reunions alone.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    How much you'll actually care about any of them may decide whether you're ready to embrace the new Melrose Place.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    The good news is that the show's first non-"Grey's" episode is a decided improvement and recaptures the sense of humor that the mothership seemed to lose last season. The bad news is that as a medical show, it's so predictable that anyone who's watched any David E. Kelley show in the past 15 years or so, from "Chicago Hope" to "Boston Legal," will see certain plot points coming a mile (or two) away.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    So far, though, there's nothing on The Jay Leno Show that's worth losing sleep over.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    It's Los Angeles, a city that's all too familiar a location to viewers the world over, and with all due respect to Detective Winters' tired-but-gorgeous brown eyes, there's not nearly enough here to distinguish the transplanted Law & Order from its aged parent or, for that matter, from plenty of other L.A.-based cop shows.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I hated more how little I even giggled at Running Wilde, whose pilot doesn't quite live up to its pedigree.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I think Hines' heart is in the right place, but I'm tired of seeing people in need used as entertainment to get help they're actually entitled to as Americans.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    It's lighter than "Heroes," but also less coherent. Still, fans of Summer Glau (you know who you are) probably won't be able to resist.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Those who still dream of making a killing on "Antiques Roadshow" might conceivably get a kick out of watching a bunch of guys try to outmaneuver one another for the right to take home whatever's behind Door No. 3, but if there's an acquisitive bone in your body, you should probably steer clear, lest you find yourself the subject of yet another cautionary tale on A&E's "Hoarders."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    So what we have here is another show in which pretty, mildly tortured people perform deeds of medical derring-do while trying to figure out how they, and various parts of their individual anatomies, might fit together.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    There being few original ideas in television, execution matters. And though "Couples" fields a good cast, including Kyle Bornheimer ("Worst Week") and Mary Elizabeth Ellis ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), the two episodes I screened mostly felt forced and formulaic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Plopped down in Baltimore, the loose-living adolescents in MTV's seemingly line-for-line version don't actually feel American, no matter what their accents are, and the plots that always struck me as more teen movie than teen reality seem no more realistic than, say, "Gossip Girl."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    This is Mad Love, which takes a good cast--however tired I am of Labine playing the same guy--and forces them to try to make themselves heard over people who seem to think everything they say is hilarious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    It's a happy mix of childlike wonder and mildly adult humor--too mild for "Two and a Half Men," but maybe too adult for Saturday mornings--that allows Reubens to be timeless and yet topical. But again, only mildly so.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar go the buddy-comedy route in Franklin & Bash, a new lawyer show the network's calling an "offbeat drama"--though it's hard to think of something whose beats are this predictable as off-anything.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Like Durant's ideal route, the five episodes I've seen of Hell on Wheels tend to meander a bit.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    There are a fair number of character quirks packed into that first hour, more, perhaps, than I remember from early episodes of "Bones," which built up its own quirky world a bit at a time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I'm not hooked, but I'm not yet planning my escape, either.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    If you're moving on with The Killing, you're either a sucker for punishment or a hopeless fan of Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and her Scandinavian sweaters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Frankly, it's a dispiriting season and I won't miss the show nearly as much as I'll miss Blake Ritson's charming turn as Sir Hallam's royal friend, the Duke of Kent.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Best Friends Forever is better than a blank screen, but beyond setting what I think might be a 2011-12 season record--0 to vagina joke in 15 seconds--it doesn't do much to break through the sitcom clutter.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    There's a germ of a good idea in the massively overproduced Fashion Star.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    It offers tantalizing glimpses of other movies it might have been.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    The Newsroom is both wonderful and terrible.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    NBC's Saving Hope, another of those Canadian imports with which frugal networks pad out their summer schedules, plays like a very special episode of Grey's.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    [Larry Hagman's eyebrows] are the most contemporary thing about the "new" Dallas, which otherwise looks and feels like a chunk of the '80s trapped in amber.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    This is more soap opera than satire, an intermittently entertaining but not exactly subtle look at the private and public lives of one extremely colorful family.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    This one tries so hard to set up its premise that at times it ends up feeling more like a PSA than a comedy, which can be annoying if you're already on board with same-sex marriage and gay parenting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    The first two episodes are so full of clunky explanations that it's impossible to forget for a moment you're watching a TV show.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Sutherland's very moving as a father fighting to hold on to a son who was slipping away from him even before the authorities came calling, but the show still feels at times like a mashup of "24" and "Touched by an Angel."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Hard-core lovers of historical drama who've made no other TV appointments this fall might find the time.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I was far from convinced, but was left curious to know more about [Franklin D. Roosevelt vice president Henry] Wallace, which is maybe as much as anyone can expect from a TV show like this.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    The set-in-the-White House comedy starts off more annoying than funny in its Monday debut, overwhelmed by a single character, first son Skip (Josh Gad), a perennial college student and first-class screwup. Over the next couple of episodes the show becomes a little less grating and, occasionally, mildly amusing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    The CW series that takes "Sex and the City" fashionista and sexual anthropologist Carrie Bradshaw all the way back to 1984 Connecticut, and high school, the fit's a little off.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    What's a little messy about Hemlock Grove isn't so much the corpses as the oddly paced story and the sometimes eye-rollingly silly dialogue, which occasionally leaves a more than competent cast looking less so.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    The cops, led by Marc Lavoine, are an interesting mix, and the scenery's great. If only the crime itself didn't seem so drearily familiar.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    If you didn't like Sorkin's politics before, I doubt you'll be any happier with them this season.... Technology continues to be a bugbear for Sorkin (maybe that's why he was so prescient last season about the NSA stuff?), but stupidity in general seems more evenly distributed this season.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    If Ironside is going for more than cop-show-with-a-gimmick, it needs to go even bigger.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    There's nothing terrible about the pilot of NBC's Welcome to the Family, but nothing that explains how it attracted Mike O'Malley, Mary McCormack , Ricardo A. Chavira and Justina Machado.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    The originals strikes me as what "Dallas" might have been if J.R. and Bobby had been immortals. And living, of course, in the Big Easy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    As intrigued as I am by Sutter's willingness to bite off something bigger than his character's tongue to tell a story about the true costs of SAMCRO's business dealings, I'm not sure this is the time, or the place.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    If not for Epps--and Fisher and Smith, who are terrific as two people trying to come to terms with the impossible--I might have preferred this one had stayed buried.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I'm not entirely sure where Tolan, Kinnear and company are going with this, but I'm only interested if they're willing to go all in. Because a toothless rake is of no use at all.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Believe doesn't do nearly enough to stand out, beyond some very pretty blue butterflies and a declaration that only the bad guys will be carrying guns.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    I'm afraid the show, like beauty itself, is only skin deep. [22 July 2003, p.40]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Whatever my squeamishness, however, my real problem with Nip/Tuck isn't with the surgeries but with the writers, who seem determined to remind us that beauty is only skin deep by taking very pretty people and making them do very ugly things...Over and over. [21 June 2004, p.35]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    "Sunny" simply isn't funny enough often enough to justify its rather labored envelope-pushing. [4 Aug 2005]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Based on the first episode... we're talking predictable prime-time soap.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Thanks to some happy casting, the show's not actually unwatchable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Misgivings about Heche aside, "Men in Trees," in a weaker season, might be worth trying to warm up to.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    "Notes" feel[s] like a number of other sitcoms about couples who hail from Mars and Venus, respectively, and adds little to the discussion beyond stretch marks.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Sadly, though, the cliches rack up even faster than the wardrobe changes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Unless the writers figure out a way to step away from the car without stepping away from the funny, I'm not sure how long the show can stay there before it's pulled over.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Sadly, though, there's nothing quite that earthshaking going on in Swingtown, which boasts the same eye for detail that characterizes AMC's early-'60s drama "Mad Men"--from a woman smoking on an airplane to another sipping a Tab--but none of its style.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    K-Ville's Lisco seems to want to have it both ways, presenting very complex cases and then wrapping them up neatly within the hour.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Families whose kids aren't yet jaded by "Gossip Girl" and "America's Next Top Model" might find the wildlife pretty wild, and the kids a little less so.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    So why would TNT settle for warmed-over Bochco? Because that's what they're getting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Cupid may really be insane, and the undeniably offbeat Piven never let you forget it. Cannavale just seems, well, stubborn.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    The writers, while showing a certain lack of imagination in feeding Toby the voices of passers-by--no, it's unlikely that woman who passes you on the street, guys, is thinking what they think she's thinking--have at least invested their lead with a mildly intriguing backstory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Hawley, who cited two of the best cop shows ever, "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue," as models, might want to hold off on the patent application. The one episode I've seen of The Unusuals felt unreal and unoriginal. Too bad, because Hawley's assembled some terrific players to populate his precinct of supposed misfits.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    As TV dramas go, Mental is far from unwatchable. But unless you're spending the summer without cable, it's also probably unnecessary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Zack (Jon Foster) also very sweet, which leaves Elfman as the sour (sort of) grown-up, a thankless job made only more thankless by the writing, which takes a bad situation and only makes it worse.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    I bought into Ekman's ideas so immediately that I found myself looking at my watch as Lightman and company tried to persuade others. In the TV critic business, this is known as Not a Good Sign.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Poehler's funny because she's a smart blonde, not a dumb one. Here, she's reduced to one of TV's default settings.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Like "Entourage," whose laughs often are found in its secondary characters, "How to Make It in America" boasts some irresistible ones, including ....Martha Plimpton as Edie, the very funny interior-designer boss of Ben's ex-girlfriend Rachel (Lake Bell). Indeed, Plimpton has a speech in Episode 3 that kind of made me wish the whole series was about her. Instead of, well, about two twentysomething guys who so far seem unlikely to make it anywhere, including HBO.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    The new Prisoner looks marvelous, even if its desertlike location is initially a lot less appealing to the eye than the original Village, filmed on the lush grounds of a hotel in Wales. But also like "V" (so far), it doesn't seem to have as much to say.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    A model-thin depiction of the glamorous and not-so-glamorous lives of fashion mannequins that was co-created by Ashton Kutcher.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    The pilot for FlashForward, by contrast [to "Lost"], feels more like deja vu, with characters who could've been rounded up from a disaster miniseries, tied to a mystery that's only compelling if we care what happens to these people.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Damon ("Lost's" Ian Somerhalder) complains. "Remember, Stefan--it's important to stay away from fads." If only the CW would listen.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Three Rivers plays like a show that was put together in one made up of transplant advocates.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    What's sad about Sherri--other than the fact that her ex, Kevin, is played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who was brought up better than this by Cliff and Clair Huxtable--is that while it's supposedly a show about a woman moving on after a divorce, it's being made by a woman who so clearly hasn't.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    This is a cast that for the most part has experienced good, even great, writing in the past, and while I'm not saying Martin's pilot is laugh-free, it's a sight closer to her deservedly short-lived ABC sitcom "Hot Properties" than it is to "Frasier."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    I'm probably not the best judge of NBC's Breakthrough with Tony Robbins, which struck me as way more Tony Robbins than breakthrough.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Maybe it's just too soon after the bitter nonending of ABC's "Happy Town," but there's nothing in the pilot of Haven that makes me eager to crawl down the rabbit hole of one more small town mystery with supernatural overtones.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Pretty Little Liars is entitled to its version. If only it could have resisted some of the other cliches.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    In return for confessing to a longtime crush that she's had feelings for him, an ordinary looking woman--the "Plain Jane"--is treated to a makeover by British fashion journalist Louise Roe, whose bag of tricks doesn't extend much past what you'd see on "What Not to Wear" or a host of other shows.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    O'Loughlin's American accent has long proved a hindrance, tending to leave him sounding flat and wooden, but he's hardly helped by the writing, which makes even the far more talented Smart sound not so smart, or the plotting, which is dark, and not in a good way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    What I can say is that despite my admiration for an energetic performance by Q (between "Hellcats" and "Nikita," the CW seems determined to show its new stars getting more of a workout than you'll see on, say, "Gossip Girl"), and a lingering fondness for West that goes all the way back to "Once and Again," there was nothing in tonight's episode that made me care enough about any of these characters to spend a single unpaid minute with them.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Though based on a Twitter feed, it's far more of an old-fashioned sitcom than Tina Fey's weekly 22 minutes of whimsy, and Shatner is occasionally quite funny as a curmudgeonly retired doctor whose relationship with his son (Jonathan Sadowski) never quite developed.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Call me culturally insensitive, but I wasn't nearly as offended by the stereotyping in Outsourced--which is based on a movie of the same name that I've never seen--as I was by the fact that most of the resulting jokes were so lame.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    With all due respect to cheerleaders, and, um, hellcats, I'm a dog person myself. So when I say I didn't actually hate Hellcats, it means something. If nothing else, I'm in awe of the athleticism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    This particular M.E., who's a bit of a Sherlock Holmes type, tags along with police on their investigations and isn't shy about interrogating suspects. Or even accusing them. Which can be kind of annoying. And not just to the cops she's upstaging (who include Sonja Sojn, of "The Wire").
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Fans who've stuck with Kelley ("L.A. Law," "Ally McBeal") as his series became more outlandish (and yet repetitive) might enjoy seeing Bates in those inevitable scenes where she sways the court with the power of the writer's convictions. But there's a disconnect between Kelley's whimsy and his rhetoric here that too often leaves the cranky Harriet looking merely foolish.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Ultimately, though, The Kennedys is a high-speed chase through 30 turbulent years, punctuated by impersonations, some better than others.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Two of my least favorite "reality" genres--the weight-loss competitions and the weddings-on-steroids shows--come together in one only occasionally repellent package tonight.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    I didn't hate the pilot, though it veers from silly to serious so quickly a girl could get whiplash, but I didn't for a minute buy it as a serious contender for next fall on CBS, either.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    If this season's "True Blood" hasn't exhausted your patience with TV witches--as it has mine--Robertson's as appealing here as she was on "Life Unexpected." Maybe magic powers will help her keep this one on the air.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    How to Be a Gentleman feels as if it comes from someone who knows a fair amount about constructing a sitcom but not quite enough about being funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    I'll admit that between the CW and ABC Family, I'm having trouble keeping track of the duos who've been separated at birth, switched at birth, given up at birth and in the case of Ringer, apparently just found themselves drifting apart into different worlds, but by halfway through tonight's pilot, I felt as if I'd seen this one before.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    A watered-down drink of a sitcom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    For all its numbers wizardry, the overmanipulative Touch doesn't yet add up.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    NBC's version of The Firm is shaky at best.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Honestly, it's the title that titillates, not the show itself.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Only Ellen Burstyn, stalking around with a leg brace and a killer accent, seems to have seized the opportunity amid all the silliness to enjoy a taste of the scenery.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Maybe [it's] no worse than what MTV's done with "Teen Mom" and "Jersey Shore." But it's no better, either.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    The most earnestly silly show of the fall.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Schulman seems desperate to extract meaning from the situation, but this isn't "Undercover Boss": The only prize available for the deceived is the attention for which they may already have proven a little too hungry.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Amish Mafia may be intermittently entertaining, but it doesn't pass the smell test.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    As long as the network realizes it's deceiving no one if it pretends Deception is anything but what it is: far-fetched, formulaic and maybe a little late to the party.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    As good as the performances are and as fascinating it might be to see the inner workings of a celebrity trial where money was apparently no object, Phil Spector plays like a docudrama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Tonally, Save Me, with its slightly muddled message about redemption (which in at least one case involves another character's rediscovery of oral sex), doesn't seem to fit with whatever it was that NBC was trying to do with its new sitcoms this season.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Stephen Merchant plays a socially awkward British web designer living in Los Angeles who's not good with women, but in ways so obvious (and obnoxious) that it's hard to commiserate with him, much less laugh.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Hayes, like the character he played opposite Hilty last season as a guest star in "Smash," seems uncomfortable whenever he deviates from his preferred setting of over the top. But when everyone's over the top, it gets exhausting.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    The younger campers and counselors all have dramas, too, some interesting enough to make me wonder why Little Otter needed so many adults in the first place. None, though, is so compelling that I've stopped regretting the loss of ABC Family's much better "Huge," which starred Nikki Blonsky as a rebel in a weight-loss camp.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    NBC sent critics five episodes of the 10-episode season. Bored, I bowed out after three [episodes].
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    It's a slight enough premise but one that could work if Kimmie had even a quarter of the confidence of her creator.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    There's nothing in the pilot that feels particularly like today, much less like tomorrow.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    It's probably not a good sign that by Monday's installment I was nearly as eager to see the Barrow Gang's spree end as Hurt's character was, even knowing it was bound to be far from pretty.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Like many a sitcom male, he may have outsized expectations. Based on the penis- and fat-joke-ridden pilot--titled "Won't Get Fooled Again"--I'm keeping mine pretty low.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    A series that's as lead-footed as the original. But much, much longer.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    No, they're not ripping off "Heroes" - "Jane" was there first - but looking at the two shows side by side demonstrates how much execution matters to even the most promising concept.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Maybe it was funnier with "ordinary" Britons?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Raines' conversations with the dead... aren't exactly riveting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Without the "Raymond" writing team behind him, Garrett's not so much unleashed as he is uninteresting.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Lori Loughlin co-stars as an emergency room doctor who's dragged into their lives in ways so sitcommy they make robbing Mick Jagger look like a halfway decent idea.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Considering how hard people on shows like "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race" work for their prizes, there's something almost unseemly about giving people prizes for not much more than showing up.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    This, my friends, is why HBO has writers. Not to mention actors.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Television's a visual medium, but so much of the plot is advanced during dialogue, I actually lost track a few times and ended up rewatching sections of the episode to figure out how they'd figured out whodunit.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Eli/Ally not only isn't the most original character of the season, he's not the most sharply defined, either.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    I don't know exactly why Moonlight, which acquired "Veronica Mars'" adorable bad boy, Jason Dohring, as a second-round draft pick, seems so very lifeless.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    The ABC sitcom, which runs what seems like an excruciating 21-22 minutes, it's a trio that deserves better.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    It's strictly entertainment. Assuming that's what you call it when one guy's ordering 10 aspiring brides through a series of ridiculously staged agricultural challenges to find the one who'll win the right to have her name mentioned in People magazine when they break up.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    A show that delivers every ounce of cheese its package promises, if not the recommended daily allowance of calcium.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Despite Shannon and Blair's best efforts, Kath & Kim's main characters feel like a compilation of attitudes (and wardrobes), forced into a sitcom format so tired that you'll see the plot resolution in next week's episode (not to mention most of the jokes) coming from nearly a half-hour away.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Though the abbreviated installments of the online quarterlife had annoyed me with their very brevity, at an hour, NBC's quarterlife seems to drag on forever
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Unnecessary, and close to unwatchable, is ABC's The Goode Family, a long-delayed animated entry from "King of the Hill" producer Mike Judge.