For 789 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 789
789 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Sneaky Pete is fun, even if it isn't wildly unpredictable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The stakes are often high in Happy Valley, but it makes even the nuisance aspects of policing seem vital (and perversely entertaining).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    American Crime is aimed squarely at drama junkies. Especially those who, tired of having their thoughts and emotions prechewed, packaged and set to music, may have fled broadcast TV for cable, Netflix and Amazon.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It says something about how unpatronizingly Last Tango treats its lovers that I wondered more than once during the six-episode first season (another's been ordered in Britain) if these two even belonged together.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Everyone has secrets, and, yes, lies. And a lot of Big Little Lies, from the to-kill-for ocean views to the kitchens, constitutes affluence porn. But there's honest emotion here, too, as well as small moments, like an unexpected one between Dern and Woodley late in the series, that help Big Little Lies float above the suds of soapy guilty pleasure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Writer-director Neil Jordan's first foray into series TV is everything you'd want in a premium-cable costume drama: lush, romantic, violent, tragic, funny--and far enough in the past that few of us are likely to argue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    If you've loved every minute of Downton Abbey up to now, you'll likely still love it this season.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Actors may come and go, inconveniently or not, and viewers may grouse, but Fellowes is composing a love letter to a way of life that's pretty much past.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Aaron Tveit's Danny won't make anyone forget John Travolta, but his Broadway chops showed in the live format, and Julianne Hough was an enchanting Sandy. Vanessa Hudgens' Rizzo? Adorable. But the MVP of Grease: Live has to be director Thomas Kail, who segued from Broadway's Hamilton to Rydell High and along with Alex Rudzinski, pulled off the most ambitious live TV musical in my memory, anyway.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    House is too often dismissed as a formulaic show, as if formula were always a bad thing. It breaks its boundaries often enough, and though tonight's episode--appropriately titled "Broken"--would seem to be a prime example of that, half the fun is seeing the formula applied to strangers, in a very strange land.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's all happening at a manic pace, but the five episodes I've seen--of a 10-episode season--are smartly written, heartfelt, and frequently funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's a comic-book origins tale, but a satisfyingly adult one.
    • 86 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    If "Will & Grace" has an agenda, it's so well hidden that it can't possibly get in the way of the comedy. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Based on what I've seen so far, we're looking at a killer season.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The Knick is as engrossing and disturbing as ever, and the medical gore's only a small piece of it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    While it's not always easy to watch Time of Death, which is bound to trigger memories for those who've logged time with the dying, it's a gift to spend time with its highly individual subjects, who resist a one-size-fits-all approach.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Eureka remains my favorite of the two [the other is Warehouse 13], maybe because it seems to do a better job of integrating new characters - and viewers - even as it allows its writers to reset the show's reality as often as they choose.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [Go On] is among the best new comedies of the season.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    One thing Atlanta does particularly well is to convey the shakiness of an economy in which a child of working- or middle-class parents can struggle, even end up homeless, setting it against the backdrop of the less-official economy on which many rely. That Atlanta manages to be drily funny, too, is a gift.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    As odd-couple partners go, they're [Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) and Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) are] wonderfully imperfect. {The] 91-minute pilot is full of surprises, large and small, and sets the scene for a larger story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Better Things is as endearing, and as irrepressible, as Adlon herself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The Honorable Woman" doesn't give itself away easily--I was well into the eight episodes before a few things began to be clearer--but Blick uses his other characters so effectively that the wait doesn't seem wasted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Notaro, who survived a version of these events several years ago, has added tragedy and time to make the kind of comedy that feels both fresh and familiar. She's as appealing, and as low-key, an actress as she is a comedian.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Battle Creek is a whimsical, even genial, cop show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The presentation may be Hitchcockian at times, but there is nothing fun or arch or cartoonish or even particularly original in the violence that permeates Luther. It is, quite simply, terrifying, and we are meant to take it as seriously as Luther himself does.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The patients, too, are easier to take. With no one in sight that Paul's likely to get mushy over--the way he did so disastrously with Laura (Melissa George) last season--we're free to admire Mahoney's artistry as a CEO with panic attacks or to root for young Oliver, whose parents need therapy more than he does.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Mysterious comebacks have become a TV genre in themselves, yet I haven't seen anything quite like The OA, whose twists were gripping enough to keep me going even in some moments when I'd otherwise have been rolling my eyes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    There are a few occasions when Clinton, a politician used to rolling right over interviewers to get his message out, finds himself speaking at the same time as Costello, but it's only noticeable because the host is for the most part the most self-effacing of interviewers.
    • 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.

Top Trailers