For 550 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 Murder One: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 550
550 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A sassy, slightly raunchy comedy about a serial dater who's told by a fortune teller that if she marries, it will be within a year--to a guy she's already met.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Dollhouse is less about the ninja kicks and witty banter than it is about instant transformations, and about making the audience care about a character who's likely to behave differently every time we see her. That Dushku mostly pulls this off is a happy surprise, as is Dollhouse, which has survived "Firefly"-like trials of its own to get this far.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Cozy at times as any English village mystery, Smith's stories, like the snakes he often includes, have a way of striking when one least expects.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    What freshness exists in Sunday's premiere is largely due to Elliott, who's playing a character whose head(s) and heart(s) aren't yet fully synchronized.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Little Dorrit is the closest TV has to a sure thing: a relatively short-term investment with a satisfyingly large payoff.
    • 74 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's a formula that's worked so far, and if you've already loved shows like "Psych" and "Burn Notice" and "Royal Pains," why shouldn't you love White Collar?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Falco's simply magnificent in a role that exploits a certain no-nonsense quality she's always brought to even the nonsensical aspects of her characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I watched all of Season 1 and have seen eight episodes of Season 2, and beyond noticing that she's good at her job and not so good at her life, I still haven't figured out Jackie Peyton. Which is the way I like it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    For a good three days afterward, I was tempted to introduce one of the pilot's best lines into casual conversation--no, I won't spoil it for you, but it involves sharks--yet I wondered if it might not just be a fluke. But I saw the second episode of Community yesterday, and the same thing happened.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    She's a genuine character in her own right and The Middle worth checking out as the lead-in to the season's best new comedy, ABC's "Modern Family."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Better Off Ted may be a little too right for comfort about the work many of us do and the lives we live. But it's also funny.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's even funnier than I remember.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    But it's Perabo, as an endearing overachiever who thinks on her well-shod feet, who makes Covert Affairs such an entertaining ride.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Together [Whitford and Hanks], well, they're just silly and in a way that made me feel a lot happier than anything on "24" has made me feel in a long, long time
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Huge is the latest addition to ABC Family's collection of shows targeted to tween and teen girls. Based on the two episodes I've seen so far, it's also one of the best, full of believable characters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Purists may scoff, but I'm more than a little enchanted by Sherlock, and by a cast that includes Rupert Graves as Detective Inspector Lestrade; Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson, Holmes and Watson's landlady; and Zoe Telford as Watson's love interest, Sarah.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Logue and Raymond-James have enough chemistry that I might have been content to wander behind them, at least for a while, as they poked their noses into one small and ill-conceived job after another.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Less cheesy than "Dallas" or "Dynasty," Lone Star is a prime-time soap for a post-Madoff, post-Enron era and an audience that might root for a charming liar who'd like nothing more than to make everyone happy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The Defenders, based on a documentary about a pair of hotshot Las Vegas lawyers, is easily the best thing to happen to Jim Belushi since "According to Jim" was canceled and people like me had to stop using him as a punchline....[And] They're not the only fun characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I have to put in a good word for Fox's excellent Fringe, which returns with a strong episode tonight that helps demonstrate why Anna Torv was cast in the first place.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Overall, Hope feels like a very new take on an old, old story.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    What Code is is a show that's not afraid to be just a little bigger than life, if only to guarantee that after a long day in the real world, those of us who like our TV cops at least as interesting as our TV criminals will want to come along for the ride.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    In Showtime's seemingly unwatered-down version, William H. Macy plays the drunken dad, Frank Gallagher, convincingly enough that you can almost smell the alcohol (along with less-pleasant scents) seeping from every pore. (Other highlights include Joan Cusack as an agoraphobic homemaker whose life's about to change and Emmy Rossum as Fiona, the oldest of Frank's daughters.)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I'll just say that the three-episode run of Zen, based on a series of mysteries by Michael Dibdin about a Venice-born, Rome-based cop named Aurelio Zen--you thought maybe he was a Buddhist?--was absorbing enough that I'm planning to check out the books next.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Game of Thrones is a show worth watching based on a book worth reading.