For 785 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 785
785 tv reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Lies is cynical enough to make "Up in the Air" look like "Once Upon a Time," but it's a stylish, sometimes witty cynicism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    One of television's best shows has been the exclusive province of DirecTV's 101 Network for months now, but finally "Friday Night Lights" is returning to NBC, with a third season that feels more like the first. In other words, no homicides, accidental or otherwise, just the very real human drama of life in a Texas town where football touches nearly everyone's lives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's all great, escapist fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A very funny political comedy from "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau and journalist Jonathan Alter that could hold its own with HBO's "Veep."
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Silicon Valley, a new comedy about programmers trying to make it big in a world where unimaginable fortune may be only an app away, is both smart and funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Yes, it's worth asking how long this dance can go on, given that yet another cop is beginning to sniff around Dexter's affairs, but as long as the character keeps growing and changing, I'm content to see him practice his grisly hobby a while longer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's even funnier than I remember.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The real fascination of The Americans can be found not in the lies Philip and Elizabeth tell the world, but in those they tell themselves.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I was kind of jazzed by the estrogen-fueled drama of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which, when you set aside the robots from the future, is really just a story about a woman (Lena Headey) trying to protect her only son (Thomas Dekker).
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Though the show takes the dancers' work at least as seriously as it takes their relationships, you won't need to know a pliƩ from a pirouette to appreciate the drama, and yes, the touch of class, in Breaking Pointe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The best reason for tuning in to The Killing is that it might re-sensitize those who've seen one too many episodes of "Criminal Minds"--or overdosed on local news.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Both pilots ["Hostages" and The Blacklist] are among broadcast TV's better offerings this fall.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Is Saul funny? Yes, in the way that "Breaking Bad" could be very funny. And it's still Odenkirk, whose face alone is worth a comedy master class. But there's more pathos there than I'd expected, and a backstory that, like Walter White's, asks us to think about how much of one's destiny is predetermined and how much is due to circumstance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Mr. Robot returns for its second season 10 p.m. Wednesday, as enigmatic and intriguing as ever.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Geek TV is really the stories of people who've had greatness, not geekiness, thrust upon them, mostly in the form of unrequested superpowers. It should probably disturb me, but somehow doesn't, that the best of these, the CW's Reaper.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    If you managed to miss all nine episodes of last season's best new show, worry not. The first three minutes or so should catch you up nicely.
    • 81 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Both pilots [Hostages and "The Blacklist"] are among broadcast TV's better offerings this fall.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Is Veda what happens when we shelter children from economic realities? Is she a bitch because her father left? Or simply a bad seed? That we never really find out didn't ruin Mildred Pierce for me. The story, after all, isn't called "Veda Pierce," and what remains is a surprising amount of fun, given that we're talking divorce, Depression and dysfunction.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    There are few issues in Chicagoland that won't seem drearily familiar to Philadelphians--or the residents of any large American city--but the show, narrated by former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Konkol, is remarkably engaging.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Downsizing to television not only doesn't hurt Steel Magnolias--it may have brought it into better focus.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The show has fun with the "Captain America" mythology--cutting to a radio program in which Peggy hears herself portrayed as a damsel in frequent distress--yet is more accessible to newbies than "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Game of Thrones is a show worth watching based on a book worth reading.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Berlin's an enticing setting for Carrie, and Homeland, having gotten back its mojo after a too-long dalliance with Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), seems once again headed in an interesting direction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Overall, Hope feels like a very new take on an old, old story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The show will skip hours here and there, but the "24" clock will continue to run, and if the first two hours are any indication, the time away has been good for the franchise.

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