For 590 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 590
590 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    "The O.C." team of Josh Schwartz and McG keep this one fast and mostly funny, but it's no "Heroes."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    This is a season of politics and principles, of might and martyrdom. If you're here just for the sex, you're likely to be disappointed, unless the trysts of relatively minor characters interest you as much as Henry's.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    ABC sticks its neck out a bit further with Life on Mars, a pretty good remake of a remarkable series that also appeared on BBC America
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    It's like a miniseries built out of spare parts. Yet there's a reason those parts get chosen over and over, and thanks to Deschanel, whose DG plays it straight in a script that's one long wink, Tin Man brings them together to a place that feels a bit like home.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    What they'll see is a film that feels bigger, if not necessarily better, than the original.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    This is not unfunny stuff, but in a week in which a show that's willing to turn a satirical eye on race might have drawn real laughs, Chocolate News feels a bit like a lost opportunity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    A world that admits vampires probably can't afford to deny entry to shapeshifters and the other so-far unclassified supernatural types who've made their way to Bon Temps, but there's an awful lot going on in True Blood this season, and not all of it is equally interesting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Breaking Bad is a bit of a load, more weighted than wacky, and surprisingly predictable for a show whose main character is first discovered wearing a gas mask but no trousers.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    As the season's eight episodes progress, and she's forced to open her life to a bit of outside scrutiny, cracks begin to appear in the facade. And while that's not enough to turn her into a victim--we're not talking Lifetime here--it does gradually transform her into the character Showtime most needs her to be: someone whose company might actually be worth paying for.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I generally don't place myself in that crowd [viewers who think there's nothing funnier than an overweight guy with a jock-strap tan line], being more "Elf" than "Old School," but McBride's Powers exudes a Mitch Williams-meets-John Kruk vibe that's hard to resist, and, hey, I laughed more than once.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The Mentalist is anything but irksome, proving once again that watchable television isn't so much about originality--if something hasn't been done before, there might be a reason--as it is about execution.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    So while the plot points might be as far-fetched, the emotions aren't.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The plot of tonight's pilot, which involves cloning, hews closely to the original's first, dark episode. A second, included for review, seems more like a CBS show, a murder mystery I'd like to think any of the network's three "CSIs" could've knocked off as easily.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I managed to gallop through the nine increasingly addictive episodes CBS provided for review.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    NBC, which could have ripped off yet another "reality" show for 8 p.m. Sundays, instead bought into something imaginative and intriguing and, yes, a little crazy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Like its characters, Men of a Certain Age isn't perfect, and maybe not everyone who loved "Raymond" is going to love it. But this show about men who are, as TNT puts it, in "the second act of their lives," isn't a bad second act at all for Romano.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    For anyone who loves science fiction and Moore's brand of allegory, Virtuality could be an intriguing two hours.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Jane is utterly believable as the hapless Ray, who, during the show's first four episodes, lurches from one disaster to another. But his character's a little too weighted down - and, no, not by the equipment you never actually see - to make his leap into male prostitution seem like anything but a plot device forced on him by writers trying a little too hard to make a point.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Stylista, which injects drama into the simple act of getting breakfast for the boss, offers other small surprises, but it's not without its icky moments.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Yet for all the gentle ridicule heaped on Walters' character in Filth, her Mary is closer to a three-dimensional figure than Whitehouse's nemesis, BBC head Sir Hugh Greene (Hugh Bonneville).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Timothy Spall steps onto the screen as one of Dickens' most ambivalent villains in a largely unexceptional version adapted by Sarah Phelps.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Though each character in Collision is in some way connected by the crash itself, it feels at times more like an old-fashioned collection of short stories, the kind that often end, O. Henry-like, with an ironic twist.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Besides, whatever its antecedents, NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? turns out to be pretty good TV. Even if it's maybe a bit slicker than it needs to be.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Lange disappears into Big Edie, particularly in her later years, conveying both her frustrations and her sometimes poisonous personality so successfully that you might almost forget how much makeup was required to make her look like that. But for all Barrymore's efforts to do the same with Little Edie, she's a little too obviously making an effort, succeeding best when she's channeling her character's desperation for the world's (and her mother's) approval.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I wouldn't recommend taking every word of "The Tudors" as fact, much less citing it in a term paper, but as historical fiction, it's proven remarkably robust.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Royal Pains, with a sunny star and even sunnier setting, might be just what the doctor ordered for those who can't take one more minute of pseudo-celebrity antics.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The pilot's a little slow. But a few episodes in, I found I wasn't bored a bit.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Ben also seems to come from some money, a situation that's bound to create conflict but may also add to the uncomfortable sense that he (and we) are watching bad things happen from a too-safe distance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Thanks largely to some great singers and the comic delivery of Jane Lynch, packs more entertainment into an hour than some networks manage in an entire night. But sometimes I wonder if the show Fox is selling so hard is the same one Murphy's making.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I've seen just enough of "NCIS" to appreciate its appeal, which I suspect lies in casting and character development (combined, of course, with occasional explosions of action). Those elements appear to be part of the DNA for NCIS: Los Angeles.