For 795 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Americans: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 795
795 tv reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    There's not a bad performance to be had in Rectify, which even features Hal Holbrook as Holden's former lawyer. But it's Young, whose character veers from a deceptive lethargy to moments of dry humor, who carries every scene he's in as he finds ways to allow us glimpses of the man still imprisoned behind the mask.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    TV--or whatever it is we're calling Netflix--doesn't get much better than that.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    It has plenty to say about the things humans are capable of and, like most great series, it rewards the careful viewer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Transparent is still in a class of its own.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    As always, execution matters. Broadchurch's is practically note-perfect.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Boardwalk Empire has been the glittering light at the end of HBO's tunnel for so long now that you might wonder if it--or any other show--could possibly live up to the hype. Amazingly, it does.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Masters of Sex, a biographical drama about sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) that makes science sexy.... Sheen and Caplan are beautifully mismatched as the central figures in a story adapted from Thomas Maier's 2009 biography.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Fargo goes where HBO's "True Detective" didn't--to a second story and cast of characters as compelling as its first.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    What makes it one of the best shows on television--besides scenes like the last 10 minutes of Tuesday's episode, which are not to be missed--is its ability to show us ourselves as others see us. Dizzying as that view might be, it's as timely as ever.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Marshall Hershkovitz and Ed Zwick, the team that brought us "thirtysomething," have a grasp of adolescence that's so real you can smell the Clearasil. [25 Aug 1994, p.45]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    The Americans remains as sick, and as seductive, as its secrets.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    This Fargo, built to last for 10 [hours], allows the drifting menace of Thornton's character to take us for a much twistier slay ride.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    The best show on television.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Game of Thrones continues to tease out the most meaningful stories from George R.R. Martin's still unfinished fantasy series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," straying where necessary to highlight a possibly neglected character or perhaps just to produce something slightly less depressing.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Let's get this out of the way. Last fall's best new drama and this fall's best new drama have one thing in common: a 15-year-old girl. [18 Sept 1995, p.43]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Jenji Kohan's series about inmates at a women's prison is as addictive as ever. Intermittently hilarious, occasionally infuriating and still very much the drama that new Emmy rules have declared it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    [Phillips says] "Money, guns, America's going to get you whatever you need." And so--at least for those who prize artful ambiguity over dull certainty--should The Americans.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    A haunting, beautifully executed French series, whose horror reveals itself so gradually that it may be Thanksgiving before you fully understand why what feels at times like a wonderful dream is premiering on Halloween.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Beyond noting that occasional tic of too-self-conscious nudity, though, it's hard to overpraise a show that's tamed Martin's tale just enough to make it filmable and matched extraordinary characters with extraordinary actors while finding things to say about justice, religion, governance and the power--and limits--of compassion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    The Shield, which, based on the three I've seen so far, looks to be going out the way it came in: fast and furious, bloody but unbowed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    The third season of ABC's outstanding American Crime manages to sidestep well-worn arguments about immigration and other hot-button topics with a set of compelling, interlocking stories that challenge viewers to see in new ways the people we so often manage not to see at all--migrant workers, teenage prostitutes, and opioid addicts--while giving a voice to others, like family farmers and small business owners, who have reason, too, to feel ignored.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    This new-to-you season of "Friday Night Lights" is more than worth the wait.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Prohibition is barely more than a gulp next to Burns benders like "Baseball" and "Jazz," but it packs a punch, both as a cautionary tale and as entertainment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    It remains, stubbornly and triumphantly, what it was: an unhurried exploration of the aftermath of a city's catastrophe, told through the experiences of those who didn't have the luxury of shutting off CNN when they'd had enough. And all set to some extraordinary music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    I watch some disturbing things in this job, but I can't remember the last time anything left me as shaken as Time: The Kalief Browder Story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    This season of one of network television's best shows, is, like the first, about much more than a single criminal act.... Ridley, who wrote and directed the season premiere, isn't afraid to take his time with these people or their stories. You shouldn't be, either.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Matthew Weiner's stylish soap opera continues to be both stylish and sudsy in about equal parts, and, as always, I'd be happy to spend most of my time at the office with Don, learning the secrets of advertising and ignoring his mess of a personal life, if not for Don's precocious daughter, the inimitable Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    McConaughey and Harrelson are terrific together and intriguing apart, and whatever went on or is going on between them, and in the sadly complicated community they serve, is more interesting than the murder mystery that's meant to drive the story.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Rylance is everything anyone could ask of an actor whose character's rich interior life can't safely be on display: subtle, watchful and supremely watchable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Rectify is still a show that trusts its viewers more than most, telling a high-stakes story in a decidedly low-key way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    They're fully realized characters, not freakishly talented pawns, and their stories--and choices--reflect a real-life awareness I only wish "Glee" could muster.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    While I'm thrilled to have something as deep and juicy as The Wire back after so long a break between seasons, I'm afraid that the show's very best years may be behind it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    It's no mean feat, either, to follow three highly entertaining reinventions of stories involving one of literature's most adapted characters with three more even better than the first. But it must not be impossible, because Sherlock has done it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    [Broadchurch's] third and final eight-episode season, ticks all the Brit drama boxes and still manages to stand out from the mysteries some of us can’t get enough of.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Three episodes in, it looks like Hulu's best original yet. ... Offred's will to survive, and to somehow reclaim her stolen daughter, drives a narrative that might otherwise feel hopeless and that makes The Handmaid's Tale what every serialized show should be: a page-turner.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Though the supporting cast members are all good (Parsons particularly so) it's Kramer's fury, channeled through Ruffalo's manic energy as the writer's alter-ego Ned Weeks, that keeps The Normal Heart beating and preserves a horrific bit of all too recent history not in amber, but in anger.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    This is extraordinarily ambitious and entertaining television, wherever its pedigree.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    It's still a gripping story, convincingly performed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    There's mystery, because the murder case is unresolved, but the drama lies in discovering what prison has made of Daniel and in seeing how he and those around him deal with the walls that still keep them apart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    As cool as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" but with less other-worldly problems - date rape, a missing mother and a murder mystery among them - Veronica's navigating the tricky waters of a town full of secrets, on a network that until this season wasn't known for creating shows this good. [22 Sept 2004, p.38]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Transparent is either the best new series most people are unlikely to see or the best excuse Amazon can give you for signing up for a month's free trial.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    The performances, in fact, are so uniformly strong and the direction so deft that it's possible to overlook a plot that, like The Killing (and Netflix's new thriller Marcella) introduces a few too many Law & Order-like plot twists to be totally believable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    I wouldn't want to miss a word.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Personally, I have even less interest in boxing than I do in those other worlds, so when I say I swallowed most of the 13-episode first season of FX's new boxing drama, Lights Out in a couple of marathon gulps, it's saying something.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    A frequently fascinating look behind the scenes of a case whose mix of celebrity, race, and money still resonates.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Grim it sounds and grim it is, but in choosing to focus on the kind of survival stories that no one signs up for but that to some extent eventually shape us all, it can be unexpectedly eloquent about love and loss.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Bacon, always a watchable actor, is the perfect, and necessary, counterbalance to Purefoy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A pilot that was better than it sounded on paper (though I'm not sure there isn't more funny chemistry between Marcia Gay Harden--who plays Wife No. 1--and Akerman than there is between Whitford and Akerman).
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Arthur (Peter Gallagher) and Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett), one of my favorite TV pairings, continue to provide tantalizing glimpses of a marriage complicated enough to deserve its own spin-off.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Frank Underwood may see himself as a man of action, but the odd explosion of violence notwithstanding, House of Cards is primarily a character study, one that can begin to feel a little stale after prolonged exposure. So maybe it's best to treat it like a box of chocolates. A piece (or three) at a time? Still delicious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Voight is perfectly cast as the one person who can plausibly terrify Ray, and he and Schreiber have a crackling chemistry. The supporting players are terrific, too, starting with Paula Malcomson as Ray's wife, Abby.... But it's Schreiber, who manages to convey a lot while seemingly remaining impassive much of the time, who somehow holds Ray Donovan together.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [Dunham has] crafted an honest and at least occasionally hilarious show that might even live up to its hype.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    While the acting's first rate, it's the mystery that drives Five Days.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [A case] that's gradually revealed to be more and more horrific. The only thing that makes watching this story unfold even slightly bearable are West and Watson's performances.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The decision to create a Season 6 exit strategy for Lost may turn out to be one of the best things ever to happen to a TV series, restoring a sense of purpose for the show, which had been treading water.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Two hours can be a long time for a show that's not heavy on action sequences, but "The Doorway" does eventually take us somewhere.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The best news about The Good Fight is that it takes a character a lot of us have loved for years and challenges her to be better, and less complacent, than she's ever been--with no guarantee that she'll succeed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Crisis takes kids in jeopardy, class conflict and adolescent (and national) insecurity and stirs them into a surprisingly effective thriller.
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Without Sam, this might still have been a pretty good film about how modern science works (and sometimes doesn't), and filmmakers Sean and Andrea Nix Fine, who won an Oscar this year for their short film "Inocente," do a fine job of finding the drama in a process that's not always inherently dramatic.
    • 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Amazon’s Tycoon is the TV equivalent of a great beach book: a page-turner with larger-than-life characters, set in a glitzy, gossipy world of secrets. I watched the entire season over a few days, mostly because I was having too much fun to stop.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A dramatically satisfying story that embraces the second half of the F. Scott Fitzgerald line, "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Schilling's Piper, engaged to the supportive Larry (Jason Biggs) and dodging the attentions of her former lover (Laura Prepon) as well as more aggressively amorous inmates, displays a nice comic sense as she encounters one prison Catch-22 after another. The supporting cast is a strong one. But it's Kate Mulgrew, as the inmate who rules the prison kitchen with an cast-iron fist, who steals every scene she's in, and should leave Netflix's streaming subscribers begging for more.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Adventure lovers of both sexes should want Outlander.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Even with Barrett and Spencer's characters there to remind us that the good old days weren't good for everyone, and the hint of some overarching conspiracy, there's a romance to Timeless that so far makes it worth the trip.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The pilot about a woman pitcher (Kylie Bunbury) who gets called up to the San Diego Padres is a winning one, and as much about coping with overnight fame and the weight of other people's dreams as it is about baseball.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Frances McDormand takes the difficult title character from Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning collection of short stories out for a slightly different spin, but the result is less a challenge to Strout's vision than a broadening of it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Creator Diablo Cody ("Juno"), in writing a family that's been living for a long time with a skewed idea of normal, shows how resilient people can find the funny in situations that to outsiders might seem tragic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    So far, Kaling's is pitch-perfect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Though Moffat's written some scary stuff for The Doctor before this, Saturday's season premiere feels like a fresh start.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I haven't a clue where the rest of the story is going, but I'm prepared to be surprised.
    • 79 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?
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Fogelman's charmingly intricate pilot benefits from strong performances.
    • 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.
    • 86 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Grammer and Heaton slip easily into characters who won't be easily mistaken for Frasier Crane or Debra Barone, the writing's professional, the supporting cast dependable (and in the case of Fred Willard, another "Raymond" veteran, dependably hilarious).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Still-irresistible. ... Krakowski, Kane and Tituss Burgess, who plays Kimmy's roommate Titus Andromedon, all have had character upgrades.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    After a slowish start, it's proving addictive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    After its unpromising beginning, the pilot has nary a dull moment, and Chopra alone would be reason enough to watch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Like its much-watched counterpart on AMC, In the Flesh isn't always easy to watch. But I didn't want to miss a minute. Zombies and all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A smart, sometimes bittersweet comic-book adaptation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [There's] a level of ambiguity executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa might not have gotten away with when they were writing for Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer on "24," but it's part of what makes Homeland, adapted from an Israeli series created by Gideon Raff, one of the season's most intriguing dramas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Personally, I've had about enough of vamps, even the moody Mitchell, but George can be a sweetie and Annie's irresistible, especially when she's making tea that she can't drink for dozens of people who never stop by. If you're already home on a Saturday night, why not spend time with a girl who probably needs to get out even more than you do?
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    In a sign that Runway's producers now know where the show's strength lies, the designers' first-episode challenge doesn't, for once, center on materials scooped up at the supermarket or home center but on actual fabric.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I'd be happy enough with this cast and this concept to simply wander along for a bit, ignoring the trail of bread crumbs and focusing on the lengths one man might go to hold onto those he loves.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It has more heart than I first credited it with, and the season-long arc involving Sean and Beverly is both funny and touching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    plenty of other characters worth getting to know in a show whose pilot holds up under repeat viewing and whose second episode doesn't disappoint.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is one of the funnier network shows of the season.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Why else would someone who grew up in the spotlight submit to an examination of his most private relationships and feelings if not to try to win strangers' hearts and minds?--but it's not nearly as interesting as the adjustments occurring to and around Chaz himself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    From the three episodes I've seen, I'd say that even after all this time, Jericho still has something to say.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    As taut and twisted a mystery as anything you'll find on television this summer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Although it's not always easy to watch, it kept me riveted over a recent weekend.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    If you've seen "The Killing," you may think you've already seen some version of the story that filmmaker Jane Campion is telling in the Sundance Channel's new miniseries, Top of the Lake, but I promise you, you haven't.
    • 69 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Having gobbled down all six episodes at a time when I should have been watching More Important Shows, I'm forced to confess that I was hooked.
    • 88 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have so far done a remarkable job adapting a story with even more moving parts than the show's very cool title sequence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    While it looked like a Starz show, with all the pretty, naked people and bursts of horrific violence, it also felt like a show for grownups.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The Closer may be moving on, but she's left the franchise in good hands.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A lot of the rest may feel like a rehash to women (and men) of a certain age, but for anyone not old enough to remember a time when network anchors, all male, felt free to make fun of the fledgling women's movement on the evening news, Gloria might yet have something to say.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's creepy and wonderful and makes great use of its New York locations--particularly Coney Island--but it's Malek's almost hypnotic performance as a bundle of hurt in a hoodie that sells it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The five episodes I've seen of The Good Place showed it to be smart with heart, and that combination should be worth a fair number of afterlife points.
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    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are back for 13 more episodes of Netflix's Grace and Frankie, and the third season's the most charming yet.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    All or Nothing at All draws from hours of Sinatra interviews and performances, as well as others' reminiscences, for a piece that's particularly effective in showing the singer as a young striver from New Jersey.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I appreciate its willingness to be life-sized, if not exactly subtle, in a medium that increasingly demands its drama on steroids. And I applaud its rejection of nostalgia as much as I do its avoidance (so far) of serial killers. It's the fetishizing of the visual, not lack of action, that leaves me impatient.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The pilot, posted on Amazon back in February for viewers to vote on, may have relied a bit too heavily on the sex-and-drugs angle. I found the setting intriguing, the characters less so. Subsequent episodes--I've seen seven--got me hooked.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Both cinematically broad and heartbreakingly specific, a melding for once of the best that movies and television have to offer.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The writing in the two episodes I've seen is funnier and more pointed than the show's premise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's the too-bad-not-to-be-true stories Simon's telling about what the people of New Orleans were dealing with long after the waters receded that's kept my blood on simmer for the eight episodes I've seen so far.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's five nights of stimulating and ultimately disturbing television, and I'd like nothing better than to have more people to talk with about it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Years of Living Dangerously, produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, does a good job in its premiere of widening the discussion of global warming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A drama on the order of "The Sopranos" or "The Shield," it's not about things--and people--getting better so much as it is about the struggle for survival. And like "Weeds," it's a show that might, if anything, have a little too much to say about the times in which we live.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Enlisted is both very funny and very sweet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Between "Twilight," HBO's "True Blood" and the WB's upcoming "Vampire Diaries," I'd begun to feel overwhelmed by the undead. Then along came BBC America's Being Human to change my mind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    If you can make the time in a season where most programmers think we're all too busy shopping to be watching anything heavier than "Miracle on 34th Street" (the Natalie Wood version, of course), then "Sleeper Cell" delivers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    More than ever, though, it might be for those who loved "Lost" for the questions it asked, not those it answered.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Billions isn't a subtle show. Its dialogue can be too on-the-nose, its insistence on contrasting the private lives of its warring alpha dogs too obvious.... What it is, is fun. Axelrod's a dashing hero, who may not be as heroic as he looks; Rhoades is a neurotic bulldog whose pursuit of Axe Capital may actually be in the public interest. Siff and Akerman's characters are as tough as, if not tougher than, the men in their lives.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    While the situations are far-fetched, the emotions are real. And Rodriguez, as a young control freak coming to terms with a situation she can't easily control, or dismiss, is terrific.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Given the characters who also turn up looking to sell comics and memorabilia, Smith's original idea--"Pawn Stars" with comics--might have been enough to win him a slot just about anywhere on cable. The podcast just makes it funnier.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    As much soapy fun as Bette and Joan has with the pair's over-the-top efforts to one-up each other, it's also a smartly told tale of how sexism, ageism, and the old studio system helped turn two Oscar-winning actresses into bitter enemies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Showing people having sex while wired up to machines may have gotten viewers in the door, but it's the characters and the performances that should keep them there.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Holloway and Callies, no strangers to speculative, high-stakes drama, make a formidable pair as characters human enough to be relatable, skilled enough be potentially heroic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Baker's adorable, but it's Simmons, as the hilariously confident dad, who makes Henry's a childhood well worth exploring.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I watched the five new episodes NBC sent and couldn't wait to see more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Alex's gender guarantees that her dynamic with the boss will be a bit different, and it's Glenister, whose Hunt continues to leave Harvey Keitel's in the dust, who's still the best reason to climb into this particular time machine.
    • 66 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    An absorbing eight-episode show based on King's best-selling 11/22/63 and produced by J.J. Abrams.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Along the way, Tom becomes briefly attached to potential ancestors who don't pan out or aren't quite what they first seem--a not unfamiliar experience is frequently rendered funny by just a small dollop of strangeness. Sometimes it's more than a dollop, but Family Tree doesn't dwell so long on any single absurdity to make anyone uncomfortable.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    This visually arresting thriller suggests that Gero is not easily pigeonholed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The first two episodes of Season 2 should feel then like an elaborate tease, as we see Jimmy slipping into his old rhythms even while reaching for what looks like a brighter future, one that may include Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn). That they don't is due to the show's respect for the present, the place that Jimmy lives right now, and where he still has hope and where anything might yet happen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The writers of Bloodline apparently don't trust us in the deep water yet. But it's worth wading into, anyway.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    From its very first scene, Hereafter manages to capture the sense those of us being left behind sometimes get; that the person going already has a foot planted somewhere else. But it also, repeatedly, hones in on the joy that can hit unexpectedly at even the worst moments.
    • 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.)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I've seen all nine episodes of Luck's first season and I still don't know how to place a bet, much less pick a winner. But when the carousel finally stopped turning, I couldn't wait to buy another ticket.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Forget the kids: I could happily watch Meloni and Harris banter and flirt for a half-hour a week.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    This unexpectedly charming, well-cast romantic comedy from Tad Quill ("Scrubs," "Spin City") represents something rare enough on NBC: a half-hour whose appeal might conceivably extend beyond the cable-sized viewership of savagely smart but more insular series like "30 Rock" and "Community."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A strong supporting cast includes Margaret Avery as her sick and often fretful mother, Richard Roundtree as her father and Lisa Vidal as her producer and friend, Kara. But it's Union's commitment to all the craziness in her character's life (including sex in all the wrong places, with all the wrong people) that's likely to make Being Mary Jane my newest guilty pleasure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Things are lighter and brighter--and frequently funnier--in the Los Angeles of Life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I have a few quibbles about what happens after [the crash sequence], though I wouldn't think of spoiling it for the less rigid-minded. Let's just say that Abrams has a tendency to take his ideas several steps further than I might find necessary, which could explain why "Alias" lost me less than halfway through its first season. Here's hoping Lost won't wander that far. [22 Sept 2004,p. 38]
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    • 76 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's a funny scene [a pair of Canadian drug dealers visiting Detroit sing the praises of the Tim Hortons doughnut chain to a couple of guys from Kentucky who couldn't care less] but it also hurries the plot along and, so, in many ways it feels like a perfect melding of the minds of Detroit's Leonard and the Canadian-born Yost. Which pretty much sums up Justified, too.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Like last summer's happy surprise of an FX comedy, "You're the Worst," Amazon's latest show is the opposite of its title: It's anything but a Catastrophe.
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    • 80 Ellen Gray
    iZombie, inspired by a comic book series, cares as much about its post-life characters as it does its pre-dead ones. And though it may serve up brains in a variety of ways, it never loses its heart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I suspect anyone who's ever called a "help" desk seeking actual help, only to be asked, "Have you tried turning it off and on again?" won't need a translator to laugh themselves silly over The IT Crowd.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Fleabag's a heartbreaker, sometimes hilariously so.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Cody's gift is for characters who do and say the unexpected while remaining real, but without Colette, it's easy to imagine Tara as a train wreck, or, worse, an acting exercise. Somehow she imbues Tara's alternate personalities--known as the "alters"--with enough substance to make them interesting, without making them so real that we forget they're a manifestation of an illness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It should be enough that it's smart and funny. Which it is, though there's always room for funnier.
    • 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 plié 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Issa the character may be a work in progress, but the woman writing and playing her knows exactly what she's doing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    There's nothing generic about the funny (and charming) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
    • 61 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Creator Tom Rob Smith's story may eventually seem far-fetched (or so I choose to hope), but Whishaw's performance as an emotional drifter who finds a focus only when it might be too late is too good to miss.
    • 70 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."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Richard Dreyfuss' [portrayal of Bernie] makes no excuses for the con artist whose decades-long fraud cost his marks billions. It does humanize his family, which knew sadness even before Madoff's big reveal, and features a strong performance by Peter Scolari as Bernie's brother Peter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The Man in the High Castle has no trouble building and maintaining tension. Honestly, it gave me nightmares. Missing, or at least muted a bit in the four episodes I've seen, though, was the sense I had from the book of how life, and even personality, could be shaped by occupation over time, rendering resistance less and less likely.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The pilot does a deft job of managing expectations for a world we're used to seeing splashed on a larger screen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Margulies, who appears to have buried Nurse Hathaway - and her scrubs--for good, is a crackling presence in the courtroom and just about everywhere else.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's vintage Larry - bad behavior that only gets worse as the half-hour goes on - and it begins to set the stage for the season's main event, the "Seinfeld" reunion that may or may not bring about another even more important one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Smartly adapted by Melissa Rosenberg, Jessica Jones doesn't require an advanced degree in comics history.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A screwball comedy that's married Fey's responsible and subversive sides and harnessed the power of Alec Baldwin for funny, not fear.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    There's so much fun stuff going on in Supergirl, from cameos by Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark") and Helen Slater (1984's "Supergirl"), as Kara's adoptive parents, to the introduction of a sizzling hot James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), that it seems churlish to complain about a subplot that threatens to spoil the fun by making a federal issue out of Supergirl.... Benoist's Kara is a joyful heroine and a tough one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    This season, having already offered up Lindsay's perhaps too-facile explanation for what makes Dexter tick, the writers seem to be digging deeper into Butcher Boy's psyche, even as his colleagues find themselves digging deeper into his after-hours work. And as his pretend life becomes more challenging, it can't help but become more real.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Accents (and a few updates) aside, this is one exported L&O that plays as if it never left.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Smartly updated.... the new show owes as much to "The Larry Sanders Show" as it does to "The Office" or "30 Rock."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    That it's still funny is probably a kind of miracle, the kind you just might not want to miss.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    This might be the best of Marvel's Netflix shows so far.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Pleasure’s often found in dialogue that has nothing to do with the business at hand.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Slightly harder-edged than "Amy," but just as estrogen-fueled, the best-timed show of the new season is a combination of the crime-centered procedurals CBS favors and a drama about the kind of family most of us have speculated about at one time or another.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Love doesn't reach the comic heights of You're the Worst, but it does bring the funny, much of it supplied by Claudia O'Doherty (Trainwreck) as Mickey's put-upon Australian roommate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    It's too soon to tell if The Event, the latest entry in the networks' race to find the next "Lost," isn't merely the next "FlashForward," since, by the end of an intriguing-enough pilot, you won't know much more than you did coming in (including whether NBC's willing to hang in there long enough for us to get some answers). But the cast is good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Zissis and Peet pluck the heartstrings as Alex and Tina do the dance of the modern rom-com, often with different partners, but it's Brett and Michelle whose struggles to connect make Togetherness a little too real to be funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    This season, a rebuilding one for several characters, seems to be taking a less sudsy approach, focusing instead on the devilish details of how the system works (and doesn't) that can only make Brotherhood's realpolitik that much more real.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Unless she and her cowboy boots walk on water next week, Dangerous Minds will have a tough time topping itself. [30 Sept 1996, p.45]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Who cares who runs the law firm? The petty office wars are where it's at.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    While I, too, had and continue to have doubts about the experiment--or about any unscripted show that puts minors on camera--I found the first hour of Teach to be surprisingly responsible. Maybe even a little bit educational.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    And though there are a few clunkers along the way... the largely theater-trained cast is as solid as the writing, which only grows stronger in two subsequent episodes.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    But Cane--and, yes, I'd say you're also supposed to think of it as "Cain"--has a darker purpose, and one that might not fit as easily on crime-and punishment-oriented CBS, whose viewers may not all be ready to see Smits as a guy with more than a touch of Tony Soprano. I want to believe, but I'm not there yet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Tragedy works on Law & Order, and always has.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    UnReal is as much a show about the compromises people make to earn a living as it is an insider's guide.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    My favorite so far of the fall's two "Mad Men" wannabes and a show with more moving parts than a jumbo jet.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    In a season overrun with "Lost" wannabes, "Heroes" zigs where so many zag, keeping the ethnic diversity, the hidden connections between the characters and, of course, the overarching mystery, but infusing them with something that feels entirely fresh and yet whose appeal is as old as comic books.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Though I took a strong dislike to tonight's patient, Laura--and was more than casually interested in no one but Wednesday's patient, Sophie--I've somehow made it through 23 episodes so far, and found something in each that advances the storyline.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Longmire is an entirely respectable alternative for anyone who'd rather not spend Monday morning rehashing the latest outrage on "Mad Men."
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Victoria at its best when the young queen is exercising her authority--and learning its limits--while widening her horizons, not worrying about what Albert might think.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The family has its sordid secrets--what TV family doesn't?--but Greenleaf stands out in those moments when we see how much Grace misses the life she once thought she had, one of absolute, or at least less complicated, belief.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    But if you watch this one at all - and Fox hasn't increased the odds by waiting so long to introduce it - it'll be for Laurie's fierce and funny exploration of the doctor in House. [16 Nov 2004, p.53]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    A mildly gripping pilot involving half-brothers raised on different sides of the tracks in the same small town. I'm not remotely the target demo here - even the parents in this show, who include Moira Kelly, are younger than I - but I kind of liked it. Especially when it made fun of "Dawson's Creek." [23 Sept 2003, p.38]
    • Philadelphia Daily News

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