For 617 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Broadchurch: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 617
617 tv reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    The best show on television.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    As always, execution matters. Broadchurch's is practically note-perfect.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    TV--or whatever it is we're calling Netflix--doesn't get much better than that.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    I wouldn't want to miss a word.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    This is extraordinarily ambitious and entertaining television, wherever its pedigree.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    As taut and twisted a mystery as anything you'll find on television this summer.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Based on what I've seen so far, we're looking at a killer season.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    While the acting's first rate, it's the mystery that drives Five Days.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I watched the five new episodes NBC sent and couldn't wait to see more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Things are lighter and brighter--and frequently funnier--in the Los Angeles of Life.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Accents (and a few updates) aside, this is one exported L&O that plays as if it never left.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's even funnier than I remember.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Game of Thrones is a show worth watching based on a book worth reading.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is one of the funnier network shows of the season.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [Dunham has] crafted an honest and at least occasionally hilarious show that might even live up to its hype.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [Go On] is among the best new comedies of the season.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The Closer may be moving on, but she's left the franchise in good hands.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    So far, Kaling's is pitch-perfect.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Downsizing to television not only doesn't hurt Steel Magnolias--it may have brought it into better focus.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Bacon, always a watchable actor, is the perfect, and necessary, counterbalance to Purefoy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Both pilots [Hostages and "The Blacklist"] are among broadcast TV's better offerings this fall.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Both pilots ["Hostages" and The Blacklist] are among broadcast TV's better offerings this fall.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Enlisted is both very funny and very sweet.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Forget the kids: I could happily watch Meloni and Harris banter and flirt for a half-hour a week.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Adventure lovers of both sexes should want Outlander.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 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."
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Tragedy works on Law & Order, and always has.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Yes, CTU's still dead, but the market for its most out-there operative's very special interrogation methods hasn't dried up altogether, it seems.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The pace, beginning with the group's launch in New York City, is fast enough to make the race, not the accompanying whining, the main event. [5 Sep 2001]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Is Karen Sisco art? No...Is Karen Sisco the best new show on ABC's schedule, a schedule that includes such gems as "Threat Matrix" and tonight's wince-fest, "It's All Relative"? Unquestionably. [1 Oct 2003, p.37]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    To be honest, I'm weary of Baltar and his endless visions/hallucinations, as I am of the fleet's wandering as the surviving colonists try, somewhat fitfully, to find their way back to a home planet none of them remembers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    While I stopped being a fan some time ago, I can say that at least one of the things that I've always liked about the post-9/11 firefighter dramedy is more in evidence in the three Season 5 episodes I've watched.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    It's Always Sunny is still very much It's Always Sunny, which should be good news to its many fans, especially those who may not long, as I do, for just a bit more subtlety now and then. But, hey, it's OK. DeVito and the rest are totally committed to everything they do, no matter how absurd, and more often than not, they manage to sell it.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    An emotionally grounded thriller that might just spirit you away.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    As long as "Studio 60" stays backstage, though - while finding something a little more interesting for the genuinely funny D.L. Hughley to do - I'm likely to keep tuning in.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Hilarity is supposed to ensue, but having had some laugh-out-loud experiences already this season with ABC's "Modern Family" and NBC's own "Community," I may just be less disposed to find even an outrageous parody of NBC's troubles amusing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    It's surprisingly charming, not to mention funny.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Engaging.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    In a season crowded with quality dramas that all seem to come from very dark places, ABC's plucky "Ugly Betty" shines as bright as the honking big braces young Betty Suarez wears.
    • 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
    Aided by her 13-year-old neighbor, Maria (Yasmin Paige), Sarah Jane faces down baddies every bit as big as those "Torchwood" takes on, but with (a lot) fewer sexual overtones. Could be just what The Doctor ordered.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Messing, who, happily, shed most of her "Will & Grace" tics and mannerisms for the miniseries, is as appealing as ever as Molly, whose maneuvering of the shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry remains voyeuristic fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I nearly wrote off Skins after the first episode. But as it continued--I've now seen three, the first two of which will air back-to-back on Sunday--I found some of the characters, including a dreamy anorexic named Cassie (Hannah Murray), starting to get under my own skin.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Eli is hard not to like, whether or not you buy him as a prophet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Peter Krause, who looks as if he's finally going to have at least a little fun for a change as he plays a character immersing himself, however reluctantly, in the world of the ultra-rich and ultra-irresponsible.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    New Amsterdam's pilot, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, who's also one of the show's executive producers, is as well-executed as any I've seen this season.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 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
    • 53 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.
    • 73 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 58 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 58 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    A cut above "Harper's Island," which started off amusingly, but ended badly, "Happy Town" boasts some serious mojo in Sam Neill.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    People who like their stories wrapped up neatly in 44 minutes or so (yes, I'm looking at you, CBS viewers) may find this one a Bridge too far, but for anyone who likes their cops complicated and their plots twisted, there are worse ways to spend a Saturday night.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The language is occasionally anachronistic, McShane's bishop is perhaps a bit too Snidely Whiplash to be believable and I'm not sure there's a subtle moment in the entire eight hours, but The Pillars of the Earth is nevertheless the television equivalent of a page-turner: Once I'd stuck the first DVD in my player, I could find time for little else until I'd finished it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Animals that presumably form attractions based on factors other than sense of humor might indeed think it idiotic to like a guy just because he puts himself down, but there's something undeniably endearing about Louie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I will, however, admit to being surprised by the pilot's ending, something I took as a sign that The Glades might be a fun spot to spend some summer Sundays.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Lighter than "Alias" but not nearly as much fun as "Chuck," it's serving up a couple who are maybe a little too good to be true, whether they're freeing a fellow spy or heating things up in the bedroom.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I'm not yet crazy about the formula, but it's good to see Tierney back in a series and though Truth has a different look and feel than some of Bruckheimer's other series, the polish remains.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Mike & Molly, a romantic comedy about two people (Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy) who meet at Overeaters Anonymous, is, like most Lorre shows, a conventional-looking sitcom that manages to be very funny in a format that's been around for more than 50 years.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    There's nothing earthshaking happening here, but as someone whose extended family includes both lawyers and cops--and a lot of other argumentative types--I felt the family dinner-table conversation rang true, and so did the people. For people who like their family dramas mixed with crime and a bit of conspiracy, it's a solid choice to end the workweek.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    It may not be an original setup, but the cast is good and the writing's better than you might expect from a former "Friends" writer who went on to produce "Joey."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I'm not sure how many belly laughs Linney will be able to wring from The Big C, but I can't imagine a more perfect mouthpiece for a woman who's literally dying to be heard.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I can't promise I'll make it to the end of Season 2 with Chance and company (my DVR bears witness to the fact that my eyes are, well, bigger than my eyes), but at least I'll know where Target is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Tonight's episode is one of those typical season openers where the writers have to undo most of what happened in the previous season's finale, but Bones fans won't want to miss it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    If you're one of the people who've so far managed the suspension of disbelief required to accept that Close's Patty Hewes could yet again find a way to pull protege Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) back into her orbit, Season 4 shouldn't disappoint.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    When I come back it's not because Rescue Me can be insanely funny--though it can be, particularly when it sticks close to the firehouse--but because I still believe that buried under layers and layers of Leary's nonsense, there's an actual story that's dying to get out.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Episodes mines Hollywood absurdities for dependable laughs, it's LeBlanc, playing himself, or more accurately, a character who shares his name and resume, who elevates the seven-episode first season above simple parody as the actor forced down the writers' throats. He might even be the most interesting character in the show.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I liked the original and also like what little I've seen of the remake so far, but won't know until it expands beyond the original stories - as American series generally must do - whether it's worth sticking with.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    It's Shahi, whose Kate may be grumpy but who somehow gets to smile more in one episode than she might have in an entire season of "Life," who lights up the screen and makes Legal a keeper.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Given that the show largely consists of the animated Gervais and Merchant sitting around a table with the notoriously round-headed Pilkington, disabusing him of one oddball notion after another, it's strange that Gervais would've chosen this show to carry his name. But true believers--or fans of "The Life & Times of Tim," whose second-season premiere follows at 9:30--may well have a yabba-dabba-do time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The formula may be hokey, but Traffic Light's execution of it is charming, and funny in a way that doesn't seem to be trying too hard, thanks to some happy casting and scripts that appear to have been written with real people in mind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The play's conceit doesn't work particularly well on film and it doesn't help that the performance took place at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater before an unstudent-like audience. But as static as the staging sometimes feels, Fishburne is more animated than he's gotten to be in a while, delivering a performance that's as funny as it appears to be heartfelt.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Bower's not the most compelling hero--and Fiennes can be a bore--but the story, however twisted, remains amusing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Mos Def, Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos play characters with a religious bent in a season that doesn't yet feel as compelling as the one dominated by John Lithgow but allows Dexter to remain the way his fans most want him--alive and killing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    While The X Factor may not on the surface offer anything that can't be found on "Idol," "America's Got Talent" and "The Voice" or their many cable imitators, it does have a level of showmanship that makes me want to believe again, whether it's in 13-year-olds who sing like established stars three times their age or in recovering addicts whose lives just may be about to change forever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    This is undeniably an important story, told in a relatively no-nonsense fashion, about a complex set of events that even people who watch PBS' "Frontline" regularly may still be flummoxed by. And it's one we really do need to understand. As boardroom dramas go, "Too Big to Fail" is bigger on intrigue--and backbiting--than "Celebrity Apprentice." And, yes, it's a disaster movie. I just hope you're not expecting special effects. Or a Hollywood ending.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The second series, as they call it in Britain, shows signs of strain, as creator Julian Fellowes throws one obstacle after another between his sets of star-crossed lovers (some upstairs, some down).

Top Trailers