For 100 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Erik Adams' Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story That Time Forgot
Lowest review score: 25 Man With a Plan: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 100
  2. Negative: 3 out of 100
100 tv reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 67 Erik Adams
    When everyone gets a fair chance to play, Mulaney finds its right type of weird. The ingredients are here for a show that’s more than a showbiz satire or a four-friends-and-a-couch comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Erik Adams
    On their own, Arthur’s lunkheaded Jimmy and Skye’s bubbly Sandy are sketched a little thin—but due to Working The Engels’ compact ensemble, they usually wind up paired with Rohl or Martin, salvaging some potentially dire storylines like “Jimmy gives grandma’s ring to a stripper” or “Sandy wants to win a mother-daughter dance contest.”
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Erik Adams
    It might not be the type of thing you’ll want to feast on, but Santa Clarita Diet is good for a little snack here or there.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Erik Adams
    A better version of the show peeks out whenever the plot relents and the characters are allowed to let fly with a knowingly groan-worthy play on words, a throwaway non sequitur, or any other hallmark of the Jim Henson school of humor.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Erik Adams
    The commercials are funny, but they also have the effect of reducing a charismatic cast to little more than the grinning faces next to dubious deals like trick-or-treating knockoffs and Halloween merchandise repurposed for Thanksgiving.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Erik Adams
    Betas’ aspirational spirit can be invigorating, but it’s yet to find a unique perspective on the setting that was the winningest part of its pilot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Erik Adams
    Despite his novelty, Zorn remains the same kind of unduly confident doofus that has dominated screen comedy for a decade and a half. Though Sudeikis’ performance brings a lot of life to the character, Zorn doesn’t have much going for him that isn’t rooted in premise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Erik Adams
    It was a cautious first show.... A stand-up who threads laughs throughout winding, anecdotal routines, he’s still adjusting to The Daily Show’s rhythms.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    While Superheroes is forced to cram seven decades of a multimedia phenomenon into three hours of airtime, at least it does so while taking its subject matter seriously. At times a little too seriously.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    It’s painfully funny at times, and occasionally poignant. In between those peaks, however, it’s needlingly formless.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    As the miniseries tells it, the tools necessary for settling Mars will need to be multipurpose: rocket boosters that can be deployed for multiple launches, interchangeable circuitry for mid-mission emergencies. Unfortunately, Mars itself isn’t as versatile.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    Frequency’s vintage equipment is missing its spark of life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    Like Hot In Cleveland, it’s throwback TV, with all the unfussy charms that implies. Some weak conceptual components aside, what it offers is the warm comfort of the familiar.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    There are moments in the pilot where a smarter, more closely observed Welcome To The Family peeks through.... The most unfortunate victim of Welcome To The Family’s pacing is the pilot’s sense of humor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    An overabundance of ingredients hurts both Dracula and its Dracula, the latter of which is constructed from the discarded bits of characters within and without the public domain.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    Even with its inventive setting and all-star cast, there’s not enough reason to stick with BoJack Horseman through the first six episodes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    The Real O’Neal has some jagged edges, but its overall tone isn’t dark enough to wring any humor out of teenage eating disorders.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    Stan Against Evil isn’t quite there yet, and it’s early installments are still working out the finer points of its monster-of-the-week structure.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    There are things to enjoy about Roadies, like Wilson and Gugino’s bantering and a burgeoning running gag about Staton-House’s inability to hold on to an opening act. But the show can’t bring these elements into harmony with grating performances by Baker and Byers or the baffling Magical Native American characterization of the security chief played by Branscombe Richmond.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    Sentiment- and story-wise, How Murray Saved Christmas is all over the place, but its joke-telling abilities live up to the shiniest lines on its creators’ resumes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    After respectively stealing scenes on a very good single-camera sitcom and a mediocre live-audience one, both actors [James Van Der Beek and Zoe Lister Jones] come ready to play in the ensemble setup, and that’ll be a huge factor in Friends With Better Lives’ ability to improve on a so-so pilot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    Artful edits and an expertly curated soundtrack class the joint up a bit, but when Woodley and Dern go toe-to-toe, the only thing preventing things from going full-on Dynasty is the lack of an adjacent fountain.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Erik Adams
    Unlike the show’s trio of siblings, the audience isn’t psychic, so everyone’s explaining what’s on their minds at all times. It’s an easy mistake that a lot of speculative fiction makes, erring too far in the direction of bringing everyone up to speed.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Erik Adams
    Some skillfully deployed, binge-enabling cliff-hangers notwithstanding, there’s not much here to differentiate Crisis In Six Scenes from any other late-period Allen trifle, slurped down in under 90 minutes and forgotten until the next round of cryptic casting announcements.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Erik Adams
    Unfortunately for One Big Happy, the only early dates it can accurately hit are those of a bygone era, one whose fortunes NBC is unlikely to rediscover anytime soon.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Erik Adams
    Segments like “Slide Show” and “A Bunch Of Jerks” (in which performers are attached to harnesses and yanked into the air whenever they break the rules of the game) bring some visual engagement to short-form improv. But the rest of the premiere throws up barriers to engagement, moving too quickly or too confusingly to make the viewer feel like they’re in on the roast McManus is emceeing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Erik Adams
    Although Turkey Hollow’s long journey to the screen has rendered it into run-of-the-mill family fare, it earns a few points for genuine weirdness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Erik Adams
    It’s the inverse of Adam McKay’s approach to The Big Short’s dense subject matter, in which meeting the players provides a deeper understanding of the game. Backgrounding the market keeps the characters of Billions at arm’s length.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Erik Adams
    Whatever there is to enjoy about the show, it’s all surface level, and that surface is too choppy to be routinely entertaining.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Erik Adams
    The episode has the propulsive pace of a CBS hour-long, but that can leave the fun parts of a single-camera sitcom (like the jokes) behind in its dust. Above all, The Crazy Ones is safe.

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