For 132 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Erik Adams' Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 W/ Bob & David: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 Man With a Plan: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 132
  2. Negative: 5 out of 132
132 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Erik Adams
    Narratively and emotionally rushed, at least Buddy’s Musical Christmas smartly emphasizes its animated nature, through visual inventiveness and top-flight voice talent.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Erik Adams
    Toy Story That Time Forgot attests to the strengths of this fictional universe by relying on its deep bench of supporting players.... Schaal’s capacity for wonder enlivens a plot that harkens back to the first Toy Story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Erik Adams
    Such easy chemistry early on is a positive sign for the show’s future, as is the approach of the supporting cast, which gamely attacks the small amount of material it’s given in the pilot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Erik Adams
    Cristela tries so hard and achieves so much--some potent jabs at broken-down American racial politics; portraying a family whose insults don’t undermine the genuine affection on-screen--that misfires are inevitable. But like the woman at its center, the show gets a long way on sheer effort.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Erik Adams
    In introducing the inner monologues, it’s as if creator Jeff Lowell and his team sought to maximize the show’s joke-telling space, but what they’re actually doing is restricting performance. Whenever the voice-over resurfaces, Tipton and/or McDorman are forced to pull faces or seek another form of silent expression. Shooting for the pilot must have looked like a high-price game of charades.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Erik Adams
    It can hit (Odenkirk, the best curser in the biz, swearing his way through a procedure) and miss (the ending of “Hole” is a bit soft) in equal measure. Either way, it’s exciting to watch Heidecker and Wareheim stretch their legs like this.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Erik Adams
    There’s enough depth and complication in the performances alone to buoy the six-episode run, and given the intensity of the criminal specifics, the slow burn feels more like a feature than a bug.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Erik Adams
    The Knick rides the beautifully brutal, brutally beautiful nexus of 2014’s televised finest--Hannibal, True Detective, and The Leftovers all leap to mind--set aside by moments of true hope.
    • 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.”
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Erik Adams
    There are portions of the 10-episode first season that are darker than any other American broadcast-network comedy, but not shying away from the inherent gravity of Bruce and Emma’s situation provides a rich shading to the stranger-in-a-strange-land laughs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Erik Adams
    Replicating the beats of that previous show isn’t as important to Girl Meets World’s potential for success as reviving the spirit of its inspiration. It’s there in measured doses in the pilot, bolstering the broader jokes, staged performances from child actors, and requisite feints toward classroom puppy love.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Erik Adams
    As it stands now, Power spends far more time telling the audience that everything is at stake for Ghost than showing how everything he holds dear is at stake.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Erik Adams
    At best, it reminds sitcom fans that quality work is still being done in multi-camera; at worst, it’s a decent distraction during the hiatus for Heelan’s other show, the final link to a comic dynasty that wasn’t meant to be.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Erik Adams
    If Last Week Tonight With John Oliver can keep shedding humorous light on international affairs and other stories that fall through the cable-news cracks, this show might make it to eight weeks and beyond.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Erik Adams
    Built on a blockbuster framework, Years Of Living Dangerously comes off more like a word-of-mouth sleeper, a documentary that’ll drop science on people drawn in by the promise of Harrison Ford berating a foreign minister like he’s a Russian terrorist who’s not welcome on Air Force One.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Erik Adams
    TripTank shares one characteristic with its spiritual predecessors: Like Spike And Mike’s and Liquid Television, most of the segments will eventually fade into hazy memory.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Erik Adams
    Creature Shop Challenge is about doing the most in the least amount of time, and while there’s some impressive work on display in the premiere, the impulse to keep watching comes from the sense that the best, most stunning creatures are yet to come.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Erik Adams
    It’s painfully funny at times, and occasionally poignant. In between those peaks, however, it’s needlingly formless.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Erik Adams
    Fitting for a star whose improvised podcast appearances frequently turn down dark alleyways, Review really gets going when it digs deep into horrible behavior.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Erik Adams
    The series is at its most potent when it reframes the everyday in the context of the Cold War, like Philip comparing notes on home life with a Mossad operative or Elizabeth displaying a flash of vulnerability in front of a government-contracted dupe. (And then betraying that parental bond by turning it into a threat.) Other aspects of the show would do well to find this middle ground; they’re getting there in season two.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Erik Adams
    Thanks to Fagerbakke and fellow supporting player Lance Lim—who provides Eli Baker’s awkward Henry with a smooth-operating sidekick—there’s a lot to laugh at on the fringes of Growing Up Fisher. If only the brood at the middle of this family comedy were as sharply defined.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Erik Adams
    Broad City presents a recognizable, recognizably hilarious perspective on what trying-but-failing looks like from the inside.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Erik Adams
    Klondike isn’t half as good a televised novel as it is a parade of landscape photography punctuated by archetypal Western exploits.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Erik Adams
    Reproduction isn’t The Spoils Of Babylon’s comic strong suit, absurdity is. Crummy special effects are cute, but the miniseries finds its voice by bursting Jonrosh’s bubble, illuminating his shortcomings as a filmmaker through mealy mouthed dialogue, incomprehensible blocking, and continuity errors.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Erik Adams
    Justified has always been a show about defining yourself, for yourself. So long as it keeps finding fresh criminal conspiracies to wrap around that core--as season five appears to have done--the show will remain a must-watch.

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