For 193 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gail Pennington's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Lost: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 193
193 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Kaling is happy to make fun of herself to get a laugh, and her most painful scenes are some of the most amusing in The Mindy Project, which is far from perfect but still one of the top prospects among new fall comedies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Thanks to the clever writing and a very appealing performance by Gummer, this is one of my favorites of the fall season.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Like a good scare? How about a bad scare? Or a thousand scares, good and bad and crazy? Season 2 of "American Horror Story," subtitled Asylum, is for you.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Catfish: The TV Show is riveting entertainment, but it's also potentially the most important series MTV has aired.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The Job, with Lisa Ling as host, is taped in front of a live audience, which keeps it from being too downbeat. The interviewers are honest but encouraging, and even those who are eliminated are told precisely why and given advice about other opportunities.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The CW's attempt to capture the magic of "Sex and the City" in a prequel, set in 1984, could have gone very wrong. But The Carrie Diaries is surprisingly right.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The Following is as graphically violent, gruesomely gory and generally horrifying as anything on network TV and most anything on basic cable. But as crafted by Kevin Williamson, 'The Following' is also riveting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The moments in which Monaghan interacts with people who don't quite understand him are among the most charming.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Hannibal is good. Terrifyingly good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Parade's End is often sad and even grim, full of complicated personalities who are more fascinating than likable. But the miniseries is engrossing in its portrait of two people stuck in roles they need to cast aside, but somehow unable to make the break.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Summer will be a lot more entertaining than it might have been otherwise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Bates Motel builds psychological scares rather than spooking us with haunted-house cliches. Following these characters to the end we can see coming should be a fascinating journey.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    In the Flesh, which runs just three hours over the three nights, is best not analyzed too deeply for meaning and just enjoyed for its odd and fascinating concept.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Twists that are genuinely surprising, plus quirky humor, separate Top of the Lake from, say, AMC’s “The Killing,” which was also deliberately paced but unrelentingly dour as well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The mystery is wonderfully intriguing; the performances are excellent, especially from Maslany but also from Jordan Gavaris as her foster brother and best friend, Felix.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Its real appeal should be to viewers who like their TV history entertainingly out there.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The writing is smart, the characters are amusing, the cameos (including one from Bill Murray, and another from Stephen Colbert as himself) are entertaining, and the political commentary is as pointed as you might suspect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    We've seen that countless times. But Sunjata and Tveit are both appealing, and the rest of the cast is colorfully eclectic, including Vanessa Ferlito as Charlie, a DEA agent undercover as a druggie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Intelligent enough for adults, accessible enough for younger viewers and entertaining enough for both, it's a great show for parents and kids to watch together, and will give them plenty to talk about.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    A smart and funny series.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    There's action, wit and dry humor, and some entertaining if not dazzling special effects. Again accessibly, most episodes will be stand-alone, with an underlying mythology to ramp up the stakes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Helix is very involving, giving us characters to care about even in the midst of so much necessary setup.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    [A] sense of humor keeps Hannibal from being unbearably dark even when the crimes are, and they always are.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Exhilarating, terrifying, often moving and only occasionally silly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    By the end of the first episode, who’s who and what’s what have begun to sort themselves out, and Turn looks like a series that will be absorbing to follow for its characters, not just its action.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Even if we find ourselves a bit lost, though, as we might early on in Season 2, there are many rewards in Orphan Black that have nothing to do with its mythology.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Fans of 24 are likely to go all in on Live Another Day. But what if you didn’t watch the original? Will you be lost? I’d say maybe, although there are always long stretches of 24 in which everyone is pretty much lost.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Penny Dreadful is great at what it does, and hard-core fans of the genre, those who dismissed “American Horror Story” as too lighthearted, will probably love it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Nobody is likely to remember Murder in the First 18 years from now, as TV aficionados do "Murder One." But viewers who want to watch a mystery unfold and follow the twists and turns without having to sweat it should be more than satisfied.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    With only tiny snatches of dark humor in the early episodes, it’s sure to be too grim for some viewers. But for those who can take it, The Leftovers is fascinating and involving, like nothing we’ve seen on TV unless you think of it as the flip side of resurrection dramas such as “The Returned.