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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Insightful, intelligent and very, very funny, the WB's Gilmore Girls is the best not-quite-drama, not-quite-comedy of the new television season. [5 Oct 2000, p.F6]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    In a stifling summer of same-old, same-old on the tube, HBO's Oz is a shock of ice water in the face, a kick in the stomach, an exciting, exhausting, horrifying, mesmerizing trip to hell, operating as the Oswald Maximum Security Prison...For adults who choose to go to hell and (not quite) back, Oz is just about as powerful as TV drama gets. [10 July 1997]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Gosh, I love this show. Meet Felicity and prepare to fall in love. [29 Sept 1998]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    "The Amazing Race," which combines the glossy production values of an IMAX movie, the physical demands of "Eco-Challenge" and the human drama of "National Lampoon's Vacation," sets new standards for reality TV. This is as good as it gets. [5 Sep 2001]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The best cop show of any recent season...It's not for everyone, but it is for anyone who still misses "Homicide" and thinks "NYPD Blue" long ago devolved into soap opera. [10 Mar 2002, p.F2]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The best new sitcom to come along in years. [2 Nov 2003, p.C4]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Joan of Arcadia is smart, entertaining and never heavy-handed, one of the season's best. [26 Sept 2003, p.E8]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Lost is a sci-fi soap opera adventure -- with humor, mystery and interesting characters galore...It's "Survivor" with the one thing "Survivor" lacks -- a terrific script.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Outstanding. [21 July 2004, p.E01]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Riveting. [21 June 2005, p.E1]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Fast-paced, darkly funny and scathingly sharp, Political Animals seamlessly blends family drama with real-world issues, including an early crisis in the Middle East.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The Dust Bowl, collecting so much oral history that was about to pass away, is a treasure.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    An astonishing achievement, a miniseries that manages to put human faces on the drug culture in American neighborhoods. [16 Apr 2000, p.F9]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The Returned, in French with subtitles, is beautiful, riveting and above all thought-provoking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The “Masterpiece” drama returns Sunday, recapturing some of the excitement that made America fall so hard for it three years ago.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The first hour, provided for preview, is spectacular even when seen without completed special effects.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The entire cast of The Normal Heart is outstanding, but no one stands out more than Bomer, who is so much the handsome star of USA's "White Collar," in the beginning, then almost unrecognizable as the dying Felix.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Given how much is right about Fargo, the real reason to watch and keep watching is the storytelling, with more surprises per hour than you can count.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Manhattan is in other class entirely, the kind of series that is so good, it lifts a network into a whole new tier. What “Mad Men” did for AMC, Manhattan could do for WGN.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    Smart, sweet and often hilarious, "Will & Grace" is everything a sitcom needs to be. [21 Sep 1998]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    But most importantly, Spin City should be a hit because of Fox, who's never been more likable than he is here. [17 Sept 1996, p.6D]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    A right-on time capsule of a decade, a warm coming-of-age comedy and the funniest new sitcom on any network this fall. [23 Aug 1998, p.D6]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    It is exciting and involving; its leads are charismatic; and most of all, it feels fresh. [18 Sep 1994]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    Freaks and Geeks is a grittier "Wonder Years," while retaining some of that show's sweetness. The writing is sharp, and the young stars are vividly, awkwardly real. Spending an hour with them is almost worth going back to high school again. [24 Sept 1999, p.E10]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    Bridget Fonda was wrong for the role in the unsuccessful 1993 remake "Point of No Return," but Australian Peta Wilson is terrific in the new version, tough and bitter and innocent at the same time...Sexy, sharply written (and, yes, violent), it's an exciting addition to the USA lineup of original programming. [13 Jan 1997]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    Yes, I'm hooked on this irresistible reality series... Survivor is a canny blend of MTV's "The Real World" and the Discovery Channel's "Eco Challenge," with a big dash of "Gilligan's Island" goofiness thrown in for good measure. [2 June 2000, p.E1]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    Clearly, Rescue Me isn't for everyone, but the fearless, funny series is don't-miss viewing for its legions of fans. [13 June 2007, p.L15]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    "Desperate Housewives" is not just back, but quite possibly better than ever. [24 Sep 2006]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    Every step of the way, "Project Runway" gets it right. ... The process of creating a piece of clothing, an outfit or a whole line turns out to be riveting, even for those who aren't particularly interested in fashion. [10 Feb 2005]
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    If you appreciate challenging, intellectually stimulating drama, this is it...My advice: Watch, absorb, and don't panic if you don't catch every nuance. You'll have time - 23 episodes. [19 Sept 1995, p.6D]