For 430 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Pushing Daisies: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Newsroom: Season 1
Score distribution:
430 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    With smart dialogue, intriguing plots, an explosive cast and an inclination to peer into life's dark corners, it is the most captivating new program in years. The Shield slams home like a bullet; wear your body armor. [11 Mar 2002, p.E2]
    • Miami Herald
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    It's messy and confusing, often complex and contradictory, and moves in fits and starts, sideways and backward. It's the most startlingly original program on television in years, maybe ever, and it's also one of the best. [28 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    News bulletin: We've finally found the weapons of mass destruction, or at least one of them. The jokes fly like shrapnel in Fox's dangerously hilarious new sitcom Arrested Development, and, like shrapnel, they often draw blood...A scathingly, unnervingly comic riff on stupidity and greed in the corporate world, Arrested Development is something like a National Lampoon's Wall Street Vacation, painting its targets variously as buffoonish or malefic, but always hitting them dead-center. [2 Nov 2003, p.3M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    An intelligent and supremely entertaining meditation on the nature of faith...Neither Touched by an Angel nor Bruce Almighty, Joan of Arcadia manages to be wry, spellbinding and theologically challenging all at once. [26 Sept 2003, p.6E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Brilliant. [21 July 2004, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    My Name Is Earl rampages like a bull in a politically correct china shop.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Invasion is an excellent show, the new season's best drama.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Sweet but never treacly, nostalgic but never dishonest, startlingly frank about race and always painfully funny, Everybody Hates Chris is the sitcom for which the networks have been yearning for the better part of a decade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Pushing Daisies is by far the best new series of the fall season.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    This dark gem of a show about a zombie apocalypse gleams with hellfire incandescence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Telling its story from the perspectives of the police and the narcotraffickers, The Wire unfolds slowly, like an evil flower; more cerebral than slam-bang. At times it resembles a chess match as the adversaries plot moves and countermoves; at other times, a jigsaw puzzle, as the cops assemble a portrait of the gang from scraps of information. [1 June 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Engrossing - and gross. [21 Mar 2004, p.4M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    It flickers with longing and resentment, vulnerability and rejection, temptation and moral erosion. It is totally absorbing television. [5 Aug 2003, p.1E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A wild, careening chariot ride of a new series that debuts tonight. It's like The Sopranos in togas, except without even the faintest twinge of conscience. [28 Aug 2005, p.8]
    • Miami Herald
    • 43 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A gaspingly funny show that you ought to watch early and often.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Fearlessly funny and scathingly introspective.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    My Own Worst Enemy is by far the best drama of the fall season, a bold and brainy spy thriller that practices a sort of armed existentialism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The Pacific is as brutally simple and direct--and as oblivious to modern PC sensibilities--as the Marine's letter. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, this 10-part HBO miniseries is a loving but anguished tribute to the men who fought on the bloody island hellholes that comprised World War II's Pacific theater.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Boardwalk Empire plays much like Sopranos: The Roots, a malignantly alluring exploration of the emergence of organized crime in the United States. A checkerboard of hazy intrigue and garish violence, of ruthless ambition and easy sexuality, it's an epic tale told darkly and well.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The gloriously bloody and depraved spirit of the novels is intact and even enhanced.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Homeland is an absolutely riveting immersion in the paranoia and burnout of America after a decade of the war on terrorism.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Starz' new eight-episode drama is at once the most cynical and most captivating portrayal of American politics ever presented on television.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Repellent and fascinating, a stygian nightmare awash in sick lusts, it seems certain to attract large audiences and huge controversy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The recipe may go back to your grandma or beyond, but that doesn't mean you won't eat two helpings and beg for more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Creepy and cockeyed, unholy and unnerving, Top Of The Lake is riveting stuff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    So is born what promises to be one of the great cop partnerships of all time in FX’s stunning new drama The Bridge... At its bedrock, it’s a fine crime drama, full of arresting and gruesome turns, sometimes downright scary, sometimes blackly funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A very watchable hour of TV. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    With a charming and funny cast, there's lots to like about What I Like About You. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Suburban rage may not be pretty, but in Nip/Tuck, it's always funny. [22 July 2003, p.3E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The multiplicity of story lines and characters turns Las Vegas into a complex undertaking, but Caan, Duhamel and their excellent castmates make it work, brilliantly. [22 Sept 2003, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Nor is The L Word all sexual sturm und drang. Its light moments are laugh-out-loud funny. [18 Jan 2004, p.3M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A kinky streak of humor keeps Desperate Housewives from sliding into morose desolation. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Miami Herald
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Padalecki and Ackles are hunky, funny and a joy to watch.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sharply written and acted.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show's witty, inventive writing would be fun even in the hands of a less capable cast.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and warm and I dare you to watch it without getting your pants charmed off.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Crumbs' approach to the foibles of the family, though not for the tender-hearted, is raucously funny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Hilarious. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Miami Herald
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Intense and fascinating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Half the fun in this outlandishly funny sitcom is that Penny is so spacey that she doesn't appear to recognize what hard-core nerds Leonard and Sheldon really are--even the presence in their bathroom of Luke Skywalker No-More-Tears Shampoo doesn't tip her off.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Shark works some of the same ground as Fox's new legal drama Justice, but with far more wit and style.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    30 Rock... is pretty darn funny, a bitterly merry comic jihad against corporate stupidity and mendaciousness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's the lack of moral clarity that makes Damages so spellbinding. Every character wears multiple masks; every action is cloaked in ambiguity and, often, outright duplicity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A perverse pleasure to watch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and smart, with affably quirky characters who aren't cut from cardboard.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Big Shots matches affecting characters with genuinely funny stories and dialogue.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's hard to say which is more unlikely: That a corporate legal fang could be God's prophet; or that the Almighty would spread His word through visions of George Michael; or these matters could be blended into a daffily funny and affecting television show.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Samantha Who? is not only a sitcom but a pungently funny one about self-discovery, reinvention and the possibility that beauty may be only skin-deep, but bitch goes right down to the bone.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The excellent cast keeps drawing you back--especially Donald Sutherland as family patriarch Tripp Darling, whose evil glint makes even as benign a phrase as ''good morning'' sound like ''I'm going to put an ice pick through your eye.'' Even better is Krause's portrayal of Nick, layers of exasperation upon fascination upon temptation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show's intricate plotting and finely rendered characters will engage your brain, but there's plenty of below-the-shoulders action, too.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    No television series has been built around a less likable character, or rendered itself so strangely, compulsively watchable as a result.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This tale of a lonely cop left behind by everyone--partners, friends, lovers, even the criminals he pursues--has a piercing melancholy that elevates it way above its fantasy trappings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Schwartz's good eye for characters and cutting sense of humor--makes Chuck a thoroughly enjoyable romp.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This peculiar comedy-drama has some cockeyed wrinkles that make it interesting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Innovative, daring and--most importantly--funny, Aliens in America is a fresh take on an old problem, the loneliness of being different.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Welcome to the tawdry, tantalizing and altogether terrific world of Gossip Girl.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Reaper is a hilariously fractured commentary on Gen Y.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    In Californication, [Duchovny] gets to take full advantage of his low-key comic approach, and the result is irresistible. The rest of the cast matches him riff for riff, especially British actress Natascha McElhone as the disenchanted Karen and young Madeleine Martin as their 12-year-old daughter Becca.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    McKidd and castmates Gretchen Egolf as his wife Katie; Reed Diamond as his brother Jack, a cop who used to date Katie; and Moon Bloodgood as his spectral fiance, Livia, play this with just the right mix of credulity and dry wit.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    You just can't get through two minutes of Back to You without a belly laugh.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Intelligent and entertaining reimaginations of stupefyingly bad pieces of 1970s sci-fi hackwork.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The Company is a gripping requiem for the Cold War and the men who fought it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Mad Men is a captivating experience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's a testament to the remarkable performance of Collette that it will never occur to viewers that Tara's behavior is anything but a mortal compulsion. Her remarkable moment-to-moment morphs from teeny-bopper slut to Stepford Wife to biker brute and then back again beggar the imagination.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    True Blood is an unlikely but irresistible mixture of pungent political satire, observant pop sociology and lurid drive-in thrills.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Ellis has used Adams' works to create a wondrously full and nuanced portrait of the man, which is brought fully to life by Paul Giamatti.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A raucous, raunchy and utterly loving account of life at the bottom of the military food chain.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Mixing paranoia, bleak humor and post-9/11 exhaustion in a potent story-telling brew, it's one of the new television season's most promising dramas.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    But for all the laughs, Being Human never loses sight of the menace of its characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Welcome to The Goode Family, a scathingly funny report from the front lines of America's culture wars.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This unsettling documentary series on the cable WE network, which follows a dozen Kansas City girls through four years in their suburban high school, suggests we've come a long, hard way from "Grease."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    That single season will be hellacious fun. Stuffed with visual puns and sly homages to horror movies from Jaws to Poltergeist, Harper's Island relentlessly mocks film grammar with set pieces that take off in unexpected directions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sons of Anarchy is bloody, disturbing and maniacally addictive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Original in concept, intelligent in execution, it's a scruffily Steinbeckian chronicle of life at the social and economic margins.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Roth makes for a tartly witty hero, the mysteries are intricately plotted, and the show makes the most of the weird dynamics of an office where the boss can ferret out everybody's secrets.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Cynical, sweet and inestimably funny, Glee--which debuted with a single sneak-preview episode last spring, but joins Fox's regular weekly lineup for the first time Wednesday--is by far the best show of the fall TV season that began rolling out this week.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Grimly funny, streaked with sentimentality and malice, Nurse Jackie is the medical miracle of television's summer season, a blue-collar hospital show without a McDreamy in sight.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Welcome to ABC's V, the final, the most fascinating and bound to be the most controversial new show of the fall television season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It may not be entirely fair to call a show as complexly layered as The Good Wife a crime drama, though at some basic level it is, with a bleakly luminous Juliana Margulies playing a novice criminal defense attorney who's painfully learning the sport of judicial hardball.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Everybody in Brothers is funny, but the unquestioned star of the show is Pounder, a rapturous mix of menace and guile in the struggle to keep her men in line.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Those patient viewers who do stay will be richly rewarded with a humanist story that gains traction as it goes--a vivid and intimate character piece meant to be savored like a spicy gumbo.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    With enough chemistry between its stars to power a DuPont lab and a wise use of off-the-beaten-path South Florida shooting locations -- it goes for a fetid swamp over South Beach every time -- The Glades is thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    For the first time since Married...With Children stood the genre on its head two decades ago, somebody has come up with a new take on the family sitcom, and the results are riotously funny.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Archer is a millennial (and very much R-rated) "Get Smart" that acerbically and hilariously plays on our post-9/ll fears that "U.S. government intelligence" might be a grim oxymoron.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Putting aside for a moment questions about whether it signifies the imminent collapse of Western civilization and even the human reproductive impulse, this version of Nikita can still provide a rollicking, if slightly psychotic, good time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    No Ordinary Family is no comic-book kiddie show but a perceptive and engaging comedy-drama about domestic dysfunction.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    With dazzling action scenes and a pair of stars who ooze charm and sensuality, Undercovers easily overcomes its predictability.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Americans in their 20s have few good-time memories in their young-adult lives. If they can be coaxed away from their computers to the television screen, they may find themselves bonding with the characters of the well-acted and intelligently written My Generation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A potent brew of family melodrama, crime-thriller tension and conspiratorial intrigue, Blue Bloods may actually bring some viewers back onto the sinking ship of Friday-night television.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Terriers, FX's comedy-drama about a pair of bargain-basement private eyes, is a piquantly funny sojourn among lovable losers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Cathy's modest conception of throwing caution to the winds mirrors the strengths of The Big C, which is affecting precisely because of its refusal to assume epic proportions.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Neatly staged, with one surprise after another in a geometric progression of suspense, The Event's pilot episode leaves a lot of tantalizingly unanswered questions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Damages returns to spiteful, vindictive and wildly entertaining life Wednesday night after resuscitation by satellite-television provider DirecTV.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Watching her construct a self from a handful of jagged fragments is a seductive pleasure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    If many of these plot and character elements are straight off the bargain shelf at the Boxing Melodrama R Us superstore, Lights nonetheless gives them new life--partly thanks to a superlative cast and partly because the show resists the biggest cliche of all: the boxer as innocent victim of poverty and circumstance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Chronicling the opposite relationships requires Mad Love to bounce from light romantic comedy to murderously hostile wisecracks and back again, which it accomplishes with considerable deftness. The show's quick wit is matched with a talented cast, particularly Labine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sharply contrasting with the florid Borgias is AMC's emotionally spare and atmospherically dank series The Killing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Murder and sexual predation sure look fun when they're done by pretty people in luscious gowns. Jeremy Irons is splendidly depraved as Rodrigo, and Holliday Grainger (Robin Hood) so sunnily sweet as Lucrezia that it's damn near impossible to hold a little arsenic against her.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Starz, however, has re-imagined the doings of Arthur, Guinevere and the gang as a bloody, bodice-ripping medieval soap opera, and the result is surprisingly satisfying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    O'Dowd and Garai are fascinating as they make their characters grow in opposite directions--he more steely, she more compassionate--over the course of the show.

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