For 558 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Joan of Arcadia: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Three Wishes: Season 1
Score distribution:
558 tv reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Strahovski, so strikingly desexualized that she's scarcely recognizable, fascinatingly embodies all the seemingly contradictory impulses of The Handmaid's Tale toward feminism.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The Hunt is more of a high-stakes chess match, albeit one featuring spectacularly photographed athletic grace. Its preternaturally omniscient cameras document the shifting strategies employed by both predators and prey.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    A stunning fusion of style and story. The Night Of is noir to its very soul.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    A remarkable piece of work that carves muscular narrative lines though the tangled legal thickets of the trial while keeping a delicate touch on the chiaroscuro of its characterizations. If ever there was such a thing as must-see TV, this is it.
    • 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
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Six Degrees starts off almost as an anthology series, with six stories set in six different worlds, each one quite interesting. But as their orbits draw closer, interest rapidly morphs into fascination.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Creepy and cockeyed, unholy and unnerving, Top Of The Lake is riveting stuff.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Delirious, dizzy, decadent and altogether delicious.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Pushing Daisies is by far the best new series of the fall season.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Brilliant. [21 July 2004, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    An absorbing drama.... To the extent that Show Me a Hero is flawed, the problem lies not in Simon's dramaturgy but his journalistic instincts. Show Me a Hero is but a single snapshot of a lumbering crisis that unfolded over a period of nearly three decades, and while the show's narrative is painstakingly accurate within its timeframe, its wide implications are not.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sharply contrasting with the florid Borgias is AMC's emotionally spare and atmospherically dank series The Killing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Roots' greatest service may be in reminding us that, as we blunder through the ugly turmoil of present-day American race relations, we've survived worse.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A raucous, raunchy and utterly loving account of life at the bottom of the military food chain.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    [Glory Hounds] is too grim to be poetry. Though, like all true war stories, it is something of a love story; and like all true love stories, it will break your heart.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Glenn Garvin
    A rollicking psychedelic trip of a show that washes over you like a vat of Ken Kesey Kool Aid. Splashy, free-associative and generally as nuts as its schizophrenic characters, Legion is as delirious and dazzling as television gets.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    This dark gem of a show about a zombie apocalypse gleams with hellfire incandescence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Glenn Garvin
    Just as he did in his O.J. Simpson miniseries, Murphy has cast his show to perfection. After a few minutes, it's nearly impossible to remember that Jessica Lange (as Crawford) and Susan Sarandon (as Davis) ever had lives apart from the women they're playing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Reaper is a hilariously fractured commentary on Gen Y.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    If you're willing to invest some time and brain cells, The Nine is an absorbing experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Search Party is kind of weirdly endearing, in a misanthropic, foul-mouthed sort of way. If you've ever wondered why all your friends are self-important sociopaths, Search Party may be the show you've been waiting for all your life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A must-see for anybody interested in film, World War II, or great story-telling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Engrossing - and gross. [21 Mar 2004, p.4M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    For Baranski, who arrived to her second-banana job on The Good Wife through a career in comedy (notably as Cybill Shepard's drunken socialite sidekick in Cybill), this is the role of a lifetime, and she responds with the performance of a lifetime.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    It's a provocative mishmash of future shock and peculiar anachronisms. [19 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The gloriously bloody and depraved spirit of the novels is intact and even enhanced.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A kinky streak of humor keeps Desperate Housewives from sliding into morose desolation. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Miami Herald
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Speechless deftly blazes trails between irreverence and crudity, topicality and political correctness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Fearlessly funny and scathingly introspective.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Smash doesn't dabble in sociology: It's pure greasepaint melodrama. Sneer all you want, but if you sneak in a secret smile now and then, that's OK, too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    But for all the laughs, Being Human never loses sight of the menace of its characters.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Half a century and half a dozen wars later, it may seem that there's nothing left to say about Vietnam. But Vietnam in HD proves that there is, and says it dazzlingly, horrifyingly well.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Everything about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is balls-out nutbaggery, including its origin: It started out as a half-hour comedy for premium-cable channel Showtime and somehow wound up on a network devoted mostly to high-school bitchery and boy-band vampires, where it's not always clear if the demographic target of 13 to 34 refers to age or IQ.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Elfman establishes herself as one of the major female comic presences on television.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    No fictional conceit can possibly match the darkness of the Manson family. But Durham County, a series about a cop's growing realization that his bland suburban neighborhood may house a serial killer, is genuinely creepy.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Damages returns to spiteful, vindictive and wildly entertaining life Wednesday night after resuscitation by satellite-television provider DirecTV.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's a serious--and seriously disturbing--piece of work about a pair of 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who, inspired by a creepy internet meme, lured a friend into the woods after a birthday party and stabbed her 19 times.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A gem of subversive mockery, trashing everything from New Age cosmic-muffin deism to central planning with gleeful comic bloodlust.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    You've seen it all before, but Berg's sharp powers of observation and a talented and very pretty young cast... keep it fresh.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show is not without the occasional car chase, but its real strength is in its evocation of the schizoid paranoia of the double life of intelligence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    My Name Is Earl rampages like a bull in a politically correct china shop.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A perverse pleasure to watch.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Mad Men is a captivating experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    HBO's clear-eyed documentary Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma, produced in conjunction with CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen's new book, United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists, tries to imbue the discussion with some intelligence and nuance.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    This Is Us is what TV people refer to (usually more in delusional wishfulness than real belief) as "relatable," meaning that you'll recognize the characters and their quandaries and triumphs from your own life.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    In The Flesh at first seems to be offering itself as a fractured metaphor, with zombies standing in for blacks, gays, Muslims or the social victim of your choice. But the show quickly veers into something sweeter, sadder and more thoughtful--a meditation on forgiveness, redemption and second chances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    The real star is Brown, who brings the enigmatic and ill-used Eleven to heart-wrenching life almost without benefit of dialogue. Her face flickers with wonder, woe and menace, often in the same scene, in a way that even cynics who make a point of rooting for horror-movie monsters will not be able to resist.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Alas, Banshee's geometrically progressing body count is bringing it to an end this weekend. The good news is I may have found a replacement. AMC's Preacher, a preposterous goulash of drunken vampires, exploding clergymen, and small town psychosexual kink, seems to share the same cheerily bedlamite DNA that made Banshee such a hallucinatory good time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    Anyone who was around as the bombast of the 1960s turned into the bombs of the 1970s will not be able to feel a sad nostalgia and a tragic sense of inevitability at this mesmerizing spectacle of naivete, idealism, kiddie bravado and ultimately the sheer stupidity of kids playing with fire. If you can remember the 1960s, goes the cliche, you weren't there. But in Guerrilla, the memories of the 1970s linger, and burn.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Raising Hope is low in concept, lower in class and lowest of all in shame--but relatively high in laughs, so long as you keep your living room curtains closed so no one can see you watching.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The Alzheimer's Project, a four-part series that began with two episodes focused on harrowing descriptions of the disease, concludes on a hopeful note with two more outlining research advances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Even if you aren’t convinced by TWA Flight 800, though, it’s worth watching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The uncommon acuity of Boyd's script is immeasurably bolstered by an outstanding female cast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Schreiber’s powerful portrayal of a man whose elemental rage is on a collision course with a rising moral consciousness is the driving engine of Ray Donovan. But it may not even be the show’s best performance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Its raffish ethnic and class humor takes no prisoners.
    • 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."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Martin Scorsese's affectionate, exhaustive two-part HBO documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Harrison's easily mocked mysticism has rarely seemed as sincere and hard-won as it does in Scorsese's respectful, 3 1/2-hour profile.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Last Resort's premise alone promises a pretty good action thriller. But co-creator (with Karl Gajusek) and writer Shawn Ryan has produced something much bigger and better than an exercise in bang-bang.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and smart, with affably quirky characters who aren't cut from cardboard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Schwartz's good eye for characters and cutting sense of humor--makes Chuck a thoroughly enjoyable romp.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Hulu's odd but engrossing new drama about life inside an 18th-century London brothel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Westworld is a bonafide E-ticket of a show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    HBO's drama Cinema Verite is a searing and irresistible look at the making of An American Family and an incisive dissection of the mendacity of what we so absurdly call reality TV.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Miller and Liu, simultaneously irritating and charming each other, make Elementary far more watchable than anybody could have expected.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sons of Anarchy is bloody, disturbing and maniacally addictive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Arrow has a rather stylish neo-Goth look, and Stephen Amell (who played a dim-bulb gigolo in Hung) neatly balances his portrayal of Arrow between camp and Saturday-matinee ingenuousness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    You just can't get through two minutes of Back to You without a belly laugh.
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Hit & Miss, once you get past the successive bombshells of its opening minutes, is a painful yet endearing drama about trying to build a family in a landscape blighted by loneliness and rejection.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    An oddly absorbing new Cinemax series about alienation, amorality and blowing people's heads off, not necessarily in that order.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The relatively no-name cast (which includes Craig Bierko as a recently dumped financial planner, Rashida Jones as a divorce lawyer better at managing breakups than relationships, and Johnny Sneed as a three-time-loser party boy) is excellent, and the goofball writing hilarious.... But this is buyer-beware territory, with something to offend practically everybody whose age or IQ exceeds 16.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Where The Sopranos slices and dices American culture from a thousand different angles and The Brotherhood explores the shadowy nexus between crime and politics, The Black Donnellys sticks mainly to the vices, virtues and vicissitudes of family.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Based on the pilot episode--with its taut script, strong performances and special effects that are impressive without being overwhelming--there’s hope that Under The Dome might measure up to its unsettling print progenitor.

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