For 566 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 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 BrainDead: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Get This Party Started: Season 1
Score distribution:
566 tv reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Angel from Hell, originally penciled into the CBS fall schedule and postponed for reasons too secret to disclose but probably having to do with something one of the network's crack programming experts saw in the entrails of a chicken, also has an emotional core surrounded by multiple layers of beguiling loopiness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The show is kind of amusing, at least in a summer-TV sort of way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    Monstrously misconceived and incompetently executed, powered by a high-octane blend of arrogance and contempt, The Newsroom is an epochal failure, a program destined for television's all-time What Were They Thinking? list. Not since NASA's first Vanguard rocket blew up on its launch pad in 1957 will Americans have seen anything crash and burn on television with such hellish spectacularity.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Freddie is a series of collisions -- between generations, sexes, ethnicities and perhaps most of all between youthful Latin macho and imperious Latin matriarchy in the struggle to rule the house.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    As a reality show, Miracle Workers is unique: It is neither Machiavellian like Survivor, nor messianic, like Three Wishes, nor grotesque, like Fear Factor. It's as serious as life and death.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The most interesting thing about Killing Lincoln, in fact, is how it can be so tepidly uninteresting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    It's pretty damn good: sharply drawn characters, snappy dialogue, and awesome action sequences. I'm not sure that Clayne Crawford (Rectify) and Damon Wayans Sr. are going to make anybody forget Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, but they'll be more than good enough for the large audience that's never seen the four films, the last of which is nearly two decades old.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Glenn Garvin
    But basically, shorn of a few four-letter words and an occasional arm thrust up the cervix of a cow, there's nothing about The Ranch that wouldn't fit in just fine on network television, and that goes for both sides of the camera: The veteran, bankable cast. The workmanlike producers (Don Reo and Jim Patterson, lately of Two and a Half Men, as is Kutcher). The cookie-cutter sets. The three-camera photography and editing. The laugh track.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Watching her construct a self from a handful of jagged fragments is a seductive pleasure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    An absurd fairy tale.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Secret Circle is competently performed and produced and liable to entertain anybody not old enough to remember Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty doing pretty much the same stuff in Charmed back in the 20th-century day.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The sordid ugliness that festers inside Magic City's voluptuously beautiful wrappings makes irresistible television.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Charmless and predictable, Scoundrels seems like a tepid rehash of The Riches, a lively and thoughtful FX show about a family of gypsy thieves trying to go straight that was done in by the 2008 television strike.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Cupid, like most romantic comedies, can be sappy, sloppy and schemingly manipulative. But the bright writing (no surprise to anyone who watched Thomas' snappy teen-detective drama "Veronica Mars") and affecting performances by Cannavale and Paulson make being manipulated seem a guilty pleasure in this case.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    As funny as 1600 Penn can be, after a while the laughs grow fewer and further between. And the misfires are more frequent and painful.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Actually the dimly befuddled Cleveland works pretty well as a foil to the collection of redneck psycho neighbors, oversexed stepchildren and Russian bears (don't ask) who make up the cast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Watching this conspiracy, class warfare and romantic indiscretion collide makes for a hugely engaging show, all the more so because of the lushly photographed Victorian settings and droll dialogue.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The CW, having exhausted every bit of its creative energy on The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, is now simply remaking Fox's old prime-time soap lineup one by one. And the garden apartment complex at No. 4616, though filled with a new collection of 20-something drama queens, is the same vortex of hyperkinetic hormones, ambition and criminality that it always was.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    A purported sitcom, it draws no laughs... but does manage the impressive achievement of making Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler, playing Gorham's parents, thoroughly unlikable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Glenn Garvin
    The Bastard Executioner's opacity is simply a matter of trying to cram too much into a pilot episode, a not uncommon problem in television.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show's witty, inventive writing would be fun even in the hands of a less capable cast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show shrewdly offers more than a monster of the week, with some absorbing subplots that continue from week to week.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    If there's a breakout star in Zoo, though, it's probably the state of Louisiana, which does an astonishingly good impression of the African veldt that's used to excellent effect. Using little in the way of computer-generated effects, Zoo is a striking example of how much a talented director of photography can achieve with just his cameras.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    I can't help but feel a certain scruffy affection for a show in which the hero is learning to read by perusing Paradise Lost and where the political economy is summed up in a single line of dialogue: "Power is not inherited...It's taken." Take that, Frank Capra.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Watching Crystal fire off demands to Ben while working out on a treadmill wearing high heels and a business suit is wondrously, bizarrely funny. If Mr. Sunshine can relocate moments like that from the show's periphery to its center, it may stick around for a while.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    A little old-fashioned police brutality may seem downright appealing compared to the pseudointellectual runamok of CBS' cop drama Eleventh Hour, in which British actor Rufus Sewell plays a scientist who has regrettably turned his genius to fighting crime
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Nonlinear storytelling, with so many flashbacks and flash-forwards and dream sequences that pretty soon you can't even remember the last time you saw a naked chick bobbing around the cabin. My advice: Rent Barbarella instead.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    This Bonnie & Clyde, taken on its own terms, is a perfectly entertaining gangster picture, not to mention an interesting experiment in its simultaneous propagation and subversion of feminist doctrine.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Fillion and Katic occasionally seem a little too self-conscious--a little smirk goes a long way--but ultimately the characters are too appealing to resist.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Spike's version of The Mist is one dumb piece of work.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    What would otherwise be a tedious collection of working-mom and lawyer-show clichés is saved by an excellent cast.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    Give it credit for consistency: a bad concept, badly written for bad actors.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Soapy and silly this all may be, but immersion in the intrigue of Reign has its pleasures, not all of them from laughing at its absurdities.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    Yet another doomed and dreadful attempt to bring improv comedy to television.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    As a cop drama, Haven--marred by busy and blurry story lines--is barely competent. But as a narrative of eccentric, slightly damaged yet ultimately warm characters, it's quite successful. The deadpan my-badge-is-bigger-than-yours needling between Rose and Bryant is particularly engaging.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The show, based on a 2013 documentary about a real Los Angeles ER trauma bay, rings with crisp dialogue and authoritatively shouted medical jargon in sufficient quantities that you'll never be more than halfway through an episode before you're completely immersed in hypochondriac terror of what your miscreant organs are plotting against you.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    This is an intriguing blend of The Fugitive and The O.C.: half suspense and half intergenerational melodrama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Welcome to the tawdry, tantalizing and altogether terrific world of Gossip Girl.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Equal parts sly and stupid, rousing and ridiculous.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Plain Jane, The CW's counterfeit ugly-duckling show, is too triflingly stupid to reach Breakthrough's profound depth of awfulness, but give it points for its abject phoniness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The testosterone-infused interplay as they taunt each other over career potholes, curdled marriages and sexual depravities and deprivations is scathing and hilarious, though an astonishing percentage of it cannot even be alluded to here.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    The manic Brink can be exhausting and overbroad, but it also has moments that are acutely, if childishly, funny.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Rather than suspense, Happy Town appears to be going for the goofball irony of its ABC ancestor Twin Peaks.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    New Zealand, however, cannot be blamed for The Gates, approximately the 1,712th American television show about vampires.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The result is compulsively watchable pulp, provided you have a high threshold for decapitations and copulations, sometimes simultaneous.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    The Goldbergs runs the gamut from stale to sour.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    With enough intrigue for a spy thriller and enough careening car chases to satisfy the most deranged Fast and Furious cultists, it's an action series that engages your brain as well as your clutch foot.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    No surprises here, unless Shannen Doherty oozes out of one of the petri dishes. [23 Sept 2003, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Much edgier in confronting issues of class and ethnicity. But it never loses its sense of humor. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Glenn Garvin
    As is often the case with buddy-cop shows, the quality of the mysteries on Houdini & Doyle varies considerably week to week—some not bad, some so strained that even the Gerber baby would spit them out in disgust. What keeps matters interesting is the byplay among the characters, so philosophically at odds that they're often working against one another.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and smart, with affably quirky characters who aren't cut from cardboard.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    If Minority Report is a satisfying stew of crime drama and sci-fi adventure, the seasoning is sly wit.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    With so many different directors and writers involved, it's always hard to judge where anthology series may be going. But the first two episodes of Fear Itself are good, goosebumpy fun, with the deft set-ups, rousing action and surprise endings of a comic book.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Highly entertaining.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    The Beast is singularly unimaginative, a collection of set-pieces barely bound together by a narrative thread, substituting attitude for substance and coyness for coherence.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Mostly I winced: at the irritatingly arch dialogue; at the hoochielicious every-other-scene dance routines; at Michalka's acting range, which seems to have just two settings--smug and self-righteous.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    It is relentless and ultimately meretricious in skewing history to its conceit that the United States is a murderous war machine destroying everything in its path to empire.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    A dumb but powerful serialized mystery that has an equal shot at being the season's biggest cult hit and its most mind-boggling flop.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    At least Azaria and Hahn do have an uncertain chemistry that might have developed into something watchable had the producers not decided to provide it with a Greek chorus of locker-room cracks by loutish co-workers.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    An abysmally dumb plot peopled with some of the most irritating characters in the history of television.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    Cougar Town (which doesn't debut until Wednesday, but I wanted to give you time to disconnect your TV set) is downright unwatchable, an agonizingly unfunny gutter-ball that will almost certainly be the first of the new season's shows to be canceled.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    It doesn't require an overdeveloped sense of empathy to see that, for anybody under 40, the show is going to feel less like a comedic experience than the receiving end of a gang-bang.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    It is a chillingly enjoyable whodunnit for a lazy summer evening. The biggest danger is that the ratings are good and CBS tries to extend it past the 13 episodes scheduled for this summer. There's a reason Agatha Christie never tried to turn Murder on the Orient Express into a TV series.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The jibes quickly wear thin and predictable, and there's simply not much to Help Me Help You.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    If you can ignore stuff like the impossibly clean subways and the fact that the cops call one another ''constable'' with straight faces, Flashpoint is actually rather formulaic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    No, it's not Twilight--but it's not bad, either. The Vampire Diaries, The CW's new fang-gang drama, successfully hitches the sanguinary sexuality of the vampire ethos to the in-group/out-group dynamic of the teen soap.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The CW’s newest wallow in adolescent angst.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    If you ever longed for the Roadrunner to be turned into Purina Coyote Chow or those little Family Circus kids to be sold to a Honduran sweatshop, The Mick might be for you.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The sheer power of these stories carries The Kennedys even during the occasional stumbles that result from trying to pack 40 years of history into five and a half hours of programming.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sharply written and acted.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The humor is driven mostly by a relentless slapstick vulgarity, particularly concerning the flatulence and sex habits of parents. If you’ve got a high tolerance for those sorts of jokes, it is funny indeed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Virtually everything in Accidentally on Purpose is some kind of cheap sexual crack or double entendre. The essential sweetness Elfman showed in Dharma & Greg and the later, unfortunately little-watched Courting Alex curdles into mean self-parody as she scorns her new boy-toy as an intellectual and economic inferior even as she grovels before his bedroom skills.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    There’s also plenty of good writing and acting in the drama Lucky 7, though to exactly what purpose is difficult to say.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    More often, though, the laughs range from tepid to nonexistent.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    None of them is very interesting, and it's actually kind of hard to tell them apart.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    Kelley's compulsive fascination with erratic eroticism turns everything in Swingtown into hypersexualized sleaze.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    After a few minutes in front of ABC's bewildering sorcery drama Eastwick, you may wish that Bewitched's Samantha would twitch her nose and make the whole thing disappear.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    An oddly enticing pastiche of rom-com, buddy-cop procedural, and renegade theology.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    What Fox programmers failed to notice was that their new show was peopled entirely with unpleasant characters working from a 100-percent laugh-free script. Watching Running Wilde, you can actually feel your eyes and ears disconnecting as they go off in search of some way to amuse themselves.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    [Producers Josh Pate and Cynthia Cidre] keep Blood & Oil living large without quite stumbling over the top. They get a lot of help from their skilled cast, particularly Crawford, who has grown some grit since his pretty-boy heir in Gossip Girl. And Johnson gives his best performance in years.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    Oprah's Big Give is no mere appallingly bad television show but a refutation of human decency itself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    However derivative Containment may be, it attains a certain creepy power as it rolls along its yuckily apocalyptic way.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    Kolchak's ridiculously precious writing is not the only thing that rings false about Night Stalker.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's more like M*A*S*H* for the four-legged, a subversive and perversely funny workplace comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It’s entertaining and engrossing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's an interesting approach, but despite well-drawn characters and the strong cast, there's a sense that the show is trapped in amber, a perfectly preserved relic from another age.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    What it isn't is very dramatic. If watching attorneys haggle like rug traders was all that interesting, Feige probably would still be doing it. Nonetheless, there are worse ways to spend an hour than watching Raising the Bar, especially since the cast members are all quite pretty.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    As assembly-line products go, Three Rivers isn't half bad.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    It also helps that Heather Graham as Emily is so appealing that it often distracts from the fanciful idiocy of what she's saying or doing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The show's pea-brain sociology is eclipsed only by its Dadaesque conception of courtroom drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    With tepid performances and a lifeless script, Bag of Bones feels like more of a chore than a television viewing experience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    What might have otherwise been a worthy effort seems pallid and wheezing compared to the acid-etched Nurse Jackie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    You could do worse than check this out. [26 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    An intriguing crime drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Blond toughie Kelli Giddish (Past Life) is fun to watch as the lead marshal, provided you don't have an excessively ACLUish temperament.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Whether you grew up with the Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen or the Foo Fighters, Roadies and its lovably immature collection of flakes will summon the pure giddy fun of rock and roll. As they used to say on another great rockin' TV show, I'd give it an 85—it's got a good beat and you can dance to it.

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