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 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Just Legal: 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
    • 91 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Longford is never less than gripping. But it unconsciously apes the moral myopia that afflicts its protagonist.
    • 87 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    A lot of this is pretty funny, but for 24 episodes?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Original in concept, intelligent in execution, it's a scruffily Steinbeckian chronicle of life at the social and economic margins.
    • 87 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.
    • 87 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Creepy and cockeyed, unholy and unnerving, Top Of The Lake is riveting stuff.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    You can pretty much watch this show any night of the week under its other titles, CSI and Law & Order.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Delirious, dizzy, decadent and altogether delicious.
    • 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
    • 84 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.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If none of this quite rises to the level of Jon Stewart's intellectual hopscotch or Amy Poehler's inspired lunacy, it's nonetheless agreeably funny.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A raucous, raunchy and utterly loving account of life at the bottom of the military food chain.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    This dark gem of a show about a zombie apocalypse gleams with hellfire incandescence.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Worst Week certainly has some genuine laughs, but they run out well before the pratfalls and pee-pee jokes do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Engrossing - and gross. [21 Mar 2004, p.4M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A kinky streak of humor keeps Desperate Housewives from sliding into morose desolation. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Miami Herald
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    It's a provocative mishmash of future shock and peculiar anachronisms. [19 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The gloriously bloody and depraved spirit of the novels is intact and even enhanced.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Fearlessly funny and scathingly introspective.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    This is essentially CSI without the microscopes, petri dishes or Marg Helgenberger. Yawn. [26 Sep 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    But for all the laughs, Being Human never loses sight of the menace of its characters.
    • 78 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 78 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
    Damages returns to spiteful, vindictive and wildly entertaining life Wednesday night after resuscitation by satellite-television provider DirecTV.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    My Name Is Earl rampages like a bull in a politically correct china shop.
    • 77 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    I'll give the show credit; it did make me think what I would ask if granted three wishes. Interestingly, all three involved the flesh of Amy Grant being devoured by rabid weasels.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    Testees probably shouldn't be considered part of the fall season, but let's be fair--it's as lousy as anything the broadcast nets have come up with.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Mad Men is a captivating experience.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Far from a complete accounting of how the United States government tracked down and killed its Public Enemy No. 1--even the SEAL raid that ended with his death is hardly mentioned, much less described--this film might be better titled The Spooks Strike Back.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Carpoolers, are at least amusing even if equally socially maladroit. Carpoolers is a genially oddball comedy.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Sheen and Cryer breathe some life into this thing, but a mercy killing might have been simpler. [22 Sept 2003, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 76 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Calling it ''good'' might be a bit of a stretch, but Ugly Betty's comic-melodrama formula is so cannily executed that audiences may find it irresistible.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    An abysmally dumb plot peopled with some of the most irritating characters in the history of television.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Lovably silly.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    The tedium and unoriginality of this new ABC sitcom, the latest entry in the vastly overworked motherhood-as-martyrdom genre, has to be seen to be believed, though my strong and sincere suggestion is that you just take my word for it.
    • 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."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    The WB is lying when it boasts that Pepper Dennis signifies a new television life form, the one-hour comedy. Boring, yes; witless, definitely; trashy, oh my God yes. Comedy? Dream on, guys.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Even if you aren’t convinced by TWA Flight 800, though, it’s worth watching.
    • 75 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    Staleness, however, ranks as a virtue in Sit Down, Shut Up, for the show's token stabs at topicality are truly appalling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The uncommon acuity of Boyd's script is immeasurably bolstered by an outstanding female cast.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Jason O'Mara is enormously appealing as the determined but befuddled Tyler....Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Life on Mars' writers, who seem to have been knocked considerably deeper into history than their character.
    • 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
    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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sons of Anarchy is bloody, disturbing and maniacally addictive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Miller and Liu, simultaneously irritating and charming each other, make Elementary far more watchable than anybody could have expected.
    • 49 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    You just can't get through two minutes of Back to You without a belly laugh.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Fox's beguiling but unconventional drama Lone Star will have a similar problem [programmers with quick trigger fingers] if viewers demand a quick payoff.
    • 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
    • 64 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
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    It's only when the action (and the torrential cross-cutting) slows that you start getting to know some of the capable cast....And it's only when the characters begin revealing what they saw while unconscious that FlashForward turns interesting as it examines the interconnectivity of the human experience.
    • 44 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Weeds may make you chuckle, but it wants you to gasp, and unless your name is June and you call your youngest son Beaver, it's not likely to happen. [7 Aug 2005]
    • 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
    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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Invasion is an excellent show, the new season's best drama.
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The result is a blend that’s sometimes funny, occasionally poignant and fitfully horrifying. There are flashes of a Nixon rarely glimpsed or perhaps even suspected.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A very watchable hour of TV. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Its essential shallowness is on display from the very start, when 11 contestants for a junior editor's job at the fashion magazine Elle are issued their first challenge: Bring the boss breakfast.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    This kind of comedy only stands a dim ghost of a chance if it has a lot of gratuitous nudity and substance abuse, along with the words ''National Lampoon'' in the title.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Every attempt at treating a Big Idea seems sophomoric and irritating. Even in its look, the show lacks the elemental rawness necessary to throw its intellectual conflicts into sharp relief.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Until watching The Middle, I would have said it was time the sitcom concept of the madcap mom trying to balance kiddies and career got a decent burial, complete with a stake through the heart. But Heaton and producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline give the idea new life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    It’s badly written.... And it’s horribly miscast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Vikings is at least fun to watch, in a sword-swinging, head-chopping, maiden-despoiling sort of way.
    • 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.
    • 53 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Louie is so low-key that it has no discernible pulse. To say it's unfunny is accurate (profoundly so) but also beside the point: It's un-anything.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    No matter how horrible the clichés or gorgeous the gowns, they can't distract from the androphobic virulence at the heart of Lipstick Jungle.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    Basically, Suburgatory is a random collection of clichés drawn from such suburb-bashing works as Valley Girls, Stepford Wives, Clueless and Cougar Town, assembled without a scintilla of wit or human empathy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Each of them [actresses Rebecca Ferguson, Faye Marsay and Amanda Hale] stabs backs and pops bodice buttons with the necessary élan while keeping a straight face at The White Queen’s putative moral, which is that arranged marriages are corrupt and evil, while those born of attempted rape, self-mutilation and suicide are sacred and empowering.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Hilarious. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Miami Herald
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    It's an ancient TV dilemma: Bring an edgy comedian aboard, then make him tone down what he does best in order to avoid offending anybody. The problem is only compounded for ethnic performers who know they'll get little time to develop an audience...Lopez's amiability, however, gives it a chance to work. [27 Mar 2002, p.E6]
    • Miami Herald
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sharply written and acted.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    Somebody on The Wedding Bells is always saying ''We need to talk about it,'' to which the reply is invariably something like "I'm not big on dating men I've slept with.''
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    If the genre is no longer groundbreaking, it's still compelling in skilled hands.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Community's party animals tend to get their kicks less from bongs, grain-alcohol projectile vomiting and peeping into sorority windows than from irregular Spanish verbs and lengthy recitations of the script of The Breakfast Club, which, for the most part, is even less amusing than it sounds.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Torchwood: Miracle Day is smashing entertainment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Funny and intriguing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Turgid and plodding, Rubicon has the pace of an industrial-training film and the lucidity of a Czech art movie with the subtitles turned off. It would have to triple its pulse to rise to the level of lethargy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Conceptually, this isn’t half-bad. The writing, unfortunately, is all-bad.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    Think Gray's Anatomy with unpretty people; then think of something else to watch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Legit--and I say this with a certain amount of admiration, coupled with trepidation that some new program on the spring schedule will soon prove me wrong--is the most degraded, debauched and degenerate show on TV.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The scenes of the guys driving golf balls onto the roofs of Hollywood mansions or scamming stereo dealers are funny and even sweet in a post-adolescent Porky's sort of way. [18 July 2004, p.5M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    It just substitutes South Africa for "Everwood's" Colorado, trite idiocy for "Everwood's" sharp dialogue, and a game of blind-man's-bluff for "Everwood's" casting director--actress Leah Pipes, who looks 25 and sounds 30, is the least convincing teenager since Stockard Channing staved off menopause in "Grease."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    This can be dryly funny in small doses, but Conchords really feels less like a sitcom than a Saturday Night Live sketch stretched out to about six times its shelf-life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It is a powerful and often heartbreaking piece of filmmaking that ponders just how thin our veneer of civilization really can be.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    The network thinks this is razor's-edge television because the characters turn to address the audience during cut-ins. But all the bellowing is straight from The Honeymooners, the jokes from Mandingo and the dialogue... from about sixth grade.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Watching Better Off Ted is a bit like reading old Dilbert comic strips--amusing, but the punch lines seem awfully familiar.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    As drama, unfortunately, it's often punchless, with a meandering narrative which, it's obvious from the first moments, cannot be contained within a single two-hour show.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    Makes a solid bid to win the Most Unpleasant Reality Show of All Time award.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The new CBS cop drama Vegas--a cross between Gunsmoke, The Untouchables and a Sheriff Joe Arpaio reality show--is wildly entertaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    This sitcom is a loving embrace of convulsive domestic eccentricity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Derivative Pan Am may be, but that doesn't make it any less watchable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    30 Rock... is pretty darn funny, a bitterly merry comic jihad against corporate stupidity and mendaciousness.
    • 67 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The Company is a gripping requiem for the Cold War and the men who fought it.
    • 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
    • 52 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    Ben and Kate is sometimes shrill, sometimes belligerent and sometimes (well, a lot of times) merely stupid. It is never funny.
    • 67 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    There's nothing at all subtle about the gloriously absurdist Wilfred.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If not exactly compelling, the pilot episode is engaging and often quirkily funny.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Weep no more for Dawson's Creek, Felicity or Beverly Hills, 90210. That achy yearning in your soul for a mawkish, trashy, over-the-top, slightly dumb but kinda fun teen soap is about to be filled with One Tree Hill. [23 Sept 2003, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The show's boorishness is exceeded only by its dissimulation; not one frame of this thing--from the diners who seem not to notice that their table is surrounded by camera crews to the melodramatically villainous managers--is remotely believable.
    • 66 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    This truly hideous sitcom offers a postmodernist take on the 1960s comedy That Girl, in which Marlo Thomas starred as an aspiring actress afflicted with insufferable cuteness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Thomas Jane exudes a convincing odor of despair as Ray. So does Jane Adams as Tanya, one of his former one-night-stands who abandons her abysmally failed career as a poet to become his pimpette. If anything, they're too convincing; the humor in Hung tends to get blotted out by the melancholia.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's a stylish, elegantly plotted tale of a young woman's sociopathic thirst for vengeance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Just about everybody is having sex with everybody else: Kings is one giant raging id of a show.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Beneath its estimable comic trappings, Go On is something larger: a meditation on what makes life worth living.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    Having started with a bad premise, producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin then made it infinitely worse by rejecting the loneliness and isolation that were the nucleus of Hitchcock’s film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The show is a rampage of frequently inappropriate and always cuttingly funny jokes about sex, drugs, money and most of all the penthouse/flophouse culture clash between the two characters.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    Stuffed with incomprehensible medical jargon and grisly shots of exposed brains, 3 Lbs. would be a major annoyance even if it had an original thought in its seriously underweight head.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Bello's performance as the weather-beaten Timoney, swabbing her emotional scars with alcohol, nicotine and invective, is easily the highlight of the fall television season.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    This remake keeps the scenery and action--exploding cars and AK-47 gunfights appear to be to Honolulu what thieving politicians and senile I-95 motorists are to Miami--but adds some compelling post-9/11 wrinkles.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Whether Belushi is using the firm's private detectives to follow his estranged wife, or O'Connell is sleeping with the prosecutor who's trying to put his client in jail ("You really don't like me much, do you?" she asks while taking off her blouse), the show has an irresistible outlaw quality.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    [It] often sounds less like a television drama than a Criminal Procedures 101 lecture delivered at an offshore law school.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The smirky cynicism, savage mockery of New Age verities and prickly atheism of its lead character could have made The Mentalist fascinating (if not altogether pleasant) viewing. Instead, it turns down the same formulaic path as CBS' other police procedurals, a sort of CSI-with-a-fake-crystal-ball.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Political Animals can be slightly murky when it comes to invoking issues and ideologies. But when it comes to the microlevel of politics, the misdirection and machinations politicians employ to satisfy their own ambitions and thwart those of others, Political Animals is peerless.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    If the imitation is pale, it's also competent. And Schwartzman's wistful but inept romanticism is hard to resist.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    No Ordinary Family is no comic-book kiddie show but a perceptive and engaging comedy-drama about domestic dysfunction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    CBS' new comedy-drama The Ex List is a descent to the most profound levels of Chick Flick Hell, where the damned and those with Y chromosomes cry out in agony through all eternity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Durst’s books all offer the same engaging elements that the BBC makes such excellent use of in this two-part miniseries: The claustrophobic lifeboat atmosphere of a society teetering toward its doom.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Ultimately, Person Of Interest is built on too cockamamie of a premise to be taken seriously.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This peculiar comedy-drama has some cockeyed wrinkles that make it interesting.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The Bridge is pure melodrama, its villainous commanders and politicians practically twirling their mustaches as they plot their evil deeds. But if The Bridge won't expand your knowledge of urban-management science, it will keep you glued to the set.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The cynical and cerebral Threshold is the darkest of the three new space-alien shows, so much so that the producers seem to be wondering if the human race is even worth saving.
    • 64 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Watching him color in the lines of his own personality is fascinating. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    It's supposedly a wry look at the perils and pressures of parenthood. But really it's just a collection of tired cliches, reworked with weird grimaces and funny accents a la a really bad Saturday Night Live skit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    To say that Love Monkey is derivative and predictable is not quite the same as saying it's bad.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Cooper and Somerville... keep things moving.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The Michael J. Fox Show (which debuts with back-to-back episodes) is never cloying or condescending. And any time it seems to be veering toward disease-of-the-week-movie territory, you can be sure that lampoon is on the way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    By the end of a couple of episodes, most viewers will be wishing Spielberg and his henchmen had spent more time on scripts and less on special effects, even if it meant splicing old outtakes of Barney and Friends into the action sequences.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    By the end, Sleepy Hollow seems less like a show than a garage sale of used story pitches.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's ABC's attempt to replicate last season's wildly successful intergenerational comedy Modern Family, and, like many genetic experiments, it ends in mutant disaster.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Revolution is big, bold and brassy adventure, a cowboys-and-Indians story for end times.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    With the debut of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' show tonight, [Seinfeld] has now spawned five relentlessly unfunny and compulsively unwatchable sitcoms.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Every case is wrapped up in precisely 42 terse minutes, with no dangling threads to trouble consciences or make syndication sales tough. If you liked any of the other L&Os, you'll probably like this one. If you didn't, well....
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    What it does have is a sleek but shallow cast that cannot lend any weight to the lighter-than-air writing.
    • 64 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Surface has no complex or cynical subtexts; it's straight-ahead sci fi.
    • 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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Akerman has wit and style, and so does the show.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    Why anybody is paying the writers and cast of Surviving Suburbia for what is essentially an amateur-hour production is just one more of those eternal television mysteries.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Mob City would be better if it were just a little bit more raw--there’s something amiss when a putative sleazy jazz dive looks like you could eat off the floors. But its proudly pulpy sensibilities and its startling plot twists make it a whiskey-and-a-shot pleasure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    With dazzling action scenes and a pair of stars who ooze charm and sensuality, Undercovers easily overcomes its predictability.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    The reshot pilot episode that will be broadcast Tuesday is no longer irritating, but neither is it distinctive, just one more humdrum cop drama, notable only for wasting a high-powered cast that includes Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sins of fathers and mothers not only visit each of the characters, but infest them; the show shimmers with an inner core of volcanic anger that makes it far more interesting than your average family soap.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    That's a lot of stories to tell, and the sweeping Hell on Wheels does a good job of chopping them into bite-size pieces.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Shraeger is played with breezy, cynical wit by Amber Tamblyn (who may have her own secrets; she's looking rather more bosomy than she did a few years back as God's BFF in in "Joan of Arcadia"). And she gets capable backup from a cast that includes Adam Goldberg and Harold Perrineau.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show's witty, inventive writing would be fun even in the hands of a less capable cast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Happily, Golden Boy not only manages a fairly original take on cop shows but actually turns out to be surprisingly intriguing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Mike & Molly unquestionably has a lot of funny moments. But realizing you've just been laughing at 22 consecutive minutes of socially unredeemed fat jokes may leave you feeling as if you've just eaten a 36-inch anchovy-and-pineapple pizza: bloated and yucky.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    For now, Alcatraz is a sinister bag of sinister pleasures.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Like its ancestor, the new Dallas is self-consciously a trashfest, an endless cycle of betrayals, confrontations, reconciliations and re-betrayals.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    However badly you thought American race relations were going, Black. White. will make you feel worse.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Surreal and then some.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    OK, OK, A Gifted Man, is not as bad as all that [Friendly-ghost mothers-in-law? Friendly-ghost proctologists? Friendly-ghost telephone solicitors?]. But it's not good, either.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Drugs. Pratfalls. Bodily excretions. Sexual crudity. Shock-jock ethnic humor. Four-letter words flying like lead in a matineee Western. Character development and story? Not so much.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Though it's intended to be a female buddy show in which she plays off Sasha Alexander's coolly uppercrust medical examiner Maura Isles, Harmon definitely gets the upper hand--at least in the pilot episode.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Royal Pains has some moments of genuine wit--a lot more of them after Costanzo shows up.
    • 62 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Though dazzlingly plotted and acted, the show is not easily watched.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Crisply written and acted, grafting some Enron-era scandal onto a morality tale that goes back to Faust, 666 Park Avenue gives good goosebump.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Almost Human is a tolerably silly sci-fi action show set in a Blade Runner-ish future where human cops are paired with robots to battle the high-tech gangs that have the run of the seedy streets.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The Unit hits more false notes than an American Idol tryout.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Watching this dismal intragenerational cluster of families is sort of like seeing a Roots for the cannibal gangs in The Road.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    With a gorgeous cast (even -- especially? -- the dead ones), plenty of cool slow-mo martial arts action, a glorious collection of lethal hardware and an intriguing plot, Blade's got something for the whole family, provided they rank somewhere between the Munsters and the Mansons in sensibility.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Like True Blood, Banshee can be preposterously entertaining, or perhaps entertainingly preposterous.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Welcome to The Goode Family, a scathingly funny report from the front lines of America's culture wars.
    • 61 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    If you think "SpongeBob Squarepants" would be funnier if it added a couple of hookers and a cross-dressing junkie, this is the show for you. Everybody else should take a pass.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Do Not Disturb is apparently trying for an upstairs/downstairs feel, but it comes across more as above-the-waist/below-the-waist.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    Pointless, charmless and bound to be viewerless after the first half-hour or so, The Philanthropist recalls such epochal television bombs as Manimal (a scientist who could turn into a crime-fighting dolphin) or It's About Time (astronauts break the time barrier and frolick happily with cavemen) in its conceptual imbecility.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Where Modern Family is sweet and funny, The New Normal is cheap and hectoring.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Even Ramsay's most barbarous fans are likely to find this formula so thin by now that, by comparison, Louise Roe looks like a blimp.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Suits is far more than a whimsical caper show. Beneath its cuttingly funny dialogue lurk complex emotional edges.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Intense and fascinating.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    It’s an insidious whitewash of a convicted killer and an infamous smear of his victim. It’s a shame on all involved.... The closest thing to fairness in Phil Spector is the blow-you-away performance by Al Pacino in the title role.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Cutler’s documentary The World According to Dick Cheney is a rousing piece of work.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and warm and I dare you to watch it without getting your pants charmed off.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The hacky writing is interchangeable with any of CBS' police procedurals, and the boy-band good looks of Alex O'Loughlin as the detective, Mick St. John, inspire neither fear nor dark sexual longings
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    At times Smith seems less like a crime drama than a character study of a collection of seriously damaged people. But the show's metabolism is enjoyably unpredictable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Not since HBO’s The Wire left the air five years ago has a television series combined urban decay and moral decrepitude in such stark--and yet compulsively watchable--terms.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's a drab third-generation clone (a spinoff of the original NCIS, which in turn was a spinoff of JAG) of a show from the shallow end of the TV gene pool.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Alice’s battles with various computer-animated and live-action threats are entertaining and, usually, rather witty, though her traveling companions, the White Rabbit (voiced by John Lithgow) and the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha, the proletarian werewolf in the later season’s of the BBC version of Being Human), get most of the best lines.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    No matter who’s on screen or what they’re doing, Back in the Game is gut-bustingly hilarious.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Syfy's show relies a lot more on dripping fangs and never speaks in a whisper when a bellow will do--even the simplest conversations are conducted with the neurotic intensity of a bad soap opera. Simply put, this Being Human lacks any human warmth.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Watching seven characters sit around week after week in endless discussions of the ramifications of the fact that two of them have kissed may have been fun in the seventh grade. But, like the spinning teacups at Disney World or throwing up after drinking a jug of Ripple, it's an experience that doesn't wear well with time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Poignantly funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The CW's tale of an evil twin and an even eviler twin, is devious doppelganger drama at its best.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Padalecki and Ackles are hunky, funny and a joy to watch.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Psych is a one-trick pony that quickly deteriorates into a rather humdrum mystery once the novelty of watching Spencer fake his psychic revelations wears off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The subtext of loss and longing, which sometimes isn’t all that sub, makes The Crazy Ones a tightrope act. But Kelley gets tremendous support from his cast. The madcap Williams has never been better, and Gellar’s performance is a magnificently winning mixture of quiet desperation, mounting rage and wistful yearning.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    America's Next Great Restaurant is quickly undone by the same mean-spiritedness that makes Survivor, American Idol and the rest of this genre such an unpleasant viewing experience. Winning depends at least as much (and probably much more) on impressing the producers with television skills as it does on winning over the judges with culinary expertise or business savvy. So taunting and backbiting among the contestants is a dreary constant.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    A giant bore.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    JoAnna Garcia's overcaffeinated cuteness--the sort of thing that made otherwise decent people want to run Sally Field through with a pitchfork back in her Gidget and Flying Nun days--as a Palm Beach governess to trust-fund teen trash is nigh unbearable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    Welcome to The Captain is less a TV show than a grim ransom note from the striking Hollywood writers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    Smutty at its best, downright creepy at its worst, this dreadful attempt to mock the coming-of-age genre could well be the first TV show to get an entire day of the week canceled.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The answers unfold with a delicious tension that makes Graceland an unexpected pleasure.