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 Everybody Hates Chris: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
430 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    With smart dialogue, intriguing plots, an explosive cast and an inclination to peer into life's dark corners, it is the most captivating new program in years. The Shield slams home like a bullet; wear your body armor. [11 Mar 2002, p.E2]
    • Miami Herald
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    It's messy and confusing, often complex and contradictory, and moves in fits and starts, sideways and backward. It's the most startlingly original program on television in years, maybe ever, and it's also one of the best. [28 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    News bulletin: We've finally found the weapons of mass destruction, or at least one of them. The jokes fly like shrapnel in Fox's dangerously hilarious new sitcom Arrested Development, and, like shrapnel, they often draw blood...A scathingly, unnervingly comic riff on stupidity and greed in the corporate world, Arrested Development is something like a National Lampoon's Wall Street Vacation, painting its targets variously as buffoonish or malefic, but always hitting them dead-center. [2 Nov 2003, p.3M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    An intelligent and supremely entertaining meditation on the nature of faith...Neither Touched by an Angel nor Bruce Almighty, Joan of Arcadia manages to be wry, spellbinding and theologically challenging all at once. [26 Sept 2003, p.6E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Brilliant. [21 July 2004, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    My Name Is Earl rampages like a bull in a politically correct china shop.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Invasion is an excellent show, the new season's best drama.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Sweet but never treacly, nostalgic but never dishonest, startlingly frank about race and always painfully funny, Everybody Hates Chris is the sitcom for which the networks have been yearning for the better part of a decade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Pushing Daisies is by far the best new series of the fall season.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    This dark gem of a show about a zombie apocalypse gleams with hellfire incandescence.
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Engrossing - and gross. [21 Mar 2004, p.4M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    It flickers with longing and resentment, vulnerability and rejection, temptation and moral erosion. It is totally absorbing television. [5 Aug 2003, p.1E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A wild, careening chariot ride of a new series that debuts tonight. It's like The Sopranos in togas, except without even the faintest twinge of conscience. [28 Aug 2005, p.8]
    • Miami Herald
    • 43 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A gaspingly funny show that you ought to watch early and often.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Fearlessly funny and scathingly introspective.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    My Own Worst Enemy is by far the best drama of the fall season, a bold and brainy spy thriller that practices a sort of armed existentialism.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The gloriously bloody and depraved spirit of the novels is intact and even enhanced.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Starz' new eight-episode drama is at once the most cynical and most captivating portrayal of American politics ever presented on television.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Repellent and fascinating, a stygian nightmare awash in sick lusts, it seems certain to attract large audiences and huge controversy.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Creepy and cockeyed, unholy and unnerving, Top Of The Lake is riveting stuff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    So is born what promises to be one of the great cop partnerships of all time in FX’s stunning new drama The Bridge... At its bedrock, it’s a fine crime drama, full of arresting and gruesome turns, sometimes downright scary, sometimes blackly funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A very watchable hour of TV. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    With a charming and funny cast, there's lots to like about What I Like About You. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Suburban rage may not be pretty, but in Nip/Tuck, it's always funny. [22 July 2003, p.3E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The multiplicity of story lines and characters turns Las Vegas into a complex undertaking, but Caan, Duhamel and their excellent castmates make it work, brilliantly. [22 Sept 2003, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Nor is The L Word all sexual sturm und drang. Its light moments are laugh-out-loud funny. [18 Jan 2004, p.3M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A kinky streak of humor keeps Desperate Housewives from sliding into morose desolation. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Miami Herald
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Padalecki and Ackles are hunky, funny and a joy to watch.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sharply written and acted.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show's witty, inventive writing would be fun even in the hands of a less capable cast.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and warm and I dare you to watch it without getting your pants charmed off.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Crumbs' approach to the foibles of the family, though not for the tender-hearted, is raucously funny.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Hilarious. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Miami Herald
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Intense and fascinating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Half the fun in this outlandishly funny sitcom is that Penny is so spacey that she doesn't appear to recognize what hard-core nerds Leonard and Sheldon really are--even the presence in their bathroom of Luke Skywalker No-More-Tears Shampoo doesn't tip her off.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Shark works some of the same ground as Fox's new legal drama Justice, but with far more wit and style.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    30 Rock... is pretty darn funny, a bitterly merry comic jihad against corporate stupidity and mendaciousness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's the lack of moral clarity that makes Damages so spellbinding. Every character wears multiple masks; every action is cloaked in ambiguity and, often, outright duplicity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A perverse pleasure to watch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and smart, with affably quirky characters who aren't cut from cardboard.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Big Shots matches affecting characters with genuinely funny stories and dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Samantha Who? is not only a sitcom but a pungently funny one about self-discovery, reinvention and the possibility that beauty may be only skin-deep, but bitch goes right down to the bone.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The excellent cast keeps drawing you back--especially Donald Sutherland as family patriarch Tripp Darling, whose evil glint makes even as benign a phrase as ''good morning'' sound like ''I'm going to put an ice pick through your eye.'' Even better is Krause's portrayal of Nick, layers of exasperation upon fascination upon temptation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show's intricate plotting and finely rendered characters will engage your brain, but there's plenty of below-the-shoulders action, too.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Schwartz's good eye for characters and cutting sense of humor--makes Chuck a thoroughly enjoyable romp.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This peculiar comedy-drama has some cockeyed wrinkles that make it interesting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Innovative, daring and--most importantly--funny, Aliens in America is a fresh take on an old problem, the loneliness of being different.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Welcome to the tawdry, tantalizing and altogether terrific world of Gossip Girl.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Reaper is a hilariously fractured commentary on Gen Y.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    In Californication, [Duchovny] gets to take full advantage of his low-key comic approach, and the result is irresistible. The rest of the cast matches him riff for riff, especially British actress Natascha McElhone as the disenchanted Karen and young Madeleine Martin as their 12-year-old daughter Becca.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    McKidd and castmates Gretchen Egolf as his wife Katie; Reed Diamond as his brother Jack, a cop who used to date Katie; and Moon Bloodgood as his spectral fiance, Livia, play this with just the right mix of credulity and dry wit.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    You just can't get through two minutes of Back to You without a belly laugh.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Intelligent and entertaining reimaginations of stupefyingly bad pieces of 1970s sci-fi hackwork.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The Company is a gripping requiem for the Cold War and the men who fought it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Mad Men is a captivating experience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's a testament to the remarkable performance of Collette that it will never occur to viewers that Tara's behavior is anything but a mortal compulsion. Her remarkable moment-to-moment morphs from teeny-bopper slut to Stepford Wife to biker brute and then back again beggar the imagination.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A raucous, raunchy and utterly loving account of life at the bottom of the military food chain.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Mixing paranoia, bleak humor and post-9/11 exhaustion in a potent story-telling brew, it's one of the new television season's most promising dramas.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    But for all the laughs, Being Human never loses sight of the menace of its characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Welcome to The Goode Family, a scathingly funny report from the front lines of America's culture wars.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This unsettling documentary series on the cable WE network, which follows a dozen Kansas City girls through four years in their suburban high school, suggests we've come a long, hard way from "Grease."
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sons of Anarchy is bloody, disturbing and maniacally addictive.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Roth makes for a tartly witty hero, the mysteries are intricately plotted, and the show makes the most of the weird dynamics of an office where the boss can ferret out everybody's secrets.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Cynical, sweet and inestimably funny, Glee--which debuted with a single sneak-preview episode last spring, but joins Fox's regular weekly lineup for the first time Wednesday--is by far the best show of the fall TV season that began rolling out this week.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Grimly funny, streaked with sentimentality and malice, Nurse Jackie is the medical miracle of television's summer season, a blue-collar hospital show without a McDreamy in sight.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    No Ordinary Family is no comic-book kiddie show but a perceptive and engaging comedy-drama about domestic dysfunction.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    With dazzling action scenes and a pair of stars who ooze charm and sensuality, Undercovers easily overcomes its predictability.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Americans in their 20s have few good-time memories in their young-adult lives. If they can be coaxed away from their computers to the television screen, they may find themselves bonding with the characters of the well-acted and intelligently written My Generation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A potent brew of family melodrama, crime-thriller tension and conspiratorial intrigue, Blue Bloods may actually bring some viewers back onto the sinking ship of Friday-night television.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Terriers, FX's comedy-drama about a pair of bargain-basement private eyes, is a piquantly funny sojourn among lovable losers.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Neatly staged, with one surprise after another in a geometric progression of suspense, The Event's pilot episode leaves a lot of tantalizingly unanswered questions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Damages returns to spiteful, vindictive and wildly entertaining life Wednesday night after resuscitation by satellite-television provider DirecTV.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Watching her construct a self from a handful of jagged fragments is a seductive pleasure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    If many of these plot and character elements are straight off the bargain shelf at the Boxing Melodrama R Us superstore, Lights nonetheless gives them new life--partly thanks to a superlative cast and partly because the show resists the biggest cliche of all: the boxer as innocent victim of poverty and circumstance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Chronicling the opposite relationships requires Mad Love to bounce from light romantic comedy to murderously hostile wisecracks and back again, which it accomplishes with considerable deftness. The show's quick wit is matched with a talented cast, particularly Labine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sharply contrasting with the florid Borgias is AMC's emotionally spare and atmospherically dank series The Killing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Murder and sexual predation sure look fun when they're done by pretty people in luscious gowns. Jeremy Irons is splendidly depraved as Rodrigo, and Holliday Grainger (Robin Hood) so sunnily sweet as Lucrezia that it's damn near impossible to hold a little arsenic against her.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Starz, however, has re-imagined the doings of Arthur, Guinevere and the gang as a bloody, bodice-ripping medieval soap opera, and the result is surprisingly satisfying.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Suits is far more than a whimsical caper show. Beneath its cuttingly funny dialogue lurk complex emotional edges.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's a stylish, elegantly plotted tale of a young woman's sociopathic thirst for vengeance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    There's nothing at all subtle about the gloriously absurdist Wilfred.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Torchwood: Miracle Day is smashing entertainment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Derivative Pan Am may be, but that doesn't make it any less watchable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Unforgettable is a quirky, captivating take on the police procedurals that have been a staple of the CBS schedule over the past decade.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    For now, Alcatraz is a sinister bag of sinister pleasures.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The sordid ugliness that festers inside Magic City's voluptuously beautiful wrappings makes irresistible television.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    The new CBS cop drama Vegas--a cross between Gunsmoke, The Untouchables and a Sheriff Joe Arpaio reality show--is wildly entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Watching him color in the lines of his own personality is fascinating. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's more like M*A*S*H* for the four-legged, a subversive and perversely funny workplace comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Revolution is big, bold and brassy adventure, a cowboys-and-Indians story for end times.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Guys With Kids is a perfect confection of witty dialogue and slapstick action.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A show with the twin themes that life is high school and the past cannot be escaped sounds inordinately depressing, but the writing and performances on Emily rise far above the apparent limitations.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It’s entertaining and engrossing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The uncommon acuity of Boyd's script is immeasurably bolstered by an outstanding female cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Cutler’s documentary The World According to Dick Cheney is a rousing piece of work.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The answers unfold with a delicious tension that makes Graceland an unexpected pleasure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sean Saves the World is like a comedy cruise to self-discovery, with both Sean and his daughter learning of strengths and weaknesses they didn’t know they had, the process punctuated with keenly funny dialogue and precision timing.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    What makes Welcome to the Family interesting, and rather sweet, is that it confounds expectations.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    No matter who’s on screen or what they’re doing, Back in the Game is gut-bustingly hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A dark gem of a show.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Akerman has wit and style, and so does the show.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    [An] amusing, endearing, female-buddy sitcom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    It's a provocative mishmash of future shock and peculiar anachronisms. [19 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Highly entertaining.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Lowlife though it may be, Twins is just plain funny.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Elfman establishes herself as one of the major female comic presences on television.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    This sitcom is a loving embrace of convulsive domestic eccentricity.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Just think of all the stolen ideas as a public works program for Hollywood lawyers and stick to the action on-screen, which is quite entertaining.
    • 54 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Poignantly funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    This is an intriguing blend of The Fugitive and The O.C.: half suspense and half intergenerational melodrama.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    A soapy delight of hard bodies and dirty doings.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Surreal and then some.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    It's different, it's droll, it's quirky, it's funny.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Its raffish ethnic and class humor takes no prisoners.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    If you're willing to invest some time and brain cells, The Nine is an absorbing experience.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Delirious, dizzy, decadent and altogether delicious.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Funny and intriguing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Valentine in small doses can be goofy good fun, and there are enough hot bods--including Autumn Reeser of The O.C. as the Oracle of Delphi's handmaiden, Kristoffer Polaha (Mad Men) as Eros and Robert Baker (Leatherheads) as Hercules--to soothe even the deepest political paranoia.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Royal Pains has some moments of genuine wit--a lot more of them after Costanzo shows up.
    • 57 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    If the genre is no longer groundbreaking, it's still compelling in skilled hands.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The Beautiful Life, in short, is hopelessly trashy melodrama about hopelessly trashy people. But Paxton, as a tougher-than-she-looks kid with a dark past, and Hollingsworth, as a callow Iowa farmboy trying to make it in the big city, are so unexpectedly affecting that you may find yourself sucked into the show against your will.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    How to be a Gentleman has some sharp writing, good byplay between the stars and a fair number of laughs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Beneath its estimable comic trappings, Go On is something larger: a meditation on what makes life worth living.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Devlin's complex relationship with the gangsters is what elevates The Mob Doctor into something a cut or two above a Grey's Anatomy rip-off.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Like True Blood, Banshee can be preposterously entertaining, or perhaps entertainingly preposterous.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Though dazzlingly plotted and acted, the show is not easily watched.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    An intriguing crime drama.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Even if you aren’t convinced by TWA Flight 800, though, it’s worth watching.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    It sounds smarmy and cliched. But Hidden Hills is really a wry meditation on stale, overworked marriages that's both funny and insightful. [24 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If not exactly compelling, the pilot episode is engaging and often quirkily funny.
    • 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
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The Loop's constant jokes about hot bodies and alcoholic excess would doubtless wear thin very quickly if not for a lunatic cast of young unknowns and gifted veteran character actors.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Surface has no complex or cynical subtexts; it's straight-ahead sci fi.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    To say that Love Monkey is derivative and predictable is not quite the same as saying it's bad.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    There was a lot more to Sex and the City than menage a trois jokes, and whether Hot Properties can move beyond smutty snickers to develop real characters and story lines remains to be seen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Cooper and Somerville... keep things moving.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    However badly you thought American race relations were going, Black. White. will make you feel worse.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    A lot of this is pretty funny, but for 24 episodes?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Lovably silly.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Longford is never less than gripping. But it unconsciously apes the moral myopia that afflicts its protagonist.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The result is compulsively watchable pulp, provided you have a high threshold for decapitations and copulations, sometimes simultaneous.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If Ozzie and Harriet, the original sitcom mom and dad, might have some trouble recognizing themselves in any of this, surely Houlihan, the bullied boy-toy nurse of M*A*S*H, will raise a clenched fist of solidarity with the hardbitten Iraq war veteran Veronica Callahan of Mercy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    As assembly-line products go, Three Rivers isn't half bad.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Rather than suspense, Happy Town appears to be going for the goofball irony of its ABC ancestor Twin Peaks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Watching Logan hand small children assault rifles for inspection will no doubt amuse gun nuts and enrage anti-gun nuts. And both camps are likely to blink at one of the (surprisingly numerous) female customers who--jokingly asked if she's carrying a weapon--whips out three concealed knives.
    • 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....
    • 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.
    • 48 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.
    • 55 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
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The show is kind of amusing, at least in a summer-TV sort of way.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    As a kind of CSI: Sleaze City, the show is quite watchable.