For 306 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Generation Kill: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 306
306 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    What we have here is a love story, a lawyer show, a man-goes-home plot and a small-town celebration rolled into one. Look closely and you'll see bits of Providence, L.A. Law, Northern Exposure, The Andy Griffith Show and other series in the mix...But what might have been derivative becomes fresh and charming through deft execution. [8 Oct 2000, p.F1]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Unlike so many new series, Ally McBeal has a voice, a smart point of view and a promising conflict. [7 Sep 1997]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Spin City has a premise with potential, a superb supporting cast and a leading man of great appeal. The sophisticated series should be the fall's winner by a landslide. [17 Sept 1996, p.E1]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A show so mesmerizing it can make you feel young again, Felicity pulls off that feat without special effects or time-travel machines...This new series has other assets: poignant writing, superb actors, recognizable situations. [29 Sept 1998, p.E1]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    The Sopranos unfolds at a more absorbing and imaginative level than TV's strongest series, from ABC's Lost and Grey's Anatomy to Fox's 24 and House.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This quirky comedy-drama stands out as one of the real pleasures among the 35 new series...It is funny, but also tender and nostalgic. This is one homecoming dance you don't want to miss. [25 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    In a tepid era for sitcoms, this risk-taking series can astonish. [8 Sep 2007]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A rousing thriller loaded with nifty gimmicks and head-spinning twists. [6 Nov 2001]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    The opening two hours of season two suggest that 24 has lost none of its style or energy. It remains television's most exciting series. [29 Oct 2002]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This time around, 24 keeps a tighter focus on Bauer so that plot should play out with more credibility than last season's sprawling adventure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This rousing, scenic contest could well set the entertainment standard for new series this season. [2 Sep 2001]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Without a Trace uses the gimmick of having the missing person drop in and out of scenes like a ghost as the agents ponder evidence. The device sounds hokey; the way it works, it's stylish and involving. [26 Sep 2002]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A master showman, Ryan hooks the audience with an opener that makes seeing the second episode mandatory... The early episodes hint at the great potential of the supporting cast. Catherine Dent is touching as a policewoman who rues her past with the married Mackey. Michael Jace exudes a fine air of mystery as a rookie officer. And Walton Goggins fidgets compellingly as Mackey's uneasy conspirator. [12 Mar 2002, p.E1]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    The Wire doesn't receive the attention of other HBO dramas, but it should. It often surpasses them in the chances it takes and the stories it tells. [1 Jun 2003]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    There's no contest for the outstanding new series this fall. NBC's Boomtown looms over the competition like a giant surrounded by mostly pygmies. [29 Sept 2002, p.4]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This extreme drama often astonishes with its scathing take on American vanity...Nip/Tuck is an intense, adult show with complex characters and jaw-dropping twists.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A show that is sweet without being sappy, sexy without being sophomoric and witty without being nasty...This delight rests on the inspired casting of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer as brothers tossed together during a family crisis. Their pairing could be the best sitcom partnership since Jack Klugman teamed with Tony Randall on The Odd Couple. [21 Sept 2003, p.4]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    In Joan of Arcadia, the inspiration creeps up on you, the plot pieces fall effortlessly into place. This miraculous drama is the one new show not to miss. [26 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Even if you know Jane Eyre, you don't know her like this.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    HBO's splendid Rome recounts Julius Caesar's battle for power with a gritty ferocity that's closer to The Godfather and The Sopranos than to costume epics of old. Following Don Corleone's example, this 12-episode series makes you an offer you can't refuse: It's the best new drama of the fall.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    The premiere should please fans who consider Battlestar Galactica a landmark and entice newcomers to look at previous seasons on DVD.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Daring and raw, FX's Rescue Me takes astonishing risks.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Last summer's best series was FX's Rescue Me, a daring comedy-drama about New York City firefighters. It's a good bet this imaginative, adult show will repeat as the top series this summer. In its second season, which begins Tuesday, the program has lost none of its nerve or verve.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    It is not enough to say that Desperate Housewives is the best new series of the fall. In a season of forgettable sitcoms, the hour show is the funniest newcomer. In a largely predictable lineup, it is a shrewd mystery with involving twists. In a medium that often shortchanges women, it is a grand showcase for accomplished actresses. [1 Oct 2004]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Jason Lee excels as scruffy Earl -- he's a Jed Clampett for the new millennium.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Romantic comedies depend on appealing actors, and these five are irresistible.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Sons & Daughters offers such a fresh, funny take on family life that it could be a landmark comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A hugely likable sitcom is born.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    You don't have to love football to admire Friday Night Lights.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This juicy comedy-drama recaptures the fun of Desperate Housewives in its first season.