For 293 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Boomtown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 293
293 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    There are few answers in this excellent premiere, but The Nine makes you want to find out.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This wonderful film avoids turning stilted or self-important.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Wit and glamour sell this top-quality product.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    ABC's new version of A Raisin in the Sun deserves fanfare: It's a strong contender for best TV movie of the season.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong do a superb job of putting you back in the 36-day marathon about the outcome of the 2000 presidential election in Florida. Don't want to go there? You'll miss a brilliant cast headed by Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Generation Kill stands in the tradition of classic war movies. Vivid storytelling, superb acting and a frank approach make this a TV landmark.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    John Rogers and Chris Downey have created a show that's equally smart and diverting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    The Pacific balances the visceral virtuosity of its war sequences with poignant, stirring portraits. Once you sign on, you have to see what happened to these men--the sign of expert storytelling. An epilogue supplies crucial updates.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Adult, hard-hitting and tough-talking, Murder One represents the apex of TV series production. Everything is first-rate, from the writing and acting to the photography and music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Here is one of the finest new shows of a dismal season. [4 Jan 1993]
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Remains one of TV's best sitcoms. [19 Jul 1995]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Inspired comedy springs from the smallest things. [3 Jan 2004]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The first four hours confirm that 24 remains powerfully addictive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The first new fall TV series is also one of the most promising. The O.C. -- which stands for Orange County, California-style -- mixes potent conflicts with lavish backdrops and attractive folk. The concoction carries a surprisingly bittersweet kick. [3 Aug 2003, p.4]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The series from CSI executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer has a mesmerizing look, and in its signature stroke, nimbly flashes between the characters then and now. Unlike so many other crime series, Cold Case never loses sight of the victims...Best of all, it offers a lead actress who is simply excellent. Morris makes a wonderfully tough, tenacious heroine. She's a sleuth to die for. [28 Sept 2003, p.TV4]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The vintage look carries a potent, contemporary kick. Here's the rare series that lives up to the advertising hype.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    After watching five episodes, I can say True Blood stands out as one of the strongest new series in an uncertain fall.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Detective series generally are not known for charm or sunniness. But The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency revels in both qualities, with often exhilarating results.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Swift and smart, Murder One is a true guilty pleasure. You won't find many on TV this season. Indulge yourself. [10 Oct 1996, p.E1]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The show is tremendously likable. Credit for the fresh, off-kilter viewpoint goes to Diane Ruggiero, a former New Jersey waitress selected by CBS to create the autobiographical show. She gives her characters sharp dialogue, puts them in identifiable situations and depicts poignancy without going mushy. [1 Oct 2000, p.F1]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The Corner, which is more daring than "The Sopranos," deserves some of the critical hosannas showered on the mob series. [16 Apr 2000, p.F1]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Richer and more challenging than any new series this fall from broadcasters.