For 346 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Dark Angel: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Uncle Buck: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 346
346 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Remains one of TV's best sitcoms. [19 Jul 1995]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    I'll grant you the Soprano family story is vividly told and colorfully acted, but the mob intrigue can be grim, disturbing and tiresome. [16 Jan 2000]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The show steadfastly avoids romanticizing characters who are repellent, violent and selfish, and it offers a dark, unsparing vision of family life. [4 Mar 2001]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The thrill of Homicide comes in listening to some of the snappiest dialogue on television. David Mamet should admire Attanasio's lines. The show -- filmed in Baltimore -- looks good, but it sounds better. [30 Jan 1993, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    It is still fresh, quirky, wonderful. [11 Oct 1990]
    • Miami Herald
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Scathing but hilarious, the series finds its richest material in spoofing showbiz pretentiousness. ... [Shandling] has brought something new to the sitcom format: a devastating commentary on the medium itself. [15 Aug 1992]
    • Miami Herald
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    This isn't the stuff network sitcoms are made of, but that's what makes The Larry Sanders Show so special. Adult, darkly funny, it jabs the medium for its excesses and pretentiousness. [2 Jun 1993]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    A warning: Once hooked, you'll be with the show to the end. [30 May 2006]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The first four hours confirm that 24 remains powerfully addictive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Despite some amusing bits involving the parents, there's a major problem: Arrested Development isn't especially funny. That's the one asset every successful sitcom must have. [2 Nov 2003, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The setup produces neither juicy soap opera nor original, searing drama. The Bedford Diaries is a limp noodle.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    In a tepid era for sitcoms, this risk-taking series can astonish. [8 Sep 2007]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A hugely likable sitcom is born.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Brooklyn Bridge is like a Woody Allen movie without the neuroses, The Wonder Years without the precious narration. Touching and amusing, it is the outstanding new series this fall. [20 Sep 1991]
    • Miami Herald
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This wonderful film avoids turning stilted or self-important.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A rousing thriller loaded with nifty gimmicks and head-spinning twists. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Inspired comedy springs from the smallest things. [3 Jan 2004]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The irreverent comedy manages to be affectionate, thanks largely to Kaczmarek, who plays the mother with wisdom and sass. [9 Jan 2000]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    The series has some potent black humor and good acting, especially from Nancy Marchand as the mobster's mom and Edie Falco as his wife...But a gangster's midlife crisis is a weak, unpalatable premise for a series. The Sopranos makes an offer you can refuse. [10 Jan 1999, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    Big Day is forced and tiring, although Wendie Malick is a delirious hoot as the bride's pushy mom.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The show echoes everything from Gilligan's Island to King Kong. But the parts have been assembled with a flair that makes Lost a genuinely eerie experience. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Not knowing the characters better and not being able to tell them apart are constant hindrances. Weak on the human dimension, Band of Brothers adds up to a punishing experience. [9 Sept 2001, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The Evidence needs more distinctive twists to stand out in the overpopulated crime lineup.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    Dirt is like a tabloid: The glossy surface lures you in, but there isn't a lot more there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Daring and raw, FX's Rescue Me takes astonishing risks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Richer and more challenging than any new series this fall from broadcasters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    One of the better-assembled new series this fall. The comedy forgoes a laugh track and a studio audience in favor of a wonderfully true-to-life feel and unforced humor. [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    You couldn't wander in at this point and not be lost. Yet here's one series worth catching up with on DVD.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    In the fine supporting cast, Norris' blustery brother-in-law grows increasingly important. Yet it's still Cranston's show--he also directed the season premiere--and it's a landmark performance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Dense, dark and disturbing, the new crime drama requires that attention - total attention - be paid to a bunch of unsavory characters. Many viewers will deem it an offer they can refuse. Yet patience pays major rewards, for EZ Streets holds surprising fascination. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The problem is that it's difficult to get into this series' awkward rhythm as it bounces from comedy to drama. A weak, out-of-place laugh track doesn't help. [22 Sept 1998, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Despite the Palin raves, Fey saves her best for this witty show.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 0 Hal Boedeker
    "Weekend Update" on its worst night isn't this bad.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    A striking, crisply edited show. The raw language, the series' other point of controversy, gives NYPD Blue an authentic flavor. Here is a series about bruised people, seemingly beyond redemption. This is the way they would talk. [21 Sept 1993, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Viewers who find Twin Peaks too weird, thirtysomething too whiny and L.A. Law too slick should look north . . . north to Alaska . . . specifically to tiny Cicely, where Dr. Joel Fleischman resumes his medical practice tonight...But don't worry that Northern Exposure is overly odd. This gently witty show, from the creators of "St. Elsewhere", breaks the rules of television physics: It remains down-to-earth, yet soars. [8 Apr 1991, p.C1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The show ought to be more than a sophomoric aliens-meet-humans smutcom. It should be an advancement on My Favorite Martian and Mork & Mindy. But it's not. [9 Jan 1996]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Wise's acting is the most awesome asset.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    There are few answers in this excellent premiere, but The Nine makes you want to find out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Smith perfected the style on "That '70s Show." This time, he plays a mean judge who holds Sam in contempt. But the evidence suggests that Worst Week is the fall's best new sitcom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Extraterrestrials are communicating through the young. But what do the visitors want? The answer and mankind’s response transform Children of Earth into an epic that should bring Torchwood to a wider audience. (The miniseries, a high point for summer television, will be available on DVD July 28.)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The comedy is diverting enough, but the poignant drama makes Gilmore Girls special. This series may not fit conventional expectations for family drama, but the show succeeds on that turf anyway. Isn't that what television desperately needs: more family programming? [5 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Elfman has the power to bewitch America without wiggling her nose. [24 Sept 1997, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    As Veronica, Bell delightfully plays the clash between sarcasm and sweetness. The actress, who appeared in Deadwood, is one of the most valuable performers this fall. As her struggling detective father, Enrico Colantoni displays more charm than he ever did on Just Shoot Me. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The problem is that the new show makes the original look far better...There isn't enough special yet about this Special Victims Unit. [19 Sept 1999, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    In a season of too many three-child sitcoms, Frasier reminds viewers how good an adult sitcom can be. In its own way, Frasier is a family sitcom, one with meaning for middle-aged children. The father character brings a dark, but not oppressive, tone to the show, and Mahoney offers a performance full of pain and bitter humor. He gives Frasier a weight that other sitcoms, even Cheers, rarely have. [16 Sept 1993, p.G1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The bonanza of off-color dialogue makes Deadwood a hard sell: Who knew the Wild Wild West could be such a joyless place? [21 Mar 2004, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Grey Gardens is thoughtful and swank but ultimately mediocre. Two actresses in top form are required to put this story across.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Whedon's approach is intriguing, and the storytelling refuses to settle for simple heroics...Unfortunately, the drama and acting could be more compelling. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Torchwood enlivens Saturdays, which has become a desert for viewers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The results are mighty ragged in the series opener. The show takes strange shifts in tone, the dialogue isn't campy enough, and the violence grows tiresome.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The series retains its challenging, jumping-through-time storytelling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The epic fantasy series is lavish, violent and often quite nasty. Most crucially, this adaptation of George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" book series is unnecessarily difficult to follow.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Exhausting. With documentary precision and harrowing efficiency, E.R. drops you in the emergency room and leaves you there to squirm. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    The show comes off as too hectic, too cute, too edgy and not especially funny. [2 Oct 2001, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Expert casting deepens this version. Without stars as these youthful Dashwood sisters, the men are on equal footing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    A flashy but derivative medical drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Yet the sitcom from the 3rd Rock From the Sun creators also has imaginative sequences, clever plays on words and wonderful young actors who look their parts. This is one of the most promising new series this fall. [23 Aug 1998, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The makers of High School Musical 2 wanted to avoid repeating themselves. They have succeeded. They have delivered a sequel that is both zanier and more dramatic than the original.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The scattershot humor ranges from perceptive to sophomoric to blah. [6 Feb 2005]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    The results in the season opener aren’t surprising, but they unfold in a satisfying way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    The drama series is well-acted, smoothly produced but surprisingly resistible. Sorkin writes bright dialogue and juggles fast-moving plots, but his White House intrigue and staffers aren't that compelling. [22 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    The production, based on David McCullough's biography, unfolds as a lavish, sometimes stilted history lesson. The private story of the Adams family is more intriguing and fresh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Though slickly photographed, Gideon's Crossing is a rickety star vehicle. Braugher doesn't have much support from the musicians, the writer or the supporting actors. [10 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The Starter Wife isn't seamless or groundbreaking, but Messing and her colleagues deliver stylish goods in a threadbare era for comedy. Good show!
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Parenthood tries to capture the headaches of being a modern parent. Good enough, but it also supplies a sweet brand of aspirin to ease every pain. And at an hour tonight, it's too long. It will probably work better at the half-hour length it will have in future episodes. [20 Aug 1990, p.C1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    You don't have to love football to admire Friday Night Lights.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    An average, unoriginal series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Jason Lee excels as scruffy Earl -- he's a Jed Clampett for the new millennium.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Roswell works so well because writer Jason Katims (My So-Called Life) has a deft touch. He based the show on a series of books by Melinda Metz. He taps into teen angst without going mushy, he writes humor without turning sophomoric, and he arranges tense situations without reaching. [6 Oct 1999, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The whole cast works at a fierce level.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The House-Wilson scenes bristle with edge and anguish. Their interplay builds through the hour to a staggering scene, one of the strongest in the show's history.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Cold and stale...Though sharply staged against New York locales, the show simply offers more of the same. Law & Order creator Dick Wolf came up with a marvelous formula for telling stories, but he's exhausting it. [30 Sept 2001, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Wit and glamour sell this top-quality product.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The risk-taking humor is a refreshing throwback to "All in the Family" and "Maude."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    With Chicago Hope, Kelley demonstrates again that he can create memorable characters quickly and plunge them into arresting situations. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Miami Herald
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    There are limits in good drama, and there's not enough restraint in Queer as Folk...The series' bigger problem, though, is the three main characters fall short of dynamic. The British original of Queer as Folk featured three riveting actors...The American version, which is set in Pittsburgh, offers three handsome actors of lesser skill and versatility. [3 Dec 2000, p.F5]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    What's most irritating about Big Brother 2, even more annoying than its desire to titillate, is its self-importance. These people carry on as if they were locked in a momentous event rather than just a silly game show about 12 strangers struggling to live together in a secluded house for a shot at the grand prize of $500,000. [12 Jul 2001]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The King of Queens isn't master of its time slot yet, but with consistent writing, it could follow in the tradition of The Honeymooners. [20 Sept 1998, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    'Til Death takes predictable, mean-spirited turns, and Garrett acts with off-putting self-satisfaction. His Eddie is no charmer like his bumbling Robert Barone.
    • 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.