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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Leverage: 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Darker and more adult than the campy Buffy, Angel works like a detective series with supernatural overtones: Raymond Chandler meets The X-Files. [5 Oct 1999, p.E1]
    • 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]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    [A] pleasant sitcom ... The bawdy asides sound witty rather than smutty, and the show has been shrewdly assembled. [20 Sep 1998]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Elfman has the power to bewitch America without wiggling her nose. [24 Sept 1997, p.E1]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Few new sitcoms this fall provide more pleasure. Or more identifiable humor. [13 Sep 1996]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Smallville is a brawny beauty in a fall packed with new series that are mostly insipid weaklings. [16 Oct 2001, p.E1]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Abrams directs stunning action scenes, and he develops a shadowy world of long-term potential. Garner manages to keep the show involving in the sillier moments, such as when Sydney dyes her hair loud red and goes off to settle scores single-handedly...Garner plays this conflicted heroine with poignancy and grit. [30 Sept 2001, p.4]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Expert casting deepens this version. Without stars as these youthful Dashwood sisters, the men are on equal footing.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    A sleek whodunit with a superb cast and great promise. [22 Sep 2002]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The overriding strangeness gives way to surprising moments of tenderness. [13 Sep 2003]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Nip/Tuck confirms that FX, after HBO, is presenting the most-adventurous series in cable these days. The surgery to deliver this energetic series has been, all in all, a rousing success.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Heroes offers uneven acting, clunky dialogue and some flat figures.... Yet Heroes overcomes its flaws to present arresting, off-the-wall entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    NBC's arresting Medium, debuting Monday, exploits a creepy premise for a few good shocks. What's more surprising is that the drama excels at tongue-in-cheek humor. [2 Jan 2005]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    A warning: Once hooked, you'll be with the show to the end. [30 May 2006]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The series presents the medical cases in credible style by stressing the patients' humanity and by refusing to shy from grim prognoses.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Boston Legal represents a vast improvement over the final season of The Practice. [1 Oct 2004]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Sleeper Cell moves with more sophistication than most crime dramas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Ealy and Fehr give fierce performances that will keep fans hooked.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    This creepy storytelling carries extra punch because the drama has an excellent, easy-to-root-for cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Of the three [alien invasion series], this CBS series boasts the best light show. It has assembled the strongest cast. Above all, it establishes the most involving story and the one most likely to bring viewers back the following week.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Mamet skillfully balances the men's harrowing missions with their wives' sacrifices on the home front.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Proves that a conventionally made sitcom can still produce laughter.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Louis-Dreyfus reaffirms her talents for playing exasperation and physical awkwardness. Christine stumbles repeatedly, but Louis-Dreyfus soars.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The adult show supplies shocking twists. The tone ranges from passionate to campy to scary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Torchwood enlivens Saturdays, which has become a desert for viewers.
    • 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.)
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Yes, My Boys echoes Sex and the City. But this new series is a pleasant variation on that TV classic. PJ is more down-to-earth and tomboyish than Carrie Bradshaw.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Not since Friends has a comedy been blessed with so many appealing performers matched to sharply drawn characters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Creature Comforts is genuinely good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    This amusing series is likely to leave you smiling rather than guffawing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The opener has been smoothly filmed, but the second episode supplies personal angles that deepen Kidnapped and suggest its potential.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Despite the Palin raves, Fey saves her best for this witty show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The premiere suggests that Bruckheimer has added to his lustrous record in crime: He's guilty of being outrageously entertaining again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    A legal thriller with the depth and structure of an engrossing novel.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The series retains its challenging, jumping-through-time storytelling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Eureka is neither as charming as Northern Exposure nor as sinister as Twin Peaks. Whatever it lacks in originality, Eureka still represents an oasis in this reality-infested summer.
    • 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!
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    With its campy humor, poignant drama and potent scares, Primeval will appeal equally to adults and children.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The Riches has the makings of a bracing, provocative series.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    An appealing cast and a flashy production style bolster familiar material.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The show employs a terrific cast and runs with a promising premise.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The first-rate actors, led by likable Kranz, don't strain in their offbeat roles. Tambor adds another first-rate portrait to his gallery of goofballs. The usually reserved Klein is livelier than ever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Chases, stunts and explosions fill the funny, flashy adventure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The risk-taking humor is a refreshing throwback to "All in the Family" and "Maude."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Wise's acting is the most awesome asset.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    This vivid series puts an ironic spin on nostalgia.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The whole cast works at a fierce level.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Camp Rock is glossy, all right, and should provide a glow for Walt Disney Co.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Shrek the Halls offers enough zany antics and nicely understated sentiment to justify its existence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Stunning opening suggests the potential. It's Baker's show, and he excels. But guest stars impress, too.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The special effects have wacky charm--not surprising for a series based on graphic novels. Yet the dialogue is even more special. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of the novels and the series, gives his characters witty, distinctive things to say.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Dushku plows into her role with gusto. I've seen three episodes of this strange, mesmerizing show, and it has grown on me.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Harper's Island is different, and Agatha Christie probably would approve because it's a bloody good time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Secret Life feels a lot more authentic than many teen dramas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Brilliant acting propels this slight satire about Mary Whitehouse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The filmmakers heighten the intrigue, explore the seedy underworld and portray a murderer's guilt with haunting artistry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Cinema Verite is short (not even 90 minutes), smooth and brisk.
    • 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]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    She rolls through the show with energy and brass, determined to make you look at her. It's an easy sell because she's telling the best jokes on herself. [11 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • 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]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Above all, Arli$$ succeeds because it has a sharp point of view and a subject worth lampooning. It might not be in the same league as The Larry Sanders Show but give it time. It definitely has the look of a winner. [10 Aug 1996, p.E1]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    The results in the season opener aren’t surprising, but they unfold in a satisfying way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    There's reason to hope, especially for Baldwin's bold performance and the cutting dialogue.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Excellent acting compensates for the confusing, far-fetched moments.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Oprah's Big Give overflows with emotion, tears and hugs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Unhitched is not frantic. The actors, led by laid-back Bierko, give appealing performances. If you don't mind a knockoff of Seinfeld, Unhitched could be for you.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Fox's Fringe doesn't feel especially extreme or original. Well-acted and smoothly produced, yes, but not special.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Still, familiarity undermines the updated Fugitive. If you've seen the David Janssen series or the Harrison Ford movie version, you know how the story starts and how it ends. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Mannion is most appealing when he doesn't play the hero. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    "The power of three will set us free," the sisters chant. They are good witches. They just aren't particularly interesting witches. Yet. [7 Oct 1998, p.E1]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Carey is likable enough, but The Drew Carey Show needs polishing if it's going to grow on America. [13 Sep 1995]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Tonight's premiere traffics in strident put-downs before turning sticky. This show with a split personality needs analysis, not reviewing. [4 Mar 1997]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It might not seem new - I kept thinking of The Mary Tyler Moore Show - or consistently inspired, but there are enough reasons to tune in. Or rather, not to tune out this polished, middle-of-the-road comedy. [21 Mar 1995]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Too earnest, talky and hackneyed. [4 Mar 1997]
    • 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]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Comparisons to Top Gun are inevitable, but NBC's JAG flies at lower and more predictable altitudes. This "Midlevel Gun" fires mostly blanks. [23 Sep 1995]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Falls short of The Simpsons in two respects: It isn't especially funny. And the characters aren't that appealing. [28 Mar 1999]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Is Popular cynical or does it have a heart? If it sticks with Rue and Josh, the show might live up to its title. For now, I'd rather go to high school with NBC's "Freaks and Geeks". [29 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • 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]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Like other animated series, Family Guy revels in sending up popular culture. The Simpsons does it with wit and affection. Family Guy prefers shock value. [1 May 2005]
    • 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]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It goes boldly and unapologetically where dozens of series have gone before.... If that's disappointing, the fifth Trek television series still has more going for it than either Deep Space Nine or Voyager did. And yet, Enterprise isn't going to challenge the supremacy of Next Generation or the beloved status of the original series. [26 Sep 2001]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The seventh season of the Fox thriller starts with four hours and some compelling plots....Then the plot twists pile up, and the action scenes can turn preposterous.
    • 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]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The show can induce cringing when Ephram and Andrew engage in overheated squabbling. The nurse patly explains the problem when talking about another family: "When father and son don't get along, it usually means they have everything in common." ... The plot twists fit together too conveniently, but all the actors do well despite the sticky situations. The show's greatest asset is Smith, who makes the son fascinating. [16 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Shalhoub, who's a producer on the show, stamps his character with a wonderful mix of poignancy and humor. [7 July 2002, p.4]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The Tuesday programs are involving for the musical numbers, but the Wednesday installments resort to the lamest tricks to drag out the announcement of who is gone. The contestants' awkward group performances add little to the process and play like the worst of Las Vegas. [4 Sep 2002]
    • 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]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Marcil, an Emmy winner for General Hospital, has the strongest chemistry with Duhamel. They are the bold and the beautiful, but they need stronger writing for Las Vegas to be a winner.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Like "Queer as Folk", this drama about lesbian friends in Los Angeles too often settles for slick melodrama and racy content. Premium cable can offer wonderful freedom, but that's no excuse for resorting to sex scenes with such frequency.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The scattershot humor ranges from perceptive to sophomoric to blah. [6 Feb 2005]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The script doesn't give Gary Sinise a lot of room to maneuver as the glum head investigator. The welcome flashes of lightness in this dark show come from Melina Kanakaredes as Sinise's humane partner. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    What a cast. What a waste. ... Numb3rs doesn't have the humor of CSI, the passion of Without a Trace or the nervy style of Cold Case. [23 Jan 2005]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Watching Braugher, who won an Emmy for Homicide, proves highly satisfying. But there's a big hitch: the maddening show around him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Deliberate pacing muffles the comedy's energy. Stylish animation clashes with coarse language and situations. Would arty photography help a Mel Brooks movie? Not one with a wobbly script.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Another example of a main character being more intriguing than the plots.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Maybe Davis will grow into the role. Perhaps Commander in Chief will develop into something deeper than a smooth, self-satisfied show. For now, the series enjoys one important asset: impeccable timing.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The Evidence needs more distinctive twists to stand out in the overpopulated crime lineup.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Most of the time, Reunion traffics in pained glances, portentous dialogue and life-altering lies. That approach can be addictive, if done with flair. Reunion comes through on that score only sporadically.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The cast is heavenly in The Book of Daniel; the writing isn't.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The drama's murkiness becomes frustrating.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Deschanel exudes a luminous quality that elevates this grim, conventional show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The cast is attractive, the show's look is sleek, the pace is frantic, but Kitchen Confidential isn't especially funny.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The result is so-so King for television: neither a thrill machine like Storm of the Century nor a botch like Kingdom Hospital.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The show's traditional approach explains its appeal as well as its limits.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The sporadically amusing Big Bang Theory needs some fancier moves.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Smith takes many risks for broadcast television -- and reflects fascinating tensions in the medium.... But an old-fashioned concept trips up Smith.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Uneven.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Hidden Palms goes where other series have gone before and suffers in the comparisons. Veronica Mars has told mysteries with more finesse. Twin Peaks was odder with its eerie atmosphere. Dawson's Creek supplied sophisticated teen dialogue with more verve.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Men in Trees lets Heche remind everyone what a versatile, charming actress she can be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Can you enjoy a show without liking the main character? Psych puts that unnecessary challenge to viewers.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    From the premiere, it's hard to gauge this uneven show. It merits several more looks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Television needs a stronger series on the subject, and military families deserve something better.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    State of Mind seems a typical Lifetime series, with a good woman suffering because of a thoughtless man. Yet Taylor gives the show a distinctive kick by tartly conveying confusion and fury.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The madcap action turns repetitive in the premiere.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Without Margulies, the case would be closed for Canterbury's Law. She gives the show a chance. Her biggest challenge will be overcoming the writing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The 1642 scenes look downright silly. There are a lot of flashes of humor, too, and they help spice up this loopy premise.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It is predictable and average, except for the stunning animals. They're ready for more close-ups.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Ultimately, this series diminishes the king.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The show stumbles at maintaining a breezy tone and a professional sheen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Hunter is so good that she may save this erratic show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    This slight but charming comedy, which debuts at 9 p.m. Friday, offers a good cast along with questionable dialogue and a dicey premise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Dynamic Sewell plays brilliance with offbeat flair. The second episode, about 11-year-olds dying of heart attacks, is chilling. [But] the premiere is far-fetched yet predictable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The show is a modern Mad Men, but without the mystery or the allure. Trust Me all too often feels like going to work.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Mohr is too frantic, and Marshall is too harsh, but Ed Begley Jr. delights as a goofy therapist.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Great actors and average, or worse, jokes add up to mediocrity in ABC's Madigan Men. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Selfish Nick finds purpose in life by helping troubled children, and that plot could reverberate in a shaken culture. Yet The Guardian is utterly predictable and suffers for it. [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    Though stylishly directed, Sex and the City isn't especially funny, and it isn't as campy as Melrose Place in its prime. [6 June 1998, p.E1]