For 744 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hank Stuever's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Night Of: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Super Fun Night: Season 1
Score distribution:
744 tv reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    This is a long way from a half-hour sitcom about a dysthymic guy comedian and his everyday nuisances. It’s good to see that Louie intends to keep pressing our limits.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    [A] magnificent and effectively haunting 10-episode series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Well, they only had to remake a jillion TV shows from yesteryear to finally get one exactly, perfectly right. Not only is Netflix’s reimagined “One Day at a Time” a joy to watch, it’s also the first time in many years that a multicamera sitcom (the kind filmed on a set with studio-audience laughter) has seemed so instinctively comfortable in its own skin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    The series is so exquisitely conceived and structured--and so remarkably acted by a top-notch cast that includes two of Hollywood’s most resolute performers, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon--that the soapy layer quickly rinses away in the first episode. What remains is a deeply absorbing, highly addictive murder mystery matched with a carefully considered psychological work-up of an elite community.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Game of Thrones is like no other TV show around right now--brilliant, exasperating, enthralling, and, if you let it become so, hard work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    In certain episodes and scenes, Feud feels like Murphy’s masterwork, combining his fervor for showmanship and irony with his insistence on of-the-moment relevance.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Watching this season’s first three episodes, one is struck by how sumptuously far this epic now spreads.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    The first four episodes of Season 3 of The Americans, which returns Wednesday night on FX, are just as absorbing and dark and impeccably realized as what we saw in Season 2.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    It’s brilliant. HBO’s Show Me a Hero is a subtle and deeply effective melding of art and conscience; from its writing and narrative pace to its outstanding performances (particularly that of its star, Oscar Isaac) the miniseries locates a seldom-found sweet spot between storytelling and moralism.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    It is nothing short of a towering achievement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    In Jenji Kohan’s magnificent and thoroughly engrossing new series, Orange Is the New Black, prison is still the pits. But it is also filled with the entire range of human emotion and stories, all of which are brought vividly to life in a world where a stick of gum could ignite either a romance or a death threat.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    This is good, strong procedural television that respects the art form and commands our attention.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Astounding and sobering. ... It clocks in at 18 hours--a length as daunting as its subject, yet worth every single minute of your time. I’ll go so far as to call it required viewing, before you watch anything else on TV that will come (and probably go) this fall season.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    The characters get better and more complex, the story builds, strange things start to happen and now I can’t wait to see how its interweaving plots unfold.... It’s rare that a show can intuit what the viewer wants and deliver it, but that’s precisely what happened.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    There also aren’t many words left to describe why Veep keeps working as well it does.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    n terms of character and ambitious writing and acting, Orange Is the New Black is certainly one of the best shows going, however you choose to watch it
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    The episodes surf hypnotically along, succeeding less on thematic concerns and more on Atlanta’s unerring knack for portraiture. The show introduces us to its world and its inhabitants without declaring its intent in every other scene.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Creator Vince Gilligan's much-lauded meth lab saga Breaking Bad, which is back for what looks to be another superior season Sunday night on AMC, is one of those shows that comes from such a dark hole of the American cultural psyche that you sometimes have to wonder how it ever made it on TV.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    It is intelligent, witty, quick-paced and surprising; it is tragic without being emotionally devastating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    There’s more to talk about here than the mystery of gender and relationships. Transparent is the best show we have right now about personal identity--of any and all human kinds.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    It joins "Planet Earth" and "Life" to reign as a triumvirate in Best Buy showrooms. Nothing looks better, sounds better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Catastrophe is here and gone in six episodes, but it leaves you spent, satisfied and pleasantly skeeved out, the way the best modern comedy shows do.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    It’s among the best detective shows--and perhaps even among the best dramas--in several years. It will break your heart and keep you guessing all the way through.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    what else can I do but yap excitedly and try to get you to watch one of the best shows on TV right now? The first four episodes of the new season will not disappoint fans.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Nashville never strays too far from its real story--the ups and downs of glitzy stardom, with Britton and Panettiere performing their own vocals.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    The cast is marvelous, the gritty, post-war set pieces are meticulously recreated and, even with all the warm-water enemas and splattered afterbirth, the story always has its eye on uplift and good cheer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Veep works because it is a compact ensemble comedy, filled with the sort of overheard details and wonk verisimilitude that has a way of making the show seem just real enough, even when it has played coy about whether its lead character is a Democrat or a Republican. In that way, it stands far apart from much of what passes for political comedy these days.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Consistently superb. ... Transparent furthering its proud and frank exploration of how being transgender might closely and eerily mirror the outsider experience of being an American Jew.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    It doesn’t matter if you know precisely where this story leads (whose head goes to which chopping block), Wolf Hall is about as compellingly and meticulously crafted as television gets.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Quarry’s knack for conveying moral ambiguity and its mastery of setting reminds me of another very good show that took forever to catch on; it was about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher in Albuquerque who started cooking meth to make money.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    As FX’s gripping, magnificent Cold War drama The Americans jumps into its fourth season Wednesday night with its usual hypertension, its makers are always quick to remind us that their show is first and foremost about a marriage.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Once Upon a Time is a smartly-crafted reward for fans of light fantasy, with the right mix of cleverness, action and romance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Though imbued with epic sweep, Hell on Wheels is a western at heart, even if that heart is cold.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    The Honorable Woman is a slow-building but gripping story, regardless of where you stand on Mideast politics; Gyllenhaal delivers a remarkably measured and moving performance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    A refreshingly taut and well-executed futuristic sci-fi series about a group of 100 jailed juvenile delinquents who are banished from an orbiting space-station colony and sent to live on Earth--97 years after a nuclear apocalypse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Greenleaf never once forgets that it is first and foremost a television show--and a soapy-sudsy one at that. But it is also an impeccably written and often beautifully envisioned family drama, reflecting a level of care and authenticity rarely seen in fictional stories about church life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Viewers will notice how skillfully Prime Suspect: Tennison reflects modern issues--such as workplace gender equity and police brutality--within a story that’s set 44 years ago. It has a subtle but effective sense of relevance that so many post-“Mad Men” dramas set in the ’70s and ’80s attempt but so often fumble.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Snowfall is lean, mean and precise. Though it fictionalizes and chronicles a depressing (and violent) American crisis, it belongs on everyone’s must-watch list this summer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    [A] funny, highly profane but surprisingly poignant dramedy (originally a stage play) about a sexually compulsive woman in London.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Insecure is simple, funny and authentic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Everything about The Mindy Project is so very Kaling and happily spot-on, starting with the strength of the jokes and dialogue.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    A particularly taut and well-structured pilot episode lays out McCord’s essential struggles, while Leoni delivers a calm, cool and wry performance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    With a “Homeland”-style mastery of momentum and a “Traffic”-esque multi-narrative premise, Odyssey passes the biggest test of all when it comes to trying out new TV shows in today’s glut of offerings: As soon as the first episode was over, I was eager to see more.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Transparent is the best streaming-network pilot since Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Supergirl is a cheerful and spot-on adaptation, skillfully accomplishing the difficult task of making a corny comic-book story seem not only believable but also welcoming to those who’ve tired (or never enjoyed) the genre.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    What makes Homeland rise above other post-9/11 dramas is Danes's stellar performance as Carrie--easily this season's strongest female character, who is also hiding some personal secrets of her own. The latter half of the first episode is exhilarating. I'm hooked.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Virgin Territory isn’t lurid or easily embarrassed. That’s (sometimes) the wonderful thing about this social-network generation: They’ll talk openly about anything, everything.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    The Roosevelts delivers on its subtitle, drawing such a full and close portrait of the extended clan and their social and political circles that a viewer can’t help but feel connected to them, faults and all.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    With remarkable turnaround, the Kings and their collaborators have delivered a spinoff drama, The Good Fight, which, in its first two episodes, proves to be a more-than-worthy successor, with the potential to surpass the original. That’s the good news.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Absorbing and deeply inspiring.... The film ably transitions to and from its parallel stories of uplift and defeat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Despite the pace, the show is a chilling, challenging and visually stunning piece of work.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    The People v. O.J. Simpson isn’t flawless, and it probably won’t stand up to the sort of factual scrutiny that still swirls around its subject matter, but it is ambitiously imagined, surprisingly responsible and practically unerring in tone and pace.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Watching UnReal so ably slice up and serve all this topical relevance can be exhilarating--and also exhausting. Season 2 affirms that the series is not merely a fine and nasty piece of entertainment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    It’s an instantly engrossing show, made more tense by Sedgwick’s all-in performance of a woman losing a precarious grip on things.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Quietly mesmerizing adaptation of her [Margaret Atwood's] 1996 novel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    A powerful and unforgettably thorough HBO documentary, is not only an exploration of what happened (difficult questions linger, particularly about the response of the town’s police to the initial 911 call), it also invites a frank and remarkably even-handed discussion of what sort of punishment could ever fit the crime.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Without ever being too on-the-nose, Insecure has something to tell its audience about the lived experience of seeking life and career successes while black.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    It’s a gloriously thoughtful wallow in the subtle and sometimes even insecure ways that families and friends relate to one another.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Sadness and dread have settled in, handled with the same skill with which Catastrophe subverted the notion of a love story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    American Crime is an intentionally exasperating viewing experience; sooner or later, every character does something that’s just flat-out wrong. And yet I can’t remember the last time a network drama had my rapt attention and respect on this many levels at once.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    What at first seemed like another excuse to make fun of nerds and techie office culture instead revealed itself to be a near-perfect example of social satire.... Suzanne Cryer joins the cast as Laurie Bream, a robotically unemotional VC fund manager who steps into the void Peter Gregory left behind. She’s funny, but the show invests more energy and time in adding yet another brash boy-billionaire narcissist (Chris Diamantopoulos).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    There’s something almost revolutionary about the complex and utterly human teenagers that Ridley has conceived here and that his young actors bring to life. This season will get right under the skin of parents who worry too much (or not enough) about their kids.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Deliberately or not, the show throttles back on the experimental narrative arcs; fans of the early seasons might be relieved to see Louie is once again mostly about a single father and stand-up comedian and some of the people he knows.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Though its central mystery may feel old hat to aficionados of the genre, The Missing seems to have a deep respect for its audience. Its red herrings are few and its emphasis on people and their feelings help elevate the series to another level.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Watch Mr. Robot simply for its beguiling oddness, personified in Malek’s outstanding, trip-wired lead performance. ... Mr. Robot asks an entire generation of harried and hurried viewers to pay attention, think about it and, most of all, wallow in it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    The only complaint one could muster about Fargo this time is that it spreads itself on too thickly in the first two episodes. In moments that count, the show can seem more interested in style than substance. Season 2 also introduces so many characters (played by equally strong actors, including Ted Danson as Trooper Solverson’s father-in-law, Hank; Cristin Milioti as Solverson’s wife, Betsy; and Nick Offerman as Karl, Luverne’s most conspiracy-minded lawyer--to name a few) and so many fascinating threads at once that it threatens to collapse under its own weight. The intricacies do begin to cohere by Episode 4.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    As television, Girls is disturbing, sharply honed and even wickedly funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Thanks to Louis-Dreyfus, and the show's remarkable knack for dialogue and timing, Veep is instantly engaging and outrageously fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    It’s a compelling but also consistently depressing series, and, in its lack of gloss, unlike anything else on the prime time schedule. It’s not going to help matters that this season has exchanged some of American Crime’s clarity for more cloudiness, which I’m sure is Ridley’s intent.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    The first four episodes of this new season are among the series’ best.... Network trauma dramas come and go--and with them a lot of serious doctors and nurses and miserable patients--but rarely do we see a show that understands life in a hospital as well as Getting On did.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    By the third episode, Fargo confidently stretches in a direction that is uniquely satisfying.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Enlightened comes through with a triumphant eight-episode arc that broadens its characters, quickens the pace and finishes strong.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Boardwalk Empire is doing what I wish Prohibition had done--it's tempting me to stick around for one more.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    In other hands, I Love Dick could be too much to take, but Gubbins, Soloway and the show’s writers are satisfyingly skeptical of intellectualism, art, the Marfa milieu and the self-absorption that consumes their characters. The show can be quite instructive on the basics of art theory and gender studies, but, at the same time, it also works as a sendup of people susceptible to their own B.S.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Whatever reservations I had about Season 1 were eliminated after watching the first two of the new episodes, which add the perspectives of Helen and Cole.... Adding Helen and Cole also lifts The Affair to a new level by showcasing Tierney’s and Jackson’s considerable talents. Both deliver exquisite variations on heartbreak.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Community stands on its own intangible excellence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    If the point is to spare no expense in attempting to make a flawless, fascinating premium cable narrative about a set of people--mostly men with enormous egos--who have extreme and often criminal problems in a glamorous period setting, then this is precisely what HBO has accomplished--again.... Through characters like Devon, Jamie and Lester, Vinyl has very thoughtfully dotted its i’s and crossed its t’s in terms of diversity, but testosterone is still clearly HBO’s most addictive (and preferred) substance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    It’s a precise, sharply executed sendup of the high-tech, billionaire-making culture and economy of Facebook/Google/Apple/Amazon/Yahoo that has infiltrated (“disrupted,” as they say) contemporary life. Better still, Silicon Valley is also here to make you laugh.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Hauntingly effective.... Going Clear’s only small problem is how much of Wright’s book it tries to cram into two hours.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    [An] endearingly ribald six-episode dramedy import from British TV.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Elliot may just be another of TV’s millennial hackers-in-hoodies, but Malek’s subtle yet strong performance indicates that there is something wounded and believable about this kid, drawing out the viewer’s sympathies--and suspicions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Divorce struggles at first with tone, leavened somewhat by comically absurd supporting characters (including “Saturday Night Live” alum Molly Shannon as a friend of Frances’s who pulls a gun on her own husband during a 50th birthday party). ... Divorce is best when it sticks to its title.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The common thread, of course, is the marijuana, which neither increases nor decreases the happiness in its users; it’s simply another form of brief release from the human condition, which High Maintenance portrays with subtly observed skill.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Wile I’d like to see another few episodes to make sure, there’s something comfortably gooey right away about This Is Us, reminding us once more that amid all the high-functioning detectives, emergency-rescue personnel and secret-agent superheroes covered in cryptic tattoos, there are very few network dramas aimed at viewers who are simply interested in everyday people and how they feel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    This is a TV show in an admirably old-fashioned sense of the word, with a tight, action-packed pilot episode that is casually fun and intriguingly executed. There’s also a thought-provoking science-fiction premise that doesn’t clumsily reach for the profoundly metaphorical.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Elementary exhibits enough stylish wit in its mood and look to quickly distinguish itself from the latest British "Sherlock" series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The instant the duct tape is ripped off his mouth by his captors, a certain Saul-ness kicks in and Odenkirk’s talent is on full display as Jimmy delivers a pleading, philosophical monologue on--among other things--the awful nature of revenge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Judging only the pilot episode, the banter between them (Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel) can be fun and Gilligan’s influence lends a nice, creepy sheen to the notion that menace lurks anywhere, even (or especially?) in the upper Midwest.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Gotham respectfully riffs on the DC canon, but it’s a whole lot better when it experiments with--and even subverts--the oft-trod territory of Batworld.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Bartha and Rannells's characters display yin/yang neuroses that keep their characters interesting, but as Goldie, the would-be surrogate, Georgia King is unfortunately bland.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Depending on how far it’s willing to press and poke at the issues it raises, Black-ish displays a welcoming sense of humor that might be illuminating in the present context.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The cast is a sturdy gang of seasoned pros (it’s particularly pleasing to see Wiest in a comedy). And though they’ve probably got nothing new under the sun to tell us about family dynamics, sentimental moments and delicate rites of passage, they seem like nice people to have around for a few laughs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Something about this show just works from the crisply polished start, using a premise that is squarely within one of CBS’s favorite wheelhouses--the edgy hero who is gifted with extraordinary mental powers that he or she directs to the purpose of solving crime.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Cristela resembles past attempts to graft multiculturalism onto the vanilla-fied vapidness of the American sitcom format. But Cristela wins the day with its easygoing attitude and superbly smooth cast. Alonzo has a bite to her wit that is reminiscent of the earliest, best days of “Roseanne.”
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    “House” comparisons will surely abound, but Rake is easily one of the more confident network dramas to come our way of late.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Bring your 80-cents-on-the-dollar outrage here, for an entertainingly upright tale of the fight for equality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The cast is terrific, and some of the lines are screamingly funny, but there’s also an empathetic, moral undercurrent to the story--the usual cautionary tale about having all your dreams come true.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The writing is breezy and the cast seems to be having fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Home Fires is noticeably cheesy in parts (feel free to enhance your fun by supplying arch commentary to the dialogue), but it’s also easily absorbing. Also, for those paying close attention, the series is a contextually and satisfyingly feminist take on war.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Although the writing and storytelling in first episode (which Amazon first shared with its Prime customers earlier this year) come off a little clumsily, overall it’s a fascinating launch for an espionage series. The Man in the High Castle is also expertly and realistically imagined.

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