For 684 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hank Stuever's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Big Little Lies: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Blood & Oil: Season 1
Score distribution:
684 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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