For 273 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
Lowest review score: 16 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 273
273 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    A bittersweet valentine, a timely fable about cultural character, Master of None is rich entertainment powered by Ansari’s increasing mastery of his art, his artistic hunger, and the wisdom and skill of his collaborators.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    It's an engrossing meditation on the complexities of redemption.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Dear White People gives you an abundance of characters to care about and entertains with its inspired, hilarious storytelling. Simien keeps and hones the heightened reality style of his film. The meticulous compositions and meta-awareness are reminiscent of the Coen brothers and Spike Lee.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Each season of this anthology drama tells a new story with a new cast, but McConaughey and Harrelson are so good, you immediately begin grieving the prospect of getting only eight episodes with them. [10 Jan 2013, p.67]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Season 4's first three hours make major investments in everyone, especially Gordon, imbuing them all with deeper poignancy. ... Halt and Catch Fire is an urgent story of rehumanization for a cold, wired culture. Plug in now. [18/25 Aug 2017, p.88]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    The show may not click with everyone, but it left me electrified.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Heady satire full of humanity, I Love Dick is lovably challenging. [12 May 2017, p.50]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    It sounds heavy, yet the premiere is as buoyant as it is deep, light as it is layered. It is many things at once, including absolutely fantastic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    The Deuce is an absorbing, resonant chronicle about the evolution of dehumanizing skin trades and the mainstreaming of adult entertainment.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    A season that adds great depths to the bawdiest, wisest relationship comedy that isn't You're the Worst. [28 Apr/5 May 2017, p.101]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Exceptionally clever, cunning satire. [21/28 Aug 2015, p.95]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    A searing, humane drama that succeeds at making urgent, artful pop culture by engaging the world, not looking away from it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    A sprawl of engrossing setup. [4 Apr 2014, p.61]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    It's the riotous rhythms and bold attitude that drive the premiere, and it's fudging hysterical. [15 Apr 2016, p.48]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Killing and sanctioned philandering aside, The Americans’ depiction of marriage is as profound as ever. Other developments augur more potential shift.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    A 21st century thirtysomething for a TV generation that likes a splash of high concept in their shows and isn’t afraid of melodrama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Going deep allows Armisen and Brownstein to really dig in--the duo deserve Emmy attention, IMHO--and enhances, not diminishes, Portlandia's winningly weird shine. [9 Jan 2015, p.74]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Bloom’s ingenious anti-rom-com was one of last year’s best shows. It might be even better this year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    I love how smart and snide Silicon Valley is about ambition, and I love how the show’s actors imbue their geeky cut-outs with winsomely flawed humanity that allows us to care about them even as they undercut each other and themselves in their pursuit of success and significance.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    I didn't think Better Things could get any better. It's thrilling to be wrong. [15 Sep 2017, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    It's rich with beautifully crafted scenes that capture the distance, anger, and confusion of a fragmenting family and souls in flux. [10/17 Jul 2015, p.101]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    You won't want to watch this, Yes, it will wreck you. But you'll be grateful you let it. [8 Nov 2013, p.61]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    [Issa Rae's] show is even more assured in the second season. ... As an actress, Rae is a marvel. [21/28 Jul 2017, p.106]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Bright Lights is one last home movie for the both of them, more honest and complete in the telling.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Neither fully a comedy nor a drama, Transparent is simply transcendent. [19/26 Sep 2014, p.123]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Hawley, who wrote and directed the premiere, crafts a cool, taut, precisely styled hour of darkly comic neo-noir that stands in contrast to the delirious, subjective sensationalism of his other show, Legion. ... The cast is superb.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    New Girl stokes comeback hopes with an inspired season 4 premiere.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Every story in this constantly evolving season is a gripping winner. [10 Mar 2017, p.58]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Slowly, a smartly constructed epic is taking shape.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    An enthralling recollection of a tragic mess with a long legacy, The People v. O.J. Simpson fits our moment like a glove.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Fresh reporting and candid interviews make the trial newly compelling and illuminate its outcome. But it's the lesser-known players, including jurors and marketing agents, who provide provocative insights into the tragic saga of compounding historical injustices that implicate all of American culture. [3/10 June 2016, p.100]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Hannibal captures your imagination with the prospect of Graham using his imagination to figure a way out. [28 Feb 2014, p.65]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    A propulsive, plot-driven narrative and performances remarkable for their emotional depth and physicality keep you constantly engaged. A strong imagination for the slave experience—their ambivalence about the Revolutionary War; their attitudes about love, family, religion—yields dramatic richness and cultivates great empathy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The depth of Westworld lies not in asking questions about memory, free will, and what makes us human, but in whether we can become more human than what we let ourselves to be, whether our stories can be richer and more meaningful than what the culture allows.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Cosmos captures the imagination anew by celebrating imagination itself as an essential tool for a deeper, more truthful understanding of life. [7 Mar 2014, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    In telling an increasingly engrossing, constantly evolving story about a wild election that pits stability against change, age versus youth, House of Cards spins a yarn that’s as much about its own durability and surprising dynamism than anything else.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    MasterChef Junior exults in the joy of cooking, the joy of childhood, and the joy of treating people decently.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Season 3 of Orange might be a slow peel with some sour bites, but its overwhelming richness reaffirms its standing as one of television’s ripest, zestiest shows.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    If Team Forte can sustain the ingenuity, surprises, and craftsmanship, The Last Man on Earth, a profoundly funny comedy about the least funny of things--loneliness--might live long and prosper.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The Keepers is addictive serial made for the post-Serial market. ... White’s narrative is a nesting doll of colorful characters giving way to more colorful characters--stories inside stories, mysteries within mysteries.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The always imperiled, always plucky Baudelaire children are well cast, and everything works to create a resonant saga about heroism in a world made mad and near meaningless by adult mismanagement. [13 Jan 2017, p.56]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The sharply scripted, crisply directed premiere hooks you with twists and turns, and Anderson and Sasse are crazy appealing. [7 Oct 2016, p.51]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Season 2 is just as brainy and twisty and kinky [as season 1], and it ratchets up the suspense by making the threats to our "heroes" even more personal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The briskly paced humor is delightfully irreverent, taking aim at PC posturing and entitlements of all kinds.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Season 2 shows every sign of being as inspired and resonant as season 1.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The Game is next-level entertainment, courtesy of smart scripts and a cast of finely drawn characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The story ages Jamie and Claire, so when they reunite after a deliciously agonizing buildup (marked by some inspired humor), the rapture is both emotional and spiritual. In season 3, Outlander, TV’s best romance, soars by making you fall in love with it all over again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The season is peppered with great cameos and supporting players, but elevating and humanizing it all is a magnificent performance by Shawkat. She turns Dory into a funny, affecting, even profound cautionary tale about finding meaning in someone else’s life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    [An] edgy gem. [13 Nov 2015, p.55]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    A megawatt start to a show crackling with megaton ambition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    [Strong and Daniels} oversee the pilot with an unfussy style and attentiveness to nuanced characterizations. I hope they have enough imagination to nurture an ongoing series without pulling punches ... or going soap opera cray-cray.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Bateman's commanding performance powers a gripping, twisty, sometimes spotty yarn that plays like Breaking Bad in reverse, a darkly comic deconstruction of antihero fantasy about a man flailing to rediscover the value of human life. [21/28 July 2017, p.108]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The dialogue is, as always, ribald and inspired. [10 Apr 2015, p.59]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    These powerfully acted investigations drive a narrative that meticulously tracks the procedures, language, and culture of the actors’ work. In doing so, The Night Of produces endless richness and sobering meanings about the degrading cost of a flawed justice system.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Hannibal takes our own fixation on psycho-pop and serves it back to us in a dish full of flavor. Bon appétit, horror freaks.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    There's no romance of evil here, only soul-killing despair, yet you find yourself deeply invested in Ciro's survival and wishing for a glimmer of hope in a world devoid of it. [19/26 Aug 2016 p.100]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Some might want a quicker pace from American Gods. Yo, po-mo Clash of the Titans, gets to the clashing! But I was consistently engrossed. The characters, the concept, the deeply considered filmmaking captured my imagination.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Nothing is perfect, but the wise whimsy of The Good Place comes close.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    You wish The 100 had budget, time and talent to produce grander verisimilitude. Still, the vision shines through, and the cast works hard to serve increasingly complex characters and relationships.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    A riveting existential mystery. [22 Jan 2016, p.66]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    A clever fable of heroic renewal, The Night Manager gives us a redemptive journey into a heart of darkness and a portrait of a genre mired in shadow pining for daylight.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Now in its third season, Hannibal remains the most engrossing (and gross) serial-killer drama on television, and the most beautiful. Here, the acid never stops kicking in.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    It’s a powerful expression of his [Aziz Ansari's] perspective and range--and one of 2015’s best shows.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    An electroshock of striking originality, Legion seizes your imagination by blowing your mind and captures the high anxiety of reality-blur America. [Feb 3/10 2017, p.96]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The British import--which wraps its third season under writer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) on May 18--remains a riot of witty weirdness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Gritty-smart horror that nicely complements BBC America's sci-fi sensation Orphan Black. [9 May 2014, p.57]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    “We need a chance to fail,” says Earn, bemoaning a one-chance (or no-chance), perfection-or-bust culture. Atlanta--a triumph of risk taking by its network and creator--moves you with this truth and others.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    What makes it just plain good is the escapist fun of a romance told uncommonly well.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The result is formulaic but fun. [25 Jul/1 Aug 2014, p.105]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    If you're thinking about how long it'll be before this joke gets old, then you are not alone. Until then, Drunk History is a high-concept riot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Just when you worry the show is a pageant of ugly cliches about female rivalry, it gives you a poignant, nuanced scene to deepen the whole. ... Big Little Lies invests you in mysteries and the renewal and re-liberation of its women. Hopefully it can transcend to big little truths, too. [17 Feb 2017, p.50]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    If Enos and Krause can keep things fresh and frisky--and the writers can sustain the premise--The Catch could be quite fetching. [25 Apr 2016, p.57]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life feels like a summary statement about the characters and their relationship to each other, even as it ends on a note that says nothing ever ends or fully resolves, not really.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    While short of magical, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is nonetheless an enjoyable enchantment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    It vibrates with big-picture vision and has smart fun with its premise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The dramedy's first season is alternately nuanced and maudlin, wise and sentimental. You can pick-pick-pick at it--too many metaphors, easy foils, and musical montages--but the whole is greater than the parts, and builds to a reflective, stirring conclusion that is mostly earned.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    This duplication of season 1’s structure includes slow-burning supporting clones Cosima and Alison and makes them relevant to Sarah’s work, but subplot is at a minimum. Cloning the past to supercharge the present? That’s very clever, Orphan Black. For now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    iZombie injects fresh life into the increasingly staid genre of supernatural TV. [20/27 Mar 2015, p.87]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The winsome, witty season 7 premiere proved anew that that unlike Eli, it doesn’t resent the challenge of proving itself; it thrives on it. Yes, the show is repeating itself. Once again with an election. Once again with launching a new practice. Once again with the Alicia/Peter happy marriage fakery. Yet there’s meaning in those narratives and repeating those narratives.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Not even a guilty pleasure, Black Sails is arrrrrr-estingly good. [24 Jan 2014, p.65]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Fortunately, you don't have to take the former SNL star too seriously to roll with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a sitcom from the producers of Parks and Recreation that smartly pokes at police-show tropes and creates a promising comedy playground where the Motherlovin' jester can cut loose.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Fresh blood and sharp ideas make for delicious, smart-pulp fangoria. [22/29 Apr 2016, p.105]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The storytelling immediately recharges the Raylan vs. Boyd conflict.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Sutherland is incredibly appealing and credible in a change-of-pace role. The supporting players are well cast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Where season 1 spanned 10 years, season 2 captures Escobar's last days on the loose. Each tightly packed episode moves quickly without sacrificing richness, chronicling the uneasy alliances and gross tactics employed to Snare Escobar. [2 Sept 2016, p.48]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The sophomore-season premiere shows no signs of slumping.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Dead's latest new showrunner, Scott Gimple, carefully attends to the vast supporting cast, but the premiere doesn't skimp on the splatter or tragedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The scattered storylines initially baffles, but mounting revelations and charming crazy will turn your bewildered "What the heck is going on?" into curious and invested "Where the hell is this going?" [29 Jan/5 Feb 2016, p.103]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The sharp, witty season 2 premiere has crime solving revenant Liv Moore learning to live free of self-pitying cynicism. [9 Oct 2015]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Crudup makes the most of his unconventional cuckold, letting you see how the unexamined privilege of this easy, breezy good guy enables Jean. The surrounding characters lack similar depth, and I wish there were more invention in the filmmaking. Still, Watts has enough shine to make Gypsy a wandering, adventurous character-study worth following.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The images are sharper and more inspired, the dialogue is wittier, and the pace is breezier than the usual Marvel-Netflix escapade. Kudos to showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez--the team behind the disappointing second season of Daredevil--for upping their own game, honoring the best parts of every series, and elevating the franchise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Here and now, The Blacklist is top-of-the-list escapism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Orphan Black has much on its mind, and maybe too much going on. But it knows to play to its amazing strengths--most of which are named Maslany.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Looking's naturalism, resonant sexual themes, and winsome performances lead to wise, appealing entertainment that can get even better and more real the deeper the show digs into its characters. [17 Jan 2014, p.63]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    It’s serious-minded sci-fi that’s stylish and strange and soulful, and only grows more rewarding over time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Quality performances and tender direction save When We Rise from perhaps its most glaring executional weakness, explain-y dialogue that’s beholden to teaching history and expressing policy debates.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Watching these two friends bond anew--and meeting a more empathetic. vulnerable Holmes--makes for warm and witty fun. [17 Jan 2014, p.61]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Patriot's quirkfest requires patience, but rewards your allegiance over time. [24 Feb/3 Mar 2017, p.91]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    A bright dumb comedy for stupid-gloomy times. [24 Feb/3 Mar 2017, p.93]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The British crime drama's second season immediately reconnects you with everything emotionally riveting about the first one, the raw performances by Olivia Coleman as Ellie Miller; the gruff turn by David Tennant as Det. Alec Hardy; an array of supporting players bringing to life a complex portrait of collective grief.... Cause for worry: the setup for the second mystery, about a case from Hardy's past, clunks. [6 Mar 2015, p.75]
    • Entertainment Weekly

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