Jonathan Storm

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For 361 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Storm's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Hawaii: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 361
361 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    Rescue Me burns with authenticity, rising from the newly cluttered landscape of summer TV programming to become the No. 1 must-see. [21 July 2004, p.F01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    Among the most stimulating and entertaining series of the last 10 years and far and away the best new network show of the 1992-93 season.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    The [first episode], along with two other episodes sent to critics, dispels any of last year's feeling that The Sopranos was losing a little steam. They demonstrate a constant ability to surprise. [4 Mar 2001]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    In so many ways, it's as good as television gets.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    The Pacific groans with technically preposterous battle scenes, but it is the minute behavior of ordinary men both in and after those extraordinary circumstances that takes your breath away and helps put The Pacific in a class of its own among war movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    The best new TV show of the 2006-07 season.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    Foul-mouthed, violent and potentially depressing with its unvarnished characters, The Shield also shocks your heart with pounding action and tickles your brain by presenting a cops-and-robbers world where almost everyone is at least morally ambiguous, at worst corrupt. [12 Mar 2002]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    It's no lie to say you don't get this sort of stylish and challenging stuff very frequently on TV, adult subject matter treated maturely in a series that makes you squirm and think.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    Poignant, provocative, insightful, thoughtful, penetrating, compelling, illuminating, surprising, literate, stimulating, inspiring, profound, visually impressive and sublimely entertaining. [25 Aug 1994, p.E01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    One of the best comedies in years.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    TV's best sitcom. [3 Jan 2004]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    The best that the new season has to offer, an elegantly written, splendidly acted, spiritual and moving family drama. [25 Sept 2003, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    Boston Med operates at the edges of real life in a way scripted shows can only approach. It is the single must-see broadcast-TV show of the summer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    A wonderfully complex drama, with plenty of sly humor, that showcases slick performances from its two stars, and magically straddles the parallel universes of film noir and high school high jinks, while generously tossing out amusing asides. [22 Sept 2004, p.D1]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    The perfect marriage of television and literature.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    With the tormented Luther, it's sometimes tough even to identify who is the cat and who is the mouse. Writing and acting come together to produce characters, more than stories, who are powerful, surprising, ambiguous, and all that other stuff.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    Murder One is, hands down, the season's best new series. Others may be scarier or funnier, but tonight's pilot demonstrates that Murder One is an intense expression of television art.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Storm
    [A] brilliant, layered cops-and-robbers series -- the best since NYPD Blue. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, whose pilot is the first feature-length film made in Botswana--a movie that starts off one of the most glowingly original, kindhearted, and genuinely engaging TV series of this fading decade.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    The best sitcom this year, and one of the best in a lot of years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    The monumental production is worth bragging about.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    It's trying too hard, a rare and forgivable occurrence on TV. Still, the characters are crackerjack, the dialogue frequently poetic. [10 Oct 2000, p.E01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    The sweetest, funniest and most original family sitcom that has come to TV in a long time. [6 Jan 2000]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    The song and dance spills over everywhere, even onto the football field, in this season's best new TV show, Glee.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    The best traditional sitcom to arrive on the tube since "Everybody Loves Raymond." Perfectly cast, sharply written. [22 Sept 2003, p.E06]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    By opening up the drug world, transforming political constructs into complex, fascinating human beings as lovable (and hateful) as you and me, The Corner does compelling public service. It should be required viewing for public officials. [16 Apr 2000, p.101]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    This sparkling saga of an extended dysfunctional family has more laughs than regular characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    Justified itself stays on target all the time, too, an instant entrant in the best-new-show sweepstakes in a TV season that already has several solid candidates.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    Angel is more straight-ahead action than Buffy, but it is a spin-off that twirls terrificly. Plunked behind Buffy, it completes the most joyously entertaining two hours on television. [5 Oct 1999, p.E01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    NewsRadio is, like Murphy Brown, a slightly sophisticated (it is television, after all) ensemble comedy set in the newsroom, in which each character blends a healthy portion of absurdity with a strong slice of reality. But NewsRadio is better than Murphy Brown ever was. [21 Mar 1995]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    More than any of Burns' documentaries except The Civil War, Prohibition provides viewers with a real feel for the times as well as new and surprising information.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    Amy Brenneman, as Licalsi, is the dark-haired, more visceral contrast to Kelly's wife, Laura, played by Sherry Stringfield. Both women add depth to the drama, as do James McDaniel as the precinct commander, Nicholas Turturro as the new kid in the cop shop and Tom Towles as the guy from the Organized Crime Squad.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    An immensely satisfying - and immensely complicated - police drama. [31 May 2003]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    Another heart-stopping adventure show from "Alias"'s J.J. Abrams...Lost undertakes the ambitious assignment of developing 14 characters, including the usual tough guys and brave gals, as well as a rotund, lovable dolt, a 9-year-old boy, and a Korean couple who don't speak English, all suddenly thrust together to fight for survival. If anybody can meet the challenge, it's Abrams. [22 Sept 2004, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    This season's best new show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    The Amazing Race... looks like The West Wing of reality, the first of the descendants of Survivor that may outshine its parent. [2 Sep 2001]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    One of the best new series of the season. [30 Sept 2001, p.H01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    One of the best new series this fall. [2 Oct 2001, p.C04]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    It's a touching, funny, lively show that really does appeal to all ages.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    The Killing is also the least prepossessing, an eerily quiet, yet compelling and complex, tale of the way the murder of a teenager affects the lives of many people.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    One of the silliest, most lovable TV shows in years. [8 Nov 2001, p.E04]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    It's difficult to take your eyes off the screen, not just because it depicts events that are at once moving and puzzling, but also because the pictures themselves are visually commanding. [13 Sep 2003]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    This may be one of the most beautifully crafted and original TV shows ever to get fall consideration on a big network.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Storm
    In the hands of executive producer Judd Apatow, late of Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared is sublimely kindhearted and funny. [25 Sept 2001, p.C03]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Let's get this straight. Everybody Hates Chris is not the Second Coming. But it is one of the season's best new series.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It may not be a creative breakthrough, but it's lots funnier than the universal equation would predict.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Of course she cracks the fascinating weekly case, but it will be her continued efforts to make it again in the world of work, now that she's so old and doddering, and deal with her family, that will make The Good Wife worth watching week after week.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Falling Skies generates its own excitement, very much worth the ride, like Lost and Jericho, to watch characters develop as they struggle under confusing and life-threatening circumstances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Danza's charges come alive in all their teenage complexity, and an actor best known as a doofus with a Brooklyn accent displays deep sensitivity while trying to navigate the intricacies of one really challenging job.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Cane, at 10 p.m., stars ever-hunky Jimmy Smits and a huge cast that ranges from a 12-year-old to Hector Elizondo and Rita Moreno, in a tale of--what else?--lust, money, romance and family intrigue. We've seen it all before, but never this appealingly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    American Horror Story may not rank that high on a TV list, but fans of this kind of thing will want to chop themselves in half, strangle in a bathtub, and slit their throats--just to name a few of the things that happen in the first two episodes--if they miss it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The laughs, as they should, come fast and hard from the characters, somehow likable in their social ineptitude. But if you can't see the situations - irreverent barely begins to describe them - as absurd, you might not have a lot of fun. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Worst Week is a dandy confection, as slight and silly and flat-out hilarious as anything that's come along on TV in a few years.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The characters are quirky, the casting sublime. [17 Sept 2002, p.C01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    You ain't seen this stuff on TV before, my friends, and if you're smart, you'll search it out and enjoy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    [Rollergirls] skillfully convey[s] the ups and downs of everyday life, man trouble, hard partying, athletic rivalry, in an unfamiliar culture. But the show adds a layer of visceral excitement, as superb camera work and editing bring the intensity of the competition into genteel living rooms.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It's about the ultimate outcast and his efforts to become human. Like all good drama, it uses heightened characters to magnify struggles we all have.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Valentine puts a modern twist on family drama that's edgy and fun without being overwrought or vulgar.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    [It] is sure to occupy a special place in Emmy voters' hearts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The language is offensive, the characters, in one light, reprehensible. But they and their show are a lot like puppies, too - incorrigible, yet lovable. You can't wait to see whose slipper they'll chew next. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Insightful, smart and lyrical, Spectacle soars when so much of cable TV seems intent on locating the most distressing nadir of human culture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It doesn't take a fanboy to appreciate the well-crafted AMC series, populated with capable, if lesser-known, actors, including Sarah Wayne Callies, who spent a couple of years running from less-apparent deadly threats on Fox's Prison Break.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Only an occasional over-spicing of melodrama keeps The Unit from TV's top echelon. Even so, it's the best new dramatic series of a TV season that started way back in September.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The shows are fun and exciting, Mr. Blow, perfect for a stay-at-home Friday night, having a few guys over for beers, or recording and watching when you wake up Saturday afternoon, after all that hard partying.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    How I Met Your Mother is that rare TV comedy that relies more on character than jokes.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The likable show has something for everyone: handsome young star, sympathetic "older" costar, pretty former TV hottie, easy-to-follow caper plots, a little humor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    A well-made rocket ride that's closer to 24 than anything else on TV.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    You've never seen anything quite like Ugly Betty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Action and tight-squeeze situations outweigh eloquent pronouncements about 100 to 1 on this drama from ER's John Wells. It may not be the greatest show on Earth, but it's the most powerful cop drama in a few years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The show is equal parts silliness and satire.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Any one of these families has the potential to power a decent sitcom, but Modern Family manages to juggle all three in a balancing act that is not just funny, but heartwarming, and when was the last time you saw that on TV?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Touching and original. [8 Oct 2000]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The Tudors is loads of addictive fun, filled with intrigue, the delicious papal stylings of Peter O'Toole, and that old stand-by, hot sex.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    She is simply hilarious. Lovable, insecure, over-the-top and hilarious. [11 Oct 2000, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The first episode is entertaining and promising enough that viewers may get excited about seeing the second one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The sitcom is funny and fresh, and the actors appear to be having the time of their lives.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It demonstrates the potential of reality television to go beyond determining who can eat the most worms or scream the loudest, to illuminate important social and cultural issues.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    One of the best new TV shows this season.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Thief is in a different league, simultaneously intense and flamboyant, propelled by Braugher, who's even better here than in Homicide: Life on the Street.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    A challenging and satisfying legal thriller.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The episodes, each supposedly one day in the life of America, should leave viewers squirming, not just with laughter at the failings they portray, but with anticipation that Ullman and Showtime will hurry up and make some more.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    One of this season's best new series.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Treme takes us beyond the tourists' view, beyond the canned performances and ersatz Big Easiness, into the soul of a uniquely fragile American city built on a bedrock of pride.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It's well-made. [26 Sep 2002]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The show's a keeper - daring, imaginative and provocative - but it must be careful not to overheat in the long haul and burn out its audience. [22 July 2003, p.F1]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The one-hour show has as much comedy as drama, providing a satisfying and unusual viewing experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    A meaty drama in the same vein as The Shield, where some of the police are perps and there's no telling who's on the up-and-up.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It's a cornucopia of fanciful sets and costumes and more computer graphic imaging than you'll find anywhere else on TV, and a lot of it is pretty cool.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Ken Jeong plays the Spanish professor, Mr. Chang, the kind of quiet joke in the topsy-turvy world that characterizes this sweetly funny show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    By the second or third episode, it evolves into another Hollywood rarity: a TV show that is truly about relationships, complex and captivating for the long haul.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Of course, it all sounds preposterous, but so did a movie about a guy who remembered everything backward, and Jonathan Nolan was nominated for a writing Oscar for Memento.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Absorbing, if not squirm-worthy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    That's a diverse enough crowd to interest almost anybody. Combine it with the fascinating plot and the action and emotional turmoil it promises, and you don't need to flash forward to see a show finally giving Survivor a Thursday-night ratings run for the money.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Funny. The characters, even the hip comic star, become likable very quickly. Despite yourself, you'll be laughing before the first commercial. [31 May 1990, p.C11]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Like The Larry Sanders Show, Beggars and Choosers makes riotous and cutting fun of network television and will be a hit in Los Angeles, but it also has a humanity and warm humor that should appeal to folks who don't work in showbiz. [17 June 1999, p.E01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It is a finely crafted serial about contemporary and supposedly representative people in the same decade of life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    There's art aplenty in a film that elicits emotion as it slowly draws you into a place you've certainly never been before, even if it may leave you wondering why you made the journey.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Aliens in America, a darling and delightful sitcom with a social conscience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Breaking Bad is tougher to watch than Showtime's "Weeds," about a suburban-mom drug dealer, or "Dexter," whose serial killer wields his bloody blades with good intentions. But the rewards of Breaking are great.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It's just a touch of the veddy, veddy humor that helps make everything so delightful before the world intrudes into Masterpiece Classic's revival of Upstairs Downstairs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The predicaments of Jack and those unlucky enough to be associated with him are wholly preposterous. But the show's creators make it so much fun to watch that only the fussiest fussbudgets protest the fantasy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Frequently hilarious.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Tenderfoot, when you mosey into Deadwood, HBO's latest breathtaking drama series, you should remember: An entirely new world takes a little getting used to. [21 Mar 2004, p.H01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    A hilarious family fish-out-of-water tale that fits seamlessly Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on 6ABC between The Middle and Modern Family.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    CSI doesn't shy from the less savory aspects of the business it covers. There are flashback cams that show the crime taking place and micro cams that look closely at the evidence...But it's kind of tasteful, if you can imagine, and contributes to a Friday night show that is not only entertaining, but might actually teach you a thing or two. [6 Oct 2000]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It's likely to startle you the way no show has since The X-Files.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Glau's the best part of Chronicles, playing the robot who seeks to understand human stuff with a beguiling bemusement reminiscent of Jeff Bridges in "Starman."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    National Geographic has a fascinating hour, George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview, in which the former president describes the whys and wherefores of his actions in the time immediately following the attack, and during the subsequent days.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    The production is so technically expert that it's agonizing to watch. And with the emphasis on authenticity, there's almost none of the tension that usually moves drama along. To get through it all, viewers will need to be almost as committed to Band of Brothers as the soldiers were to fighting the war. [9 Sept 2001, p.H01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Ted Danson recurs as a skewed version of himself on Curb, and on Bored to Death, he's a pot-addled cross between Seinfeld's Mr. Peterman and Donald Trump. What a pleasure to find some humor in a culture that makes that guy a hero.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Invasion has great production values and is tops among the three new alien series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Andrew Davies, who made 2006's Bleak House one of the best TV shows of the year, crafts another superb script, with characters and incidents squeezing out the sides, just the thing to satisfy close observers, which anyone joining this maxi mini-series should be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Reaper is right up there with the best new shows of the season, better, actually, than NBC's "Chuck" because it dares to be more radical.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Comics have been doing this sort of thing on TV since I Love Lucy and The Jackie Gleason Show in the '50s, but never with the hilarious depravity of Sunny.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    A lively show with no canned laughter, where love has no chance to conquer all the family deficiencies but does make them not only bearable, but fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Some viewers will wrongly believe they need this absorbing and thoroughly entertaining show like a hole in the head.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    It's unpredictable and stimulating, like the drug that White manufactures, but it produces a much safer high.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    Four sitcoms - two returning and two premiering - start new seasons between tonight and Sunday. The news: In a TV environment that has seen a handful of decent comedies in the last 10 years, they're all funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Storm
    As TV art, CSI: Miami has a fatal flaw. The spark of originality is missing. But who, besides a few critics and professors, is going to worry about such things? As a viewing experience, it's as good as any series on television. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The lives shown here, in surprisingly frank profiles, are fascinating enough to sustain interest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Because it's such recent history, there are few revelations in a frequently flat assemblage of interviews and highlights, with Wednesday's installment, featuring some of the greatest postseason flops and comebacks of all time, the more appealing of the two.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    You might remember that because Nikita is aimed directly at 24 fans. Not as ambitious nor as entertaining, it is just as decidedly unbelievable yet diverting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    As fans of "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race" know, there are reality shows, and there are reality shows. Who Do You Think You Are? may not be up to those standards, but although it shares none of the game-show attributes of its new NBC cohorts, it's the clear winner.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Seems like they're off to a decent start.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    There's some minor Rashomon-style point-of-view switching as the attorneys prepare their opposing cases each week, and never know who's going to win, which makes this a bit different, and a bit more intriguing, than many standard lawyer shows.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The plots feature lots of creative legal give-and-take to keep the audience amused and guessing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Absent the bizarre, centuries-old conspiracy plot, this show looks a lot like Alias, and it should, since that show's daddy, savvy J.J. Abrams, works behind the scenes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It can be obvious, sometime a little plodding, but its heart is bigger than all of Lux, and it's the kind of show parents and kids can watch together without anybody saying, "Ewww."; With the name Life Unexpected, it actually is an unexpected pleasure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Frenetically energetic, as all good music-school cartoons should be, Class of 3000, like The Simpsons, has material for young and old alike.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The wonderful Weeds is back for its fourth season at 10 p.m. Monday, as our deliriously delightful dope dealers decamp to a beach town by the Mexican border. As illicit activities go, they prove definitively that, on Showtime at least, a little wacky tobbacky is way more fun than the things they do in Diary that can't be described here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    A gloriously shameless exploration of good hearts and mean spirits, of Christian charity and heathen callousness amid the rigorously simple life of backwoods Tennessee in 1912. ... Television that will be too much for the super-cynical urban intellectual but a refreshing breeze for the rest of us. And if you have the slightest predisposition, it will make you cry. [3 Apr 1994]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Both ABC's Life on Mars and CBS's "Eleventh Hour" have the comfortable feel of many shows that have come before them and lasted a long, long time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    "Cool," says he, as, most likely, will all sorts of viewers from 12 to 92 who are looking for a pleasant way to pass a late-evening hour at the end of a summer weekend.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It's funnier because it includes some comic sketches, but they are truncated. Further down, whole episodes focus on the Python movies, one for The Life of Brian, one for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You get funny excerpts, but also lots of blah-blah.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The premise, and all the talking around it that we're forced to do in the name of propriety, is kind of laughable. Tomorrow's premiere, in which Drecker's house, and all the memorabilia from a legendary high school sports career, burn up in a fire--not so much. But the show picks up.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    10 Items or Less is a quick hit of inanity, as close to The Office as anything else.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Wipeout does have a crackpot obstacle course and its own sometimes hilarious commentators, John Anderson from ESPN's SportsCenter and John Henson from Talk Soup.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Both ABC's "Life on Mars" and CBS's Eleventh Hour have the comfortable feel of many shows that have come before them and lasted a long, long time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The story's too good to be undermined by a little woodenness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It might take you three or four episodes to decide if you want to keep up with these guys. I do. And the fact that the show is on cable means everybody will at least have the chance to get hooked.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Mr. Sunshine looks promising, with former Friend Matthew Perry playing straight man in a swirl of kooks, including an especially amusing Allison Janney, who deliver consistent laughs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Scoundrels, at 9 p.m., and The Gates, at 10, may not be exactly the stuff you can't wait another week for, but both are watchable and fun, part of a big ABC effort to put something new, if not original, on the air most nights this summer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Great cast and intriguing storytelling may get viewers, and, more important, network honchos, hooked.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Tonight's episode employs the same he's-talking-about-one-thing, she's-talking-about-another, and neither-one-knows-it farcical convention that was frequently featured in Frasier, and goes back at least to Moliere. These pros bring it off with panache.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Ringer is no Buffy, so that's enough of that. It is a cleverly constructed take on the old concept of the evil twin, a soap opera staple that dates back more than a thousand years through movies, books, and poetry.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Scoundrels, at 9 p.m., and The Gates, at 10, may not be exactly the stuff you can't wait another week for, but both are watchable and fun, part of a big ABC effort to put something new, if not original, on the air most nights this summer.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The show has some hilarious moments and perks along between them as you might expect a Drescher show to. It's a fine and frothy companion to the big show on TV Land (is that an oxymoron?) at 10 p.m. Wednesday, the Betty White-starrer Hot in Cleveland.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Careful viewing reveals that American customs bear the brunt of most of the gentle humor of this series that should fit seamlessly into NBC's goofballs-at-the-office (or in-the-classroom) Thursday-night sitcom block.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    There are no twins, reality stars, or vampires, er, witches, but you're not alone in thinking that's the most preposterous concept of all. Surprisingly, cast and crew succeed in making the sugary sweet illogic palatable, if not a gourmet delight.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The story is as predictable as the sunrise, but somehow, instead of distracting from the film's enjoyment, that adds to it. As the world spins faster and more coarsely every day, it's a quiet pleasure to watch an old-fashioned production in which virtue, charity, and hard work are rewarded.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The whole web would unravel if each character weren't so interesting all by his or her own lonesome self.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It's hard to find one that's not more entertaining than watching one of your winter favorites the second time around. Picking three or four regulars to go with summer's more esoteric fare, which includes Breaking Bad, The Big C, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and some others, makes an excellent TV strategy. The Protector deserves a slot in the rotation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The helpers seem compassionate, and Ferguson's story is so fascinating that her "journey" makes for good reality television.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Brothers is funnier than many African American sitcoms before it, and much better (what isn't?) than 'Til Death, with which it will be awkwardly paired beginning next week.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Violent and sometimes sexually tawdry, as only pay cable can be, Sleeper Cell is not for the faint of heart, but it provides well-constructed thrills with its tour of the morally ambiguous land of counter-terrorism.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    So much of it is striking, particularly the work of two of the leads, Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Frida) and Michael Keaton (Batman, Live From Baghdad), who play CIA men with antithetical spy styles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    ER is energetic, combining hints of Rescue 911 with splashes of L.A. Law in an entertaining concoction. [15 Sep 1994]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    NYPD Blue's James McDaniel joins Imperioli and a fine cast, including the City of Detroit itself, in this show that tries to imbue a Cops-like documentary feel to its action, all shot on location.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    A Gifted Man is solid enough, in fact, to make you forget it's a ghost story.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The show, with a strange and hard-to-believe conspiracy underpinning, requires a leap of faith, but Swayze himself, gaunt and intensely energetic, is magnificent.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It's pretty darned good.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The show would be better if it got a little closer to the ground, but Wilde, with unusually beautiful production values (for a sitcom), completes a one-hour, laugh track-free, absurdist block that gives Fox its best chance at comedy success since The Bernie Mac Show and Malcolm in the Middle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Populated by some super actors, the film, sometimes fascinating, sometimes too drawn out, gets inside the frenzied Florida jockeying for a presidential victory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Chuck is one of two new fantastical shows premiering Monday on NBC, making a Heroes sandwich. That's fantastical, not fantastic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    You can probably tell this is not your average sitcom. What you probably can't sense is a surprising tenderness and gentle humor (along with the crass) in this family, living on the socio-economic fringes in the house of Jimmy's grandma, so dotty she rarely wears enough clothes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    A surprisingly effective personal drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Imagine how much fun that discovery will be for a high school lad. And then imagine the anguish and guilt, as he quickly looks away from all those girls, naked beneath their clothes. That's pretty much Smallville in a nutshell: Not super. No boy. [16 Oct 2001, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It's a swell story, if sometimes grim.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    [New Amsterdam's premise] is not the greatest thing since the invention of the tin can, which came along right in the middle of our hero's life, but it turns out to be much less stupid than it sounds.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Frequently wickedly humorous, it can also be as flat-footed as the tabloid topics that it dramatizes. Like them, however, it's usually juicily watchable and addictive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Looking for something new and different on TV? It's not Burn Notice. Looking for some summertime fun? It is Burn Notice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It may not be The Shield (what is?), and it isn't up to the standard of TV's other corruption-in-Chicago show, The Good Wife, currently the best drama on network TV. But after you get by the initial S.O.S. of the first episode, The Chicago Code may be better than the other police commissioner show, and at least as worthy to add to your weekly TV appointment lineup.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    There's plenty of charisma to go around on 30 Rock, and Fey will go just about anywhere for a laugh. Her absurd, yet almost believable, showbiz send-up is full of them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It might have benefited from the subtler writing touch of Anderson, who was a prolific writer for stage (Anne of the Thousand Days, for instance) and screen, specializing in long-ago history, but it's still good fun on a big level.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Just as with "New Amsterdam," the second episode establishes that this seeming cliche of a show has a little bit more going for it than you might think, even if the ending fireworks appear to be a weekly event. (And, OK, they are kind of fun, if not exactly believable.)
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    Los Angeles probably has more interesting locations than New York, and it certainly has its share of interesting crimes, so there's plenty of fodder for LOLA. It's literally warmed-over Law & Order, but that doesn't mean it's unappealing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    All five characters, in fact, transcend the cheap stereotypes that lazy writers so frequently use to populate their sitcoms. That may not be enough to propel their show into the long green of syndication, but for a Fox sitcom, even cautious optimism is a step in the right direction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It has the usual cheeseball sets and gee-whiz computer graphics, but the quotas of weighty moral lessons and pseudo-scientific incantations seem to have been reduced, though hardly eliminated. [26 Sep 2001]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It's much sweeter and funnier than it sounds.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    The postproduction excesses may sometimes distract from the series' wonder, which, if not quite up to Discovery's Planet Earth (2007) and Life (2010), is still jaw-dropping.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    A fun show with broad appeal. [6 Oct 1999, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    A sunny and often funny mix of "Twin Peaks," "Law & Order," and "Flipper." [4 Aug 1998, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Storm
    It's crude and hilarious and clearly aimed at a young male audience.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    More inviting than the usual run of sitcom idiocy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    The whole thing perks along like a Honda Civic and is just about as exciting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    There's no shame in enjoying the entertainment provided by these game shows, which are a step above some of their TV competition, but if knowing all the answers in 1 vs 100 makes you feel smart, then you must be pretty stupid.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    These medical shows aren't brain surgery, but most of them are dead on arrival anyway. Three Rivers shows up at least with a healthy pulse.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    This family show isn't in the same area code as that paragon of television, but for those of us who can't go time-traveling, it'll do in a pinch. [27 Sept 2002, p.E11]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    The supporting cast, especially Jenna Fischer as the pretty but timid receptionist ("I don't think it's many girls' dream to be a receptionist") and Rainn Wilson as an obsessive, humorless drone, helps keep the pencils sharp when boss Scott gets too unfunny in his attempts to create an easygoing office atmosphere. [24 Mar 2005, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Just about everybody in this cast is superb. Maybe the production team, headed by Gary David Goldberg, who did Fox's "Family Ties" and the cuddly "Brooklyn Bridge", will fix all the first episode's flaws. Too many halfhearted gay and orgasm jokes bring to mind too many of last year's tired Friends imitators.[17 Sept 1996, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Viewers certainly like this sort of thing. CBS has become the No. 1 network with an incessant stream of it, and Criminal Minds is as well-made as any of them.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    A caper that's as clever and grandiose as any TV series has presented in a long time. And fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Kindness is the true beauty of Will & Grace, and it may be that kindness, in the midst of so much of the mean-spirited, demeaning stuff that passes for comedy on TV, will carry the day. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Cold Case doesn't know Philly. Too often the few authentic exteriors - Boathouse Row, for instance - give way to some generic Los Angeles location. The show itself is full of references to nonexistent places and situations. [28 Sept 2003, p.H01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    The mystery makes Pretty Little Liars more entertaining than the tedium of Gossip Girls, and many parents might actually enjoy watching along with their young adults, who can explain why this sort of thing is so alluring to them.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    That's about where this show sits, on the rails, but with a little journey ahead to get from captain to rear admiral.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    You hope the show doesn't get stuck in sexual shenanigans week after week. Even 30-year-olds think about other things sometimes. But for now, it seems fair to follow Emily's lead and see what develops.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    When the heroes look like this, you don't have to sweat the details. [9 Oct 2002, p.D09]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Part soap opera, part horror movie, all whodunit, Harper's is diverting, and only infrequently frightening, fantasy soap opera.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    So what if it's as superficial as a flesh wound? There's plenty of style.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    The show is ugly and fixated on death and violence. There's lots of lurid sex, too, reflected in other title images. There's also creativity and flat-out breathtaking acting to instill a voyeuristic fascination and perhaps inspire a fanatic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    It's a show-off show, the most impressive new series of the season, of many seasons, but it has one big deficit. Like the Tin Man, it has no heart. Maybe it will grow one, and it will certainly bear watching for a few weeks to see if it does. [22 Sept 1999, p.C01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    You may also laugh at some of these jokes, because Michael Rapaport, who plays Daddy Dave, delivers them with such bravado.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    It's a supernatural mystery, involving a few ghosts, a little time travel and lots of crazy people. People who have been missing The X-Files might really go for The Lost Room.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Subtract James Woods from Shark, and you'd have an empty carcass. Instead, you have a carcass with James Woods and all his crazy energy inside.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Despite the loud music and all the supposedly ominous foolishness, blood that even spatters the camera lenses, and a sexy proto-vamp who often manages to wear almost no clothes (OK, maybe not despite her), I kind of liked the stupid thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    [It] would be an above-average Masterpiece [Theatre] installment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Close to Home is supposed to be playing on the dark-underbelly-of-the-burbs fascination supposedly stirred by Desperate Housewives. But it's basically just another lawyer/crime show with a mommy twist.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    For adults, the thing plays a little like Fox's Prison Break.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    There's plenty of that low-key humor that characterized Ed, and the show can be hilarious when the crew gets involved in Keystone Kops capers, but it drags in the middle ground.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    After all those promos, people have the feeling they've seen the whole first episode, which they probably have.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Life Is Wild, is serenely benign considering its title, but some families should find fun in this foolishness from far away.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Potential pours from the screen, but the premiere has plenty of problems. People seem to be uncomfortable and trying too hard, just as they do on their first day in school or on the job.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Smart guys from the outskirts of society have been solving tough cases entertainingly at least as long as Sherlock Holmes. The Mentalist simply presents another, along with no compelling reason either to tune in or turn off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    It's slightly less entertaining than the moderately entertaining original, with a far-fetched connection that these undercover wonders somehow have something to do with the Navy, which is the "N" in NCIS, and who really cares what the "CIS" is?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    The Book of Daniel is different and ambitious enough to bear watching at least for a little while.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Strangely theatrical and disappointingly hollow. [29 Sept 2002, p.H03]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    It loses some luster under closer scrutiny when the jagged edges of the formula start to cut through the attractive veneer. [1 Oct 2003, p.E01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Samantha will battle against past unremembered sins, as the writers battle to bring their scripts up to Applegate's talents.

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