For 52 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Fallon's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 One Big Happy: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 52
  2. Negative: 5 out of 52
52 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Fallon
    A perfectly mixed cocktail equally parts menacing and suspenseful, washed down with surprising notes of hilarious satire and pulpy violence, FX’s version of Fargo is most certainly not a pale imitation of the gruesome dark comedy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Fallon
    This season is more concerned with continuing to make its way through the lives of the women who occupy Litchfield Prison, and, with a few misses here and there, is so lived-in in its narrative voice and settled in its “Backstory of the Week” format that you’re quickly at peace and on board with the season’s new direction and slightly more upbeat tone.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Fallon
    It’s better than the breakout first season, even, finally equalizing the wildly--though thrillingly--undulating tones and sprawling cast of characters into a streamlined and balanced, but just as original and bracing, mode of storytelling that makes the 13 episodes more bingeworthy than ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Fallon
    In a summer that’s offered new programs that pretty much all sit on the spectrum from “silly, but still curious” (Extant, The Strain) on one end to “just plain silly” (Dating Naked) on the other, Manhattan is the most grown up, worth-watching new series we have.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Fallon
    It uses the creative breathing room to dial up and embrace the show’s inherent weirdness--this is a comedy about a cult survivor, after all--and then have the luxury to bring things back to a relatable, human level again.... [Fey and Carlock] solidified themselves as not just bravura comedy writers--which we already knew they were--but industry risk-takers, too.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Fallon
    It's richer than ever. It's more nuanced. Whereas it used to be buzzy and contentious, it's now simply good.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Review is high concept, yes. But it’s also incredibly clever, and really funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    The Season 3 premiere of Girls is good. It isn’t brilliant and life-changing nor is it terrible trash. It’s not as profound as we force Girls to be, nor is it meaningless. It’s just good. Sometimes it’s very good. It’s certainly enjoyable. But it’s neither the best nor the worst thing ever.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    As a comedy series, Man Seeking Woman is more inspired than it is flawlessly funny. But what it lacks in consistency of tone and laugh-out-loud one-liners it makes up for in sharp writing, acute cultural commentary, gleeful weirdness, and sheer creative balls.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Kail’s boundless ambition and meticulous execution was the premium gasoline that made not just “Greased Lightning,” but the entire genre, race off towards the future.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    I Am Cait is as moving as you hoped it would be, and as serious and educational as it needs to be--featuring a very controlled message about what it means to be transgender in the year 2015 and what Caitlyn Jenner’s journey does and, more importantly, does not have in common with that reality.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Now armed with cool intelligence, a weathered savvy, and the kind of controlled ruthlessness that the past six years have built in her, Alicia is an even more interesting underdog than before.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    It has matured, but it is still dark and funny, its characters flawed, and its depictions of sex and friendship startlingly but refreshingly bleak.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Lindsay was the most stressful hour of television I’ve ever seen. And I loved every second of it. Credit Winfrey, first, with adding gravitas and objectivity to what is ultimately a blatant and shameless grab for ratings.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Red Band Society is by no means the perfect network drama. (That would be The Good Wife, for those who are keeping count.) But there is something admirable about what it is doing, and about the fact that it has no qualms about it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Forget everything you assumed about the lives of classic musicians. Turns out, they’re not so boring. Mozart in the Jungle, then, is like Girls meets Amadeus.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Orange Is the New Black itself, which has grown richer, more surprising, and ambitious in its fourth season. That doesn’t always mean it’s better than ever--often it isn’t--but is just as admirable as ever.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    In its third season, Orphan Black is both falling victim to its complexity and is all the stronger for it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    The show is, first and foremost, incredibly well written, with astute observations about pop culture, particularly as it relates to ethnic identity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Sure, Sesame Street has been gentrified, but it hasn’t lost its charms. How you get to Sesame Street might be different, but the destination? As familiar as ever.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    The [premiere] episode is sweet and sharp and clever and everything The Mindy Project was when it was at its best, and perhaps deserves even more admiration for finding a way to pair its two leads together and dismiss all notions that TV characters that graduate from will-they/won’t-they status to committed relationships are creative time bombs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    We’ve seen this all before. The good guy’s descent into darkness, the cat-and-mouse thriller, the escapist action series, the on-location porn. Does The Night Manager do it any better than we’re used to? Sure, quite often. But at least it almost never does it any worse.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    They say that it’s bad form to judge a new late-night series based on the first show. That at least a month of shows need to air before you get a proper sense of who the host is and what the show will be. That’s certainly true, and yet there’s a sense watching the premiere of Full Frontal that it has arrived fully realized.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Fallon
    For all that he would shamelessly borrow from them across the hour, he seemed markedly different from that pack he’s lumped in with. In fact, he was even refreshing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Fallon
    Once you commit yourself to the trashy abandon of The Royals, the one critique of the show might be that the abandon isn’t reckless or campy enough.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Fallon
    Hotel is as deranged and uneven as ever, making watching Gaga’s performance a positively nerve-wracking experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Fallon
    The bittersweet hilarity of all of this is where “Repilot” succeeds. Longtime fans of the series will delight in how it is just so Community. Newcomers there to watch a “pilot” of sorts of a series just won’t get it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Fallon
    You begin to accept, even adore, these wooden aspects of the show as a litany of twists begin entering at whiplash pace.... [Lopez] and the rest of the show’s creative team make you care about what happens to Harlee while still making you feel like she’s in real danger.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Fallon
    That the show finds new humor and life in these done-to-death scenarios is its biggest strength.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Fallon
    Change is afoot at Downton, and with it a redirection back to the frenzied elegance that defined its first few surprisingly engrossing seasons. The progress is with a grain of salt, though. The plot development is back, but it’s more obtuse than ever.

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