For 39 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lon Grahnke's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 EZ Streets: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 Timecop: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
39 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Lon Grahnke
    Anthony LaPaglia makes a strong entrance as gritty James Wyler. [10 Oct 1996, p.47]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Lon Grahnke
    Changes are evident in tonight's episode, but the creative tinkering hasn't compromised the integrity of this remarkable show. [25 Sep 1992]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Lon Grahnke
    It's mean. It's nasty. It's dirty. It's sick. It's addictive. It's "The Larry Sanders Show," the funniest comedy series on television. [19 Jul 1995]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Lon Grahnke
    Television's funniest, nastiest comedy series. [13 Nov 1996]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Lon Grahnke
    Steven Bochco's daring legal serial is the most exciting and innovative new drama since "ER." It's a fictional variation of the O. J. Simpson trial.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lon Grahnke
    The "EZ" dialogue is terse, suggestive, pointed and often ambiguous. The complicated "Streets" story deals with issues of truth, honor, justice, vengeance and loyalty. Its stark moral conflicts, set in a shady criminal underworld, deserve positive comparisons to "On the Waterfront," "Serpico," "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and the first year of "Wiseguy." [25 Oct 1996]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Lon Grahnke
    A vicious and timely show-biz satire. [1 Jun 1993]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Lon Grahnke
    Deserves a medal for daring gambles in timely storytelling. [22 Sep 1995]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Lon Grahnke
    It's not as nasty as "Larry Sanders," but "NewsRadio" will tickle discerning audiences with its finely tuned sense of irony and its frank handling of office intrigue, power struggles and sexual tension. [21 Mar 1995]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lon Grahnke
    Reiser brings a gentle sense of the absurd to his strange but affectionate view of modern marriage. [23 Sep 1992]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lon Grahnke
    Stresses hard-edged realism over contrived climaxes. [19 Sep 1994]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Lon Grahnke
    Attains often-sublime lucidity by its second episode. [16 Sep 1994]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lon Grahnke
    An instantly engaging show that seamlessly delivers stimulating dramatic situations and juicy romantic comedy. [8 Sep 1997]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lon Grahnke
    With its cross-culture conflicts, bright writing, amusing co-stars and sizzling chemistry between the two leads, Dharma & Greg could be television's best romantic comedy since "Mad About You." [24 Sept 1997, p.53]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    Taking the sitcom-shrink genre beyond "Frasier" and "The Bob Newhart Show," Comedy Central's "Dr. Katz" enters the hip, surreal realm of "The Simpsons." [27 May 1995]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    With its strong emphasis on family values, religious faith, personal growth and enrichment through education, "Christy" should please parents who seek quality programs with positive messages. [1 Apr 1994]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    Biehn's terse, tightly coiled performance and stirring music from Elmer Bernstein's original 1960 score enhance the "Magnificent" mystique. [2 Jan 1998]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    Goofy and good-hearted, '3rd Rock' winks at the human condition. [8 Jan 1996]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    Combines explosive, stylized violence with stinging social commentary and surgical strokes of sharp media satire. [17 Mar 1994]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    Wilson's charisma should attract viewers. [13 Jan 1997, p.31]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    Babylon 5 promises to be a welcome addition to the ever-expanding sci-fi universe. [24 Jan 1994, p.31]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    Charming. [27 Sept 1996, p.47]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    Unlike "L.A. Law," which presented its stars as invincible courtroom warriors, Kelley's "Practice" emphasizes the gritty details and strange maneuvers that lead to out-of-court settlements and quick Friday verdicts. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    The "TekWar" special effects are good by TV standards, but Tuesday's scene-setting story won't engross the deeper sci-fi thinkers in the audience. "TekWar" is aimed at the action faction, and it delivers plenty of chases, shootouts and explosions. [24 Jan 1994]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    Teri Hatcher is an irresistible dynamo as Lane, a reckless, career-driven loner. [9 Sept 1993, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lon Grahnke
    A captivating actress known for offbeat comic roles in "Designing Women," "Love & War" and "Texasville," Potts forcefully redefines the character of inspirational teacher Louanne Johnson in ABC's improved version of Dangerous Minds. [30 Sept 1996, p.39]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lon Grahnke
    With no co-stars playing sidekicks, the pressure will be on Fahey to carry "The Marshal" alone. In the two preview episodes ABC provided, the low-key actor establishes an appealing balance of toughness and compassion. [31 Jan 1995]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Lon Grahnke
    Anderson, a charming performer with a naturally dry wit, portrays the daydreaming, guitar-strumming Dave as well as he can be played. [20 Sept 1993, p.29]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Lon Grahnke
    A wholesome family saga loaded with positive role models, the NBC series turns what could have been a 1993 version of "The Last Picture Show" into an idealized fantasy about an inspirational "local legend" who revitalizes a losing team that was "the pride of Texas" 20 years ago. [1 Oct 1993]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Lon Grahnke
    The shaky debut has a few funny moments and more than a few duds. [24 Sep 1992]
    • Chicago Sun-Times

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