For 225 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lori Rackl's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Orphan Black: Season 2
Lowest review score: 25 Growing Up Fisher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 225
225 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    This is a show worth watching, and worth the effort it might take for newbies to get up to speed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    The beauty of this series is that it's so entertaining and so well-executed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    The 18th Amendment--that "Noble Experiment" that turned out to be one of the country's biggest civic failures--is the subject of a fascinating new documentary by Ken Burns.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    After a dark and often depressing season four, it's refreshing to start things off on a more jovial, lighter note. That's not to say the premiere is devoid of angst, disappointment and drama. It's just buoyed by an unusually high amount of humor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    Few television shows are as addictive as this pensive, wonderfully paced suspenser.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson should star in everything, always--that’s how mesmerizing they are as Louisiana criminal investigators in HBO’s new anthology True Detective.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    Overall, co-creator Steven Moffat and writer-actor Mark Gatiss have delivered a whip-smart follow-up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    It’s also an intimately personal tale of Kramer’s heartbreaking first-hand experience with the disease. Directed by Ryan Murphy, it’s bound to put Emmys in the hands of a remarkable cast.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    This cult hit deserves mainstream success in its second season, which wastes no time diving back in to the heart-pounding action.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    The sharply written, slow-paced premiere ratchets up the tension on what’s reported to be the bloodiest 10-episode season yet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    Creator Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”) continues to tell the fascinating stories of women rarely seen on “TV” in season two.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    The best drama on broadcast TV hasn’t missed a beat since its universally praised fifth season.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    These intimate, well-told stories become the ingredients for a new Foo Fighters song recorded at a local studio and performed at the end of each hourlong episode.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lori Rackl
    Having instant access to the entire first season is a blessing for viewers prone to bingeing because the more you learn about Transparent’s Pfefferman clan, the more you want to know.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    The show sometimes lays on the misogyny a bit thick, but Timoney's alienation feels painfully realistic, thanks to Bello.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    The cable network's political drama even has my vote for the best new show of the season.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    Almost nothing about this series is conventional. That's part of the appeal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    After watching four episodes, I can say that Awake has an addictive quality to it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    Its distinctive voice makes it feel fresh and original, and the poignant comedy gets better with every episode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    [Boss brings] back its intoxicating blend of soap-opera sudsiness, Shakespearean tragedy and scathing insight into big city politics, Chicago-style.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    [A] witty-but-poignant look at what it means to be a modern family.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    This third season is more in keeping with Downton's first [season].
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    Deliciously disturbing, Hannibal is bound to leave viewers hungry for more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    The series has a cinematic feel, with plenty of stand-alone, poignant moments punctuating each episode.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    Half the fun of Behind the Candelabra is watching these two Hollywood heavyweights deftly tackle roles that could have been career-enders not that long ago.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    It’s eerie, suspenseful and yes, subtitled, but give the premiere a chance and you’ll return for more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    [An] insightful sketch show.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    It makes the most of its pay-TV platform by showing plenty of skin, but the sex scenes service a bigger story made all the more compelling by a couple of strong leads in Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    The premiere feels a bit slow coming on the heels of last season’s wild ride, but the second episode will leave you hungry for more
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    While no one will mistake Helena Bonham Carter for a twin of the legendary violet-eyed actress, she’s more than convincing alongside “The Wire’s” Dominic West, who brings a troubled Richard Burton to life.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    This thriller is a fast-paced ride through the minefields of domestic and international relations.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    The cult favorite’s fifth season deftly hits the reset button and starts out strong with back-to-back episodes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    This outgrowth of a cult-hit web series is a lighter, wackier and often funnier version of HBO’s “Girls.”
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    It’s the thinking man’s serial-killer drama, a twisted tale that never trolls for cheap scares but is plenty terrifying.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    This haunting six-episode season explores the deep divide between a parochial community and a marginalized Native American tribe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    Not only is it funny, it has an air of authenticity thanks to co-creator Mike Judge, who mines his previous experience as a Silicon Valley engineer for laughs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    The premiere lacks the gravitas of last season’s heavily symbolic opener, but it sets the stage for what promises to be a tumultuous, enticing end run.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    The show’s pace is slow in spots, but the dark humor and twisted tone make it oddly compelling.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    It’s clear that C.K. made good use of the time off to recharge his creative batteries. The season’s third episode, “So Did the Fat Lady,” is his best yet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    It’s a fast-moving trip down memory lane featuring lots of familiar faces, such as computer hacker Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) in full “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” mode, plus some intriguing new villains.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    The pilot is riveting but, like our protagonist Barry, a bit joyless. Here’s hoping the series doesn’t collapse under the weight of its own gravitas; it’s a compelling premise that plays out in a part of the world not often seen on TV.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    A mix of joyous wedding day flashbacks and sometimes painful present-day interviews results in a compelling narrative that should be required viewing for anyone about to walk down the aisle.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    This gritty, atmospheric “Batman” prequel ranks as the fall’s best new drama on broadcast television.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lori Rackl
    The intrigue escalates in the next episode where things are heating up in Chicago, home to a couple of this season’s compelling new players, Al Capone enforcer Mike D’Angelo (Louis Cancelmi) and crime fighter Eliot Ness (Jim True-Frost).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The mythology is intriguing and so are the characters, who are as full of witty one-liners as their closets are bursting with black leather.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Now that the premise of the show has been established, it would be nice to see more shades of gray and less black and white.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    In the premiere at least, the story unfolds nicely--and to the tune of a good soundtrack. When the episode ended, I wanted to know more about the Circle, both its history and where it's headed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    New Girl didn't give me as many laugh-out-loud moments as some comedies. But the show delivered something extra that my favorite sitcoms often don't: It made me feel warm and fuzzy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The action is set to the beat of "Mack the Knife" and other swingin' songs that, along with some stunning production design, help the show deliver a hefty dose of '60s nostalgia.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The first episode unfolds nicely with plenty of suspense and tension. If they can keep it up week after week, they should have no problem holding viewers' interest.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    On the whole, Suburgatory delivers more hits than misses, largely thanks to its cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Christina Applegate and Will Arnett have nice chemistry as rookie parents struggling to scale back on their hardworking, hard-partying ways in Up All Night, a largely fresh, irreverent look at child rearing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    If you can suspend your disbelief enough to get over the improbable premise (and overlook Nestor Carbonell's abuse of eyeliner as FBI agent Victor Machado), Ringer takes you on an exciting, suspenseful ride full of more twists and turns than Siobhan's hallmark hairdo.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Co-creators Joe and Tony Gayton have turned out a solid series that got stronger with each of the five episodes I watched.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The absurdity of an omniscient sophisticate still in short pants carries plenty of comedic potential.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Luck can be maddeningly inscrutable but it becomes less so over time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Overall, the first episode delivers a suspenseful ride around the world, peppered with some tear-jerking moments.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    [A] weekly fix of justice and resolution while the overarching--and more intriguing--story line of McDeere's plight slowly unfolds.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Alcatraz sure is [fun].
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The stereotypes slow down in subsequent episodes, which grew more entertaining with each of the four I watched.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    While politics come into play later, it is human emotions such as grief, regret and loss that fans can look forward to sinking their teeth into at the start of the season.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is a deliciously nasty comedy that takes a well-worn formula and whips it to life with clever writing and an engaging cast.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The series is highly relatable and, at times, pretty funny.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Despite this highly unoriginal setup, NBC's midseason rom-com Bent has its charms--most of which come from the laid-back, likable lothario Pete.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Soapy melodrama aside, Titanic does a fine job giving viewers a sense of what it was like to be aboard the doomed vessel.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The show chronicles the more humorous than glamorous challenges encountered by Meyer, whose full-time job us self-preservation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The well-executed drama is a welcome addition to the programming lineup for a network better known for non-scripted series like "Swamp People" and "Pawn Stars."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    While the latest interpretation doesn't live up to the British import, it's still more entertaining than your typical CBS procedural.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Toss in some sex and Southern-style politics, and you've got plenty to sing about.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    What Vegas lacks in the whodunit department it makes up for with the bigger narrative about a town up for grabs and the two men vying to get their hands on it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    It's another welcome helping of "New Girl" adorkability.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    This ranks among the best new comedies of the season.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    This slick action-drama is based on the comic book superhero Green Arrow. Prepare to quiver.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The Dust Bowl is more like eat-your-vegetables television than some of Burns' other endeavors, namely his last PBS documentary, "Prohibition." But it's still a worthwhile examination of an overlooked chapter from our past that holds plenty of lessons for our future.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Despite cable's relaxed standards for nudity and swearing, as well as the addition of new showrunner Ric Swartzlander ("Gary Unmarried"), Cougar Town still feels like the same old show--a very good show at that.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Sumptuously shot and full of period detail, Mr. Selfridge is stocked with plenty of upstairs/downstairs drama, often with a little too much attention being lavished on the workers’ personal storylines.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The story isn't brilliant or all that sophisticated, but the scripts are stocked with enough clever twists and turns to keep you guessing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The 13-episode Legit fits right in at the male-skewing cable network known for pushing the envelope with edgier, unconventional fare.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Pacing is brisk. The mood, generally eerie. The special effects--a fruit truck smashing accordion-style into a clear wall--don’t disappoint. It’s basically the television version of an entertaining beach read.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    It’s the broader story of Briggs--is his hat white or black?--and his unfolding relationship Warren that elevates Graceland a cut above your dime-a-dozen crime dramas.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    It’s an educational, entertaining, warts-and-all look at something that deserves our better understanding.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The Bridge, which gets better with each of the first three episodes, ventures beyond a singular quest for a serial killer. Other intriguing storylines and characters are given ample attention.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The talented comedic ensemble makes the most of the strong material from “Parks & Recreation” vets Dan Goor and Mike Schur.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    It could be the fall’s best new drama if it doesn’t veer off course and drive into the ditches of hokey predictability or outrageous implausibility.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The show’s pricey-looking pilot caters to both comic book geeks and mainstream viewers with its witty writing and special effects.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The storyline is more tightly focused than last year’s see-what-sticks approach. But it also feels like it’s pandering a bit to a younger CW crowd.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The show has a lot going on and it isn’t always easy to follow, but for the most part it’s stylish, sexy and smart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The film noir touches are laid on a bit thick, but that’s also part of the appeal of this stylish limited series.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    It’s a fun, entertaining spin on the legal procedural and an ideal showcase for Kinnear’s rakish charm.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Karl Urban is the main draw as an emotionally and physically damaged detective in Fox’s sci-fi police procedural with a heavy “Fringe” pedigree.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The Geoff Stults-led comedy has a heart that could beat stronger if the stereotypes get dialed down.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Clever dialogue and an unmistakable sense of place still make the show worth watching, even when the narrative is spinning its wheels.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    It’s required viewing for fanboys. But it also holds broader appeal for anyone curious about the evolution of the comic book genre, its good and bad guys, and its lasting legacy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Rob Lowe does a respectable turn as JFK... [But] It’s the lesser-known story of Lee Harvey Oswald, expertly played with simmering anger by Will Rothhaar, that’s most interesting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Get ready to laugh and cry with this touching new comedy about a dysfunctional team of nurses and doctors caring for aging patients in a hospital’s extended-care wing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Few comics could get away with such an irreverent act, but Silverman pulls it off with her disconnected style that blends vulgarity and vulnerability.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The Dick Wolf-produced drama is darker than its sister show, but it packs potential for fun with the city’s cops and firefighters crossing paths both on and off the job.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The Spoils of Babylon is a star-studded, droll spoof of television miniseries from the ’80s.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    A winsome opportunist (Luke Arnold), a ruthless captain (Toby Stephens) and a tough-talking tavern owner (Hannah New) are just a few of the colorful characters involved in a brutal power grab in the 18th century Bahamas.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    It’s an interesting conceit rooted in real behavioral science.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    An eccentric kid (Benjamin Stockham, “1600 Penn”) looking for a father figure finds one in his man-child neighbor, Will, played with the right amount of humor and heart by David Walton (“Bent”).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    What the 10-episode series lacks in originality it makes up for by piling on the creepy suspense.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The patchwork narrative covers Chicago’s murder epidemic, gang violence, public schools crisis, sports stuff--all familiar stories. But they’re packaged in an engaging, informative way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    There’s an acerbic charm to Fox’s 1991-set sitcom that elevates it above similar newcomers “Growing Up Fisher” and “The Goldbergs.”
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Beneath these sometimes confusing layers lurks a promising show about a relatively unexplored chapter in U.S. military history.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    It’s a cinematic story whose focus isn’t polar bears and receding glaciers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    They’ve basically taken that premise [of NBC's “Best Friends Forever”], switched up some of the details and reinvented that show for a new network, which isn’t a bad thing because the original concept was pretty humorous, and Parham and St. Clair play great besties.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The action unfurls a mere 30 years ago, but it may as well be the Dark Ages when viewed through today’s technology-dependent lens. That’s a big part of what makes the show such fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    An intriguing study in how regular Joes react to inexplicable events, the show demands a level of patience bound to result in its own “Sudden Departure” of at least some viewers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Beneath the hamminess and questionable mythology lurks a terrifying tale about a viral outbreak linked to vampirism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    You may not be able to relate to the mind-bending premise, but the on-point writing and performances make this a worthwhile drama for the whole family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    Some episodes chug along faster than others, but the stellar production values render even the slower-paced installments worthwhile viewing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    A diverse assortment of teenagers--The Mean Girl (played by Glencoe native Zoe Levin), The Rebel, The Girl Next Door, The Player--try to cope with the challenges of life, not just their life-threatening illnesses, which keeps the series from falling into Debbie Downer territory.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lori Rackl
    The Brit-speak can be a wee bit difficult to decipher at times but the show is good enough to warrant giving your remote’s rewind button a workout.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Lori Rackl
    The articulate comic whose charm is deftly walking the balance beam between cool guy and geek was at his best when he was simply conversing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Reality TV has blessed us with so many idiots to laugh at, it's overkill to have a couple of animated jackasses describe what a jackass Snooki is.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The bottom line is this isn't a show you tune into for sophisticated narrative, innovative plot twists and complex characters. It's a sexy, soapy period drama that's as fluffy as the tails on its buxom stars' backsides.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    There's plenty of guilty pleasure to be had in watching she-wolves in Chanel and their sugar daddies go down week after week. But be prepared to put up with cheesy dialogue and spotty acting along the way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    I don't see this fairy-tale fantasy having broad enough appeal to conjure up the kind of viewer numbers it will need to stick around.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Like the main character herself, the show is crude and rough around the edges, but you can see glimmers of potential.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Man Up! has potential, especially if it stops belaboring its premise with Will constantly harping about his masculinity feeling threatened.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Good Vibes delivered some good laughs in between crotch punches and penis punch lines.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    A lighthearted blend of action, drama and comedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    At least season five starts better than Italy ended. The brood is back where they belong.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Not all of Unsupervised's jokes stick their landing, and the content is on the crude side. But I'm willing to check up on Gary and Joel every so often to see how they're acting out while growing up.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Drew Peterson: Untouchable isn't a terrible movie. But it is the victim of a bad casting decision that put Lowe in the loafers of this puffy, inexplicably cocky and occasionally charismatic cop.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The acting is solid, the scenery is appealing and Becca's quest to find her son provides a fair bit of dramatic tension. But what's really missing is credibility.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    It's a unique concept [public can purchase online that night or the next day], although that's where Fashion Star's originality ends.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    This female-skewing drama gets points for its actors' performances and its originality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Television shows about advertising, like most professions, are generally more compelling as fiction, not fact. That's certainly the case here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    This "Ghost"-meets-"A Gifted Man"-meets-"Grey's Anatomy" has some fun, clever and emotion-stirring moments, but they're handicapped by cheesy montages and one too many scenarios designed to remind us of the importance of having hope.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Dallas is full of implausibilities. So are a lot of soaps. But this one offers something the others don't: a nostalgic romp in a dysfunctional ranch that was a Friday night fixture on many a TV set.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    It's already clear, however, that the writing can be a bit corny, the action sequences a tad ridiculous and the plot prone to nit-picking.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The show should focus less on catty hospital politics and more on the inherently compelling conflict of a person who has good reason to do bad things.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The show isn't revolutionary, but it is sweet and relatable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    It's not ground-breaking or cutting-edge, and it's by no means the funniest show on TV. But it has the potential to get more lovable with time if viewers vote to give it a chance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Monday Mornings spends a fair bit of time probing controversial and ethically complex issues like organ donation, informed consent, health insurance and advance directives. But that, coupled with a cast of characters who don't become all that compelling after three episodes, isn't enough to elevate the series above the rest of the pack.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The Brit does a toe-curling turn--almost to a fault--as a successful web designer who, when it comes to dating, crashes more often than shoddy software.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    If you’re into The Vampire Diaries (I’m not), you’ll get sucked into this sleek spinoff.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Bogged down by mundane subplots and generic characters, it lacks the atmosphere, tension and emotional pull that defined Sundance Channel’s recent “zombie” show, “The Returned.”
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    It’s sexy, pretty and fun, but don’t use it to cram for that European history exam. The show plays fast and loose with the facts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The 13-part series feels like a G-rated version of that HBO hit, without the top-notch writing and production. Even so, it’s decent, family-friendly escapism for fans of supernatural TV.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Bonnie’s panic attacks and Clyde’s crystal-ball premonitions add hokeyness to an otherwise decent drama, whose biggest crime is being stretched over two nights instead of one.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    A whole new crop of crazies populate the sophomore season, but the murder and mayhem is laced with a been-there- done-that feel.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Fleming’s life could have used an editor; the four-part series feels repetitive and should have been cut in half.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    This tale of a twisted family’s misguided quest for love and money is still creepy and atmospheric enough to make for pulpy television fun.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    For every great line, there’s a dud.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The man-banter humor and language in Sirens can be jarringly crass at times--an unexpected pothole hit while cruising along with these generally likable characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The use of animation makes it feel even more like something you’d see in a high school science class. Special effects have come a long way since 1980, yet they manage to be less impressive in this updated version that shoots for the stars but falls short.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    It’s a poor man’s “American Horror Story: Coven” but with more shrieking and less fun. On the upside, Janet Montgomery makes for an intriguing sorceress.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    It starts to feel repetitive in the second half. But a convincing Zoe Saldana Avatar keeps you vested in the outcome, and the City of Light makes an enticing backdrop for the Prince of Darkness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Leoni’s uber-competent character--she’s brilliant, plugged-in, fluent in every language!--could easily be annoying in the hands of another actress. But Leoni gives Elizabeth McCord a savvy, down-to-earth quality that makes her easy to root for.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    Working the Engels is a decent little sitcom made more appealing by its likeable cast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The mostly intriguing premiere raises many questions, not least of which is: Will the story be too out there for a mainstream audience?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    This pleasant enough rom-com would be better if it relied less on predictable sex jokes and focused more on the fish-out-of-water angle that will ring true to anyone who’s lived abroad.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The pilot is a little light at bringing the funny, but the concept has promise--and Laurence Fishburne.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Lori Rackl
    The show would benefit from easing up on the frenetic pace, taking a breath every now and then, and making its younger cast members seem like they’re actually in law school, not an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    2 Broke Girls has its fair share of genuinely funny lines....But the program has plenty of eye-rollers, too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    Wells' seemingly infallible memory takes some fun out of the guesswork and doesn't add enough spice to what's ultimately just another helping of TV comfort food.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    Underneath the special effects and fairy-tale plot propeller lurks just another crime drama, and not a very good one at that.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    The relationship jokes come off stale and cliched (men can't be monogamous!), and you're left feeling like you watched a raunchier--and less funny--version of "Friends."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    The Rosie Show got off to a rocky start Monday with a premiere that was talk show, variety show, game show and public-service program, all rolled up into one muddled hour of live TV.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    It sure felt a lot like the same old show to me, just with different faces.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    Bag of Bones isn't completely devoid of suspense, but it's a lot less satisfying than many other, far superior King adaptations.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    The only times Rob flirts with funniness are when the stereotypes get turned around
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    After swimming in its silliness for two hours, I can only say The River goes downhill fast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    When it comes to most of the rookie characters and the plot, nothing in the pilot of NYC 22 jumps out as being particularly original or interesting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    Their inherently compelling story is cheapened by too many gimmicks and a lack of focus, sins that the writers Hemingway and Gellhorn managed to avoid in real life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    Anger Management is a so-so sitcom peppered with equal parts funny lines and groaners.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    Cats, dogs, tigers, tortoises, snakes, penguins--they're all mined for laughs in this so-so sitcom set in a New York City animal hospital.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    The pilot suffers from an identity crisis, straddling the fence between poignant comedy and eye-rolling farce.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    I expect more from the creators of "Will & Grace" than this lackluster comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    It’s just another police procedural pretending to be something bigger, and I don’t feel all that compelled to stick around and watch this golden boy grow up.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    The quality of the material doesn’t measure up to the cast’s talent level.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    Intelligence feels more like a dumb action movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    Spy games aren’t nearly as fun when you know who the mole is from the start. That’s the main problem with this unsuspenseful eight-part miniseries.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    It’s decent material to mine for laughs in a two-hour movie, but it wears thin on a weekly basis despite solid performances by the rest of the cast.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    The series is artfully shot, superbly acted by Eva Green (“Casino Royale”) and boasts an impressive pedigree (producer Sam Mendes of “Skyfall” and “American Beauty”), but it lacks the compelling quality of the pulpy fiction that spawned its pejorative name.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    Instead of Ryan being a complex antihero with shades of gray, he’s more like a boring beige.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    The only buoy that may keep you holding on week-to-week is the entertaining interplay between Blackbeard and honorable spy-surgeon Tom Lowe.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    This dark medical drama directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh suffers from multiple ailments, not least of which is its relentlessly grim tone.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Lori Rackl
    If only Houdini could have waved a wand and made half of this too-long miniseries disappear.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Lori Rackl
    Aside from a few funny jokes padded between layers of groaners, there's quite a bit to hate--or at least strongly dislike--about Fox's new sitcom.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Lori Rackl
    But instead of filling that "AMC" slot with something fresh and new, all we get are stale leftovers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Lori Rackl
    At least with the movie, the actors relayed a vulnerability that sparked occasional empathy. That pathos got lost in the transition from live action to animation.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Lori Rackl
    Much of what passes for humor in Work It is mined from the same, quickly depleted vein: men awkwardly trying to pass for women.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Lori Rackl
    After watching two episodes, I'll admit to being mildly curious about what happened to Riley's husband. But I can't bring myself to sit through more of this silliness to find out if there's a happy ending.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Lori Rackl
    With the exception of the bull-ride-gone-bad scene, Bristol's day-to-day life isn't very interesting.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Lori Rackl
    [Liz & Dick] isn't offensively bad. But it is by no means good.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Lori Rackl
    So far Deception feels like one long TV crime drama where everyone takes turns standing under a cloud of suspicion.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Lori Rackl
    This overly ambitious series tries to do way too much and ends up doing nothing particularly well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 37 Lori Rackl
    The actresses do a good job, too. It’s just a shame they have to do it in a largely dull, predictable show where it’s impossible for them to shine, no matter how hard they clean and scrub.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 37 Lori Rackl
    Neither pilot [Intelligence or Killer Women] left me with a desire for more.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Lori Rackl
    The addition of a misunderstood, brilliant kid belonging to a diner waitress unconvincingly played by Katharine McPhee doesn’t help.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 37 Lori Rackl
    Since just about every character is neurotic, cartoonish or annoying, you end up rooting for them to remain dateless.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Lori Rackl
    What started off last year as a promising sci-fi summer series quickly devolved into a silly mess.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    What follows is a silly, youth-oriented CW drama packaged as a fish-out-of-water yarn.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    We're supposed to believe that there's a nice guy lurking underneath that misogynistic, bigoted shell. But just like everything that's for sale at Outdoor Man, I'm not buying it.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    Charlie's Angels is proof that angels exist in hell, because that's where it felt like I was during most of this hourlong drivel.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    I hope Andrew (David Hornsby) has penned an etiquette column on how a gentleman handles getting canceled by a network, because he's going to need it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    Comedy is supposed to be funny, and Free Agents is not.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    The group's personalities and their exploits pale in comparison to the Ron Ron juice-chugging, Jersey Turnpike-dancing cast of the "Shore." And as those sunscreen-shunning, sloppy drunks will attest, pale is never good.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    Snooki & JWoww is further evidence that this gym-tan-laundry cult is more entertaining as a band than as a bunch of solo artists.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    I expect more from you [Jimmy Fallon] than this insipid sitcom.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    [A] ridiculous rendition of a plucky, working-class gal (Janet Montgomery) who shows 'em all how it's done at a fancy-pants Manhattan law firm.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    And that's me, faster than Usain Bolt, changing the channel.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    The show's humor is tepid at best. The characters are mostly annoying--and bereft of the vulnerability and honesty that make you want to root for the similarly self-involved twentysomethings in "Girls."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    The only thing hokier than the show's preposterous premise is the writing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    Her love-hate relationship with a local good ol’ boy lawyer (Cam Gigandet, “The O.C.”) is one of many predictable plot points in this instantly forgettable summer soap.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    While it’s better than getting stung by a bee, I’d rather watch fingernails dry.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    It’s more like Sad Downer Night watching the talented Wilson repeatedly exploit her own heft in a failed attempt for cheap laughs.
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    [A] soapy, silly adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz’s best-seller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    This miscast, tone-deaf family sitcom fails on multiple fronts, the biggest being J.K. Simmons’ nonsensical character: a lawyer and father of two who’s managed to hide his blindness from just about everyone.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    The unusual medical cases feel like a way of marking time until Dr. Black can once again go off her meds and turn into a sex fiend in a show that might as well be called “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter.”
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    The hodgepodge plot feels like an Obamacare ad rounded out with “Melrose Place” romance and “Untold Stories of the ER” weirdness. NBC would have been better off airing “Chicago Fire” repeats rather than fill this primetime slot with a summer burnoff series that’s D.O.A.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    Pardonne-moi, but car chases and creative cinematography aren’t enough to make up for lame jokes and hackneyed storylines.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    Some of the jokes are criminally bad, the supporting characters are tired tropes, and Lawrence seems to be dialing it in.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    It’s pretty awful. Debra Messing deserves better than this trench coat cloaked detective who, in the premiere, solves what might be The Most Inane Murder Mystery in the History of Television.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    ABC’s new crime-solving drama about an immortal medical examiner is nothing more than a shameless “Sherlock” ripoff.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Lori Rackl
    [A] bizarre, Seth MacFarlane-like show that seems to have stemmed from a trippy night on ‘shrooms. In the words of Nancy Reagan, just say no.