Mark A. Perigard
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For 526 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark A. Perigard's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn 11223: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 526
526 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Awkward is adept in some quick cutaways, as in a classroom scene that echoes "Ferris Bueller." Rickards works so hard to emulate "Easy A" star Emma Stone, she just might end up in a full body cast by the end of the season. But with the tide going out on such reality drivel as "Jersey Shore," Awkward is a cagey move for MTV.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    You may laugh, but you'll hate yourself afterward.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Hate touches a comic nerve, the war of independence between teenage girls and their moms, but invariably settles for a hug when a few more slammed doors might be funnier.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Like a lot of reality shows ranging from the silly "Real World" to the loathsome "Jersey Shore," All-American Muslim ends up reinforcing some stereotypes while defying others.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Punk'd seems to have a budget to rival a commercial network show, and the twist of rotating hosts--upcoming stars include "Twilight" actor Kellan Lutz and "Glee's" Heather Morris--whips up a new level of paranoia.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Touch needs more work grounding its reality before any of these fantasies take flight.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Your enjoyment of "Vengeance" ultimately hinges on how much you remember the betrayals and back-stabbings of the first season, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Even at approximately 80 minutes, director/producer Nancy Buirski's work could be tighter, but it's hard to imagine a more appropriate documentary for Valentine's Day.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    At times, the show careens from black humor to near tragedy and then back again.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Judd, who serves as series co-executive producer, makes for a surprisingly convincing action hero. It's when she stops to emote in full mommy mode that the show drags.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    In its personal vignettes, Weight illuminates, but too often the segments are a numbing array of statistics from well-meaning talking heads.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Count on Hit & Miss to find its targets.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Elementary turns the myth into CBS' answer to "Castle," with a shade more intelligence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    What separates this cast from just about every other real-ity show is that these people are chasing something larger than themselves, more vital to them than fame or money--that brief moment of perfection onstage, achieved after years of study and practice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Unlike other period dramas, notably AMC's "Mad Men" and Starz's "Magic City," Vegas doesn't cram the hour with topical references. Here, they're more subtle and jarring.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    After some demented inspiration from Jesse (Aaron Paul), Walt launches a caper so audacious, it's almost comical.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Bunheads has the potential to have that cross-generational appeal. To thrive, the series must find its own tune to dance to.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders accessorizes his picture with some vintage clips, but his Face could do with fewer mouths.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Perry proves to be adept at both the mirth and misery required by the role. Viewers, however, may be put off by a series that seems stuck like its patients in a gray zone between laughing and mourning.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Go beyond the in-your-face, outrageous title here, and you'll find a somewhat sweet show struggling to create some real laughs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    It's never a good sign when the main character is the least interesting player on the block. Fortunately, Empire's cast is rich enough for you to overlook that flaw.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Once the story finds its pulse, Coma is fun, but there are a few hiccups.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    While the premise is slight, smart casting gives Ben and Kate a comedic edge.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Plotting is not Fellowes' strength, but Downton's appeal is visual.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    There's pleasure in seeing such talented actresses bounce off each other. Woodard could probably recite Google search links and would still turn in an Emmy-caliber performance. But these flowers never fully bloom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    In its best moments, the drama has the grit of something more likely to be found on cable channel TNT.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    A&E reboots the legend of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” but Bates Motel plays like a slow-burning riff on David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” sparked by some fascinating, nuanced performances.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    The settings never seem authentic for the Big Apple, and accents veer like partygoers after last call.... Still, Maslany shows skill in her many alternate guises, and the show has a dark sense of humor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    The Big C doesn’t traffic in miracles, but it does deliver small pleasures worth pondering and savoring.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Sit through TNT’s The Hero and “72 Hours” and REELZ’s “Race to the Scene” back-to-back, you realize how much the genre lives on the tired bone marrow of “Survivor” and "The Amazing Race."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    The twist in the final moments suggests the series already could be catching a case of the stupids, in which case, no cast, no matter how talented, will be able to save this show.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    If the show can cut down on crime and focus more on the squad room silliness, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a chance of getting past probation.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Underwood’s Ironside rolls over everyone in his life, figuratively and literally.... As flashbacks show, Ironside was shot in the back two years ago while pursuing a suspect. His ex-partner Gary (Brent Sexton) has never recovered emotionally from what happened that night.... Their prickly relationship now is the most daring part of the show.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    The stories aren’t quite as goofy as they could be. The series is clearly a labor of love for the creators. Still, the show has its wonderfully silly moments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Mob City takes its time to lock and load, but its aim ultimately improves.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Garlin and McLendon-­Covey are believable as variations of “That ’70s Show’s” parents, and Gentile’s Jan Brady-style meltdowns are amusing. But Adam’s obsession with female breasts, encouraged by his grandfather “Pops” (George Segal), is creepy, considering the actor looks about 9.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Witches of East End is the campiest hot mess on TV.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    If you dwell too much on the plot, you’ll fall into a chasm of disbelief.... Flowers doesn’t look like a Lifetime film, and that’s a compliment. The production moves at a brisk pace, and unlike the children’s predicament, never feels claustrophobic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    After hewing reasonably close to the record, at least for the trial, the film goes off the rails in its postscript.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    A&E’s Wahlburgers is a thick heaping of Boston baked silliness starring two of Hollywood’s biggest stars and their beloved mom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Boy is often silly, but this cast is just so likable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Crossbones rises and falls on Malkovich’s inspired delivery and is under­cut by the show’s joyless, convoluted plotting, especially in next week’s episode.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    There’s nothing wrong with whipping up some comfort food, of course, but Murder might leave you hungry for something more challenging an hour later.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Hardwick might be the most jacked actor working on TV and has some nice moments with Loren as he tries to reconnect with a love that has only grown fonder over the years. But the dialogue, slathered with f-bombs, seems lazy, and there’s not much ur­gency to the plot.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    As the Chosen One, Egan is blond and bland. Dale and Head do well playing against type. As the Big Bad of the piece, Gabriel appears for perhaps 40 seconds of the 90-minute premiere and is still the most interesting character here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Carter’s journey is rushed. If the show just pumped the brakes a bit, it might discover a heart worth following.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Judging from the first two episodes of the new season, Rescue Me is taking a gentler, if dopier tone. [13 June 2007, p.39]
    • Boston Herald
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The show’s formula--particularly the ease in which the villains track down Chuck--is getting creaky.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    After watching the first four episodes of the sixth season back-to-back--an endurance test I don’t recommend--it’s apparent Rescue Me is recycling plots.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Undercover presents a wonderful tribute to the working man and woman. Middle managers are the villains here, sitting at desks and docking workers for clocking in late at lunch. The hour ends with the predictable reveal.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Rookie Blue is set in a nondescript big city, which also serves to make the series generic. The cast, however, is spunky and promising.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The players have all done fine work in other venues, but the story isn't here. The network that "knows drama" needs to step it up a beat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Unlike "The Wire," the pacing is lazy. Many of the moments seem authentic, but to paraphrase director Alfred Hitchcock: A good show is life minus the boring parts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Tonight's mystery ultimately doesn't hang together, but it does establish the show's light mythos in an easy-to-digest way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Hope you like looking at a golf ball, well, doing nothing. You'll see a lot of it during the hour. It sets the mood of The Glades. Sweltering stupidity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The Salahis are the attraction here. Judging from the season teaser, the show will spend the entire season building up to the infamous dinner-crashing scene, to which the Bravo cameras appear to had access. Remember, a fame whore needs your attention to survive. Look away now.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Visually, Los Angeles works. One forgets how dark and claustrophobic the New York shows can be. The sets seem more open, and the decor reflects an electric mix of modern styles. But the crimes--ripped from the headlines, naturally--might as well be culled from the funny pages.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Although the show is reminiscent of the kid-friendly TGIF lineup, some of the jokes are for the PG-13 crowd.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Maybe Abrams just ran out of energy drinks that week. This is a poor caper show that doesn't even deliver half the surprises of TNT's "Leverage."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Wahlberg, a favorite here, needs to avoid David Caruso Syndrome. There's a bit too much posturing with the furrowed brow and hand-on-the-hip that has made a caricature of that "CSI: Miami" star. Moynahan is solid as the assistant district attorney, but her character's lefty politics seem at odds with her occupation and her family.....But Selleck as the bad guy in his own show? It almost makes you want to dial 911.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Lone Star, created and written by Kyle Killen, centers on a con man who lives a double life--with two beautiful women--and is so full of plot holes you could drive a motorcade through it with a parade of elephants behind.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Chase reminds me of "Trauma," NBC's attempt at a Monday drama last year, although the shows couldn't be more dissimilar (the latter was about first responders). They both seem to be placeholders in the prime-time schedule until the network can scrounge up something better.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Linney, who also serves as executive producer, is luminous as always. But the first three episodes fall into a predictable pattern of Cathy confronting someone and dropping cryptic comments about her diagnosis.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    V is stuck in the past of a 25-year-old show. It needs to shed that skin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Sister Wives practically twists and breaks its back assuring viewers how gosh-darn normal everything is. Still, there are some cracks in the crackpots.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    There's an undercurrent of desperation in this spinoff--the belief that a woman is only as good as her face and figure, and that there's always some pretty thing on her way up to take her place. These women know they are disposable. That's the ugly truth lining the sun-kissed streets of Beverly Hills.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Many of the scenes with the teens seem staged, especially tonight's climax. Still, the Bruces aren't anything like the delusional couples who populate Bravo's "Housewives" shows. This is a functioning family trying to survive a dysfunctional time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Sarah Palin's Alaska turns out to be a tepid travelogue of the former governor's home state's tourist attractions interspersed with homespun homilies and family downtime.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    NBC's The Cape aspires to be "The Dark Knight" but unfurls more like the campy 1960s "Batman" TV series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    With its relentless narration, Gold Rush: Alaska more often plays like anaudible.com download with stunning visuals of Sarah Palin's home state as a backdrop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    You've been three rounds with this story before. Lights Out sets you up for a sucker punch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Comparisons to the BBC show are unavoidable since the first two episodes are practically a scene-by-scene reshoot of the original's opening. The stars even look like doppelgangers of the English cast.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Those who love the books will probably geek out on the series. The rest of us may have a harder time sitting through Game of Thrones.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    For a show that starts out with so much energy, Breakout Kings quickly settles into a procedural rut.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Unfortunately, Iron's not in every scene, and the 100-minute premiere, after a promising opening, becomes bogged down in political intrigue as his rivals scheme to remove the new pope.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    It's wonderful HBO is willing to subsidize so many artists, but Treme feels more like a tax write-off than an actual series.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Why Not? With Shania Twain rings of a last-ditch effort to avoid counseling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Becoming Chaz never really gets under its subject's skin.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    TNT bills Franklin & Bash as a dramedy, but it is more accurately a comedic bromance laced with pop-culture jokes and a dash of legal jargon to trick you into thinking you spent an hour on something of substance.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    NBC, together with Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind"), tries to duplicate the success of AMC's "Mad Men" but cribs the wrong details with a woefully untalented cast, mixed feminist messages and a melodrama that is at times laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    There are guilty pleasures and then there are ones for which you just feel guilty about sacrificing your valuable time. Revenge is the latter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The uneven 10-episode series shifts from pedestrian cloak-and-dagger to camp.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Call me bored. Encore's adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the cable network's first original miniseries, is about as thrilling as a three-hour tour of Boston Harbor while blindfolded on a sweltering summer day.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    This is dumb, not-so-much fun shoot'em-ups.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Pants hits the tube already out of style.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Right now, Up All Night is the TV equivalent of a glass of warm milk.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    This remake of a tart British sitcom of the same name starts with the moment that has killed many a show: its two main characters in bed, post-booty call. It's anything but romantic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    It's hard to imagine viewers voting with their clickers for this pretentious political soap.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Grimm has a low-rent Saturday Syfy vibe to it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Hell's greatest sin? It's often laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    NBC's newest drama Awake adds a drop of fantasy to its crime procedural formula and then practically buries it in musings about the mysteries of the subconscious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    As the hour proceeds, the tether to sanity--or at least common sense--frays.