Mark A. Perigard
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For 592 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 Boardwalk Empire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn 11223: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 592
592 tv reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    The show is often so gross, one is tempted to suggest that our local arts schools should start steering its graduates toward more meaningful fields--such as automotive mechanics or doggy waste disposal. But Blue is also frequently funny in a raunchy “American Pie” way.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Aquarius’ problem is that it doesn’t want to tell a single story from the Summer of Love, it wants to tell every story from that summer, so you get heavy-­handed displays of institutional sexism and racism, drug use, the rise of black activism, the generation gap, the Vietnam War and some marriage melodrama to boot.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Starz's Spartacus - Gods of the Arena is endlessly creative when it comes to all things stabby. It seems to have a bottomless bucket of fake blood in its production budget.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Reality TV has gotten rich off ethnic stereotypes--"Jersey Shore," anyone?--and now comes the generically titled Family Restaurant, about the Quon family, who run a thriving Chinese restaurant.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    There are elements of the "Friday the 13th: The Series" and any J-horror film here, but the frights are few.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The Night Shift gets the X-ray right for a series. Now it just needs to find a way to pump some new blood.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The outlook for his head and neck here is much better; Legends, though, is on wobbly legs.
    • 53 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Hell's greatest sin? It's often laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 74 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    There's not much new to see in this neighborhood, but the producers have done a superb job of scoring the series with fresh music.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Despite their [Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak's] experience, the show plays like a blind date gone bad.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Griffiths does her best to hold the show together as a scattered woman coming into her own.
    • 47 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    ABC deserves credit for its diverse casting, but Selfie looks to have the longevity of the average Snapchat pic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    [The] clunky scenes work thanks to the exceptional cast. These actors can sell anything. Almost.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Manhattan Love Story suggests some thoughts are better left unsaid.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    This is dumb, not-so-much fun shoot'em-ups.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    For a fleeting moment, the show hints it might venture into some saucy territory. Then it gets all “Family Ties” saccharine and goes in for the squishy hug.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    For The Odd Couple to work, you have to believe there are moments when these roommates want to throttle each other. This version presents a mild bromance. Nice for them, not so much for us.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The climax is predictable, but the epilogue is not anything you’d find on a CBS procedural and suggests how good this show and Wilson could be.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    This little dramedy, an adaptation of a Spanish series, has that USA “Monk” comedy-lite vibe going for it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The editing is kind to most of the contestants, who come off as earnest, intelligent folks looking to engage their inner heroes.... Alas, The Quest’s elimination challenge is unimaginative and the vote deliberations almost as petty as anything on “Big Brother.”
    • 67 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Wedding Band is frequently vulgar, and few punch lines can be quoted here, but it has such affection for all its characters that you might be troubled that you can't return the love.
    • 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Fox's "Raising Hope" manages to be both more outrageous and realistic than this flimsy, forgettable time-waster.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    As our wanderer through the rabbit hole, Lowe lacks conviction, but Socha is a true charmer as the Knave, and fans will be making wishes for Alice to dump the dreary genie for the rogue. With the mothership’s leads on a similar quest for a missing boy, Wonderland seems like an exercise in magical redundancy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    There are a few scares here, but while the “Scream” films kept audiences jumping, Scream the TV series risks putting viewers to sleep.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The bromance is over before it starts.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Pants hits the tube already out of style.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    There might be a good drama in Rake, but right now the jury is still out.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The acting ranges from adequate to awful. Milano and George have zero chemistry, and George’s sexy stud act, which has bankrolled his career, reaches its expiration point here.... It’s not nearly enough sizzle for summer.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    One Big Happy is light and forgettable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Cusick has done this role before so often, he might even be mixing and matching scripts. Washington looks so bored, he might nod off. The 100? If we’re marking days on a calendar, that’s being optimistic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Bucket & Skinner makes Saved by the Bell seem as sophisticated as "Modern Family." There are a few bones thrown parents' way to make the half-hour bearable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    With so many powers, the Tomorrow People seem near invincible, and the measures Ultra uses to thwart them seem flimsy. The idea that a prohibition against killing could be genetically encoded seems both convenient and implausible — and also lessens the stakes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The overarching premise of the 15-episode season cracks and crumbles under the slightest scrutiny.
    • 88 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    It's hard to imagine viewers voting with their clickers for this pretentious political soap.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Unlike the similarly post-apocalyptic "Walking Dead," there's never much tension on Falling Skies.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    A slow-pokey drama punctuated by shocking violence and sex.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Your enjoyment of the show will hinge on how much you can stomach the antics of the First Screw-Up.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The ninth and final season premiere of NBC's The Office definitively answers a few key questions about the cogs at the middling paper company Dunder Mifflin--if anyone out there is still interested in the once smart, now just silly sitcom.
    • 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."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The pilot is a rough go, winging from one angel to the next, necessary perhaps to set the premise but a slog. Nobody from the cast makes much of an impression.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Anyone really thirsty for laughs will probably come up dry.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Because this is a Bravo reality show, every hour has to end with a manufactured epiphany.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Like the look of the ladies, the show is gorgeous, but it needs to reveal some substance.
    • 59 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    MTV's documentary series "True Life" has walked this territory before with far more compelling subjects.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    For a show that starts out with so much energy, Breakout Kings quickly settles into a procedural rut.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Satisfaction has the most provocative premise--until about halfway through when it doesn’t just go off the rails, it careens into the ocean, swims for England, sits for afternoon tea and then flings itself into the moon.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Grimm has a low-rent Saturday Syfy vibe to it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    All this twee is verging on twaddle.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Thursday’s conclusion drags a bit if only because the miniseries requires Rosemary to be so deeply stupid for so long, and it’s not entertaining watching Saldana being practically sucked dry by her infernal fetus.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The emo-dialogue only sounds good if you’re just watching your first TV show..... The show’s decade-forward future is intriguing but inconsistent.
    • 60 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Homeland now stumbles through familiar territory, and the view the second time around isn’t half as compelling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Urban and Ealy are competent in their roles, damaged spirits destined to become brothers of a sort, not if, but only when.... While some viewers will be oblivious to the show’s racial politics, others will struggle to find a point. Somebody at Fox short-circuited.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Reign is a big stick of stupid wrapped in gauzy costumes and tramping around a sumptuous estate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    [The] premiere serves as a rocky reboot to the once robust hit.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Seal Team Six won't sway undecided voters; it also won't entertain many, either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The uneven 10-episode series shifts from pedestrian cloak-and-dagger to camp.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The show appears to be an uneven hour that hesitates at going either for the full-throttle laugh or an authentic dramatic beat.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    A sometimes intriguing sci-fi show from executive producer Ronald D. Moore about a viral outbreak at a desolate Arctic base. The bug isn’t airborne, but stupidity apparently is.
    • 57 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    If GCB wants to soar to heavenly numbers, it better let the devil out to play.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    This supernatural thriller is much more attuned to the times than PBS’ costume period piece “Downton Abbey,” which filters such hot topics as women’s rights and homosexuality through a modern lens.... Mina’s aspirations to become a surgeon are publicly disparaged by the person closest to her next week in a moment that hits harder than the onscreen horror. Dracula’s visit to an under­ground gay club next week is well, bizarre, but it captures how homosexuals dwelled in the shadows, terrified of exposure. Those moments are far more biting than any of the so-called scares.
    • 80 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The show’s formula--particularly the ease in which the villains track down Chuck--is getting creaky.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    It’s not a good fit [with Lifetime], and there’s not a lot of drama in this biopic about the first U.S. Olympic gymnast and African-­American to triumph in both the all-around and the team competition.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The first three episodes are essentially capers involving spy chasing spy as angst-ridden Russians try to defect, the CIA tries to get to them and the SVR sics the O’Connors on everyone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Right now, Up All Night is the TV equivalent of a glass of warm milk.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The Thundermans doesn’t do much heavy lifting, but it waves its cape proudly.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The show’s pacing, particularly in the first hour, could trigger a nap.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Mind Games is the kind of dramedy that could give you a brain cramp.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Series creator, director and writer David S. Goyer (scribe for Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy) twists the already amazing life of the 15th century artist and inventor into something fantastical--but not altogether convincing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    While Boss has delusions of Shakespeare, it's not even in the same league as the TNT revival of "Dallas."

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