Mark A. Perigard

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For 657 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark A. Perigard's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Friday Night Lights: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn 11223: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 657
657 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    So long as the dinos roam, Terra Nova has a future.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    It’s a treat being able to enjoy their black comedies back-to-back Monday nights, but “Nurse” shows symptoms of a serious malady: serial recidivism. We’ve seen all this before. It’s time for Jackie’s world to come crashing down, the sooner, the bigger the laughs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Detroit's on-location shooting aids its authenticity, but the show goes awry when it goes for a joke. For example, medical examiner Abbey Ward (Erin Cummings, "Mad Men") carries bruises from her after-hours avocation: roller derby. Detroit 1-8-7 is one of those shows that is going to need some time to finds its destination.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Boy is often silly, but this cast is just so likable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Some things do [change]. Homeland deepens its story for its fifth season, and this journey might be Carrie’s most treacherous.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    On its last call, Rescue Me has saved a few treats in its fire truck.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    It’s not the end of an era. It’s the end of a good, occasionally great show that overstayed its welcome.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Skins feels raw and gritty. The characters' pain is often palpable. Only the show's target audience will know how true its portrayal of adolescence is, but it should make many parents pay closer attention to what's going on in their teenagers' lives.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Mad doesn't stray far from "Mother's" formula
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    The premiere prologue gives away too much, and the mini’s pacing­ drags at times.... It’s a tale that never gets old.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Becoming Us suffers from poorly cut segments that might give you flashbacks to the ’90s seasons of MTV’s “Real World.”
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    There are a number of bad wigs and beards on display here, but much of the cast surmounts the costuming problems. The pace and the depth of the story might have been helped by extending this film into a two-night event.
    • 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.
    • 56 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    You've seen this game before, but not played with this level of desperation. There are moments when the boardroom feeding frenzies might cause you to step away from the table. There's something to be said for escapist TV after all.
    • 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.
    • 47 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Gravity’s inability to find a consistent tone may lead to its early demise.
    • 59 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    At times, the dialogue stops and unloads for exposition dumps, and a few of the young cast mates could use some more training back in the land of the Muggles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    This admittedly over-produced series has one of the toughest elimination rituals to watch: Each of the three finalists walks to check out a callback list to discover if they are still wanted.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    It's an extended "Law & Order" that never settles on a verdict.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Gaffigan plays a tubby man-child version of himself, and in the classic TV marriage cliche (see “King of Queens,” “According to Jim”), he just happens to be married to an insanely hot woman (Ashley Williams, “How I Met Your Mother”) who is loving and supportive beyond rational means. But Gaffigan has ambition.
    • 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.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    After some demented inspiration from Jesse (Aaron Paul), Walt launches a caper so audacious, it's almost comical.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Count on Hit & Miss to find its targets.
    • 76 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    [An] uneven cross between “The Office” and “30 Rock.”
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mark A. Perigard
    He seemed to suffer from “Jimmy Fallon-itis”--he laughed too much at his own jokes.... The show pretty much stayed on point, with almost every joke leading back to Noah. He got to make the show all about him, and that’s OK--for one night, anyway.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    This is one overstuffed show.
    • 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.

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