Mark A. Perigard
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For 550 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: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Hollow Crown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn 11223: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 550
550 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    After some demented inspiration from Jesse (Aaron Paul), Walt launches a caper so audacious, it's almost comical.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    If the first two episodes are any indication, this season of Homeland will be about Carrie not only recovering her balance but finding a measure of redemption. That's a trip worth taking.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    Game remains one of the more challenging shows to follow, but one of the most rewarding.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    Not much is different for the fourth season of FX’s most popular comedy, except possibly an uptick in the production budget and guests.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    Mad Men is off to one crazy-good start.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Tambor gives a nuanced, career-defining performance here.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    What seems like a straightforward question--Is Nick a traitor to his country?--might be the most devilishly complicated thing to answer, and definitely worth pursuing in this complex show.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    Broadchurch answers your summer prayers for top-notch drama.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Ultimately, Sherlock doesn't play fair, but the game is so enjoyable, you'll be happy you joined in.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mark A. Perigard
    This four-part adaptation of Shakespeare’s historical cycle (“Richard II, “Henry IV, Part 1,” “Henry IV, Part 2” and “Henry V”) spotlighting the battle to win and to hold the English crown is both brilliant and eminently accessible.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    Your love for the show depends on your tolerance for Leary and his overbearing character. [30 May 2006, p.28]
    • Boston Herald
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Game of Thrones plays by its own rules--and remains irresistible.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    There isn’t another show that can go from laugh-out-loud funny to soul-crushing sadness in a beat.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Mark A. Perigard
    There's still heat to Rescue Me - it just needs something to stoke the drama. [19 June 2005, p.A03]
    • Boston Herald
    • 88 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Game of Thrones starts less like an epic and more like a session of "Medieval Sims."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    Buscemi is the only big-name actor associated with this cast, and though he seems to be having a great time strutting onscreen, most of the others aren't up to sharing the screen with him.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    The womanizing, booze-guzzling, chain-smoking ad exec (played brilliantly by Jon Hamm) at the heart of AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men has found a curvy sliver of joy in his life.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    Mad Men is back with another ridiculously addictive season.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    The characters carry themselves with the kind of decency, maturity and occasional playfulness that is virtually unseen on prime time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mark A. Perigard
    It's a bloody good, gory hour, and I don't know how Southland will top this. But I can't wait to see what's around the corner.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Many young women, if they're being honest, will see themselves here. And many parents will see their daughters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    If you don't tear up at least once during each episode, you've already coded. "Boston Med" is the cure for summertime TV blues.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    True Detective will linger with you long after the credits roll, a grim journey into night.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    By dramatizing the true stories of the men who fought there, Spielberg and Hanks craft perhaps their most psychologically grounded work.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Rest easy: The premiere is good; next week’s episode is flat-out superb.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    The character Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) might remind you of Leland Gaunt of Stephen King’s “Needful Things”: He knows just what words to drop to create mayhem. Freeman is outstanding as the little guy whose one moment of rage has far-reaching consequences.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Mark A. Perigard
    Party Down, about a group of aspiring Hollywood types working as caterers, returns for a second season of stale jokes.
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    Buoyed by A-list star power, The Normal Heart beats erratically for more than two hours, yet delivers a gut punch in its climax.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    A new day is approaching, and Don seems unprepared for what lies ahead.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Sunny is now in its ninth season, but is not showing its age.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Nashville is the snarky showbiz drama NBC's "Smash" can only dream of becoming.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    This is no CBS crime procedural, and viewers deserve the chance to delve into this smart mystery for themselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Series creator and writer Julian Fellowes has a habit of using dialogue to telegraph the obvious.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    There hasn't been a show since "The Sopranos" so concerned with bodily functions, and it makes its oft-compared predecessor "Sex and the City" look like a TeenNick production. But it's also fresh, bracing and original.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Arnold's Beyond Scared Straight hews to the premise of the original and proves to be just as gripping.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    The discussion of vampire politics seems toothless at times, but True excels at setting up episode-ending cliffhangers. The episode pacing is superb.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    Boardwalk shows no signs of losing its identity. All signs point to a bloody proper finish.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Plotting is not Fellowes' strength, but Downton's appeal is visual.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Of the cast, Winger seems to be the weakest link, brittle and uncertain, but it's too soon in her arc to write her off. The series is like a mystery novel, but the crimes of the heart here are ones the patients unwittingly inflict upon themselves and the lengths they'll go to hide from the truth. Watching Byrne's sullen shrink match wits with Ryan's cool therapist is the best reason to book an appointment with In Treatment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    On Veterans Day, Wartorn is a somber reminder of the price that many pay when they serve their country and a wake-up call to the rest of us about the debt we owe them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    If the script can at times seem slight, Douglas and Damon are 
superb.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mark A. Perigard
    Friday Night Lights used high school football as a vehicle to explore plainly and authentically the way in which people live, struggle and thrive in small towns. It just might be the finest scripted series on prime time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    If there's a nighttime soap any better, I haven't seen it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Dead is always at its most unsettling--and poignant--when its characters have a moment to breathe and to address their dark, nightmarish world.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Her voice seems to roam all over the vocal register, but she is compelling.... West will make you forget he’s acting.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    This is the best ensemble of any show anywhere, and watching these gifted actors bounce off each other is a joy. Damages proves capable hands can craft a thriller for TV.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    Rest assured: The Borgias are still bad to the bone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    The most endearing, functional dysfunctional family in all of TV gets off to multiple good starts in the new season of Showtime's The United States of Tara.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    Southland's cast remains one of its best selling points.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    For those impatient for the return of "Mad Men," The Hour fills that void and then some.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    The three-week, six-hour miniseries introduces a colorful, international cast of characters who live and breathe to create one moment of perfection under the limelight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Mark A. Perigard
    There are too many instances of people conveniently running into each other. In short, common sense is missing from Justified.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Web Therapy is far more entertaining [than Episodes], but, alas, wildly uneven, probably in part due to the need to weave new material around the Internet series of the same name that spawned it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    A dramedy about an unplanned pregnancy? CW has nerve--and the creativity to carry it off.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    Not every question--or every character’s fate--is settled in the premiere, but fans of the show will not be disappointed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    In its second season, The Walking Dead remains the most suspenseful show on any TV network.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mark A. Perigard
    The first four episodes Netflix made available are more intense and unpredictable than the first season.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    What separates “Tara” from “Jackie,” of course, is that Tara’s family is aware of Tara’s problems and supports her. In creator/writer Diablo Cody’s world, even the most damaged among us can lead healthy lives if they are loved for themselves. That’s a comforting message.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Mark A. Perigard
    Is the show still funny? Sure. But it now seems about as cutting edge and relevant as "Alf" or "Suddenly Susan."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Mark A. Perigard
    Just be grateful to be back in the neighborhood. [26 Sep 2005]
    • Boston Herald
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    You've been three rounds with this story before. Lights Out sets you up for a sucker punch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Mark A. Perigard
    You'll be left tapping your feet all right--wondering impatiently if there's any sparkle under this drudgery.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Mark A. Perigard
    The players seem to spend much of their time entering and exiting the same drab offices while shoveling exposition at one other.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    When Jackie snaps over one patient's plight, she could be speaking for impatient viewers: "People gotta stop trying to save people who don't want to be saved." Same goes for TV characters stuck in the same shtick.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Her Patty knows how to spread the hurt. Get in on Damages' final round.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    This spy spoof hits a bull’s-eye with risque snark and one of the best vocal casts assembled for any animated series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    The triangle--quadrangle?--becomes more twisted by episode's end. It leads to shocking violence against outsiders that deepens the tragedy and the mythology at the core of the show. "Game on" just might be the two most chilling words uttered this season.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Series creator/writer Neil Cross continues to spin dark strands that stray unexpectedly into unsettling territory.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Becoming Chaz never really gets under its subject's skin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    It's hard to imagine viewers voting with their clickers for this pretentious political soap.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    The first two hours are marked by surprising twists and betrayals. TV's most cunning series is back in session.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Russell and Rhys seem adept at the disguises and stunts. But their characters are practically flipped from pilot to second episode, and some of the black humor here is awkwardly executed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    King, Cudlitz and McKenzie carry this drama, in note-perfect peformances. They make Southland a worthy part of your Tuesday night stakeout.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    Cross The Bridge at your own peril. You just might get stranded in the summer’s best mystery.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    Homeland now stumbles through familiar territory, and the view the second time around isn’t half as compelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    As Pops, the sitcom cliche of grumpy old grandpa, Laurence Fishburne (most recently on “Hannibal” and billed here a special guest star) squeezes every line until it coughs up a laugh.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mark A. Perigard
    This Boardwalk is rife with treasure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    While each night delivers some terrifically tense scenes, series creator Neil Cross’ scripts for nights three and four suffer from some flimsy foreshadowing and serve up slight characterizations of Luther’s antagonists.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    This is a packed episode that sets up the dynamic for a season long rivalry that New Directions will be hard-pressed to overcome.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    The series gets off to a strong start as a black satire of not only D.C. but how politicians and journalists can leech off one another.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    Of the two series [Web Therapy and Episodes], Episodes is the most consistent and polished. It's also the one show that finds a groove and is happy to patter around its middling course.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Mark A. Perigard
    Every character has a voice-over, info dumps for back story that are either irksome or unnecessary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 42 Mark A. Perigard
    The premise is nonsensical, the characters little more substantial than fog and the central season long mystery is less a whodunit and more a why-bother.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Mark A. Perigard
    A serial killer, a state execution, slapstick involving a baby--Fox's new Raising Hope is deliciously demented and easily the funniest new show of fall.
    • 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."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    For fans of quality TV, The Knick will evoke memories of the South Boston-set “St. Elsewhere.” That show needed more than a season to work out its kinks. The Knick is already off to a robust start.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Mark A. Perigard
    The show’s formula--particularly the ease in which the villains track down Chuck--is getting creaky.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mark A. Perigard
    A series with substance and heart that doesn’t insult the city or pander to stereotypes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Mark A. Perigard
    Biderman’s work here is inexplicably lazy: South Boston natives are haunted or broken; L.A. natives are narcissistic airheads. Voight doesn’t so much chew the scenery as gnaw it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Mark A. Perigard
    With Milch holding the reins, Luck seems a lock for the winner's circle.