For 1,105 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1
Score distribution:
1105 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    A bit generic, despite the creepy particulars of this series’ science-based mysteries--think a more mainstream "Fringe."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Curiously compelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    HBO's punchy, pungent but ultimately facile Cinema Verite dramatizes the making of 1973's revolutionary PBS (!) docu-series An American Family, a precursor to today's exhibitionistic "reality" freak shows.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    A high-concept guilty pleasure that comes as a bit of a creative relief after a dreary season of derivative spin-offs, reboots and retreads.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Even at its hokiest, Poldark is the sort of great escape you would be foolish to resist. [3-9 Oct 2016, p.23]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Earnest but rarely saccharine.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    First impression is that Halt is fresh and fraught with calculated promise, but whether that's enough to catch fire remains to be seen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Though boringly narrated by a 93-year-old Indy, the tales are the stuff of many a kid's adventure story - back when kids still read. [4 Mar 1992, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Cougar Town is as unrepentantly shallow and silly as ever.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Scrubs has lost none of its endearing ability to mix earnest sentiment with sardonic gag-centric humor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The best parts of this sleek but scaled-down show are what made the first film such an unexpected gas back in 1987: cartoonish mayhem, puns and visual gags, a cheeky tweaking of TV "infotainment" and a cheerful cynicism about a corporate culture grown even more mendacious on the back of the computer chip. [14 Mar 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This may not be Peabody material, but if you like a show that's not afraid to go bananas, this might just be your type of low-hanging fruit.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The enjoyable if less-than-inspired two-hour pilot introduces us to the warehouse, its bizarre inventory and the mismatched new agents in charge.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Resurrection subverts expectations by sidestepping the creepy and macabre--although there are layers of mysteries and secrets in the small town of Arcadia, Missouri--and dwelling in a more bucolic and even tear-jerking manner on the spiritual and societal ramifications of this apparent miracle.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The cast is solid and admirably diverse.... While never as engaging as Grey's Anatomy nor clever enough to make us forget the void left by House's departure, Mornings at least does no harm.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    As deadpan as it is high-concept, iZombie is genre-bending and beguiling hoot. [9-16 Mar 2015, p.13]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Like many HBO half-hours, this is a slow, slow burn to get to a payoff. The smiles here are of recognition that even the most ordinary families can have wonderfully strange roots.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    In a summer with so many heavy and dour alternatives (hello, Leftovers), this escapist fluff will be for some just what the doctor ... you know.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Self-consciously edgy while flirting with cosmic schmaltz, Saving Grace is overdone, but not run-of-the-mill.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This show goes for Broke with its snappy dialogue, occasionally crossing the taste barrier with its grotesque ethnic caricatures (the girls' Asian boss in particular). But the girls have great chemistry.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Familiarity points deducted, Arrow is still a very slick piece of work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Like the notorious family that bribed its way into the Vatican's papal chamber while sullying many a Roman bedchamber, we want our money's worth. And The Borgias wickedly delivers, serving up an operatic feast of delicious malice and unbridled lust: for power and wealth, for carnal pleasure and vulgar theatrics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The show's predictably melodramatic rhythms and telegraphed twists will be like nectar to those still pining for this old-school style of skullduggery.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    An offbeat show that veers between wacky and truly poignant extremes.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    How mad you'll be for the slice-of-strife romantic comedy of Mad About You may depend on your tolerance for the young-ish and restless, verbally glib and urban-ly neurotic. [23 Sep 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Is Conan the sort of show that's going to revolutionize TV? Probably not. But Conan O'Brien remains a singularly appealing and wonderfully silly voice in the crowded clamor of late night, and it's good to see him back where he belongs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Watching things go to hell was great fun. Being stuck in sitcom hell turns out to be a bit more trying.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The first episode opens and closes on the cliffhanger of Bridget-as-Siobhan being stalked by an unseen menace, but which sister is the actual target? As long as Ringer keeps us asking questions like this, and Gellar keeps us engaged in the deluxe and twisted sister act, we're more than happy to be put through the romantic-suspense wringer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    While the show is uniformly silly and slight, it becomes rather endearing the more we get to know this band of knucklehead brothers within a Bad News Platoon.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's all very entertaining, and extremely well acted, but feels overly hectic. Not until next Sunday's episode, when Bill and Barbara's daughter Sarah makes a move toward determining her own future, does Big Love approach the kind of emotional, transcendent high that made so much of last season so memorable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It may not be not the most original premise, and the supporting cast leaves much to be desired (with the exception of droll Catherine Lemieux as a feisty veterinary pathologist), but Helix creates an intense atmosphere of dread and fear in which a fade to snowy white can be as scary as the deepest black.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    HBO's woozy and often intoxicating Hemingway & Gellhorn [is] a sprawling docudrama (overlong at 160 minutes) about glamorous world adventurers whose weapons are words.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Reminiscent of 24 but about a dozen times more realistic (though dramatically more uneven).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Even critics and fans who are intrigued (as I am) by the often riveting pilot--which ends on a whopper of a cliffhanger twist--can’t help projecting a bit into our own future, one that’s informed by a past that’s littered with ambitious pilot episodes that ultimately didn’t measure up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    There are still pleasures to be found in Boardwalk Empire, but it's definitely time to wrap--and enjoy a good stiff drink as a reward.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Some of the episode is forced--Sarah's babbling job tryout with Hank, for instance--but in those universal moments of family togetherness and transition, as these grown-ups who sometimes still feel like kids marvel at the mystery of parenthood, Parenthood is worth its weight in sentimental angst.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Homeland has its own rebuilding to do, and while some may miss the faster pace of last season, these are dark times, and the show is better for dealing with that reality in uncompromising terms.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Sons may be as busy as it is brutal, but at least its heartlessness is in the right place.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It feels awfully dated, except when Bello takes matters in her own hands to keep things fresh.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Glee is off to a good start. Please let it last.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    [A] bleak, bold new adaptation. [30 Jan - 12 Feb 2017, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Conflicts that would of dragged on for weeks are now resolved with economy and grace. Music is once again the show's heart and soul. [2-15 Jan 2017, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    There’s something actually at stake this season, and the art of the deal has never looked nastie
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    A robust adaptation of Robert Schenkkan's Tony-winning docudrama. [9-22 May 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Besides the location, there's little about Detroit that is particularly new or groundbreaking, but it should easily satisfy the millions who seem to have a bottomless appetite for this genre. There are plenty that do it worse.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's like the biggest-budget USA Network show you ever saw, fun to watch but rather forgettable, because the stakes just don't feel all that high. Still, for those who've had their fill of dark drama, Undercovers may be just the ticket for a good snuggle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Vikings has a primitive grandeur, with generous helpings of sex and savagery. Missing Spartacus this winter? Give these warriors a look.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    If 24 is a roller coaster, The State Within is more of a cerebral maze of treachery. One's more fun, though the other has its dark pleasures.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's the best original comedy TBS has yet produced--which may not be saying much, but given the mostly lousy track record among broadcast sitcoms this fall, it's hardly bargain basement.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Smash introduces its winsome ingénue Karen (Katharine McPhee) to a headstrong young songwriter with hip Rent ambitions (rising star Jeremy Jordan, who headlined two real Broadway musicals last year). This subplot, like much of Smash, is cheesy and corny, but works when the impassioned singing starts. Which, for a musical drama about musicals, is what matters most.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Buddy is the improbable antihero of a cheerfully improbable comedy. [13-26 Jul 2015, p.12]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Less lurid than HBO's Rome, yet still quite the pageant of pomp and friskiness, it's a throwback to the old-fashioned miniseries of yore, spiced with pay-cable frankness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The less revealed about the story the better. Let's just say that if you make it to the end of Monday's introductory chapter, you'll very likely feel compelled to see where else this unusual space/soap opera is heading.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This slick new sitcom, from three former producer/writers of Cheers, might be accused of gliding along too smoothly, as opposed to soaring. But what a pleasant journey it promises to be. [19 Apr 1990, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    As you'd expect from co-creator Ryan Murphy (Glee), the tone can wobble from sappy to flamboyantly snarky, but there's a real emotional undercurrent that makes Normal a good fit with Matthew Perry's new sitcom Go On.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Expectations couldn't be lower for this unrequested reunion, which is why it comes as such a nice surprise that Playing House, while hardly anything new, provides a much happier showcase for these gals' effortlessly snarky chemistry.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Stick around past the disappointing opening night, and on Monday, you’ll get a terrific third-hour cliffhanger and, in hour four, the arrival of a seriously damaged Renee Walker (Annie Wersching), who contributes to a shocking climax that, in fabled 24 tradition, leaves you wanting more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This season, with flatly played new characters introduced in the world of fantasy, I found myself itching to get back to Storybrooke, although the way the lands eventually intersect makes for a nifty cliffhanger.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Recovery won't be easy, but so far it's an enjoyably bumpy ride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The humor isn't exactly subtle, but much of it rings true.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This slick and often scary update presents a gripping medical mystery of scientific trial and error against a topical backdrop of bioterrorism, environmental activism and 24-style government conspiracy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's the absurdly over-the-top machismo of countless firefights and explosions and high-body-count carnage that makes Strike Back such a cheese-tastic guilty pleasure.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Lifetime gives the [western] genre a try with the enjoyably chaotic Civil War-era potboiler Deliverance Creek.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Provocative and sexily surprising, reminiscent at times of HBO's Hung, only more entertaining than depressing, the Trumans' story plays out with a funny-sad poignancy that rings true even when some of the details feel off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Paradise is based on a Zola novel but is redolent of Dickens, envisioning the store as an insular world full of colorful characters, with its sentimental and romantic upstairs-downstairs intrigues opulently packaged.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    TNT complies with a delightful series version of its Librarian TV-movie franchise, mixing elements of Indiana Jones, The DaVinci Code and even Warehouse 13 in jaunty and fantastical capers extolling the power and allure, and sometimes danger, of magic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It has sharpened this season (judging from the first five episodes) into a bolder, though still hardly subtle, urban melodrama of moral, political and sexual chicanery.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Because for all of the show's high-octane action trappings, the human connection between these buddy cops is what ultimately will make Almost Human compute.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The procedural stuff is mostly drab, but John's institutional memories of the Big Apple (dating back to when it was still a big jungle) make New Amsterdam more intriguing than it initially appears.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    As with Monk, the crime is largely an afterthought. Psych similarly serves up murder as a fluffy soufflé, but what a tasty way to end the week.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    While Wednesday's pilot episode of Extant (all that was available for review) lacks the sort of unforgettable "wow" moment provided by the severed cow in Dome's opener, the new series also seems less likely to lapse irrevocably into silly hysteria.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The series is low-key to a fault but likable, not so different from Bones in its sense of off-kilter humanistic humor, though never as graphic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Rudolph is the wacky comic icing on what otherwise is a more grounded and endearingly realistic comedy about two exhausted new parents (Christina Applegate and Will Arnett) who are still adjusting to the loss of their it's-all-about-me, hard-partying lifestyle to make way for adorable baby Amy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    I suppose you could save time by just going back and watching the original movie (which starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, who wrote the script), but if you liked that one, you'll almost certainly dig this.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    I wouldn't say Remember Sunday is unforgettable, but it sure is sweet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The hilarious Difficult People launches a second season of shockingly outrageous farce. [11-24 Jul 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The intriguing three-part The Bletchley Circle, which admirably avoids preciousness as it depicts the teamwork of four women who during WWII worked secretly for the government as code breakers (Bletchley Park was their HQ).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Gordon bristles with self-righteousness as he grimly takes the measure of Gotham's considerable underbelly. And that's where the lurid fun, such as it is, of Gotham can be found. And savored, as in Jada Pinkett Smith's sinewy nightclub gangster Fish Mooney.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The sardonically squirm-inducing Maron alternates between slice-of-rant sitcom and self-obsessed podcast from the comedian's garage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The early chapters are loaded with action, intrigue, enhanced by an authenticity as pungent as vintage vino. [22 Aug - 4 Sep 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    You'll root for these inept amateurs, but sustaining this premise won't be easy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    By the end of the second episode of Better Call Saul's very slow-burning sophomore season, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) finally gets a call reminding us of the Saul Goodman he'll eventually, and regretfully becomes. [15-28 Feb 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    [An] amusing docu-reality series.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This one is trying something different, although its look and tone are conventional enough not to shake the TV fan from their comfort zone.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Hard to say where it's all going, but anyone with an interest in serious sci-fi should strap in for the long ride. [7-20 Dec 2015, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Deeply silly, endearingly sweet, a little creepy and undeniably weird.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    If your taste runs toward the appallingly crass, then you’ll probably want to end the night with a new season of the incorrigibly amusing It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The novelty--and thus, a bit of the edge--is gone as Fox's 12-part 24: Live Another Day seeks to prove that less is more, slowly revving up the comfortably formulaic engine while visceral split-screen editing once again intensifies the literally explosive twists. And yet, because a sad, mad, badass Jack Bauer is the only Jack we've ever known, there's something grimly satisfying when he mutters bleakly to one of his few allies, "I don't have any friends."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The mysteries he and Martinez tackle are rather pro forma, but that's not what tends to keep shows like Castle and Bones on the air season after season. It's more about enjoying being in the company of these charismatic characters, and there's strong chemistry between the debonair Gruffudd and the earthy De La Garza.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    If the brisk 90-minute film can feel incomplete at times--almost no mention is made of the colorful circus of opponents Romney defeated to gain the 2012 nomination, and running mate Paul Ryan isn't shown until the actual election day--Mitt is less concerned with being a chronicle of recent political events than it is with providing an unguarded profile of a man who rarely let his hair down in public.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    As a cop show, it gets down with all the gamy fervor you'd expect from Bochco. ... But as a rock musical, it reeks - of awkwardness, to be sure, but also of an audacious recklessness, at its best exploring a fresh canvas of raucous absurdism or emotionalism. It challenges and sometimes violates your expectations, but more important, it entertains. [26 Sep 1990, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    A grueling but intriguing new double-fisted drama set in the world of mixed martial arts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    [Sweet/Vicious] is just as timely [as Unreal] in its depiction of female empowerment and rage, tempered with a jaded, wry irony. [5-18 Dec 2016, p.23]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The mayhem that ensues isn't exactly unexpected, but it is pretty funny. On ABC, that's definitely a step in the right direction.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    If the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is a bit of a slow-burner, not so much a "wow" as a "hmmmm" as it assembles its team of head-turning secret agents--they're the heroes behind the superheroes, operating in the shadows as the more famous good guys reap the headlines--the potential is sky's-the-limit huge for this clever action romp.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The Marshal is retro action stuff, every week a different chase and capture, but the ungroomed MacBride has enough character - and so does the show - to distinguish it from TV's legion of mediocrities from Matlock to The Commish. [31 Jan 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    You might cringe if you weren't so busy laughing. [26 Oct - 8 Nov 2015, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Once again the veterans wipe the floor with the young whippersnappers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Matt Roush
    Fringe returns in fine form for its second season.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Roush
    If Fontana's goal is stark realism, it's undercut by the overly theatrical device of a funky narrator, an inmate who uses a wheelchair (Harold Perrineau) and who barks his thoughts into the camera. A sample commentary: "People kill to stay alive. That's as true in prison as out. But I'm wondering why in here we fight so hard to stay alive." [11 July 1997, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Roush
    Defiantly deadpan and amusing. [26 May 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Roush
    A one-joke domestic sitcom redeemed by the joke's effectiveness. [17 Sep 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Roush
    This earnest Texas saga of high-school football and larger life goals really does go against the grain. It's not an annoying sitcom, for one. And it has a generally terrific cast and positive values. But in terms of ambition and depth, it fumbles on a gridiron of self-righteous improbability. [1 Oct 1993]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Roush
    An intriguing, brainy but strangely unappealing catalog of short film pieces, the sort of nervy, smug spoofs that NBC's Saturday Night Live specializes in. [25 Sep 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Roush
    At least this feels like a culture-clash adventure, not merely an audition for the seven callow cuties sharing yet another fab flat. [27 Jun 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Roush
    At best, and most, 3rd Rock might catch on as the silliest of guilty pleasures, a Benny Hill burlesque where the leering material is enlivened by some outstanding physical comedy. ... When goofy, 3rd Rock rolls. When dirty, it's stone-cold bad. [9 Jan 1996]
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The fault in Red Band Society isn't in the stars, but in the over-writing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Roush
    This one's a notch better than some, with Ben Savage (Fred's younger brother) only slightly overdoing it as Cory Matthews, the brat of his pack, boasting with his buds about how late they made it through last night's late-TV monologue. [24 Sept 1993, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The action scenes are impressive, the cast admirably diverse (with Cliff Curtis especially strong as Ryan's demanding surrogate father), and the tone suitably rugged. All Gang Related needs to up the ante is a hero who's a little more "anti-."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The final twists and reveals are inelegantly dramatized, but as TV, it's still a pretty fair page-turner.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    A glossy guilty pleasure that aspires to be Empire with pews. [20-26 Jun 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    What feels so tightly focused and earned in Breaking Bad too often comes off as forced and unconvincing in the land of the soulful bikers.... Still, Sons has a propulsive allure as it dramatizes Jax's attempts to take the gang legit (though he still condones murder when it's convenient) while battle lines continue to be drawn between the show's ferociously impressive leading ladies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The pressure [from the recount] brings out the worst in characters who have never shied from revealing their basest natures. Unfortunately, it also brings out the clumsiest in the show's writers, straining to one-up their own breathtaking cynical vulgarity with jokes in need for a rewrite. [2-8 May 2016, p.18]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Uninspired but competently workmanlike. [4 Mar 1997]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    A divertingly original but awfully precious comic fantasy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The first chapters are compelling enough, but after Hostages, it's hard not to be skeptical when we've just seen how quickly this sort of heightened situation can lapse into overheated nonsense.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    If NBC must use game shows as spackle to fill holes in its schedule, it could do worse. It already has.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Though the glacial pace is more akin to molasses, and the plotting offers few surprises in the first three episodes, there's a powerful contrast between these untended fields and the glittery L.A. skylines visible from the swank home of Charley. [5-18 Sep 2016, p.23]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    It's no fault of Bean's, who is riveting as he occasionally morphs into character before his colleagues' amazed eyes. The rest of the series could use a personality transplant.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Spymasters is especially fascinating when the talk turns to "enhanced interrogation"--all shun the word torture--and President Obama's drone-strike strategy. [23 Nov - 6 Dec 2015, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Like most other Cheers fans, it's impossible not to miss the gang back East. But given the disappointing season at hand, Frasier will do. [16 Sept 1993, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The hot mess of American Horror Story is berserk to a fault, though it does have an unnerving originality compelling us to watch while we cringe, or perhaps smirk.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Yes, there’s much that’s awful here, as there always was--some laughably bad acting, portentous flashbacks telegraphed so obviously you expect the screen to do one of those wiggly dissolves, writing that won’t cause Matthew Weiner (or his kids) any sleepless nights--and yet there’s an enjoyably lurid energy to this place that makes it only about 1,000 times more instantly watchable than last season’s dreary redo of 90210.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    CBS sitcom The McCarthys covered similar ground--gay son coping with outrageous Roman Catholic family but The Real O'Neals freshens the premise with a more irreverent, fantastical approach. [29 Feb-6 Mar 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Realizing that my pleas for viewers to seek out the original will only go so far, I'll say that after watching the first seven episodes of Gracepoint, it's worth a look. If it's your first look. Otherwise, perhaps not. It takes many episodes for the plot ever to diverge, and for the most part, any changes aren't for the better. (And that's especially true for most of the casting.)
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    From the few episodes I've seen so far, Body of Proof is just ordinary enough to be a success. There's nothing in it you haven't seen several hundred times before: a blend of CSI science, Bones banter, Mentalist uncanny acuity, House haughtiness, Rizzoli & Isles eye candy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Gotham's unending mayhem and graphic carnage can feel grinding and exhausting. [21-27 Sept 2015, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The sharp performances of the combative in-laws-to-be help sell the overdone situation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    A perverse parable of envy and misfortune that loses some steam as it turns into a wacky but predictable revenge caper that you know can't end well.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    It's like Deadwood in togas, a violent and bawdy tapestry of a vanished civilization.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The ever-present but unseen film crew adds a layer of patronizing self-consciousness to a series that is at its best when it relaxes into the slow rhythms of the Broad Hill nursing home, whose residents aren't nearly as hopeless and forlorn as they look.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Substantive without being stuffy, workmanlike but something less than a wow, the show often seemed indistinguishable from his Nightly News gig, albeit with longer stories and more opportunity for in-studio banter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    This perversely compelling mystery melodrama has echoes of Twin Peaks and even 90210. [16-29 Jan 2017, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    A proficient if initially perfunctory action thriller that benefits immeasurably from its star's gruff, bluff machismo.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The Detour is obviously not traveling a high road, but those with a taste for cheerful vulgarity will likely find it very funny. [4-17 Apr 2016, p.21]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Miss/Guided is silly but sweet and would be more embraceable if it would drop the misguided (sorry) gimmick of having everyone deliver jokes right into the camera.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Well-made, but heavy-handed and hardly inviting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Mel's eccentric independence is admirable and more often than not amusing--which isn't always the case for the show, which uses gentle but forced whimsy to deliver treacly life lessons from the perspective of preteen son Henry (Eli Baker).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Some of the randy dialogue strains a bit too hard to be provocative ("My vagina is not dead, it was just in a coma"), but what's truly shocking is how harsh and unforgiving the domestic blow-ups can be, as Abby and Jake survey the wreckage of their life together. The best parts of Divorce are those that remind us how messy and panicky such a dissolution can be for all involved.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    [John Malkovich] makes this cartoonish romp a lot more fun than Starz's Black Sails--which admittedly isn't saying much.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The difference between a Dave Barry column and Dave's World is roughly that between a backyard cookout and drive-through fast-food...Both go down all right, but one's more savory. [20 Sept 1993, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    This much more conventional biopic is a grittier, drabber journey from crime-spree joyride to high-stakes manhunt as their crimes and the ensuing fallout escalate in grim intensity.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Think "Ally McCouric" in a bubbly slapstick trifle that plays like David E. Kelley lite: less offensive, also less original.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    It’s painfully derivative, but we’ve seen worse.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Provocative but murky drama. [21 Mar-3 Apr 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    [Letty and Javier's] playfully perverse, masochistic 50 Shade of Huh? relationship makes for a ludicrous nut enjoyable steamy and sordid noir thriller, TNT's latest overwrought walk on the dark side. [21 Nov 2016 - 4 Dec 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The chats are amusing, quirky and strangely obsessed with monkeys (which, granted, is always a funny topic), but the illustrations tend to overemphasize the throwaway moments, draining them of spontaneity and often of their original humor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    One thing's for sure: Raines is weird.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The minister's no saint, but Grantchester is no downer. [21 Mar-3 Apr 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The characters and situations may be different, but creator/executive producer Cherry's signature tone of arch cattiness leavened with sentimental schmaltz is unmistakable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    My Boys can overdo the voiceover sports metaphors, but at least it's agreeable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Mostly overcomes its contrived premise and clichéd courtroom theatrics with well-played characters you might actually root for.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Not quite as riveting as some of Tyra Banks' Top Model panels, but the prospect of Naomi getting in her rivals' faces to save her girls should entice the Bad Girls audience to give it a look.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Banshee is a mangy mutt of a TV show and doesn't care if you know it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Handsomely produced, diversely cast, and fresh in its approach, A.D. deserves to be called inspired. [23 Mar - 5 Apr 2015, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    With most of The Closer's original crew staying on, it's almost business as usual--though with Sedgwick no longer at the center, replaced by Mary McDonnell's inscrutably smug and unsympathetic Capt. Sharon Raydor, the franchise can't help but be diminished.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    This is the sort of unrelenting frightfest that finds menace in objects as ordinary as a Hummel figurine. Before long, you may cringe whenever anyone goes to open a closet or pantry door. [6-19 Jun 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    As a weekly series, this predictable but agreeable comedy-soap about spurned Hollywood wife Molly (Debra Messing, her neurotic sitcom mojo intact) is less heavy-handed than the starter miniseries.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    More of a curiosity than a necessity.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Ultimately, this is an easier show to admire than it is to recommend.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    David, and the viewer, can't be so sure [the things you see are real], as every journey into his mind reveals a freaky maze of disturbing memory. Not an easy show to watch, Legion is even harder to shake. [30 Jan - 12 Feb 2017, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Even though many will find this brand of overripe melodrama as silly as the indelible "Death of Mary Queen of Scots" sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus, I can't help but root a little for such a zany risk.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Jackie Robinson could have used more fire in its storytelling, but like its subject, there's nobility in its restraint. [4-17 Apr 2016, p.21]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    This nearly six-hour adaptation is an over-indulgently languid showcase for Winslet to shine as the iconic and ultimate Mother Martyr.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    When it moves beyond easy cornball laughs to tackle tough issues like sexism, immigration and faith, this is as pungent as the current standard-bearer, CBS's Mom, and just as memorable. [2-15 Jan 2017, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    As costume drama, Victoria will likely be a crowd-pleaser, but here's hoping next season finds a more fulfilling balance. [2-15 Jan 2017, p.18]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Mike Colter as Luke is a physical marvel and an appealing center of moral gravity in a show that all too often telegraphs its plentiful punches and twists. [26 Sep 2016-2 Oct 2016, p.16]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The tonal opposite of the usual cozy Masterpiece, Wallander leaves you pondering life's mysteries. [9-22 May 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The lavishly produced, and reportedly mega-expensive, Marco Polo can be a feast for the eyes, even when the overripe dialogue ("Treachery grows well in the fertile soil of contempt I tilled") and uneven performances feel dramatically undernourished.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The show almost lost me early on with a clumsy gag when Molly's workout routine is upstaged by mom and sis eating chocolate cake right in front of her. (Who would do that?) But it gets better from there, although the whole enterprise seems like a lot of empty (for now) calories.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The plot is as stubbornly slow-burning as Hoffman's sharply reined-in performance and ultimately far less inspired.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The episodes play out in a series of uneven vignettes: droll, ironic and twisted. It's great to see Kudrow back on TV, but this visually static and comically stunted gimmick wears thin pretty quickly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The skating is slow and rarely pretty, and it’s not live.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The broad comedy in 1600 Penn derives from familiar sitcom clichés being magnified by the Oval Office fishbowl. It's a gimmick that may have trouble holding up to a second term, though the cast is certainly game.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Though punishingly overlong and occasionally flat-footed, NBC's Thursday broadcast of Peter Pan Live! was another honorably ambitious and sporadically enjoyable attempt to bring the thrill of musical theater into America's living rooms.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Making things more intriguing this time, Spartacus' main adversary as the series builds toward its final showdown isn't the usual sniveling, craven, oversexed patsy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    On the glossy surface, it’s an earnestly predictable but impeccably produced soap opera. [13 Sep 2006]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    It's all a bit edgier than you might imagine, and I'll be giving this another look--though it's probably not going to keep me home on Fridays.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Favoring hard science over developing characters of any depth, Mars is an intriguing experiment that only occasionally achieves liftoff dramatically, yet space geeks will likely be in heaven. [7 - 20 Nov 2016, p.13]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    At times, you might mistake Lifetime's enjoyably earnest Biblical epic The Red Tent for an Old Testament version of Call the Midwife.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Caprica takes itself awfully seriously, with plenty of thematic integrity but not so much intensity. So far, it’s a bit dramatically anemic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Watching Jackie go back on the drugs, lying to her support group as well as her current better-than-she-deserves cop boyfriend Frank (Adam Ferrara), you can't help but get a dispiriting feeling of been-there, snorted-that. Bright spots include Emmy winner Merritt Wever as the irrepressible nurse Zoey.... and the arrival of the terrific Julie White.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    It's a loaded situation solidly dramatized, but the storytelling often feels guarded in its telegraphed twists and pulled punches. [4-17 Jan 2015, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The satire is vicious, the behaviors of all parties reprehensible, which makes for a bracingly unsavory series but also one that's ultimately sour and predictable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The show is entertaining enough on the job that it doesn’t need so-called comic relief.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    In a season where all high schools look the same, with sun-drenched campuses trolled by smart-alecky know-it-alls, Beverly Hills, 90210 looks like yet another tired breath of smoggy, sunny California air...But beyond its stock characters - the freshman dweebs, the rich deb with a new nose job, the peripheral parents, the mousy scribe - there's a sweet sister-brother bond here, on a par with the better John Hughes youth- pandering flicks. [4 Oct 1990, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The overstuffed pilot piles on a few too many weepy crises, many involving Adam’s young son (who may have Asperger’s syndrome), but the strong cast’s considerable charm breaks through.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    If you can get past the glorified and tiresome rumbles and taunts between the low-class ''greasers'' and their rich-kid rivals - the ''socs,'' pronounced ''sosh-es,'' a tribe of mostly blond pompadours - there's a sweet family drama being enacted by some unschooled heartthrobs-to-be. [23 Mar 1990, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The best parts of the eight-part limited series are when everyone's on their toes.... Too bad that whenever Flesh and Bone shifts focus from dance, it risks becoming flat-footed. [9-22 Nov 2015, p.12]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Perfect for binge-watching, because it takes a while for this opposites-attract relationship to move forward. [15-28 Feb 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The show is now basically a giddily graphic war-zone melodrama, with a quarantined Manhattan a new Ground Zero as embattled humans face an ancient evil. [22 Aug - 4 Sep 2016, p.16]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Like a deluxe edition of The Twilight Zone, with echoes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Children of the Damned and even Rosemary's Baby in its sprawling and (at first) quietly sinister narrative, this fable reminds us that something looks too good to be true, it usually is. [7-20 Dec 2015, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    An entertaining mishmash that uneasily juggles jargony sci-fi theories with elements of military conspiracy, action-adventure, disaster movie and surreal psychological suspense.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Cheerfully cheesy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    There's nothing subtle about billions, which wallows in kink and filthy language just because it can. [18-31 Jan 2016, p.14]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    If the acting is often raw and the plotting messy, that seems about right. It's too soon for this Star to be polished. [5-18 Dec 2016, p.23]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    There are worse ideas. And far worse shows this fall.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Even when Freak Show collapses under its undiluted excess, it does remember at least one essential truth of terror: Nothing's scarier than a mean, ugly clown.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The disaster-movie clichés pile up in 10.5 Apocalypse.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Matt Roush
    Gravity may be weighted down by cliche, but it’s not without interest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    This crowded house becomes a power keg of divided loyalties and jealousies, often playing out in reckless games of chicken that soon grow tiresome. [20-26 Jun 2016, p.16]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    An uneven yet at times emotionally engrossing series that hasn't quite figured out an appropriate or clear tone to dramatize this mystifying meditation on loss, sustained grief and tested, twisted faith.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    It's aggressively unambitious, with a sexual harassment story line having about as much impact as a new-roommate squabble over sharing peanut butter, but it's always easy on the eyes and never consequential to the intellect. [8 July 1992, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    In the end, this dreary British import proves that the only thing more boring than agitprop drama is someone else's agitprop drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    So far so generic, and I'll decide later once my ears stop ringing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Give the wobbly tone, straddling camp and extreme action, it's hard to tell where this mayhem is headed. [23 May-3 Jun 2016, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    A newspaper writer whose one-night-stand with a baby-faced young-un leads to predictable complications when she gets, you guessed it, knocked up.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Timecop doesn't boggle the mind. It's merely a bog. You could write this adventure yourself. [22 Sept 1997, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    As fast-paced as it is preposterous.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Taylor gives a forceful performance as a wronged wife who lapses into hallucinations during therapy sessions, but a bitter tone pervades most of the rest of the show.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Like on House, we go inside the body, zooming from nerve endings to the mind's exotic landscape, where surreal images convey mystery maladies. If only 3 LBS were as provocative.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Too much pretentious hooey about destiny obscures an unfocused saga of normal folks with odd powers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Their [Matthew Perry and Laura Benanti's] wary cat-and-mouse game doesn't exactly break new comic ground, but it temporarily lifts Go On from its jarring tonal shifts between mockery and mawkishness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    This is what you'd get if Without a Trace somehow turned into a cartoonish conspiracy chase thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Sun aspires to the breadth if not the depth of The Wire. But it's so self-conscious in its existential misery, lacking the leavening humor and humanity of a modern classic like Breaking Bad, that it often feels more punishing than provocative.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Revolution is too convoluted for its own good. Streamlining would have been a better option for a show being thrown to the Wednesday wolves.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    The action and whimsy help compensate for an overall flatness in the rest of the ensemble casting and low-budget production.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Match Game is one long groan. [8-21 Aug 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    True Detective has its moments as a character study. [22-28 Jun 2015, p.10]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    The preachiness can be areal buzz kill when pretentiously overamped acolytes spout on and on about changing the world. ... Still, you may well dig the ride, thanks to endearing company of Luke Wilson's Peter Pan of a road manager. [27 Jun - 10 Jul 2016, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    The mysteries of the mythology--Where were they for the last half-century? Who's pulling their violent strings?--are more compelling than the plodding mechanics of the weekly manhunt.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    The frantically violent mayhem, including a tasteless cannibalism gag, is paced swiftly enough that you can almost ignore the silliness of a show that isn’t above resurrecting characters long thought dead. Still, it beats last year’s miserable detour in a Panamanian sweatbox.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Never as heightened or melodramatic as Queer as Folk (British and Showtime versions), Looking also isn't terribly distinctive and is only sporadically engaging.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Legal is fairly banal, and its focus is often as fuzzy and vague as its by-the-numbers title. Thankfully, Shahi has more than enough personal charm and sex appeal to keep this vehicle afloat until it finds its own voice.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    When the music stopped, the sound of Underwood was underwhelming: drab, devoid of energy or passion, creating a vapid hole at the center of a charming and diverting production. Her chemistry with a similarly stiff Stephen Moyer, as an awkwardly gaunt Capt. Von Trapp, felt like wilted edelweiss.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Smart fun.... But Report often feels like an overlong, overindulged sketch.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    This is Texas, y'all. And you may very well feel like you've been to this rodeo before.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    A good girl’s surprise pregnancy is a strong premise, but creator Brenda Hampton (7th Heaven) undercuts it by surrounding Amy with an uninspired ensemble of precociously cardboard classmates.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    [Graceland] is barely distinguishable from USA Network's long roster of crime capers featuring pretty people in gorgeous settings.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Here's the uncomfortable truth about Lucifer the series: It's just too damnably familiar. [1-14 Feb 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    After a sluggish start in the opener, which dived too deeply into the murky swamp of alien-human conspiracy.... Things pick up the next night with spooky-icky generic manipulation. Now, at the midpoint: "Mulder & Scully Meets the Were-Monster," by Emmy winner Darin Morgan at his whimsical best. [1-14 Feb 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    The result is a mostly wan workplace sitcom hamstrung by the premise of yoking Williams to a wet-blanket daughter as business partner (Sarah Michelle Gellar, not exactly in her element). The co-star who really pops is James Wolk.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    So three cheers for Cristela and a shrug-and-a-half for Cristela, a harmless but so far forgettable addition to ABC's reconstituted mini-"TGIF" lineup. If only the show had the gumption of its leading lady.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Rake's uneven tone (which makes Ally McBeal seem grounded in reality) left me numb.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    The problem is that self-styled bohemians, including sidekicks like a fey fashion photographer (John Cameron Mitchell) and a dumb-hunk bartender (Matt Borlenghi), hardly look natural delivering glib one-liners and performing slapstick spit-takes. [9 Sept 1996, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    As it wrestles with Big Moral Questions, Rubicon is unquestionably smart but undeniably sluggish.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Incorporated is too often chilly when it should be chilling. [21 Nov 2016 - 4 Dec 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    I simply hope Hot in Cleveland can give us more than the lukewarm pilot promises. Ohio deserves better, and so do these fabulous ladies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    If you like Lifetime, you'll probably love this one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    It almost torpedoes itself by being a bore and taking its futuristic sociology too doggone seriously. [18 Sept 1989, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    While sporadically and quietly amusing, the entire enterprise has the whiff of an in-joke vanity production.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Even if all of their naughty bits weren't pixilated--it's still a bonanza for backside gazing, just saying--they soon become so grimy, gaunt and downright miserable as they starve and shiver for days on end that it's all about as arousing as a labor camp death march.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    The action is fast-paced, the plotting dense, if often simplistic, and the tension generally sustained, as long as you don't overthink the improbabilities of the cover-up over who's responsible for the bomb attacks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Not much interesting going on here, although it can be intriguing to watch an old-fashioned-style sitcom shoehorned into the Gossip Girl age, as ABC Family continues to try to be relevant yet family-friendly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Having peaked a few seasons back in the amazing John Lithgow season, Showtime's hit Dexter at least seems to be enjoying itself as year six kicks off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    A more conventionally crass buddy comedy about a Jersey whale-out-of-water (voiced by Book of Mormon star Josh Gad) who moves to the California beachfront with his buxom mom (Debi Mazar),
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Though the stories provide plenty of jolts, Bedlam becomes less scary with repetition during its six-episode duration, because we can see these persistent ghouls all too easily.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    As an inquest and trial looms, threatening ruin to Darcy's good name, our romantic heroes become sleuths in a diverting melodrama that generally lacks the charm of the best of Austen or the intrigue of the best of James.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Replacing "Oz"'s joyfully timeless charm with perverse irony and nightmarish, hallucinatory imagery makes this three-night miniseries more of a lavishly quirky curiosity than a keeper.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    This Masada is a hotbed of passion, with plenty of lovemaking amid the threat of war, and you may wonder why Sam Neill doesn't urge them to can the soap opera and cut to the chase. [23 Mar - 5 Apr 2015, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    If this becomes a series, the aliens, ship and plotting can stay. As for the humans, remember Lost in Space? [22 Feb 1993, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Atmospheric and overheated, it's often as lurid and messy as American Horror Story and almost as indulgent and incoherent, with characters from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray and assorted other legends of yore intersecting in an occultist brew.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Wilson and Marino are a winning duo, but I'm not sure Annie and Jake's turbulent relationship is enough to sustain a show that lacks distinction in its supporting cast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    It may be just ordinary enough to work.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Truth is, Training Day could stand being a little uglier. [30 Jan - 12 Feb 2017, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    If only Grimm didn't also feel like we've seen it before, only executed with more verve and humor back in the glory days of Buffy and Angel.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    It's slight, but sweet. Maybe that's all that's necessary. [20 Sept 1996, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    As Stuart, the lovelorn web-designer hero of this sad-sack comedy vehicle, [Stephen Merchant] often tries one's patience, feeling more like an overexposed supporting player incapable of elevating the initial one-joke premise.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Some of the situations they encounter on the dating and relationship circuit are promisingly wacky, but the tortured jokes lean way too heavily on pop-culture references.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Reminiscent at times of "The Bourne Identity" or "Face/Off," to name a few movie influences it does not improve upon, the beyond-high-concept Enemy asks us to believe Christian Slater as a cold-blooded assassin named Edward who doubles, when a switch in his brain is flipped, as a milquetoast family man named Henry.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    If all of this is new to you, the appealing mix of humor and horror may very well hook you. If you've already fallen in love with the British version, as I have, this uneven carbon copy will seem wildly unnecessary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    This posh address, which could yet become catnip for occultists, looks to be for amateurs only.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Roush
    Black Sails opens promisingly enough with a sea battle, followed by threats of violent upheaval aboard the Walrus, captained by the arrogant, aloof Flint (Toby Stephens). Too soon, though, the action moves onto land. And while Starz staples like graphic sex and savagery are hardly uncommon occurrences in the bustling debauchery of New Providence Island, Sails becomes stubbornly becalmed by its landlocked third and fourth hours, as tiresome wheeling and dealing triggers a bout of Restless Sea Legs Syndrome in the impatient viewer.

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