For 874 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Justified: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
874 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The funniest family ever. [11 Oct 1990]
    • USA Today
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Laugh-out-loud and sad all at once, The Larry Sanders Show shines merciless light in the heartless dark night of TV. [14 Aug 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    [A] brilliant and acid satire of late-night TV that scores its bitter points with the zing of a Variety headline. [2 Jun 1993]
    • USA Today
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    A darkly hilarious look at the neurotic personalities and duplicitous machinations of late-night talk shows, it's the smartest and most ruthless show about TV ever on TV. [22 Jun 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Brilliant. [18 Jul 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    As you watch the smart, sophisticated, sharply written and slickly directed Spin City strut its stuff, memories of Murphy Brown's early days may come to mind. Dominating a volatile, high-profile workplace and supported by a crackerjack cast, Fox demonstrates superb and crafty comic timing in a tailor-made role. [17 Sept 1996, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Was it worth the wait? Was it ever!
    • TV Guide
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    An oasis of becalmed eccentricity, this backwoods burg is a serene paradise of quirky humor and offbeat pathos. Here, using that old city-boy- meets-country-sages routine, is a show where intelligence, not ignorance, is bliss. [12 July 1990, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Brooklyn Bridge is a show to love, not merely to watch. A sentimental knockout, it's a valentine rooted in the warm glow of a specific place and bygone time, yet oddly universal and relevant. [20 Sep 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This is TV as great modern literature, a shattering and heartbreaking urban epic about a city (Baltimore) rotting from within.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    One of TV’s boldest and best dramas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Moving the story ahead five years didn't so much reinvent the show as it recharged and refreshed the scintillating mix of domestic comedy and sudsy intrigue that we've always enjoyed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Torchwood: Children of Earth is one of the TV events of the year, and anyone with a taste for serious dark fantasy is encouraged to strap in for the thrilling, chilling and unnerving ride.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Easily the best and most original entertainment too few are watching, Daisies dazzles and delights with a sensory overload of perfectly surreal whimsy that juggles screwball fairy tale, romantic comedy and mystery.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The Pacific is magnificent in its visual and graphically visceral scope and shattering in its emotional, deeply personal impact.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The return of the two-time Emmy winning best drama instantly eclipses the rest of summer TV with its dazzling wit, its posh mid-'60s style and its timelessly provocative substance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    A feast for the senses and a gritty tribute to the soul and irresistible culture of a mighty city, this series is a pungent slice of New Orleans life, set in the aftermath of Katrina. This show sings, and it cooks with all creative burners firing on high.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This bold British import is among the best TV I've seen in a mediocre (on network TV, anyway) fall season. Fast-paced, constantly surprising and darkly entertaining, Luther is about as far as you can get from a cookie-cutter procedural.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This is the best new series, network or cable, of the midseason. An immediately addictive brew of action, suspense and wry humor, the show is grounded in Olyphant's low-key but high-impact star-making performance, the work of a confident and cunning leading man who's always good company.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This instantly captivating period piece feels thrillingly modern as it captures with remarkable detail a chaotic time of invention and re-invention, of social progress and prosperity upstaged by the gaudy corruption and jazzy debauchery of the Prohibition era.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    We actually root for many of the people we find living among The Walking Dead, which packs a raw, emotional punch while delivering the creepy and queasy thrills all genre fans truly crave.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Watching Downton Abbey is like curling up with a really satisfying book, and I can't think of a better way to get through one of the crueler months of winter. This is one of those shows that after finishing it, I immediately began to envy those who had yet to experience the pleasure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    What's not to love in Friday Night Lights? This is a place, and a show, I will never want to leave. It feels like family. But we're lucky to have been given this much of their story. Underdogs to the end, these are my TV heroes.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    For those who prefer a more riveting, nail-biting variety of TV, one of cable's darkest masterpieces of mayhem is back after a long absence, having lost none of its sinister allure in its fourth season.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This dwarf [Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)] has game--and so does this fabulous dark fable. Dig in.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Buoyed by the effortless charisma of Timothy Olyphant's star turn as the laconic but lethal Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, this series is a twisted triumph.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Will Antoine achieve his musical dream? How long can Ladonna hold onto her business when her husband and sons (and now mother) live long distance in Baton Rouge? Theirs are among the myriad stories swirling in the funky gumbo of this one-of-a-kind drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    For those of us who hungered for a year to witness these new chapters, the appetite is insatiable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Once you get back in the rhythm of this enthrallingly sprawling, lusty and brutal saga, flaunting enough sex and violence to make a Hobbit faint, it's impossible not to succumb to Thrones' visceral, dark magic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Three scintillating new Sherlock brain-teasers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Shows like Homeland have a way of keeping us deliciously off balance. Can't think of a place I'd rather be or a show I'd more highly recommend.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    That's Mad Men in a woozy nutshell: intoxicating, sophisticated, demanding, uncompromising and always seductively satisfying. Even after a stupefying 17-month absence that somehow hasn't dampened our ardor for this one-of-a-kind series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Lena Dunham's brilliantly raw and raunchy Girls [is] a true breakthrough series.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    From the edge of your seat, you wonder if they can possibly keep topping themselves. Based on the first two episodes, the answer is a resounding and brilliant yes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Louie isn't exactly what you'd call a joy ride, but there's joy to be had in its pungent authenticity, the element so sorely lacking in Anger Management.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The first half of the final season gets underway for AMC's masterpiece of intensity Breaking Bad.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Exasperating but fascinating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    So far (judging from the first four episodes), it's living up to our highest expectations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Downton Abbey is like British catnip, a dazzling entertainment where saucy always trumps stuffy. It's popcorn TV with a champagne aftertaste.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    For the next four Fridays, PBS's Great Performances lives up to its billing with a spectacular and dazzlingly acted mega-miniseries titled The Hollow Crown.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    [Silicon Valley is] paired with the third season of the savagely hilarious Veep, this combo promises to be HBO's most robust and certainly most entertaining comedy hour in years.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    In BBC America's shattering and brilliantly paced eight-episode Broadchurch, a high point of a summer already teeming with terrific drama, you'll get a solution in a lot less time than it took The Killing to reveal the murderer of Rosie Larsen, and with considerably more cumulative emotional impact.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    In theory and practice, Murder One is everything that's best about TV. [19 Sept 1995, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    There is no more fascinating, or entertaining, new series this fall season.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Three episodes are never enough to satisfy our appetite for the dazzling BBC/Masterpiece Mystery! version of Sherlock, which thanks to its stars' busy movie careers, made us wait two long years for the latest trilogy of 90-minute delights. Was it worth the wait? The answer is (to borrow the title of TV's other enjoyable contemporary Holmes series) elementary: Did you ever doubt it?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Its intensity, intelligence and dark power are the equal of anything on cable, with riveting performances led by Mikkelsen as the dapper, sinister fiend-in-plain-sight and Hugh Dancy as his tormented patsy, FBI profiler Will Graham.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Teeming with anger, sorrow, passion and purpose, this powerful and harrowing movie is part tragic love story in plague times, part agitprop manifesto and tribute to tireless activism.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The deft, resonant satire that helped make Judge's Office Space a cult hit takes on farcical new dimension in Silicon Valley.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    It's sexy, violent, witty, emotionally devastating and visually spectacular--those dragons are bigger and more unruly than ever--delivering an experience not unlike how the glorious Diana Rigg (as Lady Olenna, Queen of Thorns) responds when she first lays eyes on the Amazonian warrior Lady Brienne (Gwendoline Christie): "Aren't you just marvelous, absolutely singular!" Yes, she is, and so's the show.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Fargo's compelling, powerfully entertaining story is as strong as its great performances.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Masters and Johnson's work was all about bringing sex in its infinite varieties out into the open. The psychological richness of Masters of Sex positions it to be a worthy successor to the fast-fading (except in Emmy voters' eyes) Mad Men.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This demanding and deliberately paced thriller (written and directed with ruthless intelligence by Hugo Blick) stands apart and above the glut of original programming. With its urgently compelling mysteries and shocking reveals, it's the equal of last summer's brilliant Broadchurch.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    A show that's every bit the equal of the best of cable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    [Ken Burns] triumphs again with PBS's seven-night, 14-hour The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which, as its subtitle suggests, never loses sight of the poignant human drama unfolding against a tide of national and world turmoil.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Matt Roush
    As leaps of faith go, yes. And faith--in visions both magical and musical--has everything to do with Eli Stone's divine appeal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Matt Roush
    AMC's dazzling Mad Men, returning this weekend for a third season of rich and provocative drama poised at the brink of cataclysmic cultural change.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The winsome Sarah Michelle Gellar is a huge improvement over bubblehead Kristy Swanson as the new Buffy, moving with her mom to the "one-Starbucks town" of Sunnydale, Calif. She's cute and pert but nobody's fool. [10 Mar 1997, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A trauma-rama that opens on an adrenaline rush and pretty much stays there, with timeouts for pathos and sex and dark hilarity, ER launches a surgical strike on the emotions that could make it the medical drama for the '90s. [19 Sep 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A hilarious holiday package. [15 Dec 1989, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It operates on such a high frequency of inspired lunacy, it instantly renders this busy midseason's other hopefuls just so much sitcom static to be tuned out. [21 Mar 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Like St. Elsewhere grafted onto L.A. Law, this is in the slick but endangered tradition of ensemble dramas showing heroes on the cutting edge of their vocation while personal lives entangle and unravel. [16 Sep 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Here's a show full of delightful surprises, with something for everyone. It's hard to imagine anyone resisting its many charms. Twin Peaks too ponderous? Lawyer shows too heavy (and too many)? Sitcoms too silly? As Goldilocks said of the little bear's porridge, this one gets it just right. [8 Apr 1991, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    I can attest there’s no such thing as too much Larry. Or, more to the point, too much Curb. Weak with laughter, I couldn’t be happier to welcome it back.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    I didn’t know how 24 could top last season, but so far it’s working. And the edge of my seat is already frayed.
    • TV Guide
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It lacks the star power (Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet) of Ang Lee's 1995 Oscar winner. But Austen's characters are so enduring and endearing in their virtues, vanities and passionate follies that they don't require movie stars to bring them to life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    In what may be the most enjoyable transition from hit movie to TV series since M#A#S#H, Parenthood is for all those who yearn to see thirtysomething played for laughs. [20 Aug 1990, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    HBO's brilliant and bleak The Wire may have saved the best for last.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Simply put, the journey of Battlestar Galactica is one long, exhilarating headtrip.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The only bleak aspect to this miniseries is that it doesn't last forever.
    • TV Guide
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The second season... crackles with high drama, suspenseful twists, unexpected humor and emotion.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Finally, cable's hit design show is back, still the best and most flamboyantly entertaining of TV's skill-based competitions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Animation has rarely felt so explosively, hilariously defiant.
    • TV Guide
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    When a new comedy shows up as fresh, original and painfully hilarious as Sons & Daughters, at first I want to cheer. And then I start to worry if it can survive. Call it Arrested Development syndrome.
    • TV Guide
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Surreal and harrowing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This show delivers the dramatic goods with painstaking authenticity each week, and even when it isn’t trying to make you cry, you can’t help but get emotionally involved in the lives of these instantly recognizable and compelling characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A show and a heroine larger than life, twice as colorful and infinitely more adorable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Dexter is real, all right. Real good.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Nobody said the creative process was pretty, but rarely has it made such electrifying TV.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This Technicolored kaleidoscope fable of life, love and perpetual whimsy restores my faith in TV's ability to amuse, enchant and entertain with endless invention and eye-popping style.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Brilliantly performed. [29 Mar 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This sleek, sexy, smartly cynical drama about selling everything from cigarettes to Nixon also nails the era's attitudes of casual prejudice and sexual manipulation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Graphically sexy and scary, and often wildly funny, True Blood, from Six Feet Under’s Alan Ball, turns Charlaine Harris’ rollicking mystery novels into a broadly entertaining, deliciously twisted slice of modern Southern Gothic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The stakes couldn’t be higher, or the drama more compelling. Breaking Bad is back, badder and better than ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    John Adams, based on David McCullough's acclaimed biography, is as sumptuous and satisfying as TV gets: gorgeously produced, marvelously acted and written with a sense of high drama amid generous displays of wit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Critical without being overtly political, with stretches of boredom punctuated by the sudden chaos of firefights where it’s impossible to distinguish innocent bystanders from insurgents, Generation Kill is both timely and timeless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is classic Law & Order through and through, where only the wigs worn in court and the accents are significantly different. The London environs evoke the urban New York feel, and the cast here is top-notch, refreshingly reintroducing us to the notion of a lead detective who's been around the block a few times.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It’s all very rude and often tremendously grotesque, but it’s a belly laugh a minute.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Vulgar and noisy, and often disgustingly hilarious, Dead Set is the perfect pop-culture poison for those of us convinced the world of Big Brother and its spawn is an endless night of the living dead, turning participants and fans alike into craven zombies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) is a serious history of sublime nonsense, packaged with classic Python-esque irreverence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    One of the best new comedies of the season, and an instant bright light in NBC’s much-honored lineup.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Boston Med reminds us that truth is often much more compelling and affecting than recycled fiction. Nothing is heightened or cheapened with newsmag-style manipulation on this series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Sherlock is the rare reinvention that's likely to enchant purists as well as those yearning for a new look at an old favorite. Should you bookmark it now on your DVR? The answer, my dear reader and viewer, is elementary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This show earns its laughter with sharp writing, brilliant casting and characters that hit very close to home while often striking a nerve (mostly the funny bone).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It raises its emotional game almost instantly, as Alicia (the enigmatic and compellingly subtle Julianna Margulies) makes a fateful choice between her disgraced husband Peter (Chris Noth) and amorous boss Will (Josh Charles), though the decision is clouded by another character's manipulative deceit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This fall's best and most original drama taps a gusher of intrigue and twisty romance, with star-is-born James Wolk the most irresistible con man since Lost's Sawyer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Trust me, Damages is worth it. And for those without access to DirecTV, worth the wait.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    There's always a surprise in baseball," says one of the game's biggest fans, Boston scribe Mike Barnicle. His lifelong emotional roller-coaster as a Red Sox loyalist--years of disappointment turned to rapture by the team's 2004 World Series victory--is one of the most enjoyable narrative threads in the glorious four hours of Baseball: The Tenth Inning.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It's a brisk, naughty little show, among the freshest of genre parodies. Despite its vintage look, Archer feels very modern.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Everything about New Girl, from her goofy costars to the distinctively quirky writing, is irresistible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is sleek, sexy, smart, densely written and deliberately paced adult entertainment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is a gorgeous piece of storytelling that requires and rewards patience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    With deft detail, and the usual sparkling mix of vivid archival footage and jazzy period music, we're treated to an evocative portrait of a young nation wracked by alcoholism and a debauched saloon culture, taking drastic measures to ban the manufacture and sale of alcohol.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Though the subject matter is wrenching, the tone here is more about emotional uplift, emphasizing the importance of bringing loved ones along for the fight.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    An endlessly fascinating seven-part foray into the most remote and unforgiving regions of the Arctic and Antarctic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    No matter the language, or the decade, AbFab lives up to its title, and its reputation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The River is a terrifying heart-stopper, a cleverly cinematic supernatural adventure that takes us on a wild ride into an exotic heart of darkness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Excellent questions propel us back into the world of one of TV's most uncompromising dark comedies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    For Fringe's small but loyal following, resistance is truly futile. We'll stick with this remarkable series to the end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Four seasons in, The Good Wife remains a marvel of clever plotting and tremendously witty ensemble acting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Dexter's quality has ebbed and flowed over the years (peaking in the John Lithgow season), but so far, this season is looking like a riveting winner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    An electrifying military-gone-amok thriller that bridges the macho hardware of Tom Clancy with the suspense of paranoid Cold War classics from the '60s like Fail Safe and Seven Days in May.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    If you can handle it, The Walking Dead is grade-A terror.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Community is undimmed in its marvelously inventive wackiness. Trippy as ever as it continues to send up sitcom conventions with surreal zeal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The Hour teems with flawed but driven professionals who, even at their worst, never come off as ridiculous as Newsroom's fools' gallery. The hours just fly by
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is a fascinating experiment that feels like first-rate TV, and for subscribers old and (I'm betting quite a few) new, Cards is a great deal.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A fourth season of wryly amusing but often shockingly brutal backwoods mayhem.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The show may be titled Hannibal, which for commercial branding purposes makes complete sense, but this is Will's story. And an absorbing, psychologically rich one it is, too--immeasurably smarter than The Following, more haunting than Bates Motel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Suspenseful, tragic yet also uplifting in its audacious collision of fantasy and emotional realism, this haunting gem reminds us that we shouldn't speak ill of the dead.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Rectify is touching in so many ways, and the only drawback is that six hours is not nearly enough to tell this story, with an open-ended conclusion that's more disturbing than satisfying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Alpha House is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This could be the start of something great. In just a handful of episodes, it's already powerfully terrific.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Netflix finally achieves its eureka moment with a terrifically entertaining piece of original programming that's truly and bracingly original.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    [A] quietly creepy and profoundly unsettling supernatural mystery.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    ABC's Toy Story of Terror! is a delightful half-hour vignette of gags, action and self-empowerment, couching its never-give-up message in terrific non-stop entertainment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The crime they're investigating often takes such a back seat to the show's tricky structure and the all-pervasive angst you may once again wonder what exactly HBO has against the notion of narrative urgency. But be patient with this slow-burner of a disturbing, demanding drama. These detectives are truly fascinating.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The Americans redefines domestic espionage with its multiple layers of emotionally charged suspense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Lapine uses a half-dozen of Sondheim's most notable songs as a springboard for a biographical study that's contemplative, analytical and transcendentally emotional.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is science non-fiction at its most accessible and enjoyable.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Embracing with raw, unsettling honesty the random absurdities that regularly befall this urban dweller, Louie brilliantly mines the all-too-human comedy of anxiety, insecurity and disappointment--in himself and others.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It's hard not to be moved by Rectify's unique approach to a redemption story, with an aching tenderness cloaked in a suffocating sadness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Occupying familiar anti-hero territory with grim and often outrageous resolve, Ray Donovan is a sun-bleached noir and a character actor's paradise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Roush
    The tone can be darkly comic, even nasty, also sweetly sentimental, even corny. Picket Fences is idiosyncratic, unpredictable and fun fun fun to watch. Our Town gone ga-ga. Put it this way: When in Rome ... sit back and enjoy. [18 Sept 1992, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A canny and clever series that makes hardware take a back seat to humanity. [31 Mar 1989, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A wafer-thin but bonbon-yummy romantic sitcom that sweeps you off your feet and deposits you in a gale of giddy laughter. [24 Sept 1997, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Don't expect the new or revolutionary. There's nothing the least bit special about this ensemble drama, set at a barely-scraping-by Boston law firm, except that it's all done so well. [4 Mar 1997]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Crude in execution, harsh by design, South Park is deliciously deranged. Don't bite unless you have a taste for the tasteless. [13 Aug 1997]
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Watching Dr. Katz, with its jittery cartoon figures and deadpan monologue rants, is like experiencing a particularly giggly head trip. [5 Apr 1996]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Sentimental but not simplistic, warming the heart without turning the brain to mush, this series version of Catherine Marshall's enduring novel is a romance, to be sure, but braced with a rugged realism. [1 Apr 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    24's first four hours, airing over two nights, aren't quite as electrifying as last season's opening act.... But none of these problems diminish the pulse-pounding pleasures of watching 24.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Nothing about the seventh and final season of The Shield feels like a show running out of gas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The circuitous plot is challenging, but the true glory of Deadwood is in its vivid creation of a volatile world where scoundrels, wretches and tormented heroes coexist in an unvarnished time capsule of Wild West history.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The new setting and a fresh, swank look help restore energy and a sense of freakish fun to what had become a morose melodrama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is the sort of classy entertainment we used to find on A&E before that channel got bit by the reality bug.
    • TV Guide
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The Office gets off to a good start with an episode about office gossip... And what about the latest Jim-Pam rumor? You’ll have to watch to see how that plays out. It’s a terrific payoff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It’s a meeting of the brilliantly analytical minds, and a master class in acting, when Hugh Laurie clashes with Andre Braugher as a crafty but also damaged psychiatrist who holds the key to House’s future, in House’s tremendously entertaining and ultimately moving two-hour sixth-season opener.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I’m just as tickled to have Project Runway back on any network, and the move to Lifetime, change of locale and long wait between seasons don’t appear to have dimmed its bitchy allure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is one fabulous ride.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This engrossing and unnerving nail-biter is a rare treat: a thriller with a brain and a soul.
    • TV Guide
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Earl is unashamedly crude, at times downright stupid in its lowlife caricatures, yet it's all so cheerfully endearing that you can't help but be won over by its lowbrow high jinks.
    • TV Guide
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Darkly comedic and richly entertaining.
    • TV Guide
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Extras captures the stifling boredom and raging egotism of life behind the camera.
    • TV Guide
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    You might think you can't possibly fit one more crime-solving procedural onto an overcrowded calendar, but consider giving Bones a break.
    • TV Guide
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's sexy, funny, hip and heartfelt.
    • TV Guide
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    So far, so good.
    • TV Guide
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Truth is there’s nothing off in either Smith’s infectiously enthusiastic spin on the good Doctor or in newly installed executive producer Steven Moffat's confident storytelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Torchwood, a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Mars is an entertaining collision of bare-knuckled police-procedural realism and mind-blowing surrealism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Top Chef: Las Vegas gets off to a strong start in its opening round, introducing an impressive number of contestants who are already on top of their game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    An endlessly curious and unexpectedly intelligent social experiment.
    • TV Guide
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I hung on and laughed at nearly every word.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Nerdy sweetness and deep silliness flow effortlessly from Andy Richter.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Intensely stirring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Who's a villain and who's a hero here? Can you tell the pawns from the players? All excellent questions as we become absorbed in FX's latest thrill ride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The show has found its footing again after a scattershot second season. The dramatic focus is very tight, not to mention topical
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Mirren... hits a dazzling career high.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Richly plotted and totally absorbing, one of summer TV's best surprises.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    [A] macabre gem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It takes a while for this season to build up some steam--by the third episode, though, we're back in full murderous swing, with some gasp-inducing twist--and things stall whenever the focus shifts to subplots involving Dexter's police co-workers. But whenever Dexter is center stage, Dexter remains one of TV's most gripping dark entertainments.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It is intensely serious, and seriously well done.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's refreshing to watch an interview in which the guest needn't worry about sharing the spotlight.
    • TV Guide
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I watched with an escalating sense of dread, but still was unprepared for the powerful twists along the way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Primeval mixes elements of "Jurassic Park” and "Stargate," rarely taking itself seriously while also warning of the consequences of not confronting these threats to mankind.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Adorably quirky and emotionally surprising, Eli Stone is a legal drama the same way Pushing Daisies (how I miss it) is a mere whodunit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Law revels in reckless, rude antiheroics. But Margulies also excels in giving her character emotional depth, with a tragic backstory and a rocky personal life involving a long-suffering husband (Aidan Quinn) and a hot private eye (James McCaffrey) on the side.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This show lives up to its franchise's reputation for suspenseful action.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Tell Me You Love Me is an engrossing, searing, sometimes squirm-inducing study of intimacy, told with a fly-on-the-bedroom-wall realism that is both clinical and wrenching. Voyeurism has rarely felt so unnerving yet ultimately rewarding.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Chuck is a terrifically appealing, super-slick mix of comedy, action and (often thwarted) romance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Duchovny is as rakishly appealing as any cad can be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Worth the price of admission? Absolutely.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I find I’m even more enthralled by Showtime’s costume melodrama The Tudors than I was a year ago.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This captures the original series’ vibe nicely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    By the time the sing-along version of High School Musical 2 airs Sunday (8/19, 8/7c), two nights after the first screening, many kids already will have memorized the lyrics--and probably many of the dance moves. It's going to be that addictive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's Broadbent as Longford, made an outcast for his empathy, whom you'll not forget.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This darkly engrossing and quietly suspenseful six-hour miniseries packages its chilly, cynical overview of international Cold War espionage in a brisk parade of sumptuously produced historical set pieces.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    If the season premiere is heavier on atmosphere than plot, by the second week, stories begin to kick into full gear, and you’re caught up again in the turbulent marriages, personal secrets and caustic office politics that make Mad Men so madly, marvelously mesmerizing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This bizarre character study, created by Diablo Cody, also works as a terrifically quirky family serio-comedy, with fine support from John Corbett as Tara’s very patient and loving husband, Brie Larson and Kier Gilchrist as their screwy teenage kids, and Rosemarie DeWitt as Tara’s easily exasperated sister.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Grisly and wacky, suspenseful and sorrowful, this darkly compelling cautionary fable of very abnormal chemistry is infused with a Coen Brothers-like flavor of macabre humor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It’s titillating without being truly trashy, because it also has heart--for that, thank Bil-lie Piper (formerly of Doctor Who), who brings wit and warmth, but also a crisp and unpredictable edge, to the tricky role of Belle by night/Hannah by day.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    As Shrek wishes "A smelly Christmas to all and to all a gross night," you may be appallingly charmed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The women are the main event here, including the wonderful Audra McDonald (also a Tony winner) as Walter Lee's long-suffering wife and Sanaa Lathan as his spunky sister. It would take a hard heart not to root for this family, to cry with them or to rejoice when they finally get their moment in the sun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Director Kenneth Branagh's culture-clash gimmick doesn't get in the way of the play's many intoxicating pleasures. This isn't samurai Shakespeare.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    HBO’s crisply told, colorfully acted Recount wants to be both legal thriller and nightmare farce as it recounts, with news footage and dramatic re-creation, the cliff-hanger aftermath in Florida of the 2000 “squeaker” election between George W. Bush and Al Gore (both mostly off camera).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This show is shocking in all the right ways. It's monstrously entertaining.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Darwinians, take note. Even the fittest don’t have it easy on this show, which is down-to-earth sci-fi at its gritty best.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Collision is a terrific example of an unconventional and original story, weaving suspense, irony, mystery and emotional turmoil in the aftermath of a deadly multicar freeway pileup.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    With its scenic photography, slick editing and relentless pop-rock soundtrack, Carrier has the feel of a movie, or maybe the world's longest recruitment video. It's also an engrossing, rewarding and addictive study of personal endurance and sacrifice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    [An] evocative six-part crime thriller.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Fans who feared they'd seen the last of Matt Groening's cult classic will be thrilled to see the show return in good form.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The comic relief we have come to rely on in the macho camaraderie has more of a tinge of gallows humor this season, which isn't to say that Rescue Me feels like a show on its last legs, more like it's nearing its natural (or, given the frequency of Tommy's post-traumatic hallucinations, unnatural) end.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Top Chef is the best-produced of TV's many cooking competitions (with Emmy nominations to attest to that fact), and the D.C. edition is already capital entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The high concept of this buddy mystery-comedy is as familiar as it is inviting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Glee finally presents its second act tonight. And yes, it was worth the wait.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    In its mix of the caustic and the compassionate, Jackie is as electrifying as its star.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    As enjoyable and exciting as the pilot is, it’s undeniably more simplistic than either Lost or FlashForward in its us-vs.-them setup. But I was instantly seduced and hooked by its lavish production values, the immediately gripping storyline and a strong cast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    While things invariably and hilariously go wrong, Party Down’s appeal comes from the interplay of these endearingly delusional wannabes—now including Megan Mullally, replacing the irreplaceable Jane Lynch as a perky single-mom new recruit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Mark Valley, droll and dashing, is long overdue a hit series, and I’d like to think this fast-paced piece of popcorn fluff could be the ticket. I’d watch Human Target for the retro-cool opening credits alone.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is the sort of show where "never say die" is written into the mythology--a good thing for several of the opening hour's apparent victims. I don't know how much longer The Vampire Diaries can keep churning stories at this feverish rate, but if this is your sort of guilty pleasure, you'd be crazy not to bite.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A smartly conceived and well executed legal drama with a strong star (Julianna Margulies) at its core and, even better, a terrifically timely hook.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Ted is a seriously wacky show and deserves to be seen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is one of those potboilers where the good guys (Madfadyen as a pious friar, Sewell as a master builder) are impossibly noble, suffering in a lawless time through the murderous machinations of the endlessly scheming villains (most notably McShane hamming it up as a cunningly ambitious church official).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Divorced at 42, with two young daughters he dotes on, Louie is too sour and smart to be a true sad sack, but his ambling acid-laced misadventures have a raw and revealingly witty electricity, especially when he's sparring with his comedian buddies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Count me in. Nix knows you can't play the old cliches straight, so each shootout and car chase--and there's plenty of mayhem in the fast-paced pilot--is infused with an "oh, c'mon" over-the-top goofiness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This appealing and emotionally engaging series about life in a weight-loss summer camp comes with high expectations
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's an awfully attractive cast, and while the pilot has an often grim tone, it's enjoyable to watch and should fit comfortably into the NCIS network's schedule.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    There’s plenty of life in this deluxe entertainment, with each episode expanding the world of friends and family who have a stake in Lux’s future. So far, I find myself rooting for just about everyone in this feel-good show that’s refreshingly unafraid to wear its feelings openly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I got many more sustained belly laughs out of the show that follows Sunny in an under-the-radar sneak preview.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Bear in mind that if Men were any more low-key, it might evaporate in front of you. This seriocomic slice of life is best when we're at the diner or on a hike with these superbly acted smaller-than-life not-quite-heroes (Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    If I had to choose between this and watching Michael Scott take a final lap around the tired Office halls of Dunder Mifflin on NBC--its dreadful companion comedy Outsourced isn't even an option--I'm leaning toward the drop-dead-deadly assassin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is a solid hour that feels perfectly attuned to the CBS lineup, although it's less formulaic than what you usually find on Fridays.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Terriers has license to entertain, and this fall, that's saying something.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's a brash, enjoyable hour that doesn't take itself very seriously, though fighting for their underdog clients is very serious business.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    In an effort to (one hopes) broaden the show's appeal, Human Target immediately welcomes two new regular female characters, a rare example of tweaking a formula and making it even more fun to watch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Bones reunites its team of squints after a 7-month break, and as is often the case, the mystery that brings them back together takes a back seat to the enjoyable interplay of these eccentric, lovable characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Their [Courteney Cox & Jennifer Aniston's] scenes are enjoyable enough, but pale next to the wine-sodden antics of Jules' circle of friends as they play a hilarious "movie mash-up" drinking game that Jules somehow can't get the hang of. Cougar Town developed in its first season from a crude and rather desperate sex farce to a terrifically enjoyable ensemble piece that doesn't need big guest stars to zing. (Although if it brings more eyeballs to the show, all the better.)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Fringe return in fine form, with Fringe possibly taking top honors as the Show of the Night. It's that good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I'm already sold. Plimpton is sensational as Jimmy's tough-as-nails mom, who'd just as soon drop the baby at the fire station, but we soon learn she has a way with a lullaby. Leachman is a riot, Garret Dillahunt scores as Jimmy's proudly immature dad, and special props go to the stunt babies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Whitechapel is like a British Criminal Minds, albeit with a much more appealing sense of macabre wit in its appreciation for the history of Grand Guignol.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Circus is a series with an abundance of life, and reality. If you decide to run away from the regular network fare to join this company for the next few weeks, can't say I blame you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Tension runs high throughout this densely layered story, which is well worth your time. Hope all the Super Bowl exposure pays off for this one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Rescue Me is going into its twilight fully locked and loaded.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Lights Out has its work cut out for it to find and hold an audience and deliver the proverbial TKO, but on the basis of the work alone, it's a triumph.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The writing in Episodes, by sitcom vets David Crane (Friends, The Class) and Jeffrey Klarik (The Class), is sharp and merciless, and, except for a trite jealousy subplot, on point.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    In this clever series of politically and sexually charged Masterpiece Mystery! movies based on books by Michael Dibdin, and beautifully filmed on location, lone wolf Zen finds his reputation for integrity challenged on all sides.