For 777 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Painkiller Jane: Season 1
Score distribution:
777 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Certain moments may verge on cliche (and once in a while, the dialogue is a little corny), but overall, The Pacific is crafted and acted with such loving devotion that it's hard to find fault with its sincerity and sentimental forays.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    What a lovely heart this show has, and what supple skills Transparent uses to explore the questions of identity and connection rolling around inside that wounded, hopeful heart. This is simply a great show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    "Studio 60" is not just good, it has the potential to be a small-screen classic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    It's certainly been a long time since I was this beguiled by a set a characters, but Girls is one of those rare birds: It's a show that comes to us with its voice, characters and ideas fully formed.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    It's a shame that the coarse language used on Deadwood may put some viewers off the HBO show, which, as it happens, is television's most thoughtful exploration of morality. This richly textured, extraordinarily acted show... is a classic in the making, compelling even to those who might not necessarily be fans of the western genre. [4 Mar 2005, p.C1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    This wonderful, resonant show clearly has a deep belief in the power of redemption and connection.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Even when the show is scene-setting mode (as it is in these early episodes), GoT now excels at slipping exposition into meaty character moments, and the cast is terrific at nailing what's in the scripts and much more beyond that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    The conversations are witty without seeming arch or forced, the relationships feel more organic and there are quite a few interesting developments but a distinct lack of franticness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Modern Family has the finest cast of any new fall show and, thank goodness, this excellent comedy gives these talented performers the kind of sharp material they deserve.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    It is an excellent 40th-anniversary documentary.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Just a few of the series’ many charms are its nimble energy and its ability to hopscotch between sadness and silliness without missing a beat; there are also scenes of pure joy, like a road-trip sing-along to the Indigo Girls classic “Closer to Fine.” Transparent is also ridiculously funny at times, and quite willing to send up the self-absorption of its characters while never losing sight of their pain and aspirations.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    The AMC drama is full of sharp writing, ambiguous segues, effective surprises and the usual array of pitch-perfect performances.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Homeland also manages to be both an addictive espionage thriller and a compelling character study, as well as a well-constructed exploration of the difficulties and ambiguities of fighting terrorism a decade after Sept. 11. Without a doubt, it is one of the finest new shows of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Orange is one of the best new programs of the year, and the six episodes I've seen have left me hungry to see more.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Breaking Bad is one of the great shows of television's Golden Age, and the first two episodes of the show's fifth season will give viewers no reason to think otherwise.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Don has shed some secrets, but the more he puts himself on the line, the bigger chance there is for failure. And when it comes to showing how complicated people fare under pressure, the sterling Mad Men has few peers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Frankly, this complex and entertaining show is the kind of things that the networks--cable and broadcast--just don't make anymore: It's a grand, handsome saga about a whole slice of society, from shop clerks and showgirls to fixers and Feds.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    The second season of Catastrophe has only one major flaw: It’s too short. ... The easy rapport between the two leads is, if anything, even more smooth and enjoyable this year, and their frisky dialogue, always full of delightful left turns and segues, manages to incorporate anger, frustration and affection in equal quantities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    There are a lot of shows on TV that are fun, many that are educational and a number that are beautiful to look at, but it's rare for a show to have all of those qualities in abundance.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    If you have only one hour a week for television, give it to "The Wire."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    The innovative blend of form, mood and tone in Jane the Virgin continues to be an accomplishment of the highest order. It is envisioned, edited and curated with great deftness and economy, and the fact that it is so entertaining and accessible should not preclude it from being at the center of conversations about the best the medium has to offer.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    There's nothing about the two episodes I've seen that makes me think the second season won't be as addictive as the first.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    When it comes to expectations, Louie does a pretty consistent job of exceeding them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    The first few episodes of the final season of Justified are about as pleasurable as TV gets.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Though it takes a while to integrate a new character played by Megan Mullally, Season 2 confidently builds on the successes of Season 1, and from about Episode 5 onward, "Party Down" takes is place as one of the most consistently entertaining shows on television.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    The first four episodes of Season 3 are every bit as taut and finely crafted as the stellar prior season of the show.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    It’s long been in the top tier of TV dramas, and this year, it looks set to stay there.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    The show's must-see second season is one of the best stories I've experienced in a long time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Broadchurch manages to be both a finely crafted piece of suspenseful entertainment and also an emotionally resonant examination of grief, loss and moral confusion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    Both episodes are tightly constructed and full of delicious comic gems, and the show relies heavily on crisp editing and a subtle but sprightly soundtrack to keep the energy level high.

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