For 741 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Painkiller Jane: Season 1
Score distribution:
741 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Though he seemed a little nervous and the humor seemed a bit broader, generally speaking, than it was on "Late Night," Conan on The Tonight Show worked just fine.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    As straight man and wild card combos go, Hanks and Whitford are well-matched, though "The Good Guys" really belongs to Whitford. He appears to be having so much fun that it's simply infectious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a genial, pleasing loopiness and very solid work from an intelligently assembled cast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Your investment in the many stories spun out by creator Julian Fellowes may take longer to develop this year, because the costume drama's pace is off in the early going and it's far more contrived and inconsistent than it was in its first season.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This amiable, entertaining show isn't trying to change the world or strain the boundaries of scripted television, and that's just fine.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Not all of the show’s demented comic gambits work, but Sunny gets points for inventiveness, and all things considered, the show is far more consistently entertaining than it was in its first couple of seasons.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The Leftovers is interesting television, even if, in the early going, it's not quite sure of what it wants to be or where it wants to go.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The good aspects of this show are engaging and Misfits is a damn sight more consistent than the most spectacular fail in this genre, "Heroes."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The parts that do work possess the doom-laden yet strangely optimistic romanticism of Milch's best work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It would be a mistake to count this scruffy little comedy out. It's really charming.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    I found Free Agents more than tolerable, and there's potential in the office ensemble that surrounds these two characters (though I wouldn't mind if the super-sass of Natasha Leggero's assistant character was toned down a bit).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Applegate and Will Arnett, who plays her husband, Chris, are very good, which is no surprise. It's nice to see Arnett playing something other than an emotionally stunted man-child, and if the pilot for Up All Night didn't make me guffaw all that much, it passed by pleasantly and it was good to see that creator Emily Spivey was able to wring comedy from the new-parent situation without using the same dozen baby jokes we've all seen 200 times before.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The good news is this modest show already has a number of things in its favor: Its pace is bracing, the choices are difficult and the danger the characters face is real.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The Secret Circle does exactly what you expect it to do, yet that efficiency ends up being refreshing rather than maddening.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It takes a bit longer than it should for the viewer to assemble a working knowledge of the show's core mystery, and there are some tonal issues (some attempts at jokey moments are a bit jarring), but overall, Orphan Black is a quite watchable thriller that plunges its heroine into a murky world that almost seems designed to drive her mad.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The kind of well-made brain candy that nearly demands that you watch it with a bowl of popcorn.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    All things considered, though, this is a show that is pretty firmly fixed on what it does best--serving up soapy, Texas-sized shenanigans and trying to mix in a little seasoning of real emotion along the way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This small gem of a film manages to be a finely drawn character piece and a searching exploration of what powerful people will (and won't) do to keep their countries safe, and it provides some great actors with meaty roles along the way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    If State of Mind can work out its mixture of mild wackiness and emotional revelation, it may have a chance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The performances are nuanced and subtle.... Bakula's presence and air of experience add weight and depth to a show that occasionally seems too slight for its ambitions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    "Sunny"'s lively energy can get a bit too manic at times... and the characters are not quite differentiated enough to make much of a lasting impression. For that reason, "Sunny" doesn't belong in the ranks of the very best recent TV comedies, such as "The Office" and "Arrested Development," where each character feels incredibly specific and real. Still, there are pleasures to be had in Philadelphia. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    In the two episodes NBC sent for review, Port and Guarascio are respectful to what came before--possibly too respectful, but the desire to not rock the boat is understandable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The dangers for the mostly engrossing “Riches” is that it occasionally hits the “we’re stealing the American Dream” theme a little too hard, and it remains to be seen whether it will coast on the taut, engaging performances of Izzard and Driver.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    While it's no "Closer," the Eric McCormack vehicle Perception is perfectly adequate "Eccentric Consulting Genius" fare.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    As was the case with the second season, Season 3 of Luther is only four hours long, and the drama would probably be more satisfying if it didn't try to cover so many bases in that limited running time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Eli Stone is not quite there yet; the characters are pretty thinly drawn in the first few episodes, and the law cases seem heavily tilted toward the "little guy" side.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    I'm happy to report that not being a fan of James Van Der Beek from the "Creek" didn't prevent me from enjoying the actor in the moderately amusing ABC sitcom.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The show can be a little disjointed or didactic, and there are many scenes of doctors confidently using techniques that viewers know to be unhelpful, a conceit that gets old relatively fast.... The more specific Mercy Street gets about individual moral, political and psychological dilemmas, and the more it gives its finest cast members scope to display the more subtle aspects of their craft, the more winning it becomes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The theme of the show is a metaphor for how McIntyre will start to dive into her life and listen to "wake-up calls from the universe." It's a slender concept, and the series may not stand out enough in this crowded summer season.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The promising Shameless is a terrific showcase for Macy, Emmy Rossum, who plays Frank's daughter Fiona, and Joan Cusack, who plays the Gallaghers' neighbor. The show's younger cast members are also impressive; they have a low-key, realistic style that melds perfectly with the unforced truthfulness that Macy brings to his role
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    With its mildly irascible lead and its extremely sturdy central premise, it evokes USA's better shows, right down to its blue skies and palm trees.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    That sense of saucy transgression married to surprisingly effective character development -- the magic formula of the first two seasons -- is a bit wobbly this year, but Nip/Tuck is more or less back on track, and the Carver is thankfully nowhere in sight. [5 Sept 2006, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, the new season of Falling Skies gets the basics right.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This new comedy, which stars the wildly talented Judy Greer, is terrific.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The first two hours of Hit and Miss come across as a finely observed, well-acted independent film, and I wasn't really sure whether there was a lot more story left to tell as Episode 2 came to a close, but I'm willing to let Mia prove me wrong.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    "Betty" walks a fine line between satire and drama and, astonishingly, it doesn’t fall off that razor’s edge very often.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It tends to work a lot better as the season progresses--like a 19th Century train, this polished piece of machinery starts slow and needs to work up a head of steam in order to be enjoyed in all its Victorian glory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    As an origin story, Alphas hits some notes too hard and lacks a certain subtlety, yet there's potential in this tale, especially if it delves into the psychological cost of being extraordinary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This well-intentioned Sense gets the job done.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Sewell looks good in the Italian suits and shades, the supporting cast is generally good and the atmosphere is effective even when the pacing has problems.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Though the show can demonstrate narrative drive within particular episodes--the second episode of Season 2, for example, is moderately suspenseful--over the long haul.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    When the special drags a bit, it feels as if Netflix, the anti-Scrooge of this free-spending TV era, has paid Murray and Coppola to film a champagne-infused holiday shindig with their friends. Still, A Very Murray Christmas has a sweetness to it that keeps it from lapsing fully into self-indulgence. At its best, the proceedings keep alive the spirit of the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby road pictures
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It's light and diverting yet respectful of its characters and their histories, thus it can serve as a pleasant, earnest counterbalance to some of TV's darker dramas.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It's a self-aware superhero drama that manages to have some fun amid the righteous butt-kicking, and if it can develop its characters intelligently and keep up the sprightly pace, I'll stick around.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The Necessary Roughness pilot was enjoyable enough, but half the fun may have come from seeing Dani's adjustment to the big money, high-stakes world of professional sports. Can this show go the distance? It isn't clear yet, but at this admittedly early stage, the latest addition to the USA roster appears to be a promising rookie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    "Jericho" has a surprising ability to create tension from the unthinkable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It's nice to see that in the first three episodes of the eight-episode second season, the plots, such as they are, have a little more discipline and focus than they did in season 1.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It's admirable that the production wanted to be so truthful to the experiences of the damaged men who emerge from long prison stints, but there are a few too many languid shots of Daniel staring at things that mystify him. But it's worth sticking with Rectify, which often achieves a tone of conflicted, bittersweet sincerity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It's the kind of show that could well settle into a nice groove once it gets a few episodes in, especially given that all the performances are top notch, including those from Lucy Punch and Echo Kellum as friends of the title duo.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Goldblum’s thoughtful, enjoyable presence is — rather than the one saving grace of an otherwise tiresome procedural — the centerpiece of a generally well-crafted drama, one that’s sprinkled with loving nods to Raymond Chandler and “Double Indemnity.”
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This Cougar Town vintage may be a bit brasher and brighter, but never fear: It's still quite potent and drinkable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Undateable, a show that does not set out to reinvent the multi-camera hangout comedy but execute that format reasonably well, turned out to be a generally pleasant surprise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Luther may veer off course at times, but it just about works because Elba never oversells Luther's charisma.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It may not sound funny on paper, and some of these snippets may not be quite as side-splitting as scenes from the deadpan British original, but this edition of “Creature Comforts” is good fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The odd-couple pairing is one of the oldest ones in the TV playbook, and the two mismatched waitresses in 2 Broke are good company, at least in the show's initial outing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    One of the best things about "Happy Endings," however, is how the character relationships all work--each combination of characters brings its own pleasures. Suburgatory isn't quite there yet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The truth of the matter is, the pilot is well-paced and the first half is especially fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Tin Man’s heart is in the right place, even if the execution of the story evokes, from time to time, creakiness of the metal man’s limbs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    "Practice" has the kind of easy flow that comes from veteran sitcom experts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This is one show that could, with the right kind of leadership, make it to the playoffs.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The show offers a satisfying dose of alien-flavored escapism, especially for younger fans of genre fare (Sarah Jane has a few hip and appealing teen companions).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    A pleasingly executed diversion featuring capable and textured performances from actors in key roles.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Though it soon settles into the standard patterns of an above-average (if overwrought) drama, the first episode of quarterlife may make you regret the creation of the Internet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Simm is also compelling (as he was in a couple of standout “Doctor Who” episodes earlier this year), though his performance is sometimes pitched to a level of intensity that the occasionally formulaic storytelling doesn’t quite match.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    His repetitive fights with his ex-girlfriend, Karen (Natascha McElhone), with whom he reunited at the end of last season, are by far the most tiresome part of the show. Much more fun is the easy camaraderie Hank has with his growing entourage, all of whom share his cynical and saucy outlook on life.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It’s a slender conceit for a television show but also a novel one. And the romantic sense of yearning that infuses “Six Degrees” is refreshing in a TV schedule full of corpses and cops.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The good news is that this show's building blocks are very strong. The dialogue, the world and the cast are all enjoyable, and the show simply exudes potential.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Once Duhamel and Winters settle into a rhythm and begin showing more nuanced aspects of their characters, I began to enjoy "Battle Creek" for the light, reasonably well-constructed crime drama that it is, and as the season develops, Shore is able to do a few interesting things with the question of whether people can truly change.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    There's a tentativeness to Halt's first hour--it doesn't end especially strongly--but overall, the drama has a mostly credible pilot and lead actors who will probably be able take the show in compelling directions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The series would fall apart if Al-Farik were a cardboard cutout villain. Who’d want to watch eight hours of this man’s journey if he were just a shallow action-movie bad guy? But thanks to Fehr’s brave, layered performance, it’s impossible to ignore Al-Farik or the ideas that motivate him.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    As a whole, the dramedy is much more enjoyable than it was last season, which was a bloated and repetitive mess.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The good news is that the unusually ambitious Awake succeeds at several of the things it's attempting, and star Jason Isaacs grounds the drama with a charismatic yet subtle performance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It does what it sets out to do reasonably well without breaking my brain in the process.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The show takes the time to give a few realistic dimensions to the characters' emotional lives, and each actor in the core trio has sharp comic timing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Reservations about Into the Badlands center on supporting roles; it’s unclear if a set of younger characters will be as compelling as the ones played by the more seasoned actors.... All in all, however, Into the Badlands is a welcome addition to the television scene.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It's good news that much of Season 4 will focus on Brenda's investigative team and on police department politics.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles returns with a solidly enjoyable action-oriented outing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Oddly entertaining. ... If you're a fan of Spader's ability to make creepy characters watchable, if not likable, then this solid hour is worth your time. [2 Oct 2004]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    By the time the many story threads link up... "The State Within" has an unstoppable momentum that’s as good as the best of "24."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    I'll keep watching, given the caliber of the cast and the solidly made pilot, and I'll hope that Vegas gives these actors more to do than standing over bodies and leveling shotguns at city slickers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    A strange feeling came over me when I was watching the Season 2 premiere of Saving Grace. I actually wished that the episode was longer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    If you can accept Midwife for what it is--and at its core, it's a pleasant, even romantic period piece about divergent people who learn to take care of their own--there are quite a few pleasures to be found here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Some of the plots travel in expected directions, and you won’t mistake this brightly lit show for something on AMC, but there’s sincerity and some grit to Recovery Road.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The whole point of the show is to display super sexy spies having cool adventures and getting to know each other again as they try to put the spark back into their marriage. There's nothing necessarily objectionable about that, but forgive me if I expect more from a series that J.J. Abrams is involved in. Having said all that, Undercovers is not a chore to watch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The new cop drama The Chicago Code resembles its lead characters: It's focused, determined and ambitious--and sometimes it tries to do too much. Still, the handsome Code succeeds far more often than it strikes out.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Sure, Shannara, which harks back to the golden age of syndicated genre fare, is a standard quest journey in which there are troll, gnomes, living trees and magic books, and characters say things like, “If Allanon is here, there are dark days ahead.” But there’s conviction in the show’s execution.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Even if Scandal isn't quite as instantly addictive as "Grey's Anatomy" was back in the day, this is a well-paced, generally well-acted show with some promising elements (though there is also an occasional tendency to offer contrived redemptions that don't make a ton of sense).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    I found it to be more or less the same competent procedural that it was last season.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The charms of this series are subtle, but only grow over the course of the first few episodes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    [A] solid and confident show.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Now in its second season, Portlandia has matured into a comedic concoction that is consistently pleasing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The show may not quite be as immersive as it was at its best; we may not see the likes of FNL’s breathtaking first season again. But in Season 3, it’s more evident than ever that many of FNL’s most powerful moments occur when there’s no dialogue at all.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Season 2 has some nuanced writing and some cleverly observed moments. But there are also a number of grating elements on display as the season gets underway.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Its somewhat opaque characters never quite moved me on that level [of "Broadchurch," "Happy Valley" or "Top of the Lake"]. Though it's well made and respectful of its subject matter, something about this show keeps it not at the surface but more or less reliably near it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, the Alphas season premiere is competent and enjoyable when it comes to action and pacing, but this show (especially given its modest budget) will rise and fall on the continuation of the character development begun in Season 1, and the jury's still out on that front.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The show’s pace is brisk and efficient, and Headey (“300”) and Glau bring welcome intelligence and energy to their roles as very protective women.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    By casting Feore, Arnaud, Harris and the magnetic Irons in this Gothic soap opera about randy popes and their enemies, and by taking the world of 15th Century Rome moderately seriously, Jordan ensured that this drama would be more than just a mildly cheesy guilty pleasure. It's not much more than that, mind you, but you won't have to go to confession after you've partaken of this Showtime costume drama.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This version of “The Andromeda Strain” is paced well; it gives Crichton’s story a hint of blandness but it also marches through the plot with no-nonsense efficiency.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Lone Star doesn't have quite the same sense of place as 'FNL,' and it's far more of a traditional soap than the NBC/DirecTV drama. Still, Voight and especially Keith, who projects palpable charisma, give terrific performances as the strong, stubborn men trying to bend Bob to their wills. This is no 'Dallas' but a sincere look at one man's attempt to go straight without alienating everyone he loves.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Meeting the Walker clan and getting a glimpse at their personal lives... is like being led to a table of tantalizing appetizers. Even as you take a sample of these introductory delights, you’re wondering whether the main course will live up to your expectations.

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