For 834 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Catastrophe: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Tyrant: Season 1
Score distribution:
834 tv reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    There are caveats, but they would trouble me more if the creator were someone other than Whedon.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The werewolves appear ready to supply some interesting, if rough-edged stories, but certain Season 3 plots wouldn't be missed if they faded away.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Southland, which comes from “ER” executive producers John Wells and Christopher Chulack, is the more serious and satisfying drama, though it could use a little more of the lightness of The Unusuals.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Will this strange combination of starry-eyed optimism and manicured irony eventually combust? Possibly. But until then, there's a lot to like about this weird and frequently winning hybrid.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The results may not hit the mark every time (stories about Jack, Liz and Kenneth usually work, while those concerning Tracy and Jenna are hit or miss), but there are enough pointed, smart and effective barbs to make this show a must-see comedy even as it enters its fourth season.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    There's no darkness looming just yet, and the season premiere is almost too jokey at times--certain comedic bits are stretched longer than they should be. Still, this is quite a bold and energetic (if not frenetic) new edition of Doctor Who. Hang on to the TARDIS, fans, it looks like we're in for quite a ride.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The best thing about White Collar is DeKay and Bomer’s chemistry; DeKay in particular is able to wring subtle comedy from Burke’s irritation at Caffrey’s ability to get something for nothing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Spartacus develops into an enjoyably soapy escape--a la the similarly sweaty and sex-drenched "True Blood"--as its first season progresses.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Powers, the central character in the strangely compelling new HBO series Eastbound & Down is a down-on-his-luck pitcher whose glory days in the Major League are well behind him.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Being Human's saving grace is that it takes these people's lives and personal complications seriously. Dead, undead or just occasionally furry, these characters aren't so far from human.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    By the third episode of the three that HBO sent, the show had begun to find a rhythm, and the sometimes sprawling narrative (which will unfold over 10 episodes in the show's first season) had begun to gel in a promising way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Those two formulas--loopy genius and mismatched cops—are smushed together in Warehouse 13, yet the whole enterprise is executed with competency and humor, so despite a wobble here or there, the show ends up working.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    When Drop Dead Diva is at its best, it’s about two women who have lost a lot but are learning that they’ve gained something valuable as well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Assuming FlashForward can tone down a tendency toward pomposity and create a mythology and characters worth following, it may well be a worthy addition to the roster of sci-fi tinged TV programs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The moments in which Jackie and the people in her ER find common ground -- that's when this show achieves liftoff.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Overall, Parks appears to be headed in the right direction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Like most ABC shows, Eli Stone could stand to prune its cast and deepen its writing. But that's focusing on the glass half empty. So let's just be glad that this good-hearted show made it through the previous TV season and "Big Shots" didn't.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The strength of the script and Branagh's finely drawn performance--not to mention the excellent scenes between Branagh and David Warner, who plays Wallander's dad--make up for missteps [by the director].
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Suffice to say that Archer will probably appeal to viewers who like their comedy literate, demented and subversive.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Happily, this generally well-told tale of a modern-day king and his restive court has more going for it than a charismatic performance from the dependably wonderful “Deadwood” star.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Caprica is still finding itself, but it's worth your while, and if it can knit its various elements into a more coherent whole, it could get even better.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    This [is a] crisply shot, well-paced drama: It could venture into the darker and knottier realms of morality, as “House” did in its first few seasons.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    One of the best things about the season is that, via Joe Tobin, the show has given viewers if not someone to root for, someone to at least partially empathize with.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The Season 2 premiere of the genre-tinged drama Fringe is almost the polar opposite of its bombastic Season 1 premiere, and that’s a very good thing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Still, like the second season of “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” which is airing now on Bravo, this show may work for you if you’re looking for a turn-off-your-brain escape.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Nothing's less funny than a comedy that tries too hard. But Flight of the Conchords pulls off the neat trick of being amusing without appearing to try at all.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Season 5 brings more of the same, but the characters are so well delineated and the performances are so solid that more of the same is a good thing.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    In a drama that is prone to repetitive tangents, disconnected subplots and the liberal use of filler, Foy unites the disparate parts of The Crown and gives it a taut center.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    A gentle and modestly pleasing comedy about a support group for alien abductees.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    TV isn’t often all that interested in the grittier aspects of life, death, and addiction in unexceptional small towns, and it’s even more difficult to find stories about the LGBT individuals who live in those kinds of tightly knit communities. When it focuses on those elements of its narrative, the viewpoint of Eyewitness becomes not just valuable but admirably precise.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Stan Against Evil is a slight and silly horror comedy that knows what its limitations are and does its best to be amusing despite them.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    When it relies on the notable strengths of its core ensemble, it is television at its most warm and reassuring. ... [But] Everything Gilmore Girls tries to pack in--the wit, the whimsy, the pop-culture references, the family conflict, the perfectly calibrated insults, the set pieces that go on a bit too long--can feel pretty pummeling at a 90-minute running time. The show is sometimes too overstuffed for its own good.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    In its first five episodes, the show is more gently amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, and no character pops as much as Ron Swanson did in the early days of “Parks and Rec.” That said, “The Good Place” is more polished than the first few installments of that earlier series.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Attempts to flesh out core characters’ personal lives don’t have time to achieve real traction or depth, but Prey’s solid cast and propulsive energy are enough to power it through most of its rough spots.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    "Jericho" has a surprising ability to create tension from the unthinkable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Given that the inaugural broadcast was fairly evenly split between pieces that provided insight, context and thoughtfully arranged information, and those that barely scratched the surface of the subject at hand, it’s too early to tell whether Vice News Tonight will become must-see viewing. But the substantial pieces certainly warrant revisiting the show in future.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Not all the characters are interesting and some of the performances are shakier than others (and “Dark Matter’s” clunky production design is less pleasing than that of the sprightlier “Killjoys”). But for hardcore sci-fi fans, Dark Matter should have enough upsides to keep them tuning in: It has a sense of humor, reliable forward momentum, and it generally gets the job done reasonably well.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    "Practice" has the kind of easy flow that comes from veteran sitcom experts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It’s essentially an enjoyable superhero saga.
    • 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).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The show’s first episode passes by quickly and enjoyably, but if every week Evie learns a lesson about living life to the fullest and Xavier’s efforts to get her to “go for it” go a little too far, No Tomorrow could quickly drift into the realm of formula. Yet there are promising grace notes in the pilot.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    A pleasingly executed diversion featuring capable and textured performances from actors in key roles.

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