For 694 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 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Orange is the New Black: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Anchorwoman: Season 1
Score distribution:
694 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    What's mystifying is why Starz and the creators of Black Sails seem to think that, given the expanding array of options available to consumers, any content creators can get away with peddling fare that can't even manage to be consistently mediocre.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    There are a few confrontations or comedic moments that catch fire, but mostly "Men" just ambles along, sometimes perceptively and sometimes lazily observing the lives of these guys, who have stumbled into middle age and its grinding routines and hard-won but significant satisfactions.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Happy Endings is really no better than any of those other comedies ['Better With You,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Perfect Couples,'], which is to say, it's pretty weak.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Defiance is not just a smart, well-crafted TV show with a good cast and an adventurous flavor, it's also indisputably science fiction, which is a relief.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    At no point will you feel like scratching your own eyes out rather than sitting through an episode. So there’s that.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Despite its jittery camerawork and souped-up graphics, "Justice" is just a reasonably well-made, meat-and-potatoes lawyer show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    On paper, it all appears to be functional. In reality, I find myself uninterested in Ryan's minuscule problems and Wilfred's repeated attempts to hector or nag Ryan into taking more chances with his narrow little life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    There are caveats, but they would trouble me more if the creator were someone other than Whedon.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Karen Gillan is a treasure, and it's only by dint of her presence that this comedy works some of the time. Yet in a larger sense, "Selfie" does not really work, because there are a lot of unpleasant and judgmental elements lurking in its premise.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    Lee and co-star Alfre Woodard deserve better than Memphis Beat, which can't quite overcome the cliches that frequently bog it down.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    Even if the jokes on this show weren’t tired and mean-spirited, it would be hard to care about any comedy that hates its own lead characters so much.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    12 Monkeys hums along at a reasonable pace; its pilot is pleasingly energetic and efficient.... The problem is, 12 Monkeys tends to prioritize a series of MacGuffins over attempts to deepen its characters and their relationships.
    • 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.”
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Despite being set in lively, colorful Miami, this saga is as sluggish as can be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The animation is rudimentary and the jokes aren’t much better.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Bionic Woman, the disappointingly average remake of the Lindsay Wagner vehicle from the ’70s, comes to life.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Every point is hammered home with a complete lack of subtlety; during the closing argument in the pilot, bits of previous scenes were replayed at crucial moments, in case the audience forgot what transpired several minutes ago. It's always a good time when a television network assumes that you're a half-wit.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The problem is that the cases that the lead duo take on aren't offbeat enough, and Gosselaar's appealing qualities aren't enough to make up for Franklin & Bash's other shortcomings.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    When The Newsroom isn't obvious and self-congratulatory, it's manipulative and shrieky.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It’s hard to invest much in Sam when his behavior is contradictory or gullible and when he seems downtrodden much of the time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Everything around Malkovich is workmanlike and rather predictable, if competent.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Despite all the show's flaws, she makes some quieter emotional moments work, thanks to her undeniable presence and skills. The by-the-numbers vehicle that has been constructed around her isn't worthy of her talent, however.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    Everything about Magic City shows a lack of depth, and the pacing is almost glacial.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    The problem is, though this good-natured show doesn't lack for energy, Cupid is a little bland and formulaic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Sanctuary’s pace is a little on the stately side, and the show is competent if not particularly innovative sci-fi.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Breakout Kings is better than "The Glades," another A&E scripted drama set in the world of law enforcement, but that's not saying a whole lot. Still, if future episodes are as good as the second episode (and better than the clunky pilot), it'll give fans of "White Collar" or "Leverage" something to watch until those shows come back.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    In Plain Sight is another attempt at mixing the jokey and the serious within a loose procedural format. But Sight’s writing is distressingly predictable, and McCormack’s character is the least interesting thing about the show.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    A tedious array of shrieky moments, dumb stereotypes and unearned sentiment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    If you don’t like hints of Harry Potter mixed in with fairly straightforward procedural elements, this may not be the show for you.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, Skip, an unkempt ball of puppyish energy to whom the writers feed a wealth of good material, is by far the best thing about this show. Jenna Elfman is all right as first lady and the rest of the cast hovers around the edges not making much of an impression.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Believe substitutes mawkish sentiment for character development and thinks mysterious incidents and procedural beats constitute a story.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    This iteration of the very successful "NCIS" franchise is, unsurprisingly, as competent as all the others, Bakula is typically good and it's nice that the show actually shot in New Orleans.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Trouble is, very few of the show's other cast members make much of an impression, aside from Cassidy and Stephanie Jacobsen, whose medical-student plot is lifted straight from the Soap 101 handbook.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    "Practice" has the kind of easy flow that comes from veteran sitcom experts.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Not only is Hemingway and Gellhorn wretched, it is bathed in pretentiousness and pseudo-intellectual delusions of grandeur. It's not just crap, it's expensive, painfully "artistic" crap starring a lot of actors who should have known better once they took a look at the script, which is hilariously awful.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The show is so bland and forgettable that it gives me no real reason to return.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    More work needs to be done on all the characters; so far they're just types, and the first episode, perhaps because of its manic tone, didn't make me laugh much. But I can see Breaking In growing into a pleasant, mildly goofy comedy that offers the light-adventure qualities of a USA or TNT show and the silly diversions of a half-decent 'Chuck' episode.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Mr. Sunshine isn't particularly hilarious or endearing, and the comedy doesn't surround Perry with a balanced ensemble of characters who get to be funny as well.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    It's surprising to me that this ever got past the development stage, because nothing about Tyrant truly works. It's a halting, strained hodgepodge that ends up being an awkward mixture of bland and offensive.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    Eleventh Hour does what it sets out to do: It puts a talented actor (Rufus Sewell) through his crime-solving paces on rain-slicked streets, in dark warehouses and in spooky labs that look almost identical to the rain-slicked streets, dark warehouses and spooky labs on almost every other CBS drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Common Law, like "Fairly Legal" before it, isn't just formulaic--it's lazy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's mildly amusing, but it comes off as an extended appetizer, not a meal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    Given that the love-hate scenario between Beckett and Castle is fairly predictable, Castle’s success may ride on the quality of its murder mysteries, and it’s encouraging that the show’s second episode is better than the first.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The problem is, like "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show," this show is formulaic, slightly frantic and relies too much on unearned sentiment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    It’s by no means must-see TV, but this is one game show you don’t have to be ashamed of getting sucked in to.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The trouble with this drama is that it doesn't veer much from the often dark tone of the other procedurals from the Bruckheimer TV factory.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    There was one brief shoving match on the program, in which a 15 year old "got in the face" of an 11 year old, but most of the program was pretty sedate, if not a bit bland.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The real pleasures of this half-hour show come from its sly sense of humor and from Belle’s practical yet adventurous approach to her job.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Both the book and the miniseries sketch admirably human portraits of historical figures such as Adams, Jefferson and Franklin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Why, Haven, why?? Without the Balfour, this might have been a blandish but watchable "X-Files" derivation. With the Balfour, well, his time on screen did not increase my desire to check out this "Haven" in future.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Another workmanlike, reasonably decent thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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].
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It'll likely be a typical CBS sitcom going forward: full of broad characters and predictable moments but reasonably amusing and well made.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    "Runaway" is passable as far as it goes, which, despite its title, isn’t very far.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    But it's not just that the Gossip Girl cast lacks chemistry. Among these characters and threaded through these predictable, thin stories, there's precious little of anything that approaches sweetness, kindness, altruism or heart.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    As remakes go, Crusoe is at least a couple of cuts above NBC's brainless "Knight Rider," but let's face it, the bar couldn't be set any lower.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    Not much about this show rang true to me, except the moment when the league commissioner begged players to get their fees in on time.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    While it's no "Closer," the Eric McCormack vehicle Perception is perfectly adequate "Eccentric Consulting Genius" fare.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    At least Lewis appeared to be having fun, which can't be said of anyone else in this rather grim production.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    The main thing you've got to remember is, the scripts for this show have to beat the audience over the head with exposition.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    The Gates actually moves along at a brisk enough clip, and though it's bland around the edges, it introduces enough mysteries to keep things more or less interesting (there are allusions to a "code" residents must live by, and presumably that doesn't refer to local regulations on lawn care).
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The Goldbergs has a solid adult cast, but the whole thing leans heavily on broad humor and cartoonish moments--and did I mention that it's LOUD.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The kind of well-made brain candy that nearly demands that you watch it with a bowl of popcorn.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Everything about this time-traveling drama seems rote and stale. The show is a pallid, uninspired execution of ideas we've seen done better elsewhere.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Women’s Murder Club isn’t really a terrible show. It is efficient and well-paced, and it tries hard to breathe life into these characters. But the effort doesn’t really pay off.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Cliches are cliches, no matter what channel you're watching.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Employing the kind of overly clever, self-consciously "witty" dialogue that unfailingly announces a lack of real ideas on the part of the writers, "Heist" is by far the least compelling of these new crime-life series.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's hard to find much in Backstrom that feels fresh or original.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    Swayze’s performance is almost reason enough to tune in--if you don’t mind the show’s more derivative elements--the actor’s co-star, Fimmel, is often the least interesting thing about The Beast.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    House seems a little off when it returns for its fifth season. My diagnosis: A chemistry imbalance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    For all its formulaic predictability, though, this show has an acerbic self-awareness that may defuse the cynicism you may bring to it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Nothing that happens next is particularly surprising, though the plot rolls forward with workmanlike efficiency.
    • 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).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    This is a case of a show just not working on both a structural and emotional level.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The actors have no chemistry together and their characters lack the kind of depth and texture that a well-crafted TV project would have been able to give them. Various actors frequently have to deliver painful exposition dumps, the storytelling is often incoherent.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    More or less a soggy misfire.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The show demonstrates that none of Cox's ample comic skills have diminished; she still has impeccable timing. But she can be such a brittle presence that she needs to be surrounded by more sympathetic characters, not by friends who are, if anything, more raunchy and manic.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It’s not laugh-out-loud funny, but once in a while it’s vaguely amusing, though certainly not in a must-see sort of way.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Welcome to the Captain attempts a similarly shaggy, loose sitcom vibe, but isn't quite successful, though it's at least watchable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    I expected more sparky wordplay from a Williamson show, but the Vampire Diaries pilot is pretty limp and lifeless in that department. The attractive cast is... attractive. Let's be kind and say that they are not all blessed with the same level of competence in the acting department.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    There's a tentative blandness to 'Star-Crossed' that hindered my ability to care about any of its broadly sketched characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's only June,? but I can confidently state that you won’t see a weirder show than "John From Cincinnati" all year long.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Even as you laugh at the clunky dialogue, cringe at the large hair, get annoyed by wardrobe stylists who think that the "Miami Vice" look was still hip in 1986, you will get sucked in to "Reunion's" murder mystery.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    The only thing I can think about when I watch the Millers is that Margo Martindale deserves so much better than this, and I wish she was free of this show's hackneyed, overly broad "humor."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    V needs to either camp it up completely or go in the other direction and model itself after propulsive dramas such as '24.' The show's attempts meld those two very different tones together just makes for an awkward mismatch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    'Desperate Housewives' is the worst show on the broadcast networks. ... The show is adrift in silly contrivances (as opposed to inventive situations), painful dialogue and obvious wheel-spinning. The solution to ending or spicing up any boring story line is just to inject some over-the-top melodrama or at the very least, have various characters in floods of tears or running about screeching. Or, failing all that, have Teri Hatcher fall down.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    I found little to object to in the pilot for Chaos, a mostly male action-adventure hour that is energetic and mildly amusing from time to time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    No matter how many times the show piles on another complication for the patients of the week, everything about the characters and the cases has a been-there, done-that feeling, and that rote quality is not mitigated by the occasional acknowledgement of the show's jungle setting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    This just doesn't work on any level and creates very little suspense, even in life-or-death situations.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    If not for the impish, unpredictable charm of Paul Gross, who plays the mysterious Darryl Van Horne, the pretty, superficial Eastwick might have fallen completely flat.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    While this straightforward, unapologetically derivative thriller won't blow your mind, it's a whole lot better than ABC's "Happy Town" or CBS's "Harper's Island" and may turn out to be like NBC's "Journeyman" -- a slice of genre entertainment that slowly developed into a worthwhile weekly commitment (and, er, yes, was canceled too soon.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    K-Ville is a solidly crafted drama with admirable focus and energy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Good comedies take a lot of work, but that strain shouldn't show up on the screen. It pains me to say that, despite all the obvious effort, I can't see how Running Wilde could get significantly better.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Not only are Whitney's jokes a little musty, the multi-camera format seems like the wrong choice for this comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Though Oprah’s Big Give is supposed to be celebrating the power of giving, it’s more likely to prove that not everything can or should be turned into a contest.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Animal Practice might devolve into a lot of jokes about mammalian reproduction and/or defecation, or it might evolve into a goofy workplace drama with reasonably sparky leads and occasionally frisky pythons. Given the quality of the core cast and the mildly pleasing (if broad) nature of the pilot, I've got my paws crossed and I'm hoping for the latter.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    "Jericho" has a surprising ability to create tension from the unthinkable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    A clichéd, cloying show.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Bochco has made the most cutting-edge drama--of 1994. These thinly drawn characters aren't compelling, and the entire production feels dated and stagey.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    On a late-night show, either the non-interview comedic bits have to be inspired, or the interviews have to be smooth. With a few exceptions, neither worked all that well during Fallon's first show. The comedy frequently fell flat, and as a host, Fallon is underwhelming at the moment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Well, this is a pile of nonsense, but at least it's more or less inoffensive nonsense.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    ABC has a house style, and this workmanlike execution of that style pretty much derails this drama. Many interior scenes are over-lit and thus not spooky, and there’s just a blandness in the casting and the production design that does nothing to help The Whispers build up the kind of mysterious atmosphere it needs to work.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The first substantial segment wasn't exactly a laugh-riot--it was a musically themed trip to a car wash with singer Dan Finnerty. Even if it was only moderately funny, it reinforced the Jay Leno Show brand of inoffensively average comedy and also established that the show would not be dominated by a couch and celebrity guests.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It's just too bad the shopworn material on "Emily" is just a tad too weak to support Graham's talents, even though she tries (a bit too hard, truth be told) to give viewers a reason to watch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    I can't see this comedy having long-term appeal, given the thinness of the premise and the boring character at its center.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    ABC is advertising that the show's creators wrote "The Hangover," but imagine that movie with the heart and charm removed, and you're left with these skeevy remains.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Far from taking anything away from the pulse-pounding show, thanks to Kiefer Sutherland’s magnetic performance, Bauer’s subtle psychological anguish may be the most interesting surprise of “24’s” new season.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Maureen Ryan
    Pinkett Smith is an engaging actress, but even her formidable energy can't liven up this sodden drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It doesn't seem to know who it wants to focus on or what it wants to do (the security missions, such as they are, are unexceptional afterthoughts).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Well, it wasn’t “Masterpiece Theatre,” and it wasn’t outright terrible.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Unfortunately, heaping helpings of atmosphere do not make up for the lack of a strong narrative thread or the fact that the characters are so thinly drawn that it's hard to care about anything they do.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Ed Begley Jr shows a light touch as the ex-couple’s counselor, and not every joke on Gary Unmarried falls flat. But this show hinges on one’s ability to ignore its misogyny and on the limited appeal of Mohr.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Though Between doesn’t belong among the most ambitious shows on that roster, it knows what it wants to do and sets about doing it efficiently, effectively and with a minimum of fuss.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    To deny yourself the engrossing “Dexter” based on its subject matter would be to miss out on one of television’s most fiendishly intelligent new dramas.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Still, despite the witty dialogue and capable performances, everything on this wispy show is resolved a little too easily.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    The bigger problem is, this show clearly has designs on being the next "Modern Family" and yet it isn't charming in the slightest. To hook viewers, the pilot needs to make them care about at least one person in this ensemble, and it can't manage that.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    And therein lies the main flaw of this otherwise entertaining show. Not much time is devoted to actually teaching the novices the top-notch technique that they'd need to make it in one of Ramsay's successful London establishments, let alone the restaurant that gives the program its name.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It's be one thing if the show employed thinly drawn, cliched characters in service of solid comedy, but very little of Glory Daze is actually funny.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    Super Fun Night isn't just bad, it's infuriatingly bad, given Wilson's likability, game energy and overall potential as a TV personality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    If you’re wondering if the Bravo reality linchpin is any good in its fourth season, well, of course it is.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    This hybrid, which is competent but not terribly distinctive, may not be unique enough to thrill reality fans or familiar enough to satisfy devotees of “Deadliest Catch.”
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The show treats this central culture clash with a great deal of tentativeness, a quality that never makes for good comedy, yet despite its scaredy-cat caution, Outsourced still manages to be vaguely insulting and condescending.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    This Prisoner remake contains some striking visuals and intermittently effective performances, especially from the typically magnetic McKellan, but it’s also frequently too choppy and elliptical to build up much suspense or dramatic impact.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The problem is that Private Practice attempts to drum up comedy from things that aren’t funny and to wring drama from situations that are melodramatic, predictable or reek of barely repressed anger.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    This middling-to-mediocre Reelz production is at least a few notches above a Syfy Saturday night movie. The special effects in "Ring" are sometimes passable and sometimes fairly terrible, but there is an actual story on display and manages to be somewhat timely.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    "Run's House" doesn't offer anything new to the genre.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    “Hidden Palms” will never be mistaken for classic-era “O.C.,” not yet, anyway.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    This pretentious mishmash is a paint-by-numbers Irish-American "Sopranos" ripoff.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    "Windfall's" interlocking plots are mostly predictable and bland.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Though it's admirable that ABC took a chance on a family that does not revolve around a dumb, doughy dad and sassy kids, the tragedy at the core of the Crumb clan ensures that the comedy doesn't quite get off the ground.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Though it’s better, Private Practice is not good enough.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    If you're after a compelling drama set amid the wild beauty of Africa, don't bother with the new CW show Life Is Wild. You're better off with "Meerkat Manor" or a well-made nature documentary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Overall, the new Fox sitcom is surprisingly winning, and the skilled Corddry is the main reason.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Despite the careful attention to image enhancement possibilities, the core ugliness and toxic narcissism of Anger Management are impossible to ignore.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    It may not have the subtlety or sophisticated wit of "Arrested Development," but it's not supposed to. It's more a combination of "The Office" and "Four Kings" -- with really good music and a distinctive, energetic visual style.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Most “celebreality” shows are probably staged to some degree, but Cho’s show seems more contrived than most.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Perfect Couples is so screechy, predictable and lame that I kind of despised these characters within minutes of being introduced to them.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Most of its jokes and plots feel flat and predictable and it’s hard to get invested in a comedy that relies on the fact that its only minority character, a doctor of Indian descent, can’t get certain American slang terms right. Har har.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    State of Affairs is not quite a pulpy thrill ride, not quite an addictive melodrama and not quite a serious, searching drama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The show has some ponderous moments and its characters are sometimes guilty of not asking and answering direct questions that would give them valuable information. But eight episodes isn't too much of a commitment, and Outcasts at least has thematic and character-driven ambitions, as well as a gorgeously weird setting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    A mildly amusing way to spend a half an hour.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    The rhythms, the "jokes" and the pace are all stiff and overwrought, and priority seems to be giving Sean Hayes a huge number of opportunities to mug for the camera.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The show clearly wants to say something complicated about race and class in Los Angeles, but a number of the situations and characters on the show feel like situations and people we’ve seen before (starting with the movie that lends the series its name).
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Feresten... is engaging in a slightly weird, self-mocking, Letterman-esque way, with only occasional forays into dippy post-frat humor.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    For all its predictable moments, however, Made in Jersey is still more or less watchable, thanks to Montgomery, who is an effortlessly appealing actress.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    [Whitaker's] charisma gives Suspect a strong center and his line delivery is consistently interesting. If the original 'Minds' is one of your favorite shows, there's no reason not to give this drama a shot.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Feisty is one thing, rude is another. But all of that is of a piece with the show's generally lazy approach to storytelling: A couple of supporting characters are cardboard villains, and a subplot about a minor's surgical procedure doesn't make a ton of sense if you know the first thing about medical privacy laws.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    This annoying show is not quite as drenched in dumb and/or sexist assumptions as "Mixology," but that is the lowest possible bar to clear.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Despite “Heartland’s” obviously good intentions and Williams’ likable presence, it’s difficult to find a pulse in this workmanlike 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The stereotypes are so predictable that the comedy is too, even if the humor is sometimes dementedly subversive.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 12 Maureen Ryan
    Mercy manages to stumble across a few not-awful moments here and there, but the bad moments are so cringe-inducing that the show ought to come with a warning label telling consumers this derivative melodrama is potentially toxic.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    What do women want? Well, they don’t want another migraine-inducing soap opera about the lives of high-strung, whiny female executives in New York. I’m pretty sure of that.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    What’s depressing about “3 lbs” is that there’s no passionate spark behind it; it’s a doctor drama made by committee.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Cox and the shallow “Dirt” scripts fail to bring this woman to life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Perhaps Allen Gregory's arrogance is meant to be entertaining, but I just found it mostly insufferable, despite his occasional flashes of self-awareness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Too often, “Big Day” evokes the unpleasantness of pre-wedding stress, without mining the nuptial process for creative, original laughs.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    There are a few funny moments, I guess, but the show is certainly nothing to plan your evening around.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    No cliché is unexplored, no supporting character is allowed to resemble an actual person.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    It all seems painfully staged and contrived.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    CBS programs generally display a level of basic competence that this "comedy" falls woefully short of.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Despite solid work from the show's supporting cast, none of the elements of this show really work. So far, the only thing it has going for it is that it kicked "Perfect Couples" off the air.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    This contrived, airless comedy is not a good vehicle for him, nor is there much enjoyment to be found in the show's musty supporting characters.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    It keeps resorting to broad gags and dopey jokes, and, just to mix things up, every so often it lunges at sincerity. None of it lands, unfortunately.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The direction is flat-out awful (there are many choppy shots from bizarre, if not inexplicable, angles). Much of the dialogue is groan-inducing, the acting by some of the guest actors is jaw-droppingly wooden, and I guessed who the villain was way before the halfway mark.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    "Standoff" isn't a terrible show, it's just an unnecessary one.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    "Arrested Development" this ain't.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    The women here are shrewish, the vibe is both manic and tired, and overall, the decent cast (which includes the wonderful Anthony Anderson) is given nothing funny to do.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    What a big mess, and what a disappointing waste of Debra Messing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    The show is a particularly awkward attempt at a "dramedy": It tries to make you care about Dennis' quest to become a news anchor and meet the right guy, yet it makes light of the fact that Dennis is shrill, superficial and a bit promiscuous.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    At least these comedies are upfront about what they are: Cheerfully raunchy shows that lean heavily on adolescent obsessions with bodily functions. If that’s your thing, you may enjoy the deadpan Testees.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Carpoolers isn’t terrible; it’s tolerable and even mildly funny at times.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    Grammer's so much better than the unfunny show that has been built around him.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    Women are as capable of writing a misogynist, soul-killing TV comedy as anyone else. Exhibit A: I Hate My Teenage Daughter, a shrieky nightmare.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    NBC's new Jimmy Smits vehicle is called Outlaw. I guess the title 'Contrived, Irritating Star Vehicle' just wasn't as catchy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Chelsea doesn't do anything to make the TV version of Chelsea interesting, likable or winning.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 12 Maureen Ryan
    I feel sorry for Shannon, who nicely underplays her role, but she’s trapped in show that does not work, and, with Blair as her co-star, will never work.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    I wouldn’t rush to clear space on the old DVR for this muddled marital mess.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    As played by Johnson, this 21st Century Flash is likable enough, and the plot occasionally achieves a tick-tock level of efficiency, but there’s little else to recommend this series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The biggest problem with Fox's "Kitchen Confidential" is that star Bradley Cooper... is far too appealing to play a bad-boy chef.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    Most painful are the scenes of Steve and Anne with their daughter, Courtney (G Hannelius). They’re overacted, unfunny and, like much of the rest of the show, full of annoying cliches.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    The existence of this comedy, which pretends to be brash but mainly succeeds in being more offensive, unfunny and predictable than Dads, told me that we have angered the gods.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    It's just awful.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Anchorwoman isn’t much of a reality show, because most of the conflict is contrived.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    "Twenty Good Years" is based on the premise these two comedy warhorses can make just about anything work, but this tired vehicle proves too much -- or rather, too little -- for even them.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    The worst unscripted outing to hit the airwaves in many a moon.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    Pretty pointless.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Sadly, although Jezebel is packed with Sherman-Palladino’s trademark snappy banter, it’s a cold, brittle misfire.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    What’s most mind-boggling about this show is how it manages to get every single thing wrong.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    A grating comedy.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The attempt to shoehorn the Shat into the strained story of a father and an adult son, Henry, getting to know each other for the first time seems false. And when there are glimmers that it might work, Shatner's character, Ed, is visited by his grating other son, Vince, and his even more grating wife, Bonnie. They're awful.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Its writers are clearly addicted to the tired conceit of giving us three jokes per script page, no matter how played-out the jokes, no matter how predictable the pratfalls.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    Liz and Dick is badly paced, cheap-looking and encrusted with a tinkly, preposterous soundtrack that is designed to make viewers go insane.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Uninspired and flat.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    Both shows ["Happy Hour" and "'Til Death"] bill themselves as comedies, but really, it's hard to find two less funny half hours on the network schedule.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Nothing could really prepare anyone for a show so wantonly grisly as this worthless, exploitative program.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's an intriguing idea for a reality show, and it more or less survives Fox's cheesy presentation.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    This wretched show not only features a lead character who is an unredeemable nitwit but dialogue that manages to be leaden, preposterous and pretentious all at once.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Mowry herself is charming and capable, and Wendy Raquel Robinson has some fine moments as the mother-manager, but it’s clear that “The Game” is to be played on the surface of these potentially interesting lives.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    A program so bad that it's not only unpleasant to watch, but it makes you fear for the future of network television.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    It’s easy to see why preview DVDs weren’t distributed–the show just isn’t funny.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    This shoddy program is nothing more than exploitative, misogynist trash.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Creatively speaking, Dads comes off as if it were a much-resented homework assignment for all involved.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    The humor is so predictable and so stale that it fails to produce any laughs.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    If you have only one hour a week for television, give it to "The Wire."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    To watch the show is to be immersed in an interlocking series of utterly realistic worlds, from the street corner to the cop bar to the mayor's office.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Though "Sunny" is admirably energetic, the comedy can seem repetitive after a while. [13 Sep 2007]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    It's gotten better at delivering on its strengths -- light character drama and caper-ish crime proceedings.
    • 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."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    This well-constructed drama is something to treasure on the TV schedule--it's a show that respects our everyday experiences and emotions and yet also manages to entertain.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    White steals scenes and mugs for the camera, which is obviously what the producers want her to do. But even though the loud laugh track can be annoying at times, there's no denying that the cast of this endearingly retro sitcom makes the most of what they've been given.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    A few notches below that "must-see" category are those "laundry-folders," if you will--programs that occupy some your attention but don't distract you unduly from household chores.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It's hard to get behind the dilemmas of a group characters who whine as much as this gloomy bunch.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    This show only occasionally works, and I increasingly think it would have been a better bet as an animated show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Happy Endings has so many things going for it that the occasional weak story line or meh scene is not a big deal at all.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    A taut, enjoyable second season.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Syfy's Defiance doesn't just cement its place as a well-made and enjoyable show, it continues to serve as a welcome corrective to some recent trends in TV sci-fi.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    This British import is weird, slight and lovingly made, and perhaps most importantly, it's smart enough not to overstay its welcome.

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