For 845 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 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Anchorwoman: Season 1
Score distribution:
845 tv reviews
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    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    It's gotten better at delivering on its strengths -- light character drama and caper-ish crime proceedings.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Though the pace is zippy and a fair amount of the dialogue is snappy, Hutton brings a distracted, melancholy air to the proceedings, which doesn’t slow things down -- his nuanced performance keeps the show on an even keel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The surreal comedy of Steven Wright is clearly an influence on Martin (one of Martin’s jokes: “I wonder if there were any Goths in Gothic times”), but Important Things also has a boldly silly streak.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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 the main, The Keepers is a solid work, one whose immediacy and visceral power is not clouded by tendencies toward the exploitative or prurient.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, though Greenleaf strays a bit, it manages to balance its many priorities with something that approaches grace, which is only appropriate for a story set in the house of the Lord.
    • 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
    Not all of the characters pop, but Incorporated keeps things moving at a smart pace.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The Good Fight has to incorporate a host of supporting characters and cases of the week into the backstories of its multiple leads, and the results are occasionally a bit bumpy and scattered. All in all, however, it’s a promising endeavor, even if the lead characters are so understandably stressed that it’s a pleasure to check in on amusing scene-stealers like Eli Gold’s enterprising daughter, Marissa (Sarah Steele), and Denis O’Hare’s delightfully eccentric judge.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Though a little strange, the mixture is never unsettling, in large part because this efficient and reasonably amusing sitcom is safely encased in several other familiar TV formats.
    • 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Deborah’s decision to allow Skloot to see her mother’s closely guarded medical records is a major turning point in the book, but it doesn’t register as momentous in the film. That said, Rose Byrne provides an impressive array of reactions as Skloot, even if her character never quite comes alive the way Deborah does. And yet some sequences of the film are quite affecting, in large part thanks to Winfrey’s galvanizing presence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The relationships that are sketched out in the first hour are promising.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Despite the fine work of Pace and Friel--who convey tenderness despite the director’s efforts to stamp it out--the sheer quantity of forced whimsy and visual razzle-dazzle can be exhausting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The show, so far, doesn’t have quite the right ingredients--it could use something more combustible in the mix.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    In the early going, the third season of Fargo, which is set in 2010, offers a sprinkling of skillful characterization, dialogue, and production design without providing enough psychologically compelling components to balance out the largely dry and even perfunctory aspects of the drama. The elements viewers have come to expect are accounted for, as if by checklist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The weight of expectations on this new season were great, and if this plucky show staggers a little under that weight, that's understandable. I'm fully on board for Season 2, and I have every reason to believe Orphan Black will keep evolving in the direction of perfection. Science demands it.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It's got a smart pace, good performances and it's a relief not to have to commit to something long-term.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    While the first episode is a solid and visually rich scene-setter for the tale to come, there's a lot of dry, sometimes clunky exposition to get through before the story really gets going in the fifth episode, which is far and away the best hour of Game of Thrones I've seen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This show knows what it wants to do and it churns through its story with efficiency and the gloss that comes from executing the ABC house style with energy and a bit of flair.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    SOA is at its most compelling when it delves into the emotional bonds between these men and their women, and there's a rich dramatic potential in the double-dealing that begins in these first hours.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Helix doesn't reinvent the virus thriller, but it's a solid slice of genre entertainment that offers some creepy visuals and believable scares.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    In its pilot, it achieved its modest goals without leaning too far into pompousness (as is the case with "Almost Human") or slicing off too much ham (hello "The Blacklist").
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This West Coast Law & Order works best when it gives its able cast knotty dilemmas to play.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The cast is very good and if the central relationships are beefed up, it could be a keeper.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The Blacklist is never going to be anyone's idea of great art, but at least it has a pulpy kind of momentum that may well be worth watching for a while; I will stick around to see whether Spader's performance really is the only dish on the menu.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Some episodes feel a little padded, and the show occasionally skates nervously over the more painful aspects of these girls' lives, but High School Confidential is a mostly compelling study of the lives of 12 girls in a middle-class Kansas community.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Wilfred is still a work in progress; in the early stages, the relationship between the dog and the man feels a little claustrophobic, but as the episodes progress, Ryan's world begins to expand a bit, which is a good thing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Has enough chuckles to make it worth your while, providing you have an irreverent sense of humor. [29 Apr 2005]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Branagh directs his actors through the intricacies of Shakespeare’s language with a sure hand, though I sometimes wished during the forest scenes the camera didn’t swoop and swivel quite so much.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    As it is, Trust Me, which perks along energetically but lacks emotional heft, may be one of those shows that stacks up on my TiVo, along with other shows I don’t get around to viewing.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    I tend not to watch it after the first few episodes of each season, because it tends to travel somewhat repetitive storytelling roads (i.e., every week, science goes awry, then science is used to fix what went awry)....I like the implications of that bigger arc, which promises more depth, which Eureka needs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    This pleasantly low-key drama has little trouble creating an atmosphere, but the pace is sometimes slack in the first four episodes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    The Unusuals doesn’t have the balance between the comedy and the serious stuff right yet, but Terry Kinney lends a welcome acerbic note as the station’s seen-it-all leader, Sgt. Harvey Brown.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    The rest of the new or new-ish faces are occasionally funny one-note characters....Still, the old crew made me laugh on more than one occasion as I watched the first two episodes of Season 9 (the Todd made me giggle every time he turned up).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    As guilty pleasures go, Harper's Island may hit the spot. Though perhaps it would have worked best as a summer series?
    • 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).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    The first episode of Enemy ended up being a relatively compelling hour of television. As competent as it is, though, it’s hard not to think that the premise contains some holes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    The rest of Breaking Bad doesn’t consistently reach the level of Cranston’s performance. But for some, his depiction of Walt’s earnest desperation may be enough.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    Even when the show gets a bit melodramatic or overwrought, however, Parenthood's good intentions radiate throughout its many story lines. But do good intentions make for reliably compelling family drama? That depends on your tolerance for its frequent tonal shifts and occasional manic intervals.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    The Middle hits its comedic targets often enough, but its main problems is that it overdoes the quirkiness a bit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    There are times when the enterprise lacks a certain heft and when the fantasy realm seems a little generic. Also, some characters, especially Lana Parrilla's Evil Queen (who is also the mayor of Storybrooke), are one-dimensional in kind of maddening ways, though Robert Carlyle makes up for that with his charismatic turn as both Rumplestiltskin and a Storybrooke resident named Mr. Gold.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    House of Cards is a strange mixture of freedom--Fincher and his cohorts clearly did what they wanted to do--and limitation: These powerful, venal characters and the well-tended hothouse they live in feel quite familiar (and not just because this is based on a UK miniseries of the same name).
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The action sequences and fights are briskly shot and edited, the supporting cast is acerbically great.... The worst element of Strike Back’s final go-round looms pretty large in the first half of the season. It’s a contrived story line involving Scott’s son, who turns up in Bangkok wanting to get to know his dad.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The witches are an intriguing presence, but other parts of the show aren't casting the same spell as the magnificent Shaw. If you're addicted to True Blood's brand of smoldering melodrama, well, there's a lot of it this season. And it looks as though about half of it might actually be worth watching.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The unsettled, rule-breaking personality of the central character, his affair with an underdeveloped female character, a murderer who's too clever by half--these things aren't hard to find on TV. And though Bosch is credible, the episodes I saw weren't at such a fantastic level of execution that I have to see more of it and feel the need to shout from the rooftops about it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    This new season of Homeland.... comes across at times like a newborn foal on wobbly legs.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Though "Sunny" is admirably energetic, the comedy can seem repetitive after a while. [13 Sep 2007]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The film just about rises above its many flaws, thanks to a some committed and affecting performances from seasoned actors like Mark Ruffalo, Joe Mantello and a surprisingly effective Julia Roberts.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Nothing that happens next is particularly surprising, though the plot rolls forward with workmanlike efficiency.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    K-Ville is a solidly crafted drama with admirable focus and energy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Another workmanlike, reasonably decent thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    It may not be blessed with the most felicitous dialogue of all time, but “Day Break” is a solidly constructed and fast-paced drama.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Cooper does a solid job with the title role, and the early installments have an engaging briskness. However, Fleming drags a bit in its second half; given its slender budget, it might have worked better as a three-episode miniseries.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    There are some promising moments Episodes, and as the characters move beyond stereotypes, some of the story lines begin to pay off in amusing and even touching ways.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The idea that in the long-ago past there were differing versions of how to reinvent humanity's future could make for compelling drama, and those kind of story lines are more likely to be more intriguing than what will transpire among the Shannons, unless this bland family's character development takes a great leap forward very quickly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    "Hex" takes a while to cast its spell, but it may yet prove itself worthy of viewers' attention.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    There are times when Outlander shows glimmerings of that vitality and emotional depth, and if we're lucky, this earnest drama will keep heading in that direction.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Though Babylon is pleasant and reasonably well executed, there's not too much to grab on to at the center of the drama; it makes moves toward engagement of knotty issues, only to ultimately skate along their surface. But Nesbitt is typically excellent and the show's depiction of London, its cops and its cynical politics can be diverting.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    For fans of fantasy, this might be worth a try; there’s just enough of interest to make one wonder if Beowulf’s future alliances and aspirations will place it within striking distance of “Vikings,” on par with the enjoyable “Shannara Chronicles” and maybe ahead of BBC America’s very similar drama, “The Last Kingdom.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    For all its ferocity, and despite some excellent supporting performances, there’s a curious hole at the center of Sons of Anarchy. The character we’re supposed to be most interested in is something of a blank slate.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Mildly satisfying, but pretty formulaic.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    “Army Wives” is by no means a perfect show, but there’s a lot of potential material in the lives of these women.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    You expect the Big Moment on Grey's Anatomy, and the usual array of melodramatic developments in Thursday's two-hour season premiere. On the plus side, at least this episode isn't as padded and maddening as past two-hour Grey's episodes have been.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The result is a miniseries that’s easy on the eyes and generally more interesting when capable actors like Jenna Coleman, who plays Victoria, and Rufus Sewell, as her advisor Lord Melbourne, imbue the dialogue and character psyches with more depth than the scripts provide. Subplots about secondary and tertiary characters, which feel like castoffs from lazier “Downton Abbey” seasons, frustrate for a variety of reasons, not least because they’re executed with a lack of flair and originality.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    I'll keep watching, of course. But there are times, truth be told, when Saul seems a little too much like its lead character: Slick, smart, desperate, driven to please and a little bit afflicted by flop sweat.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The show has a lot of pieces to juggle, and it doesn’t always weave its multitude of plots together gracefully. ... That said, the third episode recalls the thoughtful Cinemax actioner “Strike Back,” (and that’s a compliment).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Millman... is kind of an irritating guy, and the conceit of the show wears thin pretty quickly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    A mildly amusing way to spend a half an hour.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Blue Bloods sounds good on paper. Yet despite its good cast and competent execution, this drama about a family of New York cops feels a bit perfunctory. There's nothing necessarily wrong with the drama, which is ably headed by Tom Selleck, but there's every chance that Blue Bloods will turn out to be just another cop show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Sure, there were some good bits in there. It wasn't that Conan put on a bad or unprofessional show, just a very conventional one.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Everything around Malkovich is workmanlike and rather predictable, if competent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    By the end of the five episodes HBO sent for review, one's interest in the tangled future of this offbeat clan may be piqued, but be forewarned, it takes a while -- and there are a lot of petty spats and crying kids -- before one gets to that point.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The main thing Camelot has going for it is a lively, unpretentious desire to entertain. It doesn't take itself overly seriously--Merlin has a wry sense of humor--and there are some capable action sequences amid scenes of rustic splendor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    “This American Life” really begins to show its TV potential in episode three, when the show stops trying so hard to be perfect and lets its storytelling sprawl.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The clash between the callow and the compelling set off an ongoing debate between the hopeful part of my brain, which wants to like a sci-fi-ish show dreamed up by executive producers J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, and the scarred part of my brain, which has been burned dozens of times by genre-flavoroed shows that had interesting elements or cast members but also disappointing executions and annoying younger characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Yet despite the dude-tastic charisma that Caan brings to Danno, I can't quite see a reason to watch Hawaii Five-0 again, given that each week, the stories will probably feel like something we've already seen on 'NCIS,' 'NCIS Los Angeles' or any number of the 'CSIs.' Bad guys will be caught, the team shall be triumphant. Rinse and repeat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    It's all a little pell-mell, but it just about holds together and Viola Davis is ferocious in the lead role.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    An intermittently interesting summer potboiler with a creepy "Twin Peaks"-meets-"American Beauty" vibe, with a little of "The Riches" thrown in for good measure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The last half-hour of the pilot is by far the best part of Fringe; it’s full of twists, turns, action and suspense. And the first 20 minutes or so, in which a team of federal agents investigate a mysterious occurrence on a commercial airliner, is brisk and efficient, if (like much of Fringe) a little bombastic and overdirected. Aside from a cinematic dream sequence, the middle hour of Fringe is much more problematic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The way to keep both casual and hardcore sci-fi fans in the fold is to tell stories that revolve around memorable characters, to take on compelling questions and to give the tales intellectual and emotional plausibility. Torchwood: Miracle Day doesn't quite have all those elements nailed down all the time, but it gets reasonable chunks of those things right--enough to keep me tuning in and hoping that the story gains coherence (and not just speed) over the course of the season.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The River isn't terrible, and it actually has some effective elements, but it's fairly indicative of ABC's post-"Lost" flailing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti are good actors and undeniably adorable together in this competent pilot.... The charm of its cast and, ideally, sharp writing from the NBC show could keep it afloat.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Still, despite Chuck’s zippy pace and fun dialogue, this nerd-friendly "spy-fi" show from "O.C." creator Josh Schwartz has plot holes you could drive a truck through.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The pilot is high-strung but basically acceptable, and I'll keep watching in the well-founded hopes that it will find consistently entertaining groove and use its fine cast (which includes Tim Meadows and Dan Bucatinsky as Annie's dads) as well as "Happy Endings" used its fab ensemble.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    As it is, the decent but unspectacular Copper comes off as "Deadwood Cop," minus the Milch.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    After going through its share of growing pains, it now operates with clockwork efficiency. But the characters seem even more one-dimensional than they were last year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
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