Melanie McFarland

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For 271 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Brockmire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Twins: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 271
271 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    Rarely if ever has watching psychological torture felt so goddamn enticing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    Serving up the kind of dialogue that leads to tears and cackles, it may be the most joyfully scathing look at stifled lives network TV has ever seen. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    In showing us the sum of Forrest’s travails, Review has given birth to something extraordinary: a bleak, serialized tragedy that inspires spasms of unrestrained laughter.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    But don't call it a dramedy. No, the great trick of Rescue Me is that it's the saddest drama on television at which you possibly will laugh at. Some also would call it the best. [13 June 2007, p.C1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    To call "Deadwood" great television doesn't begin to do it justice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    The conscientious visual style that Fuller honed on “Hannibal” achieves riotous new heights of sensuality in this series. Green, a DC Comics veteran whose television credits include serving as an executive producer on “Heroes,” aids in harmonizing the story’s surfeit of histories and personalities into an intelligible and spellbinding structure.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    No other series so poignantly probes the human condition and our concept of reality, identity, what we know and what is true with such alluring complexity. In a just world, more people would watch Rectify. That it existed at all, and leaves four tremendous seasons to savor and contemplate, is its own lovely blessing.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    If there ever was a series that makes HBO a necessity, "The Wire" is it.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    All the hype leading up to the final approach of The Leftovers has merit. The seven episodes HBO provided are consistently brilliant, sure and mindful about tying up loose ends.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    Each episode provides everything you would want from a comedy: originality, elegantly crude humor, genuine warmth and heartbreak.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    "Masterpiece" isn't too strong a word to describe this series.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Real and relatable, "Chris" may be the best new comedy of a season filled with sitcoms worth viewing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    The agile humor and light, sharp intelligence permeating the script make "Studio 60" far and away one of the season's best new dramas, if not the top entry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    When "Sunny" works, it makes your rib cage ache. Even when it's not up to its usual standards, it's still better than whatever else is passing for a good time at the moment. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Outstanding on all fronts--acting, cinematography and script are all top-notch--but it happens to be unrelentingly depressing as well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Beneath this skin is one-of-a-kind daring television that explores the complexities of human relationships with an unparalleled intelligence, sensitivity, appropriate level of fun - Joan Rivers dropped by last season, for example - and, when it is warranted, menace. [20 Sept 2005, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Few stars can write and play a kicked-in-the-mouth underdog as smartly as Gervais does here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Its larger accomplishment of showcasing Rae’s talents and underrepresented characters in a sublime comedy is worth celebrating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Any viewer, regardless of political stripe, can [have] something to embrace in the Alvarez family, which is true of Lear’s oeuvre in general. By taking the classic family sitcom and making it feel vital and relevant, the show has invited us to connect to the truths we hold in common. Sometimes refreshing the familiar is precisely the entertainment we need.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Arrested Development has been hyped to the clouds in a number of ads, all piling on critical encomiums from all over the country. This time they're telling the truth. [31 Oct 2003, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    It demands commitment and a willingness to pay attention to the smallest bits of information, but it's also riveting. Once you decide to go take this case, you won't want to turn back.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    The deliberate pacing and dreamy, surreal tone of Atlanta may prove too off-putting for viewers searching for easy entertainment. But those thirsting for a fearless, fresh perspective in comedy will find much to appreciate here.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    What begins as the usual artistic season premiere shivers and sways with unexpected jolts, one of which irrevocably changes the course and feel of the series. Everything blurs, and nothing, and no one, seems true.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Regardless of where we are in this strange voyage, it’s obvious that Gilligan and Gould are accelerating Jimmy toward his grimmer future. The third season opens with a heavier atmosphere leaning more into the drama of the tale, so much that one may forget that it was originally conceived as a half-hour sitcom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    As hilariously scalding onscreen as it is on the daily comics pages.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    The ‘60s pop art-inspired style with which Hawley initially presents “Legion” speaks to an extraordinary level of creative intricacy and care in his storytelling. Aesthetically adventurous and candy-colored as the drama’s opening hours are, they’re also part of a compelling TV experiment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    More than simply being outstanding, "Friday Night Lights" is an important series because of the way it takes family-friendly television seriously.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    The fans, no doubt, will be content with the conclusion of the brutal street politics--usually the best aspect of each season--as we witness a brilliantly stormy resolution of the unrest between Proposition Joe (Robert F. Chew), Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector), who continues to expand his power, and the charismatic, elegant brute Omar Little (Michael K. Williams), a murderous thief worth cherishing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Through careful direction and precise writing shaped by showrunner Bruce Miller, this is a drama that is remarkable in its ability to horrify while maintaining a delicate air. As threatening and oppressive as the world of Gilead is, the series has an energetic stamina about it that prevents the story from sinking under the weight of despondency.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Sneaky Pete is a series made for devouring. As good as the premiere is, the next episode is better. The promises made in the second episode are delivered and expanded upon in the third. This is a show populated with enjoyable characters that spins a familiar conceit, the crime drama, in a way that feels bright and original.

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