Melanie McFarland

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For 304 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 American Gods: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 304
304 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Langford and Minnette are the magnetic core of this drama. Separately and together, they have a dynamic chemistry that glows when they share the screen and energizes their scenes with others.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    In a fall season full of lofty recommendations and solid, well-made pilots, it's the only series truly worth getting excited about.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    I know it doesn't sound too cool, but really, it's great - not at all obvious like "Touched by an Angel," and far more intelligent... Everyone in this cast is nothing short of brilliant, but Tamblyn's really the one that glows. She's believably snarky in her secret interactions with what may or may not be God; she's well aware she could be crazy. [26 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    To see Larry behave so socially recklessly each week is a tremendous treat. [2 Jan 2004]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    More relevant and biting than it has ever been.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Besides being the funniest pilot, it has the best cast.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    The second season, which kicks off Sunday at 10:30 p.m., flows with more confidence and pluck than the first right off the bat--a good show that has only improved. Often a second season pick-up is the endorsement a creator needs to relax into her vision. Rae certainly has.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    The Crown is as superb and heavy as, well, the actual crown.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Melanie McFarland
    Outstanding. [21 July 2004, p.E6]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Melanie McFarland
    Disturbing and morbid in presentation and humor, Nip/Tuck isn't for the squeamish, and it isn't pretty. But what we saw was alluring and smart enough to, perhaps, pick up the pace on Tuesday nights. [22 July 2003, p.E6]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    There's a lot to love about Torchwood, especially for fans of the early days of "The X-Files," when it was more of a clever horror anthology series and the alien conspiracy had yet to take over the plot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Performances by a stalwart cast ensure that Guerrilla works in spite of these shakier elements.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Guide to Style is smart, fun and instructive, emphasizing enlightenment over shame and choice over following orders.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Don’t worry about its underlying themes too much because three seasons in, the humor in Kimmy Schmidt is still among the sharpest and brainiest on television.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Naturally some Broadchurch fans are bound to be disappointed if this mystery’s resolution doesn’t deliver a gut punch that feels as impactful as the Latimer case; such is the way of series endings. But it’s tough to find fault in Colman’s and Tennant’s portrayal of partnership.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Plain wonderful.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Leary has emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with; he writes the show with co-creator Peter Tolan in addition to starring in it. His rapid-fire wit and comedic cadence permeate the wiry, combative dialogue that serves the series so well. [21 June 2005, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Considering all that it has going for it, "Threshold" has a more formidable foe in Friday night apathy. Out of all the shows that could possibly conquer that, though, you couldn't place your faith in a better choice than this excellent proof of intelligent TV life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    "CSI: NY" is at least as good as its counterparts, and everything you expect it to be. [22 Sep 2004]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Narcos uses the downfall of the Cali syndicate in the late 1990s to rectify some of the first and second season’s more significant flaws while indulging in other over-the-top tendencies that make it a mainstay of the gangster drama genre. ... Pascal grants Javier a tangible earnestness and common grit Holbrook’s cowboy lacks, immediately making him a more captivating guide.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Turns like this take the series further into Aaron Spelling territory than it ever was, an idea that may offend those who can't let go of the notion that HBO is supposed to be better than regular TV.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Carefully crafted performances balance the hilarity with notes of trauma lurking within, adding a winning sincerity to People of Earth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    You don't usually encounter the words "smart" and "soap" in close proximity, but this is one of those exceptions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    A show that grows more confident with each new outing but never loses its sense of heart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    It is something rare and wonderful, a remarkable, original vision.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    "Ugly Betty" may be the fall's best new series.

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