Melanie McFarland
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For 198 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Brotherhood: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 198
  2. Negative: 59 out of 198
198 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Melanie McFarland
    [A] laugh-free comedy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    I'm not sure which is worse, that tired back story or Martin Landau besmirching his career by appearing in this as a wizened forensics guy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    "Standoff" fails to connect on almost every level.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    You'd expect Cane to follow in the tradition of "Dallas" by giving viewers a potboiler to look forward to each week, but there are too many subplots knotted together in the opening episode, and none of them is particularly interesting.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    This show may cause diabetes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    A catastrophic nuclear crisis never looked as boring and convoluted as it does here.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Next week's episode comes across a lot like the part of the porn script that begs for the fast-forward button. Seriously, it's all there -- beautiful women in tight outfits, thick innuendo, weak setups and thin plot progression.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Melanie McFarland
    This is comedian Louis C.K.'s attempt to lampoon the classic half-hour sitcom, if by lampoon you mean drown it in toxic failure.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    It sounds like the kind of "keeping up with HBO" series Showtime would do, except the premium cable channel already aired an Irish mobster series, "Brotherhood." And it had richer characters and superior plotting.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    "Free Ride," though improvised, feels like every other Fox comedy that has come and gone: It has generic young stars stuck in a stale boy-pines-for-girl story line.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Three years off the air has not made the "Family Guy" team that much more creative. [30 Apr 2005]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    The script is laden with corny dialogue, and the plot is predicated upon ridiculous strains in credulity -- to say nothing of the acting.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    This is the skin of a David E. Kelley show with none of the usual muscle, brains, spirit or cheek behind it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    The most unfortunate victims of Kelley's sad attempt at recapturing the funky fun of his past and mixing in what gravitas he can scrounge up are two otherwise fine characters, Spader's impishly amoral Alan Shore and Shatner's extroverted nut case Denny Crane. [2 Oct 2004]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Melanie McFarland
    OK, it could be better. A lot better.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Melanie McFarland
    The imaginations behind "Painkiller Jane" are so thin, and each hour's progression so randomly executed, that one imagines the scripts were written using the Mad Libs method.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Melanie McFarland
    This is awful.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    It's not a terrible show; if you don't have anything else to watch, well, it won't kill you.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Melanie McFarland
    Largely worthless.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    You'll see nothing that hasn't been done on other networks and with higher skill, energy and imagination.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    A fat snooze.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 10 Melanie McFarland
    Worst of all is the writing's low-bar comedy; it's so weak that the laugh track doesn't just sound forced, it sounds as if the audience has a gun to its head.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    It's unfair to lay every fault on the actors when the dialogue is so insubstantial, verging on sophomoric and mawkish in a few exchanges
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    There comes a point at which sisterhood becomes powerfully irritating, and "Related" finds it within the first 40 minutes of its existence.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Melanie McFarland
    This vampire detective show (sorry, can't resist this) is one that first bites, then sucks. Hard.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Hang out for a while... and you may quickly realize why you didn't stay in touch with most of your fellow third-graders. People like these suck the life out of you.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    Besides making every aspect of dating and mating look depressing, it's hard to come up with a reason to spend time with any of these characters.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    What began as a demonstration of good actors adventurously struggling with a badly written script has been revamped into a demonstration of good actors desperately struggling with a badly written script, with a chortling studio audience thrown in for good measure. [14 Apr 2003]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    There's "The Apprentice's" colossal flaw, besides forcing us to bear witness to Trump's egomania: Watching these business lions and tigresses in action is about as thrilling as collating thousands of documents.
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Melanie McFarland
    An absolute mess.

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