Melanie McFarland

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For 287 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 8 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 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 287
287 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    It's a good show waiting to happen, television cliches and all. [5 Aug 2005]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Its impressive cast can't beef up the show's predictable conflicts and pedestrian secrets.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    As hilariously scalding onscreen as it is on the daily comics pages.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    The pilot is enough to make you curious -- if it holds your attention to the end, that is.
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The storytelling and performances are peerless in their intensity.... At the same time, there may be too much going on here for six episodes to do this show justice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Its hipster appeal feels a bit too calculated for my tastes, even though the cast, headed be Robert Vaughn, is undeniably appealing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    This all sounds more exciting than it actually turns out to be. ... The costumes and set design of [The White Princess] are an improvement over its predecessor. But the dialogue remains nearly as constrained and unexciting, even though once again an accomplished cast makes heroic efforts to breathe fire into their lines.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    It’s a shockingly witty and enjoyable slant on the television romantic comedy. Only here, the romantic lead and hero is a dog for whom there are no half measures.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Fugit depicts Barnes with the scraggly desperation of a starving, wounded animal. With his poignant portrayal securely holding each hour’s center, Outcast quickly mutates from a creepfest into a tragedy about doubt, coping and human frailty.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "It's Always Sunny" peddles immaturity and discomfort with remarkable wit in a few instances. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    In taking an illuminative approach, HBO gives audiences a comprehensive series that covers an impressive amount of ground.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    This is TV sugar with an IQ and a pulse -- clever, revved-up, often funny, sometimes devastating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    A reality/sitcom hybrid. How revolutionary. [3 June 2005, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    [It] vacillates between riveting and middling.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Melanie McFarland
    OK, it could be better. A lot better.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    "How I Met Your Mother" may not break any comedic ground, but it's the sort of comfortable, reliable hitter CBS needs on Monday nights.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Each hour has a drag to it, one that feels hypnotically weird and is interrupted by spasmodic bursts of violence and disarming farce. All of that lends an aura of honesty to this story of life inside the world of intelligence might. ... A taste worth acquiring.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 Melanie McFarland
    Although it feigns to focus on Eric's struggle to rein in this herd of licentious Peter Pans, Entourage lacks a believably strong central character and fails to lay out any plot direction or coming tension. Connolly has potential, but the best you can say about his and every other Entourage character is that they're tolerable. [17 July 2004, p.E6]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "Kidnapped," which gives us a frequently riveting story populated by intriguing, complex characters, is regular-grade TV trying too hard to be gourmet.
    • 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.

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