Melanie McFarland

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For 242 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Brotherhood: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The War at Home: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 242
242 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    What it does is invite you to enjoy the dysfunction, maybe relate a little. Worthy punctuation for the end of Sunday evening. [5 Nov 2004, p.C1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    "This American Life" lost none of its authenticity in transition from radio to Showtime.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The story hits the gas immediately in season two, immediately juicing up the excellent comedic chemistry between Campbell, DeLorenzo and Santiago while taking the story into fraught emotional spaces for Ash.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    It seems Darren Star has moved away from the fantasy of the upwardly mobile professional woman who seizes life's pleasures for everything they're worth; his ABC dramedy proves, time and again, that every treasure we hunt for comes with a higher price not listed on any receipt.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Getting to know these characters can be incredibly entertaining but, like the pets each keeps at arm’s length in their respective shows, they’re best experienced in limited doses.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Getting to know these characters can be incredibly entertaining but, like the pets each keeps at arm’s length in their respective shows, they’re best experienced in limited doses.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Originally scheduled to premiere in March, Bright Lights is a mirthful portrait of Reynolds’ and Fisher’s extraordinary connection above all else, even as it reminds viewers of the toll attachment can take on a body and spirit.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    "Psych" is one of those happy collisions of an intelligent script and an appealing cast.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Transparent has expanded from its first season’s examination of gender identity, and with that enlarged view come some growing pains. ... But the newest episodes of Transparent also display the perils of a producer reveling a tad too much in a show’s baroque period, particularly in the self-referential first episode, “Elizah.”
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    All the praise heaped on Pushing Daisies, and every declaration about the dramedy's originality, is merited.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Luke Cage is not a quick binge, but there’s something to appreciate in its 1970s noir-influenced pacing. As slow burns go, this one rewards patient viewing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    One magnificently chilling shot near the end of the season two's first episode shows us just how busy Dexter's been all these years. Rarely has an image of evil looked so delectably good.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    In essence, you're watching the parts of life we're never supposed to see play out before our eyes, and the effect can be either uncomfortable but fascinating or whiny and dull.
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    So just put your intelligence on hold for an hour or four, and you'll be ecstatic at Day 6's beginning.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    "Weeds' " executive producers, headed by creator Jenji Kohan, get kudos for keeping the show's balance of heartfelt drama and screwy comedy intact.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    This is TV sugar with an IQ and a pulse -- clever, revved-up, often funny, sometimes devastating.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    A promising cast and respected executive producers conspire to give "The Unit" a shot at being this spring's breakout hit. But the real proof's in the pilot, a thrilling balance between the action of this sharpshooting brotherhood and the schemes of their secretive, slightly overbearing wives.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    The premiere breathe[s] like a moody, dark theatrical release -- one that tastes like Quentin Tarantino muddled with Michael Mann -- as opposed to a pilot from executive producer John Wells.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Borders on terrific at times and falters in others.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    "Sons & Daughters" is supposed to feel like a heightened version of your own family, and in many ways it succeeds.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    It's a good show waiting to happen, television cliches and all. [5 Aug 2005]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    True, it's not quite "Tales From the Crypt" but is better than "Tales From the Darkside."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    "Army Wives" is a series that sucks you in on the strength of its characters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    An immensely enjoyable premiere.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    This is not a shoot-the-moon, wholly unique story, but it's comforting and thoughtful.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    What Scientology and the Aftermath lacks in cinematic polish and the caliber of familiar celebrities featured in “Going Clear”--director Paul Haggis, one of the most famous Hollywood adherents to publicly defect from the Church prior to Remini, led off Gibney’s documentary--is somewhat supplanted by Remini’s honest anger and frustration, both of which blaze across the screen in reaction to particularly damning revelations. Remini’s overall likability is this program’s most valuable asset.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    In taking an illuminative approach, HBO gives audiences a comprehensive series that covers an impressive amount of ground.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    A classy, stimulating look at six true mavericks through the eyes of six people in various stages of iconoclastic development.

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