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 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 198
  2. Negative: 59 out of 198
198 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    "Sons & Daughters" is supposed to feel like a heightened version of your own family, and in many ways it succeeds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    True, it's not quite "Tales From the Crypt" but is better than "Tales From the Darkside."
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    An immensely enjoyable premiere.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    This is TV sugar with an IQ and a pulse -- clever, revved-up, often funny, sometimes devastating.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    "Army Wives" is a series that sucks you in on the strength of its characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    "The State Within" is what we'd get if the producers of "24" wanted to make us think instead of accept ever-widening leaps of logic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    While it's hard to predict how this new chapter will play among deeper fans of the "Terminator" mythology, the rest of us have to ask ourselves if watching reboots of robot battles once a week is worth our time.
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    This show has no illusions of being anything more than a solidly made and terrifically entertaining TV distraction, neat and crisp as citrus soda.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    In taking an illuminative approach, HBO gives audiences a comprehensive series that covers an impressive amount of ground.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    This is not a shoot-the-moon, wholly unique story, but it's comforting and thoughtful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Relentlessly odd as "Meadowlands" can be, don't be surprised if it seduces you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    There's certainly entertainment value in watching Tyra Banks acting as both boot camp sergeant and self-promoting mannequin. [10 Jun 2003]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Skin deep? A tad predictable? Certainly. But Nip/Tuck is nonetheless a TV addiction. We watch, mesmerized by the series' cool surface appeal and the nasty ooze pulsating beneath. We grimace when we should, and when we shouldn't, and at the end we, the Nip/Tuck addicts, want more. [22 June 2004, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    If you don't take it too seriously, it can be tremendous fun in a Saturday matinee kind of way.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    But is it too much to ask for these girls to have a bit more fun? This is one series that really needs to swing that way. For a bunch of glamorous, well-dressed womyn who spend a lot of time hanging out at a cool cafe, they sure do suffer from an excess of unease. [17 Jan 2004, p.E2]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    As enjoyable as it is to keep up with Vince (Adrian Grenier) on the eve of attaining superstardom in "Aquaman," "Entourage" has yet to display much substance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Against everything else available to viewers, "Huff" is premium cable-grade content without the "wows" that justify the extra expense.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "Hex" may not be stupendous TV, but for a decent summer thrill, nothing on broadcast holds a candle to it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Those still smarting over [Judging Amy's] cancellation may take a while to warm up to the way "Close to Home" wraps justice in a small fuzzy blanket.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    You probably can tell that this thing isn't bound for the sitcom hall of fame, but it's a good time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    There's something weirdly charming about the pair's chemistry.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    A touch of "Friends" with "Odd Couple" undertones.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    The pilot is enough to make you curious -- if it holds your attention to the end, that is.
    • 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    A few kinks are painfully apparent. Foremost among them is the blowhard persona Colbert forces on us for half an hour. It feels like a weaker extension of "The Daily Show."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "My Boys"... has development potential if you can get past the notion that it's been done to death.

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