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 11.9 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Absolutely nothing about it is original or seeks to transform the half-hour genre. Still, the fact that it is executed by sure-footed comedy veterans more than makes up for the sin of familiarity.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    In the way of so many television series inspired by comedians, "The Sarah Silverman Program" fails to directly translate the insanity of Silverman's stand-up.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    There's something weirdly charming about the pair's chemistry.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    The miniseries' trite finish falls short of capturing the amazement we felt the first time we saw Judy Garland bring Dorothy to life.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    You won't be quoting lines from it over Friday morning coffee, but it is, if not good, then good enough.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "My Boys"... has development potential if you can get past the notion that it's been done to death.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    No series following an easy delight like "Grey's Anatomy" should be this much of a downer.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    If you don't like Woods' frantic, frequent speeches, and you can't get out of the "Without a Trace" Thursday habit, best to steer clear.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    The tale's beyond complicated, to be sure. But it also may be the most watchable six hours of strangeness you'll see this season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Chuck is, at its best, cute--and that's not enough to keep up with the big dogs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    The jokes that hit their target almost make up for the wide misses.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    The pilot is enough to make you curious -- if it holds your attention to the end, that is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Breaking Bad is a show constructed around a self-conscious edginess. You have to push past this edge and be willing to step inside before discovering any depth.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "Runaway" is decent, the kind of show some might acknowledge as pretty good while saying, in the next breath, that it probably wouldn't make it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "Knights" is without question the funniest comedy ABC has on its roster. But look at the network's other options, and you'll understand that's not what you'd call a hard-won honor.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Rote as this seems, it's difficult to judge the series too harshly. It has the barest basics in its favor -- the cast works and the writing is acceptable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Just when you think The Office is working, it starts to crumble. You reach a point of giving up on it, and then suddenly it pulls you back. The thing defies concrete evaluation because it could go either way. [24 Mar 2005, p.D1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    The show comes with a built-in demographic: viewers who enjoy sweaty, scantily clad women waging war on roller skates. "Rollergirls" just needs to lure them back from the Internet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Now we're back to Bionic Woman and Jaime Sommers--only under the surgical knife of executive producer David Eick, who had a hand in reshaping "Battlestar Galactica" to suit modern sensibilities, the rebuilt is wussier and darker than Wagner ever was.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    So what we have here is "Miami Vice" minus the palm trees and sports cars, and plus a sliver of an earnest message.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Nip/Tuck is aiming for profundity again, as far as that goes. At one point the series catch phrase said something about being more than skin deep, but I'm not sure the scalpel even scratches the fatty layer anymore. Understand that Nip/Tuck was never about adventurous quality or exploring new frontiers in emotional depth. It's just the handsomest, indecently pleasurable soap opera television can crank out, and a reliable supplier of muscular butt shots. [5 Sept 2006, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    With the unvarnished truth dangling like a carrot before a carthorse, there's ample reason for crime-show junkies to cling to "Justice," although some mysteries will be more worth seeing through to the end than others.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    It isn't a laugh-a-minute free-for-all.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    "Crumbs" is hideously overscored.... That's unfortunate, because the sappy swells detract from the series' wicked dialogue, and scenes oozing with the brand of dark, twisted humor only family can inflict upon one another.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    In spite of [Scott's] fine performance, though, nothing elevates this drama about people on the verge of death and disaster into something other than ordinary.

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