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 Rescue Me: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 242
242 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    A significant improvement in the sequel is its keener sense of urgency and alarm, achieved by down-scaling the exposition and character development that bogged down the first hours of the original.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Unless you're a cold, cynical, seen-it-all kind of guy (or chick), odds are you'll find a lot to like about the first episode.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Relentlessly odd as "Meadowlands" can be, don't be surprised if it seduces you.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Davis fills the "leader of the free world" shoes admirably, quickly demonstrating herself to be a formidable presence when she tangles with Sutherland.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Those tuning in are likely to be won over by its bawdy humor and fascinated by the crisp, frenetic choreography during the premiere’s numerous fight scenes; literally every central character gets a chance to get his or her licks in. What remains to be seen is whether those who fall for Preacher’s premiere have the patience to stick with it after the pace slows, which it does quite noticeably by episode two.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    "Supernatural" plays like a high-octane B-flick. You could be mildly ashamed at how much you like it.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Dockery and Botto have heat to spare, and troubling as Letty and Javier’s partnership may be, the actors’ performances make us believe that the two have enough in common for the plot to evolve into a standout narrative.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Whatever problems you may have had with "Carnivale" last season, give it a pass for, let's say, five episodes. That's more than enough time to figure out if the magic has returned. [7 Jan 2005]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    There’s a lot of appreciate about these early episodes of Riverdale, if not outright adore. There’s also tremendous space for improvement, which is true of most series tasked with servicing a large ensemble of characters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    This is a comedy that does what it's supposed to do, which is to make you smile and giggle at the appropriate points. Be that as it may, the pilot never ascends beyond the level of being cute and nice.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    It's all very quirky. Too quirky, maybe, for an audience that is used to spaceships, robots and explosions.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    [It] vacillates between riveting and middling.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    A touch of "Friends" with "Odd Couple" undertones.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "Day Break" is an intricate, imaginative series designed to make you ask questions at every turn, but the killer will be, "What else is on?"
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    When it works, the series effectively portrays the sorrowful human toll the underground trade takes on men and women, parents and children caught up in the struggle either by choice or unseen forces. ... But the weaknesses of this Traffic mirror Soderbergh's stumbles, which is its tendency to brain viewers with the same clumsy force as a Partnership for a Drug-Free America commercial. [24 Jan 2004]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    While one can never count out a decent cop show, Life's main character is so weird he either fascinates you immediately or turns you off.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "Top Design"... comes closer to capturing "Runway's" singular appeal than "Top Chef" ever did... Yet with each scan of the "Project Runway" blueprint, a little more of the original's crispness and clarity gets lost.
    • 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.

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