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

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 198
  2. Negative: 59 out of 198
198 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    This show may cause diabetes.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Hang out for a while... and you may quickly realize why you didn't stay in touch with most of your fellow third-graders. People like these suck the life out of you.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    This is merely another dead-on-arrival series to add to the mountain of failures Fox has hurled our way over the past few seasons.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Forget the epidural, you'll need laughing gas, stat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    The only thing a person can be certain of after watching "John From Cincinnati" is this: Any die-hard "Deadwood" fan interested in keeping the veins in his forehead intact should not bother with it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    We're all for handsome guys exploring their feminine side, but we want posters of them holding babies, not being them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    You'd expect Cane to follow in the tradition of "Dallas" by giving viewers a potboiler to look forward to each week, but there are too many subplots knotted together in the opening episode, and none of them is particularly interesting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Gossip Girl lacks the heart, humor and sweetness that balanced out the soapy happenings on "The O.C."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    It's unfair to lay every fault on the actors when the dialogue is so insubstantial, verging on sophomoric and mawkish in a few exchanges
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    It takes a while to connect to these characters, and those who show up might not be willing to stick around until the melodrama kicks in.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    What began as a demonstration of good actors adventurously struggling with a badly written script has been revamped into a demonstration of good actors desperately struggling with a badly written script, with a chortling studio audience thrown in for good measure. [14 Apr 2003]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    That, friends, is bad TV. [3 Oct 2003, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    I'm not sure which is worse, that tired back story or Martin Landau besmirching his career by appearing in this as a wizened forensics guy.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    More proof that even Jerry Bruckheimer can spit out barely watchable productions.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    Beautiful people, perky and unrealistic dialogue and male characters who have all dropped their huevos in jars of vinegar.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    This baby doesn't look like it'll make it full term.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    Unfortunately, it doesn't come close to matching [Girlfriends'] appeal.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    "Windfall's" concept becomes increasingly muddled. Is it a bad soap opera, or a sluggish thriller?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    There comes a point at which sisterhood becomes powerfully irritating, and "Related" finds it within the first 40 minutes of its existence.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    This "Sex and the City" wannabe contains neither heat nor giggles.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    We wonder whether the problem isn't in the casting but the paper-thin punch lines. No, wait, we don't wonder... we know that's the problem.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    "South Beach" could fall into guilty pleasure territory, but it really is as corny as it sounds.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    A catastrophic nuclear crisis never looked as boring and convoluted as it does here.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    Besides making every aspect of dating and mating look depressing, it's hard to come up with a reason to spend time with any of these characters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    "Standoff" fails to connect on almost every level.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    "The Class," not a terrific sitcom by any stretch of the imagination, trades in this quarterlife crisis nonsense each week far better than "Emergency" does.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    Line by line, scene by scene, we're given improbable scenarios played out by a pinched and robotic character.
    • 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.