Melissa Maerz

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For 146 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Maerz's Scores

Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Black Mirror: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Anna Nicole
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 146
146 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    If Going Clear were a Hollywood thriller, I’d complain that it’s too over-the-top. But this is real life, which is hard to believe. And it’s disturbingly good. [20/27 Mar 2015, p.95]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    If the hospital staff is desensitized to basic human dignity, the show makes sure its audience never is. [14/21 Nov 2014, p.100]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    Judging by the first four episodes, though, it’s not only a gripping true-crime story, it’s also the most moral one I’ve seen in a long time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    Orange Is the New Black might be the closest thing we have to Charles Dickens right now: a sharp denunciation of an arcane system, driven by hardscrabble characters with whimsical names that define who they are and what they like.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    [David Simon's] new six-part miniseries is another masterwork of storytelling that's both miniaturist and epic in scale. [14 Aug 2015, p.50]
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    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    I'd say that The Fall is a deeply moral crime thriller, but that description is too boring for a drama that's electric with suspense and erotic tension and pulpy cliff-hangers. Anderson's performance is riveting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    There’s something communal about Schumer’s approach to comedy. It’s not just about punchlines. It’s about conversations. And she makes the women around her seem funnier, just by letting them in on the joke. Some of the best moments happen when she’s interviewing people, inspiring the type of real talk you don’t often get to hear once you’ve outgrown the girls’ locker room.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    We're taught that good drama relies on characters changing over time. Here, McDormand proves that a character's refusal to change can be just as compelling, and she hints at that stubbornness in exquisitely subtle fashion.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    By the end, it's unclear which of these people are alive or dead, literally or spiritually. But The Returned still qualifies as a new zombie classic--a haunting tribute to the lost loves who feed on your brain forever.
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    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    Josh's anxiety may occasionally drive you mental. But then, if you can fully appreciate the brilliance of this quarterlife-crisis suicide comedy, you may already be a little mental. So that's nice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    How to Get Away With Murder begins with an actual murder--a group of hypercompetitive law students are fighting over what to do with the body--before it flashes back to their first day in Keating's class, quickly establishing each character before discrediting our first impressions.... Thanks to Davis' powerfully layered performance, it's impossible to read Keating.
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    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    Every so often a British drama comes along that's so brilliant, you must ride a TARDIS to London just to watch. The cult-favorite sci-fi series Black Mirror is one of those shows.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    Its main purpose is to confront the taboo, and whether that means exploring just how far Louie will go into the "experimental" side of masturbation in the season premiere or simply digging into his ugliest prejudices about overweight women, the show can be revelatory.
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    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    A devastating deconstruction of the double standards women face in the entertainment industry, and a touching valentine to a grownup friendship that's weathered rough times. [11 Sep 2015, p.56]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    The Jinx might make amateur sleuths of us all. But judging by this gripping, stranger-than-fiction detective story, Jarecki’s the real thing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    It's a very funny show about how hard it is realizing you've become a cliché: the useless husband, the naggy wife, the insufferable couple on the sitcom.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    It's a smart show that plays dumb at first, just to get your attention. Masters may not yet be as groundbreaking as the true drama that inspired it. But like Betty, it knows how to fake it until things get real.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Thanks to frequent backstabbing, heavy-handed symbolism, and Spacey’s deliciously hammy performance, House of Cards works best as a mordantly funny melodrama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Yes, anything can happen in Bamford's world, and that sense of endless possibility make Lady Dynamite a joy to watch. [20 May 2016, p.50]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Somehow, just like its unfortunately tattooed protagonists, UnREAL just gets smarter the more shameless it gets.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    The setup is slow, but the show captures shadowy Coulson, sarcastic Grant (Brett Dalton), combat vet Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), whose superpower is Britishness. Bonus points for wry dialogue by co-creator Joss Whedon. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.144]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    The show was created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, but it's Soderbergh's vision, from the brilliant but unusual score (minimalist electronic music) to the wry camera angles (the series opens on Owen's shoes as he lounges in a brothel). For a period piece, it's strikingly contemporary--and quite gory, although the surgery scenes never feel gratuitous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Beyond the sloggy Mistah Bates! scandal, which still gets too much attention, it's a relief to find no secret rapes or pregnancy shame (yet) this season. It's time for these proper ladies to have some proper fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Everyone served as a good reminder that, after the aerial dance numbers of Peter Pan Live! and the elaborate sets of The Sound of Music Live!, no flashy TV musical gimmicks can match the power of raw talent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Prepare for gullet slicing, blood spurting, cop-versus-cop conflict, and more blood spurting. We can't get enough.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    [Ryan Murphy's] sharp take on a woman's role is both funny and mordantly serious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Girls is already one of the most "New York" shows on television, with its brilliant skewering of aspiring, overentitled creative-class types like Lena Dunham's Hannah.... This season also has astute things to say about the heartbreak, and the relief, of getting older and reexamining your dreams.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Everyone's looking for love in a way that's so vulnerable, it feels authentic even if you've never been anywhere near the Castro.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Broadchurch is a gripping portrait of small-town paranoia.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    The moment we glimpse Helen’s inner life, she becomes the most fascinating character on a show that’s full of them.... When a friend asks if she knew that Noah was cheating, there are unspoken questions there: How would I know if it happened to me? And if I didn’t know, how could I move on? The fact that viewers are asking the same questions only makes this season more compelling to watch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    In its third and final season, the series is still brilliantly droll, elevating the most mundane moments into something that’s either hilariously awkward or genuinely moving--or, at its best, both.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    You'll alternate between cooing at 6-year-old pageant queen Honey, gawking at her self-described "redneck" family and pet pig, laughing so hard you cry, and feeling deep shame for not turning it off.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    The most compelling characters in season 3 are the gentleladies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Watching their [Alex and Laura's] relationship deepen is a highlight. [3 Jun 2016, p.102]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    It's a slower-paced, smaller-scale show about the sad reality of sticking it out in Hollywood into middle age. It also veers into weirder territory that would feel impossible outside California. But thanks to the chemistry between Peet and Zissis, it's endlessly engrossing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    It may sound like your typical procedural--but by part 1's cliff-hanger ending, it clearly isn't and the very intense Tennant deserves much of the credit for that. [13 Jun 2014, p.77]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    It's not just a gripping family story--it's an important one for all families to watch. [12 Jun 2015, p.70]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    It’s a smart twist that Maura, the Pfefferman who’s changed the most on the outside, is the only one who’s certain about who she is on the inside. The kids are still figuring that out.... But not everything here feels as natural as the relationships.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    It’s a relief to find that Fresh Off the Boat is not only genuinely funny and surprisingly broad but also a little bit subversive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Masters may be set in the 1950s, but its politics don't need to live there as well. Luckily, the conversations between the women are just as juicy as last season.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Williams and O'Quinn bring genuine creepiness to their roles, making this drama crazy-fun, with emphasis on the crazy. [28 Sep 2012, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The new season is actually pretty good, and it gets better with each episode.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Getting On is much funnier than its premise suggests. [22 Nov 2013, p.62]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The real laughs come from seeing so many famous people in absurd situations waxing nostalgic for the age of the melodrama, hen the romance was good, the green screens were bad, and the fashion was even worse. [10 Jan 2013, p.67]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Marry Me wouldn't work without Wilson and Marino, who make Annie and Jake just cringeworthy enough to be funny.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The cast is charming and there's a refreshing honesty about Cam. [3 Oct 2014, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly
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    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Panettiere is deliciously manipulative, oozing faux sincerity as she pays tribute to her "friend" Rayna. And Esten brings the melodrama. The Scarlett/Gunnar/Avery triangle is tedious but at least Lamar gets a crazy plot twist. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.144]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Until we find out what happened long ago, we'll just enjoy watching all the beautiful, golden-tanned people say awesomely ridiculous things like: "These guys really put the suck in seersucker."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Rivalries between Graham and fellow auction-house exec Roxanna (Kate Bosworth) generate suspense and it's fun to learn the history behind auction items. [20/27 Nov 2015, p.103]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Benched is more lightweight [than Enlightened], but it's encouragingly funny thanks to Coupe, whose attempts at anger management showcase impeccable comic timing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    There are times when Bloodline feels closer to a soap like How To Get Away With Murder than the sunshine state noir it wants to be. But three episodes in, owing to quick plotting and strong performances, I'm hooked. [20/27 Mar 2015, p.86]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The gorgeous art direction make this great fun, and Rhys Meyers plays his part with such blood-slurping, mouth-wiping gusto that even a dentist could love him. [25 Oct/1 Nov 2013, p.94]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The mystery isn't as gripping as it could be, but the acting is stellar and the show is worth watching for the ice-cool atmospherics alone. [30 Jan/6 Feb 2015, p.121]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The comic timing isn't as tightly paced as it once was, but there's a certain WTF thrill in watching story lines meander where ever they please. [20/27 Mar 2015, p.92]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    For a thoughtful drama that's so rooted in national identity, there's only one real misstep: No one will mistake Kruger for a Texan.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    I Am Cait is a surprisingly thoughtful series, especially for a Keeping Up With the Kardashians by-product.
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    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    It's Kudrow who carries the episode, her discomfort increasing with every one of Maya's wackadoo mantras.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    It’s a mind-bendingly expansive show, packed into a tiny, 60-minute slot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    There are some decent rat jokes, but the best part is the way it makes the loneliness and exhausting competitiveness of the city feel all too human. [29 Jan/5 Feb 2016, p.105]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The show is too thoughtful to be dismissed as kitschy fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    At its worst, it's hard to tell if Red Oaks is a clever satire of dumb, fun sex comedies or just a dumb, fun sex comedy itself. But Alexandra Socha ... gives me hope that the show is something smarter. [9 Oct 2015]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    It's very funny and occasionally quite moving, with a crackerjack cast and provocative insights into the way that race and power and magical chickens function in the penal system.
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    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    People watch The Voice for the coaches, not the contestants--and at a time when everyone's fighting on American Idol, with Nicki Minaj playing the angriest Oompa Loompa on TV, it's nice to see judges having fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    He was just as funny and quick-witted and inventive as he’s ever been off-camera, and he seemed genuinely excited about hosting the show in front of an audience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Even in a “laugh-centric” season that should appeal to a slightly bigger audience, it’s not the jokes that stick with you.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    So the story moves slowly, focusing less on the game-changing moments that often come early in the season (Joffrey dies! The Unsullied revolt!) and more on long-term strategy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it finally brings people (and story lines) together in this ever-sprawling world.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    At its best, Scream Queens challenges our motives for empathizing with outcasts in the first place. When it specifically targets younger generations on that front, it feels fresh.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    This might be a philosophical season of The Americans, but like any good countercultural force, it still gets its thrills from sex and violence.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    It's Pretty Little Liars meets Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, and it's good, frothy fun. [18 Oct 2013, p.59]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Chandler's performance has gotten darker and deeper alongside an intimidating turn from (Owen) Teague.... When the plot focuses on John's unraveling, it's a taught work of suspense. [27 May 2016, p.53]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The adults' heated conversations can feel more like textbook debates than natural dialogue. But the acting is phenomenal. [8/15 Jan 2016, p.97]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    It's a good mix of highbrow humor and silly, kick-in-the-pants laughs. [22 Jan 2016, p.66]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    At a time when the world is overrun with Twitter-infatuated part-time comedians, this portrait of fame-thirsty New Yorkers is spot-on, and often very funny. They could be this generation’s Will and Grace.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    They're way more like us than the Kardashians, and they clearly love one another, roadkill dinners and all. [19 Jul 2013, p.80]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The drama's just as intense as [Mark] Strong, who's clearly earned his last name. [9 Aug 2013, p.73]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The downside is that the storytelling can feel awfully cold. Moments that should be personally affecting are often used to illustrate historical truths instead.... But these characters are still fascinating case studies for the mind-body connections we make as viewers: They’re better appreciated with the brain than the heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    This is a wildly over-the-top but thoroughly entertaining soap opera, and it works because it follows the same philosophy Bobby does: If you want to succeed, you don’t have to be the smartest one in the room. You just have to be shameless.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Just as adept with suspense as slapstick humor, it's both a piss-take of action dramas and a strong action drama in its own right.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    As a mystery, it's still compelling. but not quite as deep. [13 Mar 2015, p.64]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    All are very likable, which is a worthy enough reason to watch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Enlisted feels like a charming military-inspired update of an Office-style workplace comedy. [10 Jan 2013, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The wit is rapid-fire, and keeping up with Louis-Dreyfus as she sprints between appointments, all shaken up like a soda bottle about to explode, is good fun. But the humor is so meta, it's easier to find yourself thinking "This is funny" than actually laughing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    At this point, Jax is so wishy-washy, it's hard not to root for the bad guys, especially since Lee has become the show's most entertaining villain. SOA always wrenches great comedy from gross-out violence, and Logue masters that art.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    As a meditation on grief, The Leftovers can be oppressive.... As a mystery, however, it's gripping.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The writing can be smart and Feldman shows a real gift for playing neurotics whose grand flourishes will strike women as either romantic or totally creepy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The steamy morality drama has become a thoughtful rumination on the sacrifices that parents (especially mothers) make for their families. It’s too bad, then, that so many plot twists are played for cheap thrills.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The show's biggest weakness is the same as Jessica's: It starts out with extraordinary potential, but somewhere along the way, it loses what makes it special. [20/27 Nov 2015, p.99]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    It’s a grim season, but there are still enough great one-liners to remind you why Orange has earned a best-comedy nod from the Emmys.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    For now, my expectations are still high—probably too high for this show. But maybe you can’t truly hate True Detective unless you love it enough to let it disappoint you.
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    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Hart and friends are running low on self-deprecating material, with too many riffs on Hart's height, But Wand Sykes gets in a few sharp barbs. [18 Oct 2013, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Emotionally, the show's been downward-spiraling for so long, it needs a break from all the bleakness. But the introductions of two new doctors should pep things up. [12 Apr 2013, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The cinematography is beautiful, with the present cast in a melancholy blue and the past cast in yellow, as if to remind us that terrible things are done in broad daylight. Some minor characters are intriguing.... But The Missing doesn't have much to say about the loss of a child beyond that it's an Unbearable Tragedy.
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    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    If Playing House has a problem, it’s that it’s not unrealistic enough. The escapism isn’t as wild or imaginative as it could be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The unfortunate title is a disservice to this show's main character.... Luckily, the second episode makes Kate sympathetic, as she tries (and fails) to put her stepson (Albert Tsai) to bed. Akerman has nice, playful chemistry with Tsai, who shows good comic timing even though he's only 9.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Over 10 episodes, as these characters' lives intertwine, LaBute delivers a deeper meditation on the way people use each other, whether or not they're picking up the check.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The pilot's take on these lovable downers is a bit of a downer itself, but the second half hour sharpens its wit. [9 Oct 2015]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    What counts most is the acting, which lends the story a naturalism that the script can’t. Nettles captures the quiet, solitary sadness of Dolly’s mother with great subtlety.... But the real breakout star is 8-year-old Lind, who delivers a performance so believable, you can imagine looking it up on YouTube 10 years from now, when she’s inevitably winning awards for some gritty Sundance drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The flimsy story isn't the draw: It's the nostalgia for mock-turtleneck belly tees and the greatness of lines like "I want to do things differently... But first? I want to smoke in a bar." [9 Jan 2015, p.74]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    It's funny, but it's not revolutionary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The Firm's straightforward, one-man-against-the-system story still feels compelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The Edward Snowden-inspired plot is the most compelling story line this season, which is packed with conspiratorial intrigue and complicated questions about political and journalistic ethics.... But the second that Carrie yields to her first fit of mania in years, pasting newspaper clippings all over her house and searching for connections between them--surely, there are computer programs now that allow people to do this without ruining their wallpaper!--it’s d.j. vu all over again.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    There's a lot of slow exposition here, requiring patience for new characters (like Ron Livingston as wealthy playboy Roy Phillips). But the body count builds by the time the credits roll, so those quiet rooms won't stay quiet for long. [6 Sep 2013, p.71]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Together with Jon Voight, who's thrillingly twisted as Ray's crazy ex-con father, Mickey, Schreiber helps save this show from becoming just another drama about sex scandals diverted and TMZ headlines deferred.
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    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Together, Gloria and Lauren Govanm Kimsha Artest, Imani Showalter, and their friends still bring the drama just like any real Mrs. NBA. [2 Sep 2011, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    It's an old story. But co-creator Liz Heldens is fluent in teen-speak. [19 Jul 2013, p.80]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    This is cult-classic, midnight-movie horror, designed in meticulous, mythology-respecting detail for comic-book readers and fangirls and -boys.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    At its worst, Happyish feels like the mighty yawp of aging hipsters who are bitter for no good reason and weirdly out of touch with the way culture works. At its best, though, it’s like nothing else on TV.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Maerz
    Somehow, last night, the nice-guy role served him well with his first guests, Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks. He kicked back with them on the couch instead of conducting a formal interview from behind a desk, which made the conversation feel less stilted.... He will have to develop his own voice if he wants to compete.
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    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    No matter who takes the title, these early rounds of Idol are win-win for everyone: Viewers get some good triumph-of-the-underdog stories; Carey and Minaj get to feel like they're back in high school; and the contestants get to dream of being showered with confetti in the finale and later achieving their best shot at a long-term career in this troubled music industry--ending up right back on American Idol, as a judge.
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    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    Rhimes doesn't develop these affairs beyond their impact on the characters' careers, perhaps because the tone is supposed to be serious, not fun-flirty like Grey's. So it's hard to tell why these women sacrifice so much for the people they love.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    Characters make long, passionate speeches that sometimes fail to register because they feel like lectures--though maybe Kramer’s message shouldn’t be so easy to hear.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    The quick wit isn't quite there anymore. [21 Jun 2013, p.58]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    There are still too many characters to keep track of, and their numbers are only growing.... [But] There's a clever twist involving Eric that could set up an exciting arc for Sookie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    A glossy story of love gone wrong and then (slightly) redeemed at the end, without a whole lot of deep pathos in between.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    Faris and Janney are funnier than the material.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    The ensemble cast outshines the material, especially with Liotta, Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), and Vincent Laresca (Graceland) playing Lopez’s buddies in blue.
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    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    If there's a real competition here, it's among the coaches, to see who can withstand the humiliations longest.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    The best zombie stories are really about cultural anxieties, and the second episode taps into them better, with a police-brutality subplot that could lead somewhere interesting.... [But] It keeps repeating the same old tropes, expecting to give us a different kind of zombie show.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    There are still quite a few good reasons to watch this flawed show. The pilot features some clever twists that I won’t ruin here. The dialogue can be highly quotable, in an engrave-this-mantra-on-your-iPad way. (“Computers aren’t the thing–they’re the thing that gets us to the thing!”) And McNairy is fantastic, simmering with quiet intensity that suggests that there’s much more to Gordon than we’re privy to in the pilot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    Gordon has said that he's trying to dramatize the "complexity" of the Middle East, but there's not a lot of depth to the pilot.... If there's one thing that saves Tyrant, it's Bassam. By the end of the pilot, he's not the boring, all-moral hero that he seems.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    It's mildly entertaining, but Outlaw TV it ain't.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    It was... fine. Totally fine. Just as I'd suspected. Nothing spectacular. But nothing so embarrassing as NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    What started as satire now feels like a reheated reality "event" itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    [The premiere episode] begins with some decent gags (Maron wanting to profess his love with a toe ring!) before he gets to groaners.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    Black spends too much time hugging with his eyebrows raised, and the writers go for easy jokes. [3 Jul 2015]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    This is a show that has the most lofty objective of all--getting people around the world to care about one another--and yet it struggles with the much simpler goal of making viewers care about the characters. It’s ambitious and passionate and very deeply flawed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    If Betas keeps up with millennial cleverness, it's also sometimes a little too on-the-nose.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Melissa Maerz
    Even though she’s been given a get-out-of-jail-free pass from Netflix, Handler still chooses the same conventional structure that everyone else has. There are pre-recorded bits. There are interviews. Handler plays games with guests and stages silly moments meant to create memes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Melissa Maerz
    In the aftermath of Breaking Bad, which revolutionized the crime drama, Battle Creek still feels today like a procedural from 2002.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Melissa Maerz
    It's a teen soap opera but the hacky dialogue sounds like it was written by somebody's mother. [15 Jun 2012, p.77]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Melissa Maerz
    It's getting harder to remember that this blood-leeching drama used to be a whole lot of fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Melissa Maerz
    You can't have young, dumb fun without the fun part, and the good times are increasingly rare this season. [2 Sep 2011, p.64]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    Manhattan Love Story (ABC) makes the male lead feel almost irrelevant. He's not essential to the fantasy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    The gore is inventive, but after the billionth bloodbath, there are still as many narrative loose ends as ever. When the story doesn't hold, even the jugular geysers feel boring.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    The tone changes so abruptly, what's meant to be funny comes off as bitter. [5 Dec 2015, p.65]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    The pilot is a slog. ... Watching them drive around in a Back in the Future-style DeLorean is a cute way to illustrate how space-time works, but the lessons are basic high school physics. [20 May 2016, p.55]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    The world-building is imaginative and impressive, but the mythology is exhausting to keep up with, especially when the reward is basically just a romance-novel version of The Lord of the Rings.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    There's a strong cast, including Ana Ortiz and Judy Reyes, but there are too many bad stereotypes. [21 Jun 2013, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Melissa Maerz
    Blindspot really only works if you don’t think about it too hard.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Melissa Maerz
    At a time when series like Transparent and Getting On have explored later-in-life identity crises with greater depth, it’s hard to watch these women’s serious problems defused with sad spinster humor. Vin Diesel aside, the problem isn’t that Grace and Frankie are old and out of touch. It’s that the show is.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Melissa Maerz
    It's the male Sex and the City, with more shirtless scenes (courtesy of Jerry O'Connell) and way less wit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Melissa Maerz
    Petals isn't good enough to satisfy anyone's nostalgia, and it's not bad enough to be awesome. [30 May/6 Jun 2014, p.111]
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Melissa Maerz
    ABC's more-silly-than-saucy new drama. [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.130]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 15 Metascore
    • 16 Melissa Maerz
    Friends Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) and Eli (Seth Green) have clueless dads (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert) who might be racist, or maybe it's just the show. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.141]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 16 Melissa Maerz
    The only way to get through the whole thing is to take a shot of peach schnapps whenever Smith blows kisses, poledances, or trips and falls down.

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