For 235 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Duffy's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Killer Instinct: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 235
235 tv reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Besides the nifty, repressed romantic dynamic between Brennan and Booth, "Bones" has some fun with snazzy hologram visualizations of the murder victims in each case.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's uneven in spots, with the riveting action sequences sometimes overshadowing the more subdued domestic scenes. But unlike the often gratingly shallow "JAG," "The Unit" allows for ambiguity.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A raunchy, mostly forgettable female bonding sitcom.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Out of Practice" is that increasingly rare old-fashioned sitcom that delivers decent laughs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's actually rather funny, broadly entertaining and blessed with a sweet screwball spirit. It's a promising farce with heart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Has some genuinely funny moments despite its laugh track and conventional sitcom framework.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    You know you're in the presence of a fresh, original sitcom when you don't even mind the laugh track.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A terrific series pilot that gives off little echoes of everything from "GoodFellas" to "The Departed."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    What may appear at first glance to be a cheap reality TV gimmick... soon evolves into something quite compelling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    With fun, familiar faces like Field, Flockhart and Griffiths on board, attending a family reunion with the Walkers every Sunday could be a lively, entertaining way to end the weekend.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It arrives fresh, charming and consistently funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A breezy summertime comic joy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Though the crime thriller territory is familiar, Liotta and the talented supporting cast give "Smith" an extra kick of dramatic energy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    [A] sly spoof.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The smartly told stories of first-year coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler, "King Kong") and his Dillon High School Panthers are packed with gritty style and heartfelt emotion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Darkly gripping.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Yes, the premise may be decidedly derivative, but it's all in the witty execution.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Fey's humor possesses a sly, literate snap. And like NBC's recent cool comedies, "The Office" and "My Name Is Earl," her rollicking "30 Rock" has a surplus of nutty imagination.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Thanks to Corddry's social misfit charisma, Ricky Blitt's affable lowbrow lunacy flashes with a sharp, dizzy wit.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Eureka" is clever paranormal escapism that sometimes teeters on the edge of whimsical excess. But that doesn't mean you won't find plenty of affable, oddball entertainment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A witty, sophisticated romantic drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "The Nine" unfolds with an abundance of emotion-charged imagination.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Feresten makes a rather engaging talk show host.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Dexter is... one of the most compelling new characters on TV.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    On a simple quality drama level, it's the best network miniseries in several years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A clever new animated series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A richly entertaining winner, a saga that both stirs the emotions and whips up vivid outbursts of satisfying, varmint-vanquishing action.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Simultaneously appealing and rather sadly appalling, "Mrs. Harris" gets at the messy truth of it all in a distinctively mischievous manner.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "The Sarah Silverman Program" is not for everyone. But if you've chuckled along to the rascals on "South Park" -- or if you thought "Borat" was one hilarious movie -- then chances are you'll get some perverse jollies with Sarah Silverman's latest venture.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The most compelling storytelling usually involves the combative relationship between Steinbrenner and Martin.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Laced with profanity, amoral behavior and fine performances, "The Riches" adheres to its own maverick set of family drama values ... infused with secrets and lies, twisted laughs and lots of love.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's actually good ... and genuinely funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The show's ensemble cast -- which also includes Jill Clayburgh, William Baldwin and Samaire Armstrong ("Entourage") -- is pretty darn fabulous. And the entertaining result is sophisticated trash with stylish flash.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Bitter family power struggles, corporate rivalries and a touch of murder highlight a promising, if overly tangled and busy series premiere.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's headed in the right direction ... fast, loose and fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Lewis is terrific. But his brazenly loopy lawman may not be to everyone's offbeat crime drama tastes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Aliens in America delivers the laughs. It's one of the most enjoyable members of this fall's freshman class.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    With its sharp writing, wonderful cast and wacko spirit, Reaper is one helluva good time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Although it's not quite as much smart, trashy fun as "Rome," it is still an engaging romp that moves along at a stylish pace.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It makes a smart, charmingly irreverent first impression, thanks to its pleasantly warped, deadpan writing and performing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The snap, crackle and pop of witty dialogue well delivered. That is the consistently amusing, escapist pleasure of Back to You.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    High School Musical 2 is pretty much a total tuneful blast.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Thanks to sleek production values, a generally top-notch cast and an absorbing overall story that smartly mixes explosive action with quieter moments of sinister intrigue, The Company delivers a refreshingly solid jolt of summertime Big Event drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    An ambitiously moody exploration of moral ambiguity. [27 Oct 1996]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    With the endearing, improbable comic chemistry shared by Cox and von Esmarch, Nikki turns out to be one of the fall season's most pleasant surprises. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The promising "That's Life" rarely seems recycled. [29 Sept 2000, p.1E]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Wuhl's madcap shyster has a sublimely bent supporting crew: Jim Turner as the agent's second-in-command Kirby Carlisle, a former quarterback with a bad habit of betting on games; Sandra Oh as crackerjack office assistant Rita Woo; and Michael Boatman ("China Beach") as Stanley, the agency's dour buppie numbers cruncher. [9 Aug 1996, p.1D]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Duffy
    Within the context of an overly familiar, murder-saturated genre, talented "Medium" creator Glenn Gordon Caron ("Moonlighting") manages to find some emotionally rich variations on the formula, assisted by Patricia Arquette's appealing performance as a suburban, crime-solving mom who sees dead people. [3 Jan 2005]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Duffy
    "Desperate Housewives" has been spinning its storytelling wheels this fall. ... But we kvetch too much. Despite its slightly diminished state, most of the time "Housewives" remains a Sunday night delight. [30 Oct 2005]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Duffy
    A taut new crime drama that's happily more than the sum of its generic crime procedural parts. [13 Jun 2005]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Duffy
    The doctors of Chicago Hope Hospital, a gleaming surgical palace with all the cutting- edge gizmos, tend to pontificate. [18 Sep 1994]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Duffy
    The opening episode is solidly done and pretty entertaining. But a fifth season of "Everwood" would have been a much better fit in the time slot following "7th Heaven."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Duffy
    A sly, witty step up from the boorish "Becker."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Duffy
    "Wedding Wars" tries to do a lot, with moderate success.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Nothing revolutionary here. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Though Doherty's return to prime time is only occasionally bewitching, Charmed, on first encounter, isn't without promise. [7 Oct 1998, p.5G]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    During its opening two episodes, Popular is basically content to be just another jaunty, semi-"Clueless" spoke on WB's glossy teen entertainment wheel. Great to look at, yes, but short on emotional depth. [29 Sept 1999, p.5E]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    You'll never regret missing Navy NCIS if you forget to watch. [23 Sept 2003, p.1F]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Two and a Half Men manages to generate some smiles. Series creator Chuck Lorre ("Dharma & Greg") has scrounged up a few funny moments for the series premiere. But not enough of them. [22 Sept 2003, p.6E]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    The sex scenes -- yes, there's plenty of bare skin and rising erotic temperatures -- alternate between sensitive and slightly cheesy, a la "Red Shoe Diaries." [16 Jan 2004, p.6H]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Like Zuiker's first two installments of the series, "CSI: NY" is well made and well cast. But there's also something coldly understated and ordinary about it as well. [22 Sep 2004]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A sometimes clever twist on the overly familiar crime drama format ... is ultimately bogged down in the same old gory homicidal cliches and whodunit solutions. [23 Jan 2005]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    In between the sardonic wisecracks and tangled storytelling, it's easy to lose interest.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Maybe they all graduated from the Melrose Place College of Law.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    "Modern Men" feels anything but, well, modern. But in its own goofy, good-natured retro way, this old-school comedy... generates some lighthearted, if predictable grins.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    [A] bland, formulaic family comedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A gimmicky, cliched legal drama that seems to have been unearthed from 20 years ago.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Doesn't quite rise to the cheerful, sweetly clever quality level of WB's "Beauty and the Geek."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Lame storytelling and dialogue.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    There's nothing remotely fresh or original about "3 Lbs." But it is well made, reasonably diverting and lucky to be on CBS.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Even with its erratic start, "Inconceivable" still manages to deliver a fair share of escapist, bun-in-the-oven fun.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A breezy summertime soap opera.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    With its attractive cast and the Emmy Award-winning talent behind-the-scenes... "Related" should be a lot more fizzy, witty fun than it is.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    So MacLachlan's enjoyable. The supporting cast is OK. And the unconventional premise is rather promising. Now it's up to the producers to give "In Justice" a more distinctive dramatic zing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Breezily prefabricated sitcom humor that lacks the fresh zing of anything remotely original.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    [It has] just enough funny, semi-improvised moments to make you wish it was better.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Shepherd scores in a so-so docudrama.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    "Run's House" seems to be the reality sitcom flip side of "Being Bobby Brown."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Even with Blackthorne's occasionally engaging portrayal of Harry Dresden, this whodunit lacks the wit and imagination that might transform it into something special.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    "Saved" is a sometimes entertaining, often predictable trauma drama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    The Old Testament just shouldn't be this dull.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Slick, predictably convoluted and pumped up on conspiratorial dread, "Day Break" may be a trifle late to the serial thriller party.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    "Big Day" just doesn't deliver many big laughs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    That morbid premise -- in addition to the so-so storytelling, devolving badly by the second episode -- sure feels morosely overwrought for 8 o'clock.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    "Justice" offers slick, efficiently produced whodunit escapism without a whit of real originality or dramatic spontaneity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    With too many hints of recycled stock characters and formula thriller cliches, "Drive" sputters off the starting line.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    From start to finish, "Standoff" is slickly contrived, formulaic crime drama nonsense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Though the glossily well-made "Vanished" may prove intermittently diverting, it lacks any of the original serial thriller zing of far better shows like "24," "Lost" or "Prison Break."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    There's nothing remotely hip or ahead of the trendy zeitgeist curve about "Hidden Palms." But there are some of those agreeable guilty pleasures to be found, like cliffhanger twists at the close of each episode that keep the mystery bubbling.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A haphazard farce that fails to find a consistently funny groove.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    The only thing missing is fresh, smart, unpredictable humor.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Alternately engaging and annoying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Despite the presence of a capable cast of bumbling Robin Hood wanna-bes... "The Knights of Prosperity" quickly devolves into tepid, overwrought whimsy and struggles to sustain its premise.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Some will find it appalling. Others just may find it appallingly addictive.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A glossy hunk of over-the-top, sleaze 'n' tease melodrama.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    There are moments of dizzy, semisweet fun to be had on the premiere. But the honeymoon could be short.