For 260 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Duffy's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Category 7: The End of the World: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 260
260 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Dexter is... one of the most compelling new characters on TV.
    • 64 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    '3rd Rock from the Sun,' besides being viewed as too darn silly by some, may be slagged for being too raunchy by others. But if you're looking for a daffy acting delight, check out John Lithgow's marvelously unhinged performance as Commander Dick. [9 Jan 1996]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A breezy summertime comic joy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The writing and comic sensibility are fresh and unpredictable. [23 Aug 1998, p.1L]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Queer as Folk is good. But it isn't shockingly good. However, it is Showtime's best original series yet. [1 Dec 2000, p.1C]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Darkly gripping.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Both fun and unexpected.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Out of Practice" is that increasingly rare old-fashioned sitcom that delivers decent laughs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Despite an excellent cast, Milch's knockout writing and McShane's hypnotically toxic villain, Deadwood conjures up one very brutal wild west purgatory punctuated by misery, anger, lust, greed, violent death and all those outrageously naughty words. Happy trails. [19 Mar 2004, p.4E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Like the frequently audacious comic strip that gave it life, "The Boondocks" doesn't mess around.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Rescue Me has also created wonderful, layered roles for women, including Andrea Roth ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") as Tommy's estranged wife, Janet, and Tatum O'Neal as temperamental sister Maggie Gavin...Plus, such impressive actresses as Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei have signed on for roles as recurring characters this season. [30 May 2006, p.1]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's a fascinating, leap of faith start. [26 Sept 2003, p.8E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Crichton ... has infused "E.R." with a contemporary, darkly humorous believability. [18 Sep 1994]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "The West Wing" was more vivid, original and compelling than "Commander in Chief" is likely to become. But impressive Geena Davis and the Oval Office gender twist are indeed refreshing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Despite its almost giddily provocative tone and the hanky-panky tunnel vision of its teenage protagonists, "life as we know it" displays some real promise with refreshing twists of wit, imagination and an offbeat style. [7 Oct 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Tell those Tinseltown pixies to go grab that big jar of cosmic stardust off the shelf. The magic show biz thing is happening again. [29 Sept 1998, p.1D]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Yeah, sounds sappy. But it's just the opposite -- a charming mix of rambunctious wit, honest emotion and interesting characters. Lots of smarts and a generous heart. A winner. [16 Sept 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    An instant cult classic will be born when The Tick arrives at 8:30 tonight on Fox, a rambunctiously clever human cartoon rarin' to tickle your funnybone with unhinged satiric glee. [8 Nov 2001, p.4G]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "The Nine" unfolds with an abundance of emotion-charged imagination.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Make no mistake, Dharma & Greg has been built for Elfman's coming out party as a high-voltage comic lollapalooza. And she doesn't disappoint. She's one very likable and amusing looney tune. [24 Sept 1997, p.6C]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Has some genuinely funny moments despite its laugh track and conventional sitcom framework.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Welcome to Smallville. Check your cynicism at the city limits. [16 Oct 2001, p.6E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's styled as a sort of laid-back Gen X updating of "thirtysomething," replacing that show's neuroses-fueled, East Coast edge with a more casual, lighthearted California vibe.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Sleeper Cell" works as a smart, sharply styled thriller about a very serious subject.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    On a simple quality drama level, it's the best network miniseries in several years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Smart, well- written, lots of potential. [3 Mar 1997]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A terrific series pilot that gives off little echoes of everything from "GoodFellas" to "The Departed."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The gracefully gonzo result is funny and affecting, and sometimes it is downright insightful. Good grief. [1 June 2001, p.1E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's headed in the right direction ... fast, loose and fun.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A compelling tale of ordinary people ensnared in extraordinary circumstances.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It makes a smart, charmingly irreverent first impression, thanks to its pleasantly warped, deadpan writing and performing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    For those willing to take the plunge, a chilling, hypnotic tale awaits. [12 Sep 2003]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's a fresh, darkly comic workplace/social life farce peppered with good laughs.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A dark, bruisingly intense medical drama. ... Delivers smart, pugnacious television that takes a real chance. [30 Mar 2000]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    An ambitiously moody exploration of moral ambiguity. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Family Guy" isn't for everyone. Obviously. It's also not as fully-realized or intelligent as "The Simpsons." It's extremely fast-paced and obsessed with a nonstop stream of jokes, jokes, jokes. And the humor is often hit and miss. But when it hits, look out. [29 Jan 1999]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    High School Musical 2 is pretty much a total tuneful blast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    With its sharp writing, wonderful cast and wacko spirit, Reaper is one helluva good time.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It sure looks like '24' executive producers Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran are ready to give America more anxiety-amped razzle dazzle with one of television's most original and compelling drama series. [28 Oct 2003]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Feresten makes a rather engaging talk show host.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    On first encounter, "Futurama" isn't as instantly memorable as "The Simpsons." ... Don't sell "Futurama" short, though. It has all the sly Groening hallmarks for subversively amusing, sharply written pop culture fun. [26 Mar 1999]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A witty, sophisticated romantic drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    With wit and intelligence, they transform what might have been little more than high concept hokum into a clever, evocative mix of sci-fi, suspense and raging teenybopera hormones. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Right from the dark start, the new "Night Stalker" is a more provocative, emotionally layered thrill ride.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Television always needs smart, quality shows. And with "ER" on creative life support after 10 years, this challenging new medical drama could be good entertainment therapy. But for many viewers, "House" could be a tough pill to swallow. [15 Nov 2004, p.1C]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    As '24' quickly revs up the anxiety and action on the new season, the show is still flashing its taut, characteristic strengths: distinctive real time storytelling, tighten-the-vise tension, compelling split-screen visuals and sudden, sometimes shocking, outbursts of violence. All of it pushed at a dazzling pace and built around Sutherland's grim, courageous antihero with the hair-trigger volatility. [7 Jan 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Duffy
    Thanks to its lively wit and playful visual style, Birds of Prey delivers a good bit of escapist entertainment. [9 Oct 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 77 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 50 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.
    • 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."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    The series rarely soars beyond the predictable. [4 Apr 2000]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    [It has] just enough funny, semi-improvised moments to make you wish it was better.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    There are moments of dizzy, semisweet fun to be had on the premiere. But the honeymoon could be short.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A haphazard farce that fails to find a consistently funny groove.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A cast of eager unknowns and prime-time newcomers gleefully skewers pop-culture celebrities from Britney Spears to Regis Philbin with acid, fast-paced irreverence. And sometimes -- but only sometimes -- Hype is laugh-out-loud hilarious. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A blast of blahs from the past. [27 Sept 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Far, far away from the cutting edge, Life in the Wild offers a family-drama walk on the mild side.
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    [A] bland, formulaic family comedy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A breezy summertime soap opera.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    With too many hints of recycled stock characters and formula thriller cliches, "Drive" sputters off the starting line.
    • 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
    "Run's House" seems to be the reality sitcom flip side of "Being Bobby Brown."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Despite her extreme makeover, this new Bionic Woman is mostly slick, dull and portentously sullen.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Yes, the show's glossily generic. But the attractive cast clicks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Imperfect but promising. [14 Apr 2003]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Despite the dependably daft charms of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, all the tinkering that's been done to "Watching Ellie" may leave you feeling like something funny has been lost. [15 Apr 2003]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    This so-so show uses the sight gag style of "Scrubs" -- visualizing a character's thoughts and fantasies -- minus the funny medical comedy's superior wit and comic smarts. [24 Sept 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    "Justice" offers slick, efficiently produced whodunit escapism without a whit of real originality or dramatic spontaneity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Breezily prefabricated sitcom humor that lacks the fresh zing of anything remotely original.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Nice supporting players like Grant Shaud ("Murphy Brown") and Clea Lewis ("Ellen") help enliven the otherwise formula sitcom fun. Most of the time, though, "adigan Men is just a breezy masculine trifle with a brogue. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Nothing revolutionary here. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
    • Detroit Free Press

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