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

Mike Duffy's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Desperate Housewives: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Killer Instinct: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 260
260 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Hall, who invests strange, demented Dexter with real heart and humanity. It's a spooky tour de force.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Ed is that rare sort of genuinely sweet television treat...It won't give you sugar schlock. It isn't sticky. And it doesn't go all gooey with prefabricated sentimentality. [6 Oct 2000, p.1D]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    "The Sopranos," even as series creator David Chase changes pace this season from power struggles to family matters, is still as good as television gets: wonderfully written, superbly acted, always unpredictable. [2 Mar 2001]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is another Sorkin mother lode of stylish wit, uncompromising quality and timely, topical substance. It's TV with a brain for viewers in search of something other than the same old, same old.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    No, the thrill isn't gone. "24" remains a wild 'n' crazy roller-coaster ride.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    One of the fall season's most purely enjoyable new series is also one of the very best. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    This is sophisticated television that assumes there is an intelligent audience for well-written, off-center, ambitious entertainment. David Chase has created a contemporary mob masterpiece. The Sopranos, make no mistake, is the first truly great TV show of 1999. [8 Jan 1999, p.1D]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Just imagine if Tony Soprano had decided to be a cop instead of a gangster. Yes, scary. Scary and compelling. And that's what you get with Detective Vic Mackey, the brutal, anything-goes Johnny Law at the dark heart of The Shield, an explosively well-done new crime drama. [12 Mar 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    As Betty Suarez, a beautiful dreamer with a heart full of soul, America Ferrera gives the breakout new star performance of the season. And "Ugly Betty," fizzy, smart and colorfully styled, is looking fine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    A wonderfully relaxed, off-the-wall comedy series that has more spunk and imagination than almost any new network sitcom you're likely to surf on by this fall. [10 Sept 1997, p.5C]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Milch's darkly hilarious exploration of the American frontier spirit is back for a third season of twisted human conniving.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    At heart, it's a funny, raucous, bittersweet and vividly entertaining chronicle of the spontaneous emotional combustion that goes on in the lives of one soulful, eclectic assortment of firehouse characters. OK, 62 Truck, time to go back to work...Crank up the sirens. Rescue Me has arrived to rescue prime time from the hazy, lazy days of summer. [11 June 2007, p.1]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Damages is dynamite. And the fuse is lit.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Masterful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    It's still the best network show you're not watching, America. [5 Oct 2007, p.1]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    A smart, loopy spoof full of Everyman truth. [10 Jan 1997]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Brimming with cockeyed echoes of everything from "Raising Arizona" to "King of the Hill," NBC's best new comedy since "Seinfeld" is that rare chucklehead treat: it's both wildly irreverent and blessed with a cheerful, endearingly upbeat nature.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    This effort is blessed with a wealth of exceptional talent.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    The most original and audacious comedy on TV right now. [13 Sep 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    With big laughs and inspired twists of spontaneous wit, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" remains a true original. It's Larry David's singular comic sensation, a masterful, wigged-out improv farce of Hollywood manners. [4 Jan 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    A jolt of taut, high-velocity TV drama, a new-style thriller that really is thrilling. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    TV's most original and irresistible new comic concoction.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    No one does cranky like Larry David. [7 Sep 2007]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    If you do that rare TV thing of actually paying close attention, HBO's complex, richly detailed crime drama will sweep you away like a fine novel. [17 Sep 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Filled with strong writing, a colorful gallery of vivid characters and a rocking good mix of cool dialogue and explosive action, "Battlestar Galactica" rolls on as an intergalactic entertainment classic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    An unflinching and deeply affecting portrait of American tragedy. [14 Apr 2000, p.4F]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Fascinating and outrageously witty ... the best new sitcom to hit American television since Larry David's similarly inspired "Curb Your Enthusiasm." ... An instant classic. [23 Jan 2003]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    The lavishly beguiling historical drama is pumped up on passion, wit and the majestic fire of Helen Mirren's thrilling performance as one of history's most intriguing rulers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Pushing Daisies is a delicate, rapturously original little television miracle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Start to finish in its first-rate opening season, Showtime's "Brotherhood" has the makings of something neat, offbeat and special.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    A masterful series finale. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Blends Rock's signature, whip-smart irreverence with richly humorous, character-driven stories of his own adolescence to create the rare family comedy that is both hilariously honest and filled with heart.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Sharp, sophisticated and laugh-out-loud funny. [3 Mar 1997]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    Boomtown, created by Graham Yost, who wrote "Band of Brothers" and "Speed," has the potential to be NBC's best crime drama since "Homicide: Life on the Street." [27 Sept 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    The fall season's most beguiling and innovative newcomer, a visually playful and fetching desert noir in which an intrepid IRS agent is actually our hero. Hero!? You bet. [17 Sept 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    "Without a Trace" matches and sometimes surpasses "CSI" for stylish visual storytelling as it builds a time line that pieces together details of the 24 hours prior to the subject's disappearance. [26 Sep 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    The stylish, fast-moving series premiere is filled with surprising twists, witty repartee and some revved-up, well-choreographed action sequences. But the real star of Alias is, well, the star: athletic Jennifer Garner, who portrays Sydney with intelligence and graceful, hard-bodied charisma. [29 Sept 2001]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    The first two episodes this season get the crisis-fueled day rolling in superb fashion. [29 Oct 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    Caruso is terrific as ex-homicide detective Caine, the red-haired actor's comfortable, moodily soulful new crime drama alter ego. He's the charismatic point man in CBS's superlative, tautly crafted "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" spin-off. [22 Sep 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    Rescue Me has the feel of real. It talks tough and packs a volatile working class wallop while exploring the stress-fueled world of men in a very dangerous job. [21 July 2004, p.1D]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    This smart, imaginative romantic drama about a female attorney has quickly established itself as one of the most interesting new series in years. [29 Sep 1997]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Duffy
    One tasty comic treat.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Duffy
    An instant chucklehead classic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    The ensemble cast, including David Oyelowo, Edward Woodward ("The Equalizer") and Janet McTeer, is first rate. A winner.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    Monk isn't perfect. The show's comic moments often work better than some of the dramatic elements. And it's too soon to tell if Shalhoub will have the benefit of consistently sharp writing, something that will be essential to sustain the series over the long haul. But if first impressions count for anything, both Adrian Monk and Tony Shalhoub earn gold stars for delivering wry, beguiling pop entertainment. There's also a fizzy, engaging chemistry between Monk and Sharona, as well as Shalhoub and Schram. [12 July 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    A spiffy new version.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    Thanks mostly to the acting intelligence and talent of Lili Taylor, State of Mind is the more interesting, entertaining newcomer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    As a witty social history viewed through the tempestuous prism of office and sexual politics, Mad Men is big fun ... classy entertainment with a brain.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    A wild and funny thing. [22 Jan 2003]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    [James Spader's] raffishly amoral Shore is the most enjoyable thing to happen to courtroom drama in years. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    A terrific, six-hour miniseries, beautifully written and sharply directed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    Feels like a hit show about to happen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    Though it's extremely well done, The Wire lacks the signature HBO kick of discovering something brand new, that giddy feeling of freshness that immediately attached itself to "The Sopranos" and "Six Feet Under." With The Wire, there's a less-exciting echo: Same old, same old. Been there, done that. [31 May 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    Rome delivers high-quality television bursting with grimy, down-to-earth life. [26 Aug 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    And you don't have to be a sci-fi fanatic to get a kick out of Firefly, which brandishes playful bits of Whedon's signature wit and snappy repartee. [20 Sept 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    Duchovny possesses the engaging comic empathy skills to make his Left Coast libertine decidedly witty and likable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Thanks to Corddry's social misfit charisma, Ricky Blitt's affable lowbrow lunacy flashes with a sharp, dizzy wit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Whether it eventually runs out of storytelling steam or becomes a surprise hit like former hot-weather rookie "Northern Exposure," the engagingly bodacious Maximum Bob sure beats another numb summer rerun. Here comes the jive-talking judge! [3 Aug 1998, p.1D]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Grim, stylish, smart and gripping. [26 Sept 2003, p.8E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It arrives fresh, charming and consistently funny.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A raunchy, mostly forgettable female bonding sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The most compelling storytelling usually involves the combative relationship between Steinbrenner and Martin.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    You don't have to be a fantasy or sci-fi geek to have fun with it
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Though it's far from perfect -- and Nelson's flamboyant, over-the-top performance is bound to irritate some viewers -- "The District" explores racial polarization and urban political attitudes in sometimes compelling fashion. And there's an interesting, racially diverse cast of players, with veteran character actress Lynne Thigpen ("Shaft"), a real standout as Mannion's crime stats wizard Ella Farmer. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Tim Daly of "Wings" is surprisingly strong in the role of Kimble, offering a nuanced portrayal of an honorable man trapped by extraordinary, anguish-fueled circumstance. [6 Oct 2000, p.1D]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A clever new animated series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A comedy anchored in the flawed, deeply genuine humanity of its characters often delivers the rollicking natural high of laughter.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A slick and clever cut above most cheesy reality shows. [8 Jan 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    If not exactly magnificent, it's still a well-executed traditional western. [31 Dec 1997]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 61 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    At the very least, it's the best-made guilty pleasure on television. [5 Sept 2006, p.2]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    With a little bit of prime time luck, Lost just may become what it sets out to be -- a mesmerizing thrill ride with a brain and more than a little humanity. [22 Sept 2004, p.1C]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Lucky Louie" is a true original -- a pleasantly twisted variation on "The Honeymooners" or "Roseanne" for the 21st Century.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Karen Sisco [is] also blessed with the presence of superb character actor Bill Duke ("Red Dragon") as Karen's imposing, no-nonsense boss. [1 Oct 2003, p.1E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Colorfully plucky but inconsistent. [9 Jan 2000]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    An offbeat treat worth rooting for.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Because it is wisely anchored in the marvelous performances of Parker and Perkins, "Weeds" packs a merrily subversive comic energy. [5 Aug 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's actually good ... and genuinely funny.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    [A] sly spoof.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Farscape" offers a witty, energized change of pace from popular, long-running science-fiction series such as "Babylon 5" and the various "Star Trek" incarnations. There's less futuristic philosophizing, more colorful comic book action and humorous fun. [19 Mar 1999]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The promising "That's Life" rarely seems recycled. [29 Sept 2000, p.1E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 59 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Judging by the fine, funny - and, yes, mysterious - third season premiere, Cherry is keeping his witty, plot-twisting word ... so far. [24 Sep 2006]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Raucous, bawdily good-natured. [14 Aug 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Like any over-the-top, conspiracy-laced concept, "Prison Break" will only work if viewers are giddily enticed to jump aboard the Willing Suspension of Disbelief Express.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The breezily irreverent "Entourage" -- chock-full of witty banter, Hollywood insider jokes and real-life celebrities in self-spoofing mode -- parties on in especially fine style.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Yes, the premise may be decidedly derivative, but it's all in the witty execution.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Lewis is terrific. But his brazenly loopy lawman may not be to everyone's offbeat crime drama tastes.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Arrested Development is one of those increasingly rare network comedy series that dares to assume there might be intelligent life out there watching, viewers who actually know when to laugh. Bless you, Fox. [31 Oct 2003, p.1H]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    There's an engaging free spirit at the heart of "Watching Ellie." [26 Feb 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    As the show unfolds over three nights, the taut storytelling never falters, using the visceral oomph of handheld cameras, quick scenes and an unsentimental emotional palette. [26 Jan 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    [A] smart, hard-edged new crime drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    What may appear at first glance to be a cheap reality TV gimmick... soon evolves into something quite compelling.
    • 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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