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

Mike Duffy's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Killer Instinct: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 260
260 tv reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    A masterful series finale. [21 Oct 2004]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Masterful.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    The most original and audacious comedy on TV right now. [13 Sep 2002]
    • 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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    An unflinching and deeply affecting portrait of American tragedy. [14 Apr 2000, p.4F]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Duffy
    Disheartening proof that even the most talented producers sometimes concoct a prime-time crock.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    No one does cranky like Larry David. [7 Sep 2007]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Duffy
    A pretty bland romantic confection.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    This effort is blessed with a wealth of exceptional talent.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Colorfully plucky but inconsistent. [9 Jan 2000]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    "Big Day" just doesn't deliver many big laughs.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Duffy
    Just another tediously cliched crime procedural. Whodunit? Who cares.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Duffy
    A tediously insipid show that is perilously low on wit, intelligence or imagination.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Pushing Daisies is a delicate, rapturously original little television miracle.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Hall, who invests strange, demented Dexter with real heart and humanity. It's a spooky tour de force.
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    An ambitiously moody exploration of moral ambiguity. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Mike Duffy
    Derivative supernatural schlock like this should have a stake driven through its silly storytelling heart. [9 Mar 2007]
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    With its sharp writing, wonderful cast and wacko spirit, Reaper is one helluva good time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "The Nine" unfolds with an abundance of emotion-charged imagination.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Duffy
    An instant chucklehead classic.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    The ensemble cast, including David Oyelowo, Edward Woodward ("The Equalizer") and Janet McTeer, is first rate. A winner.
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Crichton ... has infused "E.R." with a contemporary, darkly humorous believability. [18 Sep 1994]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    "Saved" is a sometimes entertaining, often predictable trauma drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    The writing and comic sensibility are fresh and unpredictable. [23 Aug 1998, p.1L]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    No, the thrill isn't gone. "24" remains a wild 'n' crazy roller-coaster ride.
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    High School Musical 2 is pretty much a total tuneful blast.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's a fascinating, leap of faith start. [26 Sept 2003, p.8E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    From start to finish, "Standoff" is slickly contrived, formulaic crime drama nonsense.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Duffy
    A tepid traditional sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Yes, the premise may be decidedly derivative, but it's all in the witty execution.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Dexter is... one of the most compelling new characters on TV.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Duffy
    There are occasional funny moments amid the raging comic mediocrity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Duffy
    Screwloose, occasionally amusing...Yeah, Beavis and Butt-head would make fun of this show. Heh-heh-heh. [20 Jan 2003]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A decent, potentially appealing cast -- one that includes Fred Goss ("Sons and Daughters"), Faith Ford and Jerry O'Connell--has to make do with ho-hum storylines and writing that lacks anything resembling real snap and imagination.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Welcome to Smallville. Check your cynicism at the city limits. [16 Oct 2001, p.6E]
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Damages is dynamite. And the fuse is lit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    Sharp, sophisticated and laugh-out-loud funny. [3 Mar 1997]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It makes a smart, charmingly irreverent first impression, thanks to its pleasantly warped, deadpan writing and performing.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 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
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Lucky Louie" is a true original -- a pleasantly twisted variation on "The Honeymooners" or "Roseanne" for the 21st Century.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Duffy
    "Wedding Wars" tries to do a lot, with moderate success.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Smart, well- written, lots of potential. [3 Mar 1997]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Yes, the show's glossily generic. But the attractive cast clicks.

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