Mike McDaniel
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For 50 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 82% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 12% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike McDaniel's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 4
Lowest review score: 25 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 50
  2. Negative: 3 out of 50
50 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Mike McDaniel
    The freshest new show of this or any recent TV season. [8 Sep 1997]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Mike McDaniel
    Filled with a terrific ensemble cast breathing life into characters that stay just this side of being caricatures, stinging Hollywood putdowns that cut to the funny bone and some of the sauciest true-to-life dialogue imaginable, 'Sanders' is the definition of sophisticated adult humor in the '90s. [16 Jul 1995]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike McDaniel
    The funniest comedy since The Simpsons. [9 Jan 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mike McDaniel
    As unpredictably thrilling as ever. [15 Jan 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Mike McDaniel
    The Shield is the kind of cop show you might find on HBO, a superbly written, inventively directed, sharply acted drama that screams authenticity and excellence, and -- like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Sex and the City -- makes matter-of-fact use of adult language and nudity. But The Shield is not on HBO. [10 Mar 2002, p.2]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike McDaniel
    TV's best new drama. [27 Sept 2002]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mike McDaniel
    The unheralded Olyphant is the star, and he's excellent. [21 Mar 2004, p.8]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mike McDaniel
    Easily one of the funniest shows of the year. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Mike McDaniel
    New plot, new cast, same Kiefer, same excitement. [2 Jan 2005]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Mike McDaniel
    Season 4 of MTV's ""The Real World'' has all the signs of topping the incredibly rich Season 3, which topped Season 2, which topped Season 1. [25 Jun 1995]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Mike McDaniel
    Everything is seriously tongue-in-cheek. The scares satisfy, and the laughs are earned. [8 Jul 2001]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Mike McDaniel
    Their ear for dialogue is exceptional, and there's no doubt they know their characters. HBO is well aware, too, which is why the network left the authors to their work. [1 June 2002, p.9]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Mike McDaniel
    The Boondocks is can't-miss TV, as vicious, funny and relevant as McGruder's comic strip.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Mike McDaniel
    In a stunning two-part pilot episode, which concludes next week, J.J. Abrams (Alias) has taken a derivative concept - a plane crash on a deserted island - and shaped it into something new and compelling, and possibly prehistoric. [22 Sept 2004, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mike McDaniel
    Huff's changing tone - serious one minute, funny the next - keeps you on your toes. This is a series you can chew on. [5 Nov 2004, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Mike McDaniel
    There's a lot to love about Everybody Hates Chris.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Mike McDaniel
    Band of Brothers may be the best film ever made to show the everlasting bond forged in war between ordinary men...It may also be the best film ever made to show the relentlessness and horror of war. Aurally and visually, it's as graphically real as the battle scenes of Saving Private Ryan, only Band is five times longer...Still, there's something stopping me from saying this is the best war movie ever made, and that is because Band of Brothers succeeds as a whole, but fails to be as interesting in its individual installments. [9 Sept 2001, p.2]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Mike McDaniel
    Folks, it's often not a pretty sight. But as with a jackknifed 18-wheeler, we can't keep our eyes off of it. [1 Dec 2001, p.10]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Mike McDaniel
    This year, the ethical standards remain low and the ick factor high. [20 June 2004, p.8]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Mike McDaniel
    If handled as carefully as the pilot, Joan of Arcadia promises to be the most intriguing show of the season. [26 Sept 2003, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Mike McDaniel
    Overall, this is a handsome study of a subject so disturbing and so complex that it could command our attention three times over - and three times more. This Traffic, like the two versions that preceded it, relates to each of us. [26 Jan 2004]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McDaniel
    This isn't a laugh riot, but it's got promise. And with that cushy time slot, right after Raymond . [22 Sept 2003, p.6]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike McDaniel
    With its intelligent, nuance-laced script, credible performances from a group of newcomers, a mouth-dropping star turn by Sharon Gless, and the "no limits" backing of Showtime, Queer as Folk is easily the best TV take on gay life since "Tales of the City." [3 Dec 2000, p.10]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike McDaniel
    If you're like me, this show will hook you in.
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike McDaniel
    Karen Sisco has action, heart, humor and sex appeal - four good reasons Law & Order should be looking over its shoulder this fall. [1 Oct 2003, p.6]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike McDaniel
    The O.C. may be a lousy title but it's cast, written and directed well. Early indications are that the show is smartly going after two generations of viewers - not just the 20-somethings Fox is famous for, but also their parents. [5 Aug 2003, p.8]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike McDaniel
    The show is told stylishly. A character from today morphs into how he appeared years ago - an excellent way of getting into a story quickly without confusing viewers. The showy all-music ending to Sunday's episode is another nice touch. [27 Sept 2003, p.10]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike McDaniel
    Often hilarious. [23 Jul 2003]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike McDaniel
    Exceptional producers Paul Attanasio (Homicide: Life on the Street), David Shore (Hack), Katie Jacobs (Gideon's Crossing) and Bryan Singer (X-Men) have cast their lot with Laurie (Peter's Friends, Sense and Sensibility, Stuart Little), and it pays off handsomely. Despite House's peculiarities, he's a fully rounded character, and Laurie appears comfortable in his clothes. [16 Nov 2004, p.8]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike McDaniel
    'Medium' is manipulative filmmaking, but it works. [2 Jan 2005]
    • Houston Chronicle

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