For 42 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy Franklin's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 90 Deadwood: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 Ghost Whisperer: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 42
  2. Negative: 8 out of 42
42 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy Franklin
    A gorgeously living thing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy Franklin
    Rescue Me is a daring, unflinching show—a worthy companion to FX’s dark-hearted police drama “The Shield”—and it is unafraid to expose the not always pretty particulars of firehouse culture and the more fallible side of those we count on to save us.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy Franklin
    Rock is able to find humor in every aspect of his childhood.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy Franklin
    Mad Men is smart and tremendously attractive, and it stirs you more than it probably should.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy Franklin
    McBride is comfortable improvising, and in Eastbound there’s a lot of pleasurable tension in watching Kenny create difficult situations with his poor judgment and get out of them with his escape artist’s quick brain.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy Franklin
    Men of a Certain Age is bound to attract attention, because its co-creator, and one of its co-stars, is Ray Romano; what shouldn’t be overlooked, however, is the fact that the show is also good. Surprisingly good.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy Franklin
    The result, with its strong, complex, funny, flawed central character, feels truer to life than the zillions of one-dimensional (or no-dimensional) nurses on television.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy Franklin
    For a lot of viewers “Big Love” is going to need time to settle in; it doesn’t have much dramatic texture until about the fifth episode.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy Franklin
    It is probably too soon in the series to expect to see more complexity, or some sense of the grinding difficulty of the job of President, and the number of no-win situations that present themselves every day in the Oval Office. But “Commander in Chief” really does make things look too easy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy Franklin
    Compelling, if not quite riveting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy Franklin
    The plot is difficult to follow - shot sequences, at least in the first two episodes, often pair sex and death (an FX trademark, practically; it’s the network that looks our animal selves in the eye), whether or not their pairing helps the story--but you’re strung along deftly enough so that you do want to know how it’s all going to play out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy Franklin
    The three alters are broad stereotypes, but Collette makes the moments of transition surprisingly touching, and sometimes subtly comic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy Franklin
    Breaking Bad is very well done, but it has a bleakness that seems to be manufactured for no good reason. In its spiral down toward nothingness, Breaking Bad pulls viewers down with it, just because it can.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy Franklin
    Not all the tweaks in the plot work well, but most of the series’ flaws are masked by the excellent casting and the good writing for three central characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy Franklin
    Despite the mostly awful dialogue, “Sleeper Cell” succeeds on the strength of its plot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy Franklin
    A sitcom doesn’t have to break new ground to be good, but it does have to make you feel that it isn’t just going through the motions. "Christine" satisfies on that score to some extent, but you just want more from it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy Franklin
    Colbert is very skillful at parodying people who are already parodies of themselves, and his show is a lot sharper than most of what passes for comedy on TV. At the end of the day, though--a day, say, on which a President says something foolish, or a Supreme Court nominee has to step aside, or a White House aide is indicted--the voice you’ll most want to hear is still Jon Stewart’s.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy Franklin
    While the ideas behind “The Riches” are often satisfyingly satirical, Izzard’s role—he plays Wayne Malloy, a husband and a father of three, eager to escape the marginal life that he and his family have been living—is stagy and overblown.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy Franklin
    There’s no question that the creators of The Pacific set out to honor the marines’ experience; they haven’t exactly failed to do that, but neither have they succeeded in leading viewers to a deeper appreciation of this--then and now--faraway war.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy Franklin
    There are many of them [good moments] in Parks and Recreation, in fact; virtually every scene in the first two episodes contains good bits, with quotable quotes, twists of language that viewers feel smart for getting, and visual gags. But the minutes don’t flow; they merely accrete, one bit on top of another.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy Franklin
    It's a big production-the first episode alone cost nearly twenty million dollars-and it looks authentic in a way that, paradoxically, seems lifeless. You're constantly aware that you're watching a period piece, albeit one with some vivid scenes and interesting details.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy Franklin
    In general, there's a pat, familiar quirkiness to The Big C that keeps you at a remove from it, and too many easy appeals to your emotions.... Still, with Linney at the heart of The Big C, there's reason to think that the series will improve.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy Franklin
    The new shows are more concerned with hitting their marks and getting the sociology right than with character, but Pan Am has a bit of style to it, and a note of darkness, and the formula might just work.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy Franklin
    It’s not that much fun to watch an actress who, except for the occasional times when she lets loose one of her charmingly loud second-soprano laughs, seems always to be asking more of us than she’s giving, but Secret Diary of a Call Girl does get better as it goes along, although it doesn’t greatly distinguish itself from most other shows you’ve seen about young single women in the big city
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy Franklin
    If we got to know any of the characters in Generation Kill, the show might be more interesting, or, at least, more memorable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy Franklin
    Over all, the show has a little something, but it doesn’t have outstanding curb appeal, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a foreclosure notice in the window sooner rather than later.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy Franklin
    Roday doesn’t quite have the chops to back up his Carreyisms. Shawn is a first-draft version of Jason Lee’s title character in "My Name Is Earl"--a lovable goof, but with little ability to gain traction in your heart.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy Franklin
    Oprah’s Big Give stands out as a weird, misbegotten creature that perhaps shouldn’t have been taken out in public.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy Franklin
    In Treatment, while offering viewers a seemingly intimate look at this process, doesn't capture the emotional mise en scène: the characters on the show have all too easy a time expressing themselves, and the element of suspense is mostly absent.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy Franklin
    What's most puzzling about Californication is that much of the time it resembles a soft-porn film.... This kind of cheesiness is all about what the camera sees, rather than about the story and what the characters are feeling.