Richard Zoglin
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For 49 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 18% higher than the average critic
  • 38% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Zoglin's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Twin Peaks: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Melrose Place (1992): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
49 tv reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Zoglin
    Twin Peaks ... is like nothing you've seen in prime time -- or on God's earth. It may be the most hauntingly original work ever done for American TV.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Zoglin
    It's probably the most realistic fictional treatment of the medical profession TV has ever presented. The pace is furious, the narrative jagged and unsettling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Richard Zoglin
    Breaking television's "fourth wall" to talk to the camera is hardly a new idea; it dates back at least to Burns and Allen in the early '50s. But no TV show has ever provided such piquant Pirandellian commentary on the medium itself.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Richard Zoglin
    The season's best new series. ... One can smirk at the show's blatant appeal to the yuppie audience and at some of the cliched relationshipspeak ("It's too hurtful"). But Creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz invest what is potentially banal with conviction and wit.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Zoglin
    A crackling good TV show, probably Bochco's best since Hill Street Blues. Better than Hill Street in some ways: sleeker, more focused, less distracted by those often annoying comic interludes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Richard Zoglin
    Newhart is running with the easy, confident stride of a TV series at the peak of its form.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Richard Zoglin
    Not since Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily? has anyone had so much fun with bad movies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Zoglin
    Stiller is capable of turning out a dead-on TV or movie parody, like his takeoff on Cape Fear, with a grownup Eddie Munster as the De Niro-esque psycho. But he rarely settles for the frisson of a good impersonation; his sketches usually give the satiric knife an extra twist or two.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Zoglin
    The show's grungy ambience and gleeful puncturing of TV ideals of happy domesticity have made it the most daring new sitcom of the fall.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Richard Zoglin
    All that's missing from Seinfeld is some human ballast to the frivolity. Jokes about air conditioning in Florida and bathrooms in shopping malls are fine as far as they go. But Seinfeld the character remains curiously weightless and remote.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Zoglin
    The season's best new sitcom. ... Reiser, a former stand-up comic, has knife-edge timing and a full repertoire of nervous tics, and Hunt manages to be both charming and exasperating at the same time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Richard Zoglin
    The show's dialogue is possibly the fastest on TV, the stories are briskly paced and unobtrusive, and Shepherd gets lots of loving close-ups. Moonlighting is a snazzy entry that deserves a full-time job on ABC next fall.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Zoglin
    In the end, however, Homicide doesn't stand out in bold enough relief from TV's background clutter. The characters are too pat, their conflicts too predictable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Richard Zoglin
    With his deft timing and vaudeville hamminess, White brings such extravagant high spirits to the role that he is hard not to like.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Richard Zoglin
    The Cosby Show's achievements have been rather wildly overstated. To be sure, at a time when most TV families inhabit a farcical never-never land, the series has much to recommend it. ... But The Cosby Show pales beside such landmark sitcoms of the 1970s as All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Those programs forged new territory for TV comedy, in both style and subject matter. The Cosby Show, with its genial wholesomeness, harks back to old times.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Zoglin
    It toys with the sitcom format in ways both inventive (the little flourishes of animation that divide scenes) and annoying (the episode outtakes that run under the closing credits).
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Richard Zoglin
    The pilot episode was overstuffed with characterization, but the funny premise and Hesseman's laid-back way with a line make the show one of the most promising comedies of the fall.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Zoglin
    At its best, which is very good, Brooklyn Bridge rings with fresh and funny childhood observations.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Zoglin
    The echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Member of the Wedding are hard to miss, and the show's two-hour pilot moves as slowly as, well, molasses in January. Yet producers Joshua Brand and John Falsey (St. Elsewhere, Northern Exposure) have created a drama of rich texture, few tricks and much truth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    The cast is appealing -- particularly Hamlin, Eikenberry and Richard Dysart as the firm's fatherly senior partner -- and Bochco has become TV's most expert juggler of plots and characters. Yet the first episode of L.A. Law is considerably less daring than advertised.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    The writing is a notch above standard-issue TV fare, and the show follows its own adventurous, if sometimes bumpy, path.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    It's not hard to see the show's attraction. The cast is drop-dead cute, and the low-impact story lines bounce from the trivial to the traumatic with breezy assurance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    The first episode had some inept action sequences and could have used more fanciful detail. But there are nice lyrical touches, and the show may have hit on something.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    It's a self-important but frequently entertaining mix of Ben Casey melodrama and St. Elsewhere-style modernism.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    The marvel is that anyone is still watching after the plodding premiere episode. ... Succeeding episodes have been better, mainly because they have emphasized the show's homespun attractions. One is a talking dolphin named Darwin... The other is a Star Trek-like combination of imaginative sci-fi story lines and the cozy ethos of Wagon Train.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    Too many episodes have strained for comic-book laughs revolving around TV in-jokes.... Yet even the worst shows have had moments of wit and a let's-try-anything charm.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    The show, in short, is once again delivering laughs. So why, for a veteran fan, does the new Saturday Night Live still seem like a pale imitation of its old self? For one thing, the most popular bits -- Carvey's Church Lady, the body-building brothers Hans and Franz -- are the weakest parts of the show, crowd pleasers that depend on makeup gimmicks rather than nimble gags.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    Confident and plainspoken. ... Dr. Quinn is hokum without an agenda, other than re-creating some old-time TV pleasures.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Zoglin
    The show is more lushly pictorial than anything this side of the National Geographic Specials, and its seat-of-the-pants approach to history is peppy and playful. ... [But] Indy's adventures in the first episode are often unimaginative (the old mummy's-tomb-with-a-curse routine), and the flip dialogue is too forced.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Zoglin
    [The show] has a good deal of savvy wit.... The Simpsons, however, is strangely off-putting much of the time. The drawings are grotesque without redeeming style or charm (characters have big beady eyes, beaklike noses and spiky hair), and the animation is crude even by TV's low-grade standards.