For 29 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Kogan's Scores

Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn Bridge: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Working Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
29 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Kogan
    If it is possible to experience love at first TV show sight, I'm smitten. [20 Sep 1991]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Kogan
    Spectacular...You have never seen educational value so imaginatively and colorfully packaged. [4 Mar 1992, p.C1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Kogan
    an original, quirky and wonderful half-hour comedy series that is both innovative and entertaining. [6 July 1990, p.2]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    Shandling adeptly bends the line between reality and TV's make-believe. [14 Aug 1992]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    Shandling is perfect in a role he created, skillfully balancing arrogance and insecurity; Torn, always exasperated, and Tambor, forever fawning, are spectacular foils in a show that is stunningly quick-witted. [2 Jun 1993]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    What elevates "Mad About You" is that it twists the reality of marriage in the '90s with restraint and wit. It is not going for the big laughs, or those based on insults, but rather for laughs of recognition. In that, it succeeds quite well. And it doesn't hurt that the two stars are charmers. [23 Sep 1992]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    Although some may find this creation of David E. Kelley, the wizard behind "L.A. Law," too weird, I think it's wonderful. [18 Sept 1992, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    For all of its frolic and delight, its social observations and conflict make it the television progeny of such substantive sitcoms as "All in the Family." [10 Sept 1990, p.1C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    The show's quirkiness is neatly mixed with a familiar fish-out-of-water theme, and its sensibilities are nicely in touch with soft humanity. It's delightful. [12 July 1990, p.17]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    Northern Exposure returns with its comic sensibilities hilariously and charmingly intact...This is a show that has the potential - with its near-perfect ensemble and engaging style - to join the ranks of TV's best comedies.[8 Apr 1991, p.5]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    They are disarming in the most pleasant extreme...It is fresh, hip and frank. It could prove - especially given the stars' proclivity to perform in drag - America's "Monty Python." [21 July 1989, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    It's affectionate and cute without being coy. In translating their own real-life experiences to the screen, the members of the creative team know that parenthood is filled with tensions and travail. But they are smart enough to allow the tenderness of the experience to shadow every encounter. [20 Aug 1990, p.C1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kogan
    This is a "Masterpiece Theatre" of unexpected thrills, biting humor and pointed satire. [29 Mar 1991]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kogan
    There are some who might be jarred by the format, seamless as it is. And still others might be compelled to argue that with this format one gets neither a sitcom nor a comedy show, but insufficient portions of each...But there is an intriguing honesty to this method, and, in its fashion, it shows how life's tiny travail can work its way into comedy club laughs. [31 May 1990, p.C4]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kogan
    Written with a pen dipped in the clever-caustic "Cheers" well, it's high-spirited and clever. Most viewers will want to book future flights. [19 Apr 1990, p.21]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kogan
    Satisfyingly edgier than its cousin "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" premieres ... with a moneyed high-tech look and great special effects, a cast of interesting and weird-looking characters and, wonderfully, a heart and soul. [3 Jan 1993]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kogan
    Given Fox's proclivity for outrageousness, Beverly Hills, 90210 (the number refers to the California city's ZIP code) is like totally tame, dudes. Though its premiere does include a teenage champagne-fueled romp in a hot tub, a near loss of virginity, and much conversation about sex, it treats the subject with uncommon sensitivity and understanding. [4 Oct 1990, p.C19]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Kogan
    Winfrey's appeal is considerable and should, for a time, guarantee curiosity-fueled high ratings. It's a warm and serious show, a television time capsule that takes us to a quieter, safer and better place. [1 May 1990]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Kogan
    Goldberg is so sure-footed and likable in her part that she may at last have found a comfortable home for her talents, after some disastrous big-screen interludes. Stapleton, handsome and pert as ever, displays the gifts of timing and tact that brought her three Emmys. [30 Mar 1990, p.5C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Kogan
    The writing is erudite and classy, the acting first-rate and the setting relatively novel. [1 Oct 1993]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kogan
    The radio call-in studio is fertile comedic territory. Less so, the home turf. Though Mahoney is a great actor, his character is so sour and bitter as to be off-putting. Some of the dialogue, though delivered with neat timing, is obvious and crude. [14 Sept 1993, p.2]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kogan
    As solid and gentle a sitcom as the new season has produced. It is a show that tries for laughs not in the insult-throwing manner employed by far too many sitcoms or in unrealistic scenarios but in subtle, observational ways...That said, the show also is a feast of yuppie fatuousness.[20 Sept 1993, p.8]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 22 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kogan
    Like it or not, this show is fairly amusing and not a blow against civility. [10 Sept 1990, p.C1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kogan
    On the surface, Ferris Bueller can be seen and judged as harmless, high-tech hijinks. But it's subtly subversive, implying that success and popularity are the result of cunning and subterfuge rather than work and honesty. That's the same sort of greedy disregard for rules and regulations that got this country in its messy savings-and-loan quagmire. [23 Aug 1990, p.19]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kogan
    Though inoffensive, this is as standard as sitcom gets. [22 Sept 1989, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kogan
    There's a certain sensitivity behind Allen's swagger - he's a mouse in macho duds - but just how many home appliances are there for him to destroy? [17 Sep 1991]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kogan
    Shadowing most every encounter and incident are examples of the same sort of bigotry and racism that many other peoples have faced and fought as they dragged themselves into this society. Racist references - the aliens are called slags and spongeheads - are unfortunate and but the most serious of this series' many problems. [18 Sept 1989]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rick Kogan
    It's but an embryo of the real thing. [16 Apr 1990, p.C7]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Rick Kogan
    So far, the baby's talk is a mix of limp and cheap material. The surrounding chatter from adults isn't much better. [8 Mar 1991, p.5]
    • Chicago Tribune