For 57 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Porter's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Pacific: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 57
  2. Negative: 4 out of 57
57 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Porter
    The Pacific never feels like anything less than a cohesive whole. It's really a remarkable piece of television. I know what I'm doing for the next 10 Sunday nights.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Porter
    Boardwalk Empire has everything you'd expect in an HBO drama--sharply drawn characters, large-scale stories intercut with intimate moments and a sense that you couldn't find something like it anywhere else on the guide. It's maybe the best new show HBO has launched in several years.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Porter
    A touching, intimate, humor-laced family drama that is easily the best new show debuting this fall, and the way you'll be able to watch it holds a not-small part of its power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Porter
    Justified is well-written and well-produced, so it would be good with any decent actor in its lead role. But the show got Timothy Olyphant for the role, and the match could not be any more perfect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Porter
    It's extremely well cast, uses its Windy City locations beautifully and has an energy that grabs you pretty much from the first scene. Monday nights are really, really crowded, but you need to make room for this show.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Porter
    While there's a little something lost in translation, the show retains enough of the core of the original that--bolstered by strong performances from top to bottom--it's as good a remake as any import since "The Office."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Porter
    It's stunningly rendered and very well-acted, and though the first few episodes have a tendency toward telling rather than showing, the pace rarely feels slack.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Porter
    Broadchurch doesn't come with many stylistic flourishes--it's a pretty straightforward crime story. But the care given to its characters and the damage the crime inflicts on the town make it one of the best scripted series of the summer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    It's a somewhat old-fashioned and pretty kick-ass hour of TV, with great action sequences in the first two episodes and, probably more important, well-turned performances by its three regulars: Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    Its first two episodes do give the show a very strong foundation on which to build.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    Through three episodes, there are enough funny, frustrating, sad and beautiful moments to make me hope Treme sticks around for a while.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    It's fun, but it's best in moderation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    The location shooting and some very strong performances lift it above standard cop-show fare.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    It's a great, gory and surprisingly emotional ride.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    There aren't a lot of hints as to whodunit by the end of the first three episodes, but the accumulation of these little things adds up to a very engrossing story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    It's definitely a flight worth booking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    Veep is a show, though, that finds great comedy in the space between that idealism and the reality they face every day.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    The show has one of the most thrilling pilots of recent years, but there are a few growing pains in the subsequent two episodes as the show sorts out the weight it gives stories involving the sub's crew, the locals on the tropical island they commandeer and the people back home who have connections to the sub.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    The show is likely to score big ratings for its premiere, and early evidence indicates there's enough to keep people coming back.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    The new season returns to the show's more familiar structure. But the character beats that played out last season--and in previous seasons, for that matter -- linger. The result is that the Harlan, Ky., and environs of Justified feels like a very familiar, lived-in place--in the best possible sense.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Porter
    Silicon Valley has its share of pause-the-DVR laugh lines, but it's not as relentlessly funny as, say, Judge's "Office Space." It does, however, get better as it goes along.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Porter
    Chiklis ("The Shield," "Fantastic Four") and Benz ("Dexter") are appealing leads, and "No Ordinary Family" will most likely rise and fall on their backs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Porter
    What is there in the premiere of Blue Bloods is the aforementioned cast, which also includes Will Estes ("Reunion," "American Dreams") and Len Cariou ("Damages"), and some sharply written and acted scenes between the family members. Those more than make up for a pretty standard-issue case in the premiere.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Porter
    Three good lead performances (including one from "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc) and enough sharp writing about both show business and relationships give the show a comedic bite that makes up for the stuff you've seen before.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Porter
    The new Dallas isn't a game-changer, but it's a solidly built, easy-to-take soap that does right by its predecessor.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Porter
    Through its first three episodes, The Carrie Diaries works quite well as a coming-of-age story, thanks in no small part to Robb's winning performance and a pretty solid cast of young actors around her.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Porter
    It's anchored by several great performances, and it's among the more distinctive and gorgeously filmed shows on the air right now.... What did turn me off a bit in the first couple episodes of Hannibal was the victims were all young women.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Porter
    Lowe's job of selling Alice's yearning for Wonderland is all the more remarkable for the fact that her world-spanning love with Cyrus comes off a little bit limp in the premiere.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Porter
    There's enough detail in the setting and characterization to keep it distinct from the mothership, but also more than enough of the template (down to the freeze-frame tic at the open and close of each act) to make it go down like a comforting plate of crawfish etouffee.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    Like several new shows this season, the ABC comedy is neither cover-your-eyes bad nor set-the-DVR-season-pass good. It just sort of is what it is, which is occasionally cute and amusing--thanks mostly to a cast of comedy veterans--but largely forgettable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    While the show is clearly still finding its footing, there looks to be enough raw material there to make Perfect Couples, if not an instantly vital cog in NBC's Thursday comedy lineup, at least a reason to stay put between "Community" and "The Office."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    The show is no better or worse than "Perfect Couples," "Mad Love" or "Traffic Light." Which is to say it's populated with likable actors and rarely out-and-out bad, but it's also never much more than mildly amusing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    No other new show this fall is attempting to tell a bigger story, and we're hoping the rough patches smooth out and it fulfills the potential that's there in its very strong cast and premise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    There's enough in the premise and the performances (particularly those of Garcia and Neill) to keep us watching, but to really hook us in Alcatraz needs to decide what kind of show it wants to be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    Where the show stumbles a little is in the case itself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    A cool premise can only take a show so far, and there's some work to do on the character front to make the show worthy of using all available technology not to miss.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    The four guys at the center of the show, in addition to actually being friends before the cameras came around, are portrayed as caring, involved dads, albeit with a few sitcommy quirks.... But thinking the dads on Modern Dads are somehow unique is really not capturing the whole picture.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    Once you get past the idea that the bad guys are working for the good guys, it's a pretty by-the-numbers crime show.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It's a not always comfortable mix of action, drama and comedy, and if it's far from the worst new series to hit the airwaves this season, it's also not at the top of the list. It's a little too middle of the road for its own good.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It still carries a decidedly throwback vibe, and the ongoing bluster about the state of manhood in the world feels, at best, two steps behind the times.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It's a show I would really like to like, and there are elements present in the pilot that make me want to see how it's doing by, say, episode four or five, but it's not there yet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It's a fairly standard crime procedural whose hook doesn't really add much--and actually seems like it could be an obstacle further down the road.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    Lucas is actually quite good as Mitch, as is Molly Parker as his wife, Abby. The issue lies more with the mechanics of the plot.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    The show feels like it should be better.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    The cast is good enough and the premise strong enough to carry it. Right now, though, Deception is a show that doesn't know what it is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    Merchant uses his gangly physicality (at 6-foot-7, he towers over everyone else on the show) to good effect in scenes when Stuart is on the make. Despite that, though, and despite the fact that Merchant is willing to make himself the butt of the joke, Hello Ladies doesn't quite pull off the trick of making Stuart someone you want to spend week after week seeing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It's hardly the worst show of the fall, but it never really lands.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    The disconnect between what Mind Games wants to be and the show bubbling just under the surface makes it a bit of a puzzling viewing experience.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    Despite being populated with likable actors giving mostly solid performances, it's hard to escape the feeling that you've seen this before.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    Now that finished episodes are out there, we can tell you that it's not great.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    Just know going in that you'll be far better served by acknowledging the towering silliness of the plot, because it's just about impossible to take it seriously.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    Lifetime chose to tell a by-the-numbers tale of passion gone wrong rather than the potentially compelling (if lurid) courtroom story that played out on news channels for weeks earlier this year.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    You might feel bad for the wine, and maybe for the hour you could have spent doing other things. You probably won't feel bad for Sara or Jack.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Rick Porter
    The show is so overstuffed and dancing so fast in its effort to achieve cultdom that it forgets some basic things, like making us care about the characters in the middle of this whole mess or drawing some clear stakes for what happens.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 10 Rick Porter
    It's the kind of sitcom writing that gives sitcoms a bad name.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Rick Porter
    When you add to that a string of obvious, unfunny cross-dressing jokes and a set of female characters that are barely even one-dimensional, the premise pretty much collapses entirely.

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