For 1,147 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Lost: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,147 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Series creator Vince Gilligan wrote the first two episodes of this eight-episode batch, and they crackle, as always, with intelligence and an ever-lingering sense of dread.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Brilliant. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    "The Sopranos" returns in better form this year than it did at the start of its second season. New territory is explored and Chase seems more willing to push the Soprano story forward. [2 Mar 2001]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    What's most important is that Homeland provides a smart, thrilling hour of entertainment for the next 12 weeks.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    None of these twists are for the faint of heart, which is why Breaking Bad is a smart, thought-provoking TV show that elevates the artistic achievements of the medium.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Maintains the quality viewers have come to expect.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Season four promises more of the same while expanding on stories in the books and in some cases improving on what could be long literary slogs.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    "Battlestar Galactica" is one of the most politically relevant and necessarily bleak series on television today.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The series remains smart and thought-provoking but it's also quite funny.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    "The Office" is hilarious, but it is an acquired taste as it serves up comedy of the uncomfortable. [10 Oct 2003]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Magnificently profane and entirely engaging, Deadwood remains one of TV's best character-driven dramas. [4 Mar 2005, p.W-45]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Despite how outlandish some of the scenarios become, they remain relatable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Viewers who cringe at pathos may miss the occasionally lighter tone of earlier Mad Men seasons. But these are the circumstances the characters find themselves in. Besides, at this point in a series' run, most viewers are tuning in for the character stories, where some grace and positivity still pop up.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Gritty, tough, no-holds barred television that feels more real than any other police drama on the air. It makes "NYPD Blue" look like a children's show. [10 Mar 2002, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Viewers hungering for a twisty-turny, who's-right-who's-wrong thriller will find it in Showtime's domestic terrorism drama Homeland.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    It is much more of a psychological thriller that impresses with its use of an unnerving stillness.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Fans of “Six Feet Under” are likely to enjoy Transparent while those who find characters who make consistently poor choices frustrating and may be less enamored. “Transparent” isn’t funny all that often, but at its heart it does tell a relatively new, original story in a way that’s grounded and heartfelt without being at all saccharine.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It’s dark, bloody and occasionally sexy, as it usually is, and Thrones fans wouldn’t want it any other way.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The season premiere is a little clunky as it cleans up the mess left after the show's first-season finale--the sooner the show moves beyond that, the better.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Ultimately, after eight episodes that wax and wane in intensity, viewers learn whose worldview emerges as the accurate one in this case--Hardy's pessimistic take on human nature or Ellie's more positive outlook. In a small town where everyone knows his or her neighbor, unmasking the killer is almost as wrenching as the crime itself.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Most of the time Sherlock's cheeky sense of humor makes this version of the character a delight.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    As a new year begins, viewers will be hard-pressed to find a more sumptuous, engaging drama than the "Masterpiece Classic" miniseries Downton Abbey.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Clearly this show is not for the easily offended. Not everyone will appreciate this kind of humor, but anyone who values smart, provocative comedy that's about truth telling will be intrigued.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    GOT is easily television's most ambitious drama for expansive storytelling, but it doesn't shirk its duty to tell smaller stories about individual characters. That the series manages to excel at both is rewarding and breathtaking in its achievement.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    [A] fascinating, challenging series.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Just as in TV’s first flashback-heavy, multi-character drama “Lost,” it’s the flashbacks that deepen and humanize the characters, and that makes Orange a unique and outstanding series. Piper’s story may draw viewers to the show, but it’s her fellow inmates who make time spent inside this women’s prison worthwhile.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Fans of sophisticated drama may feel there's a dearth of smart new shows on the broadcast networks but The Good Wife continues to be broadcast's best answer to the scripted dramas on cable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Bad challenges anxious viewers, but it remains one of TV's best hours, thanks to strong performances from the entire cast and the steady, guiding hand of executive producer Vince Gilligan, who proves in tonight's episode that he values realistic, risk-taking storytelling over the more convenient status quo.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    HBO shows aside, visceral Boomtown is the new exemplar of quality TV dramas on Sunday night... Boomtown engrosses. It's the season's strongest new drama, not just because it takes a chance on a novel format, but because it manages to tell stand-alone stories even as it develops the characters in its large ensemble. [27 Sept 2002, p.40]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It takes some time to sink into the story--Olive (Frances McDormand, “Fargo”) herself is cold and aloof--but by Monday’s second part of the miniseries as viewers see the characters age through a 25-year period, there’s a relatability that starts to sink in as viewers come to recognize the damage one generation can inflict on the next.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Rescue Me is not a show for the easily offended. Profanity is rampant along with sexual innuendo and references to sex acts. It can be profane in the extreme, however, and it rings true to the characters and their situations. [19 June 2005, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    It's the most thrilling premiere hour of "24" yet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    With its depiction of a warped, absurd family, Arrested Development is worth watching for fans of out-there comedy. [2 Nov 2003, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Problem is, the characters are neither likeable enough to cheer for nor despicable enough to loathe. They're just sort of unformed lumps of gray clay with a few stereotypical streaks of color.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    As season two begins, creators/executive producers Robert and Michelle King show no signs of standing pat. They're allowing the series and its characters to evolve while reminding viewers of the show's original premise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The concept is unique, the performances solid or better, but when so many similar shows are competing for attention from viewers who are only willing to commit so much time to watching ongoing TV series, "Six Degrees" just isn't good enough.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Should appeal to fans of Rock and to viewers who long for a family comedy reminiscent of "The Cosby Show" (albeit with a sharper edge).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The psychological cat-and-mouse games the characters play are more interesting and a welcome respite from the intense, horrifying serial killer stories.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    FX's The Americans does the near-impossible of making viewers cheer for Russian spies in America and at the same time for the American FBI agents who are trying to unmask those Russians living in suburbia. It's an incredibly deft balancing act that's accomplished through strong character development all around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    For some viewers, even fans of smart, high-quality TV, there may come a point when too many dark, layered television series become just as tiresome as too many look-alike procedurals. We haven't yet reached that point with Boardwalk Empire, but some episodes are more admirable than enjoyable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    t's an entertaining episode that doesn't fall into the pacing trap so often seen in "Sherlock" where there's not enough story to hold the show up through its 90-minute running time. (Episode two fares worse in this regard, although it's still an entertaining outing.)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    "Longford" dives head-long into some of the most complex questions of human morality, and it's a pleasure to watch an actor of Broadbent's caliber tackle the notion of forgiveness with dignity and solemnity in what is easily one of the best TV movies you're likely to see this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    An uncommon comedy. Its rhythm is less jokey and requires a little more effort on the part of viewers, but the comedic payoff is better, too...I begged viewers to watch this series last year, and I'm not averse to doing it again: Please watch. If not for yourself, do it for me; if the ratings are low, Fox might replace it with yet another edition of "The Simple Life," and that's not good for anybody. [5 Nov 2004, p.WE-41]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's mysterious and exciting, a suspenseful and tense action-drama. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    The best new show of the season...It's less sentimental than "The Wonder Years" and not as concerned with its period setting. Unlike "My So-Called Life," which was real in a gloomy-doesn't-life-stink way, Freaks and Geeks finds abundant humor in the absurdity of the situations the characters face. [22 Sept 1999, p.C-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It still has that unique ability to make you laugh through your wincing. Or wince through your laughing. [2 Jan 2004]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Even as the show deals with serious issues--immigration, euthanasia--Weeds feels lighter and funnier in the new season.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Archer hits the comedy bull's-eye with smart, provocative writing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    There's no question that "Extras" is a hoot, especially for anyone who spends much time observing the ins and outs of fame and the media, but Gervais is correct that less is more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The combination of music and some humor, particularly from Mr. Goodman's character, make "Treme" easier to digest than a David Simon series might otherwise be.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Mad Men relies on its talented cast to communicate the unspoken, to get across the emotions and thoughts that roil just beneath the surface. I'll admit, there are times when I know I'm supposed to intuit something but I'm not completely sure what it is. And that's OK.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Its slightly warped sense of humor won't appeal to some viewers, but "Malcolm in the Middle" qualifies as unique.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Even in its sixth season Mad Men, remains a standout, a better series than 95 percent of what's on television.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    I'm not a huge fan of Mafia stories, but after watching several episodes of The Sopranos, I'm hooked. This is not the same old drama foisted on viewers by the networks. The Sopranos, created by David Chase ("I'll Fly Away"), has depth, dark humor and even a latent charm. The characters, unavoidably stereotypical at times, are believable and honest. [10 Jan 1999, p.G-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Most sketch comedy shows decline with age but IFC's Portlandia continues to show signs of smart, savvy, new comic life in its fourth season.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    The Lost writers begin the season with a firm grasp on their story and a keen understanding that viewers won't object to the introduction of new characters as long as old favorites are well served.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Mad Men exists on another level. Smart, mysterious and alluring, Mad Men remains a smooth concoction of period charm and psychological character drama.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Taken altogether--the determined detective, the drug lord, the kooky encampment, the mystery of Tui's disappearance--Top of the Lake makes for a compelling mix of moody, character-driven drama.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    But NBC's comedy-drama Ed boasts sweetness, charm and innocence in equal measure. It's also extremely funny, albeit in an offbeat, low-key way. [8 Oct 2000, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    These are fantastic characters with socio-economic backgrounds we rarely see in TV dramas, and that's one of the many things that makes FNL unique. Whether you can watch the show now or won't have access to it until 2010, FNL continues to be TV worth watching.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Girls grew on me. As annoying as the characters can be, they also evince recognizable traits in absurdly realistic situations.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Big Day" doesn't feel like a big hit, but it is intermittently amusing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The Easy Money production values are low all-around but they wouldn't be as noticeable if the characters and tedious story sparked to life. They don't, and it doesn't.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Early on, Band of Brothers is more methodical, less emotional due to its large, unwieldy cast. Once the uniformed soldiers put their helmets on, it's tough to tell them apart. If you're like me, you'll spend too much time trying to figure out who just got killed to work up much sympathy for the mystery victim. [9 Sept 2001, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Southland" remains a stand-out series for its gritty, on-the-street scenes of police work and the engrossing stories of its characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    If you're a fan of nuanced, character-driven story-telling, there's no question The Pacific is the superior effort.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Showing the evidence really adds nothing as the story twists, turns and contorts itself in an attempt to keep viewers from tuning out before the hour is up.
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A soapy, shallow look at how gossip is currency in Hollywood.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It’s a lush production--The costumes! The locations!--that’s still appropriately gritty for its 1529 setting and sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction. But it may be a bit slow-paced for fans of Showtime’s “The Tudors,” which told the same story with more soapy shenanigans and gusto. Mr. Rylance gives a quietly commanding performance as the intelligent, politically astute Cromwell.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    The family comedy gets a welcome and winning update in ABC's Modern Family, the fall's best new sitcom.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Pushing Daisies captivates with an emotionally resonant story and dazzles with its bright visual imagery. Fans of delightfully daft fairy tales, this one's for you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Lost itself has a certain intriguing quality that makes it worth coming back for more. [19 Sept 2005, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    They're not making evolutionary leaps but these men do show enough signs of progress that viewers who appreciated their struggles and triumphs in the first season will have renewed reason to cheer them on in season two.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    it's the danger of Dexter being found out that permeates these episodes, upping the pressure and keeping the series as tense and twisted as it was in season one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Filled with dark humor and a mix of quirky and menacing characters, Fargo blends whimsy and tragedy in a highly watchable mix. It's easily the best produced work ever from writer Noah Hawley.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Tonight's premiere has a zippy energy that can be attributed to the writing and Mr. Cumberbatch's riveting, gonzo performance. He plays Sherlock as authoritative and arrogant but also with a hint of excited madness that makes for an engrossing new take on this classic character.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    How sadly true and truly funny. [25 Sept 2001, p.C-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    This new season gets off to a rousing start that lives up to high expectations.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show squanders any high-mindedness with ridiculous shoot-'em-up scenes reminiscent of any cop show circa 1979.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rob Owen
    Tonight's season premiere does a fairly good job of wrapping up the sixth season finale and setting the stage to move forward but there's still a fair amount of cleanup to be done.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It all blends together in an entertaining, easily digestible hour.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Writer/series creator Julian Fellowes weaves together an engrossing tapestry of stories, although some of them stretch credulity or peter out.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    The Normal Heart sets up a bit of a “this happened, then this happened” rhythm that does not bode well. But just as quickly, the film gets this historical crutch out of its system and begins to explore in greater depth the characters and their relationships.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    It’s a series about the complications of life, relationships and especially perspective. It’s also the most innovative new TV series of 2014, especially from its fractured approach to storytelling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Revealing more of what makes these characters tick could remove some of the mystery about them, but Portlandia makes a compelling comedic case for offering this backstory.... The humor is broader and funnier in this half-hour [second episode] that also delivers some surprising plot twists whie acknowledging thier "logic problems."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Even on the rare occasions when those shows [like CSI or Law & Order] tell stories involving the death of a child, they're almost never as raw, palpable and grim as The Killing, an engrossing, well-made drama series that viewers should embrace despite its tough subject matter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Smart writing, talented actors playing realistic characters and a pace and cinematography reminiscent of HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show" or "Arli$ $ " make Sports Night one of only a handful of new series that warrant viewer attention. There's just one problem: It's a half-hour series that bears more resemblance to a drama than a sitcom. [22 Sept 1998, p.G-7]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    There's no question about the quality of this relentlessly suspenseful drama about former high school chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston), who turns to drug dealing to raise money for his family after he receives a terminal cancer diagnosis. Whether viewers can stand the nerve jangling they're in for as season two begins will be decided on an individual basis.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    It's a thought-provoking drama that doesn't in its first three episodes seek easy black-and-white answers or scapegoats, painting all its characters in varying shades of gray. And while the characters are flawed, they are not insufferable as on NBC's "The Slap."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rob Owen
    It's still a hugely entertaining show thanks to its charismatic lead actor and the tension that builds in its twisty-turny plots. But when a lead character is a murderous anti-hero, there's a fine line to walk between cheering a righteous vigilante and offering sympathy for the devil.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns tonight at 10 with an episode that misses the mark, but another upcoming episode offers more hilarity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    30 Rock is more manic than "Seinfeld," but its smart observations on political correctness, corporate culture and life in Manhattan make it an ideal heir. This Rock continues to roll.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show remains a chilly affair, which will probably limit its acceptance but for viewers who appreciate satire, particularly of a modern workplace, it's difficult to imagine a show on the subject that's funnier than Ted.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's a well-observed comedy that succeeds because it's so rooted in specificity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show pretty much picks up where it left off. Gone are the seasons when Justified would slowly run up to a serialized storyline with a few stand-alone episodes--I kind of miss those because the bad guys were so fleshed out for a TV show--instead jumping back into established storylines and jump-starting new ones..... The season premiere [is] a strong set-up episode.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Many viewers probably come to True Blood for the thrills and the romance but it's the humor that allows the show to rise a step above similar TV fare even as it falls short of HBO's loftier efforts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    This first episode back sets a lot of goals for itself: Remind viewers of the backstory, advance the plot from the cliffhanger, and introduce and resolve the murder-of-the-week. Daisies succeeds in accomplishing these tasks and even finds time for a "Sound of Music" shout-out as Olive pulls a Maria von Trapp en route to a nunnery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's an interesting and damning film but not as engrossing as HBO's recent "The Jinx" series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Putting Jackie in rehab actually works out well comedically, too, because she's surrounded by a new batch of odd characters to bounce off.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    While some plots on Downton Abbey may be more meaningful than others, nothing in season three rings as false a note as the Patrick-has-amnesia story in season two.

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