For 1,130 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 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,130 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    The right sitcom at the right time. Well-cast, well written and actually funny (imagine that!), this one's a keeper. [22 Sept 2003, p.D-8]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    TV viewers who watch Boss probably won't be disappointed and even those who are wary of latching onto a new series have reason to give the show a chance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    It's not easy viewing, but this series offers smart, challenging, character-driven drama at its finest.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Simply put, "Traffic" is the best non-HBO miniseries to come on TV in years. [25 Jan 2004]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Although a TV series about the trappings of sudden fame could be cliché, Mr. O’Malley roots the show in specific, believable characters that make Survivor’s Remorse one of the fall’s stand-out new shows.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    This new season gets off to a rousing start that lives up to high expectations.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    A smart, astute political thriller/soap worthy of comparison to the shows that air on HBO and Showtime.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    One of the fall's brightest new dramas.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Funny, insightful and seemingly realistic, Entourage will appeal to fans of character drama and behind-the-scenes voyeurs. [18 July 2004, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    It's the most thrilling premiere hour of "24" yet.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Better With You is a genuinely funny, well-acted traditional sitcom reminiscent of "Dharma & Greg" and other past successful romantic comedies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Easily the best of ABC's overly similar, large-cast ensemble dramas.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Rome wasn't built in a day, the saying goes, and that applies to this show, too. It's a slow build that requires some effort on the part of viewers, but after the first three episodes, I was hooked. [28 Aug 2005, p.TV-3]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    But most importantly, Scrubs has heart. Not the forced, icky sentimentality so often found in sitcoms, but earned moments that feel genuinely poignant. [2 Oct 2001, p.D-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    There is some pathos in Getting On with regard to the elderly patients, but that's seamlessly interwoven in the darkly funny personal stories of the hospital staff.

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