For 1,322 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Good Wife: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 American Body Shop: Season 1
Score distribution:
1322 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It’s an entertaining pilot, full of surprises that should hook viewers and get them engaged for the subsequent 12 episodes. But there’s also the question of whether the show sets about spinning too many mysteries at once.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    If Vegas goes the "Good Wife" route and focuses on characters and politics, it could develop into a worthwhile series.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    When it comes to both character and story, there's really not much in "Conviction" viewers haven't seen before.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    With a witty script by series creator Michelle Lovretta, Lost Girl mixes mystery-of-the-week plots and character stories with an overarching mythology in a way that's palatable for fans of serialized and procedural dramas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Personally, I found "Arrested" funnier, but "Sons & Daughters" has its moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Like "30 Rock," "Barker" is more absurd and goofy than it is broadly funny, but it's definitely not as mainstream.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Producers of The CW's new series have taken the bones of the Nikita story and grafted on a new recruits sub-plot, sort of ideal for young CW audience, but it also makes for a convoluted series pilot that bounces around from one hollow story line to another.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Although this comedy-drama's premise sounds like the godawful Fox show "Costello" from a few seasons back, it's mercifully better. [1 Oct 2000, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Rob Owen
    Virtuality is a fascinating, over-stuffed pilot episode, and as intriguing as its concept is, you can see by the end of tonight's two-hour premiere why Fox passed on making it a weekly series.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Alternately goofy and smartly satirical, ["Freak Show"] may be the best companion to "South Park" Comedy Central has come up with yet.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    As entertainment, United States of Tara succeeds through humor, vivid characters and a stunning performance by Collette, who disappears into the roles of Tara's alters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The original French version of The Returned embraced spooky stillness, and the American version attempts to do this, too, but succeeds to a lesser extent. And while there’s at least a language barrier reason for remaking the French version of “The Returned”--unlike Fox’s “Gracepoint,” a remake of BBC America’s English-language “Broadchurch”--that’s still not enough creative justification for this identical, second version of the same show to exist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Although Collection Intervention is really no different than "Hoarders," putting a sci-fi/fantasy spin on it does make the show more relatable
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Writers Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider clearly know the source material they’re mocking and do a great job of getting laughs out of the absurdities of the “Real Housewives” shows. But sometimes the humor is dulled by the realization that while mockery can be fun, Hotwives still requires viewers to sit through “Real Housewives”-style inanity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It seems like the show will basically be a weekly dose of two-steps-forward-one-step-back for Ryan with Wilfred as his teacher/tormentor. Wilfred certainly has moments of high (and low) comedy but it's also hard to imagine the premise won't get stale pretty fast.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Cute and occasionally touching, About a Boy gets no points in its early episodes for originality or expanding the single-camera comedy form but it's a decent little show about flawed but essentially decent characters.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Viewers who like to snicker at cheesy TV movies will get a kick out of Shepherd's imperious and demanding take on Stewart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Big C does not arrive with as sturdy a foundation as "Nurse Jackie," an unusually well-developed show from the get-go, but Ms. Linney completely inhabits a role that's recognizable as a woman who is strong and unusually selfless--at least until her diagnosis.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Bates Motel developed into a watchable, character-driven thriller in its first season. As season two begins, it seems poised to maintain that same level of quality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Where "Studio 60" takes a scathing and indignant tone toward television, "30 Rock" offers a more sarcastic, less hackles-raised critique. It's also funnier and goofier.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Even as the show deals with serious issues--immigration, euthanasia--Weeds feels lighter and funnier in the new season.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Given the topic, Too Big to Fail might seem like a movie made only for policy wonks but even if you don't understand the finer points of monetary policy, it's still entertaining because it features that great equalizer in American popular culture: Wealthy, well-heeled people behave like jerks, allowing the less wealthy a certain superior satisfaction.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Perhaps in time Helix will develop into something more substantial but in its first two hours it sets up a lot of questions without providing answers or a compelling reason for viewers to stick with it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    "Housewives" appears to have gotten its humorous groove back. [22 Sep 2006]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    This story of two computer I.T. guys and their computer illiterate boss is overly obvious and plays on stereotypes in an over-the-top way that may have been au courant in the '80s but feels woefully dated today.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    From these four hours it's clear there are few new stories or twists for the show to employ. It's time has come and gone.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Company starts slowly and somewhat confused, but eventually it chugs its way to coherence as it becomes a decent little drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Ben and Kate has its moments of inspired, gonzo idiocy but mostly it's like spending a half-hour with someone you can't stand.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    As soaps go, The O.C. has its positive attributes, but the show is at its most enjoyable when it's focused on the family at the core. Anytime it strays into the world of the wealthy kids of Newport Beach in Orange County, Calif., it's almost painful because the characters are so detestable and yet bland. [3 Aug 2003, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As with any pilot, Longmire barely scratches the surface of the possible directions it could go but the premiere does an excellent job establishing a sense of place and character. It's enough to make a viewer want to return for more.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Beast, named after Barker's reference to his FBI job, seems like a pretty plain cop drama with added "Road House"-style grit until the end of the first hour, when a new wrinkle adds more intrigue.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's possible Wizard Wars will get old quickly if too many of the tricks contestants come up with look the same, but in this first episode anyway it's a fairly entertaining hour of TV.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There's enough to recommend about Copper that it's worth tuning in to see how the series develops.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The series performs a deft balancing act, creating sympathetic characters in a nontraditional family that viewers care about while making polygamy look like a much bigger relationship headache than any two-person union.
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    NBC only made the premiere available for review, so I can't offer any guarantees that subsequent episodes will not disappoint, but as a pilot, "The Event" gets this series off to a rollicking start.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It certainly should have been no longer than 41 minutes but even that seems a bit padded.... But 7 Days in Hell is often quite funny, particularly in its sillier moments.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    NBC's "Heroes" is the best pilot of fall 2006. Whether it continues to soar in future episodes remains to be seen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Set in the offices of Veridian Dynamics, a behemoth conglomerate, this single-camera, laugh-track-free comedy is the funniest show ABC has birthed in quite some time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    You can't shake the feeling that "Watching Ellie" is the most vain vanity project to hit TV in recent years.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    If you're not tapped out on this kind of show already, Cold Case is a sophisticated procedural drama with an engrossing mystery at its core. [27 Sept 2003, p.C-9]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There’s no question that Man Seeking Woman is not run-of-the-mill entertainment, but whether its weirdness will appeal or repel will depend largely on the openness of viewers to new, strange TV experiences.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    the new V begins with an entertaining, well-made pilot that tweaks aspects of the original story but generally retains many of the show's familiar elements.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Schumer is brash, outspoken, bold, raunchy and tomboyish enough to fit right in and her show is often quite funny for viewers (especially men) who are not easily offended.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a small character study about a large man who comes off as a terrorizing buffoon.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A little overheated, too obvious and too cliche-ridden. But it's still an entertaining yarn. [23 Sept 2003, p.B-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    CBS remakes Hawaii Five-0 as just another piece of turn-your-brain-off escapist fare, a loud, action-packed pilot with little heart and less humor.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The Borgias is an adequate soap but one that's also rife with missed opportunities.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's a pretty good introduction but there's no guarantee future episodes will live up to that positive first impression.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It’s difficult to judge The Almighty Johnsons from its pilot episode, but the blend of humor and Norse Gods lore does fit in well with Syfy’s penchant for light, fantasy dramas, but those series also tend to be fairly forgettable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Party Down can't decide if it wants to be smart-funny or dumb-funny. Maybe if it does, the party will truly begin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The first hour of Heroes of Cosplay is fairly interesting as a study of an unusual subculture. But just how many unique stories are there to be mined from the characters introduced?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Cute, light and--most importantly--funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    HBO's Recount is an entertaining political drama, one in which both Democrats and Republicans get dinged, but the film is clearly sympathetic toward the underdog Democrats.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Depending on your tolerance for edgy humor, 2 Broke Girls ain't broke, but a greater effort by the show's writers to be funny without being overly crude/cruel would help fix it for a broader audience.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Kings begins with a refined approach and grows more pedestrian in subsequent episodes. Still, there's plenty to love about this series that dances with symbolism--the butterfly on the Gilboa flag is not a mere adornment--and replaces clandestine backrooms with windowed board rooms.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's best not to think of Shameless as a deep, important show. Tune in for the character drama and recognize the characters' anti-social behavior for what it is. There's no shame in that.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    If Revenge can curb its more outlandish tendencies, this soap could become a welcome guilty pleasure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Some of the plot falls into the No-Good-Can-Come-From-This category, especially Jensen’s cover-up efforts and his willingness to call a truce with Kopus. But mostly The Red Road, written by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband,” “Prisoners”), is a thrilling enough, character-driven crime drama that doesn’t shy away from cultural explorations, especially through Ms. Tunie’s Earth Mother character.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Some viewers will be eager to get to more zombies, but the quicker the show does this, the less unique it will be. Episode two moves the plot forward faster--more characters begin to understand what “the infected” are capable of--which will appeal to those craving zombies, but is sure to disappoint anyone wanting this show to shamble its own way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Bates Motel takes a few episodes to get going as the writers build the world of White Pine Bay, and the story appears poised to really kick into a higher gear with a revelation at the end of the third episode. Up to this point Bates Motel is an OK character drama, but in building the broader world it inhabits the show begins to come into sharper focus.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Margulies is an ideal actress to carry off this icy role. Perhaps in the hands of a more deft writer, Canterbury's Law could be the edgy show it aspires to be instead of the common courtroom drama it is.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Overall [it] is more charming than hilarious.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's possible that Hung will lighten up as time goes on. The weak ending to Sunday's pilot is trite and feels like a half-hearted effort to be uplifting. It doesn't work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    In its pilot, Once Upon a Time succeeds on charm but comes up short on logic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In a cable universe where antiheroes dominate the scripted drama landscape, there's something reassuring about spending time with characters who, though flawed, usually try to do the right thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Beneath that glossy sheen, it seems like it will be a procedural crime show like so many other programs on CBS.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The humor in Other Space is largely of the absurd, what-would-happen-if-we-put-idiots-in-a-serious-space-setting variety. Sometimes the jokes hit, other times it feels like the kind of space opera I filmed with friends while in high school in the late 1980s.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The characters are engaging in their varying degrees of awfulness, and there appears to be plenty of story fodder for years to come.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Make no mistake, "3 Lbs." is a show that will better appeal to the CBS audience than "Smith" did, but it's a pretty generic show.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show is subtitled, which helps viewers understand the thick accents and British slang, but the whole thing is a bit nihilistic and the characters come across as somewhat debased.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's more cheekily amusing than hilarious and full of comedy-of-the-uncomfortable moments.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The question becomes will more screen time allow the Big Secret to make sense? That will determine if the whole of Wayward Pines is ultimately worth watching. If nothing else, the first five hours are at turns intriguing, mysterious, engrossing and spooky.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    David Alan Grier, star of the new Chocolate News gets points for moxie, but the series fails on too many other counts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The solution to whodunit ends satisfactorily and in keeping with the book. The leads, though, display little chemistry, and that’s something Jane Austen’s sensibilities would never have allowed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Overall, it's a mixed bag as Nurse Jackie settles into what will surely be its latter years without its creators at the helm.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Unlike last month's ABC Family misfire "Make It or Break It," 10 Things contains clever dialogue that's rooted in its characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    After suffering through too many poorly written, dramatically empty episodes of "Star Trek: Voyager," I was dreading the launch of UPN's "Enterprise" precisely because it came from "Voyager" executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. Maybe it's the diminished expectations or maybe they've actually come up with something decent, but tonight's two-hour "Enterprise" premiere is surprisingly satisfying. [26 Sep 2001]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Though the storytelling isn't groundbreaking, the setting is unusual by mainstream TV standards.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The first episode runs two hours and sets up all the characters, their relationships and backgrounds. It presents a serialized show with a lot of potential for growth and interesting plot possibilities, especially considering a scene at the end of the premiere that raises a whole host of questions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Sons of Liberty seems to get the broader strokes of history correct, but viewers who see the devil in the details will howl with laughter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Rob Owen
    The Grey's Anatomy writers acknowledge last season's ratings decline by offering a parallel plot that finds Seattle Grace's ranking as a teaching hospital suffering in tonight's entertaining and ridiculous-in-the-regular-Grey's-ways two-hour season premiere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    There's no question this intriguing, seductive series is set to a slow boil. ... But this series picks up its pace in future episodes. Anyone taken with the dark mystery of "Twin Peaks" or "American Gothic" is advised to stay tuned.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Through the first three episodes of season two, Tyrant continues to suffer its share of problems, most notably failing miserably when it comes to characters making realistic, believable choices. But viewers tuning in for just an engaging soap opera, which it is, may be willing to cut the show some slack.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Animal Kingdom, based on a 2010 Australian film of the same title, won’t be to everyone’s taste, but fans of dark, family criminal enterprise shows (think: “Sons of Anarchy,” “Outsiders”) might be intrigued.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Mom is a bit all over the place in its pilot.... The show is at its best when the focus is on Christy and her relationship with her own mother, Bonnie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The Defenders is a standard-issue legal drama, but Mr. Belushi and Mr. O'Connell bring a playful exuberance to their roles that allows the series to rise above its trappings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Enlisted is often still funny and the bond among the brothers is sweet without getting too cloying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The River lacks the sophistication of "Lost" but its formula is more flexible than recent Fox addition "Alcatraz."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    While Ms. Alexander is an appealing lead actress, Blindspot feels like a too familiar, warmed-over series premise even though it’s the only “original” series concept among the three thrillers debuting in the next two days.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In its second half the Ballers pilot finds its footing and the show’s trajectory becomes clear, playing like an entertaining mix of HBO’s “Entourage” and “Arli$$” and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse.”
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The pieces may be familiar, but there are enough new elements that prevent this series from feeling like a total rip-off.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's not groundbreaking TV, but the pilot does a good job of introducing the characters, their relationships, their potential relationships.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    By no means a great show, The Bridge is at least a little bit different from most police procedurals.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    [Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are] both terrible people in a myriad ways, and yet, they really seem to connect, which allows “You’re the Worst” to evince an acidic sweetness through its bleakness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A pleasant surprise. [26 Jun 2003]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Prime Suspect improves as the hour goes on. The guys' attitude toward Jane evolves.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    They're a largely unlikable lot of crooked cops, adulterers and Hopper's long-winded, nutso music mogul. It's one thing to spend a movie with these characters, but it's quite another to tune in for 13 weeks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Hung remains less of a comedy than HBO presents it as, but it's certainly more platable in season two.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As long as you're OK with comedy-of-the-uncomfortable, then IFC's The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is by far the funnier of the two David Cross-Will Arnett series airing this fall (the other being Fox's "Running Wilde").
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The show's premise has enormous potential--it's essentially a live-action version of "The Incredibles," about a family that gains superpowers--but Tuesday's premiere disappoints with its slow-moving plot and whiny characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Viewers who don't mind being dragged along for a ride, who are gluttons for punishment ("X-Files" faithful, perhaps), may want to join in John Doe's search. For the rest of us, Doe will remain the personification of an unsolved mystery. [20 Sept 2002, p.40]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The premise, though bold, isn't as revolutionary as the "24" format, and the pilot is seriously lacking in thrills for an alleged thriller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Tries too hard to be tough, but fans of crime dramas might get hooked anyway. [12 Jun 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Surviving Jack allows for a smidgen of heartfelt earnestness now and again, but it’s less heartwarming than the steadily-improving “The Goldbergs” because at heart Surviving Jack is the one-joke premise of its title: My dad’s a jerk.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Gleefully absurd and filled with terrific comic performances--Wiig and Rudolph are stand-outs in the first two episodes--The Spoils Before Dying marks another winning offbeat comedy from IFC.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Humor is woven throughout The Dead Zone, particularly in scenes between Smith and his physical therapist, Bruce Lewis (John L. Adams), who helps update him on what happened during his long sleep. [16 June 2002, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Smart, thrilling and politically timely, "Sleeper Cell" works overtime to mix believable character drama with jolts of surprising plot twists.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    While there may still be doubts about the sustainability of The Leftovers, it clearly seems to be moving in a positive direction creatively even as the show’s overall tone grows more pessimistic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Despite a poor job of establishing its characters and their relationships (wait, those two aren't a couple?), The Ex-List begins with a strong, romantic premise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In its first hour, at least, Major Crimes appears to be making a pretty seamless transition.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rob Owen
    It's not a great show but it's not a terrible teen drama, not by a long shot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Expanse is pure space opera with political and cultural undertones that aren’t always communicated well, but there are compelling enough stories in the foreground that perhaps in time the detailed universe the series attempts to build will become clearer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The obvious, soapy stories plod along at a too-languid pace, leaving talented actors in their wake.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's more an intellectual, in your head, "hey, that's clever," than a laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    While it's hard to imagine that the show won't continue if it's a hit, Sunday's premiere marks an inauspicious debut that ignores the sound advice given to all writers: show, don't tell.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    For fans of "Mad Men," Trust Me offers a modern, more recognizable ad agency world but the tone of TNT's series is completely different. It is not "Mad Men: The Next Generation," not by a long shot. And the show's quality lags leaps and bounds behind.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    In its first two episodes, AHS returns as a creepy, spooky jolt of unpredictable storytelling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In its first two episodes, Playing House does a nice job slowly building out its world and introducing an assortment of amusing, oddball characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    There's nothing wrong with TV Land trying to revive the old-school, multi-camera sitcom but the pilot for this show wouldn't have cut it in the 1980s.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Roth's Lightman is not nearly the curmudgeon Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) is, nor is he as entertaining, but Lie to Me has the makings of a fine procedural for viewers who can't seem to get enough of this type of series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    There's an appeal to the gentle spirit of Derek but it would have a stronger pull if the plotting was less dull.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's a cute show, but the premise is so paper-thin you have to wonder how the writers will sustain "Knights" for a full season, let alone many years, if successful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Tonight's extended episode--it runs until 11:15 p.m.--comes off as the trashier, less sophisticated cousin to "Project Runway." If that's the appeal of "Runway," then have at it. But if you're a design fan, The Fashion Show may prove to be an unfashionable disappointment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Ridiculous, and somewhat predictable. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Some of his jokes--about the pope’s privates, AIDS and Whitney Houston’s relationship with crack--probably gave an equal number of viewers reason for concern about taste, or elation that Mr. Noah will not pull punches. Senior Mars correspondent Roy Wood Jr. (“Sullivan & Son”) made a strong first impression joking about which black celebrities might get a chance to visit Mars.... Mr. Noah’s least interesting segment was an interview with comic actor Kevin Hart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Terra Nova walks a fine line and how well it manages to stay on that path will likely determine its ultimate success or failure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Sunday's premiere is a little dull, but future episodes have more entertainment value. Still, you have to be a fan of neuroses humor for Bored to have much comedic impact.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In such rare instances [in the second episode], Breaking Bad achieves a perfect moment of nerdy believability, but too often the series fails to provide details that would help explain its characters' illogical choices.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show is unlikely to win Emmys but it is worth a few chuckles, spurred on by actresses in an age bracket not generally associated with leading roles on network sitcoms.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    most importantly, The Office is generally funnier than it was last season.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Brothers & Sisters" may find a way to streamline its storytelling and allow viewers to more easily sort out the huge cast of characters (there are at least 10 series regulars), or it may remain an unwieldy mess. Time will tell.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Backstage antics are what's supposed to make "Kitchen Confidential" hilarious, but instead the characters just come off as juvenile.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's a familiar concept that elicits some minor laughs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Future episodes elevate the Belle and Ben relationship to a more complicated place, which bears some promise and may give Secret Diary the distinction it lacks in early episodes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    A thoroughly enjoyable series, the kind that makes you smile throughout and occasionally burst out laughing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    This comedy has its moments, particularly in scenes featuring Ms. Brandt and Mr. Fox, but too often the stories, as in Thursday’s 9:30 episode feel like they’re straight out of Sitcom 101.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It gets bogged down by so many procedural elements that all the character moments get squished and forced out around the edges, resulting in an uninteresting blob of an overly familiar TV show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Writer/creator Nancy Miller ("Any Day Now") imbues the show with touches both subtle and a little overwrought but the divine "Grace" still offers stronger characters and better stories than many other summer series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Pretty much every character and character trait will be old-hat to regular TV viewers but director Tim Matheson makes the pilot episode hang together pretty well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Big C feels much more alive, even though it's a show about a woman, Cathy (Laura Linney), who's dying of stage 4 cancer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's not deep, meaningful TV, but Falling Skies is OK summer entertainment for fans of breezy, things-blow-up-easy programming.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Librarians lacks the fun of the first film--seeing Flynn learn to be an adventurer --and feels predictable and rote.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show conjures the most laughs when Mr. Gervais is on screen, but his presence doesn't mesh naturally with Warwick's world.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    With its title and premise, Trophy Wife is not an immediately likable show but some of the jokes land well and the kid characters are fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Sunday's pilot episode introduces a love interest (Kiele Sanchez) and also offers a plot that takes a surprising left turn. It's a welcome detour but with such standard-issue characters, it will be difficult for The Glades to stand out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Hotel Hell is entertaining enough if you're not too picky about overproduced "reality" shows.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's actually the supporting characters who make Breaking Greenville the most fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Gratuitous elements aside, Strike Back is a decent enough cops 'n' terrorists drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    There's too much emphasis on fictional scientific theories and not enough character development to make the few scares in "Threshold" worth a two-hour commitment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The writing in "Old Christine" is occasionally funny in a low-key way, but too often the show is a bore.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The pilot is a pretty solid hour of television, setting up the show's premise and in several instances defying TV norms with plot twists viewers won't see coming.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's a rollicking adventure with decent special effects and better stories and character development than, say, Sci Fi Channel's "Eureka."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If only what's new about Scandal was supported by something better than blah writing, ludicrous situations and cardboard characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    At one time, it was possible to enjoy Nurse Jackie even for viewers who were over Jackie's drama because the supporting cast was so much fun. There's something less entertaining about them these days, too. Their plots sometimes feel like a stretch, as if the writers are grasping for stories for them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Pretty funny. Pretty profane, too, but still funny, and a better-realized weekly program than last week's Showtime comedy premiere, "Weeds."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Conan O'Brien debuted his new talk show, Conan, on TBS last night and it didn't feel all that different from the show O'Brien debuted last year on NBC under "The Tonight Show" banner.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The series does hint at Carlisle's motivation, and maybe the show will get more interesting once his reasons for wanting the president dead are revealed, but the pilot doesn't exactly demand viewers tune in for episode two.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It’s not as well done and not nearly as funny or relatable [as Modern Family].
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Carmichael Show improves as it goes, especially when veteran performers Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier come on screen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    A highly entertaining and addictive costume drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    After watching the first two episodes it's a little difficult to say what the show will be on a weekly basis because each of the first two episodes plays like the pilot for two different TV series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The first two half-hour episodes, airing at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, are less raucous and seemingly more adult than the film. There's more attention to character development; Jabba the Hutt's flamboyant uncle isn't anywhere to be found.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It’s an interesting construction; “La Ronde”-style storytelling is not something seen regularly in prime-time so for the uniqueness of the form viewers can be grateful. But the same setting and two-character focus in every episode makes for a somewhat stifling viewing experience compared to the typical prime-time drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A cute half-hour that capably introduces new characters and sets the table for the new series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Touch feels like yet another series--last week it was Alcatraz--that seemed like a better idea for a one-shot movie than a weekly TV series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    He's dashing, she's beautiful, and the show is fairly entertaining. But Undercovers adds nothing to the spy show genre.
    • 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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The problem with Sense8 is that it’s glacially paced and not nearly as riveting as it thinks it is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Provocative and occasionally insightful--except with Whitney Cummings brays with laughter--The Approval Matrix is like "The McLaughlin Group" for pop culture junkies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Much of the comedy comes out of that type of awkwardness but Doll & Em is less a comedy-of-the-uncomfortable series (a la a female "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and more just kind of slow and boring.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The problem with the show is that it's pretty dull, particularly if you've ever watched any of the similar shows that preceded Alphas. None of the characters feel new, nor do the situations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    True Blood is a sexy affair that sets up an entirely believable world where humans and vampires co-exist. It's a soap, to be sure, but a soap with an eye for social commentary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    At first glance... it comes off as silly sci-fi, a not-so-intriguing series that wades into all-too-similar waters as two other fall shows. The difference in this one is that the water is noticeably more shallow.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The L Word is a better written series than "Queer as Folk" and seems less exploitative. Sex is a predominant theme, but relationships are presented as more important. Where the "Queer" boys often couple only for pleasure, most of the L Word characters are equally, if not more, interested in love. [16 Jan 2004, p.W-37]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    House of Lies is not a revolutionary show, but it is a fun study of men behaving badly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Te pilot episode was written by Michaela Watkins ("Trophy Wife") and Damon Jones ("Peep Show"), who write to Ms. Coupe's comedic strengths while also peppering the background with amusing comic gags (viewers who pay closer attention will reap the most laughs from "Benched"). A second episode sent for review was less funny than the pilot and the plot was also a head-scratcher.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's difficult to imagine many "Dancing" viewers will be suckered into watching this unimaginative, predictable comedy series for more than the first couple of minutes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    United Stats of History feels like it's a show that wants to be 30 minutes that's been stretched to fill an hour.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show was never entirely believable and the conceit of having episodes set during actual events--where the characters and/or viewer perceptions benefit from hindsight--felt like a cheat even though it could sometimes also be thought-provoking. The third-season premiere doesn’t shy away from this.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The 100 offers up a well-conceived society on the Ark that brims with conflict and moral dilemmas that’s paired with the unexpected discoveries of frontier exploration on Earth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Jousting on ATVs aside, there’s not a lot of exciting, forward plot momentum in the first few episodes, but later episodes spend more time with characters in town, and episode four includes a plot twist that will either make viewers sit up and take notice or prompt them to turn off the TV.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    There’s an odd-couple vibe to Vicious, though it’s also a big, broad comedy reminiscent of Frasier if Niles and Frasier were a bickering gay couple instead of brothers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Taken on its own, Marry Me offers a fast-moving, often hilarious debut episode that traffics in pop culture references as it establishes Annie as the loon and Jake as the tolerant, abiding guy who loves her.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In its early going, it's a fun, summer TV frivolity--an entertaining enough hour of TV that sneaks in moments of social satire.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If Firefly weren't from Joss Whedon, the talented, respected creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," this review would probably be a lot more dismissive. Because of his track record -- six seasons of "Buffy," five of them good; the successful and ultimately distinctive spinoff series "Angel" -- Firefly gets the benefit of the doubt despite an inauspicious debut. It's not good, it's not bad, it's just so-so. [20 Sept 2002, p.40]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The Lying Game is not great television by any means but it's an adequate teen soap filled with attractive performers playing characters much younger than their actual ages, something the target audience for this type of series has come to expect.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Most of the young, relatively untested actors in Ground Floor are not nearly as talented at creating endearing characters; in the first two episodes the characters are mostly just ciphers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The dull Descendants.... just seems like a widget--albeit an occasionally cute, harmless widget--churned out by the Disney machine.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's marginally more engrossing/less ridiculous in its pilot than CBS's fall flop, "Hostages."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    In Tuesday's pilot, New Amsterdam reveals itself as a pedestrian cop show with a vampire-like lead character
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Hell on Wheels is not a bad show, but it's also not engrossing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a mixed bag of un-PC attempts at blue collar humor as four guys yak and try to avoid doing their jobs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A funny enough comedy with a predictable premise that manages to surprise by often taking an unpredictable path.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    I watched two episodes and with the exception of one riveting segment on security failures pre-9/11, I was bored out of my gourd.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Traffic Light seems to want to be a male "Sex and the City" or "Entourage" without the Hollywood backdrop. But the scrapes these guys get into are more recognizable and more cliched than what the "Entourage" guys encounter.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    After two hours, Mob City gets its hooks into viewers and should leave many begging for more. But it takes some time to get there.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    The biggest problem with "so noTORIous" is that the laughs, when they come, are few and far between.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Judging by three episodes sent for review, the[se] course corrections work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Although the subject matter is darker than usual for USA, series creator Sean Jablonski manages to find lighter moments so that Satisfaction is not a depress-a-thon.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Always an acquired taste -- one most likely to be acquired by the politically incorrect -- this new "Guy" is just as rude, attention deficit disordered and funny as past episodes. [28 Apr 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    I know "Survivor." I watch "Survivor." You, "Big Brother," are no "Survivor." [7 Jul 2000]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Detroit 1-8-7 is disappointingly generic. It's not a show that compels viewers to tune in on a weekly basis, but die-hard cop show fans may be satisfied.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's an (occasionally) frothy mix -- comedic moments tumble into serious scenes of forensic examination -- that's not altogether terrible, but neither does it beg to be watched on a regular basis.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    For viewers willing to give themselves over to whimsy and let go of any expectation that they're watching characters who resemble real-life human beings, this comedy has its minor charms.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's an entertaining enough diversion that may grow more intriguing as other series end their season-long runs next month and viewers become more desperate for fresh entertainment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Celebrity Apprentice is pretty much in its typical form, which is to say, craziness involving mostly D-list celebrities, including NeNe Leakes, Star Jones, Lisa Rinna, Gary Busey, Mark McGrath and "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    In practice, Grandfathered is cute but forgettable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The first couple of Gracepoint episodes follow the same plot [as "Broadchurch"]--even some of the same camera angles in some scenes--with such stringency it will be difficult for "Broadchurch" viewers to avoid a sense that this new show is a rerun.... For the murder-mystery fans [who haven't seen "Broadchurch"] among them, Gracepoint is fine, but they’d be better off seeking out the superior "Broadchurch."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    You may not come away knowing whether you like it, but you won't be bored.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The pilot looks great, offers an intriguing plot and effortlessly introduces the show's characters and premise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Mike & Molly has more of the crude humor of "Men" than "Big Bang" had at the start, but it's offset by a sweetness in the lead characters that makes this sitcom a welcome addition to CBS's Monday night laughter lineup.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show clearly wants to be like the movie “Soapdish,” but Telenovela can’t quite pull it off. A second episode is considerably less funny than the pilot, a danger sign. The pilot episode has fun riffing on TV stars with swelled heads and telenovela camera trick clichés, and it all plays to Ms. Longoria’s comedic strengths.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Smart and consistently funny, ABC’s The Muppets is the closest any broadcast network gets to a comedy home run this fall.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    It's the most thrilling premiere hour of "24" yet.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's too soon to declare Worst Week the fall's best new sitcom, but if the show's writers can find a way to sustain its seemingly unsustainable premise, it may overcome all doubts. It's certainly off to a strong start.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's just kind of meh and a TV show with a devil at the center should be more fun than that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    To be sure, The Office is an acquired taste and sometimes a challenge to watch. Still, it's at least a worthy follow-up to the original, and it attempts to plot its own course in future episodes. [23 Mar 2005, p.E-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    "Black. White." makes you think, makes you want to have a conversation about racial issues and makes you examine your own beliefs and biases. How often does a TV show do that?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Funny enough and real enough, The Real O’Neals fits in well with ABC’s established Wednesday night comedies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Town of the Living Dead, though entertaining, does not feel at all real.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    I'm still not sold on watching the show. I still think I might prefer to listen to the podcasts instead. The animation adds some humor but probably not enough to justify adding this series to my already overbooked TV viewing schedule.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "Eureka" just doesn't rise to a "Northern Exposure" level of quality.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Like other Sci Fi shows of the recent past (think: "Eureka"), Warehouse 13 begins with a strong concept and suffers from weak execution.
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Writer/creator Patrick Sean Smith gives Greek a greater sense of light-hearted fun that seems more authentic to the real-world experience of college as "the best years."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show suffers from fakey scenes of Joe and his team in the office--they feel pretty staged--but when Maddalena is out meeting people who want to sell the Hollywood memorabilia they own, Hollywood Treasure is a lot of fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's comfortable, uncomplicated, unchallenging entertainment, which makes it ideal for Hallmark's brand. Fans of Hallmark's movies will enjoy it; viewers who want to be more engaged and absorbed by a program may be bored.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It is mostly humorless, grave sci-fi, but in the pilot the best moments are the most human.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's the characters of Banshee and their labyrinth of relationships that make the show an engrossing, entertaining portrait of a fictional small town.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Mr. Kinnear certainly has the charm to play this rakish character, and the overstuffed pilot introduces a lot of characters who might help propel the series' stories in the future. But if "House" is the model, Rake is a somewhat stale successor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's not terrifically awful, but it's also not as reliably fun as Scrubs was in its prime.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A fun, entertaining action show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If Mr. Goyer fumbles the pilot in introducing Leonardo's world, he salvages the endeavor in episode two with a good story about da Vinci's inventions for the Medicis.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Maybe in an airy Broadway theater the issues the show attempts to explore would play better, but on TV The Slap suffocates, packed with too many awful characters I don't want to spend another moment watching.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    House of Saddam offers a fascinating but limited portrait of the Iraqi tyrant.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    I kept watching last year and I'll probably keep watching this year, although I think the show is already starting to repeat itself.
    • 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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    If plot is incidental to your enjoyment of a show--and especially if you're already a fan of Ms. Thorne's all-in acting style--then Necessary Roughness offers OK entertainment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    There's no question that A Gifted Man is the network's best, most creatively successful effort in the past five years.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Through the show's first four episodes, an unexpected love triangle develops among three of Carroll's devotees that's tinged with unexpected sexual politics and questions about sexual identity. It's the only aspect of 'The Following' that feels fresh. Too bad this plot only serves as a side dish; the main course is the same old reheated serial killer/crime solver hash.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A mixed bag. Diagnosis: Some good dialogue, but it also suffers from a mild case of predictability.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Entourage offers a reason for fans to be encouraged about the quality of its last episodes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    If you're looking for a smart, brain-massaging sitcom, watch NBC's Thursday night lineup. If you're just seeking a few (sometimes cheap) laughs, Sherri provides.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The series does try to develop its characters, but Galavant never quite finds a way to ideally pull together its gonzo comedic spirit and musical aspirations.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The new season’s more-is-more approach feels forced. Even the pretentiousness seems turned up a notch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    My Own Worst Enemy sets up what could be an overly complicated premise and miraculously makes it all seem perfectly acceptable and clear by the end of the first hour.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Eli Stone offers a well-stirred mix of character comedy, relationship drama, legal cases and musical numbers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As with any pilot, there are questions about whether the show's initially strong production values and special effects will remain high quality in subsequent episodes. And it remains to be seen how the characters and their relationships will develop. But at least Teen Wolf puts its best foot, er, paw forward.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's disappointing that Kenny felt the need to make this series so far over the top, because at its core, there's a great family show worth watching.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "Meadowlands" demands too much of a slog for too little in return.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A not-awful but not-great drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s not so bloody to turn off viewers coming to it from lead-in “Downton Abbey,” but it’s also not so mercenary in its attempts to be compatible that it seems watered down.
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Given time, Stargate Universe may become worth watching if it develops its characters and continues to mine its premise for stories. Just hope they avoid more desert planets.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Having watched the first two episodes, I'm pleasantly surprised to say: It worked.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Charmed has none of the wit or intelligence that characterizes The WB's superior supernatural series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but "Charmed" is an OK drama for the post-"Sabrina" crowd. [7 Oct 1998, p.E-4]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The humor in Eastbound is a far cry from the cerebral comedy currently en vogue on shows like "The Office" and "30 Rock," but that doesn't mean Eastbound can't do sly humor that falls left of center.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Whispers had the potential to be an intriguing, supernatural soap, but by episode two, it proves itself to be one of those series where the audience is, frustratingly, frequently one step ahead of the characters. That's not fun; it's boring, which is the last thing a supernatural thriller should be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The Unusuals offers an odd combo platter of tones that don't allow the show to jell in its premiere episode.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Rob Owen
    A disapointing and largely laughless comedy set in an upscale New York City hotel.... Do Not Disturb? Try, Do Not Watch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The New Normal is at its funniest when it's most outrageous; other times it feels as if it might have worked better as a one-shot movie than a weekly TV series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The first three hours have all the edge-of-your-seat thrills that marked the show's first season. [9 Jan 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    While the flashbacks deepen the characters, some elements are smack-you-in-the-head obvious. Still, the stylization of the story is impressive as is the way Rodriguez, who wrote and directed the premiere, introduces the robber characters, the more level-headed Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his possibly crazy/possibly prescient brother, Richie (Zane Holtz).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Goode really does feel too much like the flip side of "King of the Hill." The humor comes from the opposite point of view but it's still a too-similar-to-stand-on-its-own comedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A fairly standard family sitcom that rises above its pedestrian premise thanks to star Cristela Alonzo, a comedian who makes a favorable impression in this series about an Hispanic Texas family.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The pilot episode for "life" is really interesting; unfortunately two subsequent episodes are not as commendable. ... The direct address to the camera begins to grate, and the whole show is not different enough from teen shows of the past. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Later episodes are funny enough. Perhaps it’s just the usual early episode growing pains.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    BrainDead is an entertaining enough summer distraction through its first three episodes, but it’s no “Good Wife.”
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Not wild enough, not funny enough, Wedding Band comes off as merely OK entertainment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Dull and sometimes confusing--why are those British soldiers loyal to the Red Coats not wearing red?--the 90-minute premiere too often encourages viewers to turn away in boredom or frustration.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Doc Brown has his own clashes, particularly with Dr. Abbott (Tom Amandes), the town's sole general practitioner before his arrival. Abbott is a caricature, over-the-top in his arrogance. He does everything short of twirling a mustache to shout, "I'm the bad guy!" This is where "Everwood" hits a bump....With such realism in the relationship between Ephram and his father, it's a shame series creator and writer Greg Berlanti ("Dawson's Creek") went down such a conventional, only-on-TV path in creating this other adversarial relationship. [16 Sept 2002, p.B-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "The Good Guys" isn't really good but it is OK if all you seek from TV is bland, comfortable entertainment--the same type of program you were watching 30 years ago.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    "Soul Food" arrives at full boil. It's a cross between "Sisters" and "Providence" and better written than both.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Childhood's End is more thought-provoking than many Syfy miniseries of the recent past even as it stumbles through plot holes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A decent but slightly pedestrian family drama that throws off a "Brothers & Sisters" vibe whenever its sibling characters are in the same room.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    I only made it through the first hour and then I gave up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    On a scale of TV series that shoot for the high end of mediocre, USA's Suits fares far better than the recently introduced TNT legal drama "Franklin & Bash." The guys in Suits are more likable, and the legal stories a little more grounded in reality.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    This new season seems more forced than usual.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    USA's Royal Pains is an amusing, enjoyable addition to basic cable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    There's little that's magical about the cold, poorly paced Magicians pilot. It takes 16 minutes until Quentin arrives at Brakebills and feels longer. The pilot is rife with drab colors and while the story has potential, it made me want to go find the book rather than watch more of the TV series.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A small town, character-driven drama that’s enjoyable enough even if the characters are not entirely believable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s entirely possible The Last Ship could turn out to be a cruise to nowhere, but in its first three episodes, it’s at least a fun ride.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll may not be easy to swallow, but it digests comfortably.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Of the couples comedies to debut so far this midseason--NBC's "Perfect Couples" in January, Fox's "Traffic Light" last week--CBS's "Mad Love" (8:30 tonight, KDKA-TV) is probably the best. That's not to say it's a great show, but it is the least groan-inducing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The easily offended should steer clear, but viewers with an appreciation for outrageous humor are likely to have a good laugh watching Little Britain USA.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Fans of legal dramas should be intrigued by Phil Spector, a well-paced 90-minute character-driven film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    "Shark"... is clearly a "House" imitator, but a pretty crisp copy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Fans of zombies and the absurd may want to tune in but there's nothing funny or interesting enough in Ugly Americans to keep me coming back.

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