For 1,022 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 American Body Shop: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,022 tv reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Maintains the quality viewers have come to expect.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    If you like family dramas ...If you like cop shows ...If you like fantasy series ...If you like quality programs with complex characters, intelligent dialogue and a unique point of view, then you need to get acquainted with Joan of Arcadia, the best new broadcast series of the season. [26 Sept 2003, p.41]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    An engrossing new series with a fascinatingly unsympathetic character at its core. [14 Nov 2004, p.TV--5]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    "Battlestar Galactica" is one of the most politically relevant and necessarily bleak series on television today.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Another edge-of-your-seat thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    There are a fair number of leaps of logic in the light-hearted Torchwood and mysteries abound. The special effects are generally decent and the writing and characterizations leaps and bounds better than in "Flash Gordon," "Eureka" or "The Dresden Files," to name just a few pathetic contemporary sci-fi shows.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Eli Stone offers a well-stirred mix of character comedy, relationship drama, legal cases and musical numbers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Credit for building drama goes to screenwriter Kirk Ellis ("Into the West") and actor Paul Giamatti ("Sideways"). His intellectual, vain Adams is a reluctant rebel, tentative in his support of an American revolution, wary of insurgency and mob rule and defender of the tenets of American democracy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Brilliant. [21 Oct 2004]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    What's most important is that Homeland provides a smart, thrilling hour of entertainment for the next 12 weeks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    It's the most thrilling premiere hour of "24" yet.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]