For 1,042 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,042 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Plot contrivances aside, the new season of Chuck gets off to a decent start as friendships rekindle (Chuck and best friend Morgan become roommates) and new parties get involved in subterfuge.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Gossip Girl offers a fun, juicy mix of popular music and melodrama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    This Bionic Woman pilot is a downbeat drag, but buried somewhere beneath all the moping is an intriguing show that might yet emerge.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show, although plenty entertaining, also feels like it's grasping to keep the drama of Tara's situation at a suitably heightened level while other character story arcs, most notably Marshall's, feel more believable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Not only do the other stories save True Blood--before you can get sick of Sookie and Bill, Blood shifts its focus to more interesting characters--but the show's persistent humor breaks through with enough frequency to have an impact.
    • 74 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The plot of tonight's premiere is silly and campy, but because The Middleman is based on a comic book, that's not altogether out of place. Whether this tone wears well over time remains to be seen, but in its first outing The Middleman rises above the middle-of-the-pack of scripted cable shows.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Privileged has the potential to be a largely positive, female-skewing series.
    • 61 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Stylista is a guilty pleasure thanks to its cast of catfighting, bickering characters, including one who is hospitalized following a panic attack in episode two.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Valentine, created by Kevin Murphy ("Desperate Housewives," "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical"), is fine but nothing special.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There's definitely some amusing moments but the show will have limited appeal.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    House of Saddam offers a fascinating but limited portrait of the Iraqi tyrant.
    • 62 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Some of the humor works less well--Martin playing five instruments while flipping through a sketch pad is more strange than funny--but Martin is clearly a smart guy and his intellectual humor succeeds more often than it fails.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Hung remains less of a comedy than HBO presents it as, but it's certainly more platable in season two.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    USA's Royal Pains is an amusing, enjoyable addition to basic cable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Like "Family Guy," The Cleveland Show jumps from the main plot to tangential asides often built around pop culture. But the show's tone is different because Cleveland is such a well-meaning, likable character.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Of the two new cop shows this week, Southland is the more serious and realistic. It also demonstrates the potential for greater depth in its exploration of characters and their stories.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There's a cool, no-nonsense attitude about Southland that may make it more challenging for viewers to embrace than some other shows, but this cop drama has so many strong performances and enough nuanced writing that it remains one of the better dramas currently in prime time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Parks was disappointing in its first year but tonight's episode and one airing next week--with a storyline inspired by the Henry Louis Gates-cop kerfluffle--show that the program is making steady, funny progress.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Smith is a winning TV star who's adept at scenes that require great empathy or a withering stare. Given time (and more realistic characterizations), Hawthorne may grow into a series worthy of her talents.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Tonight's pilot suffers from a few up-the-ante, "look-at-me!" moments, like when Coop grabs Jackie's breast and claims it's a nervous tic. Future episodes are more grounded and less desperate to shock for the sake of grabbing viewer (and network) attention, but they're no less enthralling with both drama and humor.