For 1,410 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Affair: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse
Score distribution:
1410 tv reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    An animated series with an odd mix of historical figures and parodies of teen-appeal TV, advertising and music. It's a bizarre combination, to be sure, but it works. [12 Jan 2003, p.D-3]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Last summer Oxygen's The Glee Project proved a better TV show that Fox's "Glee" and it appears that may be more true in the show's second season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    With A Year in the Life, there actually is a plot that propels the characters forward and that might be the highest praise possible for any TV revival.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's a true character piece with top-notch acting all around. [21 Mar 2004, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's a sensitive, one-hour portrait of three teens: one gay, one lesbian, one transgender.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    An exhilarating, fast-paced competition filled with colorful characters, "The Amazing Race" is a pulse-pounding good time.
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's mysterious and exciting, a suspenseful and tense action-drama. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Did the new network screw up the show? Not that I could tell from the incomplete first episode sent for review (no judge's remarks or eliminations).
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It’s a mammoth, epic undertaking that starts with a smart opening episode. “Déjà Vu,” beautifully written by Geoffrey C. Ward, manages to both deliver the expected (images of Vietnam, first-person accounts of fear and heroism in combat) and the unexpected (a history of the conflict that drills down beyond the immediate run-up all the way back to the beginning of French colonialism in 1858).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Season two pulls viewers back on board with intriguing plot twists, more light moments and strong performances.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Issa’s troubles--and Insecure itself--feel authentic even if the series is only intermittently funny.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Smart, clever and punctuated with moments of warmth that avoid treacle, ABC’s Downward Dog delivers delightful comedy thanks to an angsty canine character with a psyche that is more human than mutt.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The show creates tension--through atmosphere and characters the audience cares about--and offers so many make-you-jump scares that by the end of an episode, you're left breathless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    In its first two episodes, season two of Saul offers a welcome return to form.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Entertaining in a sober-minded, educational way, Victorian Slum House offers an illuminating history lesson without getting preachy or dull.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    A highly entertaining and addictive costume drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Executive producer David Eick said, "We wanted to make it less about escapism and more about moral complexity and great characters." In its early episodes, Caprica certainly succeeds in achieving those goals.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Atmospheric and strange (images of power lines abound for no discernible reason), Durham County is not much of a murder mystery--viewers know who the killer(s) are by the end of the first episode--but it is an intriguing crime drama that's more character-driven than it is procedural.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Saul isn’t a failure at all. Instead, Saul feels like a series with many of the hallmarks of classic “Breaking Bad” episodes that’s set in the familiar “Bad” universe, emphasizing a similar vibe that mixes personal drama with dark comedy.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's edgier than "7th Heaven," but not so edgy that parents will be turned off. It also expands the definition of a family and realistically shows the complexity of intergenerational relationships. [5 Oct 2000, p.D-6]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The series retains its trademark flash forwards that signal murders and/or deceits yet to be revealed. It's one of the show's more operatic touches but this time the revelation, a fantastic and personal driver for stories, feels less like an attempt to manipulate the audience and more rooted in the plausible.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Next week's episode has more taut scenes than tonight's premiere, which has to lay the groundwork for the season. No surprise -- last season, it took several episodes before "24" began to live up to its promise. [29 Oct 2002]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Underemployed is one of the most enjoyably upbeat twentysomething scripted dramas to hit prime time in ages.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The Tick"is a funny, creative show and a risk worth taking. It's disappointing Fox has so little faith in these oddball superheroes. [8 Nov 2001, p.E-4]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    An engrossing, humanizing portrait of the British monarch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Smart and well-acted with clearly defined heroes and villains--all painted in varying shades of gray--this Chicago-set show feels familiar and new at the same time.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    In its first two episodes, AHS returns as a creepy, spooky jolt of unpredictable storytelling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Mockingbird Lane is funny, fanciful, a visual treat and, perhaps surprisingly, full of heart.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Big Love succeeds in entertaining through the nuance of its characters, especially perpetually seething Nicki (Chloe Sevigny, queen of the slow burn), one of the three wives of Salt Lake City businessman Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton).
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Despite how outlandish some of the scenarios become, they remain relatable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Wise is one lucky devil. And so are viewers who appreciate lighthearted, supernatural dramas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The first half-hour is all setup, and while entertaining in its own way, with just one character, it's insular and unlike anything else on TV, which is always a tough sell for viewers conditioned to expect more of the same. The second episode gives Phil a much-needed sparring partner, which is funnier than the gags during his solitary existence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's occasionally randy and sophomoric, but there are also some smarts and heart mixed in.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Fans of the original are likely to enjoy this follow-up, which improves in succeeding episodes after the somewhat lackluster first entry and those who scratched their heads at the movie are likely to have the same reaction to this prequel series.
    • 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."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Happy Endings excels at fearless humor that's sometimes shocking, not because it's gratuitous, but because it's an unexpected surprise--and a welcome one at that.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    A funny, bizarre high concept comedy about a support group for alien abductees.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Terrific performances make it a movie worth seeing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Often profane and occasionally offensive, Louie won't be to every viewer's taste, but it's a more interesting show than many with a definitive point of view.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's so funny and so well-done on so many levels, the Conchords definitely deserve to be discovered by a wide TV audience.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's a clever, funny hour that's written in rhyme with imaginative songs threaded throughout.
    • 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.)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The Middle is funny enough to merit a weekly visit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    How sadly true and truly funny. [25 Sept 2001, p.C-1]
    • 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."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Maximum Bob maximizes its dark humor in satisfyingly loopy ways. [4 Aug 1998, p.E-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Aside from a few head-scratcher terms (GBH = "grievous bodily harm"), lawyers and judges wearing white wigs while in court (the judge in the premiere looks like she's got a poodle on her head) and occasionally impenetrable accents, Law & Order: UK should be remarkably familiar to fans of the original series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Mom remains funny, thanks in large part to the great work of Allison Janney as Christy's potty-mouthed mom, Bonnie. And the show continues to make excellent use of actress Mimi Kennedy (now a series regular and pictured above at left) as a foil for Bonnie and friend to Christy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    With so few traditional sitcoms on the air this year, the new ones had better be good. Happily for viewers, Fox's "Back to You" and CBS's Big Bang Theory qualify as generally welcome newcomers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Torchwood gets off to a lighter, more rousing start in its second season premiere.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It’s a smart, funny series, and it’s a relief to know Netflix saved it from what was sure to be terminal neglect had it aired on NBC.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Designated Survivor pilot has its share of gaps in logic but it’s engrossing, if not entirely believable, and features the best opening scene of fall’s broadcast drama pilots.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    While there are still some improbable elements--would the nephew of the killer, Olly Stevens (Jonathan Bailey), really still be allowed to cover a relative's trial?--Broadchurch remains a tense, engrossing drama.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Rob Owen
    This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to storytelling does not help Black Box to be taken seriously.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Expedition Impossible, executive-produced by Mark Burnett ("Survivor"), is [not] the worst reality show ever (not by a long shot), but it reveals how challenging it must be for producers to introduce a whole mess of teams in a season premiere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    If there's a downside to the Americans pilot, it's that it has some pace problems. The premiere runs long--an hour and six minutes--and spends time on flashbacks to Elizabeth in training 20 years earlier and the pair's first meeting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The episode is a fast-moving two hours that answers enough questions to satisfy fans and raises still more questions in an effort to further the intrigue.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's a fascinating glimpse into a culture that I suspect many Americans would prefer to remain ignorant about.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The characters lack the depth of those in smarter, premium cable dramas like "The Walking Dead," but they do show some growth as the series goes on. What Falling Skies does best is create a sense of the struggle for survival.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Mr. Robot pilot is too long--one montage drags on interminably--but it begins and ends on intriguing notes. It’s completely unclear what the show will be on a weekly basis, which makes jumping in a risky proposition.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The first episode offers a somewhat overwhelming dose of midwifery, to the point that some viewers may wonder how Call the Midwife won't grow tiresome with repetitive birthing stories. The addition of Chummy to the cast in episode two and a broader role for the midwives--in episode three Jenny simply spends time with an elderly man--allows the series to avoid growing stale.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Sunday's premiere doesn't advance the story much--shades of early season two--but there's enough zombie carnage that fans of mayhem may not care.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A gripping tale of police investigation and a criminal's mischief-making.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Thanks to clever dialogue, Awkward manages to rise above its been-there, watched-that premise.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Tuesday's pilot is not as consistently funny as one might hope and Mindy's flightiness could turn off some viewers, but she and the show are amusing enough to warrant watching.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In its first two episodes The Neighbors is an enjoyable, broad comedy that encourages co-viewing among parents and their children.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The series remains an intense, engrossing crime procedural with strong moments of character development, but Mr. Cross gets a bit sloppy in his plotting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It plays more like a science thriller than a biopic, with Feynman receiving clues scribbled on pieces of paper by NASA engineers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The composition of the cast and presence of a grandma (Lupe Ontiveros) makes the show structurally and thematically similar to ABC's "George Lopez Show," but Tucson is more entertaining and better written. [20 Sept 2002, p.40]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s entertaining enough, filled with battles and occasionally interesting character turns and cultural twists (particularly when the priest joins a raid on a church), but it’s not essential quality TV viewing along the lines of “Mad Men,” “The Good Wife,” “Game of Thrones,” etc.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    How to Get Away with Murder is not by any stretch transcendent TV but it is great, gonzo fun, a breakneck-paced, well-made prime-time soap that, if future episodes are as entertaining as the pilot, may easily become viewers’ new TV addiction.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    This Project Greenlight lacks the visual flair and polish of "The Chair" but it's people-talking-about-making-a-movie-in-drab-offices vibe is similar.... Project Greenlight is more focused and that streamlined approach continues to make it the superior movie-making docuseries.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    An enjoyable addition to the long-lived genre. [12 July 2002]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show’s contestant characters are the expected mix of types found in a reality show, although Unreal tries to ground them in specificity that defies TV stereotypes, which works better with some of the women than with others.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's a static look that makes these half-hour shows a bit tough to endure visually (don't try watching two episodes back-to-back). This format lends itself better to web shorts but it is fun to see Dr. Wallice's world expanded, especially for fans of comedy that doesn't telegraph a joke well in advance.
    • 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").
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's not the best cop show ever but it's certainly an above-average effort for fans entertained by quality TV drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The program features a mix of tones that don’t always sit together comfortably, but taken as a whole this unusual period drama entertains as it winds its way to introduce its lead characters in the premiere episode.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Every television series launches on a wing and a prayer, perhaps none more than this entertaining, glossy drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Vampire Diaries is no "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"--it doesn't have that series' depth--but it's plotted well enough to mix supernatural action with the occasional game of Kiss Me or Kill Me and some surprising cliffhangers, too.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's the students that make Teach a sometimes interesting show. They drive the story's forward momentum as much as Mr. Danza does and quickly emerge as his co-stars in a program that touches on teacher quality, student apathy and the plight of urban public schools.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There's definitely some amusing moments but the show will have limited appeal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There’s a lot to like about TNT’s dark comedy/​crime drama Claws, including a terrific cast of women playing some unusual-for-TV characters. But the show would be stronger if it had a more unique story engine to drive its plots.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As a drama, The Last Tycoon is slightly less successful. Occasionally plodding and without a lot to say in the early going that isn’t spelled out in capital letters--NAZIS = BAD!--early episodes offer good, not great drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's a generally strong episode as House attempts to annoy his doctors so much that they'll sign off on his departure.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Once you get past the sex and if you can endure the sadness of the stories, Tell Me begins to have an addictive quality.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It remains to be seen whether either will merit watching for a full season but the pilot does exactly what it should: It intrigues and makes the case for viewers to come back next week for more.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The first hour of Heroes answers enough questions and moves the story forward in such a way that a few "Huh?" moments won't matter as long as they're answered in short order and don't linger for too long.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As a single fortysomething mom, star Courteney Cox is in full frantic mode, yelling at and pushing everyone in sight, which makes for an entertaining (if not exhausting) half-hour comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A pleasant surprise. [26 Jun 2003]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Like his previous series, "Studio 60" features intelligent, quickly spoken dialogue, smart arguments and terrific performances (Perry and Whitford have instant chemistry as longtime co-workers), and it's not a bad show by any means, but it doesn't soar to the heights "West Wing" did, even in its earliest episodes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Valentine, created by Kevin Murphy ("Desperate Housewives," "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical"), is fine but nothing special.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Still a claustrophobic show, and some of the uncomfortable stories from last year -- especially teenager Matt (John Hensley) and his involvement in a hit and run -- return, but a lot of the themes are at least a little more palatable and thought-provoking. [22 June 2004, p.B-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The plot focus this year will surely be on the discovery of a male series of clones, Project Castor, all played by actor Ari Millen. It’s a welcome re-set that may prevent Orphan Black from becoming more complicated than it already is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As CBS procedurals go, Battle Creek is smarter and a little funnier than average.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Ripper Street is decent enough entertainment that's most likely to appeal to fans of procedural crime dramas, viewers who gravitate toward CBS shows but don't mind wading through sometimes thick British accents.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Although it feels overly familiar, The Family kicks off with a strong pilot. But like many series, the question is, will it keep viewers hooked? And will the “is this the real Adam or a fake” question linger so long viewers get annoyed with the tease?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    But when Braugher's Dr. Ben Gideon disappears, Gideon's Crossing becomes a long, languidly-paced trip through a Boston teaching hospital. [10 Oct 2000, p.D-8]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Though the storytelling isn't groundbreaking, the setting is unusual by mainstream TV standards.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The eight-episode first season of American Gods takes about four episodes to cohere, especially for any viewers unfamiliar with the novel. ... Mostly it is Mr. McShane’s performance that carries the early episodes. His Mr. Wednesday is self-assured, charming and cutthroat all at once.
    • 48 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
    The Birthday Boys is a consistently funny show for viewers who are regular consumers of pop culture and recognize the elements from TV and film that are being spoofed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Elementary entertains intermittently, particularly in exchanges between Holmes and Watson, but its draw will be strongest among viewers who can't get enough crime dramas in their TV diet.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    O'Donnell and LL Cool J form an easy alliance that's filled with lighter moments of humor even as they investigate a plot that's decidedly obvious and unsurprising.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Show Me a Hero spends too little time with these characters [African-American residents of existing Yonkers housing projects] in early episodes for them to make as big an impact as the drama surrounding the white politicos arguing about their future.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Overall, Z Nation is pretty grounded and also manages to surprise viewers with the characters it chooses to sacrifice in its pilot episode.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    HBO's Clear History, a cable movie that plays very much like an overlong episode of "Curb."
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Enlisted is often still funny and the bond among the brothers is sweet without getting too cloying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Netflix’s soapy House of Cards stumbles out of the gate in its third season with a first hour that’s short on lead character Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and long on a supporting player whose foibles are by now a TV cliche.... but the show recovers in its second episode, returning the emphasis to Frank’s political brinksmanship.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The path The Big C takes is fairly predictable and unsurprising, but that doesn't mean these last four hours aren't occasionally heartfelt.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The predicaments Henry gets himself into, while sometimes predictable, are nonetheless realistic and entirely believable within the universe of this show (and sometimes real life, too).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Banana is the more conventional of the two shows with its focus on young characters.... Of the two series, Banana is more fun but "Cucumber" offers higher stakes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A welcome, interesting entry... But to work over the long haul, Agent Carter will need to beef up its stock sexist characters and make them more human.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s always hard to tell how any series will go, especially one as reliably twisty and turny as American Horror Story, but in its first hour at least, Coven offers a clear, entertaining set-up for a potentially strong season.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Like any sketch comedy show, IFC's Portlandia has hit-and-miss sketches, but when they hit, they do so with a laughter-inducing amount of comedic force.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Guardian is a show with promise, and it may well develop into a high-quality program in the coming weeks. But it's not a warm, fuzzy, easy-to-love show like, say, "Judging Amy." It's rough and tumble, a challenge to watch. [25 Sept 2001, p.C-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Whether Scream can overcome Noah's legitimate concerns about adapting a slasher movie for TV remains to be seen. But tonight's premiere gets the show off to a strong creative start.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Not flashy, not spectacular, "8 Simple Rules" is a cute show that will appeal to its intended audience.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    House of Saddam offers a fascinating but limited portrait of the Iraqi tyrant.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    True, it may be a little too high-concept, but it held my attention much better than plenty of other, much worse TV comedies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    While scenes with a crime crew drag, in part because it's not always clear what's going on with them, anytime the focus shifts to crooked cops Frank Agnew (Mark Strong) and Joe Geddes (Lennie James), Low Winter Sun proves to be a gripping drama with a vibe most reminiscent of "The Wire."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    An action-packed adrenaline rush.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Cute but not overly cuddly, there's an authenticity to the relationships in "Mother" that makes it a comedy worth meeting.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's soapy and action-packed while still paying attention to developing its characters, the typical ABC Family Freeform mix of elements that's proved successful with its audience so far.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Jessica Jones could still use more levity, but its second episode reveals a streaming series that’s headed in a more balanced, intriguing direction.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The new "Watching Ellie" is indeed improved. It's funnier, better paced and doesn't try so hard to be different. This works out for the better.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Durrells in Corfu is as warm and pleasant as its picturesque setting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Gteat News manages to be at least a good broadcast network comedy thanks to sharp writing and winning performances, particularly from “SCTV” veteran Andrea Martin as Carol, mom to cable news producer Katie (Briga Heelan).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There's little urgency to the storytelling, which is as slow-paced and easy-breezy as lying in a hammock strung between two palm trees on a Key West beach.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As "Thrones"-aping series go, The Last Kingdom is a better bet than plenty of others. It's easier to follow than "Bastard Executioner" and less battle-crazy than "Vikings," occupying a gentler middle ground.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Sunday’s premiere doesn’t give a great sense of what the show will be on a weekly basis--a business drama with a side of humanity about following one’s passion, perhaps?--though it definitely leaves viewers curious about what comes next.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The pilot episode of The Fosters is pretty entertaining and well-plotted.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Once The Chair gets beyond producers bloviating, it’s a more interesting series about the two newbie directors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show is nothing more than a soap with good music but it has a sense of humor often enough to keep me entertained.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Viewers who want TV to wash over them as light entertainment may enjoy Franklin & Bash, but viewers who prefer thought-provoking TV programs that engage on a higher level may not be satisfied.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Finding Carter pilot proves there’s plenty of material to work with for a soapy drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Detour is pretty consistently funny but the humor tends to be filled with sexual innuendo that some viewers will find offensive. For others, it will be just fine.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Against all odds, this mishmash of stark contrasts emerges as a surprisingly engaging film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Prime Suspect improves as the hour goes on. The guys' attitude toward Jane evolves.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    "Thief" offers strong moments aplenty, but what it lacks are strong connections, both between those moments and among some of its characters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The season premiere makes a gentle effort to re-establish the show’s shrinking original cast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Billy and Julie are not supposed to be likable. They’re both kind of awful, a la the “Seinfeld” gang,” but often screamingly funny in their inappropriate commentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show's trademark time shifts continue, although it's initially unclear if they're connected to the season one story that carries over or to the season two plot.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    If you're easily offended, you will be appalled by The League. If you chuckle at smutty, raunchy humor and profanity, this show offers dirty-minded comedic rewards.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A light-hearted, comedic drama about four wealthy guys with women troubles and work problems.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Was this resurrection worth the effort? In a word, yes.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    While the show's premise seems like it could be difficult to maintain, Faking It holds up in two early episodes sent for review.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In addition to a less convoluted story, "Kidnapped" bests "Vanished" with its high-sheen cast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Finder is not sophisticated TV but it does have its charms, mostly stemming from star Geoff Stults.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show has its amusing moments, though not from an abundance of 1980s nostalgia clips (“The Karate Kid,” “Knight Rider,” “ALF,” “Different Strokes” and “Back to the Future” all whiz by on screen) and music cues. The humor comes from the characters and their relationships.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Judging by three episodes sent for review, the[se] course corrections work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    An enjoyable mix of romance, period adventure and serialized plot turns, Poldark proves an entertaining, 18th-century summer soap.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Technically, Sharknado 2 is pretty much just as sloppy as the first film, with scenes that supposedly take place during a storm filled with streams of natural sunlight, but the amateurish quality is part of the franchise’s charm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Created and written by Paul Rutman, Indian Summers looks fantastic. It’s not involving enough in its first two episodes but begins to coalesce more in a third installment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Overall [it] is more charming than hilarious.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Gossip Girl offers a fun, juicy mix of popular music and melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Ms. Dandridge makes a positive impression as the show’s lead character and it helps that she has such strong support from Mr. David and especially Ms. Whitfield, whose character proves an effortlessly serene scene-stealer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In its first hour, at least, Major Crimes appears to be making a pretty seamless transition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    most importantly, The Office is generally funnier than it was last season.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's weird and different enough to stick with for a little while to see how it develops.
    • 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.”
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll may not be easy to swallow, but it digests comfortably.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There's nothing particularly new about a superhero show, but Arrow exhibits a stylized ferocity that, in its initial hour at least, makes a positive enough impression.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Her observations throughout Wishful Drinking are incisive and funny. But at times the production, directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, gets a little bogged down in minutiae.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As creator Marc Cherry explained this summer, he wanted to re-set the series and get the stories back to something more closely resembling reality. Sunday's season premiere does that pretty well with some of the women's stories, especially Lynette (Felicty Huffman), whose twins are now terrible teens.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The wartime setting gives The Crimson Field” more gravitas than a “Downton-style soap but the premiere episode never gets too bleak.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's a strange show and I'm sure some people won't find it funny at all. But if you have just enough of a cracked sense of humor, it's worth giving Jon Benjamin Has a Van a try.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's a particular kind of wry, quiet, slightly depressing in its self-deprecation style of humor that won't be to every viewer's liking.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    House of Lies is not a revolutionary show, but it is a fun study of men behaving badly.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There's enough to recommend about Copper that it's worth tuning in to see how the series develops.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    This season doesn't really kick into gear until night two, when Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) and Chloe (Marylynn Rajskub) return, operating outside the bounds of the government.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    This seven-episode series, written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, doesn't offer many new ideas about the evils of the TV business--a lot of the ground covered here was previously mined by the underrated 1999-2001 Showtime series "Beggars & Choosers"--but it's still fun to join in the mocking of Hollywood, a big, juicy target that Episodes hits with ease.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    What the show lacks in originality it makes up for in crisp, politically tinged dialogue.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    While the show doesn't have the cachet of, say, Marc Maron's series, it's a funny, entertaining comedy starring the offbeat comedy-folk duo of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's an entertaining hour sure to appeal to fans of A&E's equally fast-paced British import "MI-5."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Blue Bloods showcases a surprising amount of character-driven storytelling. The potential police department conspiracy pushes Blue Bloods into more sudsy territory than necessary, but at least this show marks another attempt by CBS, following "The Good Wife" last year, to expand its offerings beyond paint-by-number crime dramas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The pilot is slow but it builds to a twist that sets up the show’s first season and offers a solid enough foundation that encourages horror fans to come back for more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Disposable as it may be, Starter Wife still has more to recommend about it than, say, NBC's "Lipstick Jungle."
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The network scores again with the clever, entertaining enough iZombie.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The relationship plots are less interesting to me than the comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Home Fires offers British drama that’s as satisfying as a warm cup of tea.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Memphis Blues has a similar feel to "The Closer" at the same stage. The secondary characters are not yet developed, and the show feels fairly pat. But it has the necessary ingredients for a lightweight, innocuous procedural.
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s intriguing for its setting and some of its stories--although the fine arts world in New York does call to mind the lighter “Mozart in the Jungle” on Amazon--and yet at the same time it’s often predictable in its premium cable-style plotting and pretentiousness, which is where the irritation comes in.... And yet, Flesh and Bone proved highly addictive, encouraging a binge of all its episodes in just a few days.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's less aimless and has renewed momentum--even if its plots tread familiar ground.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The miniseries feels a little pokey in its early chapters, although it does an excellent job of establishing the primary characters, and then races too quickly toward its conclusion (wait, who is Mildred married to now?).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    By the third episode... "Big Love" becomes an addictive treat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Generally they do their best to walk a fine line, attempting to execute the show in as uncomplicated a way as possible so less devoted viewers keep watching while rewarding obsessive fans with small steps forward in the exploration of Britten's condition.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Even a half-hour of these admittedly entertaining Q&As might get old but as a fan of Savage's writing (but not always his advice or views), I was pleasantly surprised that MTV found a way to keep Savage U entertaining throughout.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    If the concept of Taking on Tyson seems odd, the execution is more predictable, framing Mr. Tyson's pigeon racing, his first competitive endeavor in several years, as a kind of therapy. Still, the show benefits from some surprisingly strong visuals of the birds in flight--at least for viewers who do not see pigeons as rodents with wings.
    • 71 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Millers won’t be confused with highbrow entertainment but taken on its own terms and thanks to a talented trio of cast members, it’s a welcome addition to CBS’s Thursday night comedy block.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    If it digs in to explore the conflicts inherent in collaboration, resistance and protection of family, this soapy saga might have legs.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Growing Up Fisher offers earnest, heartwarming stories about "a new kind of family," as ABC Family promos would call the divorced-but-still-friendly Fishers if the show aired on the basic cable network instead of NBC.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Though the characters are quite different, "Earl" somehow brings to mind NBC's "Ed," perhaps because both shows feature a cast of oddballs and are ultimately uplifting, heartwarming portraits of people trying to do good by making a fresh start.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    AMC is airing only the show’s first hour this weekend, and if it leaves viewers confused about the world, come back for episode two, which fills in a lot of blanks about the Badlands and its characters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Norma-Norman plots made up the best parts of the series and then there was everything else. In this final season, the show seems better focused because now all the plots feature Norman at the center.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As has always been the case, Damages remains a mystery-thriller whose characters and their psychological quirks are more intriguing than the plot.

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