For 1,373 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 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 American Body Shop: Season 1
Score distribution:
1373 tv reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Rome wasn't built in a day, the saying goes, and that applies to this show, too. It's a slow build that requires some effort on the part of viewers, but after the first three episodes, I was hooked. [28 Aug 2005, p.TV-3]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    But most importantly, Scrubs has heart. Not the forced, icky sentimentality so often found in sitcoms, but earned moments that feel genuinely poignant. [2 Oct 2001, p.D-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    "The Office" is hilarious, but it is an acquired taste as it serves up comedy of the uncomfortable. [10 Oct 2003]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Even on the rare occasions when those shows [like CSI or Law & Order] tell stories involving the death of a child, they're almost never as raw, palpable and grim as The Killing, an engrossing, well-made drama series that viewers should embrace despite its tough subject matter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    There is some pathos in Getting On with regard to the elderly patients, but that's seamlessly interwoven in the darkly funny personal stories of the hospital staff.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    FX's The Americans does the near-impossible of making viewers cheer for Russian spies in America and at the same time for the American FBI agents who are trying to unmask those Russians living in suburbia. It's an incredibly deft balancing act that's accomplished through strong character development all around.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Underground is a rough watch, but it offers twists and compelling characters worth watching for viewers up to the challenge.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Deliberately paced but never dull, The Night Of offers a serialized criminal story that’s more interested in the characters and the criminal justice system’s process than in the crime itself.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Should appeal to fans of Rock and to viewers who long for a family comedy reminiscent of "The Cosby Show" (albeit with a sharper edge).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Taken altogether--the determined detective, the drug lord, the kooky encampment, the mystery of Tui's disappearance--Top of the Lake makes for a compelling mix of moody, character-driven drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    CBS's The Good Wife is both a well-written legal drama and a terrific showcase for actress Julianna Margulies, who elevates the already-good material with her perceptive, open performance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The series offers strong, striking cop stories to accompany the intense thrills of the Luther-Alice cat-and-mouse game. But it is that back-and-forth and the sexual tension that develops between the pair that makes Luther stand apart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The A Word is at its most affecting when the focus is on Joe and his parents.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Cute but not cloying, funny but not overflowing with gratuitous sex jokes, "The Class" earns a B+, which easily puts it in contention for valedictorian among fall 2006's freshman comedies.
    • 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
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    In its early episodes, Tyrant is as engaging when it focuses on family drama as when it veers more in the direction of taut, serialized, political thriller.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    "Doctor Who" fans may get a little more out of "An Adventure in Space and Time" than non-Whovians. However, even for those who don't watch "Doctor Who" regularly, it's a terrifically entertaining period piece with a lot of heart and appreciation for TV history.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Catastrophe has its sweet moments but balances them against more outrageous comedy--including a hilariously ugly, profane discussion of childbirth in the series premiere--resulting in a thoroughly entertaining series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The episode just dives back into the fast-moving plot, which may take some forgetful viewers a little time to catch up. Molly Parker plays Frank's hand-picked replacement, and at first her character seems like a convenient, controllable choice. But episode by episode, she begins to emerge as a power broker in her own right who might someday be capable of turning on Frank.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Like "Project Runway," there's creativity involved in this competition. And the fact that it's a competition, and therefore orchestrated and produced by necessity, makes it seem less fake-real.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    If the first two installments are any indication, Spoils of Babylon will be a short-lived but entertaining hoot, an ideal addition to the IFC "Always On. Slightly Off" comedy brand that includes "Portlandia," "The Birthday Boys" and "Maron."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Bosch is by no means a revolutionary show like Amazon's "Transparent," but it offers smarter than usual cop drama fare, and it's certainly better than any cop show currently on a broadcast network.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Written and executive produced by “Good Wife” creators Michelle King and Robert King, The Good Fight marks a pretty seamless transition from “The Good Wife” that feels similar enough for viewer comfort, but also different enough to avoid being a total rehash.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    If you have the patience and good humor to let the back stories and mysteries unfold in the 109 minutes of the first episode, you'll enjoy spending time with Mma Ramotswe and getting to know the landscape of her beloved Botswana, a peaceful nation in southern Africa.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Depending on the subjects mocked and viewers' personal sacred cows, Root of All Evil won't appeal to everyone on a weekly basis (future episodes include Donald Trump vs. Viagra, Paris Hilton vs. Dick Cheney and Las Vegas vs. the human body), but it is a successful attempt to re-package stand-up comedy for prime time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's an interesting and damning film but not as engrossing as HBO's recent "The Jinx" series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    A wonderfully entertaining program, Bright Lights shows just how close the mother and daughter had become in recent years, living as neighbors on the same Beverly Hills compound that vaguely brings to mind “Grey Gardens” without the fallen-from-grace squalor.

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