For 1,391 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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 FEUD: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse
Score distribution:
1391 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Viewers who appreciate slow-moving stories set in gritty, somewhat sleazy environments with characters of questionable morals are most likely to be rewarded by betting on Luck.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Odd Mom Out definitely will not be relatable or entertaining to everyone, but for viewers who enjoy Bravo’s other shows about the uber-wealthy, it’s a canny fit.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    An engrossing thriller... a welcome return to the juicy, complex miniseries of old.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It was often laugh-out-loud funny as Ms. Horgan’s quips found equal footing with Mr. Delaney’s quick-witted retorts. Season two continues in the same tone but somewhat less successfully now that the pair are enmeshed in domestic woes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There is no mistaking "Boston Legal" for anything other than a Kelley office drama. The show and its characters have all the trademark tics that have become his calling card: Quirky cases, outrageous characters, legal arguments as sermons on the mount. Everything is just a little bit heightened, at least when it's not completely over the top; caricatures too often sub for characters. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Limitless pilot, the only episode CBS made available for review, offers a terrific hour of character introductions that builds on the world established in Mr. Cooper’s movie. There are a few plot holes, but they’re forgivable. Then in the last 10 minutes of the pilot, everything that made the hour unique is threatened with extinction when you can see the confines of the CBS crime procedural box closing in.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Archer may be crude but it's far more clever than last fall's disappointing "Testees," and "Archer" wins points with its observational humor about modern life and in its mocking of mundane workplace minutiae, such as computer passwords and the lack of security at a spy agency.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show’s staging in the Hall of the Universe at New York’s American Museum of Natural History in front of an audience is a little low-concept, but the enthusiasm of Mr. Liu and Ms. Lord in Monday’s premiere keeps Star Talk from getting too dry.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Public Morals blends somewhat predictable plotting with decent character development and recognizable period, cultural flourishes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The River lacks the sophistication of "Lost" but its formula is more flexible than recent Fox addition "Alcatraz."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's more cheekily amusing than hilarious and full of comedy-of-the-uncomfortable moments.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    History purists who loathe artists taking creative license steer clear, but for viewers who enjoy a good soap, gorgeous costumes/locations and a winning soundtrack, The CW’s Reign delivers an entertaining romp in its premiere outing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    "Shark"... is clearly a "House" imitator, but a pretty crisp copy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Later episodes are funny enough. Perhaps it’s just the usual early episode growing pains.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Protector is fairly routine plot-wise but the breezy tone--conveyed through upbeat music and snappy dialogue--and strong, collegial performances make this series a welcome summer diversion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show's writers seem to have less of a firm grasp on how to evolve some of the secondary characters, particularly while Dexter is on leave from the Miami Metro police department.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It gets off to a slow start and then takes a while for the whole enterprise to get up to speed. At about the third episode, enough of a foundation has been set that the jokes start to come more easily and more quickly.
    • 55 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The recurring gag is the absurdity of nerdy Forrest reviewing often illegal/immoral activities, and it’s a pretty good joke in the early episodes. It remains to be seen if that joke holds up or grows tiresome over time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Maybe network executives are just throwing their hands up for now and clearing the cupboard shelves of what’s left, which includes the funny, engaging Weird Loners.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Dominion will never be confused with sophisticated TV but in its pilot episode, the only episode made available for review, it’s surprisingly more entertaining and a better yarn than plenty of other Syfy efforts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A funny enough comedy with a predictable premise that manages to surprise by often taking an unpredictable path.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A fun, entertaining action show.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s not perfect--the pace is a bit plodding at times,; some characters hew a little too close to types--but overall The Divide is an engaging endeavor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Overlong compared to the compact, well-edited six hours of "The Jinx," "Making a Murderer" could use a lot of tightening. ... And yet it's a fascinating story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The first episode of Tower Prep ends on an intriguing note and the show offers reason for young viewers to come back for more, which is exactly what a pilot episode should do.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Humans does introduce some intriguing scenarios that may, or may not, pay off.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Basically, Rush is USA’s answer to “House,” albeit with a younger, hotter doctor. Unlike “Satisfaction,” Rush doesn’t seem overly serialized, which keeps it in line with traditional USA series, only this one is more gray-sky than blue-sky programming.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Bunheads feels like it's taking shape but hasn't coalesced in its first episode. But what it does get right is the introduction of characters from whom a lot of potential stories can flow.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    "Sex" proves to be a series with loads of appeal for viewers still mourning the cancellation of "Melrose Place."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show pretty much picks up where it left off. Gone are the seasons when Justified would slowly run up to a serialized storyline with a few stand-alone episodes--I kind of miss those because the bad guys were so fleshed out for a TV show--instead jumping back into established storylines and jump-starting new ones..... The season premiere [is] a strong set-up episode.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Some die-hards may be frustrated by inconsistencies in the timeline with "Terminator 3," but unless you get overly wrapped up in the details of time travel, tonight's pilot is an intense adventure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s a somewhat slower build--and there’s a seemingly non-sequitur prologue to wade through at the start--but eventually this Fargo premiere suggests reason for excitement for the new season. But then episode two comes along and also fails to ignite the addictive interest of past installments, so this year’s Fargo will require a wait-and-see approach.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    King & Maxwell doesn't have much that's new to offer, but it's fine, forgettable, escapist summer fare.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The first episode is pretty much just as entertaining as "Face Off" or "Project Runway" or similar creative endeavor shows.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Yes, a few plots feel repetitive... but overall the feeling for the season is one of new exploration among the characters.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Whose Line remains an unpredictable, often funny and entertaining way to pass a half-hour, but with a raunchier tone, this show may no longer have the broad appeal it previously enjoyed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Sophomoric and crude, The Life & Times of Tim may be a viable alternative for fans of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The lighthearted "Psych" charms even as it duplicates the structure and tone of "Monk."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Privileged has the potential to be a largely positive, female-skewing series.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The emphasis on kids makes From Script to Stage a safe glimpse behind the curtain that's cute and sometimes informative but dramatically sanitized.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There's a casual, informal, willing-to-take-chances tone to The Writers' Room, which works most of the time but in the second episode, devoted to NBC's "Parks & Recreation", the show suffers from too many people trying to be funny.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    If you enjoy complex, murky dramas about morally ambiguous characters, played by a talented cast of newcomers, then enjoy "The Black Donnellys" while it lasts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A lively comedy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show remains a chilly affair, which will probably limit its acceptance but for viewers who appreciate satire, particularly of a modern workplace, it's difficult to imagine a show on the subject that's funnier than Ted.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s not a revolutionary show but at a certain level it is a step away from the angst and a return to the positive, uplifting feelings evoked by the 1978 Christopher Reeve “Superman” movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It is a well-made little show of horrors that's likely to scare and thrill its target 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Fortitude, which was originally slated to air on Starz, doesn’t feel quite as urgent a viewing experience as “Broadchurch,” but the first two hours (of the 12-part series) introduce enough intriguing characters and relationships that it’s worth watching for fans of murder-mystery dramas just as long as the show doesn’t introduce too many red herring suspects (the show appears to be pointing to one already by the end of the premiere).
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The mix of characters works well and provokes a fair number of laughs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Unlike "Monk," which is essentially warmed-over "Columbo" with a more interesting character in the lead, In Plain Sight augments its plain premise with a full cast of colorful characters.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Better than average.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Riverdale shows off a heightened visual look that sometimes calls to mind “Pushing Daisies” in its ambition. Whether it can maintain that high level of production design, we’ll see, but in its early episodes, Riverdale positions itself as one of the more ambitious teen dramas to come along in several years.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It no longer feels like you're watching a dozen different TV shows now that the main characters actually interact with one another. And the show's pace seems more brisk, less stodgy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Girls grew on me. As annoying as the characters can be, they also evince recognizable traits in absurdly realistic situations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A cute half-hour that capably introduces new characters and sets the table for the new series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Sweden is a quiet, gently amusing comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Nothing in Dracula is as unique or as wonderfully weird as "Twin Peaks," and Dracula plows through plot more quickly, introducing and then writing off several intriguing plots and characters within its first three episodes. It's too soon to say whether that will turn out to be wise or foolhardy, but Dracula at least gets off to a mildly promising start.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Mercy Street remains strictly middlebrow fare, but it’s well-done for what it is and better than in its first season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Raising Hope is not for the easily offended and humorless but the pilot is consistently entertaining for viewers willing to embrace Garcia's universe of downtrodden characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Jane pilot whips through story quickly while setting up all kinds of potential entanglements for the characters. Whether subsequent episodes can maintain that breakneck pace, which helps accentuate the comic absurdity of the show’s premise, remains to be seen, but Jane certainly gets off to a strong, entertaining creative start.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    All-American Muslim [may be] a bit dull for viewers conditioned to expect ginned-up drama but given the potential sensitivities of the subject matter, it seems appropriate.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    For fans of the original, which is only a few years old, this Americanization may be a bit like going to see a road company version of a Broadway show: It's pretty good but definitely less morose (for some viewers that will be an improvement, for others it will be a betrayal).
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    TV Land continues its foray into original scripted programming with The Exes, the network's best sitcom effort since "Hot in Cleveland."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A zippy, fun update.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    This fast-paced Titanic miniseries gets better as it goes along.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There are some terrifically funny lines and it’s intellectually funny, but not often ha-ha funny and the situations are dark and depressing.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    "Related" won't be for everyone, especially viewers lacking estrogen, but it is a quality weekly "chick flick" for TV.
    • 58 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    That quest to crown a new king at Lyon’s Empire Music gave the show a goal to drive toward, something that’s lacking through the first three episodes of season two now that Lucious’ condition turned out to be a misdiagnosis.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    "Mrs. Harris" is interesting but not intimate. It's cold, aloof and distant, much like the relationship it depicts between the principal characters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    "CSI: Miami" is a carbon copy, for sure, but it's a copy of an efficient show millions of people enjoy watching. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The first half of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! takes itself too seriously with return appearances by minor characters from the first two films and the destruction of Washington, D.C., landmarks that viewers have seen before with better special effects.... But halfway through--right about the time a character loses his limbs one by one while trying to take heroic action--the mojo that makes these absurd movies a hoot kicks in and Sharknado 3 becomes the insane event viewers anticipate.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The premiere feels a little overly long--it clocks in at 53 minutes--but it capably creates the show’s insular world of blood, sweat and cheers, ending in an inevitable fight that features Nate as Ryan and Jay offer encouragement from the sidelines.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The pilot has all the markings of a winner. [26 Mar 1999]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show remains a not-terrible throwback to the kinds of sitcoms the broadcast networks used to make.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Hour looks fantastic but it moves at a snail's pace that's sure to irk impatient viewers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    At times Dirk Gently feels like one long, never-ending tease but the show is so strange and consistently surprising and unpredictable it seems likely to find some sort of a cult audience.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Against the Wall is not nearly as ambitious as "Chicago Code" was but there's a warmth to the characters and their relationships that should satisfy Lifetime's core audience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As a loyal "Homicide" viewer, for me Munch is the best part of SVU, especially in tonight's scene where he explains his departure from Baltimore. [20 Sept 1999, p.B-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Writer Josh Safran (season two of “Smash”) allows Quantico to bubble with questions and craftily gives all the characters motives. It’s a crackerjack, character-driven mystery that showcases a uniformly attractive, United Colors of Benetton cast.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    USA's Royal Pains is an amusing, enjoyable addition to basic cable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Restless could benefit from a little more development of the characters Eva works with--it would make their stories more meaningful and poignant--but overall this four-hour miniseries is a strong entry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Curb is filled with uncomfortable comedy, as always, but its humor stems from the relatable minutiae of everyday life, not unlike what viewers watched on "Seinfeld."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Girlfriend remains stubbornly weird, including in an avant garde musical number (pictured above and after the jump) that proudly proclaims it busted the show's budget.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Entourage offers a reason for fans to be encouraged about the quality of its last episodes.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rob Owen
    It's not a great show but it's not a terrible teen drama, not by a long shot.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rob Owen
    Creatively, the show seems to be in pretty decent shape.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    "The Winner" may not be able to go the distance, but it's a fun little show in the here and now.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Whatever the politics of it, The District is a decent drama. Not great, but certainly interesting, especially if it actually deals with issues of race and politics. [7 Oct 2000, p.B-8]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Rescue Me needs rescusing from itself and deliverance will soon come. Until then, fans of the series can enjoy the ride--even if it sometimes feels like a rerun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's not the worst way to spend a half-hour, but Red Oaks also doesn't feel like essential viewing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Despite the cliched sitcom trappings... it's an amusing, if slight, diversion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Episode one spends an awful lot of time on digging a huge hole in the ground with fairly predictable results. And in episode two there’s a lot of wandering around a greenhouse buzzing with insects that’s supposed to be ominous but instead comes off like a homage to “The X-Files.” ... The third episode moves all the stories forward at a better clip.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Ultimately, Hannibal is a mixed bag. It’s a more complex show than many programs in prime-time but it’s still finding itself in early episodes, particularly with regards to plotting.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    L.A. Shrinks is another Bravo guilty pleasure show. When the cast members aren't saying outrageous things, it can get kind of dull, but most of the time the dialogue is crazy enough to keep viewers entertained.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    So, the dialogue is cliche, the characters are cliche, the situations are cliche. What is there to recommend about this show? In the end, it's the twists that had me popping episodes into the VCR until I'd watched the first six. There's just enough of a thread -- whether it's clues that endanger Falcone's undercover operation or threats to his family -- to keep you wondering what will happen next.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    In Treatment is fascinating TV, but it's not a pleasant experience. Watching these therapy sessions is akin to eating your TV broccoli.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    When We Rise feels a little rote and predictable in its main characters’ trajectories but given its subject matter and airing on a broadcast network, that also works to the program’s benefit.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The Royals is pretty much the entertainingly trashy prime-time soap you’d expect.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    "Painkiller Jane" doesn't soar to the dramatic heights of "Battlestar," but it is a step above some of the network's other programs, a procedural thriller with a sense of humor and stylish action scenes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It’s amiably crude and fairly funny, too, but the show will leave some viewers clutching their pearls with jokes tied to masturbation, testicles, defecation, the scent of private parts and oral sex--all in its first episode.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's an entertaining enough diversion if you're not expecting much.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    While it's fun to see what happens in Total Blackout once, it seems like it will grow old.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Ridiculous, and somewhat predictable. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    [A] cute wisp of a series.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It is the definition of a slow-burn series, a program that should be exciting rendered as kind of dull.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's a series that is at turns dull (Army big wigs doing meet-and-greets with Afghan leaders) and in other moments harrowing as it puts viewers in the trenches as insurgents attack American troops.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Tyrant continues to fascinate even as it’s flawed. Adding Chris Noth as an American military leader with a connection to former first lady Leila (Moran Atias) doesn’t bring much to the series, which also suffers from a lack of sandy, panoramic exterior shots that marked the show’s first season.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's a familiar concept that elicits some minor laughs.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Solidly plotted and filmed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Happyish emphasizes over-the-top profanity and a lot of anger at its surface. Dig deeper and there are some interesting ideas in play but getting past the show’s predilection for rants may ask too much of viewers who may share some of the same frustrations as the characters.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    If you hate this genre, don't bother with Popular. But if you actually like spending time with teens or remember your own adolescence, Popular isn't the worst depiction of the not-so-wonderful years. [29 Sept 1999, p.E-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    For fans of "Smash" who miss that behind-the-scenes-of-Broadway show, Mozart is an OK, if less exciting replacement. Symphony performances lack the visual flair of musical theater numbers but the sense that you're peering into another cloistered universe is similar.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Coming on the heels of Netflix’s superior British period drama “The Crown,” Victoria is a bit of a comedown, but it’s not bad, merely familiar and expected.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    By episode two, Mulder and Scully are, jarringly, back on the job and once again investigating an X-Files case that may or may not involve alien-human hybrids.... [The third episode is] the best of the first three episodes but also the weirdest.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    BrainDead is an entertaining enough summer distraction through its first three episodes, but it’s no “Good Wife.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Tonight's episode feels like a reset, a fresh start for the characters but if they just lapse back into their old ways, I'm not sure what the point of another season of this show will be. And yet, if they do not return to selling drugs, some viewers may be disappointed.
    • 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It shows the most potential as a buddy comedy focused on Mr. Williams and Mr. Wolk. By comparison, Ms. Gellar’s character is a wet blanket.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    By no means a great show, The Bridge is at least a little bit different from most police procedurals.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Mr. Elba remains a magnetic presence, but as with all damaged heroes, Luther presents a problem for drama writers: Heal him and he's less interesting; perpetuate his damage and the show gets repetitive. Luther seems stuck in the latter cycle.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The whole thing is pretty cheesy, but I could see "The Apprentice" becoming addictive a few episodes in. [4 Jan 2004]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's TV for a generation of attention deficit disordered kids.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As teen shows go, the pilot is entertaining enough; future episodes will reveal if the show truly has much bite.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    HBO's most obtuse, impenetrable series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It remains to be seen whether the series will be capable of using the unquestionable talent of Ms. Sevigny and the rest of the cast to build a show that's compelling enough to convince viewers its worth tuning in on a weekly basis.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's more an intellectual, in your head, "hey, that's clever," than a laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It doesn't reinvent the genre by any stretch but this lighter tone is noteworthy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show may not hold the attention of TV fans who crave complex storytelling--there's not much for fans of psychologically intriguing character development to dig into--but for viewers who enjoy a steady USA diet, Graceland may darken the network's Blue Sky programming approach just enough to intrigue.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The Newsroom characters grow a bit over the show's first four episodes and begin to seem less like types and more like fully-defined people, but they never feel altogether real, the unintended consequence of inhabiting an idealistic fantasy land.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    This story of professional thieves is beautifully shot, but the structure of the pilot -- it begins with the start of the robbery, flashes back to the planning of the robbery, returns to the robbery and shows its aftermath -- is a little repetitive, which takes away from attempts to build tension and surprise.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Aside from "America's Next Top Model," The CW, now 6 years old, has not had much success creating and launching reality shows. Remodeled may not alter that disappointing track record, but it is more entertaining than some past efforts.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It’s slightly above average as this type of series is concerned but not something that will satisfy "Castle" fans still smarting from its cancellation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As enjoyable as this first episode is, its premise may be too slight to sustain a long-running series.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show tries to keep up with the goings-on at Lockhart/Agos, but these stories are awkwardly untethered from the main Alicia plot in the first two episodes of the new season.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's far more realistic in scope and situations than "Gossip Girl," but there's such an earnestness and one-dimensionality to the characters that they seem a lot less believable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's no "Rome," but at least it appears headed more in that direction.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's a comedy that's more likely to draw recognizable smiles of been-there, experienced-that than it is to conjure real laughs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Lightweight and unaffecting.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's not cutting-edge storytelling, but there are some decent plot threads as the show introduces its characters, including a brash desk sergeant who is either testing a rookie or simply ordering her to do her dirty work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Personally, I found "Arrested" funnier, but "Sons & Daughters" has its moments.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Jennifer Falls offers a slightly more sophisticated style of storytelling with familiar enough trappings to go down easy for recent nostalgia buffs.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    "Glee" benefitted from the novelty of its musical performance and high-camp humor. Red Band Society has almost no unique attributes, which renders it an OK but not outstanding teen soap.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    With the exception of some added F-bombs, Goliath plays like a reasonably decent prime-time legal mystery circa 1998, not a modern drama revelation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's a mildly entertaining hour as far as crime procedurals go.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As close-ended procedurals go, "Raines" certainly offers an intriguing hook, but I'm not sure it's one with much staying power.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show hits the right Hollywood insider notes, but this season "Entourage" begins to feel a little tired.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Push Girls is at its best when the women tell their stories and depict the challenges they face in everyday life. But when the show's stars convene for gabfests, it feels as inauthentic as other docu-series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The pilot's plot leads them in a direction where "this just in" becomes an obvious sexual metaphor--some of it is funny, but there's just too much.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Entertaining in the way the problems of the rich often are. [21 Mar 2006]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's not terrifically awful, but it's also not as reliably fun as Scrubs was in its prime.
    • 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
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Hotel Hell is entertaining enough if you're not too picky about overproduced "reality" shows.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    First impressions suggest the writers of Last Resort are waging an internal battle between grounding the show in some semblance of reality and allowing it to spin out into cheap soap opera territory.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    With its talented cast and a willingness to reference current events, Superior Donuts evinces some potential, especially if the show’s writers can come up with better, less redundant sitcom plots.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Darker and less escapist than TNT’s other new summer entry, “The Last Ship,” Legends offers a down-and-dirty hero with rough edges but surrounds him with a cadre of cleaner, less sullied colleagues, making for somewhat of a tonal mish-mash.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The second season premiere is a stronger hour than the show's pilot that aired in January with more character definition and lighter moments.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    For all the show's missteps, there's always Ullman's undeniable talent to entertain. Her parodies of women (e.g. Renee Zellweger, playing a movie character who suffers from "chronic narcissistic squint") generally succeed better than her men.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A small town, character-driven drama that’s enjoyable enough even if the characters are not entirely believable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Sunday's premiere is pretty light on laughs. A couple of moments inspire guffaws but they are few and far between. The show's second episode offers more humor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    When Skip is used more as a garnish and not the focus, his character is less annoying and more amusing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A slickly shot, competent series with a talented ensemble cast. It's not revolutionary or groundbreaking by any means, but it is a decent crime drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A mixed bag. Diagnosis: Some good dialogue, but it also suffers from a mild case of predictability.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Through its first two hours, Black Sails is entertaining enough but not nearly as addictive as "Spartacus" came to be through its first season; perhaps in time that will change.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    That producers opt to tell a different Titanic story is admirable in light of so many filmed versions of the story that already exist, including a four-hour miniseries that aired on ABC earlier this year. But the decision not to reveal the fates of the miniseries' fictional characters may feel like a cheat to anyone who invests 12 hours in this program.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As reality shows go, the concept isn't bad: Two teams with four couples each operate restaurants across the street from one another in New York. But Chopping Block botches the introductions in tonight's premiere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show is energizing and a fun thrill ride in its first hour until Letty falls off the wagon. Then it just turns depressing, meandering down a dark road that’s in keeping with TNT’s new aesthetic, but a bit too far out of step with how Good Behavior plays until that point.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Jane is a decent enough little show but it's difficult to imagine how its writers will manage to sustain the premise.
    • 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
    • 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."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Three episodes in, I started to buy into the world Milch has created. I don't understand it, I don't think I even really like it (almost all of the characters are damaged and rather unpleasant), but I am intrigued by it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Hello Ladies has several funny moments in its premiere episode, but it's another comedy strictly for viewers who like to squirm at bad behavior.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    While some aspects of the Magic City characters and their relationships are handled sloppily, others are too on the nose.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Although the series hypocritically and formulaically exploits stereotypes before proving some of them wrong, "Survival of the Richest" is rich in entertainment value in spite of itself.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    This brand of humor can be an acquired taste, but fans with a tolerance for out-there buffoonery will want to make the trip to "Reno." [20 Jul 2003]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    All 10 episodes of the first season are directed by Mr. Soderbergh, who brings grittiness and the occasional odd camera angle but not much light to the proceedings (this is a seriously dark show with limited use of lighting). Writers/series creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler introduce plenty of characters with interwoven, serialized storylines but there’s not much new under the dim sun in The Knick.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Benders feels similar in its comedy style to all the Leary shows that have come before.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The first episode is fairly entertaining in an absurdist way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Occasionally funny.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Like too many reality shows, The Fairy Jobmother offers easy, incomplete answers and sometimes doesn't ask the right questions.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Their scrapes and misadventures in the pilot are quite reminiscent of "The Hangover" and the show got funnier as it went along. But as is often the case, personal taste will dictate whether one feels the need for a lesson from this Guide on a weekly basis.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    When Hatfields & McCoys slows down enough to develop its characters -- and it's fairly rudimentary character development -- the miniseries comes to life.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's entertaining enough if real-life make-it-or-break-it tension is what you're looking for in TV. That's also a bit of better-them-than-me satisfaction that comes in watching this and all the Tough Guy TV shows. Gold Rush has the added element of will-they-or-won't-they make it rich.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show may not be comedy gold, but it generates enough laughs to make it worth checking out before hitting the sack Sunday night. But is it a keeper in the long run? We'll see.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Sullivan & Son is no instant TV classic, but its reinterpretation of a place where everyone knows your name is outrageous enough to bear watching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Too often the series fixates on Madeline’s entertaining but ultimately predictable passive-aggressive battles with another mom, Renata (Laura Dern). These mommy rivalries play like something out of a high-end prime-time soap.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    There are enough flourishes surrounding Pernell’s visions to maintain viewer interest, but after a while the pilot feels like a slog.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The 90-minute Fairly Legal pilot, written by series creator Michael Sardo, moves at breakneck speed and fairly effortlessly welcomes viewers into spastic Kate's world. It's not a bad place to visit--but I probably won't be checking in on her on a regular basis.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Because it’s set in such an alien world and jumps around a lot introducing its myriad characters of assorted social classes while also setting in motion multiple plots, The Bastard Executioner gets off to a messy start. (When press notes offer more details on the many bearded and long-haired look-alike characters than the show itself, you know there’s too much going on in a series, and clarity has been sacrificed.) But Bastard Executioner improves as it goes. The question is whether viewers will stick with it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    There's nothing in ABC's Castle viewers haven't seen a million times before, but the cast elevates the pedestrian material.
    • 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
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    There are some truly funny moments in Fox's manic, animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, a series that requires almost rapt attention to pick up all the jokes and amusing dialogue that's hurled at viewers. If a TV series ever suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder, this is it.
    • 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    "The Lost Room" is certainly a more creative exercise than past Sci Fi miniseries (including "The Triangle"), but it sometimes feels rushed.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show operates at such a constant, rapid-fire level that it’s almost exhausting.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Ignoring all that, shallow Mafia entertains in key moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Legit comes off as appalling at first but after a few episodes, you get used to how awful Jefferies is and the show even allows for a few skewed, sweet moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Another of those amusing but not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny sitcoms that are so popular on premium cable channels.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    If Revenge can curb its more outlandish tendencies, this soap could become a welcome guilty pleasure.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Clearly this isn’t the comedy of the "Leave It to Beaver" era, but there are some laughs to be found in "The Mick," which is made tolerable thanks to Ms. Olson’s charm in spite of the character she plays.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It’s unclear from the pilot how all these players fit together.... Gotham could rebound from its overly familiar opening episode. Maybe the villains will become more than the sum of their early cameos. And certainly the presence of actors of the caliber of McKenzie and Logue, capably playing odd-couple police partners, offers promise.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The acting talent here is marginal compared to the sitcom it replaces, "Out of Practice" (returning later in the season), but I found "Courting Alex" more enjoyable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It’s hard to see what Frances saw in Robert that made her love him at some point, which, along with some crazy incidents, gives Divorce the sheen of absurd, heightened reality as opposed to a show that feels real.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Levi exudes an everyman appeal that may catch on with viewers, but the show's plots need to grow beyond the action-adventure tropes of 1970s TV if Chuck hopes to avoid being chucked off NBC's prime-time schedule.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Younger is fine. But in a TV universe of ever more scripted series, it also feels unessential, which is exactly what original programming today cannot afford to be.

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