For 1,195 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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Boomtown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,195 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As enjoyable as this first episode is, its premise may be too slight to sustain a long-running series.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Fans of relationship-driven story-telling might just get hooked on this silly, lighter-than-air summer series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A fine but unexceptional retelling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Forever is not a bad show--the pilot is pretty well made for what it is--but aspects of the premise feel awfully familiar.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A decent but slightly pedestrian family drama that throws off a "Brothers & Sisters" vibe whenever its sibling characters are in the same room.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Almost Royal is not a series that demands to be watched, but it’s a cute diversion for Anglophiles looking for intermittent laughs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    There's an appeal to the gentle spirit of Derek but it would have a stronger pull if the plotting was less dull.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A cute if unnecessary time-traveling fantasy-drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Veep offers uncomfortable comedy at its most sardonic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Sunday's premiere is a little dull, but future episodes have more entertainment value. Still, you have to be a fan of neuroses humor for Bored to have much comedic impact.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Although Friday's season premiere is a bit confusing at times, the Spartacus world comes into better focus in episode two.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show is at its slightest when it slides into the “dumb daddy” territory previously mined by “According to Jim” and myriad other sitcoms. But at its best, The Jim Gaffigan Show manages to be cleverer despite a familiar conceit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Whether viewers find Enlightened all that funny may depend upon whether they have a person similar to Amy in their lives--and whether they want to spend time with an irrational, hysteria-prone fictional character, too.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The Borgias is an adequate soap but one that's also rife with missed opportunities.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Taken as a whole, the three episodes mark a decent reintroduction but individually these episodes are basically daring viewers to watch. It's like producers are actively trying to repel viewers, not because the episodes are overly violent but because they often don't make much sense.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    "Invasion" offers a few scares, but it's more a sense of dread and something subtly awry that gives this drama its creepy vibe.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The Kennedys has the look and feel of a 1980s miniseries, and it's not trying to be anything more exalted. Unlike "The Borgias" and "Camelot," its reach does not exceed its grasp.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Goode really does feel too much like the flip side of "King of the Hill." The humor comes from the opposite point of view but it's still a too-similar-to-stand-on-its-own comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Margulies is an ideal actress to carry off this icy role. Perhaps in the hands of a more deft writer, Canterbury's Law could be the edgy show it aspires to be instead of the common courtroom drama it is.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Running Wilde at times recalls the comedic brilliance of "Arrested Development," but unlike that show, there's no relatable central character to ground Running Wilde.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Somewhere within this bloated six-hour miniseries there's a lean, mean four-hour miniseries trying to escape.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's a cute show, but the premise is so paper-thin you have to wonder how the writers will sustain "Knights" for a full season, let alone many years, if successful.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    What the pilot lacks in smooth-flow niceties it makes up for in silly fun.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show is gently entertaining in a way reminiscent of variety shows of old.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Town of the Living Dead, though entertaining, does not feel at all real.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    After watching the first two episodes it's a little difficult to say what the show will be on a weekly basis because each of the first two episodes plays like the pilot for two different TV series.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show is subtitled, which helps viewers understand the thick accents and British slang, but the whole thing is a bit nihilistic and the characters come across as somewhat debased.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The Strain isn’t great TV but it offers enough unexpected gross-out moments that it’s OK summer popcorn fare.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The humor quotient in the pilot proves to be a mixed bag. The laugh lines come, but they're fairly inconsistent. Still, when they do hit--particularly during a canvassing door-knock scene that includes a Fred Armisen cameo--it's easy to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine's potential to develop into a good, maybe even great, prime-time comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The new season of "Carnivale" continues to showcase the series' potential, but it still doesn't live up to the show's enormous promise. It's a cryptic series full of mysteries and that should suck viewers in. But I've yet to feel the full effects of its gravitational pull, which is disappointing because, as they said so often on "The X-Files," I want to believe. [7 Jan 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    While there may still be doubts about the sustainability of The Leftovers, it clearly seems to be moving in a positive direction creatively even as the show’s overall tone grows more pessimistic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Seed isn’t great TV, but it’s a funny enough diversion in the context of generally disappointing summer comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It’s the conversation about race and African-American culture in the pilot that gives Black-ish a little bit of edge. Whether that will be maintained in future episodes or dulled into familiar family sitcom pabulum remains to be seen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    In its pilot, Once Upon a Time succeeds on charm but comes up short on logic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    There's nothing egregiously wrong with Aquarius--it's sometimes dull but also at turns surprising--but with so many options for entertainment content today, this NBC procedural-serial hybrid doesn't do much to stand out.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's too soon to say if the show will again employ a bounty of red herrings, but the show's penchant for plot holes persists.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    More of an amusing diversion than a laugh riot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Through the show's first four episodes, an unexpected love triangle develops among three of Carroll's devotees that's tinged with unexpected sexual politics and questions about sexual identity. It's the only aspect of 'The Following' that feels fresh. Too bad this plot only serves as a side dish; the main course is the same old reheated serial killer/crime solver hash.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Fans of these true crime shows may be intrigued by My Life Is a Lifetime Movie but viewers hoping for a series as irreverent as this title suggests may be disappointed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The dreary, often predictable family story begins to suffocate the show as it gains ground over the first four episodes.... Ray Donovan benefits from strategic use of character actors in supporting roles.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    For some viewers this sameness will be like slipping on a comfy pair of slippers; for others NCIS: New Orleans might be too much the same.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Each episode tells a different story but in the first two, it's clear the stories won't be all that different from those we've seen a million times before.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Legend of the Seeker may thrill some "LOTR" fans, but the content of the pilot is nothing original.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    In execution, Mr. Selfridge is a bit of a slog.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Deal or No Deal" may be the dumbest TV game show ever, or, quite possibly, it is brilliant in its simplicity. But it's certainly not a quiz show.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's marginally more engrossing/less ridiculous in its pilot than CBS's fall flop, "Hostages."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's not clear to me that viewers who come to Syfy for actual science fiction will appreciate this series--"Face Off" was more on point and a better show, too--but for fans of reality TV cooking shows, MQK does add a new flavor to the prime-time cooking show palette.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Valley has long displayed a flinty appeal and here he adds a knowing sense of humor. But it will take more than that to get viewers interested enough to take aim at Human Target on a weekly basis.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Football fanatics may appreciate 4th and Forever but to me it seemed more scripted than "FNL."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's not great, it's not awful. It's an adequate, conventional CBS-y medical drama about transplant surgeons set at Pittsburgh's fictional Three Rivers Regional Medical Center.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Lovespring" could benefit from stronger plots with less ludicrous conclusions.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's not as funny as either of those hits ["The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men"]--and certainly not as good a show as the superior "Bang"--but it is more enjoyable than "Rules of Engagement," which returns at mid-season (unfortunately).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Defiance is less gritty than Syfy's best series, "Battlestar Galactica," and the characters aren't as well drawn as on the superior "Farscape." "Defiance" lands at a slightly higher end of the murky middle ground of quality.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    They're a bland bunch of characters who say mildly amusing things--there's a pretty good riff on Mary Poppins--in occasionally funny situations, but in the end, "100 Questions" does not cry out to be added to any DVR lineup.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Rogue starts to become a little more intriguing [by the second episode], but the show only gets to that point after the clichéd set-up and almost two hours spent with a self-destructive lead character.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There is some decent dialogue but it gets lost in the scenery chewing maw of the show's star.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Once viewers accept it for the mediocre melodrama it is, they'll be more satisfied, tuning in for the strong performances and high production values while rolling their eyes at the umpteenth red herring and illogical plot turn.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Perfectly adequate.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The mysteries of Haven do offer some intrigue but coupled with fairly unextraordinary situations and plots, the show may have a tough time convincing viewers to become weekly visitors.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There's nothing wrong with any of this except that it doesn't feel fresh or new; there's no added, bewitching spark to a familiar concept.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Whispers had the potential to be an intriguing, supernatural soap, but by episode two, it proves itself to be one of those series where the audience is, frustratingly, frequently one step ahead of the characters. That's not fun; it's boring, which is the last thing a supernatural thriller should be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a small character study about a large man who comes off as a terrorizing buffoon.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Fans of old-time network soaps may find something to enjoy here, but despite the promise that “dark secrets simmer behind every door and threaten to tarnish the genteel façade of seductive Charleston,” Reckless is decidedly bland and evinces almost none of the sense of place CBS proclaims.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Future episodes elevate the Belle and Ben relationship to a more complicated place, which bears some promise and may give Secret Diary the distinction it lacks in early episodes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Robertson is a find. She capably plays both Lux's world-weary, snarky attitude and her vulnerability. She's a large part of what makes Life Unexpected a minor delight, even if its charms are entirely expected.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Under the Dome won’t be confused with good TV--and often last season it was borderline bad TV--but depending on where the writers take it this year, it might be empty-headed, summer fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Life Is Wild is a decent but not exceptional family drama set in South Africa.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    As TV shows go, Toy Hunter is a bit dull.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Make no mistake, "3 Lbs." is a show that will better appeal to the CBS audience than "Smith" did, but it's a pretty generic show.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The concept of Nikki sounds trite, but the execution is at least amusing in two out of the first three episodes. [8 Oct 2000, p.G-7]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Press notes indicate these five folks impacted by the shockwave are “angels of the apocalypse,” but Messengers never comes out and says this. A general rule of thumb in TV reviewing: When press notes do a better job of explaining a show's intent than the show itself, viewers beware.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There's still some fun to be had watching True Blood but it offers more soap than satire or social commentary these days.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Bar still feels like an attempt at a '90s-era edgy prime-time drama whose time has past.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "The Riches" certainly has some rich elements -- there's even a little dark humor, just not enough of it -- but in early episodes, the show remains wobbly as it tries to find its footing.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There's nothing revolutionary about this story of four friends.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A lethal robot (Zoie Palmer), who tries to kill one of the six before they wipe her memory. She then sets about reconstructing the ship’s data, eventually learning the ship’s destination and their possible purpose that throws everything the audience has learned in the show’s first hour into question. It’s a good twist. What Dark Matter makes of it in future episodes remains to be seen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Gratuitous elements aside, Strike Back is a decent enough cops 'n' terrorists drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Truly funny interactions between Triumph and celebrities in the field get dropped into the studio-based inanity. The studio stuff is often dull, less funny and pathetically produced; it looks like some of the movies I made in high school.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    While The Comedians is OK, the overall effort feels a little too familiar.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's not a bad show, just nothing special or innovative. It's another plot-driven, bland character drama from executive producer Dick Wolf. [29 Sept 2001, p.C-6]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Powers doesn't get off to the the best start but the concept is strong and the world so detailed and cleverly built out that it's probably a series that bears some monitoring to see if it will improve.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Family Tools is an occasionally funny (but mostly not) show about a son who takes over his father's handyman business.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A not-awful but not-great drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Often funny when it tackles taboo topics head on, the show walks a fine line between honesty and unnecessary crudeness, and it often goes a step too far.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Odd Couple is genial--but not hilarious--multi-cam sitcom business as usual.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Viewers who crave a nostalgic kick for single-case crime dramas of the late 1990s might find something to like here but for viewers seeking a more contemporary style of storytelling, there are no TV firsts in Murder in the First.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Not wild enough, not funny enough, Wedding Band comes off as merely OK entertainment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Te pilot episode was written by Michaela Watkins ("Trophy Wife") and Damon Jones ("Peep Show"), who write to Ms. Coupe's comedic strengths while also peppering the background with amusing comic gags (viewers who pay closer attention will reap the most laughs from "Benched"). A second episode sent for review was less funny than the pilot and the plot was also a head-scratcher.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a cute, generally uplifting concept but I'm not sure it will work.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    They’re remaking The Tomorrow People and the results are just kind of “meh.”

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