For 1,072 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Joan of Arcadia: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,072 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    HBO's most obtuse, impenetrable series.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A mixed bag. Diagnosis: Some good dialogue, but it also suffers from a mild case of predictability.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Occasionally funny.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show hits the right Hollywood insider notes, but this season "Entourage" begins to feel a little tired.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's an entertaining enough diversion if you're not expecting much.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Despite the cliched sitcom trappings... it's an amusing, if slight, diversion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 29 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Somewhere within this bloated six-hour miniseries there's a lean, mean four-hour miniseries trying to escape.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Solidly plotted and filmed.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Lightweight and unaffecting.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Ridiculous, and somewhat predictable. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Personally, I found "Arrested" funnier, but "Sons & Daughters" has its moments.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's more an intellectual, in your head, "hey, that's clever," than a laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Entertaining in the way the problems of the rich often are. [21 Mar 2006]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 60 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 TV for a generation of attention deficit disordered kids.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As enjoyable as this first episode is, its premise may be too slight to sustain a long-running series.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    [A] cute wisp of a series.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Ignoring all that, shallow Mafia entertains in key moments.
    • 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The show is gently entertaining in a way reminiscent of variety shows of old.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 53 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.
    • 47 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's no "Rome," but at least it appears headed more in that direction.
    • 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.
    • 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
    By no means a great show, The Bridge is at least a little bit different from most police procedurals.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Fans of relationship-driven story-telling might just get hooked on this silly, lighter-than-air summer series.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The Borgias is an adequate soap but one that's also rife with missed opportunities.
    • 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.
    • 60 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    If Revenge can curb its more outlandish tendencies, this soap could become a welcome guilty pleasure.
    • 67 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    In its pilot, Once Upon a Time succeeds on charm but comes up short on logic.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's a familiar concept that elicits some minor laughs.
    • 75 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 59 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    United Stats of History feels like it's a show that wants to be 30 minutes that's been stretched to fill an hour.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 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.
    • 47 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Hotel Hell is entertaining enough if you're not too picky about overproduced "reality" shows.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It doesn't reinvent the genre by any stretch but this lighter tone is noteworthy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Veep offers uncomfortable comedy at its most sardonic.
    • 69 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    What the pilot lacks in smooth-flow niceties it makes up for in silly fun.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    A fine but unexceptional retelling.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 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."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Town of the Living Dead, though entertaining, does not feel at all real.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The investigations are intriguing. The investigators are blah, their relationships a poorly defined muddle. [6 Oct 2000, p.44]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    '24' continues to roar forward at a breakneck pace, and it does tantalize by dropping clues that keep viewers hooked ... But with the minutiae of love affairs gumming up the works, it's more difficult than ever for viewers -- and the show's characters -- to keep their eyes on the big picture threat that's supposed to drive the series. [26 Oct 2003]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    From these four hours it's clear there are few new stories or twists for the show to employ. It's time has come and gone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    You can't shake the feeling that "Watching Ellie" is the most vain vanity project to hit TV in recent years.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If Firefly weren't from Joss Whedon, the talented, respected creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," this review would probably be a lot more dismissive. Because of his track record -- six seasons of "Buffy," five of them good; the successful and ultimately distinctive spinoff series "Angel" -- Firefly gets the benefit of the doubt despite an inauspicious debut. It's not good, it's not bad, it's just so-so. [20 Sept 2002, p.40]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Wire gives so little, it almost begs to be abandoned; then a scene or a smidgen of character development offers a hook that might keep viewers interested. But TV shows, no matter how complex or thought-provoking, shouldn't require that much work. [1 June 2002, p.B-6]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Harmless fluff that won't impress its intended pre-teen audience, but they'll watch anyway. [20 Sept 2002, p.40]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Doc Brown has his own clashes, particularly with Dr. Abbott (Tom Amandes), the town's sole general practitioner before his arrival. Abbott is a caricature, over-the-top in his arrogance. He does everything short of twirling a mustache to shout, "I'm the bad guy!" This is where "Everwood" hits a bump....With such realism in the relationship between Ephram and his father, it's a shame series creator and writer Greg Berlanti ("Dawson's Creek") went down such a conventional, only-on-TV path in creating this other adversarial relationship. [16 Sept 2002, p.B-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Karen Sisco is a cool cocktail. It's not my taste, but it might be yours. [1 Oct 2003, p.E-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Harmon brings a light touch to this schizophrenic show. He's a sensitive cowboy who does his job and then goes home to work on a boat he's building. [23 Sept 2003, p.B1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 48 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show wants to be hip and cool, and it often is, but it makes no pretensions that it doesn't have a heart beating underneath, much like its cool but caring lead character. [22 Sept 2004, p.D-6]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's not a bad show, merely ho-hum. Perhaps it will have greater appeal to people who liked math in school, but to me "NUMB3RS" just seems like a "CSI" clone with the quadratic formula tossed in for good effect. [23 Jan 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    At its best, Big Love is an intricate soap opera rooted in family, but in this new season the show is spinning off into too many directions. None, taken individually, is terrible, but altogether these myriad plots create a lack of focus.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Huff is not a bad show, it just doesn't feel sufficiently new. Both structurally and thematically, it shares some similarities to the more outrageous and, frankly, more fun "Nip/Tuck" on FX. [7 Nov 2004, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Weeds" tries unsuccessfully to balance a lot of stories that are too disparate in tone. [7 Aug 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Tries too hard to be tough, but fans of crime dramas might get hooked anyway. [12 Jun 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Would be revolutionary -- if the year was 1980.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There's nothing revolutionary about this story of four friends.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Perfectly adequate.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A not-awful but not-great drama.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Crumbs" elicits laughs from time to time, but given the subject matter, I still think this particular story would have been better told as a comedic drama than as the occasionally dramatic comedy that it is.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    More of an amusing diversion than a laugh riot.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    To be fair, "Three Wishes" is touching. It is heartwarming to see nice things done for people in need. But it also feels like the show manipulates viewers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's uplifting, but not hugely entertaining. After a while, I sort of think the show will feel tired; once you've seen one good deed done, you've seen them all.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "10 Items" isn't a great comedy yet, but it often takes time.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Brothers & Sisters" may find a way to streamline its storytelling and allow viewers to more easily sort out the huge cast of characters (there are at least 10 series regulars), or it may remain an unwieldy mess. Time will tell.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Big Day" doesn't feel like a big hit, but it is intermittently amusing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Lovespring" could benefit from stronger plots with less ludicrous conclusions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A perfectly serviceable teen drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The concept is unique, the performances solid or better, but when so many similar shows are competing for attention from viewers who are only willing to commit so much time to watching ongoing TV series, "Six Degrees" just isn't good enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Where "The Sopranos" has some laugh-out-loud comedic moments, "Brotherhood" is dark, brooding and forever serious. And that grows tedious after a few episodes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It all seems familiar, which isn't necessarily bad, but it makes the show somewhat stale.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The obvious, soapy stories plod along at a too-languid pace, leaving talented actors in their wake.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Swingtown isn't just misguided because it's on the wrong network. The show's bigger problem is that the resident "squares" are much more interesting characters than the swingers at the core.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    In Tuesday's pilot, New Amsterdam reveals itself as a pedestrian cop show with a vampire-like lead character
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A silly flight of fancy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Life Is Wild is a decent but not exceptional family drama set in South Africa.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    I kept watching last year and I'll probably keep watching this year, although I think the show is already starting to repeat itself.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A pedestrian medical drama that sparks to life near the end of the pilot.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If "South Park" traffics in occasionally brilliant satire, "Lil' Bush" is far more juvenile humor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a mildly entertaining reality series designed to encourage controversy to draw viewers and goose ratings.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Bar still feels like an attempt at a '90s-era edgy prime-time drama whose time has past.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Legend of the Seeker may thrill some "LOTR" fans, but the content of the pilot is nothing original.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    As frustrating as it is fascinating, watching the quarterlife characters is like gazing at animals in a zoo.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Despite a poor job of establishing its characters and their relationships (wait, those two aren't a couple?), The Ex-List begins with a strong, romantic premise.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's not terrible, not great, just sort of so-so.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Dollhouse isn't awful, but neither is it remarkably good. It's a passable hour of entertainment that shows potential to improve but flails and confuses (and occasionally bores) from the start.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Hour fits comfortably, if unimaginatively, among CBS's other crime procedurals, but with only two regular cast members, it seems like it will have less character development than any of the "CSI" series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Like other Sci Fi shows of the recent past (think: "Eureka"), Warehouse 13 begins with a strong concept and suffers from weak execution.
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The tone varies wildly from action-adventure to serious costume drama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Cleaner is the latest in a string of unremarkable basic cable dramas with a brand-name star playing the tough but damaged lead.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a mixed bag of un-PC attempts at blue collar humor as four guys yak and try to avoid doing their jobs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's possible that Hung will lighten up as time goes on. The weak ending to Sunday's pilot is trite and feels like a half-hearted effort to be uplifting. It doesn't work.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a cute, generally uplifting concept but I'm not sure it will work.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Demons quickly devolves into a bland mission-of-the-week show about a boy who doesn't want the responsibility of saving the world ("You can't just hijack someone's life. I had plans!") who is aided by an older mentor (sound familiar, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fans?).
    • 49 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).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Parks has its funny moments but the comedy's first episode also has a distant and chilly feel to it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    How to Make It in America grows more interesting in episodes after the pilot as Ben's world expands and connections among the characters form. But to get that far viewers may need to be: a) Living Ben's lifestyle, b) Remembering their immature years fondly or, c) Have a high tolerance for slackers whose ambition outpaces their drive and/or intellect.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Business buffs may love it, but Shark Tank lacks the lush visuals of "Survivor" and the star power of Trump. It just doesn't have the same bite.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Party Down can't decide if it wants to be smart-funny or dumb-funny. Maybe if it does, the party will truly begin.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Kate Walsh seemed like a guest star in what should be her show.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Rookie Blue is "Grey's Anatomy" in a police station. And that's about as remarkable as this fairly generic Canadian co-production gets.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It seems like a typical, sometimes plodding teen soap.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    CBS remakes Hawaii Five-0 as just another piece of turn-your-brain-off escapist fare, a loud, action-packed pilot with little heart and less humor.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show's tone slips between sitcom cheese and push-the-envelope absurdity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The problem with toning her down is that it means diluting the only thing that distinguishes Body of Proof from all the other crime procedurals, and what's left is a generic show with an above-average star.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There are no television breakthroughs in Breakout Kings, a pretty pat procedural that tries a little harder than some of its predecessors.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Celebrity Apprentice is pretty much in its typical form, which is to say, craziness involving mostly D-list celebrities, including NeNe Leakes, Star Jones, Lisa Rinna, Gary Busey, Mark McGrath and "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There is some decent dialogue but it gets lost in the scenery chewing maw of the show's star.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Cinema Verite dramatizes the making of "An American Family," but it dwells too long on the setup and doesn't spend nearly enough time on the public response to the program and the impact that reaction (much of it negative) had on the Louds.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Nine Lives may satisfy undemanding teens in the ABC Family target audience but it'll feel like a retread to others.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Angry Boys will certainly have some appeal to fans of offbeat comedy but it seems unlikely to become a mainstream hit.
    • 55 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Football fanatics may appreciate 4th and Forever but to me it seemed more scripted than "FNL."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If the show can rein in some of its more outrageous plot tendencies and focus on music and social issues, it could grow into a Club viewers will want to frequent.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The problem with the show is that it's pretty dull, particularly if you've ever watched any of the similar shows that preceded Alphas. None of the characters feel new, nor do the situations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Science fiction often is at its best when it raises big questions, but early on it's unclear what the true source of Miracle Day is and where that will take this batch of Torchwood episodes.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Sometimes I think she's brilliant, other times I think she's full of herself. Both sides come through in this fairly dull reality show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Gratuitous elements aside, Strike Back is a decent enough cops 'n' terrorists drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Beneath that glossy sheen, it seems like it will be a procedural crime show like so many other programs on CBS.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Unforgettable is completely forgettable because it brings nothing new to the increasingly creaky crime procedural. CBS has gone to that well over and over, and, credit to them, it's worked.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Compared to so many other crime procedurals, Grimm offers a twist on the usual. It remains to be seen whether that twist will be superficial or substantive.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The characters are all caricature-y stereotypes and the jokes are of the ba-da-dum! variety, but the pilot made me laugh more than some other new comedies, mostly due to the performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    You may not come away knowing whether you like it, but you won't be bored.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Touch feels like yet another series--last week it was Alcatraz--that seemed like a better idea for a one-shot movie than a weekly TV series.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    This needs to evolve into a smarter, less formulaic show before it's worth watching.
    • 73 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The single-camera comedy is not particularly memorable, but it could have been much worse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Bent is not a terrible show but it's not particularly good either.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    She's maybe-sorta a prostitute but the show's tone is light, frothy and downright sentimental when Riley gives emotional support to her male clients.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If only what's new about Scandal was supported by something better than blah writing, ludicrous situations and cardboard characters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The result is overly broad and narrow at the same time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's just kind of meh and a TV show with a devil at the center should be more fun than that.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    As TV shows go, Toy Hunter is a bit dull.