For 958 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
958 tv reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    With so few traditional sitcoms on the air this year, the new ones had better be good. Happily for viewers, Fox's "Back to You" and CBS's Big Bang Theory qualify as generally welcome newcomers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Cute but not cloying, funny but not overflowing with gratuitous sex jokes, "The Class" earns a B+, which easily puts it in contention for valedictorian among fall 2006's freshman comedies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    These are fantastic characters with socio-economic backgrounds we rarely see in TV dramas, and that's one of the many things that makes FNL unique. Whether you can watch the show now or won't have access to it until 2010, FNL continues to be TV worth watching.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    30 Rock is more manic than "Seinfeld," but its smart observations on political correctness, corporate culture and life in Manhattan make it an ideal heir. This Rock continues to roll.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Its frequent, gleeful skewering of NBC is just icing on the cake--and tonight's episode has a lot of icing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The series retains its trademark flash forwards that signal murders and/or deceits yet to be revealed. It's one of the show's more operatic touches but this time the revelation, a fantastic and personal driver for stories, feels less like an attempt to manipulate the audience and more rooted in the plausible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    An engrossing, humanizing portrait of the British monarch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Enjoyably challenging TV.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    it's the danger of Dexter being found out that permeates these episodes, upping the pressure and keeping the series as tense and twisted as it was in season one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Dexter will probably never reach the dramatic, creative heights it did in season one, but with this new season the show's producers found a way to sustain the premise by concentrating on the show's characters and, in particular, looking at how Dexter lives with his desire-to-kill rather than dwelling on the myriad ways he might get caught.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Alternately goofy and smartly satirical, ["Freak Show"] may be the best companion to "South Park" Comedy Central has come up with yet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Executive producer David Eick said, "We wanted to make it less about escapism and more about moral complexity and great characters." In its early episodes, Caprica certainly succeeds in achieving those goals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's a rollicking adventure with decent special effects and better stories and character development than, say, Sci Fi Channel's "Eureka."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    There's nothing gritty or particularly realistic about ABC's Women's Murder Club, but that's OK. The show is an entertaining, estrogen-powered hour regardless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    A quality series that's the TV equivalent of comfort food, the emergence of Eli Stone from the Hollywood firmament may qualify as a minor miracle among more cynical viewers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The characters are engaging in their varying degrees of awfulness, and there appears to be plenty of story fodder for years to come.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Pushing Daisies captivates with an emotionally resonant story and dazzles with its bright visual imagery. Fans of delightfully daft fairy tales, this one's for you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    This first episode back sets a lot of goals for itself: Remind viewers of the backstory, advance the plot from the cliffhanger, and introduce and resolve the murder-of-the-week. Daisies succeeds in accomplishing these tasks and even finds time for a "Sound of Music" shout-out as Olive pulls a Maria von Trapp en route to a nunnery.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It may do some good, but it's still a piece of TV entertainment that, first and foremost, must succeed as a revenue generator for ABC. That realistic, not cynical, caveat aside, Big Give is certainly more positive than "Big Brother" or numerous other reality shows.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's so funny and so well-done on so many levels, the Conchords definitely deserve to be discovered by a wide TV audience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's a timely look at cultural differences and a timeless depiction of young friendship. It's that rare TV comedy with both humor and heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Wise is one lucky devil. And so are viewers who appreciate lighthearted, supernatural dramas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    A highly entertaining and addictive costume drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The sexy, sudsy historical drama returns without missing a beat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The new American version moves a little faster, which may sacrifice some of the subtlety of the original, but overall this first episode is a faithful adaptation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Writer/creator Patrick Sean Smith gives Greek a greater sense of light-hearted fun that seems more authentic to the real-world experience of college as "the best years."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The radio show is so much about voice and language and storytelling, I worried that the TV folks would mess it up. Luckily, the radio show's host, Ira Glass, hasn't allowed that to happen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Writer/creator Nancy Miller ("Any Day Now") imbues the show with touches both subtle and a little overwrought but the divine "Grace" still offers stronger characters and better stories than many other summer series.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Atmospheric and strange (images of power lines abound for no discernible reason), Durham County is not much of a murder mystery--viewers know who the killer(s) are by the end of the first episode--but it is an intriguing crime drama that's more character-driven than it is procedural.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It's amusing and knowing and will make some viewers smile, but it probably won't provoke gales of laughter. And that's fine. It's still more clever than most single-camera comedies ABC has put on the air in recent years.