For 1,186 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 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse
Score distribution:
1,186 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The songs, while hummable, aren't all that memorable, but the jokes about surf movies are amusing, although sure to be lost on the film's target audience.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show is becoming somewhat repetitive and a bit dull to the point that it feels like Downton, already renewed for a fifth season, needs to wrap it up sooner rather than later lest it overstay its welcome.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Madigan Men fails creatively for one simple reason. Its rhythms are all wrong for a sitcom filmed in front of a studio audience. This show is screaming to be a single camera comedy shot on film, similar to "Sex and the City." The humor is subtle. It doesn't warrant the guffaws of the studio audience that interrupt its natural flow. [6 Oct 2000, p.44]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A perfectly serviceable teen drama.
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It’s a serviceable drama that’s well-calibrated to the interests of the Bravo audience but it seems unlikely to appeal beyond that particular subset of viewers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The over-long season premiere--it's 63 minutes without commercials, so expect it to run close to 90 minutes on air; set yoru DVR accordingly--feels disjointed and the characters seem underdeveloped.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Mr. Kinnear certainly has the charm to play this rakish character, and the overstuffed pilot introduces a lot of characters who might help propel the series' stories in the future. But if "House" is the model, Rake is a somewhat stale successor.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Fans of teen soaps may enjoy Happyland for the lark that it is but veterans of the genre may also move on quickly: Even the happiest place on earth gets old after a while, and the same goes for what’s ultimately a likeable but fairly generic series.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "10 Items" isn't a great comedy yet, but it often takes time.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    TNT’s Proof is not a terrible show, but it is a terribly ordinary TNT drama.
    • 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
    It's a mixed bag of un-PC attempts at blue collar humor as four guys yak and try to avoid doing their jobs.
    • 62 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Parks has its funny moments but the comedy's first episode also has a distant and chilly feel to it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    "Big Day" doesn't feel like a big hit, but it is intermittently amusing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Mr. Wilson does his best to make the character unapologetically snarly, and Backstrom does benefit from a lighter tone thanks to the unpredictable nature of the lead character. But in form and style, Backstrom is exactly what viewers have come to expect from "House" wannabes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A decent if not extraordinary action hour.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    When the show is focused on Mr. Ritter and Ms. Metcalf, The McCarthys rises above the usual sitcom slop that it feels like whenever the other characters get screen time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Much of the comedy comes out of that type of awkwardness but Doll & Em is less a comedy-of-the-uncomfortable series (a la a female "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and more just kind of slow and boring.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The obvious, soapy stories plod along at a too-languid pace, leaving talented actors in their wake.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The musical numbers are terrific, and the film has its strong moments.... But these individual, scattered scenes don’t add up to a cohesive story, which marks Bessie as a disappointing missed opportunity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The single-camera comedy is not particularly memorable, but it could have been much worse.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There are two shows struggling to exist in one in the ABC comedy Back in the Game. One is about former all-star softball player Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson) and her relationship with her hard-charging, estranged, ex-athlete father, Terry Sr. (James Caan), who goes by “The Cannon.” This show is pretty terrible.... The second show is not at all novel but it’s at least easier to take: Back in the Game is essentially a “Bad News Bears” reboot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's not terrible, not great, just sort of so-so.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    This needs to evolve into a smarter, less formulaic show before it's worth watching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The humor in Other Space is largely of the absurd, what-would-happen-if-we-put-idiots-in-a-serious-space-setting variety. Sometimes the jokes hit, other times it feels like the kind of space opera I filmed with friends while in high school in the late 1980s.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    While there are some things to recommend about Lucky 7--the fresh faces in a cast of mostly unknown, diverse actors--the show is also one of those frustrating series where every character is desperate and too many of them make bad choices.
    • 50 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.
    • 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
    • 44 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Brink is just silliness. It takes a while to get used to that, but this broad humor may win over some viewers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The solution to whodunit ends satisfactorily and in keeping with the book. The leads, though, display little chemistry, and that’s something Jane Austen’s sensibilities would never have allowed.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show's tone slips between sitcom cheese and push-the-envelope absurdity.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If Mr. Goyer fumbles the pilot in introducing Leonardo's world, he salvages the endeavor in episode two with a good story about da Vinci's inventions for the Medicis.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Filmed in Austria, The Quest boasts high production values but its stated goal to populate a fictional, serialized fantasy world with reality show contestants doesn't find quite the right mix in early episodes.
    • 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?).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Credit Becoming Us for not skimping and showing the impact of changing genders on the children of trans parents in seemingly stark realness, but it's uncomfortable to watch a child endure such life changes publicly.
    • 66 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Camp has a sweetness that makes it a nice summer diversion but nothing that elevates it above past comedies set at sleepaway camp.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    As frustrating as it is fascinating, watching the quarterlife characters is like gazing at animals in a zoo.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a mildly entertaining reality series designed to encourage controversy to draw viewers and goose ratings.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Would be revolutionary -- if the year was 1980.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A cute enough pilot from writer Emily Kapnek (“Suburgatory”). But is there really a weekly TV series to be had here? Time will tell.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The series does hint at Carlisle's motivation, and maybe the show will get more interesting once his reasons for wanting the president dead are revealed, but the pilot doesn't exactly demand viewers tune in for episode two.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Perhaps in time Helix will develop into something more substantial but in its first two hours it sets up a lot of questions without providing answers or a compelling reason for viewers to stick with it.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Constantine seems like a good fit tonally for Friday night companion series “Grimm,” but Constantine will need to more clearly establish its world--and the rules of its world--and better define its characters if it hopes to become a fanboy favorite.
    • 48 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.
    • 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
    As a psychological thriller, it's not terrible--certainly better than Fox's dreadful monotonous "The Following"--but Those Who Kill suffers from character/relationship incoherence.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Not great, not terrible, Welcome to the Family is another occasionally amusing but not really funny family comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a cute concept but producers don't seem to have a knack for proper execution, filling time with terribly padded segments--picking teams takes an eternity--and challenges (watching people play chess in the premiere) that, try as they might, don't make for compelling TV.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    For what it is--a small-screen version of a big-screen shoot-’em-up--Gang Related is fine, but it won’t be confused with great TV.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It often plays more like an action film than a serious interpretation of a holy book.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Viewers drawn to star-crossed romance are most likely to get absorbed in Outlander, which benefits from beautiful production design--great location work with filming in Scotland--but the show also suffers from some egregious exaggerations, especially the mustache-twirling Black Jack Randall, who couldn’t be more like Satan if he had pointy red horns.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There are several intriguing concepts built into Syfy’s Ascension, but the execution is not quite up to snuff in the first episode and infuriating by the conclusion.
    • 75 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    At best, the show is an average prime-time soap rooted in history that improves somewhat in successive episodes.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Valerie is still thin-skinned, self-absorbed and occasionally pathetic. Fans wouldn't want her to be any other way, of course, but there's a limit on the variety of ways one can wring comedy from this character premise.
    • 50 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Bent is not a terrible show but it's not particularly good either.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Power is fine but it doesn’t live up to its title. It’s not a powerful drama because viewers have largely seen all its tricks, plots and character relationships before.
    • 41 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    With "Tremors," the special effects have always been cheap and the appeal, such as it is, came from the campy humor, particularly concerning the Burt Gummer character. But the TV series, from the same creators and writers as the movies, mostly plays it straight. There's some humor, but suspense is the primary vibe in the first two episodes. [Mar 28, 2003, p.37]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The premiere episode is a fairly entertaining, voyeuristic look at a made-for-reality-TV crew, though it's a toss-up as to who's more obnoxious: the bickering crew or their first guests.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    So although the details aren't quite right, the concept of Cult remains intriguing. Perhaps, like Mr. O'Bannon's "Farscape," Cult will improve over time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It is mostly humorless, grave sci-fi, but in the pilot the best moments are the most human.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A silly flight of fancy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Spartacus worked best when it was an ancient "Upstairs Downstairs" with the house of Battiatus as the "upstairs" component and the gladiator school as the "downstairs." With that element gone, the show has no natural home base and feels a bit unmoored.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Overall, it's a mixed bag as Nurse Jackie settles into what will surely be its latter years without its creators at the helm.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    At heart, Killer Women is a procedural drama with a surface-strong female protagonist; scratch the surface and it's the same easy, familiar programming.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Kate Walsh seemed like a guest star in what should be her show.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The series does try to develop its characters, but Galavant never quite finds a way to ideally pull together its gonzo comedic spirit and musical aspirations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Librarians lacks the fun of the first film--seeing Flynn learn to be an adventurer --and feels predictable and rote.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The result is overly broad and narrow at the same time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The hybrid style of comedy and drama in "The Chronicle" doesn't quite jell. There's potential, but it hasn't been realized.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    In Tuesday's pilot, New Amsterdam reveals itself as a pedestrian cop show with a vampire-like lead character
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    At its heart, Mind Games is a case-of-the-week procedural with some serialized elements, but it's so dense with chatter there may be no mind tricks strong enough to convince viewers to stay tuned.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Flowers in the Attic plays it safe and a bit boring. This is material that screams for a campy touch, but director Deborah Chow and teleplay writer Kayla Alpert tell the tale with mostly straight faces.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    A pedestrian medical drama that sparks to life near the end of the pilot.
    • 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
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Lizzie Borden Chronicles is basically a cheesey soap with tinges of dark comedy. It's junk but kind of fun junk, if pulpy, bloody melodrama set to anachronistic rock soundtrack is your idea of fun.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If this all seems too precious, well, it is. But the show is saved by Ms. Gummer and a relentless pace.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show does begin to fill in a few blanks, particularly the immortality angle, in its second episode, but it’s still a slow, sometimes tedious process.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The tone varies wildly from action-adventure to serious costume drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Mystery Girls has some fun with viewer knowledge of rumors of disharmony on the “90210” set (yes, Shannen Doherty gets a shout-out) even if it all plays to cat-fighting women stereotype. Spelling comes off both worse (she’s mistaken for a prostitute twice in the first 10 minutes) and funnier (she gets the best lines; Ms. Garth plays the straight woman).
    • 58 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Other than the shorter season and London setting, the story beats and types of twists are nearly identical. This sameness highlights how the show's format, revolutionary when it premiered more than a decade ago, has become formulaic and a little stale.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    BoJack Horseman gets the particulars of late '80s sitcoms right and has a few scattershot funny moments but it's mostly not a laugh riot.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It all seems familiar, which isn't necessarily bad, but it makes the show somewhat stale.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It seems like a typical, sometimes plodding teen soap.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It’s difficult to judge The Almighty Johnsons from its pilot episode, but the blend of humor and Norse Gods lore does fit in well with Syfy’s penchant for light, fantasy dramas, but those series also tend to be fairly forgettable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The good news: The White Queen gets off to an entertaining start. The bad news: In subsequent episodes it gets bogged down in then-this-happened, then-that-happened jumps through history.
    • 79 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
    • 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
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Everything in Young & Hungry is predictable, including most of the jokes.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    An OK (but visually unexceptional) pilot that does little to set viewers up for what the show will be on a week-to-week basis.
    • 61 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Through the first two episodes it’s just not enough to differentiate this series from so many conspiracy thrillers that have come before.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The first 20 minutes of Resurrection are terrifically emotional and engrossing. When the focus is on Jacob and his parents, the show is a real heart-tugger. But then it gets into family soap opera territory (what big secrets have family members kept from one another!) and the mystery returns when another dead person is found to be alive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The first hour of Heroes of Cosplay is fairly interesting as a study of an unusual subculture. But just how many unique stories are there to be mined from the characters introduced?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show was never entirely believable and the conceit of having episodes set during actual events--where the characters and/or viewer perceptions benefit from hindsight--felt like a cheat even though it could sometimes also be thought-provoking. The third-season premiere doesn’t shy away from this.
    • 41 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
    • 70 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "The Good Guys" isn't really good but it is OK if all you seek from TV is bland, comfortable entertainment--the same type of program you were watching 30 years ago.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    This comedy is full of stock jokes, stock characters and even a stock premise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    As soaps go, The O.C. has its positive attributes, but the show is at its most enjoyable when it's focused on the family at the core. Anytime it strays into the world of the wealthy kids of Newport Beach in Orange County, Calif., it's almost painful because the characters are so detestable and yet bland. [3 Aug 2003, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    If a show could get by on atmosphere alone, ABC's stylishy shot "Night Stalker" would be an outright success. It is creepy, spooky and scary.... But all this isn't enough to overcome what will likely prove to be an insurmountable problem: casting.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Canadian actor Craig Olejnik sports choppy black hair and piercing blue eyes--the only standout attribute in NBC's The Listener, an otherwise generic procedural drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Imagine any "M• A• S• H"-style cliche and odds are good it will turn up in Combat Hospital whose predictability makes it a dull summer entry that may encourage viewers of this week's premiere to become deserters before next week's episode.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Producers of The CW's new series have taken the bones of the Nikita story and grafted on a new recruits sub-plot, sort of ideal for young CW audience, but it also makes for a convoluted series pilot that bounces around from one hollow story line to another.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Ben and Kate has its moments of inspired, gonzo idiocy but mostly it's like spending a half-hour with someone you can't stand.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Tawdry but lacking a spirit of fun, Mistresses strives to be a guilty pleasure, but it's more likely to induce guilt than pleasure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "Eureka" just doesn't rise to a "Northern Exposure" level of quality.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Ultimately, the real question is not "Who Do You Think You Are?" but Why Should Viewers Care? This series does not offer a persuasive response.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Great as it is to see Ms. Badler again, her appearance can't save a show that's so poorly acted and written that the characters spout exposition but rarely say anything that sounds like something a real person would say. V looks and sounds like a cheap cable series rather than the big-budget network show it should be.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Hell on Wheels is not a bad show, but it's also not engrossing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The show isn't helped by a two-hour premiere that states and re-states its premise too many times.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    To call "Dad" derivative of "Family Guy" would be an understatement. [28 Apr 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Cane is probably the most traditional of these soaps. Unfortunately, it's also hampered by a muddled pilot episode with ham-fisted character introductions and an ending that's likely to put off some viewers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The show is not so much awful as it is a colorless copy of better shows that have come before.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Sometimes the year’s warmest months remain a dumping ground for warmed-over series. Night Shift has all the earmarks of a show being dumped.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    All the cliches of unscripted cable drama (like "The Real Housewives..." shows) are present, including in-fighting by a few members of the clique and ridiculous displays of opulence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    There's too much emphasis on fictional scientific theories and not enough character development to make the few scares in "Threshold" worth a two-hour commitment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The jokes, while occasionally funny, almost all feel reheated.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Whisker Wars gives a few glimpses into the care regimen of these mens' beards but fails to ask or answer an essential question: Why do they bother?
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It moves fast and doesn't wait for viewers to catch all the jokes that are made. Some of the dialogue is clever but it's more savvy than it is hilarious and viewers come to broadcast network comedies for the funny stuff. Making matters worse, the two leads are humorless sad sacks.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Despite being underwhelmed by the premiere, I'm not ready to write "Tarzan" off just yet.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's impossible not to compare the two casts or to find the new version a pale imitation whose characters don't feel fresh in the slightest, because, well, they're not.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    A series that doesn't give viewers enough reason to care in its premiere episode.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Viewers who come to TV for smart, serious, sophisticated fare will likely hate this show while viewers just looking for something innocuous and entertaining will be more forgiving.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The show's premise has enormous potential--it's essentially a live-action version of "The Incredibles," about a family that gains superpowers--but Tuesday's premiere disappoints with its slow-moving plot and whiny characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Everything in Neverland is a quest as characters run from one large set piece to another without much character development except in minor strokes that are predictable and rudimentary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    All of the beats are overly familiar and the jokes are just as tired.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "24" still maintains some of its trademark intensity, but too often in these first four hours, the show is smack-your-forehead laughable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Written by I. Marlene King ("Just My Luck"), Tuesday's premiere is a generally predictable introduction that too often plays like a bad "Saturday Night Live" parody of a teen soap.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    There's no sophisticated humor in FX's Unsupervised, which plays like a less witty "Beavis and Butt-head."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Sex Box is not dull despite being a talky show, but it's also unclear how many times viewers can watch this before the relationship issues gets repetitive. As for the "therapy," it's pretty shallow and fleeting.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The pilot offers a deft introduction to the characters and their situations. It's just unfortunate that more care wasn't taken to create a show that feels fresh--The Deep End is rather moldy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    While it's hard to imagine that the show won't continue if it's a hit, Sunday's premiere marks an inauspicious debut that ignores the sound advice given to all writers: show, don't tell.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Whodunnit? asks its contestants to become actors when they are chosen to be killed off, which gives this show a cheesy vibe that's accentuated by contestants screaming at the top of their lungs when they find a body that they obviously know is just someone playing dead. Add in pacing problems and reality show cliches and Whodunnit? may prompt a big "Who cares?" from discerning viewers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "Day Break" is both dark and frustrating.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Bad Teacher relies on a one-joke premise that's funny enough in the premiere but seems like it will wear poorly over time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Viewers who value character development, logic and plot consistency will be disappointed by this series that's sloppy when it comes to all three. It's often more concerned with looking cool and fun than making sense.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    But like so many other shows in recent years, this concept would work better as a one-shot movie than as a weekly series.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The relationship between Ironside and his ex-partner, Gary (Brent Sexton), is somewhat interesting but everything else in Ironside is a well-worn cop show cliché, from Ironside’s tough guy routine to the dialogue.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Thoroughly average and unfailingly adequate, NBC's Lipstick Jungle is easier to like than ABC's cold, cynical "Cashmere Mafia," but that's like putting lipstick on a pig, albeit a pig dressed in couture.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    This sitcom may elicit a few laughs, but the premiere episode is pretty lackluster overall, with obvious punchlines and predictable characterizations.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Tonight's premiere goes from spooky to goofy to intriguing to incomprehensible -- in that order. [6 Oct 2000, p.44]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The plot of the $#*! premiere episode marks an improvement on the first pilot as it scraps an uncomfortable real estate scheme story in favor of better establishing the relationship between Henry and Ed, but the show's humor is still too often as crude as its title.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Dull and sometimes confusing--why are those British soldiers loyal to the Red Coats not wearing red?--the 90-minute premiere too often encourages viewers to turn away in boredom or frustration.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Fans of zombies and the absurd may want to tune in but there's nothing funny or interesting enough in Ugly Americans to keep me coming back.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Perhaps with more attention to concrete character details and less reliance on silly stereotypes, Hart of Dixie will manage to grow into a show that does not provoke multiple fits of eye rolling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Backstage antics are what's supposed to make "Kitchen Confidential" hilarious, but instead the characters just come off as juvenile.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's a strange little show: A light-hearted half-hour caper that purports to be a comedy but isn't really that funny.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The Unusuals offers an odd combo platter of tones that don't allow the show to jell in its premiere episode.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Preachers' Daughters is pretty much the show you expect/fear it will be but with just one girl who's really gone down a bad path.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    If you watched Leno on "The Tonight Show," you'll probably watch him in prime time. If you didn't, I can't imagine why you would now, especially once original programming returns to ABC and CBS next week.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The premise, though bold, isn't as revolutionary as the "24" format, and the pilot is seriously lacking in thrills for an alleged thriller.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Ultimately, the story doesn’t really matter because the characters are paper thin and efforts to make Alice more than a damsel in distress--she’s a skull-crushing, tree climber--don’t really add much depth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    If not for the polarizing nature of its star--people who love her and hate her will tune in to revel in her Palin-ness or mock her for it--no one would be talking about this dull, derivative TV show.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Mulaney feels dated, a throwback to '90s sitcoms that's out of place in Fox prime time in 2014. Maybe it would feel more at home on TV Land.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    I don't care about the characters, their treasure hunts or how much they make or lose when they gamble that they'll find something of value in a locked storage unit [on "Storage Wars"]. And that's pretty much my reaction to Baggage Battles, too.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Some of it is funny, some is boring, and some is bound to offend the easily offended.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It feels like a retread--and a toothless one at that.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Same Name is a show made for people who live and breathe E! and TMZ.com. Cynics need not tune in.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Maybe as an animated sketch on "Saturday Night Live," Allen Gregory would leave viewers eager for more. But in half-hour form, it's too much of the same.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Bland and toothless, this drama, about a woman who ends up working in organized crime, attempts to meld suburban mommy drama with a mob story but fails to come up with anything that’s remotely interesting to watch.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Viewers who like to snicker at cheesy TV movies will get a kick out of Shepherd's imperious and demanding take on Stewart.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Moonlight is just a weak, generic private-eye drama with a vampire story overlay.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's not atrocious, just sort of bland -- the kind of show we've watched a million times before.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The guys behave badly in mostly cliched and predictable ways.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Once again, a reality show that could have been an entertaining diversion is ruined by an over-long running time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's not that the show is terrible--it's not--but it brings nothing new to the firefighter drama format.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Despite strong production values and an intriguing premise, Outcasts lumbers along, perhaps done in by trying to tackle too many themes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The Firm tries to marry case-of-the-week stories with a conspiracy plot. It doesn't succeed.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's not funny enough, the characters don't make much of an impression and the "Porky's"-style humor is too tame to have the requisite impact.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The result is not all that funny but more interesting than what most stand-up TV programs deliver.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It comes across as a rather dull, ineptly produced program that looks like it was filmed with dated technology in plodding style.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Each of the three opportunities to deposit or keep the money is preceded by a financial discussion between each couple, which usually reveals one person to be more giving and the other to be more concerned with No. 1. These getting repetitive and boring fast.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Fashion Star remains a cool idea. But its execution and formatting need work.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    A preposterous action-drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    All style, no substance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    At one time, it was possible to enjoy Nurse Jackie even for viewers who were over Jackie's drama because the supporting cast was so much fun. There's something less entertaining about them these days, too. Their plots sometimes feel like a stretch, as if the writers are grasping for stories for them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Tonight's extended episode--it runs until 11:15 p.m.--comes off as the trashier, less sophisticated cousin to "Project Runway." If that's the appeal of "Runway," then have at it. But if you're a design fan, The Fashion Show may prove to be an unfashionable disappointment.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    American Odyssey too often lacks the gritty realism of cable series that attempt similar, convoluted plots. It doesn’t catch viewers in a plot that feels real; rather, it feels like a planned, plotted, manufactured-for-your-enjoyment TV show.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    More often than not, watching Drunk History is like being the only sober person at a party where none of the people present are your friends.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's also similar to Fox's "Raising Hope," except that "Raising Hope" offers smart comedy and Baby Daddy is stuck in the realm of TGIF humor.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    No question, "Big Brother 2" makes for better TV than its boring predecessor, but it's still no "Survivor." [7 Jul 2001]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Mostly the show, as these reality series are wont to do, follows the dysfunction within the family.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's one thing when a TV show sets up a concrete mystery whose resolution you have faith will come, something like, "Who killed Mr. X?" But it's quite another when the show is so abstract that you aren't even sure what questions it asks. Kevin McKidd ("Rome") is an excellent actor, and it's only his skill that makes Journeyman tolerable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    David Alan Grier, star of the new Chocolate News gets points for moxie, but the series fails on too many other counts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Most of the young, relatively untested actors in Ground Floor are not nearly as talented at creating endearing characters; in the first two episodes the characters are mostly just ciphers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "Meadowlands" demands too much of a slog for too little in return.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Networks want their shows to look like movies these days, but the Intelligence pilot makes the border of Pakistan and Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., both look like Vancouver, where the pilot was filmed. It's a minor but telling detail in this unimaginative rehash.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    While Ms. Leigh’s character is a pastiche of cliched archetypes, Mr. Ido’s taxi-driving scoundrel is a charmer. But it will take more than charm to watch Taxi Brooklyn and not feel like you’re being taken for a ride you’ve been on too many times before.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Allegiance is not terrible, although its characters are paper-thin, and, beyond feeling derivative, the show isn’t all that credible.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    George Lopez’s Saint George [is], another mediocre, three-camera sitcom with nothing new to say.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Surviving Jack allows for a smidgen of heartfelt earnestness now and again, but it’s less heartwarming than the steadily-improving “The Goldbergs” because at heart Surviving Jack is the one-joke premise of its title: My dad’s a jerk.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The same old thing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Elf offers some slight, warmed over charms.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The problem with Sense8 is that it’s glacially paced and not nearly as riveting as it thinks it is.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Sheen's obvious, minimally funny new sitcom.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    When a wannabe TV thriller doesn’t work, the show devolves into a morass of characters making repeated bad decisions, like “Groundhog Day” but without the intentional comedy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The characters can better be distinguished from one another than the ciphers in "Three Rivers" but they still need time to develop and become something approaching realistic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's an (occasionally) frothy mix -- comedic moments tumble into serious scenes of forensic examination -- that's not altogether terrible, but neither does it beg to be watched on a regular basis.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    She's not a Ewing, but grandma Ryland (Judith Light) is far more entertaining than any of the young hunks fighting around the pool at Southfork.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Though there are surprises and crosses and double-crosses in the show's waning minutes, Alias fails to make me care much about its characters, their future or understanding who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. "La Femme Nikita" kept these mysteries beguiling in its early seasons; Alias can't manage to do that in its first episode. [30 Sept 2001, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    They're a largely unlikable lot of crooked cops, adulterers and Hopper's long-winded, nutso music mogul. It's one thing to spend a movie with these characters, but it's quite another to tune in for 13 weeks.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Killjoys tries to build a mythology, but both the low-rent look--a red filter for this scene! a green filter for this scene!--and the emphasis on fights over character development dooms the show to medocrity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The writing in "Old Christine" is occasionally funny in a low-key way, but too often the show is a bore.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's one thing to laugh at characters on TV shows who behave foolishly, who deserve to be mocked. Valerie's crimes for the sake of comedy are nothing more than aging with an undiminished Hollywood ego. It's a little funny at first, but it quickly turns sad, something you want to look away from, not laugh about. [2 June 2005, p.WE-37]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    There's little that's surprising let alone interesting about Carpoolers despite the best efforts of an enthusiastic cast, most notably O'Connell.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The new season’s more-is-more approach feels forced. Even the pretentiousness seems turned up a notch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    This new season seems more forced than usual.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    As far as medical stories go, there's not much in Saving Hope viewers haven't seen before (and better) elsewhere, including on "Grey's Anatomy."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "What About Brian" isn't a terrible show, it just doesn't offer enough unique reasons to make a weekly appointment with this gang of friends.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    If you're bereft without new episodes of "House" this summer and willing to settle for a pale imitation, there's always Fox's Mental.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It almost feels like a weird, little indie film if indie films were somewhat flat and predictable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    With a premise that's at least 20 years past its "fresh until" date, the issues in Star-Crossed get handled with mostly predictable, rote exploration to the point that one has to wonder, does this show matter? Probably not.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's one crazy mess of a TV "event series" that doesn't make much effort to clarify what it's about in the early going, plopping viewers into two concurrent plots that will presumably intersect at some point.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    This retelling of the Arthurian legend feels overly familiar and there's just not enough that's new or different to make it worthwhile.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The show never allows itself to stand down from ill-fated, continuous attempts at heightened hilarity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    NYC 22 is very much a prototypical CBS show--it lacks ambition but it's not terrible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Viewers who don't mind being dragged along for a ride, who are gluttons for punishment ("X-Files" faithful, perhaps), may want to join in John Doe's search. For the rest of us, Doe will remain the personification of an unsolved mystery. [20 Sept 2002, p.40]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    If you're able to get past the ridiculous premise--and, admittedly, I was not --Outlaw still suffers from other problems, including two-dimensional supporting characters.

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