For 1,051 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,051 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Family Tools is an occasionally funny (but mostly not) show about a son who takes over his father's handyman business.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Fans of old-time network soaps may find something to enjoy here, but despite the promise that “dark secrets simmer behind every door and threaten to tarnish the genteel façade of seductive Charleston,” Reckless is decidedly bland and evinces almost none of the sense of place CBS proclaims.
    • 63 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The dreary, often predictable family story begins to suffocate the show as it gains ground over the first four episodes.... Ray Donovan benefits from strategic use of character actors in supporting roles.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The concept of Nikki sounds trite, but the execution is at least amusing in two out of the first three episodes. [8 Oct 2000, p.G-7]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 50 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Originals deserves credit for a mostly clear set-up for newcomers.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    They’re remaking The Tomorrow People and the results are just kind of “meh.”
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It is mostly humorless, grave sci-fi, but in the pilot the best moments are the most human.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's marginally more engrossing/less ridiculous in its pilot than CBS's fall flop, "Hostages."
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    For some viewers this sameness will be like slipping on a comfy pair of slippers; for others NCIS: New Orleans might be too much the same.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Viewers who crave a nostalgic kick for single-case crime dramas of the late 1990s might find something to like here but for viewers seeking a more contemporary style of storytelling, there are no TV firsts in Murder in the First.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Under the Dome won’t be confused with good TV--and often last season it was borderline bad TV--but depending on where the writers take it this year, it might be empty-headed, summer fun.
    • 50 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).
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Everything in Young & Hungry is predictable, including most of the jokes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Despite being underwhelmed by the premiere, I'm not ready to write "Tarzan" off just yet.
    • 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
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    All style, no substance.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    To call "Dad" derivative of "Family Guy" would be an understatement. [28 Apr 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 42 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The same old thing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's not atrocious, just sort of bland -- the kind of show we've watched a million times before.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Tonight's premiere is often a huge time-waster, but when it's not boring viewers with the umpteenth meet-the-judges segment and sticks to introducing wacky inventors, it's kind of a hoot.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "Day Break" is both dark and frustrating.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Some of it is funny, some is boring, and some is bound to offend the easily offended.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "Runaway" is no "Everwood," which featured complex characters and an exploration of social issues. "Runaway" is far more pedestrian -- "The Fugitive" with a family -- but it may not be any better of a fit with its lead-in "7th Heaven."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "Eureka" just doesn't rise to a "Northern Exposure" level of quality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Every reality show needs a mix of those you cheer for and those you jeer against, but "Texas Ranch House" has too many of the latter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Moonlight is just a weak, generic private-eye drama with a vampire story overlay.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    "Meadowlands" demands too much of a slog for too little in return.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    As anyone who has used an old photocopy machine knows, a copy of a copy of a copy is rarely as good as the original. Suspect Behavior comes across as a show in search of a purpose beyond the obvious brand extension.
    • 53 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    This new season seems more forced than usual.
    • 40 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
    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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Given the ubiquity of "Real Housewives" shows, it may be a sign of equality for a show about househusbands, but adding to the lame reality show glut does not feel like societal progress.
    • 41 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Great TV always flows from the specificity of a show's characters; "Happy Town" traffics in banal generalities.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    A series that doesn't give viewers enough reason to care in its premiere episode.
    • 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Traffic Light seems to want to be a male "Sex and the City" or "Entourage" without the Hollywood backdrop. But the scrapes these guys get into are more recognizable and more cliched than what the "Entourage" guys encounter.
    • 42 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It suffers from predictable jokes that are more likely to conjure a hint of a smile, not a belly laugh.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It feels like a retread--and a toothless one at that.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Hell on Wheels is not a bad show, but it's also not engrossing.
    • 39 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.
    • 58 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The Firm tries to marry case-of-the-week stories with a conspiracy plot. It doesn't succeed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    There's no sophisticated humor in FX's Unsupervised, which plays like a less witty "Beavis and Butt-head."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    NYC 22 is very much a prototypical CBS show--it lacks ambition but it's not terrible.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Fashion Star remains a cool idea. But its execution and formatting need work.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Mostly the show, as these reality series are wont to do, follows the dysfunction within the family.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Sheen's obvious, minimally funny new sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The result is not all that funny but more interesting than what most stand-up TV programs deliver.
    • 64 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
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    This comedy is full of stock jokes, stock characters and even a stock premise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The guys behave badly in mostly cliched and predictable ways.
    • 57 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It almost feels like a weird, little indie film if indie films were somewhat flat and predictable.
    • 41 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's all cheesy and silly with minimally adequate performances but, eh, what do you expect from a show in this genre.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's basically a one-joke show--a guy in drag plays the leader of a clique of mean girls--that pales compared with the smart unpredictable chaos of comedy in "Getting On."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The jokes, while occasionally funny, almost all feel reheated.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The Salem pilot is rather plodding except when occasionally punctuated by these more gonzo scenes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Crossbones doesn’t offer compelling enough drama to complement its banal brutality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    If April’s work world is silly, her home life is uninvolving because it’s barely sketched out and seems like an afterthought.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The show never allows itself to stand down from ill-fated, continuous attempts at heightened hilarity.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Partners is your basic odd couple comedy with Mr. Grammer attacking his part with his trademark zeal and Mr. Lawrence wandering through the motions in somnambulant fashion. It’s a stark energy contrast but a secondary problem for Partners, which mostly stumbles on predictable plotting that flows from pedestrian writing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Fans of this hit-or-miss crime serial--and of Linden and Holder, in particular--may want to stream these final episodes just to see what kind of miserable state the show leaves poor Linden in, but The Killing long ago ceased to be required viewing for cultural currency.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    I know "Survivor." I watch "Survivor." You, "Big Brother," are no "Survivor." [7 Jul 2000]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Like so many of these relationship reality shows, The Bachelor is cheesy and the whiff of desperation wafting off the contestants is strong. A preview for future episodes promises jealousy, back stabbing and cat fights as the bachelorettes vie for the main man...What do you want to bet this one won't make the National Organization for Women's Top 10? [22 Mar 2002, p.36]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Viewers who like their comedy broad, loud and silly might take a liking to this "Odd Couple"-like sitcom.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    I suppose sadomasochists or anyone craving abuse will enjoy "Hell's Kitchen," but I won't be tuning in again. [29 May 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    When it comes to both character and story, there's really not much in "Conviction" viewers haven't seen before.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Showing the evidence really adds nothing as the story twists, turns and contorts itself in an attempt to keep viewers from tuning out before the hour is up.
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It appears Freddie Prinze Jr. studied at the Matt LeBlanc School of Acting given his mumbling performance and nice-guy-cum-neanderthal portrayal of Freddie Moreno.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Just Legal" is just tedious.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    I only made it through the first hour and then I gave up.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The problem with "Reunion" is that beyond the show's gimmick, there's not much to draw viewers in. The characters lack depth and personality and the situations are -- yawn -- overly familiar.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    At first glance... it comes off as silly sci-fi, a not-so-intriguing series that wades into all-too-similar waters as two other fall shows. The difference in this one is that the water is noticeably more shallow.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is neither funny enough to be a comedy nor dramatic enough to be an engaging drama.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Romijin... [is] too cold and aloof to play the lead.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's all a bunch of mush, but I suspect it's mush that will find a receptive audience.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A disappointingly sex-obsessed sitcom.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Out of Practice" relies on trite misunderstandings and crude dialogue, both go-to gags for uninspired sitcom scribes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Dresden's investigations amount to a lot of ho-hum hokum... and his relationships are largely paint-by-number bland.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    This story of two computer I.T. guys and their computer illiterate boss is overly obvious and plays on stereotypes in an over-the-top way that may have been au courant in the '80s but feels woefully dated today.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A lackluster "Sex and the City" companion.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Vanished" is a show that should leave viewers begging for more, but instead engenders more of a shrug because nothing in the pilot is convincing -- not the characters, not the setting, not the performances.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A mere wisp of a show, so lighter than air that it threatens to float away at any moment.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's another one of those dismissable, disposable, oh-so-slight comedies.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Desire" features better production values than a daytime soap, but just as wooden acting by its no-name cast and terrible dialogue.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A soapy, shallow look at how gossip is currency in Hollywood.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The miniseries asks a lot of patience on the part of viewers and gives too little in return.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show squanders any high-mindedness with ridiculous shoot-'em-up scenes reminiscent of any cop show circa 1979.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    In a way, Unhitched reminds me of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" in its attempts to shock, but this new series feels more manufactured and far less likely to become a cult hit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It gets bogged down by so many procedural elements that all the character moments get squished and forced out around the edges, resulting in an uninteresting blob of an overly familiar TV show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    By the end of the third episode of the second season there have been multiple hookups and breakups, enough to make your head spin or bore you to tears. Alas, I found myself experiencing more of the latter.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Where the travails, conquests and bad behavior in "Entourage" come off as dramatic, clever and imaginative, "Sons of Hollywood" is just like any other celebreality show: More boorish behavior by rich people.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Halfway House" is occasionally amusing but the characters are not well-formed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Writers Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle are certainly inventive, if inventive can mean willing-to-crib-from-sci-fi-culture-past, but the Tin Man story doesn't hang together well.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A show that's more boring than funny, an investment of entertainment time that's not worth making.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Kath & Kim is based on an Australian hit series of the same name but this Americanized version is an unpleasant way to pass a half-hour.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Merlin looks, well, typically British with shoddy production values. Worse, it tells dull stories.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's difficult to imagine many "Dancing" viewers will be suckered into watching this unimaginative, predictable comedy series for more than the first couple of minutes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The Easy Money production values are low all-around but they wouldn't be as noticeable if the characters and tedious story sparked to life. They don't, and it doesn't.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The Eastwick characters are fairly generic types who are too bland and predictable to be involving.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The conclusion is that a great cast and a singular location can't carry a scattershot script that goes in and out of focus.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Unlike "Jackie," nothing in Mercy feels real or believable, particularly the naivete of the recent grad student newbie nurse, who acts as if she's never been in a hospital.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Hank is the kind of show Dr. Frasier Crane would sneer at, which makes it particularly sad to see Kelsey Grammer reduced to starring in this ABC sitcom as a Dumb Daddy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Past Life begins with a fairly ridiculous premise, and the show's bland leads don't make it anymore watchable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is a manipulative tearjerker that uses this poor guy's real-life death sentence to milk tears out of viewers. And that makes it a little icky to watch. It's great that Childs gets all sorts of adventures but the blatant effort to wring tears out of viewers made me uncomfortable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    For anyone who's seen the "Spider-Man" films (or even the last, worst season of NBC's "Heroes"), there's little to recommend about this new series that has its bloated, two-hour debut.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's a shame that the writing makes Off the Map so unwatchable.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    With Gigolos, Showtime takes a topic that should be provocative and turns it into nothing more than "The Real Man Whores of Las Vegas."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Love in the Wild is undeniably a waste of time and brain cells.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It feels both orchestrated and dated, like a show whose time came and went around the same TV era that "Home Improvement" aired in.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Hey, with a name like Charlie's Angels, at least viewers have a pretty good idea of what they're going to get: action, attractive women and gorgeous locations--but not much else.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Twists begin to pile up like they're falling out of a How To Write Noir handbook. And that may be the show's biggest problem: It feels contrived, which makes the audience feel manipulated.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is gleefully rude in keeping with Ms. Handler's personal style, but 8:30 p.m. seems way too early for explicit sex jokes.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    H8R feels contrived whether there's a happy ending or not, so there's not much point in watching except perhaps for the initial confrontation between the hater and the object of his/her scorn if that's the kind of uncomfortable drama you crave.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Subtlety is not this show's strong suit. That lack of tonal balance dooms the show.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Aggressively dumb, sex-obsessed and occasionally misogynistic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Bag of Bones rarely scares but frequently induces unintentional giggles.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Other than re-living some of Napoleon's favorite catchphrases from the 2004 movie, there's not much enjoyment to be gleaned from this obvious, unfunny episode.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Missing is like a bad Lifetime movie blown up into a weekly series.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Men at Work is mostly an unfunny, uninteresting look at four work buddies.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    [A] silly, unnecessary reboot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    There's nothing wrong with TV Land trying to revive the old-school, multi-camera sitcom but the pilot for this show wouldn't have cut it in the 1980s.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It is indeed sinfully bad.... The plot is predictable and the acting generally hammy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Lousy writing and stale characters rule in Malibu Country.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's a silly time-waster with terrible commentary by hosts Jamie Kennedy and Jessi Cruickshank.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Fox's preposterous organized crime/medical show combo platter The Mob Doctor manages to be silly and sappy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Do No Harm is a ridiculous show with plenty of lines of groaner dialogue.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It’s got a worthy premise that’s larded up with unfunny, over-the-top characterizations.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The Hero is not all that exciting but the production values are top-notch and the location (Panama) somewhat unique.... Rather than three shows, one show would be best: Make The Rock the host, use the settings of "72 Hours" and the casting of "Race to the Scene" and viewers would be much better off than watching any of these individual new programs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Rather than three shows, one show would be best: Make The Rock the host, use the settings of 72 Hours and the casting of "Race to the Scene" and viewers would be much better off than watching any of these individual new programs.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Here comes "Trouble," big, bad, ugly ratings trouble. [6 Oct 2000, p.44]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is so manic, particularly Mr. Hayes’ performance, that it’s clearly trying too hard--and painfully obvious set-up dialogue.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Everything on the show feels outlined, if not scripted.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The screenplay seems more likely to have been transcribed by those guys with the plot dreamed up by an imaginative child or a drunken fanboy. Visually, the film is poorly directed sometimes to a point of such incoherence that it's not always clear what's going on, who's talking, etc. And the ending is laughably awkward.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A bigger problem is that Super Fun Night still isn’t all that funny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is inoffensive, tedious pabulum with forced postal humor.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show's concept is kind of interesting: Two women (one in 1209 France, another in the present day) are connected through time but after giving the miniseries about 40 minutes, I gave up in favor of a new episode of FX's "Fargo."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Backpakers benefits from filming on location in Europe but that can’t make up for the lowest common denominator escapades, which play like an unfunny, made-for-TV “Road Trip.”
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The lead actors are slightly improved -- although Erik von Detten's hair is more expressive than his face -- but the story plods like one of the less graceful dinosaurs on screen.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Fox executives could have saved substantial production costs and achieved basically the same boring result by filming 14 randy monkeys in a cage containing only 10 bananas.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Mostly it's the story of a sex-starved, immature, lazy guy who flings dog poop into his neighbor's yard. NBC has done something similar by inflicting this show on the viewing public. [24 Sept 2002, p.C-6]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Overcooked and preposterous to the point of being laughable.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Problem is, the characters are neither likeable enough to cheer for nor despicable enough to loathe. They're just sort of unformed lumps of gray clay with a few stereotypical streaks of color.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    An often lighthearted medical show set in a Los Angeles fertility clinic, NBC's "Inconceivable" lacks the grit of "ER," the heart of "Scrubs" and the soapy shenanigans of "Grey's Anatomy," leaving an empty husk of a series.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    "The Game" lacks the relationships that made "Girlfriends" a qualified UPN hit and the comedy to make it much of anything for The CW.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Seriously lacking in laughs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    The biggest problem with "so noTORIous" is that the laughs, when they come, are few and far between.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    The laugh track is far too enthusiastic for the lame attempts at comedy on display here.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Filled with terrible dialogue.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Dull and plodding, "Hunters" is no reality TV treasure.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    It had a weak pilot to begin with, but the second episode is even more of a tedious bore.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    "October Road" is perhaps one of the most clumsily plotted, illogical drama pilots to be produced in years.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Another single-camera comedy that fails to provide any laughs.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Miscast and only intermittently funny, Jezebel James misfires on all cylinders.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Flash Gordon is a victim of pedestrian scripting. Worse yet, the characters are forced to spout too much exposition that betrays what should be the characters' natural reactions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    Utterly unpleasant and unfunny, Fox's dispiriting Sons of Tucson may be the worst comedy series of a generally winning 2009-10 TV season.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Rob Owen
    An awful show about awful people.