Robert Bianco

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For 975 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 A Raisin in the Sun
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
975 tv reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The Bedford Diaries... is not merely the worst show of the vernal season but one of the worst ever concocted by the soon-to-vanish WB.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The show is all structure and no substance.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Sanctimonious yet salacious, tawdry yet preachy, and dull as, well, dirt, this haltingly comic drama has as much trouble finding a workable tone as it does making a coherent point.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    A badly acted, clumsily constructed "Starsky & Hutch"/"Miami Vice" revival that imposes fictional clichés on top of harsh realities.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    Courting Alex is nothing if not dull.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Bianco
    They're kids, exhibiting the kind of behaviors, good and bad, that kids do in real life. That's not awful or particularly surprising--but it's also not even remotely entertaining.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Don't get your hopes up. This second installment of Big Brother is just as dull as the first. It's just dull in a different and sleazier way. [10 Jul 2001]
    • USA Today
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The main structural problem for the show is that neither the couples nor the contrast makes any sense.... Still, this being a comedy, the more troubling problem is that no one is funny, starting with Garrett.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The show is so painfully witless and dull, your daily commute may begin to seem entertaining in comparison.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It's all meant to be exciting, but like everything else about The Cleaner, it comes across as almost profoundly silly.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    What you get from Motherhood are witless, barely connected vignettes about three unpleasant, unbelievable women.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    If you want to get away with being offensive on TV, you have to be awfully funny, and Sit Down gets much closer to "awful" than it ever does to "funny."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 0 Robert Bianco
    A show so vile, it makes you think the company's arrogant It's Not TV -- It's HBO slogan isn't a brag -- it's a threat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Sons wants us to care about their hopes and struggles, but gives no clue as to why we might do so.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Coherence and a respect for reality, of course, were never Prison's strengths--which makes you wonder whether this is really a show we want muddling around in Yemen, a country suffering from a civil war in which our military has become entangled. Unfortunately, to no great surprise, Prison makes no effort to get the facts or parties straight, or to avoid a single ugly Middle Eastern stereotype.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    What we expect in exchange are a few thrills, a few jolts and some convincing destruction, none of which this cheap, embarrassing film delivers.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The actors do their best, but most of what they're doing is hopelessly, witlessly predictable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    You'll eventually be able to tell one gun-toting, ax-wielding character from another. You're just not likely to develop a desire to spend time with them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Gratuitously cruel and mind-numbingly dull, Stylista pretends to be "fashion forward" while it apes everything that has gone before.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    You're stuck with a dull mush that works neither as drama, comedy or camp trash.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    There was a time when a show like George Lopez would have been seen as another assault on minority pride by clueless members of the majority, but as star, producer and writer, Lopez would seem to have more than enough control here. So if his show comes across as an often offensive, always witless collection of Latino stereotypes, at least the blame appears to fall on a Latino...I guess that counts as progress, even if it wasn't the kind intended. [27 Mar 2002, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 35 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, the comedy is Kelley at his most forced and artificial.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    What you get is a ham-fisted, irrational, superficially stylish show that thinks it’s saying something when it’s merely bellowing, and thinks it’s taking risks when it’s merely taking liberties.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Southland is unbearable--a pretentious, foul-mouthed, overly arty chore that will leave you with a headache should you linger too long.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    [It doesn't] live up to its camp catfight billing, in large part because Derek doesn't have this kind of drag-queen Dynasty performance in her. Not only does the role take more than the minimal acting skills she possesses, it also takes a level of on-camera comfort she has never mastered.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Monday's opening monologue, supposedly Leno's strong suit, was tired, lame and unfunny. In other words, typical of the real Leno, rather than the Leno of public-relations imagination.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    You can think of it as Titus with kids added and talent removed.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Despite the obvious, desperate attempts to inject youth appeal, Conviction is as tired as it is undistinguished.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Clearly, the show is aiming for urban grit. But that's hard to achieve when you're constantly distracting us with a ludicrous plot.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    One Tree Hill isn't the worst show you'll see this season, but it may be the most depressingly superfluous. As too often happens with WB shows, Hill reminds you of every other WB show you've ever seen. It's as if the network has done away with original programming and gone straight to scheduling reruns. [23 Sept 2003, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The most important lesson from tonight's premiere is that there isn't a single plot point this yawn-a-minute show won't feel the need to hammer home.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    Cobbled together out of hundreds of undercover/caper movie clichés, Sleeper Cell is so absurdly detached from the real world, it makes 24 look like a documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Bored is TV that's tailor-made for people who hate TV. It won't make you laugh, but it will make you feel hipper than the room, and for some, that will be enough.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Strip away the abrasive flourishes, and what's left is a standard-issue TV mystery with cases that are too easy to solve and internal conflicts and conspiracies that make no sense.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The real sin here is the way the show wastes Hunter, a terrific actress with a proven ability to make tough women compelling.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Donovan is barely present, and while Heche may have her strengths as an actress, warmth would not seem to be one of them.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    There isn't a moment of wonder or suspense in Surface, or a single performance or character that is even remotely involving.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    You can find mummies who look fresher than this mold-encrusted relic, and who have newer ideas in their empty, embalmed heads.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    An abject failure both as sociology and as entertainment, this incompetent update of Black Like Me is no more than a gimmick in search of an idea.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The result is a deadly, deal-driven mistake that takes a network that has made great sitcom strides forward one unfortunate step back.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It's as if every line in the script was written in capital letters--with the exception of the even more ludicrous narration, which was no doubt printed in florid italics.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has the byplay been as idiotic or annoying as it is on Rizzoli.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    You might be able to forgive the sloppiness of the premise if something else in the episode worked, but it's all a contrived, derivative mess.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The result is a show that tries to be adult and titillating but just comes across as juvenile and badly paced, as if the cast were waiting for laughs they must realize won't be arriving.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It makes one of the worst first impressions in TV history. Seldom has a show worked so diligently to make you hate its characters so quickly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    You might be willing to overlook the show's structural flaws if the cases themselves were wildly compelling, but unfortunately, they are of a piece with their misguided series.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    There's perhaps an outside chance that NBC's American Odyssey might not seem quite as impenetrably dull had we not already seen--or ignored--a hundred similar tales of terrorist conspiracies and government coverups. But we have and it does, and there's really no coming back from that.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Hands down the worst new show of the season.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Rather than art re-creating and explicating reality, How to is art mimicking reality shows, with all their annoyances and posing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The show seems to vanish as it's happening, leaving behind nothing except a vague feeling of being mildly annoyed. It doesn't just fail to leave you laughing. It leaves you, period.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    There are a few amusing, if not always sensible, twists, and after a rough start, Bower does display some charm and skill as the boy king. But even so, a story meant to sing simply doesn't.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Alas, like most copies, Privileged is a second-rate imitation.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Bianco
    Enough to make you re-evaluate the virtues of celibacy...Here's a thought: Perhaps these whiners can't find great guys because they're not so great themselves. [5 June 1998, p.12E]
    • USA Today
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Friends was not a shockingly original premise. It's what you do with it that matters, and Caspe and crew do almost nothing that doesn't feel secondhand and artificial.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    In the end, it's up to the star to sell the gimmick in a show like Limitless, and so far, McDorman would not seem to be ready for the task. There are too many scenes where one can't quite tell what Brian is supposed to be thinking or feeling, and too few scenes where one manages to care.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Rules is one of those sitcoms that makes people who hate sitcoms hate sitcoms.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Bianco
    Tasteless. [18 June 1999, p.12E]
    • USA Today
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Since cities can't sue for defamation, all people in D.C. can do is change the channel. I'd advise the rest of the nation to follow suit. [6 Oct 2000, p.10E]
    • USA Today
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The show suffers from severe tonal problems as it struggles to balance local eccentricities and strained comedy with an overly graphic approach to its plot-driving crimes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Louis-Dreyfus has either decided, or been convinced, that the way to save Ellie is to barrel her way through every scene, mugging and pushing so forcefully that she makes Michael Richards look subtle. She's not just in constant motion; she seems to be in a state of constant rage. Even her singing, which was never the show's strong point, has become grating and strained. [15 Apr 2003]
    • USA Today
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Burnett is reality royalty, but he seems to have fallen for a faulty premise: that anyone outside of NBC's New York offices cares enough about Trump to want to watch a group of suck-ups compete for his favors. [8 Jan 2004]
    • USA Today
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Alas, while it's fine to have a villain who is more colorful than your hero, it's not so fine to have a supporting actor who makes your star vanish whenever they're on screen together. It makes you think that what this remake of a spinoff really needs is a spinoff of its own.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Without characters to rely on, the show tries to hook us in with legal twists and turns--evidence found, evidence in, evidence out. But even on that level, Truth falters. The only twists you won't see coming are the ones that make no sense
    • 56 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    As oversexed as it is underachieving, Bash is the kind of original programming that makes you reconsider your antipathy toward reruns.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Anything even marginally appealing about Vice Principals is overwhelmed by the witless ugliness, rampant stupidity and utter cluelessness about the times in which we live.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Despite the strenuous efforts of creator Matt Nix, Ellison (Jason O'Mara) also appears to be trapped in a story that wants to be a movie, and seems ill-equipped to support an eight-episode series.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Drama requires more than mere stenography. It requires creating full-blooded characters we're willing to believe, giving them lines we think some human being might actually say, and hiring actors who are able to say them without allowing us to see any artifice underneath. At those tasks, Gupta, Kelley and most of their cast have failed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The characters here creak, including the talking bear who mirrors the alien in American Dad and the dog in Family Guy, and the watered-down setup now feels like a copy of a copy of a copy. What's worse, in three episodes, there's hardly a laugh to be found. Bad taste, we'll accept. Boring we won't.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Dracula is exhaustingly, confusingly silly, and deadly dull, to boot, which is one thing Dracula has seldom been.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Perhaps Leighton has a huge fan base, but nothing in her cold, starched, tightly stretched rehash of Sydney would explain her appeal to the uninitiated. Still, the apartment complex does look inviting, as do many of the Los Angeles hot spots that are being used as sets.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    All of this pressure apparently has left Nick considerably annoyed, since whether solving the murder case or salvaging the corporate deal, one-note peevishness is pretty much all Baker conveys. You could get the impression he had been sentenced to do this show...We, however, are free to watch something else.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    This isn't escapist TV; it's TV you need to escape.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Bob's isn't nearly funny enough. It just lopes along, stumbling from one tasteless moment to the next.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    This is a show, and a network, that doesn't just insult your intelligence; they assume you don't have any.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    A ludicrously see-through supernatural crime drama that wastes a perfectly fine performance from Emily Rose as an FBI agent who tracks an escaped convict to a Maine town.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    You'll find some fine actors here, Harden and Somerville among them, along with some whose continued employment may strike you as a mystery. Not that it matters much: Dr. Zorba returned from the dead would not have been able to breathe life into this stiff.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The Originals should give us some idea of just how deep the current teenage affection for vampire stories goes. If it can support a show this ludicrously written and terribly cast, it's deeper than most adults can fathom.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The Firm is part weekly procedural, part season-long conspiracy, and wholly unsatisfying.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Its misogyny is appalling even for an industry in which male-driven stupidity is often a given. Were it funny, that might have helped, but really, it's the ugly, angry undertone that truly hurts.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    You start with the minor annoyances, like their fondness for silly nicknames ("Big Dave" and "Root Beer" standing in for Road's "Big Cat" and "Physical Phil"), and move on to the really big sins, such as their inability to create interesting characters or their habit of writing dialogue that either hits us over the head with exposition or pulls us out of the story through ridiculous, artsy flourishes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Spend an hour with Journeyman and you'll wish you knew how to time-travel.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, it takes Bad Teacher less than 30 minutes to feel as exhausted and repetitive as Men does after 11 years.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It won't take you long to recognize this inept remake for the dull, clumsy bore it is.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    There's not a character you're likely to believe, which is a problem, or one you want to see again, which for a series is a bigger problem.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Rather than humorously highlighting her attempts at education, the pre-taped bits that showed Handler learning about topics such as comic books and telenovelas came across as condescending at best and insulting at worst.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    As vapid as it is unoriginal, Star-Crossed is sadly typical of a network that continually underestimates its audience.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Designed for people who want the legal clock turned back, not just to before the Constitution, but before the Magna Carta, Chicago P.D. is an insult to Chicago, police departments and viewers alike.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Add it all up, and what you actually have is a bad case of sibling envy, as Fox stretches for the kind of edgy comedy that has drawn praise and attention (if not always ratings) to sister network FX. What you don’t have is anything fresh or funny, or any particular reason to watch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    An atrocious sitcom that can only be understood as a threadbare network's attempt to empty its larder before the fall restocking.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Ineptness reigns, starting with the jumpy, shaky, hideously annoying camerawork and the show's enough-already flashback structure, and carrying through to the tediousness of its characters and concept.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Sadly, it takes even less time to realize that Map is a near-criminal waste of talent.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Thom believes happiness is an unattainable myth, and his artsy, aggravating series does its best to prove him right.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has the drive to do good works been as alarmingly, offensively presumptuous.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    There are two major things you need to know about Night Stalker. One is that it's a third-rate rip-off of a superior series. The other is that the series it's ripping off is The X-Files.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The shame is that Practice has a fine human cast... But Kirk and his cohorts quickly get taken down by the barrage of stupidity the show sends their way.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Good dramas have been made from much less, but Widow's indifferently performed, dishwater-dull opener give us no real clue as to who Marta is or what she wants--or why anyone would want to watch her pursue it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The stars, all of whom have done better work in better projects, give it their all, but the show is too snide, condescending and unpleasant to be salvageable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Clearly what Netflix hopes you'll see a big-bucks, prestige entertainment along the lines of that HBO fantasy epic, but in truth, Marco is far closer to one of those cheesy international syndicated adventures.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    A show that feels like it's multiple terrible shows in one. It's like he pitched four bad ideas to NBC, and the network decided to pour them all into one hour.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It starts slow, moves slowly and goes nowhere.

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