Robert Bianco
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For 801 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 House: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
801 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The script paints the women too broadly while offering a few too many variations on the same youth-obsessed-culture themes. Still, darned if the women don't carry it off, at least well enough to bring you back for a second episode.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    TV desperately needs a straightforward drama that explores family dynamics without some imposed gimmick, and Brothers & Sisters could just be the show to fill that bill.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Happily, it now seems to have landed on solid ground, with its best ensemble and most engaging stories in years.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The writers seem to assume that life backstage at a glamorous New York restaurant is so inherently enticing, we'll just fall into the story on our own. Maybe, but a few sympathetic characters or amusing lines couldn't have hurt.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Charm is not a word you normally associate with the Day-Glo, drug-drenched '70s. Yet charm is the strong suit of That '70s Show. [21 Aug 1998, p.6E]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Too many of the lines are witlessly vulgar (A "mug of butt"? Really?), and too few are funny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There are times when the show feels both weightless and way too precious (that title), but those are counterbalanced by the charm and skill of the cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, having successfully created Mike and his family, Fox seems to have no idea what to do with them. The second episode and a later one made available for preview that features Anne Heche as Mike's rival at work fall back on what can be labeled the Comedy of Sitcom Stupidity.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Still, in keeping with USA's sunnier outlook, this is a far lighter show than Alias: less complicated, less morally complex, less deep and, while fun, just simply "less."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Trophy Wife is an often-amusing comedy, it doesn't entirely work as a family comedy, because it has yet to convince us that these people could ever be part of the same family.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There's little in the setup you haven't seen before or, given TV's proclivities, won't see again. But Passmore does a good job of making his character seem intelligent and a bit maddening without letting him become obnoxious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Even amid the excess exposition, you'll be able to spot a few enjoyable jolts, some clever, throwaway culture-shock moments and the charms of the show's two stars. Combined, they give the show more than enough room to grow into an entertaining weekly adventure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Convincingly smart, realistically unsettled and sexy as all get-out, Gugino radiates so much TV star power, it just might be visible from outer space.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    This bright, funny, appealing old-school comedy is an ideal vehicle for Louis-Dreyfus.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The less you think about Revolution the more apt you are to like it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Simultaneously overdone and underproduced, the movie jerks its way from point to point without bothering to explain the characters' behavior or inject any life into its musical numbers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    At just seven hours, you can think of Scandal as the modern equivalent of those old Sidney Sheldon miniseries and enjoy it at that level. Assuming you can get through the first hour. And past the main character.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    What it lacks, unfortunately, is style -- some sense of smart, well-executed, up-to-date design. You can almost see the corners being cut, from the inconsistent casting to the cheap reliance on sex to the blatantly fake back-lot sets that are trying to pass for Chicago. You may not expect originality in a movie transfer, not when familiarity is what's selling the show. But you do expect Barbershop to display enough style of its own to avoid looking like a cheap knockoff.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    It's as if he never left. Which has its pluses and minuses.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Thanks in large part to the grounded, nuanced performance from Collette, tonight's introduction effectively establishes both the moral dilemma at the heart of the story and the chess match the show intends to follow between Sanders and Carlisle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    For now, what Better brings you are six well-written, well-played characters (Lacy offers a particularly nice take on his slacker doofus) who say and do enough funny things to keep you amused between Middle and Modern.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Despite some passing references to Henry's fondness for "humanism" and new, middle-class men, no one is likely to mistake The Tudors for a treatise on the socioeconomic pressures that reshaped England during Henry's reign. Still, the show does a fine job of showing the interplay of passions and politics that shaped so many of his decisions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    No matter how many times the cops mention hot clubs and Hollywood stars, or how many visits they make to the beach, LA is not likely to be counted among TV's more glamorous series. If you want flash, look elsewhere. What you get from LA is a show that's as solid and reliable as a well-built sedan.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, [Sutherland's] disciplined performance is done in by an undisciplined show that moves too slowly to put limits on Jake's powers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The sets and costumes are lovely to look at. The two stars--British import Gugu Mbatha-Raw and German import Boris Kodjoe--are about as attractive as people get....Now if only their show didn't feel so flat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Part mystery, part fantasy, part comedy, and all wildly imaginative exaggeration, Blood proves that there's still vibrant life--or death--left in the "star-crossed lovers" paradigm.
    • 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
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The L Word wants to be as liberating for gay women as Sex and the City was for their straight sisters. Instead, it comes across as a repetitive soap opera that reduces life to sex, and sex to a Joey Tribiani fantasy about girl-on-girl make-out sessions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There is much to admire here, from the snap in the dialogue to the show's willingness to tackle issues of race in the workplace--but there might be even more if creator Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) could learn when to stop pushing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The scripts offer a well-balanced mix of office politics, underlying mystery and weekly cop procedural. And the first-rate cast ties it all together with abundant skill.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Suburbia isn't the worst show you've ever seen. It may not even be the worst show you could watch tonight in this time slot. But it is among the least-memorable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It gets better, digs deeper and reaches farther than anyone might have predicted.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    It seems so entranced by its own cleverness that it too often crosses that socially acceptable line between self-confidence and narcissism.... Marino is instantly winning, and Wilson is a gifted comic performer who just needs to pull back a bit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As he showed on Desperate, Cherry has a knack for creating fun female characters that soar a bit over the top, but not so far over that their problems aren't relatable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Firefly offers the same well-balanced blend of humor, action, sharply drawn characters and unexpected twists on genre conventions. And if you have so far resisted the vamp-call of Buffy, this more mainstream sci-fi adventure may be your ticket into Whedon's TV universe.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The main characters are well-drawn and well-played, particularly by Mulroney, Taylor, Gross and (as you'd expect) Anderson, and the structure already seems reliably sturdy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This relatively entertaining fantasy has one obvious viewership advantage over many of its strike-bound scripted competitors: new episodes, and not bad ones at that.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Divorced from a believable social context, Queer too often plays like a voyeuristic tour of gay life that's only interested in the most outrageous sights. It doesn't have to provide an insight into every gay person, but it does have to paint a more believable portrait of these people, which means anchoring them in a real place and expanding their lives beyond sexual encounters. [1 Dec 2000, p.15E]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It's a sprawling story, and within that sprawl there are evocative scenes, sweeping vistas, and moments that grab you.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    At rare moments it brushes up against an actual, weighty relationship problem, like the discovery that your financially irresponsible girlfriend is deep in debt. But the show soon loses heart and rushes its way to some silly resolution, like a nervous hostess bustling over to soothe two arguing guests.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    From its smoky night clubs to its fleabag dives, there's no doubt Mob City looks good. But in this case, looks aren't enough, particularly when too many of the details seem more studied than lived in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    In total, the changes have led to a show that is much better, and is on much more solid footing, than it once was.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Passmore and Szostak give fine performances, and many viewers will no doubt appreciate having a drama that's designed to reflect modern life, without a crime or a medical crisis as a catalyst. They just might appreciate it more if it were a bit less grim and if the big plot twists felt a lot more organic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    What will remain is the terrific, admirably diverse cast; the tough-but-uncynical attitude; and, perhaps best of all, the out-of-the-TV-norm location. The show isn't just set in Detroit; it's shot there, which gives it an authenticity and a palpable sense of place.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Bones isn't the riskiest or most ambitious series coming your way this season. But it may turn out to be one of the most satisfying and entertaining.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As much fun as Harper's can be if you're inclined to recline into it, the show was clearly produced with too little talent and, odds are, too little money.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    For the moment, set aside comparisons to the original. Standing on its own, Gracepoint is too slow, too disconnected from its supposed California setting, and too indifferently — and in some cases, badly — cast. As for its length, if there is a good artistic justification for adding two more hours to a story that was perfectly told in eight, Gracepoint does not provide it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    As with so many stories that are held at a constant rolling boil, the excess quickly becomes funny rather than frightening.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Alcatraz is easy enough to follow tonight, with twists and surprises that are enjoyable and not enervating.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While many of the weight jokes are very funny, there are a few too many of them. Still, what matters most for the show's future health is that it does not define Mike and Molly as "fat." They're nice, normal, relatable people who eat too much and want to eat less.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    This is 24 at its fast, furious, exaggerated best, filled with well-drawn subsidiary characters and rapid-fire surprises, all held in place by Kiefer Sutherland's great, under-sung performance as Jack.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Yet for all that it revels in catastrophe, the most promising aspect of Worst Week is a sweet-tempered empathy that allows you to identify with all four characters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Alas, what must have sounded frightening on paper falls dead on-screen, done in by bad writing and terrible pacing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    There's a great TV show out there called The Office...This just isn't it...Instead, what NBC is offering tonight is a passable imitation of a miles-better British original -- a brilliant faux-documentary starring Ricky Gervais that has attracted a small but devoted fan base from its BBC America run.
    • 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
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    That a premise so slight yields as much amusement as it does is a tribute to Gervais and Merchant's quick wits and to Pilkington's blend of extreme gullibility and offbeat quirkiness....The purposely retro animation, which turns Gervais into a more cheerful Fred Flintstone, not only adds nothing to the mix--it subtracts.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Though the debut is weak, it's still possible the series will improve as the setup recedes and new post-pilot writers chime in (including Titus' Jack Kenny).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    If you can look past a few disquieting flaws and get past that odd feeling that you've seen it all before, you'll find the bones of a potentially entertaining series in Almost Human.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Kinnear is a fine and immensely likable actor, and his wry smile and way with a line keep Keegan at least minimally sympathetic. They are not, however, enough to make him either interesting or believable.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    In mere minutes and with a few instantly evocative images, Freaks draws its characters more precisely than some shows do in a season. [24 Sept 1999, p.11E]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The problem with Roughness is that the characters and their interactions ring totally, ridiculously false--which is kind of funny, because unlike those other shows [Covert Affairs or White Collar], this one was inspired by a true story.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    Though I'm happy to recommend 'JAG' as simple, lightweight fun, there are some moments that may try your patience. [23 Sep 1995]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Thanks to all the talent, what could have been an incredibly hokey Ghost Whisperer retread has much more moody potential.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Some plot twists seem implausible at best, others are overdone or gratuitous. But some implausibility comes with the horror/suspense genre, and there's no question Williamson has mastered it--just as there's no question that the match of wills between the wounded Bacon and malevolent Purefoy is exceedingly well played.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    While hardly an exceptional series, Grey is a competent one. Still, if it hopes to run, it will need to make adjustments such as dumping Christina's already tired habit of seeing patients merely as her ticket to exotic procedures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Nothing about Galavant is quite as good as it needs to be — or nearly as good as the multiple spoofs it seems to be copying, in part because it never seems to be quite sure about what exactly it's spoofing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has the byplay been as idiotic or annoying as it is on Rizzoli.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Fun is notably absent from Side Order, which strains to be both quippy and profound.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's hard not to like a show that extends its warmth even to characters you expect to be unsympathetic and that expands its entertainment vocabulary to music, dancing and flights of fancy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Witty, earnest, intelligent, overdone, overly ambitious, wildly entertaining and superbly cast.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The Sopranos would have benefited from the editing required by network time and content restraints, which would have made the rambling episodes tighter and cleared them of their worst blood and exposed-breast excesses. [8 Jan 1999, p.8E]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Tonight, the surgeons set up shop in Beverly Hills, a move that has inspired the show to rediscover its sense of style and fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    You get a lot of jokes per minute from Meyers, and on Monday at least, most of them worked.... Time of course will tell, but Late Night once again seems to be in good hands.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The combination of witchcraft fantasy with the female empowerment message may be enough to charm the show's target young-girl audience. The rest of us, however, should hold out for something a bit more bewitching. [7 Oct 1998, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    An equally spectacular, equally triumphant yet tonally divergent work that stands with "Band of Brothers" as the best war movie ever made for TV.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Clearly the show is trying to contrast humor with murder, lightening the mood with cat kidnappers and plushie hot dogs. But like too many ABC shows, it pushes the quirkiness too hard.

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