Robert Bianco
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For 737 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 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
737 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    HBO is asking you to spend a half-hour a week with a deluded loser, watch her be degraded by reality and sitcom hacks, and pay for the privilege. Doesn't sound like a good way to make a comeback.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Relentlessly mediocre.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It's an intriguing concept, but people don't watch concepts. They watch shows. And as a show, Reunion doesn't amount to nearly enough.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    In short, it's a good thing they've been friends since childhood, because nothing in their personalities would lead you to believe they'd even be civil to each other if they met as adults. That's a problem for a sitcom about friendship.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has a set of characters worn out their welcome more quickly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Actually, there are some very appealing performers in Related; they just don't happen to be the stars.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, none of the characters is interesting enough to paper over the holes in the plot.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    As long as you're not expecting subtlety -- and why would you from a show starring Pamela Anderson? -- you should have a reasonably entertaining time.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Doubtless this kind of death-walking sentimentality has its fans. And most of those fans probably won't even wonder why some of the dead are stuck in the clothes in which they died, while others get to rent tuxedos.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Even at her worst, when she's contorting her face to match the coy, thought-revealing voice-over, you tend to root for [Graham]. Unfortunately for ABC, by the end of Emily's Reasons Why Not, you're rooting for her to find a better vehicle.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    To the extent Crumbs works at all, it works because of Curtin.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    What you get from this sometimes outlandish family comedy is a sweet Ride, but one that is neither funny nor believable enough to command your loyalty.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Fear plays like an illustrated Life of the Saints on fast-forward. Blink and you can miss decades.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Nothing works very well in this elaborate but leaden production, which seems more interested in Bob Mackie's costumes than in the characters they clothe.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The opening crises just feel phony and forced -- as does everything else, from the humor to the drama to the bleached-out colors.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The sheer brazenness of its borrowed trashiness makes it oddly watchable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Spend two hours tonight with this murky, muddled serial, and you may already feel as if you've been trapped in this day for an eternity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    In Jericho, claustrophobia, paranoia and the threat of nuclear rain are merely an overlay meant to distract us from the mundane nature of everything else the town has to offer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    You can easily imagine yourself settling in with Kidnapped for six, eight, maybe even 13 episodes. But 22? Sorry, no.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It's hard to say what seems sillier: the show's misplaced attempts at comedy or the intuitive leaps that allow the agents to solve the case.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Considering his talents, Danson should be the show's biggest asset, and yet his character has become its biggest problem.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    If you can stick with the show past its barrage of one-note eccentrics, a lower-key charm does begin to seep through.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The show just kind of rolls along, never quite provoking you to change the channel but never providing any great reason to pay attention either.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Six Degrees certainly clips along, but moving quickly between insipid links and boring characters doesn't make them any less insipid or boring.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Again, if you loved all things Battlestar beyond measure, Caprica may satisfy. For all others, this is a planet best left unvisited.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Too little of it even attempts to make a lick of sense. Still, the cast is first-rate, and Milch himself is a singular talent. I can't write off a show like that, but I can't exactly advise you to watch it, either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The costumes are gorgeous, the sets are time-period gems, and the actors are among the best.... But the story to which they've been appended is hollow. It's like an exquisitely wrapped empty box.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Ponderous... convoluted.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The writers overplay the banter and allow Mary to become so harsh, you wonder why even the most devoted partner puts up with her. But for the most part, as long as McCormack and Weller are together, or sharing time with their boss (Paul Ben-Victor), the show functions as harmless hot-weather pleasure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The trouble for Becky and her show is that she really knows nothing, which vitiates what could have been an interesting concept.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    As much as CBS may yearn for the days of J.R. and Bobby Ewing, those days have passed, and you certainly can't bring then back with a show that feels more dated than "Dallas."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Even at its sporadic best, In Treatment comes across as no more than an actor's exercise, one likely to be best remembered for providing future acting students with a large supply of two-character scenes for class projects.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    All is fine, if not as good as it had been.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The interplay among the main characters is by and large unaltered, and for some fans that will be enough. For others, though, what was once a summer pleasure is now a bit less pleasurable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, the project is too short to do its subject matter justice and too long and clumsy to keep us involved--a problem compounded by Chris O'Donnell's boyishly bland performance as The Company's central agent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Fun is notably absent from Side Order, which strains to be both quippy and profound.
    • 65 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    This may be a show about young adults, but there are older adults in charge. And we've come to expect better from them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, when the show wanders off to the personality-deprived supporting characters, it collapses.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It faces the standard problem of all anthologies, which have to interest us in new characters each week. But it also ties those stories to two recurring characters who are better off avoided, leaving you torn between the ones you don't know and the ones you don't like.
    • 63 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).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    For the first hour, the sheer silly energy of the contraptions and the appeal of the two stars carry Crusoe along. But you may find yourself tiring of plot holes you can steer a galleon through and the second-rate nature of much of the cast, and wondering how you make a series out of two people trapped on a deserted island.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Though there is great appeal in the idea of a selfish man suddenly seeing beyond himself to the suffering around him, there is also more than a whiff of Rudyard Kipling's "white man's burden" in the way the story is told.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    "Mad Men" is the genre's gold standard, and the inevitable thematic comparisons just accentuates Trust Me's flaws, making the show seem even more dispensable.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Templar is done in by being both too late and too long. At two hours it might have worked.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, the new plots continually intrude, dissipating tension and making an already complicated story too convoluted to follow.
    • 35 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Rather than balance, what you get from Filth is a gratingly smug superiority that mocks both sides while failing to make any point of its own.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Parks never expends enough energy to even approach funny, but even if it were more amusing, that sour whiff of gratuitous cruelty would still linger.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    As games go, this isn't a bad one. But unlike horror movies, the Fear doesn't feel real, and the show is nothing special.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Overly precious and indifferently cast, this latest attempt to adapt John Updike's novel feels recycled and flat on every level.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    There's no denying that Spartacus does what it sets out to do fairly well--and in a way that doesn't duplicate anything else now on TV. Were it broadcast free over the air where children might find it, one might blanch, but that's not the case.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It may lack Melrose Place's flashy production values and trashy pedigree, but it makes up for that by being marginally better written, though admittedly, we're not talking about a particularly high bar here.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    There are some humorous moments and decent lines. But overall, the joke has such a nasty, frantic edge, it's hard to care which way the punch line lands.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, whenever the show wanders beyond Graham and Nelson to the generally bland characters around them, your mind may wander as well.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Three Rivers tries to work around the failings of its script through quick cuts and colored gels, but they're a vain attempt to build excitement where none exists.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It just doesn't seem the best fit for Grammer. He's playing a character who's as pompous as Frasier but with less justification, less heart, less wit--and less able support.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Scoundrels at least can brag about a good performance from a fine actress, Virginia Madsen, though....It's hard to care about Cheryl's efforts to save her children when the kids are so dull, and hard to care about her marriage when her husband appears to be badly miscast.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    If only it felt inspired, rather than like a Desperate Weirdwives rehash of every vampire, werewolf and witch story you've ever heard and every family soap you've seen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It's TV at its least challenging, but it has an incredibly gorgeous setting, a pre-sold concept, a cushy time slot, a solid supporting cast and a starmaking turn by Caan.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    To the extent style points count, Rubicon looks good and boasts a fine cast, including Oscar nominee Miranda Richardson. They work hard, but the more they and their show strain for taut, the more limp the program becomes. And for viewers, that's a very hard bridge to cross.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    So what you get from Hellcats is a wildly derivative wish-fulfillment view of college life made to appeal to junior-high girls, most of whom are too young to recognize how many shows and movies Hellcats has appropriated.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Underneath all the excess and that premium-cable drive to be more-clever-and-shocking-than-thou, there is a core of truth in the story of a mother desperate to reconnect with--and actually raise--her son before she dies. Give us that show, and we might be willing to accept the wacky-but-wise neighbor and the tough fat girl with the soft heart. You brought a great actor to TV, Big C. Use her or lose her.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Arnett imbues him with the same amusingly creepy patina that works well for him on Arrested and 30 Rock but works against him here. Unfortunately, Russell fares little better. She's never looked lovelier, but the writers made the character too self-righteous to be attractive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    For all the show's flaws, you can see the attraction for an actor of Macy's quality, with the kind of showy, outsized role that wins awards. But as fine an actor as he is, Frank just comes across as loud and empty. Much like Shameless.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Heartbreakingly enough, "bland" is the best you can expect from Mad Love, a mediocre example of TV's most overworked, underproductive sitcom subset, the romantic comedy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The Kennedys has nothing much new to tell, and tells it over and over again.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Breakout Kings is an uninspiring attempt by the producers and their network to be the last on the procedural match.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Extending for five hours over three weekly segments, this luxuriously produced miniseries is so gorgeous, even in its re-creation of the Depression, that it practically shimmers. It's also slow to the point where "languid" doesn't even begin to do it justice.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Like so many networks shows this season, it asks us to settle for "not bad" when what we want is "good."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    What they get is Diaries' less attractive little sister, one that, beneath all the witchcraft, is just another CW teen-driven soap.
    • 63 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    You end up with a visually uninteresting half-hour filled with rambling conversations, as the actors struggle to advance what little story there is while slipping in the all-too-occasional funny remark.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Give Maria Bello credit, if you like, for having the courage to take on a character so indelibly linked to one of the great actors of our time, Helen Mirren--and then take it away for the ridiculously behatted mash she and the show have made of the character.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Too many of the lines are witlessly vulgar (A "mug of butt"? Really?), and too few are funny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The main character is too loud, too dominant and far too central; the lines all sound as if they were written to be delivered by a performer rather than spoken in conversation; and the supporting characters are ciphers who exist merely to reflect or foil the star.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It's better-acted than some shows, less grating than others. Its greatest flaw is it's too familiar and predictable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    A supremely silly series that takes itself incredibly seriously.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It may be possible that, after The Sopranos, the Godfather films and the collected works of Martin Scorsese, there is still more to say about mobsters. But nothing in Magic City would lead you to believe that's true. Looks good, though. If only that were magic enough.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    What few laughs there are represent a triumph of acting skill over authorial sloth in a show that is more silly than funny--and more dull than silly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    This reduction of a serious, debilitating illness to a personality quirk would be as unwatchable as it is insulting were it not for one thing: an appealingly disheveled star turn from Will & Grace's Eric McCormack as Daniel.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    One hopes, [Katie is] bringing us deeper and more interesting topics than first guest Jessica Simpson's current preference for chocolate over chips or tips for losing her baby weight.... Couric retains an ability to connect with the people she interviews; to seem constantly intrigued and engaged.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    If you've resisted Kaling's charms up to now, nothing that happens tonight is likely to change your mind.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Despite the show's constant insistence that Joe and Louis are lifelong best friends, you struggle to spot what exactly Joe and Louis see in each other.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    A sitcom that has moved from agreeably silly to disagreeably dumb, a regression no network should want to see.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    While the show makes almost no sense, it is pretty to look at. And it does have a few good actors in its mix, even if they're not particularly well served by the scripts.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    For these stories to work, we have to invest in the everyman hero caught in the center, and while Edwards may be convincing as the "everyman" part of the equation, the "hero" eludes him.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Beyond doubt, great talents and noble ambitions are at play here, but somewhere in the process, those talents seem to have confused "good" with "dull" and "serious" with "tedious.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Tucson is sweet and inoffensive -- and almost totally unamusing. The best that can be said for the show is that it's better than the only other Latino show on network TV, ABC's George Lopez...Of course, if that were the standard, WB's sitcoms would all be classics. [19 Sept 2002]
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    As the show moves past the setup and into its first caper, the extended introductory episode does improve. And then it hits a final twist that would be tiresome even if you believed Graceland was equipped to explore it properly. Had Elvis ever actually entered the building, this would be the point where he left. Follow suit.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    What you're left with is a series that, while less repellent than the even-more-misogynistic Dads, is equally dull.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    There is rich ground to explore in the problems Mexico faces and the responsibility we may bear for some of them-–but the show's clumsy attempt to boil that down to a catchphrase is offensive and silly, particularly as it has no real connection to the story being told.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Every detail in the show looks and feels false and phony--from the weird, yellow-tinged warehouse/prison to the skyline view of Washington that seems to insert national monuments at random.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    There may not be much sexual combustion between Cox and von Esmarch, but they're charming and able young performers, and they're sweet together. Their show has a good heart. What it doesn't have, unfortunately, is a lot of laughs -- which is the one thing it has in common with most other WB sitcom attempts. [6 Oct 2000, p.11E]
    • USA Today
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Neither sitcom nor drama, real-life nor fantasy, Fox's underwhelming Undeclared wanders around in some jumbled, stream-of-consciousness no man's land. Like real college freshmen, the characters seem hastily and inexpertly thrown together -- probably because they were. The producers built the characters around the people they hired, a form of paint-by-actor improv. [25 Sept 2001, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Fahey too often seems cocky and callow. He's so sure of himself, and so superior to everyone else, you could find yourself identifying with the criminal. Luckily, Fahey's performance in the closing moments shows promise for a more restrained future. Let's hope the producers noticed the improvement. [31 Jan 1995]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The best part about this family comedy is, indeed, the family, especially when Hayes and Lavin are sharing the screen. The workplace, however, seems to exist in another world, where no one and nothing is at all amusing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Too much simply rings forced and phony, from the dialogue to the plot to the characters.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Indifferently acted and badly plotted, Tomorrow cries out to be ignored.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Enlisted may feel curiously dated and dangerously slight, but it's not offensive (a low bar many Fox comedies fail to reach) and it's not cynical. If nothing else, this is clearly a show with heart. Now if only it would show some sign of brains.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    To be fair, this otherwise languid show does momentarily come to life in its second episode, when Nebraska's June Squibb tears through the unit as a particularly nasty patient. But she leaves and the show recedes into its self-satisfied torpor.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    [Underwood's] limitations as an actor were particularly obvious when she was sharing scenes with the show's two best assets: Tony winners Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess and Laura Benanti as the Baroness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Killer Women is Cagney & Lacey without Lacey and with an all-female criminal cast--along with a higher proportion of saps than the ads would have you believe.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The deeper problem for Mind Games and creator Kyle Killen, whose Lone Star and Awake collapsed under similarly complex stories, is that it's awash in explanation, not just of the premise, but of the plot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The problem is that for all its talk of Washington and Redcoats and all its shots of British warships in New York Harbor, nothing in Turn ever leaves you with any true feel for the period.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    In the end, you may not be able to escape the feeling that the material, worthy and well-presented though it may be, is being forced into a format for which it's unsuited.
    • 64 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Bianco
    Without Kanye West, and his conveniently timed controversy from the MTV Video Music Awards, NBC's Jay Leno Show premiere Monday would have been even more of a cut-rate, snooze-inducing, rehashed bore. If Leno's desire is to help fans get to sleep earlier, desire satisfied.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has a series expended more energy with less entertaining results.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    You can think of it as Titus with kids added and talent removed.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    With each misstep, E-Ring becomes more ridiculous.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    O'Donnell is humorless, formless and vacant; Goldberg is manic and grating.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    The dialogue ranges from ridiculous to tiresome.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    Incessantly chatty, incredibly busy and annoyingly pretentious.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    The scene before the opening credits is awful enough all by itself to send you fleeing to any one of the other networks, all of which have something better to offer.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    Courting Alex is nothing if not dull.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    Overagitated and overaggressive, Philipps is in constant motion; her face contorting, body twitching, voice braying. Against all odds, she has taken a show that was merely bad and made it truly unbearable.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    Tawdry, empty and inept, South Beach is UPN's too-late-in-the-game attempt to transfer The O.C. to the other coast.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 49 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Everything about the show seems designed to misuse its stars and erase our memories of the better work they've done.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It just isn't funny. At all. Ever.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The show is all structure and no substance.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Rules is one of those sitcoms that makes people who hate sitcoms hate sitcoms.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    You're stuck with a dull mush that works neither as drama, comedy or camp trash.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    There's not a moment or character that rings true, and the only joke you're likely to remember is an anatomical gag you'd probably rather forget.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, the smarter-than-thou riffs that may have seemed amusing and fresh back on Dawson's Creek now simply feel dated and rehashed.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It's kind of like Friends if every character had been outlandishly contrived, every situation had been stripped of every humorous moment, and every attempt at sentiment had felt cheap and unearned.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, the comedy is Kelley at his most forced and artificial.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The problem with Big Shots is that the men don't sound like anyone at all, male or female.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Spend an hour with Journeyman and you'll wish you knew how to time-travel.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Badly written, badly cast and done on the cheap in the Canadian woods, Flash is the kind of fantasy toss-off that gives sci-fi, and Sci Fi, a bad name.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Alas, like most copies, Privileged is a second-rate imitation.
    • 42 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 43 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.
    • 22 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Honestly, Deep End is the type of high-gloss, dim-bulb broadcast hour that makes you despair for broadcast hours.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    McKellen may be a sublime combo of the Wicked Witch and the Wiz, but Caviezel is no Dorothy. And sadly, this isn't much of a Prisoner.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    There are some remarkably good actors going to waste here, most of whom will no doubt wipe this showoff their résumé the moment they get the chance.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    What Miami Medical most closely resembles is CBS' equally retro and quickly canceled Three Rivers, right down to the pre-credit scenes that launch the medical story lines.
    • 57 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Practice is still terrible, and I'm still not ready to give up.
    • 56 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has the byplay been as idiotic or annoying as it is on Rizzoli.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Not a single thing William Shatner's Dad has said in those ubiquitous CBS ads has been even remotely funny, a trend that continues in tonight's premiere.
    • 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
    • 49 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Sadly, it takes even less time to realize that Map is a near-criminal waste of talent.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    If ill-cast, unfunny and thoroughly unoriginal are your ideas of perfection, then Perfect Couples just may be.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Bob's isn't nearly funny enough. It just lopes along, stumbling from one tasteless moment to the next.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The adventures aren't funny, and the friends aren't believable. But the real flaw is Reiser seems to have missed one of the central points that gives Curb its odd, counterintuitive appeal: David's willingness to paint himself in an unwaveringly horrid light.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Even were this Odd Couple rehash amusing, you'd still wonder what sane person would think the dimwit who bullied him in high school was the ideal Sherpa into modern manhood.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It starts slow, moves slowly and goes nowhere.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The Firm is part weekly procedural, part season-long conspiracy, and wholly unsatisfying.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    This isn't escapist TV; it's TV you need to escape.
    • 62 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    What fans are about to discover is that Goodson is a less amusing character than the one Chuck Lorre created for Sheen at Men, and that Sheen's new show is a pale substitute for his old one at its height, and not much of an improvement on Men at its depth.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Lazy and listless to the point of being sad.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    [Kreuk and Ryan are] terrible, but the material may have left them with no other option. Luckily, in this world of 1,000 channels, you have plenty of other options.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Guys With Kids is an idea in search of a show. And a better idea.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Nothing in The Neighbors rises above mediocrity, and too much falls beneath it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Freakylinks pours on all the visual horror tricks -- the atmospheric lighting, the weird close-ups, the slanted camera angles. All the tricks in the world, however, can't mask the show's failure to master even the most basic storytelling skills. [6 Oct 2000, p.10E]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    An atrociously clunky [revival] that keeps only the rough outline--a wounded detective confined to a wheelchair--while jettisoning whatever wit and intelligence the original possessed makes no sense at all.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Dracula is exhaustingly, confusingly silly, and deadly dull, to boot, which is one thing Dracula has seldom been.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Sex, treachery, murder: Betrayal is a show with everything--except decent writing, believable characters, and anything else that would provide a reason to watch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The ones who aren't cruel, disloyal and sex-crazed are dim-witted and sex-crazed, which isn't much of an improvement.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The special effects, which had been the show's only saving grace, are now more flat and more obviously computer-generated. The dialogue, which had been laden with goofy, new-age aphorisms, is now just goofy. Oh, and the cast, which had been glaringly weak, has now been replaced with a new set of actors. Unfortunately, the new cast is even worse than the first crowd, and is even less capable of conveying a normal human emotional response. [27 Nov 2002]
    • USA Today
    • 29 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Marshall, on the other hand, has been more actively responsible for her shows' demise. From "Cupid" to "Snoops" to Hidden Hills, she projects the same cold, closed persona. That may be perfect for smaller roles, but for a sitcom lead, you'd have to consider her a bad choice. [24 Sept 2002 p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 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
    • 54 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Despite the obvious, desperate attempts to inject youth appeal, Conviction is as tired as it is undistinguished.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The season's worst show.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    This is yet another terrible WB sitcom that never should have been made.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Everything about Criminal is patched together from other shows, from the FBI setting to the tired visual gimmickry.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Even with network movie expectations at an all-time low, you might expect more from November's only broadcast miniseries than an overblown repeat. We've seen enough bad weather and bad movies to last a lifetime; why anyone would want to see the two combine again is beyond me.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Hands down the worst new show of the season.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    An appalling combination of precious and pretentious.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    There are desires that are best left unfulfilled.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    If straining-to-be-inspirational, card-shop stocking fillers such as A Perfect Day are the best TV can do, then really, leave us to contemplate the meaning of the season in peace.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The show is so painfully witless and dull, your daily commute may begin to seem entertaining in comparison.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has the drive to do good works been as alarmingly, offensively presumptuous.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Even if the performances were better and the scripts were funnier, Jezebel would still be saddled with one of the most preposterous, off-putting setups in sitcom history.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    A badly acted, clumsily constructed "Starsky & Hutch"/"Miami Vice" revival that imposes fictional clichés on top of harsh realities.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The actors do their best, but most of what they're doing is hopelessly, witlessly predictable.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    A show that was once dumb and offensive is now dumb and pointless.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    What you get from Motherhood are witless, barely connected vignettes about three unpleasant, unbelievable women.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has a major network launched a show boasting as many terrible performances or jaw-dropper moments as this premiere.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Witlessly Americanized by Michelle Nader (King of Queens), Kath manages to waste the talents of Molly Shannon while exposing the limits of Selma Blair's comedy range.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Poorly cast and performed (including an embarrassing turn by Val Kilmer), XIII is shot so murkily and staged so badly, you can hardly tell where people are, let alone where they're going.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Gratuitously cruel and mind-numbingly dull, Stylista pretends to be "fashion forward" while it apes everything that has gone before.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Badly cast and sadly inept, this not-quite comedy follows the Goddess of Love (Jaime Murray) and her clan as they try to match mortal soulmates.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    That Suspect is a spinoff of Criminal Minds, network TV's worst series, is just the dung icing on the dirt cake.
    • 23 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.
    • 57 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The weakness of the plot might matter less if the regular characters had something special to offer, but Past Life's are standard-issue blanks.