Robert Bianco
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For 815 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Tenth Inning: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
815 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    That's a lot of "new" happening at once, and this first-night attempt to carry on a three-way conversation did come across as a bit forced and awkward--though to be fair, it also produced something of a scoop, as Hanks prompted Kunis to admit she and Ashton Kutcher are married.
    • 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
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    Perhaps it was too much to hope that the second season of Housewives would get off to the same kind of explosive start as the first. But we do expect the series to do more than just mark time. [10 Oct 2005]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    The painfully blank Blanchard may look like Silverstone, but she has none of her flair or personality. It's like watching a copy of a copy of a copy. All she does is make you appreciate how good Silverstone was in the original. [20 Sept 1996, p.28]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    Thursday's live musical on NBC didn't always soar, but it did generally manage to stay off the ground--or at least it did when it stuck closely to the original musical. But when it wandered into new, less-enchanted territory,the production threatened to become, well, earthbound. For those moments when Peter took flight, much of the credit goes to a game performance by Allison Williams as Peter
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    Even if you find the show odd, awful or freakish, at least it won't bore you. [29 Jan 1999]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The sheer brazenness of its borrowed trashiness makes it oddly watchable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Relentlessly mediocre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Harsh Realm plays like a bald reworking of "The Matrix", complete with allusions to a coming savior, but without that film's exciting special effects or logical, unifying conceit. [8 Oct 1999, p.13E]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Templar is done in by being both too late and too long. At two hours it might have worked.
    • 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.
    • 38 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    While talent is crucial, talent alone is not enough. And there's only so much bad material, and so many bad choices, talent can surmount.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It has an appealing cast (here's hoping, in particular, that this is not the last we've seen of Kumbhani), and there are moments when actors and material mesh, as in a gleeful group attempt to lip-read a wedding. But then those moments pass, and the show falls back on jokes that are either creaky (could we please have an overweight character who isn't bitter or blissfully stupid?) or cruel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, none of the characters is interesting enough to paper over the holes in the plot.
    • 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The episode is clearly constructed as a showcase for Laurie--who is seemingly incapable of a boring performance--but the writers really haven't done him much of a favor. There are too many beats that refuse to be reconciled; too many times when House is forced to behave absurdly badly to get what he wants, just to backtrack when he gets it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    There's nothing particularly special about Zoo, but were we back in the days when books like this became self-contained miniseries, it would be easy enough to recommend as a non-taxing summer potboiler.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    If you like Family Guy, you'll probably like American Dad. The problem is, if you've seen Family Guy, you've already seen American Dad. [4 Feb 2005]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The big problem is Prinze himself, an actor whose work has shown much charm but not much range. Here, even the charm is missing as he dwells on every joke and gesture.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Too much simply rings forced and phony, from the dialogue to the plot to the characters.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has a set of characters worn out their welcome more quickly.
    • 66 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.
    • 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
    The main joy it offers is familiarity, done with CSI's customary polish and general competence.... Unfortunately, the one new card Cyber has to play is an ugly one: paranoia.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Considering his talents, Danson should be the show's biggest asset, and yet his character has become its biggest problem.
    • 51 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
    Fun is notably absent from Side Order, which strains to be both quippy and profound.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Despite some fine individual performances, the actors never collectively project a sense of family.
    • 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
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Too many of the lines are witlessly vulgar (A "mug of butt"? Really?), and too few are funny.
    • 60 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Even if The Evidence were the first show of its kind, it would still be mediocre.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Him Tarzan, me bored. [3 Oct 2003, p.11E]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    [A] lovely-but-musty escapist drama.
    • 52 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.
    • 56 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.
    • 58 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Medium doesn't get much help from Arquette, who gives one of the season's stranger and more off-putting performances. [3 Jan 2005]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 39 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.
    • 49 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The problem with Birds is that you have seen it all before. The show is competent enough, but everything it has to offer -- from the rain-drenched streets to the wisecracking heroine -- has been done better elsewhere. [9 Oct 2002, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    If you don't see where this is headed, you've never seen a sitcom before. Everyone else will get there long before the show does, because everyone else has already been there.
    • 58 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.
    • 32 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.
    • 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).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The key flaw in Ellie from which all other problems flow is that the show is built around a gimmick instead of a character. ... Unfortunately, if they dropped the stunt, they'd have nothing much left. [26 Feb 2002]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Obviously, the show could improve, but nothing in the first hour--from the flaccid script to the indifferent casting--is likely to leave you thinking it will.
    • 40 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The entire effort is too icky-cute by half, so much so that if you don't leave tonight's premiere wanting to kill the main characters, it's only because of Milioti's and Feldman's efforts.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately for CBS, one tiny flaw slipped into its otherwise masterful plan: The network let JAG's Don Bellisario do the clone-off rather than the folks at CSI. That may not affect the ratings, but in terms of quality, it's a deal breaker.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The Kennedys has nothing much new to tell, and tells it over and over again.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    To the extent Crumbs works at all, it works because of Curtin.
    • 51 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    This is a series that requires you to invest in its running stories, and none seem to be worth the energy.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The problem isn't that Laura wants to show us that raising children and holding down a job is hard; it is. Unfortunately, what the show suggests is that it's impossible, and it seriously misjudges the humor quotient in that suggestion while miscalculating the effect it has on its main characters.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    From what I can tell, the goal of Love is to prove that life can be just as mundane, colorless and boring with three spouses as it can with one or none. Mission accomplished.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    "SG-1" is a passable action series on a par with most syndicated sci-fi fare. Its only real distinguishing feature is [a] ludicrous, completely gratuitous nude scene. [26 Jul 1997]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It isn't terrible, as TV hours go, but nothing about it leads you to believe turning the movie into a series was a good idea. [14 June 2002, p.13E]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    All is fine, if not as good as it had been.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Ponderous... convoluted.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Indifferently acted and badly plotted, Tomorrow cries out to be ignored.
    • 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    A sitcom that has moved from agreeably silly to disagreeably dumb, a regression no network should want to see.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The premise still seems shaky, but the final few minutes may earn Selfie a second look.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Fear plays like an illustrated Life of the Saints on fast-forward. Blink and you can miss decades.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, rather than draw us in to the character, Wilson pushes us farther away. The performance isn't just charmless; it's overly defined and emphatic. There are too many moments when you feel that you're watching an actor make choices rather than watching a character simply be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Sabrina isn't designed to appeal to adults, and isn't likely to do so. But if you're looking for family entertainment to watch with your kids, you should be able to sit through Sabrina fairly easily - as long as you don't mind some things that are patently ridiculous. [27 Sept 1996, p.28]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, the new plots continually intrude, dissipating tension and making an already complicated story too convoluted to follow.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Some shows are so syrupy, you're afraid the tape will stick in the VCR. Which brings us to Everwood, a tiny Colorado town that time forgot — but that every sappy TV cliché found. Narrator? Check. Ghosts? Check. A town full of twee eccentrics? Check and checkmate.
    • 44 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Three episodes in, the murder mystery is fairly intriguing, but the characters are not. And while improvement is always possible, that's a hard flaw to fix, in a show that (for now) counts as a miss.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    A supremely silly series that takes itself incredibly seriously.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The shame is, after a very slow start, the living members of the Fisher family actually start to grow on you -- though it takes them far longer than it should. [1 June 2001, p.15E]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, when the show wanders off to the personality-deprived supporting characters, it collapses.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Actually, there are some very appealing performers in Related; they just don't happen to be the stars.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The show does manage to find some humor in the battle between Joel's young teen body and his adult mind. But it doesn't take long for the fix-my-life device to become ponderous, or for the time-travel jokes to ring false. [19 Sept 2002]
    • USA Today
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Bynes shows promise, but neither she nor her co-star -- Beverly Hills, 90210's Jennie Garth -- has the skill to pull off physical comedy. They look as if they're being clumsy on purpose -- which defeats the comic purpose. [19 Sept 2002]
    • USA Today
    • 52 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
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Bianco
    If Scorpion were better suited to today’s TV landscape instead of bringing to mind a TV series from 30 years ago, it could be an of-the-moment series worth watching. But it’s not.

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