For 683 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
683 tv reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    Cobbled together out of hundreds of undercover/caper movie clich├ęs, Sleeper Cell is so absurdly detached from the real world, it makes 24 look like a documentary.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Donovan is barely present, and while Heche may have her strengths as an actress, warmth would not seem to be one of them.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Robert Bianco
    There isn't a moment of wonder or suspense in Surface, or a single performance or character that is even remotely involving.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has the byplay been as idiotic or annoying as it is on Rizzoli.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    You might be able to forgive the sloppiness of the premise if something else in the episode worked, but it's all a contrived, derivative mess.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    You might be willing to overlook the show's structural flaws if the cases themselves were wildly compelling, but unfortunately, they are of a piece with their misguided series.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Hands down the worst new show of the season.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Rather than art re-creating and explicating reality, How to is art mimicking reality shows, with all their annoyances and posing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Alas, like most copies, Privileged is a second-rate imitation.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The show seems to vanish as it's happening, leaving behind nothing except a vague feeling of being mildly annoyed. It doesn't just fail to leave you laughing. It leaves you, period.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    There are a few amusing, if not always sensible, twists, and after a rough start, Bower does display some charm and skill as the boy king. But even so, a story meant to sing simply doesn't.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Rules is one of those sitcoms that makes people who hate sitcoms hate sitcoms.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Alas, while it's fine to have a villain who is more colorful than your hero, it's not so fine to have a supporting actor who makes your star vanish whenever they're on screen together. It makes you think that what this remake of a spinoff really needs is a spinoff of its own.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Without characters to rely on, the show tries to hook us in with legal twists and turns--evidence found, evidence in, evidence out. But even on that level, Truth falters. The only twists you won't see coming are the ones that make no sense
    • 56 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Dracula is exhaustingly, confusingly silly, and deadly dull, to boot, which is one thing Dracula has seldom been.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    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.