Robert Bianco
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For 738 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:
738 tv reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    TV desperately needs a straightforward drama that explores family dynamics without some imposed gimmick, and Brothers & Sisters could just be the show to fill that bill.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This may not be the sitcom breakthrough for which we've all been hoping, but Lorre has produced a first episode that leaves you eager to try the second.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Nothing about this cookie-cutter courtroom drama is really up to Woods' talent, but given his head and a lot of room, he makes it work.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There's no denying that the show looks a little worn, a victim perhaps of budget pressures that may have moved the series from cost-efficient to cheap. But even a reduced Lights is better than most TV series.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Is Lights the show it was when it began? No. But it's still better than most anything else on the TV field.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Intriguing and involving, if sometimes odd for oddness' sake alone, Raines is a novel twist on one of TV's oldest formats: the single, super-intuitive detective.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Yet for all its laughs, 30 Rock does call to mind a kind of sketch show version of The Mary Tyler Moore Show — one in which everyone's playing Ted. That can be fun for a while, but eventually sitcom viewers tend to want to root for someone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As funny as this scattershot sitcom can be, the problem remains that show business (and in particular, GE's business) is a topic of limited long-haul mass appeal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The larger problem with Justice it that allows the plot to bury the characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's a smart, speedy melodrama, supported by a terrific cast and driven by a rip-roaring star. Damages is more than Close, but she's so compelling, it would be worth watching for her alone.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Sunday's two-hour premiere does a solid job of introducing an intriguing, if not exactly convincing, story and some appealing actors.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Funnier and unexpectedly sweeter than the current norm.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The show seems faster, brighter and more entertaining than most of the serials that beat it to the punch this fall.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As in many filmed comedies, at times Knights seems content to substitute movement and scenery for comedy, but the brighter moments compensate for those times when the show goes slack.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Granted, the premise is a stretch. But the gimmick allows for some clever comic jibes while creating some useful dramatic tension between Shawn and the cops, Shawn and his father, and Shawn and his best friend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The series does what it was designed to do: It stays true to its roots while allowing fans to spend more time with Molly and her friends and the actors who play them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The Riches most often treats this family and their mad attempt to steal a new identity with a delightfully light comic touch bolstered by an underpinning of yearning.... The show stumbles whenever it tries to become dark or serious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's hard not to like a show that extends its warmth even to characters you expect to be unsympathetic and that expands its entertainment vocabulary to music, dancing and flights of fancy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    For now, let's leave concerns for the future to Eli. In the present, things are looking good.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Convincing both as the terrible woman she used to be and the nicer woman she's trying to be, Applegate holds the character together even when she's yelping or collapsing in a dither--though in the long run, less of that would be more.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The show maintains a sensible balance between introducing Elizabeth's foibles and telling the story at hand--a well-constructed case that has her battling an ambitious prosecutor (the always interesting Terry Kinney).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This relatively entertaining fantasy has one obvious viewership advantage over many of its strike-bound scripted competitors: new episodes, and not bad ones at that.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Some of the lines are witty, and while parents won't approve of all that goes on, the kids talk about much more than they actually do.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Despite some passing references to Henry's fondness for "humanism" and new, middle-class men, no one is likely to mistake The Tudors for a treatise on the socioeconomic pressures that reshaped England during Henry's reign. Still, the show does a fine job of showing the interplay of passions and politics that shaped so many of his decisions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Happily, the American version--a second try, after an original pilot was scrapped--makes mostly wise decisions, starting with trusting the show to O'Mara. He's off to an excellent start, particularly in grounding the story by keeping his reactions rooted in reality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Still, even when Back is faltering, you flash back to the skill of its stars and to moments when the show succeeds in making you laugh out loud.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Obviously bigger and in most ways better than the wildly popular original, High School Musical 2 is as certain a bet to find and please its target audience as you're likely to find.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The show is fun as is, but rise to Collette's level, and it could be great.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Though fun, the opener's skits are too short, and the characters too numerous, for any one joke to register. But give the show a week to settle, and the strengths of Ullman's concept come to the fore.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The Mentalist may be a copy, but it's a well-done copy sparked by an actor who has come into his own as a TV star.