Robert Bianco
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For 818 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 Treme: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
818 tv reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    They [the Scorpion team] may be absurd, but they're enjoyable as long as you don't think about them too deeply. (Or, in the case of a final stunt with a car and an airplane, at all.)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Archer is not for everyone, and certainly not for anyone whose idea of risque is "Get Smart." But do yourself one favor: Don't decide it's not for you until you have watched an entire episode, because you just may find the good outweighs the excessive.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    That sincere desire to serve is key. In the wrong hands, Scrubs could have been another mean-spirited juvenile comedy about smart-aleck, self-absorbed, barely post-collegiate yuppies -- which is the impression you may have gotten from NBC's inexplicably unpleasant promos. But Lawrence takes pains to show us that these doctors take their jobs seriously, an essential task accomplished without sacrificing any of the humor. In a sense, the show is a flashback to M*A*S*H, both in its look (Scrubs is shot without an audience) and in the way it blends laughs with life-and-death emotion.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The show is fun as is, but rise to Collette's level, and it could be great.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The show's gimmick does extend beyond reading expressions--they analyze voices and psychoanalyze answers--and the show does have its amusing moments. What it doesn't have is any sense of surprise, and once the novelty factor wears off, you just wonder whether there's enough here to sustain a series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Thanks in large part to the grounded, nuanced performance from Collette, tonight's introduction effectively establishes both the moral dilemma at the heart of the story and the chess match the show intends to follow between Sanders and Carlisle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It can't match HBO's upcoming Boardwalk Empire's budget or any network premiere's publicity push. Yet when it comes to scrappy, scruffy charm and sheer entertainment value, Terriers can run with the best of them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's two hours of all the things you love (or don't) about 24: The twists and turns, the recalcitrant, dimwitted superiors, the nick-of-time escapes and oh-so-close near-captures. And, of course, there's Sutherland and Rajskub, still one of the best teams the spy genre has ever produced.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Simon. He's the gold standard, the judge against whom all others are judged, and his presence is enough to make Factor a factor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This relatively entertaining fantasy has one obvious viewership advantage over many of its strike-bound scripted competitors: new episodes, and not bad ones at that.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Even amid the excess exposition, you'll be able to spot a few enjoyable jolts, some clever, throwaway culture-shock moments and the charms of the show's two stars. Combined, they give the show more than enough room to grow into an entertaining weekly adventure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There are small, recognizable crisis and equally life-sized solutions, all laced with dialogue that is funny enough to be entertaining without feeling forced.
    • 59 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Rhys and Russell carry the domestic side of the story beautifully (with Russell having a particularly nice moment next week with the daughter), they're not, as yet, completely convincing as spies. In their defense, they're hurt in the premiere by a clumsy set of flashbacks that make you think the Soviets must have perfected an anti-aging drug that has now been lost.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Of all the season's new dark-arts adventures, WB's aptly if generically named Supernatural may be the simplest and the scariest.... It wants nothing more than to frighten you -- and tonight, it does.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Ballers and The Brink aren't at that level [of Veep and Silicon Valley] just yet, both show promise--and both are welcome summer additions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    That's a lot of eccentricity for one hour, but Gilmore Girls never loses its even, humorous keel or its unforced warmth. There are clever lines, to be sure (Michel, ignoring Lorelai: "To me, you are the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoons"), but they seldom turn nasty and never seem out of character. [5 Oct 2000, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As entertaining as it may be, Apt. 23 does seem like an odd tonal match for the sweeter, more realistic Modern Family. Still, it's nice to see ABC giving a great time slot to a very good show.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The show may err toward silliness, but the cast is uniformly good, and every so often a wry jab at American parochialism or some funny throwaway line will catch you by happy surprise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There's talent and intelligence at work in Smallville. Given time, maybe they'll find a more distinctive voice...And that would be super. [16 Oct 2001, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As hard as Gotham works to make Gordon a suitable hero, those who are not deeply immersed in the Batman universe may wonder whether the energy is well-spent.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This is a series about outcasts trying to find their way in, and it's often at its best in its quieter moments.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's a complex story, which may be why Ryan relies in part on an intrusive monologue-narration device to guide us. Still, the intrusions only momentarily interrupt the fast-moving plot, which twists agreeably without losing sight of its moral ambiguities.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The aggressively, self-consciously weird Carnivale is a sideshow step away from most any TV series you've ever seen. You may find its oddity appealing, or you may find it off-putting, but its distinctiveness is unmistakable. Next to Carnivale, Twin Peaks looks like JAG. [12 Sep 2003]
    • USA Today
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's well cast, well executed and solidly competent across the board. But exciting, it's not.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Last Resort is a convincingly produced thriller with more than action on its mind.

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