Robert Bianco

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For 967 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 A Raisin in the Sun
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
967 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Lights Out does turn into a good series. A knockout? No. But sometimes, you have to be content to win on points.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    No matter how many times the cops mention hot clubs and Hollywood stars, or how many visits they make to the beach, LA is not likely to be counted among TV's more glamorous series. If you want flash, look elsewhere. What you get from LA is a show that's as solid and reliable as a well-built sedan.
    • 66 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).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    His targets and tone may occasionally come across as creaky or cranky. But the jokes and the sentiment seem honest, and the older-man howls may strike those who have tired of the media's incessant and insipid pandering to Millennials as a welcome change of pace.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Funnier and unexpectedly sweeter than the current norm.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    All in all, O'Brien got his Tonight off to a decent start, though you still got the sense you were watching an introduction more than a settled production.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The swords and the muck may bring Game of Thrones to mind, but where Game has no heroes, Outlander has at least three, with the foremost being the one Balfe imbues with beauty, brains and spunk.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Aided by that blood and a driving, anachronistic techno-beat score, The Knick avoids the worst trap of a period piece: It isn't quaint. It's also never dull.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The cast is uniformly first-rate, but the real star here seems to be Sonnenfeld. He brings to Maximum Bob the same gleeful affection for strange characters and dark humor that enlivened his movies -- and that will be on display in the fall in his Fantasy Island update. [4 Aug 1998, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It takes a while to pull you in -- but once it does, you're likely to stay. [20 Sept 1999, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Yes, in essence, Numb3rs is just CSI with mathematics standing in for forensics. But that cleverly used math twist, combined with an excellent cast and a very un-CSI interest in the characters' family dynamics, provides enough separation to make Numb3rs worth watching on its own.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The scripts offer a well-balanced mix of office politics, underlying mystery and weekly cop procedural. And the first-rate cast ties it all together with abundant skill.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    Everything about City does not spin with equal balance. The pilot's plot (the mayor stumbles into a gay rights controversy) is so hackneyed and out-of-touch, it makes you wonder if the writers have been to New York in the last decade. But the spin doctors at Spin City insist the plot's creakiness is an aberration - and so many other things in the show go well, I'm inclined to believe them. [17 Sept 1996, p.D-4]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    As you'd expect from a new late-night show, parts of it worked better than others, and no doubt tweaks will be forthcoming. But overall, Monday's opening outing got Wilmore off to a solid start. ... It helps immensely that, in his first night, Wilmore already seemed completely comfortable as the show's host.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    Seven features an entertaining ensemble, a tongue-in-check approach and an attractive visual style that alternates between sweeping vistas and ultra-tight closeups. The sap and the male-bonding is sometimes a bit thick, but overall Seven is a clever update of an old TV genre - and a welcome break from TV's current glut of cops and docs. [2 Jan 1998]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    As long as CBS's Dave's World' tonight's TV transcription of columnist's Dave Barry's life, sticks with Dave's family, it pretty much hits on all cylinders...Unfortunately, Dave's world extends beyond his family unit, and that's when things get tricky. [20 Sept 1993, p.C7]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    What distinguishes 'Grain' from many Hollywood efforts is its feel for the rhythms of small town life. ... If many of the plot points seem familiar, ''Grain'' also has a nice way of exceeding expectations, calling characters up short or twisting the plot in ways you may not see coming. [1 Oct 1993]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    I was very upbeat about 'NewsRadio' when I'd only seen the pilot -- and then NBC went and sent a second episode. [21 Mar 1995]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    'Rock' is loud, raucous, silly, sentimental and, just often enough to keep you watching, flat-out funny. It's not a great show, but it's different and it dares to aim for wild laughter instead of mild amusement. [9 Jan 1996]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    There isn't much new in this northern Western, but the scenery is lovely, the acting is solid, and the mix of characters is just what you'd expect from the genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    You've seen everything 'ER' has to offer in other medical shows, but you've never seen so much of it crammed into one episode. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    Kelley has a great gift for establishing his plots quickly, and for bringing them to powerful conclusions. Like '[L.A.] Law' and '[Picket] Fences,' however, 'Hope' is an oddly self-contained universe -- despite the show's reliance on social issues, it's hard to imagine any of these people actually functioning in the real world. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    Though Carey has friends, his show is no 'Friends'-style ensemble comedy. It's closer to a blue-collar 'Seinfeld,' a star vehicle purpose-built to exploit its star's best talents, which it does quite effectively. [13 Sep 1995]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    While gratitude and humility are admirable traits, there were times in Monday's opening moments when Fallon risked taking them to uncomfortable extremes.... Luckily, he rescued the moment with one of the show's better bits. A seemingly offhand remark about an unnamed star owing him money for betting him he'd never get the Tonight Show job led to a surprise-guest parade.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    You get a lot of jokes per minute from Meyers, and on Monday at least, most of them worked.... Time of course will tell, but Late Night once again seems to be in good hands.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Despite all its flaws, vulgarities and miscues, and for all the justifiable fear that, like many shows from this team, it will go screaming off the quality cliff, there is an energy to Scream most other new shows are missing. It's different. And it has Curtis.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Jersey may just be competent, at best--but that's better than the incompetence that marks so many of the season's new offerings.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Whitford inhabits his role with the laid-back, reassuring ease of a true television professional--a fine actor working at top speed. Hanks is a bit of a harder sell. You get the feeling you're supposed to notice and appreciate every trick of the actor's trade, but there's potential in the performance, assuming Hanks is willing and able to relax into it.

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