Robert Bianco

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For 896 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 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
896 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There is pleasure to be found in Life. There'd be even more, though, if a few more of us were invited in.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There is nothing about Confirmation that's transformative, but it’s solid work about an important moment in our history. And for TV purposes, it’s a work that allows Washington to show what a fine actor she can be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As long as the film sticks to the scheme, it works as well. It’s less successful when it digs into Madoff’s personal life, or when it begins to search for broader meaning, particularly in a heavy-handed comparison between Madoff and the investment banks that caused the subprime mortgage crisis.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There's no denying that the show throbs with life--and offers enough of a promise of tuneful, scenery-chewing entertainment to make up for the familiarity of some of its twists.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Aside from the decided lack of humor and the distinctive talents of the stars, there are some other fairly significant differences between NY and the other CSI installments. Mac and Stella work more as equals than Miami's team, and are less competitive than CSI's. We're also given more information about their personal lives. [22 Sep 2004]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Alcatraz is easy enough to follow tonight, with twists and surprises that are enjoyable and not enervating.
    • 61 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Sopranos remains one of TV's high-water marks, the first hour hits that mark so slowly you may find yourself wishing Chase were operating under just a tiny bit of network time pressure. [2 Mar 2001]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The surprise lies in how sympathetic Johnson makes Kate while still imbuing her with her own streak of crazy, or how endearing Faxon makes Ben, a character who might otherwise wear out his welcome fairly quickly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Gideon needs to put more work into its secondary characters and a more relaxed faith in Braugher's talents. That would be enough to make Gideon truly special. [10 Oct 2000, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While many of the weight jokes are very funny, there are a few too many of them. Still, what matters most for the show's future health is that it does not define Mike and Molly as "fat." They're nice, normal, relatable people who eat too much and want to eat less.
    • 73 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Max and Caroline's Odd Couple interaction is nothing you haven't seen before. But thanks to the show's two bright young stars, who deliver their shared dialogue with a nice, natural ease, their scenes together have enough charm and humor to make these struggling Girls look like winners.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Competent as Vampire may be, there's also something rehashed and filtered about it, to the point where it sometimes feels like the kiddie-ride version of "True Blood," and perhaps appropriately so.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The Sopranos would have benefited from the editing required by network time and content restraints, which would have made the rambling episodes tighter and cleared them of their worst blood and exposed-breast excesses. [8 Jan 1999, p.8E]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There's little in the setup you haven't seen before or, given TV's proclivities, won't see again. But Passmore does a good job of making his character seem intelligent and a bit maddening without letting him become obnoxious.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Taken as a fright fest, pure and simple, Dead succeeds admirably well, capturing the terror and confusion of waking up in a world where you've gone from person to endangered-species zombie food overnight.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The overly blended result may be as much Dickens, Tolkien and J.K. Rowling as it is J.M. Barrie, but it's still an appealing one.
    • 73 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As is often the nature of such programs, Skies does ask you to accept a lot of clunky dialogue and a few too many easily spotted twists. Even so, fans of the genre can embrace it as a summer-viewing diversion--one that's likely to work even better for younger viewers, who haven't seen all the films from which it borrows.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Familiar though they may be, that’s still a lot of characters to reintroduce while also establishing a premise that is sort of a Doctor Who meets Guardians of the Galaxy--with a touch of The Mummy Returns thrown in for good measure. But the show carries it off, setting up its time-travel parameters (they can change events, but not ones in which they’ve participated) as well as its hero/villain conflict.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Without Sedgwick, The Closer would be a standard-issue police procedural — a decent bit of TV entertainment, but nothing more. With Sedgwick's unforced charm and her witty iron-fist-meets-velvet-glove performance, The Closer rises to the top of TV's summer bill.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Karen is more a character-driven drama with cops than a mystery, so don't expect the plot, well-developed though it may be, to fool you. You know Karen will get her man, one way or the other...What matters is the style and steam she brings to the chase.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    All in all, pretty standard sci-fi stuff, but it's well played by the attractive cast and unusually well produced. Even more unusually, the show seems as interested in its characters as it is in its hardware. [19 Mar 1999]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Luckily, the last thing many of us need in summer is another show that demands our weekly attention. Entertainment we can dip in and out of will do. And if that's what you want, Wilfred is a good dog indeed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    If parts of the tale are familiar, it's all well-told, with a bit of visual flair.... [Berry] brings a dignity and gravity to Molly, a projected intelligence that allows you to buy her as an astronaut and to see what has happened to her as frightening rather than ridiculous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Luckily for Terra Nova, fans of the genre are often at least temporarily willing to overlook bad writing and performances if the battles are exciting and special effects convincing, and they are. That should buy the show time to improve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There are great performances from Gedrick and Dunn as leaders of a gambling quartet, and good work all around.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Like Harry, the show has yet to fully master its tricks. There are a few decent jolts, but nothing is truly frightening or even that threatening. And while the show can be amusing, it's never exactly side-splitting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    In essence, Librarian is a summer movie blockbuster on a winter TV budget, and has all the virtues and flaws you'd expect from that odd pairing--including never taking itself too seriously.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The main characters are well-drawn and well-played, particularly by Mulroney, Taylor, Gross and (as you'd expect) Anderson, and the structure already seems reliably sturdy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Tonight's 90-minute premiere is a tad overextended, but it still provides an effective and entertaining launchpad for the premise.
    • 87 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Pillars can seem a bit comic, it isn't camp. The characters and their beliefs are treated seriously and with respect, and no one is without some virtue or some sin.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It understands that its first job is to make us believe in Bonnie and Clyde and commit to their story. And that it does, perhaps not brilliantly, but well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The script paints the women too broadly while offering a few too many variations on the same youth-obsessed-culture themes. Still, darned if the women don't carry it off, at least well enough to bring you back for a second episode.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The larger problem with Justice it that allows the plot to bury the characters.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Sunday's third-season premiere is not Desperate at its best, but it's better than most anything the show had to offer last year, particularly at the start. [22 Sep 2006]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Still, in keeping with USA's sunnier outlook, this is a far lighter show than Alias: less complicated, less morally complex, less deep and, while fun, just simply "less."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    If you're not too picky about historical accuracy, and not too put off by cheap-looking computer effects, you'll find much to enjoy in this entertaining adventure, built on a solid hero's-quest structure and bolstered by a terrifically engaging performance from Travis Fimmel as the hero-at-hand.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    In essence, Tyrant is a ruling-family variant on The Godfather, shifted from Italy and America to the Middle East. But don't dismiss the shift out of hand: That move is precisely what makes Tyrant so intriguing--and so troubling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Why watch a show this silly? In part because Alexander is able to make us empathize with Jane's emotional upheaval while still creating a heroine who is believably feisty and capable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    If the show can maintain the quality of the pilot, [how long the show runs] might be quite some time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Falling somewhere in the middle of the dark/light scale between Gotham and Flash, tonight's promising premiere boasts a few good jolts, a welcome bit of visual flair, and an appealing star turn from Welsh actor Matt Ryan, who conveys just the right mix of tortured soul, biting wit and hunky hero.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Red Oaks is never much more than pleasant, but it's also seldom much less. The episodes may not make you laugh out loud, but with a few clanging exceptions (led by an inexplicable Freaky Friday detour) they generally feel both warm and true.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    When The Goldbergs sticks to its loud, abrasive but loving family, it's fine. It's when it switches its focus to the '80s, complete with a voice-over designed to point out every difference between that decade and our own, that it gets into trouble.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    In total, the changes have led to a show that is much better, and is on much more solid footing, than it once was.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Trophy Wife is an often-amusing comedy, it doesn't entirely work as a family comedy, because it has yet to convince us that these people could ever be part of the same family.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Charm is not a word you normally associate with the Day-Glo, drug-drenched '70s. Yet charm is the strong suit of That '70s Show. [21 Aug 1998, p.6E]
    • USA Today
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As a whole, the show is as cute and easy to like as its star, and that's saying something.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    At heart, Angel is another Whedon treatise on the need to accept responsibility and to move past atonement to engagement. But Whedon never overemphasizes his deeper meanings, and neither should we. [5 Oct 1999, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Most every move creators Robb and Mark Cullen have made is a smart one, starting with casting an entirely fetching Maggie Lawson as the mother and the great James Caan as her gruff, constantly inappropriate father.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    What Mantello projects, and the movie lacks, is a kind of raw, exposed-nerve drive. As a play, The Normal Heart was political theater: It strong-armed you, but it worked. The movie emphasizes the love story to the point where it borders on romantic fantasy.
    • 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
    Prison Break may not hold up as a weekly series; it's much too soon to tell. But by and large it works as a two-hour premiere special, one that grabs your attention from its first scene to its startling cliffhanger ending.
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    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While his problems serve to humanize him, there are times when they also overwhelm the story. And though Branagh plays each flaw and foible extremely well, the cumulative effect can be a bit tiresome.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As much fun as Harper's can be if you're inclined to recline into it, the show was clearly produced with too little talent and, odds are, too little money.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Russ's obsession with Milt's past overwhelms some of the upcoming episodes, and sentiment derails a few others. Still, the cast is strong, and in a season where so many series (some of them excellent) lean toward the grim, Creek's sunnier approach makes for a nice change.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Despite the brain eating, producers have imbued the opening episodes with a sly sense of humor, a blend of sarcasm and bemusement, that McIver sells well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Be prepared for a first episode that is mostly setup, and for a few 24-like twists that seem out of place in a story that's meant to be more realistic. The further you go with Traffic, however, the more the story pulls you in. [26 Jan 2004]
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Some of the lessons are laid on a bit thick. But the cast, including April Bowlby as Deb's best friend, Ben Feldman as her guardian angel, and Jackson Hurst as her boyfriend, sells them with a minimum of fuss and a light touch.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There is something extraordinarily appealing about the show's central pair.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    But the moments it goes too far or feels too slight are countered by the sense you're watching two men who care about their clients and are good at what they do, and by the emotional hook that helps provide. And that may be enough to turn it into a hit.
    • 81 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Tree is not the master at his best--it's one of those light entertainments that pass by without leaving much of a mark. But it's good-hearted and amusing.
    • 53 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    What more could you ask? Sharper scripts, for a start, and a better sense that Perry's unhappy central character is strong enough to hold the center of the show. But there's enough promise here, and enough room to grow, that you can't help hoping Sunshine will follow the midterm-correction path set by the show it's replacing, Cougar Town.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Divorced from a believable social context, Queer too often plays like a voyeuristic tour of gay life that's only interested in the most outrageous sights. It doesn't have to provide an insight into every gay person, but it does have to paint a more believable portrait of these people, which means anchoring them in a real place and expanding their lives beyond sexual encounters. [1 Dec 2000, p.15E]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Like many shows these days, Preacher is not for everyone, nor is it trying to be. But it will almost certainly work for some viewers, and it seems to have a good idea of who those viewers are and what they want.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While it will no doubt settle back into its normal pattern, the first two episodes have been a bit busy--and a little light on the courtroom drama side of things.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Sorkin has created a funny, free-flowing comedy that more closely reflects the rhythms and look of a feature film. He may still have something to learn about the sitcom form, as witness the abrupt shift to sentimentality that ends the first two episodes. But when he's on his game, he provides moments of unexpected and acute insight that can almost leave you breathless. [22 Sept 1998, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The Event knows the game it's playing and its risks. You can tell from the wink-at-the-audience last line, delivered by the always-welcome Innes: "I haven't told you everything." Tell us more--and soon would probably be best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    For all its flights of fancy and its meta-jokes (most of them ably put across by Danny Pudi), the show still allows us to invest in Joel McHale's Jeff and his journey to self-improvement. Yet in its search for a plot, Community often seems to send Jeff back to square one so he can be redeemed all over again.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The stunts and set pieces are impressive (though the show can't keep having Kimble jump off things every time he's about to be caught), but The Fugitive will ultimately rise or fall on Daly and Williamson. [6 Oct 2000, p.10E]
    • USA Today
    • 71 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 plots of the two episodes available for review were standard and sometimes underdeveloped soap staples, but they're well handled by the attractive cast. [28 Jun 2000]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Practice is the kind of show that will probably appeal to those who like their comedy theatrical.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    What King adds is better writing (particularly in next week's funnier episode), a better cast and a more affectionate tone. The only real false notes are struck by Doug's friends, a standard-issue gang of fools and louts who could have dropped in from any sitcom. [21 Sept 1998, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Cougar tends to start out big and a bit nasty, then pull back for a gentler finish. The problem may be that many viewers pull out before it gets there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The old plot was better than the new ones and that Broadchurch worked much better as a mystery than as a courtroom drama.... The cast, with new members Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy and Eve Myles, is still wonderful, and the series still has much to offer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    FlashForward may not keep you hooked for years or even months, but chances are good tonight's episode will bring you back next week. For now, that's as far forward as we need to flash.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This is a series where surface is substance, and surfaces don't come much dreamier than in this beautifully realized flight fantasy, from its lovely, terror-free airport to its even lovelier cast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Though he's playing a smarter, wittier, more self aware character than he did in The Office, Gervais displays the same gift for the social faux pas, and the same inability to extract himself from increasingly improper conversations.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Curb is an experiment in free-form TV, one that is just as happy to make you cringe in embarrassment as make you laugh, and even happier just to dawdle along provoking no response at all. [13 Oct 2000]
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Ted, like most such single-camera sitcoms, is just too mannered and cold, though warming signs do appear in later episodes. Happily, despite its flaws, it's well-cast and reasonably entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    A strong cast and that things-that-go-bump-in-the-night shooting style so far keep the show on course.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It can all be a bit much: Elizabeth needs to be wrong now and then. Still, against considerable odds, Leoni sells it, conveying the brains and toughness Elizabeth needs to be successful in her job and the warmth, vulnerability and sometimes prickly humor she needs to be successful at home.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Certainly, anyone looking for fast-paced, neon-lit entertainment will find Las Vegas one of the season's surprisingly better bets.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    For now, let's leave concerns for the future to Eli. In the present, things are looking good.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Arnett is a master of fluster, and Bridges is befuddled charm personified. The revelation, though, for those who only know her from her Emmy-winning dramatic work, is Martindale, whose comic timing rivals the best in the business.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There are times when the show feels both weightless and way too precious (that title), but those are counterbalanced by the charm and skill of the cast.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The cases he tackles are intriguing, if wildly complicated and too often sustained by that peculiar TV mystery mix of intuitive leaps and bad basic police work....Yet as with all such shows, it's the main character who provides the main reason for watching, as the long-suffering Wallander struggles to solve the crimes and put his life back in order.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This is a show with many virtues. Now, if Huff can just learn the virtue of restraint, Showtime may finally have the hit it has been working so hard to find.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Startling incidents, odd coincidences and sudden turns of fate abound, sometimes to a ridiculous extent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    A few minutes in, and you can sense a promise of sex, surprises, and a healthy dose of fun. And so far, the show delivers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Even when the guests and plots falter, the regular cast keeps the hour in painless motion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Whatever one thought of Practice last season, Boston Legal is a separate show -- and it should be viewed with a clean slate. Taken on its own purposely outrageous terms, Boston succeeds as a decent legal comedy led by two broadly amusing characters. [1 Oct 2004]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    What matters is Atwell's ability to project both Peggy's sense of loss and her determination, and the show's skill at highlighting the problems women faced while still retaining the pleasures of a comic-book pulp adventure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Arrested remains a bracingly clever but emotionally cold intellectual exercise of a comedy, one that revels in puns, double entendres, intricately structured set pieces, astonishingly inappropriate jokes, asides, callbacks, flashbacks and, less propitiously, its own inaccessibility.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Tonight's premiere rises and falls with Davis, and she's completely in command. We'll just have to hope the rest of the show falls in line behind her.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    None of the episodes is likely to keep you up at night puzzling out the intricacies of the mystery, but they won't bore you or insult your intelligence. Castle exists to exploit the appeal of its stars and the amusing byplay between their characters, and it does that with admirable efficiency.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It gets better, digs deeper and reaches farther than anyone might have predicted.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    They need to put a bit more thought into the mysteries themselves, which lean toward the clunky. But the appeal of the stars and the premise should buy them some time.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    If there's nothing particularly unconventional about Grandfathered, it carries off its conventions with considerable skill. Brewster, Peck and Jenrette take good advantage of every moment the script provides, while Stamos breezily bounces between mocking them and being a good-sport target for mockery.
    • 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.
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    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It doesn't take long before Morland proves his worth as a story device and Noble proves his worth as a scene partner. The cases Sherlock and Watson solve in these first two outings don't amount to much, but their relationship does.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There are some heavy messages entangled there, but the pilot treads lightly and moves swiftly, quickly establishing the evil force Kara will have to fight and the team she'll have by her side. Yet it also leaves room for a little ambiguity about the wisdom of depending on superheroes. The cast (which includes myth-appropriate cameos from Dean Cain and Helen Slater) is good throughout, with Brooks and Jordan suitably supportive and Flockhart seemingly relishing her Devil Wears Prada role.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    A star-studded, fast-moving, generally entertaining film about Sarah Palin.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Triangle boasts an attractive cast and some clever twists, but it often has to stretch to fill time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As he showed on Desperate, Cherry has a knack for creating fun female characters that soar a bit over the top, but not so far over that their problems aren't relatable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Friday's opener is intriguing, but shows such as Doe have a habit of collapsing quickly — usually because the rules governing the hero's behavior bend and stretch to suit the needs of the writers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Despite the tragedy that drives its plot, there's something slight about Steel Magnolias--a slightness that at times might have benefited from a lighter, faster touch. But it offers the pleasure of spending a Sunday night with some terrific female actors.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    What NBC most likely wanted was a less intense, more audience-friendly mass-market entertainment with a clear hero and a leavening sense of humor. And that's what George Nolfi, who based his series on an Israeli show, has provided.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    [Marvel's Jessica Jones] is all Jessica all the time, and as terrific as Ritter is at playing this damaged hero, the narrow constraints of the focus begin to wear.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Ever since Sex and the City proved you could update Designing Women for a shallower audience by amping up the sex and removing the social content, TV writers have been trying without success to replicate the trick. Though Hot Properties feels too forced and a bit old-hat, it comes closer than most, thanks to a strong cast and a few genuinely funny lines.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The sets and costumes are lovely to look at. The two stars--British import Gugu Mbatha-Raw and German import Boris Kodjoe--are about as attractive as people get....Now if only their show didn't feel so flat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    There's no denying the timeliness of a show about strapped-for-cash customers and predatory lenders, but Money doesn't seem to know what or where it wants to be, landing in some netherworld between a broadcast comedy and an edgier cable drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The show's younger stars all are personable, if not yet exactly memorable, and all told, their show is an agreeable, mildly amusing time-passer.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Elfman has a loopy charm and hyperdrive nuttiness that calls to mind the great screwball comedians, but she needs a strong force playing against her to soak up some of her energy. Foster may grow into that role, but right now, she's blasting him off the screen.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Life Is Wild, a 7th Heaven replacement that adds African landscapes, wildlife and culture.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    If you can get past the show's visual tricks and excessive self-consciousness, there is some fun to be had here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Sadly, in this elaborately produced, incredibly well-intentioned seven-part HBO miniseries adaptation of the book, Adams recedes once again, outshone not just by his more famous peers but also by just about every minor character.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Give ABC credit for trying something different. But next time, try harder. And better. And maybe shorter.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    There's a great TV show out there called The Office...This just isn't it...Instead, what NBC is offering tonight is a passable imitation of a miles-better British original -- a brilliant faux-documentary starring Ricky Gervais that has attracted a small but devoted fan base from its BBC America run.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Cash and Geere make the most out of every cutting line and look. But too often, the show mistakes being unpleasant for being amusing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The stories and performances vary in interest, and all would benefit from a bit more humor. Still, even the weaker stories eventually pull you in, if only because you spend so much time listening to these people complain, you want to see how they work things out.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    A comedy-laced caper requires a light, sure touch. Heist tends to plod.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Both leads are very good, particularly Bibb, who makes what could have been a superficial character touching without making her cheaply sympathetic. The real standout, however, is Rue, who is luminous as a weight-challenged girl who longs to hear cheers. [29 Sept 1999, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, you can feel it in the plotting, which is perfunctory at best, and woefully, repetitively tired at worst.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Taylor, whose performance overflows with touchingly wounded dignity. She also gets to deliver a great speech to two of her patients, which, while totally unrealistic, is fun in an overly theatrical kind of way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    While Delany's obviously too good for her show, the later episodes offer at least some evidence it might be able to rise a little closer to her level.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Bar is so slow to start, it might as well be in reverse. The first episode is, simply, flat-out terrible. Which is why, if you're a Bochco fan, you'd be wise to wait for the fourth episode, when Bar moves to mediocre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    There are some well-executed effects and a few welcome flashes of humor, though those don't completely counter the overall sense of portent that fills most every "save the world" line.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    It would be nice if the exposition were less clunky and the show did more to capture what is special about its San Francisco setting. Still, the actors are enjoyable, and their series in large part does what it sets out to do.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    A cape is simply not exciting or convincing as a superhero weapon. And making constant jokes in the dialogue about the flaw isn't the same as fixing it. To its credit, The Cape is at least easier to follow than The Event and is less mythology-burdened than Heroes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Whatever one thinks of the format, the briskly paced setup is effectively done.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    It's a serviceable hour that takes the NCIS formula--a light tone and a lot of banter wrapped around a fairly rudimentary investigatory plot--and transfers it to a special, undercover NCIS division in Los Angeles. Nothing more, but also nothing less.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    With each episode, the show seems to move further from real life and the real Rome and off into some sex-crazed, soap-opera fantasy version of a place that has never, thankfully, existed before or since.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The tone is ominous throughout in a show that provides its share of good jolts, including one built around the public punishment of a rule infraction that may stay with you for awhile. Unfortunately, subtlety appears to be among the many things banned in Wayward Pines--a series that comes at you weird and gets weirder as it goes along.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Platinum does a decent job of establishing its world and its family, setting up the internal jealousies and exposing the undercurrents. But the show is a bit too willing to fall back on easy stereotypes (the evil tycoon, the cowardly reporter) and a bit lazy when moving the story along. Music videos are a nice diversion, but they shouldn't be used as filler to avoid plot. [14 Apr 2003]
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Yet as often happens, tonight's premiere is far less than the sum of its parts. The tone shifts precariously from scene to scene, and Krause is too dull a presence here to tie the tones together. He has to serve as our entrant into this strange world, and in the pilot, he just seems disinterested.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has a fatally flawed concept been better executed than on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Colbert was an invaluable part of the Daily Show, but as the whole show, he's not enough and too much simultaneously.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Virtuality counts as an interesting experiment, and it's better than most of the networks' summer offerings. But because there aren't likely to be answers provided by additional episodes, it can only be unequivocally recommended to Galactica acolytes and curio collectors.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The result is a show that his most devoted fans will debate and embrace, and a mass audience just won't get.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    There are some very funny moments in the first of tonight's two episodes, most of them provided by Wu and Park, and fleeting indications that Fresh could be a better, deeper show than the one we're seeing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Ritter ... still has the same deceptively innocent face, the same way with a line, the same gift for a great double take or a bit of physical business. And he's still surrounded by pretty women who invariably get the better of him. Unfortunately, he's also still working with scripts that aren't up to the comic effort he pours into them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    She's a likable character in a potentially likable show, but that show needs to take a giant step back from the New Jersey Italian-American cliches that overwhelm the pilot. [29 Sept 2000, p.12E]
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Its virtues have been buried under the kind of meandering plots and underpowered dialogue that mark so many TV comedies these days, which seem unable to decide whether they'd rather be unfunny comedies or insufficiently serious dramas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    [Cristela Alonzo's] pushing a bit too hard for laughs in places, but the joy she brings to her performance can be infectious, and the authenticity she brings to some of her scenes points the way to a better future.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The show is funny enough, and the performers and setup are solid enough to hope CBS will give this working-class comedy a little time to work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, [Sutherland's] disciplined performance is done in by an undisciplined show that moves too slowly to put limits on Jake's powers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The comic tone wavers, sometimes uncomfortably, between the ordinary and the absurd.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    While the time jump may be troubling, the real issues tarnishing the luster of this once-sterling series are a loss of focus and an increasingly heavy hand when it comes to illustrating the complexities of Master's and Johnson's odd relationship.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    In terms of the writing, there's nothing extraordinary going on, but the casting and setting is another step forward in TV's drive toward greater inclusion.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    While it's possible that the staff is the butt of a few too many of the jokes, the pilot is good-natured enough to stay on this side of the offensive line. That line, however, could easily fray - as could our patience if Outsourced devolves into a two-joke show: silly Indians who don't understand our silly customs. For now, mark it down as a show worth watching. Only time will tell if it's worth the trouble.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Were Bates Motel a movie, Farmiga and Highmore (who has Tony Perkins' troubling, sort-of-smiling stare down cold) might be able to keep you tied to these damaged creatures through to the end of the film. But for a series, these do not feel like ties that bind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    At just seven hours, you can think of Scandal as the modern equivalent of those old Sidney Sheldon miniseries and enjoy it at that level. Assuming you can get through the first hour. And past the main character.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    What it lacks, unfortunately, is style -- some sense of smart, well-executed, up-to-date design. You can almost see the corners being cut, from the inconsistent casting to the cheap reliance on sex to the blatantly fake back-lot sets that are trying to pass for Chicago. You may not expect originality in a movie transfer, not when familiarity is what's selling the show. But you do expect Barbershop to display enough style of its own to avoid looking like a cheap knockoff.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    As it is, Hour arrives as yet another import procedural on a schedule that is already awash in both.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    That a premise so slight yields as much amusement as it does is a tribute to Gervais and Merchant's quick wits and to Pilkington's blend of extreme gullibility and offbeat quirkiness....The purposely retro animation, which turns Gervais into a more cheerful Fred Flintstone, not only adds nothing to the mix--it subtracts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Clearly the show is trying to contrast humor with murder, lightening the mood with cat kidnappers and plushie hot dogs. But like too many ABC shows, it pushes the quirkiness too hard.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    There's no question that some of the jokes are funny, or that it's nice to see Sisto in a role that lets him lighten up.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The L Word wants to be as liberating for gay women as Sex and the City was for their straight sisters. Instead, it comes across as a repetitive soap opera that reduces life to sex, and sex to a Joey Tribiani fantasy about girl-on-girl make-out sessions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    For fans of soaps, there is reason for hope. The show looks great, and it often sounds good, particularly when Emily is delivering a line we know is nasty but her victim doesn't.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Thanks to all the talent, what could have been an incredibly hokey Ghost Whisperer retread has much more moody potential.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    While hardly an exceptional series, Grey is a competent one. Still, if it hopes to run, it will need to make adjustments such as dumping Christina's already tired habit of seeing patients merely as her ticket to exotic procedures.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    While some attempts to recall the tenor of the times feel strained, there are intriguing moments in the generational, racial and sexual clashes swirling around the central story. Unfortunately, whenever the show meanders its way back to that central story of Manson and Emma and their newly formed family, momentum stalls and interest drains.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Collectively, Inconceivable seems a bit desperate and confused.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    When Resurrection focuses on Jacob and his family, the actors and the concept carry it. But hours must be filled, and the more the show expands to include other Arcadians, most of whom are tiresome, the weaker it becomes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Yes, the additions sometimes feel shoehorned in, and, as in The Bible, the storytelling gears still sometimes clunk. But anyone who loved The Bible and yearned for a sequel is likely to find A.D. satisfying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Ordinary just feels too crowded, as if it's straining to serve too many genre masters at once. Still, there is pleasure to be found, much of it provided by Chiklis.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The show's attempt to turn Oz's "I'll allow it" into a catchphrase is a bit tiresome, but otherwise, the characters and the plot twists combine to make the time pass painlessly.

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