For 684 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
684 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    What Men offers is the pleasure of watching people who know what they're doing do it well. Jones' mixture of bratty spunk and vulnerability keeps Jake from seeming too precocious or too cute. Sheen is so amusingly sardonic and cheerfully self-aware, he makes Charlie's immaturity endearing rather than annoying. And there just aren't many actors who are better at funny-fussbudget than Cryer -- or who have more polished comic skills.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The thought and care Hall has put into her premise carries over to the casting. Every choice is near ideal, starting with the remarkable Amber Tamblyn, who is so fabulously right as Joan, and including Joe Mantegna and Mary Steenburgen as her parents and Michael Welch and Jason Ritter (son of the late John Ritter) as her brothers. [26 Sept 2003, p.1E]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    This is one House call worth making.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    As extravagant, enticing and chaotic as Rome itself, HBO's latest series boasts all the opulent pleasures that lavish expenditures of time and money can buy. Every detail in its re-creation of ancient Rome may not be correct, but the spirit and the overall picture ring true -- and the entertainment value resounds.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Luckily for us, UPN has found a terrific young actress to play this terrifically engaging character: Kristen Bell. Whether you buy the idea of teen crime-solvers or not, there's no questioning Bell's credentials as a TV star.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    All we need ask of Grey's is that it tell its stories well in its own way, and tonight it does.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Based on the real-life Hollywood adventures of Mark Wahlberg, Entourage is the almost shockingly entertaining story of an incredibly unlikely set of sitcom heroes: an up-and-coming star known for his looks more than his talent and his hanger-on friends. What could have been a recipe for disaster, or at the very least for one of those HBO shows people respect more than enjoy, is instead an unassuming treat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Entourage... returns for a third season with funnier episodes and higher stakes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Earl shares the look and heavily narrated sound of Arrested Development, but it has its own scruffy comic tone.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Witty, earnest, intelligent, overdone, overly ambitious, wildly entertaining and superbly cast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Bones isn't the riskiest or most ambitious series coming your way this season. But it may turn out to be one of the most satisfying and entertaining.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    This bright, funny, appealing old-school comedy is an ideal vehicle for Louis-Dreyfus.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The script is humorous, though not hilarious, and the show boasts a fine cast that could, with time, jell into a great one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There's something terribly real and awfully funny about this engaging little sitcom, which takes the sweetness of Parenthood and adds its own slightly bitter touch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The British Mars produced only 16 episodes, and when the last of this season's final eight is over, you will have all the answers you need. What's more, they're satisfying and well worth the relatively short amount of time expended.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Juggling such a large ensemble won't be easy, and the producers have to guard against crowding too many stories together at the cost of depth and development.... If they can get the balance right, though, Class should be an ideal fit for CBS' successful Monday lineup.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Granted, this new Andy may not be as inventive or subversive as Universe, but it is just as funny and probably a bit more accessible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Lights has a rare ability to portray life in small-town America without being condescending or sentimental.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    A fast-paced, funny show that has bounced back from last spring's post-strike slump.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Damages is an enjoyably complex thriller.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Yet, as rock-solid as the entire cast may be, Damages still belongs to Close, who makes us embrace a character who in other hands might be repellent or, worse, ridiculous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There is no new show more likable, but that affection may waver if Betty can't give Ferrera the scripts and support she deserves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    As Elizabeth movies go, this version has neither the sweep of Glenda Jackson's Elizabeth R nor the easily digested entertainment value of Bette Davis' Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. But it has Mirren, and that's reason enough to make it and watch it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    As much as the show recalls the movies, it also recalls some of the best work ever done in the genre for TV: the Buffy universe of Joss Whedon. Most every blast of portent and bombast is lightened by a throwaway joke; scenes of intense action and violence give way to equally well-realized scenes of domestic life that root the fantasy in emotional reality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    In a sense, Monday's promising premiere is the first in a three-part introduction, with each episode building on and improving upon the one before.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Wise has been given a great chance to shine, and he makes the most of it, stealing scenes with such aplomb it may almost be a sin. Still, the show has to be carried by Harrison and Labine, and they seem up to the task.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The show is not designed to appeal to prudes, but the writing and the acting are too good to be wasted on the prurient.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The Tudors comes back enriched and improved.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Part mystery, part fantasy, part comedy, and all wildly imaginative exaggeration, Blood proves that there's still vibrant life--or death--left in the "star-crossed lovers" paradigm.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    True Blood is worth the work, particularly since the main plot (Sookie's search for her kidnapped vampire lover Bill) is pretty much a self-starter.