For 706 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
706 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Yet for all that it revels in catastrophe, the most promising aspect of Worst Week is a sweet-tempered empathy that allows you to identify with all four characters.
    • 61 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.
    • 53 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    For all the sex jokes (most of which are amusing), this is at heart a family comedy, with Cox completely winning as a mom trying to make herself happy without making her son miserable. Odds are that other moms can relate.
    • 72 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.