For 715 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Modern Family: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
715 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Bad brings new life and depth to an old one: Malcolm in the Middle's Bryan Cranston, riveting and remarkable as a chemistry teacher who finds a more commercial use for his skills.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Happily, this is a carefully adapted, clearly enunciated As You Like It that retains the beauty of the dialogue while making the meanings clear.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    You can see where it's going, and assuming Abrams doesn't let it get lost in its conspiracy, it should be fun to ride along.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Not every shift works; a newly added agent seems just as expendable as poor, underused Charlie (Kirk Acevedo). But there's a great final twist that more than compensates, and it solidifies the overall impression that a series that was once too far on the conspiracy fringe has settled into an enjoyable weekly sci-fi adventure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    So far, though, it keeps the techno-babble to a manageable level, and if it seems to owe more to other movies and shows than it does to real life, at least it's paying its debt in an entertaining fashion.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are big moments, but much of the joy comes from small exchanges and throwaway jokes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Times have changed, but they haven't weakened the basic strength of Dickens' story or diminished his insights into a society in which the poor are left to their own oppressed devices unless they cross paths with the rich.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Luckily, in Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, HBO has found precisely the right people to convey the peculiar blend of courage and craziness that were the two Edie Beales, daughter and mother.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are needed bursts of humor that lighten the sometimes oppressive sense of a world on the verge of social collapse. And there's that visually pleasing re-creation of '60s style that both delights on its own and allows the show to comment through skewed reflection on modern times.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    It's not perfect, but in a sea of procedural conformity, Glee is its own weird, often enchanting little island escape.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    ABC can add to that list of achievements the season's most entertaining new hour, straightforward division: V.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The Middle is precisely the show ABC should be doing: a smart, amusing sitcom that understands the damage cutbacks have done to folks in the middle.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The best of the bunch, and the best new series of the fall, comes first.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    It firmly establishes its intriguing main character's brains, skills, and skewed-but-real moral code.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    What will remain is the terrific, admirably diverse cast; the tough-but-uncynical attitude; and, perhaps best of all, the out-of-the-TV-norm location. The show isn't just set in Detroit; it's shot there, which gives it an authenticity and a palpable sense of place.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    For now, what Better brings you are six well-written, well-played characters (Lacy offers a particularly nice take on his slacker doofus) who say and do enough funny things to keep you amused between Middle and Modern.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Happily, it now seems to have landed on solid ground, with its best ensemble and most engaging stories in years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Leary is working with a fabulous cast, which is why he and co-creator Peter Tolan can dance so nimbly between realism and surrealism, drama and comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    It's all very well told and well acted, but those who insist on comparing it to The Lord of the Rings are setting up expectations Game cannot possibly match.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are times when the sheer force of Jones' personality undercuts his ability to be convincing as the voice of existential despair. But at the end, when he throws that force behind his final assault, his performance all makes sense. And it makes the final scenes, as Jackson's ebulliently portrayed confidence begins to crack, all the more shattering.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    If it plays a bit fast and loose with facts, it's nowhere near as outrageous as its Showtime cousin The Tudors, whose ever-young, ever-fit Henry VIII was an affront to history and to common sense. Irons may not look anything like the real Pope Alexander, but he makes you believe in him - and for The Borgias' purposes, that's what matters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Girl sets up a viable premise and introduces a strong set of supporting characters, which is just what you want from fall's most promising new series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    For today, enjoy a home-grown version of a great series that's suspenseful, exciting and flat-out fun. That may not count as a miracle, but it's awfully good news nonetheless.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    This is a sprawling, exciting, blood-soaked story, filled with great set pieces and wonderful actors.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    They may not enchant you, but they and their series, the best new hour this year, are unlikely to bore you. Would that every new show could say the same.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There is much to admire here, from the snap in the dialogue to the show's willingness to tackle issues of race in the workplace--but there might be even more if creator Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) could learn when to stop pushing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Unless you're allergic to musicals in general and Broadway in particular, you should find that a compelling central story, a strong cast, an out-of-the-procedural-mold premise and some rousing, roof-raising numbers more than compensate for any lingering problems.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    As smartly written as it is played, Episodes offers the comic pleasures, not just of clashing cultures, but of contrasting comic styles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    You may appreciate the flair and poignancy Elementary brings to the crowded procedural field, and the energy, wit and sex appeal Miller brings to his role.