For 85 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sarah Rodman's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 20 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 85
  2. Negative: 2 out of 85
85 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    Funnier than all of the new sitcoms combined, featuring the strongest ensemble of dramatic actresses around and able to leap genre cliches in a single jump cut, 'Desperate Housewives' is the superwoman of the new fall season and is easily the most delightful and intriguing hour to come along on ABC in years. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Herald
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    Even if you weren't in the practice of watching ABC's 'The Practice,' you might find its spinoff, 'Boston Legal,' habit-forming. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Herald
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    As he did in the series, Gervais imbues Brent with a kind of idiotic cleverness that is both silly and devastating. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Herald
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    The creeping sense of dread has been part of what has made Breaking Bad so engrossing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    Game of Thrones continues to impress with its ability to depict how intimate choices can have epic consequences, and vice versa. Each of the actors rises to that challenge, whether playing opposite one person or a multitude of extras.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Sarah Rodman
    Both the title and the first few minutes ... nearly ruin what could turn out to be a charming show. ... Fortunately, the tone starts to shift, soften, and gain stronger comic footing. ... Additionally, almost all of the snarky skewering of the corporate environment of Henry and Eliza’s Big Pharma workplace radiates the same wonderfully acidic tone as Better Off Ted.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    Rarely do they strain the credulity of real situations or the constraints of the time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    Iannucci and his cast are as deft with a wonky policy joke as they are with good old-fashioned bathroom humor and Louis-Dreyfus shines, throwing herself, as she so often did on "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine," physically into the role.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    Even though True Detective can feel very heavy at times, and as often as we’ve seen serial killer story lines, Harrelson and McConaughey were compelling enough that I powered through the first four episodes HBO sent for review.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    Given the welcome arrival of spring, some viewers may not be ready to dive into the wintry expanses of Fargo, but, based on the first few episodes, it will be worth reliving the chill.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Sarah Rodman
    Nip/Tuck is unabashed in its portrayal of the flawed ways people conduct the private sides of their lives and how the professional bleeds over in unexpected ways. [21 June 2004, p.43]
    • Boston Herald
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Sarah Rodman
    The two leads are very charming, and the first episode sizzles with promise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The episode, written by series creator Matthew Weiner, is a model of efficiency and nuance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    There is a sense of adventure and uplift in Touch that is rare in current procedurals. It might just be enough to connect it to an audience thirsty to see Sutherland save the world in quieter, smaller increments--and with the occasional smile.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    It helps that Cheadle is surrounded by characters, and actors, who seem like they will go interesting places.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Unlike some of the more uneven odd-couple series that have premiered in recent years, Apartment 23 could turn into a trustworthy address for laughs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    While the premise sounds confusing, and sometimes is when it comes to the details of the dueling crimes-of-the-week, the producers and writers do a good job of keeping the worlds distinct and vivid, including some neat visual flourishes and subtle color coding.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Game Change is a compelling, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant dramatization of the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Republican side of the 2008 presidential campaign.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Dunham manages to ties the grimaces and grins together with a comedic sensibility that allows you to see these characters as they are with all their irritating and contradictory behavior, but still root for them as they feel their way into adulthood.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Fans of Sorkin's work, especially his previous shows "Sports Night," "The West Wing," and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," will be pleased to see The Newsroom has all the hallmarks of its predecessors.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Fellowes does a good job of keeping all of his players engaged while introducing fresh faces and bringing back old friends.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    As far as revisiting a tearjerker goes, Steel Magnolias reliably hits the funny bone and will assuredly send you to the tissue box
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Plenty of ground goes unplowed, both personal (there is almost no discussion of wives or family), and business (including the era of exorbitant ticket pricing they helped to usher in), but there’s enough here to give Eagles fans a captivating History lesson.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    An informative and haunting new Showtime documentary about the legendary comedian-actor-writer
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    [A] charming, sweetly aching new HBO comedy.... [Stephen Merchant] makes even the most absurd and cringeworthy situations--his desperate attempts to enter an exclusive Hollywood hot spot is like horror comedy--feel authentic and conversational.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The uniformly solid acting pulls Mob City back from its occasional flirtation with the “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” precipice.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Earnestness is often the enemy of sitcom writers. Snark and innuendo, which can indeed be loads of fun, reign in many half-hour shows, with NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” being a notable exception. So Fox is taking a gamble, a worthy one, with its new comedy Enlisted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    It continues to be to Fellowes’s credit that he manages to write for such a large number and wide array of characters and yet makes viewers know and care about each one. None is purely hissable nor heroic, intentions are murky, and impulsive choices have major consequences, keeping the enjoyable soap at full lather.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Given how sharp his songwriting is, it’s little surprise that Sondheim makes an excellent storyteller, always candid and precise, and by turns funny and rueful. And it’s a remarkable tale, one that could probably make for a great musical.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Oscar winner Berry and the dependable Visnjic, as well as familiar supporting faces, all do a good enough job in the first episode with a tantalizing premise--and lot of grade A special effects--to make Extant worth checking out before it becomes extinct.