For 37 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Feran's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 EZ Streets: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Timecop: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
37 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Feran
    Russell brings great subtlety and appeal to the role, in an engaging show that captures the exhilarating and sometimes scary possibilities of a time of life when everything feels new. [29 Sept 1998, p.1E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Feran
    Murder One is shrewdly constructed, quickly absorbing and absolutely first-rate - the best new show of fall...Terrifically scripted and perfectly cast, the show gets its biggest lift from the shaven-headed Benzali, whose brilliant performance as the principled, supremely confident Hoffman could be the best advertisement for defense attorneys since Clarence Darrow. [19 Sept 1995, p.9E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Feran
    A rich, risky and satisfying adult drama that could be the next "Wiseguy" - and there isn't much higher praise. [26 Oct 1996]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Tom Feran
    A wild joyride of cultural and generational dissonance, Dharma & Greg captures lightning in a bottle and looks like a hit. [24 Sept 1997, p.6F]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tom Feran
    Meticulously detailed and seamlessly crafted, it has the look of a feature film and a sense of behind-the-scenes authenticity, and it could be the season's best new drama. [22 Sept 1999, p.6E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Tom Feran
    So funny that you might not notice it doesn't have a laugh track. [8 Jan 2000]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    If issues don't get in the way, CBS' The District is a good show - may be one of the TV season's most watchable new dramas. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    Frasier is also that rare supporting character who appears able to support his own series. Tonight's pilot gets Frasier off to a smartly written and deftly acted start that is especially lifted by the effortless pairing of Grammer and Pierce, who was a standout from the short-lived political sitcom "The Powers That Be." [16 Sept 1993, p.1F]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    Sharply scripted, well acted and crisply directed by James Burrows, it makes comedy its main agenda, and reaches it with an authentic, matter-of-fact tone. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    Might be the fall's funniest and most satisfying show. ... Smartly written and well cast, it sparkles with characters, situations and dialogue that owe more to real life than TV contrivances. [12 Sep 1996]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    A low-key, deadpan program that is very amusing and unusually engaging. [27 May 1995]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    Clueless pulls off the balancing act of being bright and sophisticated while remaining almost squeaky-clean. [20 Sept 1996, p.1E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    Murder One survived on appeal after approaching cancellation. It makes a great case for itself tonight. [10 Oct 1996, p.8E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    In a season overloaded with domestic sitcoms, Dave's World is distinguished by featuring the least annoying and most realistic kids, and by being based on the work of a Pulitzer Prize winner, humor columnist Dave Barry. [20 Sept 1993]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    Smartly and humorously written, spiced with cartoonish mayhem and over-the-top acting, it visually resembles the "Dick Tracy" and "Batman" movies, deals in the sort of speculative scientific fantasy that distinguished "Quantum Leap" and the miniseries "Wild Palms," and provides ... escapist fun. [19 Mar 1994]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Feran
    It's grittily atmospheric, sharply scripted and acted with a depth that becomes more apparent as the series goes on. It will leave you on the edge of your seat. [4 Apr 2000]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Feran
    [Carey is] a fresh and winning presence, but so strong that the show will have to work to see that the other characters hold their own. [13 Sep 1995]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Feran
    Fresher and more intelligent than most youth-oriented comedies. [24 Sept 1993, p.12C]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Feran
    "Just Shoot Me" has some heart and smartness, and it shows a solid sense of how to build a series. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Feran
    It may not be the Second Coming, which is how hard-core fans have awaited it, but it's a lavish and inventive spectacle that lives up to "Star Trek" tradition and shows why the franchise has flourished. [7 Jan 1993]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Feran
    Both different and diverting, when the self-conscious style doesn't intrude on the storytelling. [8 Sep 1997]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Feran
    An engaging and promising debut, despite some overcooked acting and the fact that legal complexities sometimes take a back seat to emotional stand-offs. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Feran
    Clever, slightly twisted and occasionally very funny. [30 Jan 1999]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Feran
    A sturdy family drama. [2 Apr 1994]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Feran
    Once it gets past a fixation on breast jokes (I counted nine in the premiere but only five in next week's episode) its talented cast and clever writing could make it a diverting, screwball sitcom. [9 Jan 1996]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Feran
    The comedy simply doesn't come as fast, as funny or as fresh. [28 Mar 1999]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Feran
    It's energetic, good-looking and kind of scary - just don't try to make sense of it. [6 Oct 2000, p.5E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Feran
    Viewers shouldn't be fooled into expecting more than a conventional lawyer show. [16 Sept 1995, p.8E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Feran
    The setting and crimes are interesting, and Petersen in particular is terrific, but C.S.I. tries to show the thoughtful nature of its characters by underplaying them - and it relies for liveliness on stomach-turning lab work. Slick but plodding, C.S.I. could be DOA. [6 Oct 2000, p.5E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Feran
    The bigger question will be whether viewers accept the new character - and whether the writing, so far uneven, can match Fox's exertions. [17 Sept 1996, p.9E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer

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