For 659 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Verne Gay's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Damages: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Bells: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 659
659 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    CSI is not looking for a facsimile, so fans can rest assured that Fishburne will evolve into a unique and valued lead on his own.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    L.D. is back, and - based on viewing the first three episodes - his genius remains intact. [7 Sep 2007]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Who else but Larry David could have imagined that a "Curb" largely without the glorious Cheryl Hines could conceivably be funnier? Or that her absence might work as a comedic plot foil for one of its major story arcs? He did, and that's genius.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Tonally, this often feels more like a psychological thriller than an action one, which is a very good sign. 24 is thinking, not just doing, and that bodes well for the later hours when our friend has tended to jump the tracks. All in all, a terrific start.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Four immensely enjoyable hours. Alas, I can't speak to what happens during the remaining 20.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The Shield (this season and every season) is an intoxicating head-gamer of a show that grabs you by the throat.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A critic for this paper once declared "The Wire" "the greatest dramatic series ever produced for television" and as the fourth season gets under way Sunday night, there's no reason to quibble with that assessment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    One of TV's bleakest shows is also one of TV's best comedies. What a marvel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Entourage--at least in original episodes--has been off the air for one solid year, but when that title song from Jane's Addiction kicks in, it's like an old friend calling--only this time, the friend seems worthier, and his stories more interesting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Quirky, funny, smart, wonderful acting, surprise cameos by cherished actors (Steve Harris, "The Practice"), and a one-two punch by Chandler and Britton that is unbeatable. What's not to love?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This is TV's best comedy. And there's nothing in the first two episodes that would suggest otherwise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This is TV's best and brightest at the moment, and a wonderful tribute to New York's resurgent TV production industry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Gorgeously acted, written, paced, structured and conceived, "Damages" remains one of the best shows on TV--and maybe the most enjoyably addictive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Anyone who enters this fantastic and beautifully realized play-scape--which remains ever so slightly ghoulish--will stick around. This is a winner.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Byrne is brilliant and--for the most part--so is this fine and absorbing show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The producers ("Alias" alums Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec) have created a Dickensian (with a nod to L. Frank Baum) universe, draped in shadows, pastels and mystery, while aurally wrapped in chestnuts from the Sweet, Five Man Electrical Band and the Ramones. This new series has enormous promise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    It's smartly written; clinically interesting (Why is Tara this way?), and maybe even a metaphor for the challenges all women face.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    An addictive show, with great cast, excellent writing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Breaking Bad is extraordinary, and if the rest of the season matches Sunday, an Emmy nomination for best drama seems certain.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This show--still TV's best--remains utterly true to itself.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    You can't go wrong with Smith ("That '70s Show") or Lenehan, pros with impeccable comic timing, which leaves relative newcomers Bornheimer and Hayes. Thumbs-up here, too. Worst Week may be the best new comedy on network TV this season.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Far, far, far and away NBC's best new pilot of the season and one of the best new shows of the season, on any network -- commercial or cable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Lotsa fast banter and stylish direction will make some viewers dimly recall--as they are doubtlessly meant to--William Powell and Myrna Loy's late, great "Thin Man" movie series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    At turns it's sad, poignant, bitter and funny (yes, more than enough turns in that direction).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    From this, you will gain a keen understanding of what lies beneath those endless rows of markers at any military cemetery. This is an honest and often magnificent tribute to the 1st Marine Division.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The Beales' story--predictably, sadly--descends into mutual recrimination, then near madness. It's all rescued by two stunning performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This show doesn't feel even remotely played out.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    True-blue fans will swoon. Everything they - you - love about this classic is laid out, banquet-like, Sunday night - the fashions, style, elegance, writing, characters, precision, beauty and most of all, the humor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    In the third season, the song remains the same. Biblical themes of fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, honor and dishonor, Cain and Abel are all baked under that pitiless California sun. Brace yourselves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    What's here is pitch-perfect - the fear, loss, emotional devastation and, peculiar to this disease, silence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Here's to a long and fruitful run in the new home. Tuesday night proves exactly why Southland deserves one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    It's evocative, smartly structured, well acted and insists that the strange ride you are about to take will be worth every minute.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Target is pure, utter, ridiculous, over-the-top-into-the-ravine entertainment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This one is stylish, smartly produced and has a very appealing cast.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The writers have great ears for "real" dialogue, and, in fact, not a single line here feels like a dead ball. The characters, too, arrive fully formed and believable. First impressions are absolutely vital in TV, and The Middle makes an excellent one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    As with his earlier shows, "Hopkins 24/7" (2000) and "Hopkins" (2008), Wrong has structured these stories masterfully. Nothing seems wasted, nothing is superfluous. As a result, the hugely important work these people do is honored in every shot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This is a spectacular new series, with some stunning performances--Pierce, Peters, Zahn, in particular--and gorgeous music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Cumberbatch and star British producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss ("Doctor Who") have performed quite a remarkable feat here--they've created something unique and pleasurable where so many have trod before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Funny, smart, entertaining, excellent acting and writing. What's not to like?
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Like "Mad Men," Wife has an obsessive attention to detail; it's a hurricane of detail, in the visual touches, legal patter and the actors' unspoken flourishes. Nothing seems extraneous or out of place. Also like "Men," this show cares as much about silence as words, or that which isn't said (also a form of eloquence).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The most entertaining--and beautiful--new series on TV this fall.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    In Treatment deftly picks up where it left off--midpoint in the journey of Paul Weston's soul--and reminds us why we took this trip with him in the first place. The new cast is superlative, Bryne is intoxicating, and Ryan is an especially excellent addition. Bon voyage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Uniformly excellent - although some additional reporting devoted to the treatment of PTSD would have made this a more complete package.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Who knew beautiful, obscenely expensive cars could be so much fun? These three guys do, and they effortlessly convey their knowledge and nutty passion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A winner. And for the Hoffmans' sake--plus family and friends along for the ride--let's hope there is gold in that hard, cold ground.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Episodes is flawless and hilarious. What a pity it lasts only seven episodes.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A stunning, brilliant, terrifying launch to TV's best series.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Brownstein and Armisen move so effortlessly between characters, then execute their riffs, tics, styles and voices with such skilled abandon that before long this doesn't seem like satire any longer but a fun house mirror reflection of intensely real people.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Not a dull or wasted moment, and Lane may have just turned in the one of the best performances of her career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    It was last year, and remains so this year--one of TV's very best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This remains one of the best shows on TV, and (as usual) not for all tastes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    TV's best (but do your homework before diving in).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    As twisted, and twistedly funny, as ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Six million zombiephiles watched the finale of the first season and those 6 million will not want to miss Sunday's opener, which is excellent and appropriately disgusting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    "Men," of course, remains the King of the Emmys, while Empire nailed the equally prestigious Golden Globe for best drama last winter. But Sunday begins to build the case for Empire, and build it convincingly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    An enthralling film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Even at six hours, this tends to be more impressionistic, and less bound to a strict historic timeline.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Mad Men is back and back in all the right ways--the humor, the writing, the period details, and best of all, the flawless attention to these characters and their cluttered interior worlds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    There are three excellent reasons--Milch, Mann and Hoffman--why your faith will be rewarded.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Stunning, beautiful, hypnotic, engrossing, spectacular... That oughta do it here as well, except Frozen Planet unexpectedly adds another word: Unprecedented.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Lean, laconic, precise and as carefully word-crafted as any series on TV, there's pretty much nothing here to suggest that the third season won't be as good as the second--or better.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    I've seen four episodes; they're all good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A densely packed, well-paced gothic horror soap with surprisingly funny twists placed at the worst.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A luminous and fully alive portrait by a first-rate actress.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Bigger, brassier and even more thrilling, Homeland has boosted the stakes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The hype is justified. Nashville's terrific.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    One of TV's best shows, comedy or drama, because this series often succeeds as both.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Taut, efficient and directed with a scalpel, Breaking Bad remains a marvel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Beautiful and often moving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    One episode in, "Glee 2.0"--otherwise known as the fourth season--looks to be a winner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Sharper, smarter, more richly layered, detailed (and acted), Girls has improved upon its first season.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A re-energized and immensely entertaining start to the third season.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Solid start to what could--and maybe should--be a future CW franchise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Sunday is a blast. Heads will roll, and roll well. The gore quotient is through the roof. And finally this guarantee--there is one, maybe even two, spots where you will yell out at the screen, "Oh, my God, that just didn't happen." Yes, the new season is that good.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Sunday and the next three episodes are superb while the rhythms and beats of the story are very nearly hypnotic. Nothing here feels wasteful or cheap.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This beautiful and often moving film resonates even more powerfully with Sandy in our rearview mirror, while Burns' favorite theme--the American character--is drawn here with great clarity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Monday night's return of Dallas is a joy and everything fans could ask for--the past, present and future all skillfully bound up in a high-gloss melodrama full of deceit, greed, Velveeta and (surprisingly enough) even love.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Character--as the old saying goes--is a long-standing habit, and their habits remain very much intact. The same could be could be said of Justified.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Africa convincingly, emphatically, establishes that you ain't seen nothing yet.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Veep is the single most improved series on television.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Terrific start to the 6th.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Manhunt isn't out to settle scores, but explain the laborious process of intelligence gathering. No one here is looking for a citation, but understanding, and that's what "Manhunt" does best, as well as--yes--connect some dots.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Everything is pushed right to the edge, and that it doesn't topple over in a flaming heap is tribute to a pair of brilliant performances--though Damon's is first among equals--and an absorbing production that is morbidly fascinating from start to finish.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Interesting, engaging, worthwhile.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    As with "The Avengers," Whedon's ear and sensibilities match the material perfectly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Lavisly illustrated with archival footage, much of it rare, The March makes it almost easy to forget that words--not to mention the one man who said them--were the real stars that day.... Excellent, exhaustive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Disgusting--but in a good way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Excellent actors playing excellent actors--and largely succeeding.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Not a single minute seems superfluous. This is all-engrossing, and all-informative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    It's homage of the highest form, but comedy of the highest form, too. Cos quite obviously is far from finished.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Its tender moments register without feeling forced while the comedy comes in the form of a constant IV drip.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    About as good a Community restart as anyone could have possible hoped for.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The fuss is justified. Sunday's return of the Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss-created series is a triumphant one, and should easily establish Sherlock among TV's finest series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    There's pleasure in every frame here--from terrific new cast additions (Molly Parker, David Glennon) to richer D.C. subplots. It all works, and it is all addictive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Judge has a keen eye for the absurdities of human behavior and speech, but he's not the kind of guy to waste that on subtle inside jokes or wordplay. He's not someone to waste it on farce, either: Silicon Valley also happens to be sly and smart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This still very much feels like a journey worth taking if only because--in the process--Hamm deftly continues to locate some heroic facet in TV's reigning anti-hero.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Still TV's best--dive in while the water's warm.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    It's wonderful stuff, and we all seem to be on a voyage of discovery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    This show was always best when handling the little things that aim to capture life, and often do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Mad Men, as ever, remains a solid and beautifully produced TV program. Best of all, this episode promises a compelling third season. Fans will find much to savor.