For 1,048 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Verne Gay's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Top Gear (US): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie Apocalypse
Score distribution:
1048 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Taut, efficient and directed with a scalpel, Breaking Bad remains a marvel.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    For fans of The Leftovers, the third season looks like the best yet. It’s funny, horrifying, strange and baffling.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Bigger, brassier and even more thrilling, Homeland has boosted the stakes.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Excellent, balanced, powerful, engaging, comprehensive perspective on the “trial of the century” and race. The first two parts are best.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A stunning, brilliant, terrifying launch to TV's best series.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Stitched into every word, every gesture, is an implicit recognition of that brutal Fargo credo: People can be cruel, stupid, mean and unintentionally funny, even the nice ones. Another winner.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Prepare to reattach those jaws once again. Spectacular. What else?
    • 95 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The Americans remains a superior American drama and--admittedly, without having a working knowledge on the subject--possibly one of the best Russian TV dramas, too.... These four [episodes] also feel weighted and forlorn, as the chain of lies loop around and around the ankles of Paige and Martha, or those others unlucky enough to know Philip and Elizabeth, with an anchor just waiting to be tossed overboard.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Still TV's best--dive in while the water's warm.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Transparent is no longer as interested in trying to locate the comedy in these lives as the tragedy. The tonal shift is a huge one, and not necessarily a welcome one either.... Transparent is still sharply observed, and it’s still easy to admire the actors, especially Hoffmann and Tambor. Just harder to love the show.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    One of TV's best shows, comedy or drama, because this series often succeeds as both.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The fourth season was great. The fifth at least needs to match it, and the evidence so far establishes that it will.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Louie very much remains Louie in the best sense.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    This remains a superior TV drama.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Beautiful, immersive and joyless, Tale can be tough to watch, but “rewarding” trumps “tough.”
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This indisputably is Amazon Prime's “Orange Is the New Black.” That--believe me--is praise enough.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Besides the scenery, what's best here are the characters, and their lives--or unlives--of quiet desperation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Tragedy is hard, comedy harder, while mixing both together seamlessly is just about impossible week after week. That Louie usually succeeds is a minor miracle. That it doesn't always is inevitable. Thursday's opener, "Potluck," has a funny twist but ends up in a strange, bitter place--even by Louie standards.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The show also feels more nuanced. If season 4 was like a giant exhaled breath, then season 5 is an inhaled one. The story beats are more deliberate. There's also a sharpened sense of building anticipation--or impending doom.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    As you would expect, very (very) funny.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Great start to the much-anticipated second season.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Stunning, beautiful, hypnotic, engrossing, spectacular... That oughta do it here as well, except Frozen Planet unexpectedly adds another word: Unprecedented.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    As always, magnificent with a moving subtext.
    • 91 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Based on the first three episodes, this looks like another finely crafted season. Also intense, uncompromising and demanding.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    The series never quite convincingly establishes what could have been a powerful undercurrent-- whether Naz and by association the rest of New York’s Muslim community had been tried and convicted based on their Muslim faith alone. That’s OK. Everything else--and everyone else--cclicks just about perfectly.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The TV breakout Glover fans have been waiting for, also unlike anything else on TV.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Still funny and still not for everyone. Louie remains very much a taste that you either acquire--or don't.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Best series of the year so far. Easily.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    TV's best (but do your homework before diving in).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    Yes, "Deadwood" was incomprehensible last season. It is incomprehensible this season. Fans will be delighted.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Another brilliant, powerful, moving season of one of TV’s best.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    If you loved last season, there's nothing so far to indicate you won't like the second just as much.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Good, crackling start that--as the old saying goes--changes everything and may even point to the end.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This show--still TV's best--remains utterly true to itself.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Better, richer, more compelling than season one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    There’s some temporizing in the first couple of episodes, but not enough to subvert what this third season so clearly is--another winner.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    McDormand will win an Emmy for this. Already, there's no contest.... Cholodenko's direction is masterful, and so is the bleakly funny script by Jane Anderson, but they clearly have a vision that is both part of--and separate from--the source material.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Justified remains as good as ever--and as tautly written, acted and directed, and deeply, completely pleasurable as the fifth season, and the one before that and... all of the other seasons, too, now that I think of it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    L.D. is back, and - based on viewing the first three episodes - his genius remains intact. [7 Sep 2007]
    • Newsday
    • 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).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    A reasonably competent soap.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Initial indications are good--the second season of Broad City may even exceed the first.
    • 89 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    In TV terms, we call this a re-set, but in Veep terms, it’s genius. HBO offered three episodes for review, which seen together play like a movie--the funniest movie you will have seen all year, maybe next year, too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Still excellent, still hard to love.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The most entertaining--and beautiful--new series on TV this fall.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Burns and Ward pile on so much detail, alongside so much stunning footage, that by watching this whole spread--to borrow that famous and also well-rubbed line -- will be like arriving "where we started and know the place for the first time." Magnificent. Of course.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Remarkable film.... Based on a look at the first two episodes, this particularly well-produced film insists that even in death, Kalief Browder can still change a broken system--and must.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Hilarious, as always, and unexpectedly, maybe an instructional guide to the current political landscape.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    I think I comprise a third type--a wary Weeds fan who's happy it's back but hardly ecstatic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    This is far more than a generous compilation but a two-hour fast-cut that attempts to reassemble a fractured mind from its own filings.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This is a spectacular new series, with some stunning performances--Pierce, Peters, Zahn, in particular--and gorgeous music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Verne Gay
    Besides the fine acting, writing and an attention to period detail that borders on the obsessive, what makes this show so ambiguous and pleasantly iridescent is narrative tension
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Terrific start to the 6th.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Based on the first two episodes, Saul is making a case that it could be even better than “Breaking Bad” (and do brush up on your Bible stories).
    • 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.
    • 87 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?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Extremely funny and extremely raunchy (consider yourself warned), but Dunham's a major talent.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    A harmless and mostly fun little sitcom.
    • 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
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The real pleasure of this series is watching them peel away the layers to this particular onion, often on long car drives across a vast, wet, undifferentiated Louisiana landscape.... The real problem with True Detective are those flash-forwards to the present day: Younger Cohle, at least, is interesting. The older version is gaseous and his maunderings often stop the show cold.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Based on the first six episodes of the 4th season, OITNB remains fresh, funny/sad, smart, inventive, well-written, and particularly well-acted.
    • 86 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    [A] shamelessly derivative cop show set in the shamelessly overexposed city by the bay, with high-school-play-level acting performances which help make the overall effect cornier than a cornfield in Kansas. And yet ... and yet, there's something appealing about ABC's new cop drama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    An enthralling film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Wolf Hall really is one of the great pleasures of the small screen this year, even if it doesn't initially make much of an effort (like Cromwell) to curry your favor. But stick with this one. The rewards are considerable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Modern Family is good. Better than good. Really good. O'Neil--dry and wonderful as ever--and Vergara (considerably less dry) are a winning combination.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    As twisted, and twistedly funny, as ever.
    • 86 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Richly documented, but tends to become long-winded--or just plain winded--by the end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Funny, smart, entertaining, excellent acting and writing. What's not to like?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The film's essential weirdness felt real. The TV series' weirdness is more often just comical (or disgusting. One word: Spiders.)
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    The best parts of Show Me a Hero are the sharply drawn mini-portraits of people who will ultimately move into the new public housing. Spread throughout the first five hours, you hope you will find a hero there, but in vain. They're just normal people looking for a better life, and ultimately find one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Verne Gay
    Tonight's episode is superb, and barrels--relentlessly--toward the answers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The second season of Saul establishes what should have been obvious all along--this is basically just a continuation of “Breaking Bad.” Same themes. Same setting. Same preoccupations. Even same humor. But best of all, same deep, abiding intelligence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Africa convincingly, emphatically, establishes that you ain't seen nothing yet.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The hype is justified. Nashville's terrific.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Of course there are dozens of loose ends in need of tying, but you do get the sense that some will actually get tied, and in a satisfying way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The Jamie and Claire show moves to Paris--and in a sense, Frank and Jack do as well. A nice change of locale, and tone.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    There’s a sense that we’ve traveled down this road paved with silicon once or twice before, but the ride is still smart, engaging and highly informative.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    DWP does want to be provocative, just not too provocative. Mostly it just wants to keep an open mind and open heart. Mostly, it succeeds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Nesbitt forcibly conveys the sense of a man who can't stop moving, even to sleep, until he finds his son. At least in the first hour--sorry, the only one I sampled--this feels like the kind of performance that just bought Starz a winner.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A beauty that will mostly make you laugh and, of course, cry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Much grimmer, grayer and (gasp) dowdier. Still mostly wonderful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    The cast succeeds, and in the end, so does Heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The Affair might be an exercise in literary gamesmanship if the acting and writing weren't so strong, or the setting so evocative.... Engrossing.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Byrne is brilliant and--for the most part--so is this fine and absorbing show.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This is often a stirring and deeply felt portrait of people in an extended state of crisis.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Like the first season, there’s a “Crash”-like flavor to the storytelling, but it feels more organic this time around.... Excellent, all around.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    As indictments go, Going Clear is relentless and effective. But fair and balanced? That's another question--or maybe that's an issue.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Smart new cop show that takes time to build, but will reward patience.

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