For 1,026 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Verne Gay's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Justified: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Bells: Season 1
Score distribution:
1026 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The new detectives seem so young, eager and fresh-faced that you almost think the Hardy Boys are on the case. Molina's Morales has a bit of that nice New York edge; Howard 's Dekker (in next week's episode) is a little stuffier, duller; he'd probably be better suited to "Law & Order: D.C."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The result is often funny, ridiculous, bathetic and silly. Plus, watchable. Against all odds, this might actually be a good closing season.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    A bit melodramatic, a bit manipulative, Touch is still one of the best pilots of the 2011-12 season to date.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    "Undercovers" is so content to lapse into genre conventions, that it feels complacent and banal. Worse, Kodjoe and Mbatha-Raw have such minimal chemistry that they seem to be shadowboxing most of the time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    [The stories] mostly do stand on their own. Some are better than others.... a winning cast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    An easily digestible guide to pop culture that can make any water-cooler conversation more interesting (or interminable). But this television adaptation--if tonight's premiere is representative--does not work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Too brittle and full of bile to cleanly hit the target.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    We know how this ends (he becomes commish) but there's little evidence suggesting how or why that happens, and even less reason why we should care. Meanwhile, the best stuff in Golden Boy is the little stuff--sharp, brittle dialogue, nice performances and a street cred that's a cut above average.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Amid all those speeches, there's beauty, passion, heart and brains in The Newsroom. There's also humor, even more than ever in Sunday's opener.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The ambition’s an admirable one, and Outsiders clearly has ambitions. But what it doesn’t have is much of a story or all that much conviction in the one it’s telling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Marry Me is the rarest of commercial TV sitcoms in that it's actually funny, has two standout leads and a superb supporting cast (especially Meadows and Bucatinsky).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The Latina female leads are--to put this in a way that's both politically correct and blandly inoffensive--vivacious.... That trademark Cherry wit, written in acid, is evident here. too.... But the biggest problem here is the sprawl--lots of stories, lots of characters, lots of colors--and not one them going anywhere in a hurry.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Crisis ultimately gets its priorities straight by giving viewers a reason to care--about the characters, outcome and mystery.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    A surprisingly revisionist take on one of the most controversial trials of the decade.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Solid cast, intriguing premise, and--best of all--the Old West. Should easily be another winner for AMC.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Not nearly enough fresh information on the Long Island case, and cluttered with tangents that seem to lead nowhere, The Killing Season still makes its case — a terrifying one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    A not-unpleasing comedy that takes time and commitment to grow on you. How long? I started to like it three or four episodes in. Seems like an awfully long time, no?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Glimmers of hope force their way through the fog of noir cliche.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    A partially successful reboot, with less music, more story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    More of a continuation than a "remake," this one looks to be a winner.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Verne Gay
    Airing five nights a week and featuring 10 strangers - not to mention insufferable hosts Julie Chen and Ian O'Malley - this will fill our screens for the next three months. Unless we happen to leave the set turned off. Which, judging from last night, might be advisable. [6 Jul 2000]
    • Newsday
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Absent the overworked conceit of actors glancing at the camera to register annoyance or irony, this has turned into just another well-produced cop show with some excellent actors, like Imperioli or James McDaniel, who plays Det. Jesse Long and played Lt. Arthur Fancy on "NYPD Blue."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 10 Verne Gay
    It's as if we've all passed this way (many times) before and could write the dialogue, act the scenes, predict the outcome all in our sleep.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    What a hoot. What a ridiculous, soap-operatic cutup of a series. But if you can stop giggling long enough, as I managed to--quite a feat, let me tell you--Harper's Island is also hugely enjoyable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    A not-bad start that promises to take Dex (and Dexter) in a slightly new and fresh direction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    There's no sense of spontaneity, no sharp thrill of discovery (or fear). Gracepoint just plods along, right straight into the surging Pacific tide.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Amusing to watch, but not particularly scary. "Creepy" seems the better word.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    It was a dark and stormy night--and a weird, fun, trippy one, too.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Mostly fascinating tales from all the presidents' men that occasionally need (sometimes badly) journalistic balance and perspective.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Fun, light, colorful and original.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    You too may begin to see what this newcomer appears to be: a raucous, smart, gentle, imaginative and consistently funny comedy that scores early and often.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    [A] stylish Gothic thriller that almost gives away a little too much Sunday. Otherwise, thumbs up.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Pilkington's musings are sometimes amusing and always pointless, but the animation almost totally nullifies the first and intensifies the second.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Boo Boo is critic-proof. Call it vulgar, call it schlock, call it a cup of flatulence, call it whatever you like. But John Waters called it first: America loves its trash culture, smells and all.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Lively pilot, with plenty of pop--but you've seen it all before.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Banshee is baloney, but viewed as pure camp, there are some good action sequences and amusing moments.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Kinnear is solid, but his Keegan is a work in progress--both as human being and TV character.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    A ninth season. Wow. In fact, a change of scenery has done Scrubs a world of good. The new students are funny. McGinley is great as always--so, too, is Turk (Donald Faison).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Leonardo may not like what Starz has turned him into, but you probably won't mind this joy ride.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    The Slap is a chance, and a worthy one, too.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    My heart tells me that any show that revolves around an honest-to-goodness native of Commack deserves an A+. My head tells me this one deserves a C.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The Following is a bummer of significant proportions. Not that it's bad--it's not--but it's bleak, sordid, blood-spattered and creepy (though not necessarily always "creepy" in a good way, like "The Walking Dead").
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    With expectations low, this Exorcist surprises with appealing leads, and--a big bonus point--the return to TV of Geena Davis.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Entourage is clarifying a moral message--drugs will kill you, terrible behavior is terrible, and real friends are forever. It feels like a reassuring final season.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Fans will be happy, but you newbies have been warned--the vulgarity will blow your hair back, or right off.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    It's all got the stirrings of something that should be funny, or wants to be funny, except that it's too often not - confoundedly, relentlessly, insistently not. [3 Jan 2015]
    • Newsday
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Mostly this show belongs to Harmon, once a key member of the "Law & Order" ensemble. She's likable and intriguing. That salvages an otherwise average cop show.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    "Potential," in fact, is the key word. It's definitely here, but "2" may also need all eight episodes to realize it.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    The Ex List--based on an Israeli hit ("Mythological Ex"), with whiffs of "How I Met Your Mother" and "My Name Is Earl" - is a flat-out great idea for a TV series. But Ruggiero (who's since left the show) needed a strong partner to reign in her worst impulses, like a running gag about shaved genitalia.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    A winner and best of all, fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Coin of the realm - pun intended - for TV games is familiarity, but that hardly confers an urgency to watch this one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    Some of Mamet's dialogue is certifiably awful and some certifiably brilliant, and the dichotomy is breathtaking.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The cast in fact is terrific. (It also includes Norbert Leo Butz, Peter Gerety and AnnaSophia Robb.) A cramped, airless setting is the critical flaw here. Nothing comes to life--words, drama or most of all, characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    It was... safe, reasonable, unembarrassing, uninspirational.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    The Unusuals is not a good show; it is a messy, uneven, silly, inconsequential show.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 16 Verne Gay
    Why, then, this debacle, with bad jokes, listless lines and a parade of cliches? Beats me.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The New Normal needs to take a deep breath, get off the soapbox and get funny fast. The right elements--talented cast and showrunner--are already in place.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The Goode Family is a highly imaginative and often amusing variation on that one note.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Despite the slightest everything's-up-to-date vibe, Cristela is really just another old-fashioned sitcom with roots that reach all the way back to the dawn of television, where shows neither offended nor scandalized.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Overtones of "Rescue Me," absent the wit and bite.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Not exactly satire, not exactly horror, BrainDead is not exactly much fun, either.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    This is a thoughtful, dutiful historic drama filled with all the requisite period details and British accents, too. But what's missing here, glaringly so, are passion and sweep .
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Two nights implies this will be “epic,” but this is the anti-epic miniseries, where the subject gets smaller and smaller while his crimes get larger and larger. It’s instructional--just not emotionally engaging.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    While beautiful to look at--some of this was filmed in Wading River, near Herod Point--Zelda can also feel like that TV biopic we’ve all seen before: The one that trudges dutifully along without adding much depth or subtlety in the process.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    There are too many characters, too many points of view, all subservient to big ideas that don’t even begin to come into focus until late in the second part--just as the unwieldy story starts to go out of focus.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Tere's real promise in Parenthood. In time, we may all genuinely care whether Crosby and Sarah find themselves, or at least grow up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This show doesn't feel even remotely played out.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    By losing the emotional core of the film essentially after the first act--the death of Kinnear's saintly Fairbrother--the film spends the next three-plus hours trying to fill the void. Fools rush in to fill it, but because most of them are treated with such contempt, or pity, none can or possibly could.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Passable summer thriller with some decent (for TV) action sequences. The plot? You've been there, done that.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll smells suspiciously like a vanity project that sat on Leary's shelf for a couple of decades.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Labine and Greer completely hijack the show, and almost threaten to turn Biggs (you'll remember him from "American Pie") and Chalke ("Scrubs." "Roseanne") into props. A well-made and skillfully executed sitcom. Oh--almost forgot--fun, too.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Not a lot new here, but Cheney gets a fair hearing--even though a tougher one is occasionally warranted.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    A frustrating film that leaves the questions--pretty much all of them--unanswered.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Purefoy brings some raffish charm to the role, but these days, who wants to embrace raffish philandering philanthropists--particularly ones so defiantly dim.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Outrageous, eccentric, funny, campy--and too creepy for small kids.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The narratives here lack subtlety, historic context or--strangely enough--even drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    A flawed if promising start for a tough old veteran that proved it's still got some fight--and talk--left.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Of necessity, the story is so rushed, the characters so carelessly brush-stroked, that what should be climactic--the first manned spaceflight--feels incidental, almost blase.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Like the previous four "AHS" editions, the fifth is a visual feast (which is probably the wrong word here, but you get the idea). Everything--everyone, and not just Gaga--is eroticized, too. Even the shadows are seductive. A shame that it all feels so grim and joyless.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Terrifically hard to love, but some superb performances indicate that at least it's worth the effort to try.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Where is this headed? Who knows? But it's heading there slowly. Nevertheless, the cast--Common, Meaney, Heyerdahl and Mount--is good, while the Old West still feels especially beautiful and perilous.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Above-average special effects and the presence of two old and beloved friends--you know who!--more than make up for an eye-rolling new premise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Yes, this is all very familiar--Sundance's "The Returned" was better, by the way--but there are still solid hints of an engaging series.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Parker’s good, but otherwise Divorce is sullen and sodden.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    The “fat” stuff is way overdone, but Bader and Mixon are good. Otherwise, your watchwords are: too soon to tell.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    You may hate yourself for laughing--just don't be too surprised if and when you do.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    There are, in fact, too many plates. At worse, they induce vertigo, or prevent close inspection for logical consistency (and there is some). But at its best, they promise something unique, even smart.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The writing is sharp, but sharp-edged too. Overwhelmed with venom, Queens tends to be more mean-spirited than free-spirited. The cast is energetic, particularly Roberts and Curtis, who look like they're having a great time. But they can't quite convey that fun to the audience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    The Catch is about illusions, also about who’s real, or not. It’s about human mirages. Could Ben possibly be a genuine “catch,” or is he just another Shondaland heel in a bespoke suit? The answer is not so clear-cut, and it’s also what makes The Catch so possibly engaging.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Time after Time is timeworn.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    To love "Smith" is to love an ice cube. There may be a cold beauty to the craftsmanship of this enterprise, but there's a pinched, frostbitten heart at the center of it as well.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    As a family, they are particularly eager to convey a sense of normalcy, but Sister Wives still doesn't have much interest in exploring the religious underpinnings or larger ethical questions of this anything-but-normal lifestyle. You're left without a solid clue why the Browns--all five of them--have gone to this much trouble.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Multiple-personality thriller starts a bit slowly Wednesday night, but early signs still indicate a summer keeper for TNT.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    This can sometimes be an exercise in rehashing as opposed to reassessment.... The Seventies, however, gets better when the story gets stronger, or at least more resonant.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Pleasurable, amusing, well conceived and written, though perhaps just a little shy on character development (New York excepted). Give this one time - these guys feel like they're worth getting to know, and the show as well.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    It's inert, lackluster and a trifle old-fashioned. Even the action scenes feel geriatric. It's also vaguely silly--a big reason the venerable good twin/evil twin gambit is better suited to comedy than drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Mars is interesting, and much more: Quirky, funky, earnest, intelligent, engaging and occasionally melodramatic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    These too-timid re-enactments, punctuated with the occasional burst of VFX gunfire, are interspersed with some informative commentary by real experts like veteran mob reporter Selwyn Raab and dramatically less informative observations by actors like Vincent Pastore, who of course played a mobster on TV.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    With feet of clay, Aquarius plods relentlessly toward a climax everyone already knows, while making just enough fictional detours to make the journey truly exasperating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Heights almost feels like atonement for the biggest hit in MTV history. The kids don't swear (much), esteem their elders, work at their dreams and have no obvious or debilitating vices--until they drink.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    You hope for a laugh, pray for one, then give up. To be fair, tonight's pilot runs fast (19 minutes) and feels more like a "sizzle reel" than a fully formed show. Williams, at least, is a genius, and maybe he'll get the time to turn this into something worth watching.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    The hope is fleeting, the twist a tease, and the show--you must finally, reluctantly and quite accurately conclude--is basically just a bore.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Because this [Manhattan-cetric romcoms where self-absorption ultimately gives way to romance] is such an overly familiar TV trope, it demands great chemistry among all the leads and sharply funny dialogue to match. I wandered through this purgatory for three episodes and found zilch.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    It's a Pre-Cambrian specimen that crept out of the primordial ooze of TV past, with a rhythm so profoundly familiar that if you happened to fall asleep during the first few minutes and woke up for the last, you'd be able to mentally reconstruct the entire program from scratch.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    You have plain old smashmouth elemental TV story devices--good guys, bad guys, evil corporations, a family unit, and a headlong rush toward the Truth, whatever that may be. Plus this special bonus: Intimations of Jack Bauer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Tyrant gets a welcome addition, along with more intrigue.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    At first, the pace is slow--make that glacial--but [the] pilot episode (and especially Sunjata) are good-natured enough to make you want to stick around to see if this gels into anything approaching an FX drama (it does not).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    While you're left to wonder why these four stars need a reality show, or why the contestants never truly made it in the first place, "The Voice" should remain a solid performer for NBC--which it so very badly needs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    A few new faces from last season are back, but the formula remains ironclad, right down to the soaring courtroom rhetoric and McCoy's somewhat suspect ethical calculus. This comfort food remains comfortable, indeed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Think of this as “Grey’s” in a courtroom, with a good New York cast, two legends (Gould and Bill Irwin, who plays a judge), a TV star and a TV pioneer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Nice looking, but not nearly enough action.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Everything fans loved about the first season--which improved dramatically over its course, by the way--is here. Everyone is not. McIntyre is good, but he's not Whitfield, either.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Legends simply feels too loose, too campy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    "Lost Room" is a shaggy dog story that gets shaggier with every scene. It's a tale as tall as the Empire State Building that threatens to topple in the merest breeze but - miraculously - never does.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Mostly boilerplate teen soap that lacks the (umm) zest of "Sex and the City"--a good thing, in case you're wondering.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    A paint-by-the-numbers biopic with the dramatic vitality of a tree stump.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Get past the tough-to-buy setup of the premiere, and Shades improves. The star? Initially tough to buy, too, but also improves.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    While True Blood remains wildly and bloodily inventive--and will certainly remain a huge HBO hit--there's still an overwhelming sense that deja-vu-all-over-again has set in.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Unfortunately, one show's a classic, the other a near knockoff. Nevertheless, Poehler's still got plenty of appeal here.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    This is an extremely tough balancing act or--back to the musical analogy--this is a show where the notes have to play exactly right. They don't here.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The setup is stagey, the dialogue slack (or--worse--obvious).... [Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin] effortlessly know how to elevate even average material--and pretty much do so here.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Garcia is a major-league cutie and sunny on-screen presence without being cloying. But enough with the filthy-rich-kid dramedies!
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    I do know something about TV shows, and this one works best when Anne Slowey is on camera (which is not nearly enough) and the program focuses on clothing - that great, exasperating, endlessly complicated art form known as "fashion."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Old-fashioned and a bit placid, but Stults and Duncan save the day, and maybe the series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Kings is a worthy enterprise that will deeply puzzle millions of viewers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Not terrible, not without charm, not a bad cast (in fact, a pretty good cast).... As a consequence, not particularly funny or memorable either.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    At turns it's sad, poignant, bitter and funny (yes, more than enough turns in that direction).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    There's desperation here, and if Happy Endings would slow down long enough to let itself breathe, it might find a footing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Skins is a bit clunky and even dated at times. Nor does it feel all that grounded in the real world, where it badly wants to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    The show could go interesting places, too, even explore provocative ideas--although the pilot pokes at those only halfheartedly. Limitless instead sets up as just another buddy cop show, with a superhero component and a sinister subplot. Those potentially interesting ideas are kicked to the curb.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Tatum seems genuine and almost desperate to forget the past; Ryan affects the pose that he couldn't care less. Over this is draped a weird "only-in-Hollywood" vibe--and a particularly sad one, too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    The opening episode--already posted online--is a bit sluggish, but Power gets better in subsequent episodes. Starz, and Fitty, appear to have a winner.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    It's bland, tired, listless, and if the show isn't having much fun, how can it expect viewers to?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Unforgettable was on no one's list as one of the "buzzier" fall pilots, but that doesn't mean it's not one of the better ones. It is.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A convoluted story that doesn’t seem all that worthwhile to unravel, or peel--or watch..
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    While neither awful nor even particularly bad, there is an earnest silliness to the whole thing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    They honor the job without trivializing it, or turning it into melodramatic entertainment pap for the masses.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Way too obscure for the average viewer, Comic Book Men is strictly for Smith groupies, and there are probably enough of those to keep this six-parter afloat over its short run.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Allegiance is a curious duck, indeed. Smart and sophisticated certainly, but -- occasionally--a bit dim-bulbed and hokey, too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Scream is exactly what you'd expect. It may also be exactly what you want.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The pilot is, in fact, baffling, and needlessly so.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    As a team, they [Billy Crystal and Josh Gad] are better than the shows--both the real one and the fake one--they're in.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Funny idea that doesn’t quite attain the level of “funny show,” but a good cast along with a few good lines indicate this superhero sendup will eventually get there.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    There's some charm here, but it's as fleeting as a tweet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    A by-the-book cop show without much bite or heft. But it's got Memphis and Lee.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The Son is mostly about a son with two fathers, one white, the other Comanche. He absorbs the soul, spirit and perspective of the latter. It’s a particularly interesting idea and character based on a celebrated book. Here’s hoping the miniseries lives up to the promise. Saturday’s opener suggests that it should.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Intelligent adaptation absent the dark humor, satire--or horror--of the original.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    "Raines" is both thoroughly conventional and thoroughly unconventional; in fact, it often revels in its conventionality.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    Cane" is not a bad show, and it's sporadically a good one. Merely, great expectations have not been met.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    The series does a competent job of setting mood and character--notably that anything is possible, the sky’s the limit drive of the early 20th century that animated great inventions, and consequently great fortunes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Producers play this for laughs, though just slightly. (These are high school kids, after all.) Even so, the show's flat and almost stunningly uninformative.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Either clever idea or one-trick pony, the Son of Zorn pilot can’t entirely decide which it is either.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Lots of cartoon violence mixed with--irony alert--not enough intelligence.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Reminiscent of “Chico and the Man” (the mid-’70s NBC sitcom about a cranky garage owner and his Chicano employee), but it also aspires to a contemporary relevance--but manages only a weary crustiness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Nice locales (Paris! Rome!), a couple of decent action sequences... but otherwise a tepid potboiler over-seasoned with too many spy tropes and a plot with too many gaping holes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    There's plenty of heart here--and some very sharp writing and acting, too.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Cynical, randy, derivative and as wearily familiar as a cup of cheap joe, "Freddie" is also expertly cast, acted, written and directed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Sure, the plot's ridiculous, but the film's mostly fun, while the pleasure of watching Burstyn play a homicidal wacko is not to be denied anyone.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Engaging docudrama with lots of interesting detail. Worth watching.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    This is a Danny McBride comedy--not exactly funny, but weirdly engaging in its own uncomfortable way. His fans should be pleased. Everyone else will be puzzled--or worse, repulsed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The Ranch isn’t hateable as much as just bone-weary. It’s a by-the-dots, or the numbers--whichever are easiest to connect--sitcom that proceeds according to formula.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    This doesn't pretend to be a deep show, but it's a pleasant diversion with a good cast, and really good (read: expensive) production values.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    An oddity with additional oddness in the form of Malkovich. But as summer diversions go, this looks to be a good one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Body of Proof feels like a show that has nearly been nibbled to death by network ducks. You can almost see the TV executive Post-it notes on the screen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    The show is bad, the star a bit sad, his shtick as old as a rock.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 0 Verne Gay
    Finally, the best new comedy of the 2005-06 TV season is here... What's that, you say? This is a drama and not a comedy? Oh, dear.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    A not-bad formula gothic that'll rise or fall on the Dekker/Robertson chemistry; I'm betting on the former.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Sleepy, listless, dull. But it has a great set; the beach and clouds on the horizon are alluring.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Bland, with no pop or energy, Scoundrels limps sadly along.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Cannavale's Cupid is at least funny and charming. He's good here and so is Paulson. The weak link--the "B" story, like tonight's tepid one with the Postie, which was as appetizing as week-old cod.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora are two solid guys who know how to make good TV and Lombardozzi and Alonzo are superior actors. But there are only flashes of promise here.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    The dialogue's preposterous, the plot ludicrous, and the premise as fresh as a wrung-out old mop.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    We've been down this road before and all the signposts of Underemployed look the same.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    This is good bunk, fun bunk, energetic bunk. Much better bunk than the last volume.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Singleton’s first TV series has a nice retro vibe, but otherwise not much action, not much originality, and not much wallop.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Not so much scandalous as scandalously dull.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    We already know too much and paradoxically too little about the JFK assassination. A TV movie needed to tell us something we don't know. No dice here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    This is a very good cast laboring through terribly weak material.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Verne Gay
    This version is a triumph.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Unadulterated rubbish, and exactly what fans expect. Bravo, Starz.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    This entire series will rise (or tumble to oblivion) on the shoulders of their characters, and on whatever chemistry they create. First impressions are that it will indeed rise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Monday Mornings is Kelleyesque in all the best and admittedly worst--melodramatic, manipulative, shocking--ways. But it's also intelligent, particularly well-written and acted, and above all interested in matters other than what's directly mounted on the screen before your eyes, most notably ethics, human nature and human fallibility.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    [Bakula and Pounder] should make the process of watching--or chore of watching, depending on your appetite for more of this formula--just a little more agreeable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    I laughed. Not often, or perhaps not often enough, but there was also enough McFarlane-esque gross-out sophomoric tomfoolery to keep even me reasonably entertained for a half-hour. Plus, good ol' likable Cleveland works well as a leading man.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Yes, indeed, a love letter this is, but 41 is better than rank puffery because it also takes the full measure of Bush.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    All dark shadows and gloom, there's a comic-book vigor to the series, and the narrative contortion of a soap.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This one is stylish, smartly produced and has a very appealing cast.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Verne Gay
    If you expect the worst, your expectations will probably be met.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    The overall production--good, mostly efficient, and certainly not perfect.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    You've probably already heard Executioner is slow to get into. That's true. But (I think) the setup works, and (also think) it promises a satisfying series.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    Jersey Shore is appalling, which is mostly its appeal, but it can also be funny, irreverent and breezily dimwitted--which is the rest of the appeal.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Grimm has real promise if NBC has real patience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Sure, it's summer and the viewing is easy--and Zoo is about as easy as it gets. There is some fun here, or potentially some fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Dutiful, reverent, energetic, expertly crafted and yet utterly incapable of escaping the long shadow of its exotic midnight forbear. The capacity to entertain is still here. The capacity to shock is not. Even as good as she is, Cox’s immaculate-- and historic--performance feels tame compared with Curry’s subversive screen one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Stellar production, famous leads. What's missing? Heart.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Forever isn't betting the future on plot mechanics, however, but on chemistry and that obscure object of desire called "sex appeal." These leads have it--in spades.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    There’s a fine line between “calming” and “soporific,” but the new season mostly manages to stay on the right side of it, judging by the first three episodes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Neither offensive nor particularly funny, it's merely another average, laugh-track-addled sitcom. The four leads are fine; they just need better material.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Dramatically inert, Badlands is at least technically accomplished.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Headaches will be induced just in trying to unravel the plot mess Bon Temps finds itself in. At least this will be the last headache.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Leaden, dull, flat, tone deaf. Any reason to go on? Sure. This replaces another ex-"Friends" vehicle (Courteney Cox's "Cougar Town," which returns mid-April) that launched with both left feet, then dramatically improved. With all the on-screen talent here, this ex-"Friends" star could eventually shine, too.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    In its zeal to zing local TV news, "Dog" loses any flavor of authenticity, which is absolutely essential for effective satire.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Content is the much bigger issue here. In the pilot, Tyrant at times comes perilously close to embracing derogatory media stereotypes of Arabs.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Tonight's premiere may seem like ridiculous twaddle, and it may feel like a major downer (and kinda sloooow), too, but maybe that's just Bruckheimer playing with our heads. In fact, Hour deserves a second look (next week is definitely better).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Bassett refuses to cast blame for the troubles, and we're left with a portrait that has plenty of love--just not a whole lot of insight or edge.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Not great, not terrible--just your standard-issue TV movie about a well-known historic event.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Placid and often incomprehensibly bland, Combat Hospital still has flashes of intelligence. Definitely worth a second look.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Defying Gravity is a glorious, glimmering glop of foolishness--a spitball magnet of the first order that elicits jeers when it wants tears and catcalls when striving for philosophical heft.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Exciting newcomer with lots of action, and some guiding intelligence, too. (Demerits for a secondary story that doesn’t work.)
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Bonnie & Clyde really is just another biopic with superior production values, a few good performances and a pair of protagonists who deserve no sympathy, and receive none here.
    • 54 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Good-hearted and gentle, Fisher struggles on the "funny" front.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    A reasonably competent soap.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Syfy knows we come to this only for the sharks, cameos, chain saws, acting--the worse, the better--and dialogue so sublimely inept that even the sharks wince when they hear it..... For discerning viewers and shark lovers everywhere: F+. For Sharknado fans: B+
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    Call Girl is a dreary London day. A pass.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    A quick summary makes it sound schlocky, but William & Catherine is pretty slick schlock.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    King didn't actually write Haven but "developed" it for the small screen, which is a form of plausible deniability if things go wrong. With Haven--as somnolent as a summer afternoon--they most likely will.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Not for the squeamish, but a well-done new medical drama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    The McCarthys--good-natured, old-fashioned, unchallenging--isn't a bad sitcom, just an obvious one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Verne Gay
    It's slow. It's dull. It's listless.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Messy pilot that doesn't offer enough backstory, or reason to care all that much about Constantine.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Murdered innocents, a gory sword fight in slow motion and dry, witty, dialogue. Yes, it's all here, but what's missing is ... excitement.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Gossip Girl actually isn't bad by the standards of the medium--with "The Hills" pretty much being the standard--and it's even surprisingly competent.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Surprise! Crusoe's good, and by "good" I mean competently produced and acted.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Underwood, in the role of Maria, didn't entirely succeed--acting is part of the bargain, after all. But NBC's live version of Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein's beloved musical, staged at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, largely did.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Been here/seen this--a lot--but familiarity could work in favor of Deception.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Pulp hooey with a comic book vitality and earnestness that manages to keep it (usually) on track.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    A thorough whitewashing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A not-bad spinoff that feels older than "The Vampire Diaries" and even more convoluted.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Even with endless talk about genitalia and the things people can do to them, The League is surprisingly dull and slack - without snap or payoff.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Here's a fundamental truth: Family genealogies are fascinating--to the family in question.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Some excellent special effects are in Monday night's episode, but nothing particularly shocking because it's become abundantly clear by now that The Dome can do any damn thing The Dome--or the writers--want.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    It's summer, expectations are low, and you could do a lot worse than this genial, softhearted import.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Perception is both clever and ridiculous.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Flesh and Bone is so grim, so devoid of pleasure, so moldering that you're left to wonder why this significant collection of talent didn't actually have something fun or exciting to say about the New York ballet world.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Silly, but let's take the glass half-full approach. There's nowhere to go but up.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    The Brink is a grim would-be comedy grindhouse full of half-baked one-liners propping up an overbaked plot.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The show's an enjoyable diversion.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Oh, sure, they can pierce necks and drink blood: Big deal! Any ol' vampire can do that. With a limited repertoire of vampire moves, the Radcliffs shoulda moved to Bon Temps instead of the Gates to learn some new tricks.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    After Spartacus blows most of its special-effects budget on the pilot, it settles into a not-bad sword-and-sandal genre series, a la "Xena" or "Hercules."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Noisy, silly, occasionally obnoxious, sporadically funny and ultimately sweet.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    An interesting, compelling idea for a TV series. Too bad a boilerplate cop procedural had to be the series they got instead.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    The pilot still is often clever and engaging, but confusing too.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    A grim, macabre march through a terrible crime, deploying a bad twist--the voice of the deceased.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Arthur and Agatha flit through the pilot, barely registering. In fact, no one registers. They're all line drawings in service to some very nice special effects and a pilot that's already tangled up in way too many plot tangents.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    A little long-winded in some stretches, not detailed enough in others but Holmes fans--and fans of cop procedurals--should like this.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    As expected, the transition from big screen to small doesn't exactly work. What this Bad Teacher really needed to do was outsmart the source material--make this version more clever, or sharper, or funnier, or (above all) make it for adults.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    A breath of cold, bracing and - bless it - fresh air. Eisner's fable is dark, almost impenetrably so, though skillfully rendered. Best of all, nothing here has ever been performed on reality TV, the best I can tell.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Far and away the best new pilot on NBC this season.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    After a rough start, Backstrom settles into an obvious, and comfortable, procedural rhythm.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    It's pretty much impossible to describe The Beast without getting tangled in the underbrush of potboiler cliche....The good news, in fact, the wonderful news, is that Swayze really is good.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    There’s a fascinating sideshow here--Carey’s tough manager--otherwise this is a by-the-book celebrity reality series that just happens to star one of the world’s biggest celebrities.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    It's wonderful stuff, and we all seem to be on a voyage of discovery.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    The formula's a little too familiar, the pilot a tad dull. But Michalka's a big talent and for that reason, Hellcats has potential.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Nice to look at, good performances, but ultimately a snooze.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    It's all weirdly engrossing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    This is a show that can't escape the shackles of that old mismatched-buddy-cop formula, even if one of them does happen to drive a cab.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    What's missing here, besides laughs? Chemistry.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Mildly amusing, though take out some of the harsh language and you've got more of a Disney Channel or TeenNick series than a memorable Fox one.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    As the woebegone divorcee with an antic streak and a full-blown need to get down, Cox is not believable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The good news is that "Brothers & Sisters" isn't even remotely a disaster. The bad news is that it isn't even remotely a success either.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    In the pilot, some of the lines even find their mark--assuming the intended mark are sites like BuzzFeed, Digg, Cracked, Reddit, Upworthy and so on. But the millennial jokes quickly grow stale, along with their “what is it with these kids” setups.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Recycled theory with some fresh perspective--but it still smells recycled.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 10 Verne Gay
    "Help Me" is a Gobi Desert of laughs... There's a strong odor of desperation on-screen, as if the competent and seasoned actors here know they're in this for a short ride. Indeed, they are.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The first half is tautly produced, before there's a dramatic--and dramatically dull--downshift that'll get you ready for beddy-bye.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    The oldest trope in the TV kingdom dies hard, and in fact dies not at all on Chicago PD, the latest from "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf, who sleepwalks through this show, or at least doesn't bother to wake up long enough to rewrite any of the rules he's established over the past 30 years.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    The good news is that The Second One often is worse (in a good way) and does boast at least one viral YouTube clip, starring the head of the Statue of Liberty. (Poor Lady Liberty.) But The Second One is also more predictable, silly and self-conscious of the legacy.... For "Sharknado" fans: B- For viewers with highly refined tastes--or any taste--and sharks: F+
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    The material’s the problem. "The Mick" lumbers along instead of flies. Scenes grope for punchlines that — when or if they come — lack punch or just belly-flop. "The Mick" wants to be outrageous, but instead settles for excessive.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    With material this thin, the actors can only do a competent job of mimicry. Mimicry is about all you'll get.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Accidentally feels like a show that's nearly been focus-grouped into oblivion--with lines, beats and a cultural resonance that's so familiar you can almost see the baseball bat of predictability descending upon your head. So be it. Elfman's fine, as usual. This could be worse.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    BFF is not bad--classify this as another Young Urban New York-based sitcom--but it's not great, either, or certainly not smart enough, or different enough, or flat-out funny enough to deserve anything other than the bleak future that now appears preordained.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    A sober, intelligent, placidly paced drama as only the Canadians can make.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Amusing, dumb, silly--exactly what you'd expect.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    [Rhimes] may still be up to her old tricks, but here they seem fresh and energetic. Best of all, she has a solid young cast that pulls them off well.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Great cast, and Hawkins is a worthy Jack Bauer successor. But Legacy can be lethargic and loquacious. More action, less talk, will hopefully close out this day.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Chicago Fire definitely has familiarity going for it and familiarity going against it as well.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Sarah Palin's Alaska is part-travelogue, part-"Todd and Sarah Plus Eight," part-slick political infomercial, and part Mark Burnett hokum - and oddly fascinating for all those reasons.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 16 Verne Gay
    The worst new show of 2014 can take solace that there are still 358 days left for another one to exceed it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Swingtown can't decide whether the '70s were transformative or deformative; there's a distinct ironic edge, applied mostly through the use of music.... But that edge isn't nearly sharp or funny enough (unlike "Weeds"), which tends to muddle the point of view.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    This is a shame and a waste of three gorgeous actresses, a wonderful actor (Gross) and an idea that--with a little more wit, smarter writing and less soap--could have yielded a winner.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    This louche Lucifer is mostly a cop procedural snooze.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    [Shalom Auslande's] worldview is one part Christopher Hitchens, one part Samuel Beckett, one part Louis CK.... If all that makes his funny-ish new show sound bitter, angry, provocative and even compelling, then (well) that's because it is. But Happyish can also be wildly uneven and a little too smug in its certitude.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Familiar doesn't mean bad, and there's some likable charm here.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Finding original humor in this tired old horse of a format may not only be difficult, but close to impossible.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Hap and Carla are certainly a great-looking couple, standing in the shadow of the North Dakota Rockies. What they're not is a heightened version of Blake and Alexis Colby Carrington, the sort of heights I was really hoping for here.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Princesses is not nearly as offensive as "Jersey Shore." The bad: It's still pretty dumb.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    What is missing here is heart, drama, and - most inexcusably - horror.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Sure, it all looks and sounds achingly familiar and blandly dumb, and maybe some of it is. But check the brain at the door. You could do much worse.

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