For 684 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Verne Gay's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Strain: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Choice: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 684
684 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Nice cast. Otherwise, charmless. Airless. Lifeless. (Blah, blah and blah.)
    • 50 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Three Rivers is a masterful send-up of old medical TV show conventions, dating back to the '50s, with a parade of cliches so obviously and hilariously inane that you will laugh until your side aches.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Bland, with no pop or energy, Scoundrels limps sadly along.
    • 55 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
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    The first episode is fairly execrable, but High Society settles down by the second, and we get a clearer--or at least less-boozy--view of Mortimer and her world.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Nothing particularly interesting or revelatory. For this to work--at least for viewers--The Hoff needs to move past self-parody, or at least take himself seriously. He tries here, but the exercise still seems flimsy and hollow.
    • 63 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    We've just seen this stuff too many times. Merely changing script specifics to Olympic references doesn't make it fresh.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    A paint-by-the-numbers biopic with the dramatic vitality of a tree stump.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Reboots can work ("Hawaii Five-0"), but they haven't got a prayer if they lavishly, ludicrously, embrace all the hooey and hokum of the original. Welcome to the new Angels.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    This feels more like a rushed afterthought by Fox instead of a fully developed premise that could carry a pair of seasoned actors to their retirement, or at least to a big payday.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    What's fascinating is just how ruthlessly it has been edited, or (more likely) re-edited since the breakup to turn you-know-who into Little Ms. Perfect.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    A couple of the lines are surprisingly offensive, and a couple others even surprisingly amusing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Silly, but let's take the glass half-full approach. There's nowhere to go but up.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Unsupervised is a cheerier, less nihilistic "Beavis and Butt-head Lite," and not remotely as funny or trenchant.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Another insufferable nose-pressed-against-the-glass reality romp that says the rich are just like you and me--only rich, and exceedingly, tiresomely narcissistic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Sleepy, listless, dull. But it has a great set; the beach and clouds on the horizon are alluring.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Some amusing lines, but otherwise a disappointing misfire.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    A grim, macabre march through a terrible crime, deploying a bad twist--the voice of the deceased.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    The party's over, the hangover's begun, and the final summer looks like it's gonna be a long and wet one.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    A few emotional moments--most notably graveside ones--otherwise cool, self-aware and almost completely detached from the only reason this is on the air: Whitney Houston.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Liz & Dick is not a complete disaster, nor entirely is Lohan.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    This is a very good cast laboring through terribly weak material.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Marta as Mob Mom is not fully believable or recognizable or (for that matter) relatable on any level. Without empathy, this "red widow" is just plain dull.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Cheer Perfection is numbing in its ordinariness--dull, trivial and never, ever outrageous.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    A frustrating film that leaves the questions--pretty much all of them--unanswered.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Magic City--on paper, not on screen--remains a compelling idea in search of great execution.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    It's the tired guys will be guys trope dusted off for one of TV's pre-eminent comic actors, Tony Shalhoub, who can't even break through the smog of mediocrity that's enveloped him here.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    "Lord of the Flies"-meets-a-telephone book, and just about as entertaining.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Orange" is a slog, where minutes seem to stretch into hours, hours into days ... and the drip, drip, drip of prison time becomes its own reality.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    The dialogue's preposterous, the plot ludicrous, and the premise as fresh as a wrung-out old mop.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Get past the mawkishness (if you can) and there's a sweetness here, and geniality. The Michael J. Fox Show needs to be much more, but love is hard to shake.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    The pilot has some funny moments, but after that, Kirstie starts to flatline.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    There's no drama, no trumped-up conflict, no insights, no revelations and absolutely no discreet view of a once-notorious Dorchester clan that ran wild in the streets but now drives them, coolly surveying their kingdom for another restaurant location.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Verne Gay
    Overtones of "Rescue Me," absent the wit and bite.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    Yes, "Deadwood" was incomprehensible last season. It is incomprehensible this season. Fans will be delighted.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    Viewers will immediately locate the central flaw. If half of the contestants are so rich, then why go to all this trouble for $200,000?
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    There is no fear in this show or any of the doom, shame, ignominy or flat-out reprobation that comes with getting one's head handed to one by the Donald.... Without fear, there is no danger and without danger, no drama.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    A mini-triumph of style over substance (of which there is almost none).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    While neither awful nor even particularly bad, there is an earnest silliness to the whole thing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    "Standoff" does seem to emerge miraculously out of the fumes of '70s TV - a near-perfect reformulation of every bone-weary cliche, every hackneyed piece of cop chatter (Dan Tanna lives!) that last-century TV glorified in.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Verne Gay
    It's got some charm and there's some humor here, too--mstly at Jones' expense. But seriously, don't you have something better to do tonight?
    • 49 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+
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    Dreadful. Or to use a more manly phrase, aaarrgggh, awful.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    Absent a compelling core romance, and absent a passably beast-like beast, you're left with a sodden police procedural.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    You have a life--live it, and don't watch this.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    A thorough whitewashing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    The strange alt-reality of Sean Saves the World, where a hundred bits of TV past--floating aimlessly in our memories--have coalesced into a cultural artifact that feels as antediluvian as a Walkman.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 33 Verne Gay
    The show proceeds at gale force, demolishing logic, plot, meaning and (most of all) pleasure in its path.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    What is missing here is heart, drama, and - most inexcusably - horror.
    • 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?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    All this feels dutiful and rote - the CliffsNotes version.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    A sweet, gentle, good-natured trifle that is (nonetheless) surprisingly airless and only rarely funny, if that.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    This wanna-be's as dumb as dirt, and, as a consequence, even makes Hollywood seem more toxic than it probably is.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    Call Girl is a dreary London day. A pass.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    The pilot was so uneven that the whole affair nearly veers into "Reefer Madness" territory--the kind of over-the-top cautionary fable that subverts honorable intentions through hysteria or cliche. Despite its pedigree, Teenager doesn't appear to have ever stepped inside a high school, either.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    There's no reason to pile on here, but this show needed many more months of gestation before getting thrown to the wolves.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Verne Gay
    Private Practice is hugely disappointing, and in so many ways that a mere review can't even begin to do all the problems injustice.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Knight Rider is a disaster, a remake so deliriously and delectably bad that you have to watch just to tell your grandchildren that you were there.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Sit Down is raw, vulgar and blithely offensive, with so many triple and quadruple entendres for so many sexual acts, I lost count.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Gary is a throwback to a time when laugh tracks were provided by evidently demented studio audiences; when one-liners were stoked with double entendres about sexual functions; when sitcoms had a beat, pace and predictability so primitive that they engaged only the reptilian part of our brains. To some viewers, this may be comfort food. To others: Hell.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    We get some slightly bent soccer moms and dads debriefed by an impossibly cheery, cheesy, chummy game-show host. Showtime must have thought there would be great humor and irony in the mundane exchanges recorded here. But it miscalculated. Badly.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    As awful as $#*! My Dad Says is, you almost detect an ember of promise here. Maybe it's Shatner--whom we will always love, no matter what--or maybe it's an illusion. But CBS needs to blow some life into that ember before it's too late. Maybe it already is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    It's lackadaisical, weary, bland and off-center.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    The appealing cast valiantly tries to hack its way through the dense underbrush of jokes about frats and testicles and cannabis. But the harder they hack, the hackier it all becomes. Before long, the jungle has won. The show, and viewer, have lost.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Unfortunately, they've settled on far-too-easy and facile answers for the most part.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Unadulterated rubbish, and exactly what fans expect. Bravo, Starz.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    When you start doodling on the Internet instead of watching the show you are supposed to review, then either you, or the show, has a problem. I'm going with the latter.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    What's missing here, besides laughs? Chemistry.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Yup, pretty awful.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Yeah, Brooklyn 11223 is awful, and awful not because it's inauthentic--it isn't necessarily to those being portrayed here--but because it's hugely phony.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    it's a clanking, clattering collection of collagenous clinkers--of dialogue so inept, of acting performances so preposterous, of plot points so cliched that the only question worth posing is why someone of Weaver's stature would be caught anywhere near a turkey like this.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Grim, sad, painful.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Snooki & JWoww reeks of the end-times--the end-times for "Jersey Shore."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Dim, dumb, dull, daffy and dippy, Discovery should know better.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    Part Dr. Jekyll, part Mr. Hyde and all dumb.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Verne Gay
    With Tools, there is no discernible style, or point of view, or voice, or humor that ever rises to the level of originality.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Verne Gay
    It is so ancient - in approach, tone, style and energy - that you can almost see the dust bunnies tumble across the set.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Verne Gay
    "What About Brian"... wants to be "thirtysomething" for twentysomethings, but it is clichesomething.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Verne Gay
    A slight, cartoonish, and terribly, terribly obvious dramedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Verne Gay
    "Donnellys" creaks and sighs, moans and slumps, and ambles along like a world-weary cliche, unable or unwilling to lift its head above the humdrum banality to which it has been consigned.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Verne Gay
    Because so many viewers will have seen this kind of reality show before, their minds may start to wander by the second commercial break.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Verne Gay
    It's slow. It's dull. It's listless.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Verne Gay
    "Emergency" is sodden, forbidding, a waste of 22 good minutes.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 16 Verne Gay
    Why, then, this debacle, with bad jokes, listless lines and a parade of cliches? Beats me.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 16 Verne Gay
    It's horrible, horrible, horrible, and you will hate yourself for laughing--although I'm afraid you will.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 16 Verne Gay
    Based on the 22 irredeemably painful minutes TV Land offered for review, this show is clunky, sodden, cliched, drab, bland and terribly (terribly) weary.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 16 Verne Gay
    A little too raw, especially in this hour.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Verne Gay
    Dreadful.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Verne Gay
    If you expect the worst, your expectations will probably be met.
    • 51 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Verne Gay
    Problem is, the show is more comfortable with cliché than subtlety.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 0 Verne Gay
    Utterly vacuous and incompetent.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Verne Gay
    "American Inventor," ... is unspeakably awful, and makes not just a travesty of the type of television that "American Idol" so dramatically popularized, but an unintentional parody of it as well.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 0 Verne Gay
    It is awful. It is truly awful. It is awful in ways that make the word "awful" seem inadequate.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Verne Gay
    Momma's Boys is so dreadful that it effectively neuters critical disembowelment before the operation even begins.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 0 Verne Gay
    "Awful" doesn't begin to do The Choice justice, not that it deserves justice.