For 691 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Verne Gay's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Getting On (2013): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 691
691 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    CSI is not looking for a facsimile, so fans can rest assured that Fishburne will evolve into a unique and valued lead on his own.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    L.D. is back, and - based on viewing the first three episodes - his genius remains intact. [7 Sep 2007]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Who else but Larry David could have imagined that a "Curb" largely without the glorious Cheryl Hines could conceivably be funnier? Or that her absence might work as a comedic plot foil for one of its major story arcs? He did, and that's genius.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Tonally, this often feels more like a psychological thriller than an action one, which is a very good sign. 24 is thinking, not just doing, and that bodes well for the later hours when our friend has tended to jump the tracks. All in all, a terrific start.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Four immensely enjoyable hours. Alas, I can't speak to what happens during the remaining 20.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The Shield (this season and every season) is an intoxicating head-gamer of a show that grabs you by the throat.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A critic for this paper once declared "The Wire" "the greatest dramatic series ever produced for television" and as the fourth season gets under way Sunday night, there's no reason to quibble with that assessment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    One of TV's bleakest shows is also one of TV's best comedies. What a marvel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Entourage--at least in original episodes--has been off the air for one solid year, but when that title song from Jane's Addiction kicks in, it's like an old friend calling--only this time, the friend seems worthier, and his stories more interesting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Quirky, funny, smart, wonderful acting, surprise cameos by cherished actors (Steve Harris, "The Practice"), and a one-two punch by Chandler and Britton that is unbeatable. What's not to love?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This is TV's best comedy. And there's nothing in the first two episodes that would suggest otherwise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This is TV's best and brightest at the moment, and a wonderful tribute to New York's resurgent TV production industry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Gorgeously acted, written, paced, structured and conceived, "Damages" remains one of the best shows on TV--and maybe the most enjoyably addictive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Anyone who enters this fantastic and beautifully realized play-scape--which remains ever so slightly ghoulish--will stick around. This is a winner.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Byrne is brilliant and--for the most part--so is this fine and absorbing show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The producers ("Alias" alums Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec) have created a Dickensian (with a nod to L. Frank Baum) universe, draped in shadows, pastels and mystery, while aurally wrapped in chestnuts from the Sweet, Five Man Electrical Band and the Ramones. This new series has enormous promise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    It's smartly written; clinically interesting (Why is Tara this way?), and maybe even a metaphor for the challenges all women face.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    An addictive show, with great cast, excellent writing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Breaking Bad is extraordinary, and if the rest of the season matches Sunday, an Emmy nomination for best drama seems certain.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This show--still TV's best--remains utterly true to itself.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    You can't go wrong with Smith ("That '70s Show") or Lenehan, pros with impeccable comic timing, which leaves relative newcomers Bornheimer and Hayes. Thumbs-up here, too. Worst Week may be the best new comedy on network TV this season.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Far, far, far and away NBC's best new pilot of the season and one of the best new shows of the season, on any network -- commercial or cable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Lotsa fast banter and stylish direction will make some viewers dimly recall--as they are doubtlessly meant to--William Powell and Myrna Loy's late, great "Thin Man" movie series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    At turns it's sad, poignant, bitter and funny (yes, more than enough turns in that direction).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    From this, you will gain a keen understanding of what lies beneath those endless rows of markers at any military cemetery. This is an honest and often magnificent tribute to the 1st Marine Division.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The Beales' story--predictably, sadly--descends into mutual recrimination, then near madness. It's all rescued by two stunning performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This show doesn't feel even remotely played out.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    True-blue fans will swoon. Everything they - you - love about this classic is laid out, banquet-like, Sunday night - the fashions, style, elegance, writing, characters, precision, beauty and most of all, the humor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    In the third season, the song remains the same. Biblical themes of fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, honor and dishonor, Cain and Abel are all baked under that pitiless California sun. Brace yourselves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    What's here is pitch-perfect - the fear, loss, emotional devastation and, peculiar to this disease, silence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Here's to a long and fruitful run in the new home. Tuesday night proves exactly why Southland deserves one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    It's evocative, smartly structured, well acted and insists that the strange ride you are about to take will be worth every minute.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Target is pure, utter, ridiculous, over-the-top-into-the-ravine entertainment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This one is stylish, smartly produced and has a very appealing cast.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The writers have great ears for "real" dialogue, and, in fact, not a single line here feels like a dead ball. The characters, too, arrive fully formed and believable. First impressions are absolutely vital in TV, and The Middle makes an excellent one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    As with his earlier shows, "Hopkins 24/7" (2000) and "Hopkins" (2008), Wrong has structured these stories masterfully. Nothing seems wasted, nothing is superfluous. As a result, the hugely important work these people do is honored in every shot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This is a spectacular new series, with some stunning performances--Pierce, Peters, Zahn, in particular--and gorgeous music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Cumberbatch and star British producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss ("Doctor Who") have performed quite a remarkable feat here--they've created something unique and pleasurable where so many have trod before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Funny, smart, entertaining, excellent acting and writing. What's not to like?
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Like "Mad Men," Wife has an obsessive attention to detail; it's a hurricane of detail, in the visual touches, legal patter and the actors' unspoken flourishes. Nothing seems extraneous or out of place. Also like "Men," this show cares as much about silence as words, or that which isn't said (also a form of eloquence).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The most entertaining--and beautiful--new series on TV this fall.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    In Treatment deftly picks up where it left off--midpoint in the journey of Paul Weston's soul--and reminds us why we took this trip with him in the first place. The new cast is superlative, Bryne is intoxicating, and Ryan is an especially excellent addition. Bon voyage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Uniformly excellent - although some additional reporting devoted to the treatment of PTSD would have made this a more complete package.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Who knew beautiful, obscenely expensive cars could be so much fun? These three guys do, and they effortlessly convey their knowledge and nutty passion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A winner. And for the Hoffmans' sake--plus family and friends along for the ride--let's hope there is gold in that hard, cold ground.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Episodes is flawless and hilarious. What a pity it lasts only seven episodes.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A stunning, brilliant, terrifying launch to TV's best series.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Brownstein and Armisen move so effortlessly between characters, then execute their riffs, tics, styles and voices with such skilled abandon that before long this doesn't seem like satire any longer but a fun house mirror reflection of intensely real people.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Not a dull or wasted moment, and Lane may have just turned in the one of the best performances of her career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    It was last year, and remains so this year--one of TV's very best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This remains one of the best shows on TV, and (as usual) not for all tastes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    TV's best (but do your homework before diving in).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    As twisted, and twistedly funny, as ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Six million zombiephiles watched the finale of the first season and those 6 million will not want to miss Sunday's opener, which is excellent and appropriately disgusting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    "Men," of course, remains the King of the Emmys, while Empire nailed the equally prestigious Golden Globe for best drama last winter. But Sunday begins to build the case for Empire, and build it convincingly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    An enthralling film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Even at six hours, this tends to be more impressionistic, and less bound to a strict historic timeline.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Mad Men is back and back in all the right ways--the humor, the writing, the period details, and best of all, the flawless attention to these characters and their cluttered interior worlds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    There are three excellent reasons--Milch, Mann and Hoffman--why your faith will be rewarded.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Stunning, beautiful, hypnotic, engrossing, spectacular... That oughta do it here as well, except Frozen Planet unexpectedly adds another word: Unprecedented.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Lean, laconic, precise and as carefully word-crafted as any series on TV, there's pretty much nothing here to suggest that the third season won't be as good as the second--or better.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    I've seen four episodes; they're all good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A densely packed, well-paced gothic horror soap with surprisingly funny twists placed at the worst.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A luminous and fully alive portrait by a first-rate actress.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Bigger, brassier and even more thrilling, Homeland has boosted the stakes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The hype is justified. Nashville's terrific.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    One of TV's best shows, comedy or drama, because this series often succeeds as both.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Taut, efficient and directed with a scalpel, Breaking Bad remains a marvel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Beautiful and often moving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    One episode in, "Glee 2.0"--otherwise known as the fourth season--looks to be a winner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Sharper, smarter, more richly layered, detailed (and acted), Girls has improved upon its first season.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    A re-energized and immensely entertaining start to the third season.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Solid start to what could--and maybe should--be a future CW franchise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Sunday is a blast. Heads will roll, and roll well. The gore quotient is through the roof. And finally this guarantee--there is one, maybe even two, spots where you will yell out at the screen, "Oh, my God, that just didn't happen." Yes, the new season is that good.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Sunday and the next three episodes are superb while the rhythms and beats of the story are very nearly hypnotic. Nothing here feels wasteful or cheap.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This beautiful and often moving film resonates even more powerfully with Sandy in our rearview mirror, while Burns' favorite theme--the American character--is drawn here with great clarity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Monday night's return of Dallas is a joy and everything fans could ask for--the past, present and future all skillfully bound up in a high-gloss melodrama full of deceit, greed, Velveeta and (surprisingly enough) even love.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Character--as the old saying goes--is a long-standing habit, and their habits remain very much intact. The same could be could be said of Justified.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Africa convincingly, emphatically, establishes that you ain't seen nothing yet.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Veep is the single most improved series on television.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Terrific start to the 6th.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Manhunt isn't out to settle scores, but explain the laborious process of intelligence gathering. No one here is looking for a citation, but understanding, and that's what "Manhunt" does best, as well as--yes--connect some dots.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Everything is pushed right to the edge, and that it doesn't topple over in a flaming heap is tribute to a pair of brilliant performances--though Damon's is first among equals--and an absorbing production that is morbidly fascinating from start to finish.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Interesting, engaging, worthwhile.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    As with "The Avengers," Whedon's ear and sensibilities match the material perfectly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Lavisly illustrated with archival footage, much of it rare, The March makes it almost easy to forget that words--not to mention the one man who said them--were the real stars that day.... Excellent, exhaustive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Disgusting--but in a good way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Excellent actors playing excellent actors--and largely succeeding.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Not a single minute seems superfluous. This is all-engrossing, and all-informative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    It's homage of the highest form, but comedy of the highest form, too. Cos quite obviously is far from finished.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Its tender moments register without feeling forced while the comedy comes in the form of a constant IV drip.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    About as good a Community restart as anyone could have possible hoped for.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The fuss is justified. Sunday's return of the Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss-created series is a triumphant one, and should easily establish Sherlock among TV's finest series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    There's pleasure in every frame here--from terrific new cast additions (Molly Parker, David Glennon) to richer D.C. subplots. It all works, and it is all addictive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Judge has a keen eye for the absurdities of human behavior and speech, but he's not the kind of guy to waste that on subtle inside jokes or wordplay. He's not someone to waste it on farce, either: Silicon Valley also happens to be sly and smart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    This still very much feels like a journey worth taking if only because--in the process--Hamm deftly continues to locate some heroic facet in TV's reigning anti-hero.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Still TV's best--dive in while the water's warm.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Louie very much remains Louie in the best sense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The opener is absolutely superlative--a thing of real beauty, even elegance.... Berry delivers a performance that's surprisingly layered and nuanced.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    All charm and smarts, the best new NBC comedy in a long time. A winner.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Better, richer, more compelling than season one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    The horror is carefully and strategically placed; one mustn't have too much of a good thing, after all.... So settle in. You will be grossed out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Soderbergh has created a vibrant, dark and above all alluring Gotham. Owen's Thackery is its bracing human counterpart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Verne Gay
    Fascinating and deeply troubling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    It's wonderful stuff, and we all seem to be on a voyage of discovery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    This show was always best when handling the little things that aim to capture life, and often do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Mad Men, as ever, remains a solid and beautifully produced TV program. Best of all, this episode promises a compelling third season. Fans will find much to savor.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Community can be fresh, funny, smart and extremely aware of its own cleverness; it also can be terrifically odd--odd good, or odd bad, or sometimes odd-good-bad-strange all at once.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    This teacher can be loquacious--oh yeah--but he's got a big heart, too. Danza, Northeast and A&E deserve credit for this series.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Still smart, still good, still fun, Human Target remains one of TV's best comic books.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    A particularly fine new FX drama marred only by a tepid pace in the pilot. But pace and story pick up in subsequent episodes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    I mostly loved Game of Thrones, but occasionally grew a little weary of it as well. (And just to answer the obvious question, this is not a small-screen "Lord of the Rings.")
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Grim, but a chance to see two magnificent actors at the peak of their powers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Smart new cop show that takes time to build, but will reward patience.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Much grimmer, grayer and (gasp) dowdier. Still mostly wonderful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    A winner and best of all, fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    A gorgeous production, though the story sometimes keeps it on the tarmac.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    The Gus Vant Sant-directed pilot of what is easily the most important project in Starz history pulses with the sort of corruption that absolute power sires.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Yup, the story can be downbeat, the pace at times languid. But this is a show with a brain and a heart.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    They honor the job without trivializing it, or turning it into melodramatic entertainment pap for the masses.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Falco, Eve Best (Ellie O'Hara) and Anna Deavere Smith (Gloria Akalitus) are flawless, and... very amusing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Extremely funny and extremely raunchy (consider yourself warned), but Dunham's a major talent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    No relaxing allowed with Boss. Sorry about that, and sorry for this series, which remains smart, absorbing and particularly well done.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    The results so far are very (very) funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Still defiantly Community, still good and still uninterested in adding new viewers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Smart newcomer with a pair of leads that turns The Americans into a likely winner.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Foremost, getting Brody off-screen turns out to be an inspired move. In his absence, there's a new world order, or disorder, with a lot of people left to assemble the pieces, including Saul, Carrie, and most of all, Dana.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Based on most of the first five episodes sent out for review, Boardwalk Empire easily establishes its claim as one of the three or four best dramas on TV.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Still excellent, still hard to love.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    The Red Road demands patience, but from what I've seen, it strongly suggests that will be rewarded.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    The cast succeeds, and in the end, so does Heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Verne Gay
    Crisis ultimately gets its priorities straight by giving viewers a reason to care--about the characters, outcome and mystery.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Verne Gay
    Tonight's episode is superb, and barrels--relentlessly--toward the answers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Verne Gay
    This version is a triumph.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Verne Gay
    It's smartly acted, well written, funny, expertly directed and hugely entertaining. And utterly, totally, profoundly devoid of pretension.
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Verne Gay
    The best unscripted show on commercial television this season, which you may correctly point out is faint praise; but in this case, it's not.
    • 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.
    • 64 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).
    • 65 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Get beyond that preposterous premise outlined above, and you've got a solid piece of prime-time entertainment. This show knows what it is, and knows exactly what the core audience expects.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Fans will love every minute--especially Roman's fate.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Sunday's episode is a necessary decompression episode after last season's intense finale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Silly, gross, soapy, mysterious, intriguing, exotic, erotic True Blood is fun. Even more fun this season.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Silly, gross, soapy, mysterious, intriguing, exotic, erotic True Blood is fun. Even more fun this season.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The Goode Family is a highly imaginative and often amusing variation on that one note.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    This is a gentle, good-hearted series and Scott was pretty much born to play Precious. But LDA can also be willfully, stubbornly languid.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Trade press has labeled this "'Easy Rider' Meets 'The Sopranos,'" which seems apt. Show comes from Kurt Sutter, longtime co-executive producer of "The Shield" (and married to Sagal) so that should give you a sense of tone and texture - violent, taut, well written.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    A fun show, but where, oh where is all this heading?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Leverage's pilot is particularly entertaining. The cast is fine, direction is expert, writing above average, and Hutton's Ford is almost convincing. But the payoff feels laden with cheese of another sort.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    White Collar is not original. But White Collar is enjoyable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Bored sometimes lags and drags, as if it took a few tokes, too. But when it's funny--and Bored certainly can be--it's a winner.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    McKinley and its denizens feel just a little too cliched, the emerging romantic entanglements a little too forced, the female characters--notably Terri and Sue Sylvester--just a little too mean-spirited. Still, it's a great cast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Not consistently funny, perhaps, but when Best and/or Falco are on screen, the angels sing. Both are remarkable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    There are many enjoyable performances by many wonderful actors, including Baranski, Panjabi and, the nicest surprise of all, David Paymer, who plays a judge. But you've seen much of this before.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The show's an enjoyable diversion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Ok so Better Off Ted can be oxygen-deprived. This is still one of the funniest shows on TV, and the cast sparkles with vets like Harington, Barrett and de Rossi...Anders and Slavin, too.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    The judging process seems arbitrary - a couple of artists are penalized for being too abstract; someone who is even more abstract (let's just say this one likes cats) goes to the next round. Otherwise, a winner.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    Huge looks and feels like a show that knows what it's talking about.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Verne Gay
    This is an excellent remake featuring two actors--Caan and O'Loughlin--who almost seem made for each other.
    • 87 Metascore
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    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.
    • 64 Metascore
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    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."
    • 66 Metascore
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    Pretty much all a fan (or critic) could ask of a cult series remake is this: Does the newbie measure up? Based on all available evidence--the 42-minute premiere--the answer is yes.
    • 65 Metascore
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    The show is an old-fashioned courtroom procedural, but the pilot has enough sharp writing and well-greased plot twists to suggest future promise.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Almost public TV-like by current reality-show standards, this new edition is actually a lot like the original, absent the Velveeta. True-blue fans will rediscover its pleasures.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Maybe this episode really is about repression, erotica and split personalities. Or maybe it's just a good excuse for the show to shake the dust out, ditch the inferno of summertime New York and wander amid the glories of Paris while exploring the discreet bourgeois charms of Blair and Serena. Either way, it's a lot of fun.
    • 49 Metascore
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    [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.
    • 83 Metascore
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    The cast is phenomenal, the writing inventive and genuinely funny, and you could pick just about any character--Andy or Ann, or Ron or Tom (Aziz Ansari) and almost mistake them for the show lead instead of Poehler. But still not quite in the same league as the show that precedes or the one that follows.
    • 65 Metascore
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    One little gripe---Pioneers needed to give a tip of the space helmet to some '50s pioneers, such as "Captain Video" and "Flash Gordon." Otherwise, it's all pleasure.
    • 60 Metascore
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    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.
    • 63 Metascore
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    A not-bad start that promises to take Dex (and Dexter) in a slightly new and fresh direction.
    • 67 Metascore
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    Fair warning, dear reader: Wilfred is intensely vulgar, and only guys around the age of 28 whose ears, and sensibilities, are covered with scar tissue will find nothing offensive. Otherwise, it's very funny.
    • 61 Metascore
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    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.
    • 66 Metascore
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    What's best about Time is its ambition; it glows with a near-theatrical shine, challenging viewers to think about TV drama as something other than boilerplate.
    • 65 Metascore
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    A gritty, almost plausible winner, and distant reflection of Stephen Spielberg's "Minority Report."
    • 66 Metascore
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    The well-written pilot has a couple of brazenly vulgar sight gags, but nothing that will shock "Two and a Half Men" fans.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Cox remains a very engaging lead, and her supporting cast is rock solid.
    • 63 Metascore
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    Solid cast, intriguing premise, and--best of all--the Old West. Should easily be another winner for AMC.
    • 63 Metascore
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    It was a dark and stormy night--and a weird, fun, trippy one, too.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Good start to the third season, and from what I sampled, it builds from there.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Still very high quality, and still a tiny bit dull.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Raunchy and at times genuinely funny, Apartment 23 is jam-packed with promise--and inconsistencies.
    • 72 Metascore
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    The intrigue continues and The Borgias remains one of TV's more reliable potboilers.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Still fun, but the innocent first moments last season were better.
    • 49 Metascore
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    A sober, intelligent, placidly paced drama as only the Canadians can make.
    • 62 Metascore
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    More of a continuation than a "remake," this one looks to be a winner.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Some wild twists, but you've seen a variation before on one of them. Nevertheless, the Patty Hewes story is almost over, and in Close's hands, it's still compulsively watchable.
    • 66 Metascore
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    The cast is good, even excellent. But Perry's the one who sells Go On.
    • 64 Metascore
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    A sharply written, acted and directed start that will hook fans immediately.
    • 62 Metascore
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    [A] stylish Gothic thriller that almost gives away a little too much Sunday. Otherwise, thumbs up.
    • 67 Metascore
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    Brush aside the hyperactivity and hard sell, and you're left with a winner.
    • 49 Metascore
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    Chicago Fire definitely has familiarity going for it and familiarity going against it as well.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Fans will be pleased, though they shouldn't be too surprised by the major plot development Sunday--it's obvious by half.
    • 60 Metascore
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    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.
    • 59 Metascore
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    Outrageous, eccentric, funny, campy--and too creepy for small kids.
    • 67 Metascore
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    A loving portrait of a lady--but who probably would be just as happy not to have this or any portrait at all.
    • 66 Metascore
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    Film lovers will--possibly against their better judgment--love Jones' Hitch.
    • 66 Metascore
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    It aims for epic, and sometimes hits epic--but it's a bit shallow.
    • 80 Metascore
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    For Mel Brooks lovers everywhere (you know who you are), but it's on the light side.
    • 64 Metascore
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    A surprisingly revisionist take on one of the most controversial trials of the decade.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Engaging docudrama with lots of interesting detail. Worth watching.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Looks like a summer winner.
    • 48 Metascore
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    Initial impression: It fits. Fans of Chalke will remain fans, and everyone who long ago realized that Elizabeth Perkins was the best thing about "Weeds" will as well.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Takes time to get into, but once in, you're in.
    • 69 Metascore
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    Good, compelling, creepy start.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Leonardo may not like what Starz has turned him into, but you probably won't mind this joy ride.
    • 80 Metascore
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    While the story is briskly and engagingly told, with some key players debriefed, there's not a lot new here. It's a very good beginner's history.
    • 66 Metascore
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    This is almost too clever, funny and ironic for MTV.
    • 63 Metascore
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    Smart, intriguing thriller, but the opener is slightly overheated.
    • 77 Metascore
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    The Bridge is highly absorbing.
    • 76 Metascore
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    All charisma and command, [Idris Elb] blasts through the screen in every shot while his performance is a constant reminder that the craft, at its best, is a gossamer of countless little details that add up to something magical.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Besides the scenery, what's best here are the characters, and their lives--or unlives--of quiet desperation.
    • 66 Metascore
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    Edgier, more sharply drawn, while that Sorkian chatter remains at a very high boil.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Easily one of fall's better new comedies, but don't expect to be blown away yet. The pilot offers just a taste of what's to come, which is plenty good enough.
    • 59 Metascore
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    Terrifically hard to love, but some superb performances indicate that at least it's worth the effort to try.
    • 72 Metascore
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    The acting is first-rate, and so is the writing, but the violence is appalling, and not just appalling, but creatively appalling.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Kinnear is solid, but his Keegan is a work in progress--both as human being and TV character.
    • 64 Metascore
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    Nothing scary here, but Hollow is fun enough, and promising enough, too.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Mostly fascinating tales from all the presidents' men that occasionally need (sometimes badly) journalistic balance and perspective.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Good newcomer that gets even better in the weeks ahead.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Slow start Sunday, but the drama's beauty and quality are intact.
    • 87 Metascore
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    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.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Quiet, intelligent, worth checking out.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Still good, still not for everyone, and almost gone for good.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Will this be a good season? Undoubtedly, yes, and blood will be spilled. But if this opener is any indication, there's not enough fake blood in Hollywood to sate the fifth.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Basic yet beautiful, Cosmos appears to be a winner.
    • 55 Metascore
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    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.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The film's essential weirdness felt real. The TV series' weirdness is more often just comical (or disgusting. One word: Spiders.)
    • 70 Metascore
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    24, in other words, is still thankfully 24.
    • 71 Metascore
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    This John Logan creation promises an intriguing summer pastime, for an eight-week run anyway.
    • 69 Metascore
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    [An] entertaining, engaging start.
    • 82 Metascore
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    A beauty that requires time and patience, but at least strongly hints at a payoff that will reward both.
    • 59 Metascore
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    Multiple-personality thriller starts a bit slowly Wednesday night, but early signs still indicate a summer keeper for TNT.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Gorgeous to look at. [25 Mar 1999]
    • 79 Metascore
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    If all this sounds like "24" has been hijacked by public policy wonks or Shakespeare profs, don't worry. Your show very much remains your show.... It's just that your show got a little smarter.
    • 74 Metascore
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    You'll be happy to know that every second -- particularly every second with Sedgwick onscreen -- is pretty much a joy.
    • 67 Metascore
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    A rare and almost totally unexpected triumph.
    • 42 Metascore
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    It's hilarious, really, and refreshing, and original and - absolutely - an acquired taste.
    • 65 Metascore
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    This is a hit, and has been carefully crafted by Disney to become one. The formula may be as old as pop culture itself, but (again) who really cares?
    • 79 Metascore
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    Rest easy. Scrubs is just fine (with all cast members, except Jenkins, back), though the opening episode is superior to the follow-up.
    • 58 Metascore
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    This is good bunk, fun bunk, energetic bunk. Much better bunk than the last volume.
    • 42 Metascore
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    Gritty, jarring, profane and smartly produced.
    • 78 Metascore
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    The season's premiere represents pig-in-the-python storytelling--there's so much to work through, so many details, stories, characters and time dimensions to attend to, that after a while this all starts to feel like a very full meal.
    • 74 Metascore
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    This is pure kiddie fare; no big deal--Chuck's back; TV's a better place.
    • 56 Metascore
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    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.
    • 48 Metascore
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    Good show with fine cast, but it all still feels a little too familiar and old-fashioned.
    • 36 Metascore
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    There's some very funny stuff here, but the serious question before NBC is this: How long can it stretch the joke before viewers go stark raving mad?
    • 67 Metascore
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    I wanted to love Fringe, with its extraordinary pedigree and exotic, soulful Australian beauty Torv in the lead role, and splendid Noble in key support. Plus, Blair Brown's here, too, as a top exec at an evil corporation. But I just can't shake this word "derivative."
    • 65 Metascore
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    The formula--must find murderer of beautiful woman before last commercial break--predates the dinosaurs, but also incorporates some satisfying twists.
    • 52 Metascore
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    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.
    • 61 Metascore
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    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.
    • 53 Metascore
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    Surprise! Crusoe's good, and by "good" I mean competently produced and acted.
    • 58 Metascore
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    Kings is a worthy enterprise that will deeply puzzle millions of viewers.
    • 66 Metascore
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    What's new here? Nothing, really. Jane is likable, Adams is, too, and so--believe it or not--is Hung. That's another problem. Hung needed to be scabrously funny. Instead, it's just middlebrow amusing.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Can Rescue Me wrap all this up in the short time left? I hope so, but this episode feels like so much temporizing.
    • 61 Metascore
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    Tere's real promise in Parenthood. In time, we may all genuinely care whether Crosby and Sarah find themselves, or at least grow up.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Good start with a pair of shockers. Beware.