For 307 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Willa Paskin's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Leftovers: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 307
307 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The show--especially by the third episode, “The Shunning”--manages to take a single story and turn it into something uniquely transformative for numerous characters; this is especially true for Eddie and Jessica, who as stay-at-home mom and eldest-immigrant son are, despite their fighting, very close to each other.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Bunheads pilot is largely a a showcase for Sherman-Palladino's best stylistic and thematic trademarks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The show has the kind of jaunty professionalism of a John Grisham novel, in which an outmatched lawyer takes on a, yes, goliath, and usually wins at great personal expense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Affair is a great first date that has the makings of a great series: pleasurable, provocative, insightful, and with the promise of sexiness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Riverdale, an enjoyable and moody teen series for adults who love teen series, a group of which I consider myself a member, is a fascinating splash in the ongoing remake deluge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Broad City has a more pronounced DIY vibe, a more surreal, sloppy and affectionate nature: The episodes are more narrowly focused on its two leads getting up to haphazard mischief.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The cast is stellar, you can almost feel the Georgia heat; a show that explores the consequences of violence, rather than serving up a gruesome pile of it, could hardly be more welcome at this moment, but the going is methodical and slow and sometimes painful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Gotham reverses the normal superhero disguise: It is not a superhero dressed up in street clothes, it is a gritty noir dressed up like a superhero.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    All the pieces are here, not just for a real potboiler, but a satisfying character piece, the sort of show that can flood my living room anytime.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    It feels like 30 Rock. There’s the same deadpan, high-octane pacing, penchant for the completely silly, love of weird names, and passion for bizarre pop-culture reference.... But Kimmy Schmidt has a bigger heart than 30 Rock.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Path is not a rollicking Scientology takedown but a more measured, slow-building dismantling of the insidious accommodations required to maintain absolute religious certainty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Preacher is flashy, funny, searching, and unpretentious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Some of these moments are memorable and stark. More are soporific. Both lend themselves to The Fall’s tone: these days, slow is what passes for serious. Anderson’s performance is what makes The Fall worth watching.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    What stands out most about Insecure is not its matter-of-fact approach to race but its matter-of-fact approach to wanting a romantic partner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Each episode of Kimmy Schmidt is so dense it’s like a binge-watch unto itself. Watch one and be full.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Shots Fired has melded commercial and artistic impulses to create a highly entertaining series about entrenched racism.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    A charming, ambitious, utterly singular show about a slightly nuts, but loveable woman who regularly breaks into song has made it onto TV.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    While American Crime surely is an impassioned and clear-eyed assessment of America’s socio-political dysfunction, the show it reminds me of is HBO’s far more metaphysical The Leftovers, another series questioning the mandate that TV be a good time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Black Mirror leaves you feeling like you should turn all your screens off while making you incapable of doing anything but hitting “play next.”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Created by Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar is an intelligent and atmospheric family drama about the Louisiana Bordelon family.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The episodes unfurl in an excess of good-natured silliness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Judging from the first three episodes of this fifth season, Harmon is vindicated and triumphant, but also still pretty torn up about everything. Community is no longer a zombie, but the new episodes feel plenty funereal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The characters all still feel recognizable and lived-in, but it is true that especially in its second season and going into the third, Rectify is slow.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The two-hour Season 2 premiere, airing Wednesday night, is as stylish and well-performed as any in Season 1, but it is also confusing, burdened by the series’ dense backstory and intricate, time-skipping structure. The new season will surely rev up: Malek’s performance remains excellent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Lindelof’s work has never been better than it is in this first hour. He seems freed, not only from Perotta’s imagination, but from some of his own ticks.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    For a show about sex and attraction, Masters of Sex is very cerebral, measured, distanced. But so are its characters, who use their intellects to protect their vulnerabilities.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    [A strange, zany, funny, and very star-studded six-episode series.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Atlanta is ambitious and atmospheric and adolescent, skeptical of seemingly easy pleasures.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Veep is still Veep, which is to say outrageous, brash, and very funny in promulgating its convincing vision of democracy as running on nothing but inertia. But ... Outfunnying a Trump administration on absurdist terms might be impossible, but it’s a letdown that Veep hasn’t, at least through three episodes, given it a real try.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    In the Flesh, which starts strong and gets even stronger.

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