For 177 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Willa Paskin's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Zero Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 177
  2. Negative: 22 out of 177
177 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    Game is a genuinely mind-boggling piece of adaptation, cast more or less perfectly (except for Kit Harington's Jon Snow, who relies too much on the soap opera actors handbook of serious faces), with expert control of the story lines, gorgeous and diverse settings, and such seriousness of purpose and consistent internal logic that I find the least realistic thing about it to be that the men of [N]ights Watch don't wear hats.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    The series' thriller engine turns on, turns over and begins to purr.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    It wants to entertain you, to draw you in with exciting, exacting plotting, and precisely drawn characters.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    Game of Thrones is as complete a universe as exists on television, whatever its rhythm. More drama and more bloodshed are certainly forthcoming, and I have every confidence they will be served up as delicious and sopping as a rare steak.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    Top of the Lake [is] gorgeous and ambiguous and gripping like a hallucination.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    The Returned is very good. Let it have your brains.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    A gorgeous period drama that swiftly establishes its risqué themes.... Masters of Sex is the best new show of the fall season.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    Creepy, gorgeous, unsettling, and searching, it has--for lack of a better word--a literary quality, an accretion of meaningful detail. You can push on any aspect of the show--every line, every shot, every bruise--and it bears up.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    There’s nothing programmatic about Louie, which idiosyncratically, unevenly explores C.K.’s ideas and instincts without trying to advance an argument. It’s not a joke you’ve heard before. It’s a great shaggy dog story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    The Good Wife, a delectable, invigorating series of unprecedented depth and cynicism, is the best drama on TV.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    To call it Amazon’s first great series, or the only great series of the new fall season--both of which are true--is to damn it with faint praise.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Sherlock is an elegant updating of Conan Doyle's stories, not an overhaul.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Girls is smart, bracing, funny, accurately absurd, confessional yet self-aware, but it is also undeniably about four white chicks with, relatively speaking, no worries in the world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Happily, Nashville, with its unexpected intelligence and surprisingly low-key attitude, not only met all my cockamamie expectations, it exceeded them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    The confident, acerbic new sitcom The Mindy Project is easily the best freshman comedy of the season.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Orange Is the New Black [is] Netflix’s hilarious, addictive, fantastic new series about the goings-on at a low-security women’s prison.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    In the context of other television, American Horror Story is perverse and refreshing, proof that a great show doesn’t have to be self-serious to be smart.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Watching, it is almost impossible not to root for these two Communists as they do any and everything they can to undermine America. In this regard, The Americans works its American audience as effectively as its heroes work their marks: It makes double agents of us all.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    The third season is looser, funnier, more emotional and also significantly less logical than what has come before.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Murphy directs with straightforwardness and sincerity and none of the camp fireworks of Glee or American Horror Story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Almost every woman is a good person who made or was forced to make a bad decision, instead of something more sinister, more evil, or even more banal--as if these too were not human characteristics.... But if this sentimental streak is a little soft-headed, it springs from the series’ huge heart and its expansive humanism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    As a workplace comedy with a political bent Veep is both fun and funny, its nonpartisan position more a missed opportunity than fatal flaw.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Bunheads pilot is largely a a showcase for Sherman-Palladino's best stylistic and thematic trademarks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Girls has matured leaps and bounds, comedically and structurally, but it has jettisoned some of its ambiguity, its sweetness, its own affection for its characters. It's more coherent, but it's also safer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    What constitutes a nation? This is the heady question that underpins the action-movie thrills of ABC's submarine-gone-righteously-rogue drama Last Resort, one of the most promising dramas of the fall season.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Asylum dives right in on racism, homophobia and sexism, and wrings something emotional out of them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Hour's charms are many, but chief among them is its celebration of intelligence and diligence as cardinal, animating virtues.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Justified takes a purely procedural setup and turns it into a long-term story arc, a season-long mystery that will presumably get less goofy than it first appears.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Americans is delightfully cunning, exactly the quality, along with fight scenes and ridiculous disguises, one desires in a spy show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Veep remains one of the most rapid-fire and linguistically playful shows on TV— neologisms created in just the first episodes include “exhuastipated,” “procrasturbate” and “gestictionary.” But in the new season, the physical comedy is just as strong.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    It’s not just that Broadchurch demonstrates that it is possible to reinvigorate something as tired as the hunt-for-a-killer genre with solid, engaging craftsmanship--though it does--but that unlike so many in the genre it is inordinately emotionally generous.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    In the Flesh, which starts strong and gets even stronger.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Mom is more than what it appears. The hectoring laugh track grates, but don’t let it fool you, this show’s got brains.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Luther is a great example of all of the annoying a TV show can do and still be worth watching, so long as it gets some essential things right. Luther’s saving graces are that intense, gloomy mood and Elba’s performance.
    • 83 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Trophy Wife is nominally about a marriage, but if its very polished and sure-handed pilot is any indication, it is just as focused on Kate’s dynamic with Pete’s ex-wives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    It’s almost as impossible to believe, without seeing it, that such a show could be both very funny and occasionally uplifting without ever resorting to cheap sentimentality. But it is.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    [A strange, zany, funny, and very star-studded six-episode series.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Girls and its girls are funnier and more cartoonishly sociopathic than ever. The show continues to engage with and undercut criticism about its characters’ myopia and flaws by owning it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Patrick’s moment of light self-flagellation didn’t feel boring to me. Like the rest of his show, it felt real.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The first four episodes fly by in a blur of cheeky maxims, convoluted plot twists, and storylines about the deep Web.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    [A] sharp, very funny new HBO comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Maslany’s performance is, however, a bit like truffle fries arriving in a Happy Meal: It is much more sophisticated than everything else around it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Leftovers is overwhelmingly, existentially serious, without succumbing to the relentlessly violent and masculine clichés of so much “serious” prestige TV.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Honorable Woman is in many ways, most of them cerebral, an extremely impressive piece of work.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Like the many, many sitcoms about the affluent white experience, this is a show that is meant to be seen and enjoyed by everyone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    It’s not self-serious, but it is serious--about being more entertaining, more emotional, more garish, and more gonzo than so much on television.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    BoJack is perhaps a little more clever than it is uproariously funny, but it is often very clever, and, moreover, well-tuned to the ludicrousness of the sort of low-level fame that surrounds BoJack.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    [A] gritty and entrancing British import.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Humor, terror, sex, death, camp, karaoke: No show on television has all these ingredients but American Horror Story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Hell on Wheels is a perfectly adequate piece of television with above adequate production values.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    It's with much appreciation that I report that Season 5 of True Blood is not about the introduction of any new magical creatures (though the fairies are up to some B-story shenanigans), but the long-discussed Authority, the seven-member governing body of all vampires everywhere.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Refreshingly, they try to convey their likability by being...likable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Though I understand how effective the hit-man aspect of the story must have seemed on paper, both as a thematic device and a driver of plot, Mia's story was interesting enough with out the being saddled with such an ultra-violent profession.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Ben & Kate seems poised to be to the "20 to 30-somethings get their lives together" sub-genre what "Parks & Rec" is to workplace comedies: something willfully, wonderfully kind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The Walking Dead is extremely realistic about the decayed, vast, destroyed world, and dopily idealistic about its main character.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Objectively, Downton is not that good and certainly not as good--well-made, well-wrought, reasoned, executed--as it once was. But objectivity only has a little do with it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    If you are looking for some upscale junk-food--beautifully packaged, nicely performed, delectably plotted, but shot through with hot air and likely to make you queasy by the time you reach the end of the bag--look no further than NBC's soap-mystery Deception, which starts tonight, and is, at least for now, scrumptious.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Unlike the teenagers on the show it replaces on the CW schedule, "Gossip Girl," the characters on The Carrie Diaries are neither disturbingly precocious nor voracious, instead working a welcome John Hughes vibe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The 15 episodes of Arrested Development themselves, which start badly, but accumulate to something pretty good.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Based on just one episode, it’s hard to tell how the series will unfold, but the mood, threatening, uneasy, a little kinky, is there, and that just might be enough.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Moving, striving, trying, changing, it’s good for the characters on Mad Men and it’s good for the drama that is Mad Men. The back of Don Draper’s head is still gorgeous, but it’s starting to feel awfully still.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Despite showing some very gruesome imagery--a real decapitated head, for example--and having a swaggy, “we’re so hip we send our reporters into dangerous places looking like they just rolled out of bed” self-aggrandizement, Vice is fundamentally earnest.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    It is finally unshackled, plot wise, from the far better Danish version of the show and should be able to pace itself in a more effective and gripping way than it did it the past.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The first episode isn’t riotous (truly hilarious pilots are rarer than... even truly hilarious sitcoms), but it’s confident and charming and the characters seem fully formed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    It’s like all the ingredients for a sugar rush of a dessert have been assembled and instead mixed together to make something surprisingly sensible, but not exactly delicious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    A good ABC Family show is like a good beach read: great plot, great character, compelling without being too heavy. Its newest show certainly fits the bill.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Thankfully the greatest love story no one ever wanted to be a love story is not the focus of the first two episodes, which illustrate the power and punch Homeland can still muster when freed from its more Hallmark-ian tendencies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine isn’t uproarious yet, but pilots, even of good sitcoms, rarely are. (It took Parks and Recreation an entire season to figure out its tone.) What Brooklyn Nine-Nine has, unlike many of the other new fall comedies, is intelligent design.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    A show with broad appeal led by a still sparkly and high-strung Fox that is pretty good, a shade too predictable and manipulative to be excellent, but neither excruciating nor embarrassing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The Honey Boo Boo clan often transcend the narrow condescension of the series’ producers--between-scene interludes include shots of humping dogs and the sound of a toilet flushing--with a deep familial affection and a rousing, Amelia Bedelia-esque esprit de corps.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Derek is a fascinating, well-meaning mess, without being a particularly offensive one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    As with last year’s My Week with Marilyn, Burton and Taylor avoids retreading familiar material by picking a relatively quiet, unexplored interlude in a celebrity’s life--the stuff of tasteful restraint, but not exactly scintillating story. And it only scans as tasteful restraint if the audience can fill in all the salacious history for themselves. For those who can, Burton and Taylor is much more effective.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Justified is slumming it: not nearly as sharp or rich as it has been or could be, but still much more clever and enjoyable than its procedural peers. It’s begging to be graded on a curve, when it should be setting it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The Bond stuff is, on the whole, more enticing than Ann and Ian’s psychological pas de deux, which skirts up against real issues--and rape fantasies--before giving them a gauzy gloss of true love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The new Cosmos starts slowly and reverently enough: deGrasse Tyson, a warm, avuncular presence, standing on the same cliffs Sagan did, talking about the universe, our place in it, and preaching the gospel of the scientific method in a glossy episode, which, scientifically speaking, doesn’t advance much beyond middle school.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    It is a very reliable deliverer of certain genre pleasures.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Due to all this ambitious sprawl, Game of Thrones only occasionally puts together a satisfying standalone episode. There is too much going on, the one-hour limit too arbitrary.... It’s the particular power of Game of Thrones that as these characters descend further into the muck and the grime, the besmirching totality of violence, we’re still pulling for so many of them.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The new episodes make Daniel less complicated, not more.... Compared with Daniel, the other characters on the show are flawed, vivacious, and far more fun to watch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    No one element of this show feels original, and yet I would totally watch more, even if just to peep at the sleek futuristic garbage cans again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The Strain has a kind of earnest and respectful fanboyishness, in which every single ridiculous element mandated by the genre is rendered seriously but not exactly unknowingly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Sitcoms, far more than dramas, are about chemistry rather than premise. Faxon and Greer have chemistry, with each other and with the very strong supporting cast.... [The characters] may not like their circumstances, but at least they like each other, and that makes them good sitcom company.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    As a thriller, Manhattan mostly works.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    It is still psychologically astute, but it has become a much more straightforward, and largely effective, spy show. If you do not want to let Homeland back into your heart, that’s understandable. But maybe let it crash on your couch for a probationary period.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    It is less accidentally ridiculous, and more knowingly, willfully campy, less pretentious, but also, for better and worse, less likely to include a Bollywood dance number.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Push Girls is not as edifying as it might be, but it's not sanctimonious either.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Political Animals may be super-fun, but it is also superficial.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    The bar fight--which made the rounds of the Internet this past September--elevates the series's voyeuristic satisfactions to the next level.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Chicago Fire a predictable but pleasantly familiar throwback that could have been on TV a decade and a half ago.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    The best parts of Life Is But a Dream are not the confessionals, but watching Beyoncé become Beyoncé. It’s a transformation we see only bits of.... But mostly, there’s no sweat. We hear about her angst, and then we see the finished product.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    For now, the bias towards boring is definitely at work. Cherry should look at “Scandal,” a show in which everyone of every color gets to be troubled and naughty and still expect our sympathy, to see how to improve.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Maron is a little bit like the podcast without the guests, which is too much Maron. The best aspects of the show are the moments directly from the podcast, both the monologues and the joking around and interviewing other comedians.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Alpha House is about men caught up in a crazy-making system; even with all of its concrete details, that means it feels very similar to the (for now) much funnier Veep.... Alpha House may be Amazon’s first original program, but it doesn’t feel all that original.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    The experience looks very difficult, but also a little boring, which explains the need for the in-your-face title: “Filthy and Exhausted” just doesn’t have the same ring.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    How funny you find all this basically depends on how funny you find drunk people. And not fake-movie drunk people, but realistically drunk people: a little confused, no longer so good with words, and very sleepy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    As one would expect from a Seth Meyers cartoon, The Awesomes can be knowing and clever, with a positive attitude that skews a bit arch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    While You’re the Worst is eventful, its emotional beats are not exactly original. It feels like watching the first 20 minutes of a rom-com over and over again, a notion that I find not entirely unpleasant.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Virgin Territory tries to get into psychological explanations for all of this unwanted virginity, because like the participants’ friends, MTV thinks it’s weird.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    The early episodes are a mix of lesser world-building and sometimes dull, sometimes trite, sometimes appealing fish-out-of-water tales as Claire’s knowledge of the future gets her into and out of scrape after scrape.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Apt. 23 isn't particularly funny, but at least it doesn't have a laugh track to beat you over the head with this fact.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    The show is not just about the struggle between the good and the mediocre, it is itself a struggle between the good and the mediocre.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    The banging-the-president plot may outdo "Grey's" and "Private Practice's" in sheer headline-grabbing, gonzo boldness, but it's still ill-advised. The chief executive needs to button up, and even Shonda Rhimes can't make a TV show escapist and over the top enough to obviate that--though, it sure should be interesting to watch her try.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Vegas is not embarrassing. But it is just a gussied-up procedural, which would be fine, if it weren't so blatantly aiming to be something more.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    If the show pulls back on the sour humans a bit and keeps it up with the cute animals, it might have something.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    As with many of these series, Honey Boo Boo wobbles along that strange line of being at once an exploitative mess, and not just an exploitative mess.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    It remains the most ambitious show on TV with nothing to say at all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    The new episodes are such a good faith effort to continue Harmon’s legacy it’s a shame that they don’t really work at all.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    After two hours of Red Widow, I can tell it’s more watered down than it should be, but not if it’s watered down to the point of uselessness. If it can get at, to any extent, the way being a lawbreaking, badass, antiheroine might be fundamentally, complicatedly different from being a lawbreaking, badass, antihero I’ll keep watching.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Golden Boy’s half-bakedness--part totally competent TV show, part lazily executed one--permeates throughout.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Her persona combines Whitney Cummings’ bawdiness and Mindy Kaling’s entitlement with a self-proclaimed slutty streak (“I am sluttier than your average bear,” she proclaims), a familiar combination that feels original only in flashes. Schumer is sharper than her material.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    The results contain both fart jokes and erudition, but not so much heart. Family Tree is colder and flatter than Guest’s best work, missing its inspired kookery and high energy strangeness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Boardwalk Empire is as good-looking and well-acted as ever, but it still has bullet holes where its head and heart should be.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    It’s just adequate, but adequate noir can really enliven an otherwise tedious gangster story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    The show makes Granthams of all of us: content with what we have now (a middling costume soap opera) because we can still remember its glorious past (that first season). It’s safer and cozier than a show about open class warfare.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    CrazySexyCool is a not a particularly well-constructed biopic, hopping from moment to moment like moviemaking was just a matter of checking scenes off a list, but it does everything that Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, the two surviving members of TLC, could ask for: It will absolutely convince you that TLC was amazing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Late Night with Seth Meyers felt totally professional and not at all embarrassing--which means it also felt standard and boilerplate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Crisis needs to lean more Blacklist: If you’re going to be dumb, at least be a good time about it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    All of these characters and all of these stories frequently add up to something handsome, funny, and weird. But Fargo is missing the spark of originality that would make it great.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    The results are scattershot. A few of the storylines work beautifully.... But Dorian Gray’s tryst with a tubercular prostitute (Billie Piper) reaches no such heights, delivering the nudity that pay cable customers apparently require, but not much else.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby, which premieres Sunday night and finishes up on Thursday, is a not-great remake, but it is also a not-entirely-horrible miniseries, a beneficiary of the soft standards of low expectations.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    The show was pleasant without being particularly funny or memorable, odd without being urgent or edgy, scattershot without taking any big swings.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    For all of Tyrant’s big themes, it can feel oddly small.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    All the care that Soderbergh has taken with the colors, the camera, the blood--all his masterfully deployed aesthetic choices--stand in stark contrast to the care taken with the scripts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Through seven episodes there is nothing wildly different about the two shows, but Gracepoint has a facsimile’s faded quality. Something about it is less sharp, less bright, less keen, and you are left with a washed-out flier you have seen before.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    It's not nearly as highbrow and well-constructed as it needs to be, and it's far too serious and plodding to be a zippy break from reality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    The show is ludicrous, nonsensical, dopey, and pretty fun--so, basically the perfect sort of TV show to be airing on Lifetime.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    What's really disappointing about Magic City is that if it weren't so desperate to be "Mad Men" in Miami Beach or The Jewish Godfather it could be an energetic, escapist hour of television.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    It's got law and lawlessness duking it out against a backdrop of grime, guts and gravelly voices, but this is all served up humorlessly and laden with self-seriousness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    The results are a captivating, riveting, rousing, condescending, smug, infuriating mixture, a potent potion that advertises itself as intelligence-enhancing but is actually just crazy-making.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    SEAL Team Six, a shallow TV movie about the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden, stars a bevy of beefcakes in Navy SEAL costumes--and Barack Obama.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Because Do No Harm wants to be more than just some shlocky Jekyll and Hyde--remake it has made Ian a very bad man, and yet he is not nearly bad enough.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    The show has got a ponderous B-movie quality, everything so serious and simultaneously so silly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    It’s moody and slow and ponderous, elegant as Mikkelsen’s perfectly coiffed hair, except in the winky moments when, say, Hannibal serves Will an egg scramble that must contain body parts and Will unknowingly finds it delicious.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Phil Spector is missing dramatic tension. It’s staged as a movie but it’s constructed more like a play, with plenty of scenes of two people exchanging Mametian dialogue in claustrophobic spaces.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Even more so than in season’s past, the non-vampire storylines seem irrelevant and extraneous.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    If you get your news from anywhere other than The Newsroom, to watch the show is to be harangued by opinions you have heard many, many times over, just polished with Sorkin’s trademark linguistic flourishes and passed off as shiny and new.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Camp is wildly inferior to any number of delightful extant fictions about summer camp,”Wet Hot American Summer,” “Huge,” “Camp Nowhere,” “Salute Your Shorts” and Meg Wolitzer’s new novel “The Interestings” among them, but it has a certain high energy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    The shame is that a series about a band of heroes trying to hunt down more potential heroes could be the perfect antidote to TV’s own overly dark cliché: the anti-hero. But instead it resists the call, too self-serious to be really goofy, and yet too fan-boyish to rescue even one hour of television from mediocrity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Dracula flirts with camp, without quite committing. Unlike Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, in which Ichabod Crane finds himself alive in the present day, Dracula does not seem to be in on the joke of itself.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    While the two shows both contain bereft parents, law enforcement officials with personal agendas, pastors with painful backstories, quiet and sometimes spooky small boys, and newly reanimated criminals, the atmosphere in which Resurrection places them is thinner than Mt. Everest’s. Compared to The Returned, Resurrection’s performances, eeriness, themes, its production values, storylines, and opening credit sequence are all similarly weak.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Teen sexuality is tricky subject material. Teen sexuality manifested in incest is trickier still. And the new Lifetime movie is not up to the job.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    It is a terrible sign when a show has no sense of humor, but Believe almost has too much of it. It looks great--Cuarón, who just won an Oscar, directed, after all--but there is something off-puttingly cutesy about it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Despite this highly dramatic premise, Turn feels small and dull: if you want to have some fun learning about the Revolution, wait until Fox’s cheeky Sleepy Hollow returns.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    In the new miniseries’ opening installments, 24 makes some half-hearted efforts to contend with its own legacy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    At certain moments, when Coyle and Malkovich banter about god, the devil, and England, Crossbones is almost the kicky fun it was meant to be.... But a few sentences later, Blackbeard returns to growling clichés.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Even as Utopia promises to never, ever live up to its name, its funhouse-mirror reflections of the fault lines--religion, class, politics--in our own larger, obviously imperfect society make for fascinating TV, if only occasionally.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Mulaney, a bland new Fox sitcom from former-SNL writer and stand-up comedian John Mulaney, has a laugh track. This is, by far, the most interesting thing about it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It's a straight down the line uninspired, dull, humorless soap opera that mimics the original without taking any of the interesting things from it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    When grenade launchers, automatic weapons and war games substitute for salsa and swing dancing, the results are less wholesome entertainment and more armed-forces propaganda.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It's far too mediocre to be truly provocative even if the premise is a carefully camouflaged bit of retrograde.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    You can hate Lifetime movies, and still see that Liz and Dick is exactly what a Lifetime movie is supposed to be, instantly hootable, usually ludicrous, rarely dull.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    One of the worst shows of the new season with its very best performance [by Margo Martindale].
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Anna Nicole has an extraordinarily hazy point of view, tonally sympathetic to Smith but unwilling to explore any of the details, sloppy but particularizing, that might mitigate and humanize her increasingly terrible behavior.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It is almost unbearable sober. If I have to watch a cartoon featuring a bad guy made of zombie poop named Dr. Doodoo 16 years after South Park debuted Mr. Hankey, the Christmas poo, I need to have whatever the dudes from Yo Gabba Gabba! are on.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Any way you look at it, it doesn’t quite scan--which is the point, probably. The show’s not meant to be dissected; it’s meant to be watched as the makers intended: more than half-blazed.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It tries to make up for what it lacks in originality with unending bleakness--Malick shots of a mangy dog running through the streets with a rat in his maw, characters who never smile--as if being relentlessly somber were proof of quality. The results are beyond claustrophobic. All the characters want out. So did I.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Rake is a little bit like the bad Sundance movie version of a procedural, a sturdy genre project tricked out with twee and antic detailing, in the hopes you will find all the appended doohickeys sharp and adorable and not notice how predictably the story is chugging along.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Super Fun Night has the distinct feel of being taken out of the network oven only half-baked.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Perhaps for fear of alienating people who don’t agree with her, McCain presents as many aspects of a topic as she can, offering up factoids and interviews without context or heft, giving viewers little bits of information about way too much. This strategy gets ludicrous in the second episode, about feminism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It’s an uninspired melding of Lifetime movie and biopic, with none of the virtues of a Lifetime movie (not campy enough) and none of the virtues of a biopic (it is egregiously fictionalized).
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Unauthorized, which aired last night, failed to provide even the bare minimum of salaciousness expected of a Lifetime movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Willa Paskin
    Madam Secretary is just really, really dull, as if someone tried to make a counterweight to Scandal with only the boring parts--plus one shamelessly ripped-off conspiracy theory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Willa Paskin
    Red Band is larded with quirk, twee, and pop music, all of which set my teeth on edge even as they sent my tear ducts into spasm.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Willa Paskin
    Mysteries of Laura has pretty successfully convinced us that Laura’s not a mystery. She’s just unbearable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 10 Willa Paskin
    A disastrous two-and-a-half-hour Cliffs Notes on the passionate, dysfunctional love affair between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and his third wife, the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman).
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Willa Paskin
    Unlike most new series, and certainly unlike every other series on FX, it is totally uninterested in originality.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Willa Paskin
    Hapless, feckless, goofy, dumb: take your pick of adjectives, that is Zero Hour.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Willa Paskin
    Dads is the worst new comedy in quite some time.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Willa Paskin
    A show predicated on the uncomfortable, but not entirely insupportable, supposition that audiences totally will watch something icky, sordid, and morally wanting, so long as a minimal effort is made to make it look like a love story.