Under The Radar's Scores

For 55 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 10.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 54
Highest review score: 90 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Outsourced: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
20 tv reviews
  1. The Goldbergs banks on nostalgia for its charm, but needs to build on something more for us to really care about this family.
  2. It works in measures, but the tragedy here is that Samberg's leash is too short.
  3. Nothing groundbreaking, but every so often a sports-themed show is de rigueur
  4. More risk-taking with the jokes and stepping up to the comedy from the rest of the cast and the show might eventually become something--and that's only if they can come up with enough stories for what is essentially a thin, workplace/home life crossover sitcom.
  5. The acting lacks conviction, but with a script this predictably sudsy, acting chops aren't at the top of the required list.
  6. Every cheap sexual innuedndo, obvious adolscent pun, and cliched puerile situation is exploited here. [Holiday 2009, p.86]
  7. If you can tolerate the overly histrionic pilot and are curious enough to find out what "the event" actually is, of which there is no mention in the pilot, then NBC has a Lost-esque show on its hands. Count me out.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Running Wilde exerts so much energy setting up the jokes that they end up forced. Arnett breaks off a couple of great one-liners, but Running Wilde has a lot of work to do in order to even be a good sitcom, much less a Hall of Famer like Arrested.
  8. Underwood always plays overconfident characters, and Ironside is no exception, but the wheelchair aspect makes it feel like he is trying too hard. None of the other characters are defined enough to balance out anything Underwood is doing. The stories are textbook cop fodder.
  9. [The actors'] experience and timing makes the writing work better than it is written, but they are working overtime to get that to happen.
  10. The clich├ęs are too silly and obvious.
  11. Overall, it took Once Upon a Time a season to fall flat; Penny Dreadful does that immediately.
  12. O'Quinn doesn't have nearly the command he did on Lost, even if he is in charge. Any scenes with the gang members' families are just plain cringe-worthy.
  13. There is absolutely no reason-other than the sheer good-lookingness of My Generation's cast-to tune into the show. Still, we are rooting for creator Noah Hawley (The Unusuals, Bones) to drag this one out of the mire.
  14. For a comedy, We Are Men is, in a word, sad.
  15. Welcome to the Family's storyline is so predictable, it doesn't warrant watching.
  16. The Tomorrow People, which is a remake of a 1970s British show, is completely bogged down with rushed exposition, stale acting, and pointless action scenes that leave not much to look forward to.
  17. The main storyline isn't strong enough and the incongruous peripheral elements just confuse rather than engage the viewer.
  18. The rest of Detroit 1-8-7's cast is fill-in-the-blanks police fodder. The only two characteristics that separate this show is one, it is filmed wholly in Detroit (who cares, a soundstage looks just as convincing) and two, the cameras are handheld (who cares, that shakiness can become very annoying).
  19. The characters are cookie-cutter, the dialogue predictable, the jokes stale and flat, completely unexpected from a sitcom veteran.
  20. With such a superior comedy cast, it's deplorable how far this badly written and directed show has dragged them down.
  21. This could be a watershed moment in TV's long and inglorious history of idiocy, a drama that unintentionally almost matches Arrested Development for laughs.
  22. In under 10 minutes, Outsourced manages to hit numerous offensive Indian stereotypes, borders on being racist, and not remotely funny.

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