For 429 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Travers' Scores

Average review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Veep: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Fuller House: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 429
429 tv reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    “When They See Us” hits hardest in its final hour, which is a break in format both much-needed and illustrative of what was missing in the previous three.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    Some episodes ask you to see one distinct outlook while others ask you to commiserate with diverging visions. Entries tie into one another, as lead characters pop up in supporting roles and narratives you thought were over reemerge. ... At an end, all we can do is appreciate the discoveries within these new nine episodes. So savor each one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    “Catch-22” isn’t quite wild enough to join TV’s elite satires or sharp enough to leave a mark as lasting as its source material. But it has its moments, and those moments add up to an entrancing experience.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Travers
    Season 2 is a towering accomplishment, proving what many have suspected since her debut: Waller-Bridge is operating on a higher plane, and she’s kind enough to take the audience along with her.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    Props to the props department, as well as everyone else designing sets, handling makeup, or crafting wardrobe, but those fundamental elements of a good period drama are the only real reason to spend eight hours with this dull trip back in time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    Dead To Me is too committed to its plot and too unaware of its tone. It rides its big secret — a secret the audience knows from the end of Episode 1 onward — all the way to the finale, demanding you invest in characters who refuse to honestly invest in each other.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Travers
    This isn’t a bait-and-switch situation; the comedy isn’t just a means to get to the drama. The two gel seamlessly as the characters develop and grow together. “Tuca & Bertie” connects on a deeper level than many cartoons, without devaluing the importance of joy, laughter, and good old fashioned fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    Engrossing in its specificity, if a bit too cold toward its human subjects, “The Hot Zone” gets its message across without sacrificing any drama.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    Everyone can find another show exactly like this one on Fox or other broadcast networks, USA or other cable outlets, and even streaming services. They don’t need Spectrum for this kind of show, and this specific show doesn’t do much to make it feel needed at all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    “Chernobyl” won’t be for everyone. With constant, low-simmering intensity and an all-too-visible air of death, the vivid recreation of an unimaginable disaster can be uncomfortable to say the least. ... But Mazin and Renck do an impressive job of inviting the audience into a story filled with so many horrors.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    By the time all the cards are on the table, the basic explanation is too simple to be satisfying as a human drama and too outlandish for a supernatural thriller.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    The first season can be consumed in an hour and 40 minutes, making it a reasonable length for a feature film and an ideal timeframe for short-form comedy. “I Think You Should Leave” won’t be for everyone, but it’s going to be a few subscribers’ new favorite show--just as Ted Sarandos intended.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    The storytelling style can be frustrating in its narrow imagination. Still, there’s Jones--a true original with a vivid arrival.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    It’s a solid 22 minutes of television ... But after less than a half-hour of setup, there’s no way of saying if the first season is richer or poorer than the sum of its parts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    There’s plenty to improve upon, but “Special” has the right pieces in place.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    Our Planet offers all the stunning imagery you’ve come to expect from these documentarians, but its attitude may surprise you. Individual entries feel a little less memorable because of it. The light, comic touches that made for lovely little moments in “Planet Earth” are overshadowed, if not spoiled entirely, by the traumatic lessons put front and center.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Ben Travers
    If “Abby’s” is judged purely by modern standards, it may not live long enough to make the necessary adjustments. But if viewers take to its old school charms — and NBC responds with an old school timetable for success — the future looks bright.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    The Twilight Zone isn’t a filtered down version of the original, nor of its narrator’s own work. Peele’s stamp is all over it, but so are the many welcome imprints of various writers, directors, and stars. It’s an inclusive space as much as a creative one, making the 2019 Twilight Zone a new machine built to last.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    The darkness and light play perfectly off each other, creating yet another fascinating and hilarious season, and one determined to be true to its own twisted identity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Travers
    Ever resonant, ever timely, and always smart about who’s on the receiving end of its sharp-tongued wrath, the bracing comedy is eye-opening to the bitter end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    There are awkward jokes, quirky new characters, and even a surprise twist on the formula in Season 2 — Eve and Villanelle’s two-person tête-à-tête is going to get a third caller, unwanted by at least one of the primary parties — but Killing Eve remains very much grounded in its original identity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    The combination of subject and sequencing creates an eerie atmosphere, but pushing a bit further stylistically could have made this a campy treat instead of something caught between sincere storytelling and the bizarre true story. Still, after five of the eight total episodes, The Act is a satisfying exploration of one girl’s desperate bid for independence.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    Between the many, many jokes, Horgan and Delaney built an unshakable bond between their characters. Rob and Sharon’s relationship, for all its heartache and flaws, is enough. That’s the honest truth, and it’s felt through to the end.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    While cracking the puzzles can be fun, some clues drop out of nowhere It’s also not a thoroughly profound drama; there’s too much stagnant time in Season 2, and too many leaps of logic. Ultimately, those leaps are what make it stand out, what keep you intrigued, and ultimately what makes The OA a drama to root for.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    Where they end up is solid enough — and there are bursts of fun to be had along the way — but the momentum isn’t there. For long stretches, the plot is abandoned in favor of random excursions and functional gags.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    To call it a slice-of-life series wouldn’t do justice to the well-honed commentary--on everything from false perceptions of health to institutionalized exclusion--but part of what makes Shrill so engaging is its diversity of storylines.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    David Makes Man feels like a show that can grow into itself nicely, finding exactly what it wants to show the audience and what it knows it doesn’t need to as it goes along. But right from the start, there’s a distinct rhythm that’ll hook you; a tonal confidence that’s as rhapsodic as it can be calm.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    Ramy resonates because it treats its characters’ lives with the utmost compassion. Their struggles are universal, as are the jokes, and whether you’re a viewer excited to see a practicing Muslim leading a TV show or just a white guy looking for a good comedy to stream, Ramy delivers the goods. We need more series like it, in every sense of the phrase.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ben Travers
    While there’s a lot to admire in the visuals ... the stories themselves are treated like an afterthought, and that colors everything an ugly shade of gray.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    There’s a lot to admire in the opening episodes, and the potential within each only drives more excitement for the next.

Top Trailers