For 605 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Travers' Scores

Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Casual: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Fuller House: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 605
605 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    An excellent (and severe) second season.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Travers
    In a series already bursting with beautiful sentiments, the stunning world-building immeasurably enhances the experience, helping to make “Tuca and Bertie” stand out in the animation realm, the TV world, and beyond.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Travers
    Waldron and director Kate Herron throw in as many flourishes as they can to try to turn exposition into entertainment, but there’s only so much you can do after deciding to answer every single question about time travel.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    The series’ efficient storytelling, world-building, and character work make it easy to switch off your brain and enjoy the adventure (that is, if you can get past The Sick). Strong performances help, too, and with so many critical core ingredients working smoothly, it’s much easier for a genial little fantasy-adventure series to go down easy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Ben Travers
    Through four episodes, characters are still being honed, ideal dynamics identified, and a consistent sense of humor established (here’s hoping for at least 40 percent less poop jokes), but there are also enough solid cracks and relatable storylines to hope “Housebroken” finds its best self after a little more training.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    “Friends: The Reunion” is a special made to be as broad as possible, and it too often ignores or steps on the intimate connections fans already have with their favorite fictional friends.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    “In Treatment” is still a theater piece, even if directors like Michelle MacLaren get off the couch as often as possible, and it still comes alive in spurts thanks to great performers bringing human moments to life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    Season 3 tries to forge new ground and ends up on a familiar path instead. It’s a de-evolution of the series’ wide-ranging ethos, trading dozens of unexpected moments in order to refashion just one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    It’s nowhere near as unique or compelling as it should be. But at least Murphy is starting to ask himself the right questions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    It’s clear this series has legs, as a much-deserved showcase for Smart, as a thoughtful story about the evolution of comedy, and as an original series that’s very much its own thing. Let’s see where this show can go.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Travers
    Jenkins’ trademark patience behind the camera builds romance and passion with powerful precision, establishing unique individual identities while fleshing out each subject, no matter how many scenes they get. ... Before the final needle drop, it’s impossible not to feel closer to this world and everyone in it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    Season 2 sees the writing team pulling almost all the right levers.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Ben Travers
    Unconvincing in its high-falutin talking points as it is with its wigs and wirework.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    Season 1 isn’t quite there yet, but Theroux is reason enough to look to the horizon.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    The first three episodes of Season 4’s back half are not outstanding, though No. 8 is pretty damn close. They’re just good — they do what needs to be done, they do it well, and they don’t waste any time (well, they don’t waste as much time). June’s evolution pushes the series beyond the traumatic horrors of past seasons and into unsettling antihero territory. Eventually, Season 4 delivers on delayed payoffs and does so with as much urgency and, dare I say, joyous gratification as one can expect from this show.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    As the series examines grief and regret as she strains to overcome both, it unearths rich subtext everyone should be able to appreciate.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Ben Travers
    For every beat that strikes the right tone, there’s at least one that’s laughably over-the-top or utterly indecipherable. ... But I’d be lying if I said I’m done with “The Nevers.” Whether it’s the allure of watching a trainwreck in motion or that the intermittent flourishes add up to just enough entertainment, I’ll at least catch the final two episodes of Part 1. I can’t say never to “The Nevers,” even if I have no idea what it means.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    While too early to tell exactly how it will stack up as a season, let alone a series, in an era where lots of “ambitious” TV can feel all too predictable, “Invincible” should keep viewers on their toes — for the right reasons.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Ben Travers
    It’s stocked with action scenes, instead of sitcom homages, and while twists and turns will certainly be a part of the six-episode rollout, this isn’t a mystery box show. It’s a buddy flick, mostly running on autopilot.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    After such a small sample size (just two episodes out of 10), plenty of questions remain, many of which feel purposeful. ... Season 3 is meticulous in its construction, and the extra outdoor scenes or limited physical contact [due to COVID-friendly shooting requirements] aren’t distractions. They add to the story Marquardt is telling. ... In Season 3, Iris seems to be looking for more, and for now, I think audiences can expect more in return.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    Writers Alissa Nutting, Patrick Somerville, Dean Bakopoulos, and Christina Lee (who also serves as showrunner) split the pilot into two timelines: one in the “present” and the other 24 hours prior. These early episodes can be frustrating, as very basic questions distract from the sci-fi satire’s broader ideas and emotional engagement, but after “Made for Love” gets its backstory out of the way, there’s ample time left to dig into issues of identity, trust, and the general purpose of a romantic relationship — even one with a sex doll.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Ben Travers
    Weak acknowledgements during the ceremony, mostly light jabs from a few presenters, and innumerable technical errors made for a chaotic Golden Globes — in a bad way; in a “It doesn’t seem like they care” way; in a “Did they even rehearse this?” kind of way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    “Beartown” is a blunt story, stocked with direct lessons. Still, it’s patient about revealing its thesis, and the life-or-death stakes set up from the get-go help to prepare the audience for when normal life in a small Swedish town turns very, very ugly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    After three episodes (the first two and the sixth), it’s impossible to tell just how well “Young Rock” will come together overall, but there’s enough promise to keep checking in — no matter what happens in 2032.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    It’s not the superficial links that make “The Great North” a worthy successor to “Bob’s Burgers”; it’s their shared sense of compassion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    Here’s a documentary about a writer-director who’s already been cast aside, showing both how he overcame it once and even more rigorously arguing why he, and others like him, can’t be allowed to do it again. In short, it works. After this documentary, no one should want to hear from Allen for a very, very long time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Ben Travers
    The CBS drama is clearly copying whatever names and plot points it can onto its police procedural template, but it’s the disinterest in Clarice, the person, that proves unforgivable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    “Bridge and Tunnel” may be asking familiar questions, but it still left me very curious to see how they’re resolved.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    While Rue’s hour feels more enriching (thanks in part to its dialogue-driven, back-and-forth structure) and more inviting to revisit (it’s a unique, “Blue Christmas” holiday special with an uplifting message), it’s been encouraging to see “Euphoria” break from its extremist tendencies and deliver two low-key stories intent on mining the emotional reservoirs of its main characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    No matter what you think you learned after last season’s pseudo-revealing cliffhanger ending, rest assured, more twists are in store. By Episode 7, “Servant” enters a whole new genre, and some fans will roll their eyes at the escalating plot contortions while others should delight in the sheer audacity of writer/creator Tony Basgallop’s ideas. All in all, I’m much closer to the latter, though much of the enjoyment that “Servant” could deliver is hampered by how it chooses to tell its story.

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