David Bianculli

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For 135 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Bianculli's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 What I Like About You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 135
  2. Negative: 29 out of 135
135 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    In all cases, imagination is sorely lacking. It's like visiting a world just like ours, except that everyone is named Charles! Wow! How cool is that? Not very.[21 March 1995]
    • New York Daily News
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    Included in the opening hour: a scene so harrowing and unexpected, you won't soon forget it. [30 March 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    The problem with NBC's new animated comedy series, "God, the Devil and Bob," isn't that it's too irreverent, or not irreverent enough. Despite its rich premise and wonderful cast, the problem with TV's newest prime-time cartoon is that it just isn't funny enough. [7 March 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    The feel is "Barney Miller," but the jokes and characters aren't. Gary David Goldberg, of "Family Ties" and "Spin City" fame, is behind this sitcom, so it's fair to hope for and expect very good things...In the case of this pilot, though, you don't get them. [23 March 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    "No Direction Home" is so thoroughly captivating, with so much rare and new material - fresh interviews, as well as vintage film and TV footage - that it's frustrating that the focus is so narrow. [26 Sep 2005, p.87]
    • New York Daily News
    • 47 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    If this show has a future, it's got to be a bit more imaginative about its past and present.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    The pilot script manages to poke fun at more ethnic groups than the average episode of "All in the Family," but without any of the wit. Most of the jokes, like most of the characters, just sit there.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    The new cop series Hawaii isn't your father's "Hawaii Five-O." It's probably not yours, either, or your child's, or anyone's. It's awful.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    Tonight's premiere looks a little bleak and proceeds a little predictably but this may well be due to the amount of exposition necessary to establish the world Carter and company will be exploring. [8 Oct 1999, p.144]
    • New York Daily News
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    The good news is, Beggars and Choosers has plenty of premise, and plenty of targets for satire. [18 June 1999, p.149]
    • New York Daily News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    The series itself, though it has a stylized look and interesting set design, begins with a lethargic lack of wonder. [9 Oct 2002, p.87]
    • New York Daily News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    Me, I have enough fun just watching the show, thanks. Interactive is too much work. With so much going on in "Push, Nevada," I'm happy with active.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Black Scorpion is good bad - fun to watch as a tacky diversion. [5 Jan 2001, p.109]
    • New York Daily News
    • 29 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    A lesson in how a sitcom can use fast-paced visuals, snappy music, antic editing and sexy fantasy sequences and still look tired.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Karen Sisco, from the very first frame, is a stunner - and a keeper.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    Tarzan isn't as horrifyingly awful as the WB's recent remake of another cultural icon, "The Lone Ranger," but few things are. Even so, it's asking a lot even to wait around [for Lucy] Lawless to show up...Fact is, this "Tarzan" series dies on the vine.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    Feels like a cross between a Hollywood writing assignment ("Write a version of 'The O.C.' in 80 pages or less, and don't forget to use a carnival as a backdrop like that show did") and a preachy "ABC Afterschool Special: The Next Generation." [7 Oct 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    The comedy dominates so much that the forcefully dramatic situations - when O'Toole's character explodes with a verbal or physical outburst, for example, or when they're put in physical jeopardy - seem woefully out of place, almost like spoofs. And even those don't seem to be taken seriously by the characters, so why should viewers react any differently? [26 Jul 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    Lots of fun. It's the TV equivalent of a good summer read light, unpredictable and highly entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    USA's The Dead Zone takes its concept and characters seriously, without any playful subtext or comic relief. So does Hall, who plays his character as David Janssen played "The Fugitive": rarely smiling, always nervous, and only occasionally believed by those around him. There is reason to believe, though, that this Dead Zone may be the real thing.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    The acting and special effects are equally unconvincing. The human beings in the story don't look remotely real, and the dinosaurs can't act. [27 Nov 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    It has a few naughty jokes, lots of good-looking youngsters, and is watchable family-entertainment. [17 Sep 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    It's not as novel or successful a concept as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the HBO series from "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David. But based on the first two episodes, "Watching Ellie" is exponentially better, and more daring, than the derivative vehicles churned out by [Michael] Richards and [Jason] Alexander. [25 Feb 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    The change of format doesn't bring with it any sense of assurance. To amp up the canned laughter while simultaneously lowering the intelligence level of the humor isn't a recipe for success. [14 Apr 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    It doesn't have a style. It has lots of them: hip-hop MTV one minute, "NYPD Blue"-style hand-held confrontation the next, with a lot of stutter-step editing, loud soundtrack music and thuggish posturing the next. Because its premise bears such promise and because it boasts at least a trio of strong performers, "Platinum" is a particularly stinging disappointment. [14 Apr 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    The TV pilot, like the theatrical film, is long on hardware and gunplay and short on logic. [24 Jul 1997]
    • New York Daily News
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    This new "Magnificent Seven" is so far from magnificent, it's almost depressing. ... There's no sense of drama, humor or urgency. [2 Jan 1998]
    • New York Daily News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    The shocker is that this third variation on the formula, made for American TV, is the best yet. [26 Jan 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    The opening episode of the TV sequel to the big-screen hit wasn't impressive, or even particularly amusing, either. [26 Feb 2003, p.75]
    • New York Daily News
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Williams, though, in both Sunday's telemovie and the subsequent Tuesday-night regular episode time-slot at 8, is too reserved and colorless. [15 Sept 1995, p.127]
    • New York Daily News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    Some of the conflicts and characters in Dangeous Minds are diluted. Language, by necessity, is a lot less raw, camera work is unnecessarily gimmicky, and most conflicts are resolved more neatly...However, the TV version's writers (including Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider of "Northern Exposure") take as much care as did the movie to not resolve everything nicely or neatly. [30 Sept 1996, p.67]
    • New York Daily News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Anyone who thinks Silverstone's charm wasn't the major factor in the movie has only to watch the TV version. With Blanchard at the center, Clueless doesn't have the same flair and in this appearance-is-everything Beverly Hills comedy, flair is everything.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    T.W. King in the title role just isn't at all involving. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a Van Damme.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Less understandable is why this TV version also reaches to "Alien Nation" for inspiration, which it does by pairing Easton's David Hume with an android partner played by Karl Pruner. Also baffling is the under-utilization of Cynthia Preston as Hume's wife, although doubtlessly she will figure more prominently in later episodes. [5 Mar 1999, p.117]
    • New York Daily News
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Miramax will release the winner's movie next year. Its value, at this moment, is a question mark, but Project Greenlight is an impressive exclamation mark. [28 Nov 2001, p.101]
    • New York Daily News
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    It's a crossover series that works, and has the strong potential to lure crossover audiences as well. Expect this "Barbershop" to stay open for quite a few years.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    It's got the lush forest scenery, the well-chiseled actors and actresses, and lots of sorcery and hand-to-hand combat. What Beastmaster doesn't have in common with "Xena" are good scripts and actors. As Dar the Beastmaster, Daniel Goddard is about as charismatic as a Stairmaster. And while Monica Schnarre, as the Sorceress, and Natalie Mendoza, as Kyra, both look great, that's not reason enough to endure this witless silliness. [9 Oct 1999, p.75]
    • New York Daily News
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    The L Word succeeds precisely because it isn't exploitative, and because its sexy scenes are anything but gratuitous. [16 Jan 2004, p.121]
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Like casino chips sprinkled over a roulette table, the assets of this NBC show aren't being used very wisely, and are no guarantee of success. [22 Sept 2003, p.77]
    • New York Daily News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    Kudrow must shoulder much of the blame. Her performance - her character - never becomes real, so you spend the time looking at Kudrow acting, rather than watching Valerie suffering.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    Murder One is dead on arrival...The first two episodes this year fail to generate any real interest in who's guilty or innocent. And if that's the case now, the final verdict on this series will be swift and just...If we don't care whodunit, why should wewatchit?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    After watching six episodes, I'm still not sold on the overall worth of this ambitious period drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    For every talented performer or performance, there's one that doesn't quite work. For every scene that hits the right comedic or dramatic tone, there's another that tries too hard, tells too much or falls too flat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    For its first three seasons, Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary as a haunted New York firefighter, was one of the funniest dramas on television. This season begins with a slight shift: It's now one of the most dramatic comedies. [13 June 2007, p.75]
    • New York Daily News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Rescue Me is one of the darker dramas on television, and also one of the darker comedies: Its humor is as brittle and brutal as its intense scenes, and, like everything here else, is memorably credible.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    It's as funny in some places as it is raw and touching in others. Make an effort to watch this premiere, and add it to your short list of must-see TV. [21 July 2004, p.80]
    • New York Daily News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Even more so than last season, we see an awful lot of Christian's bare backside. But the best scenes are when we see him naked emotionally, whether with his psychiatrist or with best friend Sean...This year, that's the core of Nip/Tuck, and it starts the season dynamically.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    The FX series begins its second year with assurance, inventiveness and more than a little boldness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Nip/Tuck does not grab you like "The Shield," though, and does not ingratiate you to its quirky tone, like the network's comedy "Lucky." It's more artifice than art, and in everything from the performances to the dramatic contrivances, you can see the strain.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    When you care about everyone in a town like Deadwood, every hot argument, every passionate embrace, every sudden murder is liable to delight, disgust or surprise. Once a week, Deadwood is a phenomenal place to visit - but I wouldn't want to live there. [4 Mar 2005, p.127]
    • New York Daily News
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    Get past the language, though, and Deadwood slowly but surely draws you in. Keith Carradine, as Hickok, brings quiet stoicism and strength to a new level; Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock, who has hung up his lawman's badge to hang a hardware-store shingle in town, isn't far behind. [18 Mar 2004, p.101]
    • New York Daily News
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    Although some of the concepts in this premiere episode are clever - a blind white supremacist who doesn't know he's black, a training film at a Kinko's-type copying business that teaches how to alienate customers - the results aren't as sharp or funny as the ideas. [22 Jan 2003, p.74]
    • New York Daily News
    • 44 Metascore
    • 12 David Bianculli
    It's a series so yawn-inducingly dull and maddeningly generic, it succeeds only in making its Latino family as bland as any other unmemorable TV sitcom clan. [27 Mar 2002, p.79]
    • New York Daily News
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    If each hour of The Guardian represents one hour of its central character's 1,500-hour community-service sentence, Fallin should be Fallin short by about 1,487 hours. [25 Sept 2001, p.101]
    • New York Daily News
    • 60 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    It's not that Cohen, especially in his Ali G character, never gets off an amusing ad lib. It's just that his humor and his characters aren't nearly funny enough. And several times they cross the line into all-out meanness. It's an approach that's uncalled for, unimpressive and - as when he picks on a religious woman simply because she's overweight - horribly unfunny. [21 Feb 2003, p.139]
    • New York Daily News
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    One thing the witty pilot by Dottie Dartland and Chuck Lorre doesn't do is get the respective in-laws into the same scene but that's bound to happen soon. And when it happens, it's bound to be a real howl. [24 Sept 1997, p.70]
    • New York Daily News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    The idea that both Lex and Clark have a destiny, and are somewhat uncomfortable with it, is central to Smallville, and is what makes this series start so engaging. [16 Oct 2001, p.98]
    • New York Daily News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    "Carnivale" is so deliberate in its pacing - some would say plodding - it makes "The Wire" look like a breakneck action movie. [12 Sep 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    A fully satisfying and fitting TV finale, and a show that really should be seen. It's acted as well as it's written and directed, which means it's just about perfect. [21 Oct 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    It's dependent almost entirely on characters rather than plot - but, with such recognizable characters, "The Office" works beautifully. [10 Oct 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    One of the new season's best and most unusual series, with a shot at true excellence within its reach. [8 Sep 1997]
    • New York Daily News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    Kelley does two things better than anyone else writing courtroom dramas on television. He exposes and unveils legal tactics in a detailed and inventive fashion, and he does so while creating and sustaining strong characterizations. [4 Mar 1997]
    • New York Daily News
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    It's all charming, with the crackle of Kelley at his best. [1 Oct 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    If you're fascinated enough by their boorish behavior to return for more, you have a stronger stomach for tacky TV, and people, than I do. [21 Mar 2006]
    • New York Daily News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    By looking less repugnant than the others, it comes off looking almost attractive. [30 Jun 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    It's as brilliant, hard-edged and hilarious as ever. [13 Nov 1996]
    • New York Daily News
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    Hasn't lost one whit of its wit between seasons. [19 Jul 1995]
    • New York Daily News
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    While some of "JAG" is cerebral and character-driven like "Columbo," other portions are jazzed-up enough to feel like a high-tech Navy recruiting film. [22 Sep 1995]
    • New York Daily News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    "CSI: NY" looks good, and Sinise carries the show effortlessly. But the show needs work, and it needs time. [22 Sep 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    The acting is first-rate. [23 Sep 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    The crispest, wittiest and most delightful new sitcom of the season making as self-assured, clever and distinctive a debut as "Frasier" did last season. [20 Mar 1995]
    • New York Daily News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    There's a good cast at work here - but after previewing two episodes, "Medium" seems anything but well-done. [3 Jan 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 64 Metascore
    • 12 David Bianculli
    Just because you can put something on TV doesn't mean you should. [3 Aug 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    "Futurama," like "The Simpsons," is a multi-layered, full-family treat: silly and goofy-looking enough to hook the kids, and subtle and sarcastic enough to charm their parents. [26 Mar 1999]
    • New York Daily News
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    This isn't the best role TV can give Parker, but it'll do for now. [13 Aug 2007]
    • New York Daily News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    [Parker] may be the best actress in all of television. Certainly, she's the most natural, and one of the most irresistibly lovable. [4 Aug 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    It's a bit cruder and ruder [than "Family Guy"], and its family seems unimaginatively similar to Peter Griffith's - except that the dad works for the CIA, and there's a talking alien instead of a talking dog. [28 Apr 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    MacFarlane is back - and on his game. [28 Apr 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    It's a fine group, and a good start - although parts of the initial exposition are clunky and Sedgwick's Southern accent seems to fade and strengthen at random. But there's a solid core here around which a good series can be built. [13 Jun 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    By now, what we shouldn't take for granted is how good the performances in "Curb" have gotten to be. [7 Sep 2007]
    • New York Daily News
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    The improv-based exchanges don't even sound showy anymore. The regular cast members, and even such recurring celebrity guests (usually portraying pettier versions of themselves) as Ted Danson and Richard Lewis, have gotten so skilled at this unusual manner of filmmaking that "Curb Your Enthusiasm" feels almost like reality TV. [13 Sep 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    With this delightful and boldly distinctive new series, the co-creator of "Seinfeld" has managed to accomplish two seemingly impossible things at once: He has given HBO its best sitcom since "The Larry Sanders Show," and given all of television the best sitcom since "Seinfeld." [13 Oct 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    "Without a Trace," however derivative, is a solid program, and ought to please "CSI" audiences.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    The action moves quickly, from one incident to the next, and the whole ends up a little more than the sum of its parts. "Reno 911!" may not be truly arresting television, but it sure looks like it, and is fun to watch. [23 Jul 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    The show's basic appeal is still there. ... But just as the current generation of MTV veejays have adopted the same annoyingly aloof assembly-line attitude, so have the current participants in "The Real World," by watching MTV for years, decided how to present themselves. [9 Jul 1996]
    • New York Daily News
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    As if getting to live in a real-life Pee-wee's Playhouse wasn't enough for MTV viewers to covet, now they've got the clubs, sights and inhabitants of jolly old England. It makes for what looks to be the most intriguing "Real World" yet. [28 Jun 1995]
    • New York Daily News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    Despite a way-above-average cast, the new CBS drama series "Numb3rs"... doesn't quite add up. [20 Jan 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    Manages to be outrageous and innovative at the same time. [26 Oct 1998]
    • New York Daily News
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    It's still, for the most part, the exact same show, which is a relief: The fun remains watching a pressure-cooker gathering of a bunch of the alleged "best and brightest," and seeing just how quickly they can act with astounding stupidity. [9 Sep 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 David Bianculli
    The young audience for which One Tree Hill is aimed may swallow all this unflinchingly. Yet if they learned anything from "Dawson's Creek," a much better and smarter show, they're more likely to gag. [23 Sept 2003, p.83]
    • New York Daily News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    Monk is a delight, a show that should be added to everyone's can't-miss list. [11 July 2002, p.96]
    • New York Daily News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    The two-hour pilot is a wonderful show - the best start for a "Star Trek" series in its long and amazing history - and Bakula's instantly likable characterization is no small part of it. [24 Sep 2001]
    • New York Daily News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    A lot less dreadful, and more imaginative, than it sounds. ... Oddly, and disappointingly, the runway portion of the episode is rushed - the dresses don't get enough screen time to register fully. [1 Dec 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    The gimmick sounds dreadful. The series is anything but. It's actually one of the best and smartest new series of the season, and could survive just fine, on its acting and characters, even if the divine-intervention plot were removed. [26 Sept 2003, p.126]
    • New York Daily News
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    It's reinvigorated. The third season of ABC's "Housewives" begins Sunday night at 9 with an assurance and a knowing playfulness that was missing most of last year. [22 Sep 2006]
    • New York Daily News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    We're now three episodes into the second season of "Housewives," and the show still doesn't seem to have any traction. ... What's wrong so far this season, for the most part, has been the tone. [11 Oct 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    Stiller was a last-minute addition to the cast, and the series looks like it will be refocused as a result turning the spotlight his way, much like Jaleel White's Urkel pulled the rug out from the original concept of ABC's "Family Matters." CBS would gladly accept that eventuality if "The King of Queens" draws similarly large audiences, but any hopes of it turning into a modern-day "Honeymooners" are likely to vanish as a result. [21 Sept 1998, p.70]
    • New York Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    The new prime-time soap opera "Desperate Housewives" could be described as a guilty pleasure - but there's no reason for guilt. This show is an absolute pleasure - and the most entertaining new show of the fall season. [30 Sep 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    NBC has presented one installment of "The Biggest Loser" so far - and one was enough to dismiss it entirely. [25 Oct 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 David Bianculli
    So many things about the CBS "Big Brother 2" series are genuine improvements over last year's version, from the set and cast to the producers and number of weekly episodes, that it's almost frightening this sequel still musters such a meager rating. Yet that's how horrid the original was. And even after these significant improvements, "Big Brother 2" is by no means worth watching. [7 Jul 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    The difference between "Big Brother" and its more successful high-concept CBS predecessor, "Survivor," is the difference between storytelling and rambling. [14 Jul 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    About as smart, charming and clever as comedy can get. [25 Sept 2001, p.100]
    • New York Daily News
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    The level of the writing ranges from juvenile... to fairly clever, but the performers are what really enliven '3rd Rock.' ... The cast is just right. The concept, though nothing new, fits just fine. I'd love to recommend this show unreservedly but until its scripts improve a notch, it's more like an extended sketch. [7 Jan 1996]
    • New York Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    '24' remains one of the most enjoyable dramas on TV. [7 Jan 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    The most inspired aspect of this year's primary plot is that Jack is a man over the edge, not on it. [28 Oct 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    '24'... isn't a TV show. It's a thrill ride - so intense and fast-paced, it ought to come with guardrails attached. [5 Nov 2001]
    • New York Daily News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    As Buster Poindexter once sang, they're hot, hot, hot...If Charmed gets more savvy, scary and sexy as weeks go on and it's a good bet it will falling under its spell will be an easy thing to do. [7 Oct 1998, p.93]
    • New York Daily News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    The biggest yet most easily adjusted problem is that of tone. In many scenes, Arli$$ hits everything just right; a scene in next week's episode, with Arliss conducting a high-pressure negotiation with the owner of a pro basketball team, is Wuhl and Arli$$ at their best...In other scenes, though, the laughs are hit too broadly, and even the soundtrack and editing punch the punch lines much too aggressively. "The Larry Sanders Show" knows to let the laughter find its own level; in time, I hope, Arli$$ will also. [9 Aug 1996, p.115]
    • New York Daily News
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    When it comes to her new CBS sitcom premiering tonight, though, [Middler is] the only element jolting the show out of disastrously ho-hum status. [11 Oct 2000, p.96]
    • New York Daily News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 David Bianculli
    There's a danger, writing about the new WB series "Nikki," that's hard to avoid: In describing how bad the show is, it almost makes it sound worth watching. [6 Oct 2000, p.151]
    • New York Daily News
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    Tim Daly is miscast as Richard Kimble in this new CBS remake of the classic '60s series. It's worth seeing once, though, just to see the effort. [6 Oct 2000, p.150]
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    Even if you're confused when tuning in as a first-timer, it's a lot better than not tuning in at all. [4 Nov 2004, p.103]
    • New York Daily News
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 David Bianculli
    On its own, NBC's The Office is different, but it is neither daring nor funny; it's hard to imagine people taking enough of a liking to the characters to keep returning. And compared to the BBC version, in which every portrayal of those four key character types is utterly perfect, NBC's version is so diluted there's little left but muddy water. [23 Mar 2005, p.91]
    • New York Daily News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    The final minutes of the show, when the rejects got to display their disappointment, were the hour's best, but that was only the beginning. [9 Jan 2003, p.91]
    • New York Daily News
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    Even if the supply of waterproof matches ran low, these 16 abrasive Americans can be counted on to generate sparks merely by arguing with one another. If drama equals tension, Survivor is drama distilled - and addictive. [1 June 2000, p.100]
    • New York Daily News
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    All glamour and glitz and surface. The show is intended as a prime-time soap to appeal to those who watched "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Dawson's Creek" and "Felicity" - and for them, The O.C. ought to connect quickly. [5 Aug 2003, p.66]
    • New York Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    After watching five hours of preview tapes, I'm interested to see how The Wire turns out. But without characters to care for, much less root for, I'm not exactly burning with curiosity -- the way I am with most of HBO's other series...When it comes down to The Wire, this show falls short.
    • New York Daily News
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Sheen has no problem grounding the show, and encouraging viewers to laugh at his character. It's Cryer, though, who brings the more delightful offbeat energy to Two and a Half Men. When complaining about his wife's change of heart, he seems genuinely anxious and betrayed - but always manages to inject a flustered comic edge that makes the pain amusing, as well as real. [22 Sept 2003, p.77]
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    It's a bumpy, wild ride that has all the dark humor, surprising twists and sudden outbursts of violence of a "GoodFellas" or a "Casino" high praise and tough comparisons, but The Sopranos lives up to them. [8 Jan 1999, p.116]
    • New York Daily News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    Yet as a dramatic series, it moves too swiftly through churning waters to be compelling. The conflicts it introduces are good; the rapid resolutions are not. [16 Sept 2002, p.75]
    • New York Daily News
    • 92 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    So while the scripts and characters rival those of any network series (and beat most), and directors such as Clark Johnson (who played Lewis on "Homicide: Life on the Street") do them justice, the players surrounding Chiklis and Pounder are a notch or two less intense and effective. [12 Mar 2002, p.83]
    • New York Daily News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    The first episode of Angel is exciting and enticing. [5 Oct 1999, p.74]
    • New York Daily News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    It's a nonlinear way to approach a drama series, but that's what makes it so gripping. [27 Sept 2002, p.134]
    • New York Daily News
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    Every few years, if we're lucky, a new sitcom arrives that is so effortlessly funny, its characters so perfectly realized, that it seems more like a third-season opener than a fresh-from-the-box pilot. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was that way; so were "Taxi," "Cheers" and "Frasier," to name a few others...I may be overstating things, but I don't think I am, by placing tonight's Michael J. Fox showcase, ABC's Spin City, in the same league. [17 Sept 1996, p.70]
    • New York Daily News
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    In a year of variations and ripoffs of established themes and genres, it's a true original. It's also a cartoon, and is truly, outrageously bizarre. [20 Jan 2003, p.85]
    • New York Daily News
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    Alias is so captivating because the actors and the writers make you believe in the characters, the situations and the jeopardy. There's a lot of humor, too, in both the romantic relationship and the James Bond-style spy gadgetry. And there are plenty of surprising turns. [28 Sept 2001, p.149]
    • New York Daily News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    It's the detection, as well as the detective, that draws you and holds you here. Neither the cases nor the characters are simple - and in both cases, that's a compliment. [16 Nov 2004, p.107]
    • New York Daily News
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    There's nothing flashy or special about this series, but it's satisfying and impressive in an old-fashioned way - much more so, in this opener, than its parent, "JAG." A lot of it is due to the ease with which Harmon and McCallum embody their characters. [23 Sept 2003, p.83]
    • New York Daily News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    The problem isn't the source of the plot, rather the fact that its treatment is not dramatic or gripping enough. [27 Sept 2003, p.71]
    • New York Daily News
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    For fans of youth shows, occult shows and action shows, this new, weekly Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the right program at the right time. [10 Mar 1997, p.70]
    • New York Daily News
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    The jokes and the moral lessons are equally telegraphed, and instantly forgotten. [20 Sept 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 David Bianculli
    Even skateboard star Tony Hawk, in a guest appearance, is wasted - as your time will be, if you tune in. [20 Sept 2002, p.136]
    • New York Daily News
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    I'm not sure it's the best first impression a show could make, but it's different and daring enough to warrant a return for a second, and a third. [20 Sept 2002, p.35]
    • New York Daily News
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    It's different, daring, and in many ways delightful. [21 Aug 1998, p.115]
    • New York Daily News
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    The best thing about Grey's Anatomy is the way it homes in on what it feels like to be at a new job, with new pressures, competitive new colleagues, demanding bosses and one life-and-death situation after another. [25 March 2005, p.107]
    • New York Daily News

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