LaToya Ferguson

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For 26 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

LaToya Ferguson's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 30 Rock: A One-Time Special
Lowest review score: 30 Salvation (2017): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
26 tv reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 LaToya Ferguson
    Drake Rodger and Meg Donnelly work the two-hander dynamic well enough to anchor the series on their own before it introduces its Scooby gang (complete with Mystery Machine). (The rest of the ensemble is hit or miss, as are the comic beats that come along with them.)
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 LaToya Ferguson
    If you’re a fan of Westerns and interested in the series, “Walker: Independence” hits the genre beats without trying to do anything new. If you’re not a fan of Westerns and interested in the series, “Walker: Independence” isn’t so aggressively of the genre that it’s difficult to get through. And if you’re a fan of The CW, “Walker: Independence” is ultimately fine.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 LaToya Ferguson
    “Little Demon’s” best moments — the ones that make it stand out in a sea of too much television — are the bits of funny dialogue that would typically be considered throwaway. ... Perhaps the biggest selling point of the series altogether: its potential.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 LaToya Ferguson
    The way the show is put together, from the performances to the score to the direction — which especially works overtime on both sides of the horror-comedy coin — allows for it to work as an effective piece of storytelling instead of a parody.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 LaToya Ferguson
    Unfortunately, while “Dexter: New Blood” helps replace the bad taste of the original series finale, outside of some exterior components, it doesn’t do much to redefine much about “Dexter.” ... “Dexter: New Blood” is still “Dexter,” though, so all the strengths are there as well as all the weaknesses.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 LaToya Ferguson
    This series could easily be far more effective as a movie instead. As it stands, it’s unfortunately just an overlong story that an otherwise talented cast has to work hard to land.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 LaToya Ferguson
    As a family drama with professional wrestling as the backdrop and often the framing device, Heels is a success.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 LaToya Ferguson
    Game Changers is a wholesome entry into the Mighty Ducks canon that maintains the ’90s-style earnestness of the original trilogy. Saccharine and oftentimes precocious, yes, but with more competency and heart than, say, Fuller House.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 LaToya Ferguson
    There is quite the understated humor that one would expect from the show’s stars and creators, which can make the series hard to get into at first. The first two episodes are certainly more of a light chuckle than any big laughs, but as the season progresses—and honestly, by the third episode—the show’s rhythms and idiosyncrasies are quite apparent. ... “Moonbase 8” is a project that manages to combine their [Armisen, Heidecker, Krisel, and Reilly's] collective talents into something both weird and heartfelt.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 LaToya Ferguson
    The series is ultimately more of an ensemble teen drama a la “Degrassi” or “13 Reasons Why,” only grittier than the former and, thankfully, less bleak than the latter.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 100 LaToya Ferguson
    “30 Rock: A One-Time Special” absolutely excels at what it is and does. It is a perfect commercial for NBC Universal, a perfect commercial for television, and a perfect commercial for people who believe they are too cool to watch commercials but not too cool to watch television reunion specials. ... A blatant hour-long commercial for television is technically the natural progression for the story 30 Rock told, which allows the special to somehow reach an even higher level of meta inception than it already had.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 LaToya Ferguson
    IFC has released quite a few of the sketches from the special, but while certainly funny on their own, Sherman’s Showcase is a sketch show that truly excels and delivers on the laughs once you can see it all put together.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 72 LaToya Ferguson
    #blackAF isn’t a bad watch. While the episodes are too long, they’re mostly funny and enjoyable, albeit unsettlingly familiar for obvious reasons.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 LaToya Ferguson
    The series is a love letter to its source material, to the music that plays throughout, to New York City (with a gentrification undercurrent within the season), and even to the rom-com genre.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 68 LaToya Ferguson
    A lot of Avenue 5’s issues do boil down to the growing pains of a high-concept comedy and how that hinders the rapid-fire joke machine one would expect from Iannucci. Even if you’re not familiar with his past work, this is still the case: The jokes aren’t king, the setup and the full story itself is.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 LaToya Ferguson
    All six episodes function more like a strange experiment in accentuating a project’s flaws, despite a solid cast and writers who know how to work with said cast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 96 LaToya Ferguson
    On Becoming a God in Central Florida is a series that caused me to, numerous times as I watched the first season, write in my notes, “What is this show?” But it was always in a good way, as I found myself in awe of what I was watching. With every hard left turn and 180 the series takes, the tone somehow manages to remain consistent.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 LaToya Ferguson
    In A Black Lady Sketch Show, all four stars get a chance to shine throughout the season, each having their own moments as the MVP of a sketch. ... It’s probably also worth noting that it accomplishes its goal of actually being funny.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 LaToya Ferguson
    Pearson lacks the life of Political Animals (which itself was also an atypical USA series at the time); but at the same time, it is going for that grittier approach and one on a much smaller scale. The best true comparison to be made for Pearson is that it’s kind of like a basic cable version of Damages (only focused on politics instead of law) in terms of approach and scope. It’s not as tense nor as thrilling, at least not yet.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 LaToya Ferguson
    If the series succeeds it’s thanks to Bell and Shepard’s pleasant chemistry, which carries the premise further than seems possible if the leads were cast differently.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 LaToya Ferguson
    There was never a dull moment from Mona. Here, that particular brand of chaotic charm is necessary in order to keep this series interesting. ... However, in redeeming [Alison], the series also defanged her. ... Unlike “Ravenswood,” however, PLL: The Perfectionists is more in line with the actual spirit of the original series--though this series leans more into tech where “Ravenswood” leaned into magic--which will at least make it worth checking out.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 45 LaToya Ferguson
    As is, the series does many things, few of them well, despite containing all or most of the necessary ingredients. I suppose there’s a DJ analogy in there somewhere, but Turn Up Charlie can’t seem to find it, and neither can I.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 LaToya Ferguson
    Ultimately, Flack believes that we’re concerned with the characters’ personal lives, but mines very little compelling material from the subject, while it focuses less attention on their professional dynamic, which is its foremost strength. Still, it’s worth saying: Paquin, Okonedo, and Wilson are a powerful trio, and they might succeed in reshaping Flack’s narrative yet.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 41 LaToya Ferguson
    It’s a technically proficient, otherwise promising sitcom that wastes these merits on the disastrous decision to let trauma become the driving force of its comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 LaToya Ferguson
    Salvation has an interesting story somewhere deep down--and a cast that’s mostly capable--but it doesn’t care to tell it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 LaToya Ferguson
    While a slapstick, British action-adventure series might not sound like CW material, the fact that it’s so different from the rest of the network’s typical programming is what makes it fit in perfectly. The show is summer television escapism at its finest.

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