For 272 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Duffy's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Category 7: The End of the World: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 272
272 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    An ambitiously moody exploration of moral ambiguity. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    If you do that rare TV thing of actually paying close attention, HBO's complex, richly detailed crime drama will sweep you away like a fine novel. [17 Sep 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Farscape" offers a witty, energized change of pace from popular, long-running science-fiction series such as "Babylon 5" and the various "Star Trek" incarnations. There's less futuristic philosophizing, more colorful comic book action and humorous fun. [19 Mar 1999]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    Like Zuiker's first two installments of the series, "CSI: NY" is well made and well cast. But there's also something coldly understated and ordinary about it as well. [22 Sep 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    Caruso is terrific as ex-homicide detective Caine, the red-haired actor's comfortable, moodily soulful new crime drama alter ego. He's the charismatic point man in CBS's superlative, tautly crafted "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" spin-off. [22 Sep 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Duffy
    Within the context of an overly familiar, murder-saturated genre, talented "Medium" creator Glenn Gordon Caron ("Moonlighting") manages to find some emotionally rich variations on the formula, assisted by Patricia Arquette's appealing performance as a suburban, crime-solving mom who sees dead people. [3 Jan 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Colorfully plucky but inconsistent. [9 Jan 2000]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    On first encounter, "Futurama" isn't as instantly memorable as "The Simpsons." ... Don't sell "Futurama" short, though. It has all the sly Groening hallmarks for subversively amusing, sharply written pop culture fun. [26 Mar 1999]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    A smart, loopy spoof full of Everyman truth. [10 Jan 1997]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Because it is wisely anchored in the marvelous performances of Parker and Perkins, "Weeds" packs a merrily subversive comic energy. [5 Aug 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    "Family Guy" isn't for everyone. Obviously. It's also not as fully-realized or intelligent as "The Simpsons." It's extremely fast-paced and obsessed with a nonstop stream of jokes, jokes, jokes. And the humor is often hit and miss. But when it hits, look out. [29 Jan 1999]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Duffy
    The doctors of Chicago Hope Hospital, a gleaming surgical palace with all the cutting- edge gizmos, tend to pontificate. [18 Sep 1994]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Crichton ... has infused "E.R." with a contemporary, darkly humorous believability. [18 Sep 1994]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Duffy
    A taut new crime drama that's happily more than the sum of its generic crime procedural parts. [13 Jun 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    No one does cranky like Larry David. [7 Sep 2007]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    With big laughs and inspired twists of spontaneous wit, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" remains a true original. It's Larry David's singular comic sensation, a masterful, wigged-out improv farce of Hollywood manners. [4 Jan 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    The most original and audacious comedy on TV right now. [13 Sep 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Duffy
    "Without a Trace" matches and sometimes surpasses "CSI" for stylish visual storytelling as it builds a time line that pieces together details of the 24 hours prior to the subject's disappearance. [26 Sep 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    A sometimes clever twist on the overly familiar crime drama format ... is ultimately bogged down in the same old gory homicidal cliches and whodunit solutions. [23 Jan 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    A slick and clever cut above most cheesy reality shows. [8 Jan 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Duffy
    Monk isn't perfect. The show's comic moments often work better than some of the dramatic elements. And it's too soon to tell if Shalhoub will have the benefit of consistently sharp writing, something that will be essential to sustain the series over the long haul. But if first impressions count for anything, both Adrian Monk and Tony Shalhoub earn gold stars for delivering wry, beguiling pop entertainment. There's also a fizzy, engaging chemistry between Monk and Sharona, as well as Shalhoub and Schram. [12 July 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It's a fascinating, leap of faith start. [26 Sept 2003, p.8E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    Judging by the fine, funny - and, yes, mysterious - third season premiere, Cherry is keeping his witty, plot-twisting word ... so far. [24 Sep 2006]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Duffy
    "Desperate Housewives" has been spinning its storytelling wheels this fall. ... But we kvetch too much. Despite its slightly diminished state, most of the time "Housewives" remains a Sunday night delight. [30 Oct 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Duffy
    One of the fall season's most purely enjoyable new series is also one of the very best. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Duffy
    Offers only slightly more entertainment appeal than viewing a test pattern. [10 Jul 2000]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Duffy
    During its opening two episodes, Popular is basically content to be just another jaunty, semi-"Clueless" spoke on WB's glossy teen entertainment wheel. Great to look at, yes, but short on emotional depth. [29 Sept 1999, p.5E]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    '3rd Rock from the Sun,' besides being viewed as too darn silly by some, may be slagged for being too raunchy by others. But if you're looking for a daffy acting delight, check out John Lithgow's marvelously unhinged performance as Commander Dick. [9 Jan 1996]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    As '24' quickly revs up the anxiety and action on the new season, the show is still flashing its taut, characteristic strengths: distinctive real time storytelling, tighten-the-vise tension, compelling split-screen visuals and sudden, sometimes shocking, outbursts of violence. All of it pushed at a dazzling pace and built around Sutherland's grim, courageous antihero with the hair-trigger volatility. [7 Jan 2005]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Duffy
    It sure looks like '24' executive producers Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran are ready to give America more anxiety-amped razzle dazzle with one of television's most original and compelling drama series. [28 Oct 2003]
    • Detroit Free Press

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