Sean L. McCarthy

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For 20 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 20% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sean L. McCarthy's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 90 Marc Maron: End Times Fun: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Jimmy O Yang: Good Deal: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
20 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    It’s refreshing to experience a talk show that cuts the monologue out entirely to get straight to the straight talking. ... [Ziwe] certainly stars shines throughout, even while she’s consistently throwing shade and facial expressions.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    What the series lacks in laugh-out-loud moments, it more than makes up for in thought-provoking ones, especially if you’ve found yourself wondering what Che would do if he had more agency and authority in selecting the sketches on SNL.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Hysterical isn’t the be-all, end-all for documentaries about women in comedy. But it’s a step in the right direction. ... f you’re not already a comedy nerd and need an awakening, this is a good start. But for a deeper dive, I’d recommend the singular documentaries of legends such as Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, or Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Sean L. McCarthy
    The novelty of the approach here is worth a viewing, and they do sneak a STREAM IT for me just for keeping me intrigued as to what they were going do to next. It didn’t make me want to stop watching after 20 minutes like Death to 2020 did.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Sean L. McCarthy
    His humor works best onstage and onscreen when he’s trying too hard or moving outside of his comfort zone (as the boxing sequence demonstrates), or when he’s playing against a solid foil, such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Ice Cube in multiple movies. This hour only seems to prove that as a husband in his 40s, Hart truly gives zero f**ks; as a comedian and famous person, however, he still cares too much about where he stands.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    This is the time to embrace absurdity and silliness, and the six episodes will fly by in under two hours. When the world feels upside down, leave it to three men from Down Under to make you feel right again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Sean L. McCarthy
    The more enjoyable aspects of the special came during the bits that had nothing to do with Trump but everything to do with how weird 2020 is. ... Other sketches hit or missed as much due to the celebrity co-star’s willingness to throw him or herself into the character. So, much like SNL, then.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Sean L. McCarthy
    Not his best work but certainly his most ambitious and audacious endeavor yet, so it’s worth the effort to applaud his effort.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Sean L. McCarthy
    If you’re looking for light-hearted laughs, this will do the trick. But SKIP IT if you want something better. Dig into Lopez’s back catalog on HBO Max for harder-hitting material, or for a fresher perspective from a younger generation, go with Cristela Alonzo’s Lower Classy on Netflix or Jesus Trejo’s Stay At Home Son, which just came out a month ago on Showtime.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Even Chappelle admits near the end: “This is not funny at all.” But it needed to be said. And this could only be said by Chappelle.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    The first couple of seasons of [Last Comic Standing] packed its contestants into a house to live together, and everything that happened in the house was far funnier than the contrived comedy competitions with live studio audiences. LOL: Australia does just that, and it’ll make you LOL IRL.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Sean L. McCarthy
    Watching Jerry Before Seinfeld may feel more comforting in this moment than watching 23 Hours To Kill. But whether you think he’s great or he sucks, well, you’re not far off from the truth, either way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Sean L. McCarthy
    Too much of this hour, though, covers territory any comedian, Asian-American or otherwise, could crack wise about. ... Yang is no Thomas Middleditch or Kumail Nanjiani or even T.J. Miller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Oswalt’s comedy will put you at ease for an hour.
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    • 70 Sean L. McCarthy
    The most memorable bits all take place onstage.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Anyone, from kids to senior citizens, could benefit from hearing more messages right now like Brillon’s.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    If actors believe comedy is hard, then improv comedy is harder. Translating a live improv comedy show to a TV audience? That’s double-diamond difficulty. And Middleditch and Schwartz are among comedy’s moguls.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Sean L. McCarthy
    D’Elia’s charm and charisma work better when he can play off of his friends and colleagues.
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    • 90 Sean L. McCarthy
    This is Maron at his best. He’s calm, cool, collected, a comedic leader for this crazy time in our lives.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Sean L. McCarthy
    This performance is so raw, director Jason Orley leaves in not just the parts Davidson says he’d cut from the special, but also the aside the comic makes to him from onstage about a joke he wants left in, too.

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