Sean L. McCarthy

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For 34 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sean L. McCarthy's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Bo Burnham: Inside
Lowest review score: 30 Jimmy O Yang: Good Deal: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
34 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Booster retains his command of the stage and the audience throughout. ... You will laugh, even if you’re not gay or Asian.
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    • 30 Sean L. McCarthy
    Why would we want to sit around and watch something to make us feel sad about Saget when we could watch him do what he did best: Make us laugh. ... Skip this and instead search for actual comedy from Saget.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Macdonald managed to be somehow timeless, outdated, and very much of his time, all at the same time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Sean L. McCarthy
    [Bayer's] comedy chops here easily remind you of how she shined behind the Weekend Update desk with in-over-their-head characters such as Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy or flailing meteorologist Dawn Lazarus. ... The pilot, directed by Michael Showalter, has an even slower burn than say, Search Party, which he co-created.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Sean L. McCarthy
    It’s frustrating to know that Savile never got his comeuppance while he was alive. At the same time, even documenting his horrors posthumously can serve some honesty to his true legacy. STREAM IT if you’re not worried about being triggered by it. Otherwise, quite obviously, SKIP IT.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    For all of the seriousness of his revelations, Carmichael does manage to keep things from getting too dark.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Sean L. McCarthy
    As rough as the first episode may be for some viewers, just imagine if NBC hadn’t given Seinfeld a second chance after that sitcom’s initial struggles in both plot and ratings. Let’s see how Bust Down unfolds.
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    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Ali Wong cuts right to the chase. She wants the chase. She misses the chase. Wong demands your attention from her opening line.
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    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    If you’ve seen Ms. Pat’s previous Netflix performance or her BET+ series, you know what you’re gonna get. And if you haven’t, then this hour may serve to tease and tempt you to explore more of her work.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Although I expected the docuseries to dig a bit deeper into the specific history of the showcase and how it spawned Black-themed comedy nights at clubs across America, I still appreciated all of the extra detours into the various aspects of the cultural history of the 1990s.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Come for the celebrity jokes and encounters, stay for the kinder, gentler message, and use the Notes app to write a note to self to look into a flip phone.
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    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    It’s Dave Chappelle. This special really is geared toward people who have been paying attention to his previous performances. ... Chappelle clearly wants to go out with a bang. If he meant his YouTube special (8:46) as his own rallying cry that Black Lives Matter, and his IG videos as a way to show other entertainers how to fight for their own rights, then he intends for The Closer to blaze a path for other stand-up comedians to survive and thrive in this moment when anyone and everyone feels they can try to “cancel” you over your words.
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    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Going with animation not only allows us to visualize Notaro’s funny trips down her own Memory Lane, but also enjoy a lighter take on her interaction with the crowd at Largo (dubbed La Venue in Drawn). ... Notaro may be a notoriously dry comedian, perhaps too dry for some tastes? So this also may be your best chance to see her in a completely new light. Or 11 new lights.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Sean L. McCarthy
    Easily the best comedy special of the pandemic, if not the best “content” of any kind from the pandemic that you’ll see, putting everything we’ve felt over the past year and a half, and still feel, as each of us figure out what comes next.
    • 69 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.
    • 66 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 80 Sean L. McCarthy
    Anyone, from kids to senior citizens, could benefit from hearing more messages right now like Brillon’s.

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