Contra Costa Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 50%

Black Box: Season 1

" [Kelly Reilly's] a fiery beauty who can convey empathy and a certain level of vulnerability. But that's not quite enough, and you come away doubting that Reilly has the charismatic firepower, or range, to carry the show. "

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Chuck Barney

2 ——

Devious Maids: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Bring on the heavy-duty detergent. There's lots of dirty laundry to deal with as this campy soap returns for a second season that promises even more twists and surprises. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Chuck Barney

3 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Is the series filled with dark humor and surprising twists? Darn tootin' it is! "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Chuck Barney

4 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Rejoice! Game of Thrones is back in all its epic, sprawling, bloody glory. And Sunday's briskly paced Season 4 opener, "Two Swords," did not disappoint. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Chuck Barney

5 52%

Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Resurrection immediately sucks you in with the puzzling, suspenseful tale. "

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Chuck Barney

6 97%

Game of Thrones: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" If you thought the world of Game of Thrones was incredibly vast and complex and festooned with a crazy multitude of characters, brace yourself for Season 2. "

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Chuck Barney

7 92%

Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The Community opener feels a little flat and disjointed, and you might find yourself asking: Is there really a good reason for us to be following these characters through another year at Greendale Community College? "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Chuck Barney

8 69%

Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" Viewers who look to Downton Abbey for loads of escapist splendor may want to temper their expectations when the wildly popular British drama returns for its fourth season. "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Chuck Barney

9 65%

Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Darabont is clearly a big fan of the genre, and it shows. This is a strikingly handsome production filled with luscious and hypnotic images. "

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Chuck Barney

10 80%

Betas: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The problem with "Betas" is that it's an uneven endeavor that's just good enough to make you wish it were better. "

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Chuck Barney

11 72%

Alpha House: Season 1

" Judging from three episodes made available for review, the show isn't exactly laugh-out-loud funny, but it's smartly written and the cast jells from the start. "

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Chuck Barney

12 81%

American Horror Story: Coven (TV, 2013-2014)

" By now, fans of the American Horror Story franchise know to brace themselves for something weird and outrageous right out the gate. And the latest incarnation of the crazed scarefest doesn't disappoint. "

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Chuck Barney

13 88%

The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It's about the shivery thrills. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Chuck Barney

14 56%

The Originals: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Yes, the pilot episode is somewhat bogged down by exposition as it gets everyone up to speed, but it's adequately mysterious and atmospheric and does a good job of sucking you in. "

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Chuck Barney

15 55%

The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Williams remains a charismatic force who knows how to temper the hilarity with humanity, and you can see the makings of a warm, father-daughter chemistry with Gellar. "

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Chuck Barney

16 70%

The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The pilot just doesn't gently tap on the subject, it hammers it into submission. I counted at least a dozen references to Parkinson's over the half-hour. "

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Chuck Barney

17 65%

Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It's a pleasure to watch two marvelous actors go at it. "

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Chuck Barney

18 69%

The Newsroom: Season 2 (TV, 2013)

" As for this critic, let's just say that I'd rather watch an energetic, well-acted, provocative show that aims high and sometimes falls short, than one that doesn't aim high at all. "

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Chuck Barney

19 90%

The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" FX may have struck dramatic gold again. This series is mesmerizing. It sucks you in like a good book and has you yearning for more. "

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Chuck Barney

20 76%

Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It's a muscular, instantly riveting series that features sensational performances by Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. "

Posted Jun 25, 2013

Chuck Barney

21 81%

Under the Dome: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" We've seen plenty of these high-concept TV conceits start well and then sadly unravel. For now, though, there's no place like Dome. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Chuck Barney

22 67%

Devious Maids: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It has enough kooky class warfare, sexual shenanigans and whodunit intrigue to make for some escapist summer fun. "

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Chuck Barney

23 78%

Arrested Development: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" Plenty of fun is derived from seeing how certain scenes that occur in one episode will have a meaningful payoff in another. "

Posted May 28, 2013

Chuck Barney

24 47%

Phil Spector (2013)

"Pacino and Mirren make for a dynamic pair. "

Posted May 22, 2013

Chuck Barney

25 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Odds are you won't be able to take your eyes off director Steven Soderbergh's luridly entertaining peek into the relationship between legendary pianist Liberace and his much younger lover, Scott Thorson."

Posted May 16, 2013

Chuck Barney

26 63%

Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Described as a "historical fantasy," the new melodrama Da Vinci's Demons is more than slightly preposterous, but it also makes for plenty of rollicking escapist fun. "

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Chuck Barney

27 97%

Mad Men: Season 6 (TV, 2013)

" Season 6 jumps ahead in time and launches with a beautifully written, contemplative two-hour opener. "

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Chuck Barney

28 92%

Orphan Black: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" This one cries out for a DVR season pass. "

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Chuck Barney

29 68%

Hannibal: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Viewers who can handle the "ick" factor will find a superbly crafted, tantalizingly creepy tale that defies the conventions of TV's follow-the-dots crime procedurals. "

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Chuck Barney

30 100%

Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" Those who make the investment are richly rewarded. "

Posted Mar 26, 2013

Chuck Barney

31 81%

Bates Motel: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It goes the more subtle route, conjuring up an eerie feeling of fear and dread. It's an approach that Hitchcock surely would have preferred. "

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Chuck Barney

32 76%

Community: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" If Thursday's opener is any indication, it's as boldly absurd, trippy and adventurous as ever. "

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Chuck Barney

33 78%

Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" Season 3 gets off to a fine and frothy start, even if it arrives in the wake of unpleasant off-screen news regarding the departure of a key cast member (no spoilers here). "

Posted Jan 6, 2013

Chuck Barney

34 22%

Malibu Country: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Malibu Country is so old school, in fact, that it feels like a leftover from ABC's TGIF days, complete with a studio audience,an irritating laugh track and a sitcomy march-time pace. "

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Chuck Barney

35 77%

American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013)

" For now, Asylum really is just holding me, instead of totally gripping me. "

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Chuck Barney

36 26%

Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" We wanted to like this because we really like Gummer, but our DVR can only handle so much drivel. "

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Chuck Barney

37 93%

The Walking Dead: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The show is at its best when the confrontational tension among the humans is palpable. "

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Chuck Barney

38 20%

Beauty and the Beast: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The premise couldn't have been any sillier if it included a singing teapot. "

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Chuck Barney

39 92%

Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" An irresistible blend of soapy shenanigans, domestic tension, political intrigue and catchy tunes. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Chuck Barney

40 86%

Arrow: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" I came away not only impressed by the strapping, soulful Amell, but by the entire endeavor, which makes for enjoyable, high-octane viewing. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Chuck Barney

41 58%

666 Park Avenue: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" This potent mix of suds and scares does a good job of setting up several intriguing mysteries. I'm in for now. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Chuck Barney

42 97%

Homeland: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" The show is usually better when it focuses on its character moments. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Chuck Barney

43 31%

Made in Jersey: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" I liked this lightweight legal drama more than I expected to, and it's nice to see TV depictions of Garden State residents that aren't all Snooki-fied. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Chuck Barney

44 77%

Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" As with Lost, there is nothing on TV like it. And as with Lost, it has the potential to be a remarkable ride. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Chuck Barney

45 83%

Elementary: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Anyone who has seen the Brits' much more clever and funny Sherlock will surely come away thinking that this show needs to get a clue. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Chuck Barney

46 32%

The Neighbors: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It's more weird than funny. Even Mork would be horrified. "

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Chuck Barney

47 7%

Guys with Kids: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" A brutally awful sitcom that carries the stench of a fully loaded diaper. "

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Chuck Barney

48 71%

Veep: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" It's a blast to have the comically gifted Louis-Dreyfus back in prime time, doing what she does best. "

Posted Sep 25, 2012

Chuck Barney

49 81%

The Mindy Project: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" As a big Kaling fan from her days on The Office, I was predisposed to liking this sweet, yet edgy, offering. "

Posted Sep 25, 2012

Chuck Barney

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