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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
36% DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1 - River of Time (TV Episode) Legends has been wrestling with the purpose of its own premise since the pilot, and finally doing something substantive, if only momentarily, with the Time Masters is a way to get closer to an actual premise beyond intellectual property.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
86% Smallville: Season 4 (TV, 2004-2005) [The Season 4 finale] also begins a multi-season run of finales that do such a wonderful job of delivering action-packed moments and thrilling cliffhangers that you forgive the show for uneven moments in the previous 21 hours.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
95% Scandal: Season 5 (TV, 2015-2016) I appreciated how the episode gave fans those loving, intimate moments before diving into some notable, but relatively measured conflict between the two {Olitz]. ‐
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
95% Scandal: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2014) There's no doubt that Scandal is immensely watchable and entertaining. Even the poorly constructed episodes, like this one, are fun to sit through because of the world and characters that Shonda Rhimes has brought to life. ‐
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
No Score Yet Smallville: Season 7 (TV, 2007-2008) Good or bad, the first six seasons of Smallville are identifiably about something. Season seven? Not so much.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
100% Smallville: Season 3 (TV, 2003-2004) The show's third season is by far its darkest, and also its best, with every plot thread cumulating here. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
100% Smallville: Season 2 (TV, 2002-2003) Season two smartly expands the show's storytelling capabilities while staying grounded in coming-of-age high-school plots.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
100% The Blacklist: Season 5 (TV, 2017-2018) Pulling Ressler into that moral gray area could be a boon for the show, and one of its more sturdy supporting players.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
99% The Leftovers: Season 3 (TV, 2017) As a barely watched and short-lived HBO drama, The Leftovers doesn't have anyone or anything to answer for. But if these final episodes are any indication, more shows should have that luxury and that freedom.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
100% Nikita: Season 4 (TV, 2013) It did what it needed to do, and it did so in an efficient and entertaining manner.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
89% Preacher: Season 1 - Call and Response (TV Episode) Although Preacher's first season hasn't always been consistent, it's always been audacious... But in this season finale, Preacher delivered a huge, bonkers moment that... felt especially earned.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
87% Preacher: Season 1 - Finish the Song (TV Episode) "Finish The Song" is a hour about positioning characters for the season finale. After three wonderful episodes in a row, this one might have felt a little slow or low-key... But that didn't prevent Preacher from handling some needed character business.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
100% Mr. Robot: Season 2 - (TV Episode) The trick to lead off Season 2 was a simple one: it barely answered any of the questions it asked in the late episodes of Season 1. The nerve of this show!‐
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
88% Preacher: Season 1 - El Valero (TV Episode) "El Valero" was another strong, occasionally fun episode of the show, but also one interested in how people respond to where blind-ish faith has taken them.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
73% Preacher: Season 1 - He Gone (TV Episode) After roughly 1.5 episodes of demonstrating the good Jesse can do with Genesis as his co-pilot, Preacher smartly returned to the bad, and a whole lot of it.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
46% Houdini & Doyle: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Houdini & Doyle just has the unfortunate luck to be the last of the network's bad mismatched partner procedurals to premiere in the 2015-2016 season. Enough is enough.‐
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
11% Damien: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Think of the worst adaptation, remake, reboot, sequel, or remix that you've seen. Got it? The first episode of Damien was probably worse.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
93% Underground: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The central story and the ways in which the show approaches that story are so compelling, so dynamic, that any detour into more traditional territory feels like time partially wasted. But this is worth your time for those ambitious central components.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2016
74% The Catch: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) It's far... likely that this show stays satiated coasting off the brand power of its predecessors, but like Off the Map, not even the ShondaLand seal of approval or a cushy timeslot could elevate The Catch beyond its undefined, empty core. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
59% The Family: Season 1 (TV, 2015) This pilot was very, very watchable. The basic conceit is good enough, despite the mishandling throughout the opening hour. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
83% Colony: Season 1 (TV, 2016) USA's new tentpole sci-fi drama Colony has a few key things going for it, but none is as important as the pilot's embrace of the unknown.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2016
76% Vinyl: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The run of episodes after the pilot feature a steadier dose of stories about the label's solvency, future, and attempts to sign new acts. It's there where Vinyl's historical reconstruction or interpretation grows into something fun-ish and propulsive.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2016
85% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Sicut Cervus (TV Episode) The stakes are so much higher when the argument is about kids and family instead of nautical protocol, and the show suddenly remembered its own history just enough to give the conversation another kick. ‐
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
46% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Captive (TV Episode) Although much of "Captive" was sufficiently intense in that businesslike Fear kind of way, the sudden conclusion of Team Abigail's tussle with the flannel-wearing folks feels like a decently sized missed opportunity.‐
Read More | Posted May 8, 2016
91% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Blood in the Streets (TV Episode) Suddenly, everyone on Fear has clear goals beyond basic survival, which means the flashbacks and familiarity of "Blood in the Streets" were more than worthwhile. ‐
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
83% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Ouroboros (TV Episode) Although I've had my share of problems with how Fear has sought to reconfigure itself on the fly, I can't deny how fascinating it is to watch a show slowly make the necessary adjustments and discoveries. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2016
79% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - We All Fall Down (TV Episode) If Fear The Walking Dead can continue to do episodes like this one, where the characters aren't mostly naive, stupid, or talking for the sake of talking, it'll be watchable. Maybe it'll even stumble into something that matters along the way.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
73% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Monster (TV Episode) This was the best episode of Fear The Walking Dead since the pilot. Low bar and all, I understand, but at least there's a sense of where this story is going in the short-term. No walkers, no problem, right?‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
70% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Unlike so many other shows where I'd haggle over what kind of story this should be or what generic conventions it should play with, Fear actually presented some of the alternative, better versions of itself in Season 1.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
28% Minority Report: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Unfortunately, Report's first episode (at least the version we've seen) plays much more like the disjointed, occasionally lifeless second season of Sleepy Hollow and not its energetic, charming first season. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
70% Grandfathered: Season 1 (TV, 2015) There's not a lot of shelf life in the premise, so any enjoyment is likely to come from how excited you are to watch Stamos, Peck, and Paget Brewster hang out together.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
63% Blood & Oil: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Blood & Oil isn't ABC's Next Great Primetime Soap, but that's because it lacks the kind of gloss, glamor, and ridiculousness that defines shows like that.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
57% Limitless: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) The network has done much, much worse than Limitless. That sounds like faint praise, but in this disastrous fall season, it's not. I'm in on this show for a few weeks.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2015
64% The Muppets: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) In fact, it's kind of bad now and still really charming to watch in most scenes. That's a good enough start for a show based on some of that sweet, sweet recognizable IP.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2015
68% Blindspot: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Well, let's just say thinking critically about Blindspot doesn't help improve my evaluation of Blindspot. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
79% Narcos: Season 1 (TV, 2015) It's a very well-executed version of an outlandish story that is still, when told across 10 hours, functionally familiar. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
95% Rick and Morty: Season 2 (TV, 2015) One of the key things that December 2013 and late July 2015 share? Rick and Morty is one of the best, most ambitious comedies in both timelines. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2015
97% Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Not only does the miniseries make these past issues feel very relevant for today's viewers-it takes what could have been a humdrum retelling and produces compelling, surprisingly propulsive television. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2015
75% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - The Good Man (TV Episode) There's just nothing here to want to come back for next season. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2015
76% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - Cobalt (TV Episode) Not to say that first seasons shouldn't be for experimenting, there's just so little time to make anything stick in this case that you have to wonder how many warring elements are too many, this soon.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
86% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - Not Fade Away (TV Episode) I'm not sure the presence of the military or hints of a larger botched response to the outbreak made this a necessarily GOOD episode of TV, but there were enough intriguing moments in the mix to appreciate "Not Fade Away" more than the last two episodes.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2015
67% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - The Dog (TV Episode) That ending worked well enough, even if it felt tacked on.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
86% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - So Close, Yet So Far (TV Episode) Unfortunately, in only the second episode, it's starting to feel like the elements that made the pilot solid are quickly being stripped away for a familiar anarchy-driven story. That's a bit of a bummer. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2015
91% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - Pilot (TV Episode) The show is working hard enough to differentiate itself from the original flavor, the performances are certainly good enough, and there are enough good individual moments or flourishes to keep me interested.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2015
33% Impastor: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Rosenbaum wasn't afraid to employ some physical comedy in the role, which worked well enough, but I appreciated that the show didn't rely on broad generalizations and comedic shorthand of homosexual men.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
81% Ballers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Very watchable is a good way to describe this pilot. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
79% The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Your enjoyment of Gaffigan's show likely depends on your interest in him as a comedic force, but I'm not especially fond of him and enjoyed this well enough.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
71% Homeland: Season 5 - A False Glimmer (TV Episode) I've always felt like Homeland hasn't quite done the necessary legwork in-text to represent the depth of Carrie and Quinn's potential romantic entanglement, but "A False Glimmer" used the patchwork nature of the pairing to its advantage.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
75% Homeland: Season 5 - Our Man in Damascus (TV Episode) So much of the work Carrie did before arriving at the station demonstrated the lingering problems the show has created for itself in the final stretch of the season.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
64% Homeland: Season 5 - New Normal (TV Episode) Over the last two weeks, Homeland has alternated which of its two primary stories has gotten the time to shine, with notably different results.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015