Jonathan Storm

Jonathan Storm
Jonathan Storm's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Philadelphia Inquirer
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TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
38% Who Do You Think You Are?: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2018) More than anything else, Who Do You Think You Are? demonstrates that real people, not arcane dates and facts, are at the heart of history, where so much edification lies. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
36% Outsourced: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2011) Careful viewing reveals that American customs bear the brunt of most of the gentle humor of this series that should fit seamlessly into NBC's goofballs-at-the-office (or in-the-classroom) Thursday-night sitcom block. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
100% Little Dorrit: Series 1 (TV, 2008) You pretty much know what to expect when Masterpiece visits the 19th century. But Little Dorrit stands at the high end of a very lofty list of period-piece achievement. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
No Score Yet Farmer Wants a Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2008) Viewers should figure out pretty quickly that manure is the main ingredient here, and though it might help the corn crop grow high, it's unlikely to do much to boost ratings at the struggling CW network. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
No Score Yet Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (MXC): Season 4 (TV, 2003-2007) Mothers and fathers, rise up against this further example of the demise of the culture. But be careful not to watch the show. You'll be laughing too hard to be effective. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
59% The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2019) It may not be a creative breakthrough, but it's lots funnier than the universal equation would predict. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
69% Castle: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2016) With pretty faces and intriguing cases, it washes over you like warm water, creating a soothing cocoon of banality. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
30% The Andromeda Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2008) For about three hours and 40 minutes, the mini-series rockets along, an exciting pile of preposterousness with conspiratorial overtones. Then it fizzles, with stuff you've seen 1,000 times before, and irritating loose ends. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
77% Southland: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2013) It may not be the greatest show on Earth, but it's the most powerful cop drama in a few years. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
24% Private Practice: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2013) The patients' stories are more interesting than the cooked-up relationships between the doctors, and that's a malady that may be hard to cure. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
70% NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1 (TV, 2009) It's slightly less entertaining than the moderately entertaining original. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
9% Emmys: 55th Emmys (TV, 1998) Conan O'Brien, Wanda Sykes, Ellen DeGeneres, Garry Shandling, Bernie Mac, Darrell Hammond, George Lopez, Miller, Garrett, Short and Stewart all tried for laughs, but generally failed to get more than a few groans. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
44% Emmys: 59th Emmys (TV, 1998) With its weird honorees and stilted presentations, this was an Emmy night to forget. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
No Score Yet Emmys: 60th Emmys (TV, 1998) The five reality-show hosts up for the Emmy in the category oversaw a frequently unwatchable show, completing the dullest opening in at least 20 years. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
44% The Cleveland Show: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2013) [I]t's a little warmer and sillier than Family Guy. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
23% Carpoolers: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) [Faith] Ford's the only ray of sunshine in this soggy exercise, though the person who plays Aubrey's couch-potato wife is the cleverest actor. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% This American Life: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) Radio's "theater of the mind" may trump the literalness of TV, but the images help make This American Life even more satisfyingly intimate on Showtime than it is on the radio. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
13% The Return of Jezebel James: Season 1 (TV, 2008) Potential pours from the screen, but the premiere has plenty of problems. People seem to be uncomfortable and trying too hard... By the seventh episode, things are jelling, and the show seems on the way to beguiling. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
42% Hidden Palms: Season 1 (TV, 2007) The inherent duality of the dramatic experience is inelegantly exemplified by Hidden Palms, and if you are enjoying this convoluted assessment, you should especially appreciate the show. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
77% Life on Mars: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) It has some bang-up supporting actors, too. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
96% White Collar: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2014) The likable show has something for everyone: handsome young star, sympathetic "older" costar, pretty former TV hottie, easy-to-follow caper plots, a little humor. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
86% Breaking Bad: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2013) It's unpredictable and stimulating, like the drug that White manufactures, but it produces a much safer high. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
73% The Company: Mini-Series (TV, 2007) It's loaded with stunning cinematography and stirring dramatic set pieces. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
38% Testees: Season 1 (TV, 2008) Testees is sillier and less subversive than It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
61% The League: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2015) Cable's FX, which has reliably churned out good watching for most of this decade, drives off a cliff tonight with an offensive and shockingly unfunny sitcom, The League. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
62% New Amsterdam: Season 1 (TV, 2008) The flashing back in New York's history - the guy and the city grew up together, get it? - is integral and intriguing, too. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
72% The Unusuals: Season 1 (TV, 2009) Works the quirks in the corners and finds something seen only sporadically on TV police drama: fun. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
89% Men of a Certain Age: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2011) You'll have to decide for yourself if Men of a Certain Age is fun, but it's certainly better than the many shows these days that make a job interview seem like a fine old time. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
58% Canterbury's Law: Season 1 (TV, 2008) Flawed, if not deeply so. The main problem: It requires quite a leap to get beyond the premiere... and commit to the lead character, even though it's obvious from the get-go that Margulies is pouring a load of talent into her portrayal. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
81% Dollhouse: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2010) You should check in, however, to keep up with the cool, unfolding overarching Dollhouse story. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
63% Dollhouse: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) Perfect for a stay-at-home Friday night, having a few guys over for beers, or recording and watching when you wake up Saturday afternoon. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
30% Accidentally on Purpose: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) Sadly, Elfman's personal efforts go for naught, because there is no verisimilitude anyway in Accidentally on Purpose. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
35% Eleventh Hour: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) There's a lot of Scully and Mulder here, or David Addison and Maddie Hayes, or any other smart, good-looking TV or movie couple down the years who have been forced to work in a web of sexual tension. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
37% The Wedding Bells: Season 1 (TV, 2007) Like many an arranged marriage, awkward at first, it could blossom. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
88% Glee: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2015) Shows as satisfyingly entertaining as Glee rarely come along, and when they do, they mystify a lot of people, who get nervous because they're not used to such glittery packages crammed full of wonder on TV. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
90% Community: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2015) Their psyches may be broken, but they still have hearts, and you will root for them, not mock them. Community even expresses in its title something glaringly missing from so many Americans' life. You'll find it here, Community promises. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
47% Cougar Town: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2015) A title that the capable executive producer, Bill Lawrence, acknowledges might turn some people off. He needn't worry. The show itself has more than enough power to do that. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
88% Dexter: Season 4 (TV, 2006-2013) Like all good drama, it uses heightened characters to magnify struggles we all have. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
87% Burn Notice: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2013) Looking for some summertime fun? It is Burn Notice... It combines the lively silliness from scores of shows that have gone before. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
40% The Black Donnellys: Season 1 (TV, 2007) It's a swell story, if sometimes grim, featuring a panoply of rough customers. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
44% Happily Divorced : Season 1 (TV, 2011-2013) Happily Divorced, similarly full of old-fashioned laughs and cast members, completes a comedy marriage made by clever programmers that shows signs of lasting past the honeymoon. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2014
73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2015) Hot in Cleveland [brings] 156 years of TV acting experience with them. It's not wasted. The sitcom is funny and fresh, and the actors appear to be having the time of their lives. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2014
100% The Sopranos: Season 3 (TV, 1999-2007) It goes beyond The Godfather because it's punctuated with smiles, and set to a score that uses the music of big-name artists in an unusually creative way. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
62% Terra Nova: Season 1 (TV, 2011) The kiddies will want to check out the dinosaurs, but children will probably wander off pretty quickly when they see how rarely their ancient reptilian friends are on screen. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2013
9% Outlaw: Season 1 (TV, 2010) TV needs a lot of fodder to fill the schedule, but junk like Outlaw should be outlawed, with a special-circumstances punishment for completely wasting as fine a talent as Jimmy Smits. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2010
47% CHAOS: Season 1 (TV, 2011) CHAOS starts out in the hole by knocking the amiable and amusing The Defenders off the schedule, and it never crawls out all the way. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2011
93% Justified: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2015) Justified hits the FX bullseyes - however many of them they might be. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2010
88% Louie: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2015) Somebody needs to step in and tell Louis to round up a few friends and save his stand-up for the comedy specials. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2010
87% The Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2010) Old-fashioned lurchers, lots and lots of 'em, are the ticket on AMC's much-ballyhooed The Walking Dead, based on the long-running comic book of the same name. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2010
63% Person Of Interest: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2016) CBS does what it does best, offering a new murder-and-mayhem series on Thursday. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2011