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Melanie McFarland

Melanie McFarland

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Transparent: Season 3 (TV, 2016) "These 10 new episodes are no less severe in their appraisal of these characters, but creator Jill Soloway also has cast a wider lens on the world around them, showing the audience that their inflated sense of self-involvement is not unique. " ‐
Posted Sep 22, 2016
84% Designated Survivor: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "No matter who wins in November, we're betting that Designated Survivor will accomplish what real-world politics couldn't: uniting a broad swath of Americans behind the idea of this drama's fictional leadership. " ‐
Posted Sep 21, 2016
91% This Is Us: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Provided that future episodes can maintain the pilot's quality, it should earn the time it needs to connect with an audience willing to fall under its sob-inducing spell. " ‐
Posted Sep 20, 2016
43% Mary + Jane: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "The unimaginative execution of Mary + Jane makes its effectiveness as a product placement vehicle a bit dubious. " ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2016
93% High Maintenance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "In playing The Guy, Sinclair meets our expectations of what we'd expect a weed dealer to look like, while dispelling the characteristics that come along with those visuals. " ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2016
93% One Mississippi: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "One Mississippi heavily harvests Notaro's life story to spin a plot informed by loss, family dynamics and the secrets that can arrest a family's psychological growth in amber. " ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2016
94% Better Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Its naturalistic feel shows us the dance of modern female adulthood like no other series on television without coming across as maudlin or peddling unrealistic imagery. " ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
92% Queen Sugar: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Large though its cast may be, the story grants Queen Sugar a broad landscape and a galaxy of emotional palettes to absorb, and there's a lot to appreciate in the atmospheric spaces the show explores. " ‐
Posted Sep 6, 2016
100% You're the Worst: Season 3 (TV, 2016) "The fearlessness of You're the Worst in these subjects makes a viewer yearn to ride out the highs and lows as Gretchen, Edgar, Jimmy and Lindsey navigate out the glorious mess that is their world. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 30, 2016
89% The Tick: Pilot (TV, 2016) "Adding a touch of darkness to the City's streets is not completely unwise, considering how nearly impossible it is to get audiences to buy into absurdity in a TV series. " ‐
Posted Aug 24, 2016
74% The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Get Down's introduction may be a bit of a wreck, but there's enough gorgeousness to earn the viewer's patience. Keep digging through the rubble - we promise there's some brilliance buried under there. " ‐
Posted Aug 11, 2016
95% The Night Of: Miniseries (TV, 2016) "Turturro may be the most recognizable face in the ensemble, but he's not the whole show. Without Riz Ahmed's riveting performance as accused murderer Nasir "Naz" Khan, the opening episode could have been pedestrian, even barely watchable at times. " ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2016
61% American Gothic: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "American Gothic eventually reveals itself to be a pedestrian murder mystery that slowly dies on the vine for want of interesting characters. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2016
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 4 (TV, 2016) "Though this season ends on a darker, uncertain note that could make sentimental viewers wish we could all return to that sunny lake where anything seemed possible, there's no question that Litchfield, and the show itself, still retains a measure of magic. " ‐
Posted Jun 17, 2016
50% Still the King: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "By attempting to have fun with his image as a fading star, [Cyrus is] at least displaying a fraction of self-awareness. What's not on display is any indication that he's been hiding a talent for comedy all these years. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 13, 2016
79% Outcast: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "There is plenty of shock and depravity to go around in Outcast, but after the pilot, most of the show's graphic, gory moments occur in flashes brief enough to terrify without overpowering the tale's psychological punch. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 1, 2016
89% Preacher: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Rogen and Goldberg succeeded in realizing what was heretofore considered to be an impossible project - and they've done so with amazing panache. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2016
90% Friday Night Lights: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "More than simply being outstanding, Friday Night Lights is an important series because of the way it takes family-friendly television seriously. The issues covered here create the kind of family drama that can bring everybody to the table. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 2, 2015
1/4 3% Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) "The video game is much more fun, of course. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 10, 2014
1.5/4 10% Woo (1998) "Woo disappoints on so many levels, lacking in wit and intelligence, characters with any sense of dimension and a coherent story line. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 26, 2014
91% The Sopranos: Season 6, Part I (TV, 2006-2007) "You'll be tempted to cling to any crumbs Chase drops, because predicting how The Sopranos endgame will play out is impossible. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 11, 2014
100% The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008) "The show will go out as one of the medium's greatest. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 4, 2014
100% The Wire: Season 4 (TV, 2006) "Keep your HBO subscription if only to see what riveting, expertly executed television looks like. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted May 29, 2014
1/4 40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) "The majority of the film is mired in magazine cliches and tired gags. Oh, look, the foreign exchange student only knows how to say he's a sex machine, haw! And the nerd's getting drunk! Hoo! " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4/4 92% Princess Mononoke (1999) "Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
71% Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005) "Parker's conflicted, weary mother gives Weeds a solid center, but Perkins and Nealon merrily chomp every scene they're in. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 12, 2013
78% Breaking Bad: Season 1 (TV, 2008) "Breaking Bad turns unnecessarily nauseating by the beginning of the third episode, turning off anyone who isn't completely in by that point. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 20, 2008
89% Nip/Tuck: Season 5 (TV, 2007-2009) "For the moment, Murphy can only sit back and see how the fifth season's turns and thrills sit with viewers, show us that change is welcome and there are no plans to turn back -- which is a good thing. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 30, 2007
100% Dexter: Season 2 (TV, 2007) "Rarely has an image of evil looked so delectably good. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 30, 2007
29% Private Practice: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) "While not as appalling as the back-door pilot last season, Private Practice manages to turn the viewer off in an entirely different way from the moment it starts. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 26, 2007
55% The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) "The pilot never ascends beyond the level of being cute and nice. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 24, 2007
84% Chuck: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) "Chuck is, at its best, cute--and that's not enough to keep up with the big dogs. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 24, 2007
91% Damages: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "Damages may be the best series in what's shaping up to be a bumper crop of high quality cable, and that's not a light statement. No piece is out of place here; the writing, the plotting, everything is in tune. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 24, 2007
80% Saving Grace: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "This is not a shoot-the-moon, wholly unique story, but it's comforting and thoughtful. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 23, 2007
86% Mad Men: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "All the craggy lies lurking beneath Mad Men's surface may someday earn it the title of the most gorgeous, fascinating story of deception that television ever told. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 19, 2007
87% Burn Notice: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "This show has no illusions of being anything more than a solidly made and terrifically entertaining TV distraction, neat and crisp as citrus soda. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 28, 2007
82% Army Wives: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "Army Wives is evidence of the channel's good shopping sense as opposed to production savvy. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted May 31, 2007
59% The Tudors: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "Anglophiles will scoff at the sloppiness with historical detail. Anyone else is going to be confused at why they're not seeing someone like Oliver Platt play Henry VIII " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 1, 2007
23% Rules of Engagement: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "Talking on the phone with your in-laws is preferable to paying attention, as is scrubbing the grout in your kitchen. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 5, 2007
71% The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "The Sarah Silverman Program fails to directly translate the insanity of Silverman's stand-up. You might as well drug a playful, charismatic chimp and put it in a straitjacket. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 31, 2007
82% 24: Day 6 (TV, 2007) "All that remains is to see if 24 can build upon the tension and unbelievable moments making Sunday and Monday night's four-hour premiere the rocket-fueled thiller that it is. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 14, 2007
80% Torchwood: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "There's a lot to love about "Torchwood," especially for fans of the early days of "The X-Files." " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 22, 2006
71% 30 Rock: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "Smart, hilarious at points, with subtle bawdy jokes that zip right by if you're not paying attention. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 11, 2006
100% Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2007) "Humanity may be hurting, but "Battlestar Galactica" has returned in sharp, fighting form. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 6, 2006
85% Dexter: Season 1 (TV, 2006) "The series quickly establishes itself as an elegant study in horror. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 1, 2006
83% Heroes: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "There are very few American adults who haven't had the "would you rather fly or be invisible" debate with pals after a few beers, so have a sliver of faith that "Heroes" will prevail. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 25, 2006
50% Brothers & Sisters: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "File this under "We'll See." " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 24, 2006
91% Ugly Betty: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) " Like the lovely Betty, its brilliance is not to be underestimated. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 8, 2006
50% 'Til Death: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "Good for curling up next to the spouse on the couch for a post-dinner giggle. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 7, 2006
100% Weeds: Season 2 (TV, 2006) "Showtime is lucky to have plucked a show like Weeds, and smart to put muscle behind making it flourish. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 14, 2006
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