Nancy Franklin

Nancy Franklin
Nancy Franklin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Yorker
Publications: New Yorker

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
77% The L Word: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2009) It does have moments that are truly idiotic, but it also has some terrific moments, and the performances are more nuanced than they might have been in other hands. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
94% The Hour: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) With its casting, its look, its unfolding mysteries, its attention to important historical events, its sexiness, The Hour hits every pleasure center. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
94% Burn Notice: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2013) [Bruce Campbell's] suburban-dad looks have given way to a warm, scruffy bearishness, and he ambles through Burn Notice as if he were having the time of his life. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
72% Sleeper Cell: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006) Despite the mostly awful dialogue, Sleeper Cell succeeds on the strength of its plot. You're kept in a constant state of suspense as you watch various aspects of the plan taking shape - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
100% Joan of Arcadia: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2005) Joan's communication with the Almighty is the kind of thing you could believe only if it happened to you-and partly because it is, at the same time, credible; you can imagine the things that happen to Joan happening to you. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
70% Hung: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2011) Very little resonates or clicks in this show, and it feels like a bunch of ideas left over from its creators' other enterprises, the dry ends of the roasts. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
71% Brotherhood: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2008) Brotherhood is a heavy stew, with chunks of The Sopranos floating in it, and it reeks of stage Irishness... Bless this show, Father, for it is blarney. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
No Score Yet 7th Heaven: Season 4 (TV, 1996-2007) "7th Heaven" is a show the family can watch together, but the writer believes many children prefer to watch it without parental company. The show itself is about solving problems, and it doesn't hit you over the head with religion. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
71% Everwood: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2006) Once you get past Everwood's homiletic aspects, though, the show has some real charm. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
46% Skins (US): Season 1 (TV, 2011) There is an unsparing quality to much British drama, and it requires viewers to tolerate a high level of discomfort. The American Skins doesn't really ask that of us. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
88% My Name Is Earl: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2009) The karma thing gets old pretty fast, as does Earl's insistently genial narration. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
77% The O.C.: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2007) While on one level this is laughable, The O.C. has a seductive quality... This, you have to admit, looks pretty enticing. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
No Score Yet Monk: Season 7 (TV, 2002-2009) The network's slogan is "Characters welcome"... The best illustration of the slogan is Monk-the series itself, which is now in its seventh season, and the character Adrian Monk... still played beautifully after all these years by Tony Shalhoub. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Monk: Season 2 (TV, 2002-2009) Monk's charm isn't the debonair, sweep-you-off-your-feet kind... Its comedy and its drama are more genuine and more piercing than that. It's the real thing. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
94% Band of Brothers: Season 1 (TV, 2001) In a sense, "Band of Brothers" is a lot like the war: it seems to go on forever, and you're glad when it's finally over. And, in a sense, that kind of authenticity may be the highest tribute that the filmmakers can pay the members of Easy Company. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% The Sopranos: Season 1 (TV, 1999-2007) But the cleverness of The Sopranos is never merely cute; the show doesn't spare us the ugliness of Mafia life. Some of the performances in particular bring out the terror that is always near the surface. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
92% Pushing Daisies: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2009) "Pushing Daisies" probably shouldn't last longer than a season; fairy tales aren't supposed to go on forever. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
57% Carnivàle: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2005) The series has its spooky, fearful moments. It's also pictorially vivid throughout, taking you on a journey to another place and to another time, when people were blown about the country like dust on the wind. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
96% Deadwood: season 3 (TV, 2004-2006) "Deadwood" takes you past the familiar cardboard cutouts of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and "the Old West," and acquaints you with the real forces and peoples that converged to form our country. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
62% Tell Me You Love Me: Season 1 (TV, 2007) Has its flaws, but it's very watchable (and not merely because it's arousing); its aim is to show you what committed relationships feel like, and how they work, and how strange and fragile and complicated they are. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
86% Generation Kill: Miniseries (TV, 2008) It has too many characters for the writers to be able to do more than create thumbnail sketches, and it seems convinced that verisimilitude and earnest believability will add up to drama and watchability. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
83% Eureka: Season 4 (TV, 2006-2012) "Eureka" has been around for five years, and I can't pretend to know its ins and outs yet, but I like the cast, especially Colin Ferguson - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
90% Warehouse 13: Season 3 (TV, 2009-2014) Warehouse 13 has some of the larkiness that marks Doctor Who, but none of its preciousness. I'm hooked, and embarrassed that, because of my snobbery about the channel's name, I ignored the show until now. I feel like such an ydyot. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
50% John From Cincinnati: Season 1 (TV, 2007) It's maddening to see a show this bad from someone so talented, but that's how it works when you're a real artist... The person who creates a Deadwood is also probably going to make a John from Cincinnati one day. If you let him. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
91% The Pacific: Miniseries (TV, 2010) There's no question that the creators of "The Pacific" set out to honor the marines' experience; they haven't exactly failed to do that, but neither have they succeeded in leading viewers to a deeper appreciation of this-then and now-faraway war. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
95% Deadwood: Season 2 (TV, 2004-2006) [Deadwood] is ornate and profane-far beyond, on both counts, anything that's ever been on television. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
92% Angels in America: Season 1 (TV, 2003) This version of Angels doesn't fly as high as the opening credits promise (and there are some laughable special effects that help keep it from doing so), but Kushner's brilliance isn't easily denied. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2014
89% Friday Night Lights: Season 2 (TV, 2006-2011) In short, it feels like life. The show isn't merely set in the world of West Texas football; it is that world. Watching it, you have a feeling of total immersion -- in the (fictional) town of Dillon. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
79% Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2012) Weeds actually meets the rarely fulfilled promise of Showtime's former slogan: "No Limits." - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2013
60% Melrose Place: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) It's not entirely unfun to look for differences between MP1 and MP2. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2013
87% The Good Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2016) It doesn't hinge on headlines and it isn't restricted by what we can see from the outside-the merely poignant, infuriating, sad awfulness of it all. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2009
61% Bored to Death: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2011) From the very beginning the series has a comic tone that raises it above Ames's plodding original story. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2009
93% Justified: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2015) Once the writers break free of Leonard's text, the fun begins. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2010
68% In Treatment: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2010) The characters on the show have all too easy a time expressing themselves, and the element of suspense is mostly absent. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2008
74% The Big C: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2013) With Linney at the heart of The Big C, there's reason to think that the series will improve. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2010
84% Mad Men: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2015) It hits a deep place in you, like a straight-up Martini made of memory and desire. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2007
88% Rescue Me: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2011) Rescue Me is a daring, unflinching show and it is unafraid to expose the not always pretty particulars of firehouse culture and the more fallible side of those we count on to save us. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2004
74% Pan Am: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) Pan Am feels like a watchable version of something whose core has been removed. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2011
70% Big Love: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2011) What never wears thin is the wonderful acting; this is one of the best casts to appear on TV in a long time. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2006
73% Alphas: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) [The writers'] take on human nature may develop, but right now it's cartoonish in the worst way and too reminiscent of similar shows. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2011
83% United States of Tara: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2011) The three alters are broad stereotypes, but Collette makes the moments of transition surprisingly touching, and sometimes subtly comic. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2009
89% Nurse Jackie: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2015) With its strong, complex, funny, flawed central character, feels truer to life than the zillions of one-dimensional (or no-dimensional) nurses on television. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2009
23% The Playboy Club: Season 1 (TV, 2011) I said that The Playboy Club might be promising. Guess what? I lied. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2011
61% The Beast: Season 1 (TV, 2009) Haven't we seen enough shows in which agents reveal their sterling natures by freeing Eastern European sex slaves? - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2009
85% Men of a Certain Age: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2011) The conversation among the men encompasses all that questioning and agonizing, without your feeling too heavily the creators' own middle-aged hands. There's real imagination at work. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2009
53% The Boondocks: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2014) It turns out you can be controversial without being the least bit interesting. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2005
95% Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2014) It looks authentic in a way that, paradoxically, seems lifeless. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2010
70% Californication: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2014) Even charisma has limits, and Duchovny's perfume can't mask the unpleasant odor that emanates from "Californication." - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2007
65% Eastbound & Down: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2013) The comedy is broad but not freewheeling. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2009
47% Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2011) It's not that much fun to watch an actress who, except for the occasional times when she lets loose one of her charmingly loud second-soprano laughs, seems always to be asking more of us than she's giving. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2008