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
63% Real Time with Bill Maher: Season 1 (TV, 2003) He's a jerk of the old school, full of unexamined anxiety and arrogance, with a habit of using sexual stereotypes from half a century ago both to put down and to compliment people. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
55% Psych: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2014) Shawn is both in your face and completely absent as a human being. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
100% This American Life: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) [Ira] Glass has used the new medium as well as he can; the framing device actually works better on TV, and seems less condescending, because we've all become used to not giving TV our full attention and Glass's commentary helps us absorb the stories. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
68% The New Adventures of Old Christine: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2010) A sitcom doesn't have to break new ground to be good, but it does have to make you feel that it isn't just going through the motions. "Christine" satisfies on that score to some extent, but you just want more from it. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
92% 30 Rock: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2020) The show's true claim to fame, and a reason never to miss an episode, is Alec Baldwin, whose comic magnetism is so strong I'm surprised it hasn't caused weather disturbances. He doesn't steal scenes; he makes them rise and shine. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
20% Summerland: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005) I can't help marvelling at how good some of the WB family dramas are at hitting both teen-agers and adults in their soft spots. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
6% Mental: Season 1 (TV, 2009) Such a generic show, one with few complications, with no sense of place and a bland personality, can be slotted into just about any programming hole until something else comes along. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
38% What About Joan: Season 1 (TV, 2001) There's room for improvement in What About Joan, but Cusack is the right star at the right time in what may turn out to be the right show. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
81% The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien: Season 1 (TV, 0-2010) I don't think O'Brien was a smart choice for the "Tonight Show," but he should have been given at least a year before being written off. People need time. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
88% Jack & Bobby: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005) "Jack & Bobby" is most emotionally effective when the lines that are drawn between Bobby's boyhood and his adulthood meander through unexpected oxbows. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
77% Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Original): Season 1 (TV, 2003-2007) The appeal of [Queer Eye for the Straight Guy] has nothing to do with stereotypes. It has to do with the way the show fulfills a desire that has come to be almost forbidden in our culture: the desire to be taken care of. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
90% The Riches: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) "The Riches" is best when it lets the serious reveal itself through the veil of the madcap and the absurd. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
75% Huff: Season 1 (TV, 0-2006) When you try to describe Huff, it falls apart in your hands, because although there are story lines that progress, the show's strength is in the small moments that don't always lead anywhere. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
70% 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
92% 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
73% 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
73% 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
75% 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
95% 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
85% 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
58% 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
96% 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
90% 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
92% 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
83% 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
59% 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
77% 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
85% 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