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Rick Porter

Rick Porter
Rick Porter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Zap2it.com

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015) Moreso than some other New Golden Age dramas, The Americans mix of espionage stories and family drama makes it accessible to new viewers. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2015
81% Man Seeking Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2015) There's an undercurrent of sadness to the show that evens out the weirdness and makes it worth staying around.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
52% True Detective : Season 2 - Other Lives (TV Episode) Three episodes remain in the season, and after some foot-dragging early on, True Detective feels like it's on a better course after this reset.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
54% True Detective : Season 2 - Down Will Come (TV Episode) True Detective has reached the halfway point of its second season, and just as in its first go-round it left jaws on the floor with a bravura action sequence to close the episode.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
71% True Detective : Season 2 - Maybe Tomorrow (TV Episode) Through a season and change, one of the defining themes of HBO's True Detective has been masculinity and how its characters project their manliness. Sunday's episode, "Maybe Tomorrow," goes at that idea with both fists.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015
83% True Detective : Season 2 - Night Finds You (TV Episode) The actual case of Caspere's death and the competing interests working on it come more to light in the episode, giving it some forward momentum that the premiere lacked.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
98% Transparent: Season 1 (TV, 2014) [Jeffrey] Tambor delivers such a nuanced, resonant portrayal of Maura that you may never see him as George Bluth or Hank Kingsley again. It's especially fascinating to watch his physical performance. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
89% The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Treem and Levi have created what is easily the season's most intriguing mystery. Neither Noah nor Alison comes off as a bad person in the early going, yet both the show's title and its framing device imply something must have gone wrong along the way. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
97% Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Better Call Saul got off to a very promising start with its premiere, showing that the spinoff will be plenty capable of being its own show while still remaining part of the larger world created in Breaking Bad.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) There are pieces of the show that are underdeveloped or just don't work very well in the pilot which to some extent Cuaron's gifts as a director help cover. Though he'll probably retain some level of involvement, he won't be directing any other episodes. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2014
25% Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014) The disconnect between what Mind Games wants to be and the show bubbling just under the surface makes it a bit of a puzzling viewing experience.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) Louie is still the same great, unpredictable show it has been, only moreso. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted May 6, 2014
54% Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) Hello Ladies doesn't quite pull off the trick of making Stuart someone you want to spend week after week seeing. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2013
0% Dads: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) The jokes go for the easiest, broadest possible targets, and they land with an almost audible thud.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2013
59% Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) The flaws in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland appear to be fixable.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2013
8% Betrayal: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) When she finds out Drew has Jack in his sights, the news so devastates her that she faints, wasting what looks like a rather nice bottle of wine. You might feel bad for the wine, and maybe for the hour you could have spent doing other things.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2013
29% Lucky 7: Season 1 (TV, 2013) [It] calls to mind those earlier shows, both for the way it's set up and for the unfortunate fact that it never quite jells.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2013
91% Broadchurch: Season 1 (TV, 2013) Broadchurch doesn't come with many stylistic flourishes -- it's a pretty straightforward crime story. But the care given to its characters and the damage the crime inflicts on the town make it one of the best scripted series of the summer.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2013
85% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) Whedon's past shows have managed to pull off the episodic vs. continuing story balance pretty well, so there's hope that SHIELD will be able to do the same after putting down its roots. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2013
96% Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014) What really stands out in the premiere is how the show has succeeded in creating a world where Raylan Givens, Boyd Crowder and most everyone else we spend time with is surrounded by their past.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2014
94% Dallas: Season 2 (TV, 2013) No one would have wanted Hagman... to leave Dallas this way. But in playing the hand that was forced on them, the show's actors, writers and crew seem to have stepped things up. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2014
100% Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) We can only hope the remaining seven episodes live up to everything "Blood Money" delivered.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2013
71% Veep: Season 1 (TV, 2012) Spreads the comedic wealth across the entire cast. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2012
57% Melrose Place: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) I can't say yet whether the new Melrose Place will reach the same lunatic heights of its predecessor. But the fact that the show is so unapologetic about aspiring to be a water-cooler nighttime soap? I have to respect that a little.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2013
100% Modern Family: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2012) Modern Family was up and down a lot this season, but way to go out on a strong note, guys.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2013
7% Guys with Kids: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) If this is the ideal of a "broad" comedy, we'll be waiting for something more specific. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2012
66% Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) The worry here is that the procedural elements will overwhelm the deeply detailed world the first half of the premiere spent creating. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2013
5% Work It: Season 1 (TV, 2012) When you add to that a string of obvious, unfunny cross-dressing jokes and a set of female characters that are barely even one-dimensional, the premise pretty much collapses entirely.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2012
62% Bored to Death: Season 1 (TV, 2009) By hitching the conventions of the private-eye genre to a comedy about a Woody Allen-esque neurotic, creator Jonathan Ames has crafted a charming, if mostly low-key, show that grows on you as it goes along.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2009
47% CHAOS: Season 1 (TV, 2011) The actors in "Chaos" are all pretty likable, but the material they've been given to work with doesn't do them a whole lot of favors.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2011
93% Justified: Season 1 (TV, 2010) FX has a pretty strong track record with its original series, but few of the shows it's offered up have felt as fully formed right from the start as Justified does.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2010
59% Grimm: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) We're less sold on the storytelling so far - but hopeful that it can find its footing.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2011
89% The Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2010) Like the zombies that populate it, "The Walking Dead" doesn't move especially fast. But even though things are at a slow burn throughout much of the show's first two episodes, there's a lot to soak up along the way.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2010
92% Archer: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) It's fun, but it's best in moderation.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2010
35% Free Agents: Season 1 (TV, 2010) "Free Agents" plays its central relationship almost too honestly to wring many laughs from it. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2011
44% Happy Town: Season 1 (TV, 2010) The biggest flaw in the series: Heaps and heaps of plot exposition come at us, but the story is happening to characters that are thinly drawn.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2010
41% Unforgettable: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) "Unforgettable" doesn't rise far enough above to be actually memorable.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2011
58% Alcatraz: Season 1 (TV, 2012) There's enough in the premise and the performances to keep us watching, but to really hook us in Alcatraz needs to decide what kind of show it wants to be.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2012
67% The Killing: Season 3 (TV, 2013) Even with a new case and several new characters, it felt like much the same show that has frustrated more than a few viewers the past two years.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2013
100% The Killing: Season 1 (TV, 2011) It is compelling for its difference from the norm; it's not that whodunit is beside the point, but unlike a lot of cop shows, the trip will be just as important as the destination.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2011
84% Mad Men: Season 1 (TV, 2007) More projects like this could have me reassessing AMC.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2007
100% Rescue Me: Season 6 (TV, 2010) The show retains its ability to be both brilliant and maddening, sometimes in the same episode.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2010
77% Better Off Ted: Season 1 (TV, 2009) Better Off Ted is probably the most enjoyable new comedy to hit the air this season.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2009
76% Pan Am: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) It's definitely a flight worth booking.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2011
89% Nip/Tuck: Season 5 (TV, 2007-2009) The actors are relishing the change of scenery and all that it brings, and [Ryan] Murphy himself seems more engaged as well.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2007
77% Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) ABC has not had much success with the shows it's aired at 8 p.m. on Thursdays in recent seasons. But Last Resort has the goods to turn that record around.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2012
No Score Yet Scrubs: Season 7 (TV, 2007-2008) Scrubs has never been afraid of change, though - one of its strengths over the years has been the way the show has allowed its characters to grow into their lives.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2007
41% The Firm: Season 1 (TV, 2012) If "The Firm" were starting as an original story about Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas, in his first TV work in more than a decade) coming out of witness protection after making a bad mistake earlier in his life, it might work better than it does. But it's not.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2012
70% Hannibal: Season 1 (TV, 2013) Creator Bryan Fuller and his team also deliver one of the richest visual experiences you'll see. Hannibal is pretty much the opposite of Fuller's Pushing Daisies in tone and in subject matter, but his flair for a great image remains.‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2013
47% Happy Endings: Season 1 (TV, 2011) It's populated with likable actors and rarely out-and-out bad, but it's also never much more than mildly amusing. ‐ Zap2it.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2011