Scotsman Staff

Scotsman Staff
Scotsman Staff's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Scotsman
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T-Meter Title | Year
53% Scrubs: Season 9 (TV, 2001-2010) It wants to be something more profound than a cheesy sitcom, but everything's on the surface. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
86% Breaking Bad: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2013) The morality of Walter's actions and the bleakness of his situation will doubtless be explored in later episodes. But for now its unusual protagonist and offbeat humour show a good deal of promise. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
74% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) A backstage look at a troubled live comedy show, it contains more than enough sharp writing, astute social commentary and powerhouse acting to delight those who still mourn the passing of the Bartlet presidency. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
49% Crusoe: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) Literary purists may mock, but you can only admire the cheek of the show's whole-hearted appropriation. Like its predecessors Hercules and Xena, or even the old Tarzan movies, this is escapist action adventure which exists in a fantasy world. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
46% Dirt: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008) Dirt isn't the apotheosis of anything, but it's a deliciously aimless way to spend a Monday night. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
29% Dirt: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) A fantastically trashy series. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet Phoenix Nights: Series 2 (TV, 2001-2002) Its more cartoonish elements are a joy and its emphasis on plot development rather than contrived, gag-driven set-ups proffers rare breathing space from the deluge of arthritic s*it-coms currently polluting our screens. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
100% Peep Show: Season 7 (TV, 2003-2015) In terms of performance, Mitchell and Webb continue to excel in roles they must know intimately by now. Webb in particular gets laughs with his innately amusing facial expressions alone. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
89% Peep Show: Season 5 (TV, 2003-2015) There's some neatly observed and very funny stuff here, mostly seen through the craven eyes of Jeremy: his delight at leaving a boring play before it's finished is perfectly drawn - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
100% Peep Show: Season 6 (TV, 2003-2015) At the moment it's the jewel in the crown of British TV comedy simply for being consistently funny, not overly gross and managing to keep its basic premise always the same, yet not repetitive. Frankly, it's a miracle. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Inbetweeners: Series 2 (TV, 2008-2010) Back for a second series, teen sitcom The Inbetweeners is an odd bird in that it's perfectly likeable without being all that funny. The performances from the young leads are good and nary an episode goes by without a few chuckles. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
77% The Inbetweeners: Series 1 (TV, 2008-2010) Unfortunately, the odd gently funny exchange between the four male leads aside, there aren't very many actual jokes to speak of. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
80% Mildred Pierce: Season 1 (TV, 2011) A strange, slow, pallid, neutered affair. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
80% Stargate Universe: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2011) Believe me, I studied the "previously on..." recap with intense concentration. But it was so incoherent, it was almost as if it was designed to alienate new viewers. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
90% The Inbetweeners: Series 3 (TV, 2008-2010) It's been a good run for The Inbetweeners, a cheerfully vulgar, painfully recognisable trot through the pain of being a middle-class schoolboy from a nice family. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
95% Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2014) It's good, obviously, but not yet great. Once the hype settles and we can forget about the money, it might be something. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
100% An Idiot Abroad: An Idiot Abroad (TV, 2010-2012) It was all very amusing and should make a star out of Pilkington. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
53% Derek: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2015) I felt myself not so much cringe as physically recoil. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
94% Gavin and Stacy (UK): Series 3 (TV, 2007-2010) And maybe that's the appeal of Gavin and Stacey: if the funniest comedy is the private running gag between family or friends, then this is like eavesdropping on a series of in-jokes between its characters - and everyone wants to be in on the joke. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
No Score Yet Gavin and Stacy (UK): Series 2 (TV, 2007-2010) Although far from the saviour of sitcom as some have claimed, Gavin And Stacey is still appealing, warm, and amusing, which is all it tries to be, and all you could really ask from it. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
55% Merlin: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2012) Though it is hugely unoriginal and suffers from the curse of the reset button -- at the end of every episode, the characters all have to return to default settings, often for no strong reason -- Merlin really is top fun. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
71% Desperate Housewives: Season 5 (TV, 2004-2012) The programme has unaccountably jumped forward in time, presumably because the writers couldn't think of anything more to do with their dizzy characters that didn't involve drastic changes. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
80% The League of Gentlemen: Season 3 (TV, 0-2017) Tubbs and Edward are dead. But life goes on, as monstrous, horrifying and sick as ever. Long may they shock. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
67% Midsomer Murders: Season 14 (TV, 0) Can Dame Judi Dench or Sir Ian McKellen do that? Well, yes, probably, but surely this is exactly what actors go to Rada for, and Petrie's performance was a triumph. Never let it be said Midsomer is easy money. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
47% Ally McBeal: Season 5 (TV, 1997-2002) The show is seriously over-heating. What was once zany has been upped several notches and passed through the stratosphere of absurdity... Yet even when dreadfully surreal, Ally McBeal still entertains as it explodes in self-ridicule. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
80% Green Wing: Series 2 (TV, 2004-2006) At least Richard Curtis writes actual jokes, whereas Green Wing has always been more interested in showing off how desperately cutting-edge it is with its self-conscious surrealism, pointless camera trickery and scratchy lo-fi soundtrack. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
92% Green Wing: Series 1 (TV, 2004-2006) The show seems like what would result if a group of nine-year-olds on a sugar high nicked a laundry bag of white coats and went off to play doctors and nurses. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019