Winter TV Scorecard 2016

The Mick: Season 1 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 58.769%
Critics Consensus: Kaitlin Olson's considerable charm isn't enough to keep the intermittently funny The Mick from falling prey to conventional storylines and hard-to-root-for characters.
Synopsis: A comedy series about a dysfunctional family revolves around Mickey (Kaitlin Olson), a very irresponsible woman visiting her sister Poodle... [More]

Adjusted Score: 62.217%
Critics Consensus: 24: Legacy offers well-acted escapism, yet this reboot also inherits many of its predecessor's flaws, and an early narrative rut signals a missed opportunity for reinvention.
Synopsis: Taking place three years after the events of the final season of "24," this spin-off introduces a brand-new cast and... [More]


iBoy (2017)

Adjusted Score: 28.851%
Critics Consensus: iBoy's original premise and Maisie Williams' strong performance aren't enough to overwrite a clichéd narrative, too-serious tone, and overall glitchy execution.
Synopsis: After being shot while trying to stop a violent attack on his high school crush Lucy,16-year-old Tom awakens from a... [More]
Directed By: Adam Randall (II)

Adjusted Score: 65.633%
Critics Consensus: Although its plot is admittedly unwieldy, The Man in the High Castle's second season expands its fascinating premise in powerful new directions, bolstered by stunning visuals, strong performances, and intriguing new possibilities.
Synopsis: An alternate version of life in the U.S. in the 1960s -- if Nazi Germany and Japan had won WWII.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 62.527%
Critics Consensus: While Superior Donuts' talented cast impressively delivers, the annoying laugh track and stale jokes leave a hole in the middle of a crusty -- albeit topical -- narrative.
Synopsis: The comedy series, based on the play of the same name by Tracy Letts, follows the life of the owner... [More]

The Path: Season 2 (2017)

Adjusted Score: 65.43%
Critics Consensus: The Path struggles with occasionally logy pacing in its second season, but an expanded canvas and heightened stakes -- along with overall solid performances -- make the end results worth watching.
Synopsis: In its second season, The Path follows the Meyerist Movement as it tries to make sense of Dr. Meyer's mysterious... [More]

Powerless: Season 1 (2017)

Adjusted Score: 63.472%
Critics Consensus: Powerless has a strong premise leaving room for improvement -- and strong performances from a talented cast -- but the show's initial spark is dimmed by uneven execution and a lack of laughs.
Synopsis: A woman who works for an insurance company gets fed up with the many superheroes living in her city in... [More]

Sherlock: Season 4 (2017)

Adjusted Score: 62.527%
Critics Consensus: Sherlock makes a welcome and shocking return, and Cumberbatch and Freeman are game, but it may prove difficult to live up to the lofty expectations created by the series' lengthy hiatus.
Synopsis: The quirky spin on Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic sleuth pitches him as a "high-functioning sociopath" in modern-day London. Assisting him... [More]

Adjusted Score: 72.034%
Critics Consensus: Z: The Beginning of Everything presents an entertaining look at the life of Zelda Fitzgerald that's full of grandeur, splash, and old-timey wit, though the series suffers at times from a formless trajectory and over-the-top characterizations.
Synopsis: A beautiful and talented southern belle becomes the original flapper, an icon of the Jazz Age in the 1920s.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 78.653%
Critics Consensus: Santa Clarita Diet serves up an excellent cast, frequent laughs, and an engaging premise -- but the level of gore might not be to everyone's taste.
Synopsis: A suburban couple undergo a dramatic change of lifestyle when one begins a new diet of human flesh.... [More]

Captive: Season 1 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 33.822%
Synopsis: A docuseries examining hostage situations through the eyes of victims, negotiators and kidnappers.... [More]

The OA: Season 1 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 78.403%
Critics Consensus: The OA is more than OK.
Synopsis: Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for... [More]

Adjusted Score: 82.598%
Critics Consensus: The Young Pope's original premise and stylish blend of over-the-top melodrama with profane comedy helps overcome an occasionally muddled plot.
Synopsis: The first season of this limited drama series follows the early years of young, American-born Pius XIII's (Jude Law) pontificate.... [More]

Taboo: Season 1 (2017)

Adjusted Score: 79.58%
Critics Consensus: After a sluggish start, Taboo takes hold as a mysterious, dark, and often brutal period drama with plenty of promise as a series -- most notably evident in Tom Hardy's exceptionally watchable performance.
Synopsis: Presumed-dead James Delaney reappears in London in 1814, to find his father dead and England at war with France and... [More]
Directed By: Anders Engström


Hairspray Live! (2016)

Adjusted Score: 79.063%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray Live! shimmers with outstanding performances, an engaging story, and songs that let its stars shine.
Synopsis: A teenage girl living in Baltimore in the early 1960s dreams of appearing on a popular TV dance show.... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Leon, Alex Rudzinski

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