Mary McNamara TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara
Mary McNamara's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Los Angeles Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
44% Emmys: 59th Emmys (TV, 2007) Hostless and unmoored, the show had the choppy pacing of a real award show -- that is, one put on by a group other than television professionals.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
0% Emmys: 60th Emmys (TV, 2008) If we come away with nothing else from this year's Emmys, let us all agree that having a host with some experience actually entertaining people is not a luxury, it's a necessity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
89% The Mighty B!: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) There is, not to worry, plenty of dialogue -- of the loud, hyper, neon-hued but occasionally very funny variety that is standard Nick. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
23% Carpoolers: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) "Carpoolers" opens funny -- four guys on their way to work, singing along with Air Supply -- but it's downhill from there, and the slide, though quick and permanent, isn't even dramatic enough to be interesting. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
69% Easy Money: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) Easy Money is worth watching simply because it showcases what is rarely seen on television these days: the working class. "Easy Money" promises a bracing dose of real populism.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
85% Emmys: 62nd Emmys (TV, 2010) Ambitious, energetically hilarious, and, most important, almost seamlessly constructed, this year's telecast actually did what the Emmys are supposed to do -- celebrate television.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
58% Emmys: 63rd Emmys (TV, 2011) At its best, last night's show celebrated the easy intimacy of the many diverse people who create television and their ability to take chances that surprise us. At it worst, it slid into long stretches of snoozy awards-parceling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
50% Golden Globes: 68th Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2011) The opposite of dull and deferential is not snotty and abusive. Just a little notion someone might have mentioned to Ricky Gervais before he once again took the stage.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
11% Golden Globes: 69th Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2012) Not much controversy there. Or anywhere really. Which leaves the Golden Globes in the same sort of conundrum as the Oscars -- all dressed up and no way to put on a real show.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
95% Golden Globes: 70th Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2013) Lovely, brilliant and utterly fearless, [Fey and Poehler] made awards-show hosting an art form again, helming three hours of occasionally hilarious, occasionally emotional and surprisingly enjoyable TV.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
78% Golden Globes: 72nd Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2015) The awards show known for boozy outrageousness admirably balanced humor with meaning, self-congratulation with larger messages of significance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
33% Golden Globes: 73rd Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2016) The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has clearly decided to return to its original brand of self-denigrating self-promotion. Which included, apparently, a lot of F-bombs. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
100% Dark: Season 2 (TV, 2019) I will not say "Dark" was over-hyped; until the last four episodes of the second season or so, I was entranced by "Dark's" imagination.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
59% The Academy Awards: 86th Oscars (TV, 2014) The preternaturally congenial DeGeneres was so intent on establishing herself as the anti-Seth to the live audience that she seemed to forget she was at the helm of a famously unwieldy live television show.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
33% The Academy Awards: 84th Oscars (TV, 2012) The collective air was a bit elegiac, as if the industry truly felt the need to remind itself and the world that it really mattered.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
74% The Academy Awards: 88th Oscars (TV, 2016) After years of being dissed for its irrelevance, this year's Oscars took action. The results were mixed, to be sure, and Rock did not ever settle into his usual balance of outrage and humanity. But it was an attempt. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
27% The Academy Awards: 87th Oscars (TV, 2015) Oh, there were a few good moments... But as the telecast headed into its second hour, it was marked mostly by the familiar sight of repeat winners and the unfamiliar sight of Harris punting joke after joke.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
91% The Good Wife: Season 7 (TV, 2015-2016) The finale was littered with non-conclusions, contradictions and plain old absurdities.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
12% The Academy Awards: 83rd Oscars (TV, 2011) A show that moved along, with a few draggy bits and high notes, like precisely what it was: a very long and fancy awards show. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
68% Lost: Season 6 (TV, 2009-2010) Watching "Lost" has been a bit like being pregnant. The thrill of discovery... Until it came down to a few final weeks, fueled by fevered anticipation and the wretched, bloated desire to just get the dang thing over with.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
88% Lost: Season 4 (TV, 2008) Lost is a show that has long required surrender, to the creative process if nothing else -- I often found myself rooting for the writers as much as for the characters.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
97% Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) Not only did Vince Gilligan's five-season, hyper-violent prose poem to midlife male frustration tie up virtually every loose end in sight, it contained the Holy Grail of all storytelling: an Actual Moment of Truth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
21% Anchorwoman: Season 1 (TV, 2007) If you hate women, men, Texas, Los Angeles, television news and any of the social progress made by Americans in the 20th century, then Anchorwoman is the show for you.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
25% Thank God You're Here: Season 1 (TV, 2007) The people doing the best improv during the premiere episode of "Thank God You're Here" are in the studio audience. They're in stitches laughing so hard one had to wonder if somebody had planted monitors with "Seinfeld" reruns playing in key spots.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
92% 30 Rock: Season 3 (TV, 2008-2009) The cast and crew prove that when you've got a good thing going, your best bet is to not mess with it. The wicked trick of "30 Rock" is its ability to satirize not only television culture, but also its place within it. S‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% Parks and Recreation: Season 4 (TV, 2011-2012) There are many reasons to watch NBC's marvelously funny Parks and Recreation, but at this point I only need one: Ron Swanson.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
65% The Ex List: Season 1 (TV, 2008) Just because something's almost unforgivably cute doesn't mean it can't also be very good and very funny, which "The Ex List" is. It may be more smile-heh-chuckle funny than belly-laugh funny, but still, it is an oasis in a parched comedic landscape.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
64% Miss Guided: Season 1 (TV, 2008) Greer pretty much defines delightful, so much so that you find yourself rooting for the show even during the pilot's many low moments.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
35% Welcome to the Captain: Season 1 (TV, 2008) After watching two episodes, I was left with the thought with which I began: An iconic apartment building full of wacky characters would make a great TV show. Would, though. Not does.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
6% Mental: Season 1 (TV, 2009) If "Mental" sounds a lot like "House" or "The Mentalist" or whatever other foreign-born-actor-playing-a-haunted-man drama you can think of, well, it is. Only nowhere near as good.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
18% Valentine: Season 1 (TV, 2008) High jinks ensue, but they are flat and predictable, which is pretty unforgivable considering they're gods and all.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
65% Drive: Season 1 (TV, 2007) Much of "Drive" is unabashedly derivative.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
52% Bionic Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2007) In other words, it's not your mother's "Bionic Woman." It's much, much better.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
62% New Amsterdam: Season 1 (TV, 2008) The pilot, and I fear the show, is trying to be so many things it winds up being . . . nothing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
25% Painkiller Jane: Season 1 (TV, 2007) It's too bad because tough-talking, smoky-voiced broads are among America's greatest contributions to world culture and they are in very short supply these days.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
89% Men of a Certain Age: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) [A] miraculously good show about a stage of life that is too often either ignored or overplayed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
58% Canterbury's Law: Season 1 (TV, 2008) Canterbury's Law is a Frankenstein's monster of a dozen cop/law shows, a pale, lurching version of the flawed and fascinating women who are taking back television like so many modern Cagneys and Laceys. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
20% The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) If Michael [Jackson] weren't dead, their antics and self-obsession would be no more or less disturbing than that of other reality show participants. But then, if Michael weren't dead, it's hard to imagine the show seeing the light of day.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
48% Emmys: 64th Emmys (TV, 2012) Surprisingly snoozy, filled with repeat winners who seemed chosen off some collective "We Predict the Emmys" sheet and only occasionally enlivened by host Jimmy Kimmel's deadpan wit.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
30% Emmys: 65th Emmys (TV, 2013) Though hosted by über-showman Neil Patrick Harris and marked by the sort of dark-horse upsets and overdue wins that usually energize a telecast, the 65th Primetime Emmys was dead. Literally and figuratively.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
29% Emmys: 71st Emmys (TV, 2019) Um, what was that? ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
75% Privileged: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) For a show so clearly determined to be sharp and sassy, the unquestioning acceptance of wealth as some sort of alternate universe or higher state of being is very, very depressing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
20% Kath & Kim: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) [A] mother/daughter Odd Couple that is drained almost immediately of any comic value.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
63% Dollhouse: Season 1 (TV, 2009) Overcrowded with plotlines, high-tech gimmicks and ambition yet empty of emotional connection and purpose, "Dollhouse" tries so hard to be so many things it winds up being nothing much at all.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
38% Emmys: 66th Emmys (TV, 2014) Are we really only going to see winners we have seen in years past or is this some sort of existential joke?... Fortunately, for every winner's podium rerun, the telecast produced a fine moment of TV.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
94% Emmys: 67th Emmys (TV, 2015) Fast-paced and mercifully uncluttered by too much "hostiness," the telecast mostly stayed out of its own way, with just enough jokes that didn't work to make us appreciate the ones that did.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
89% Emmys: 68th Emmys (TV, 2016) Operating under the belief that television itself is interesting enough, the telecast mercifully skipped most of the traditional (and time-sucking) taped bits and/or musical numbers designed to distract audiences from the actual proceedings.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
31% The Jay Leno Show: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) It's not a good sign when the Bud Light commercial is funnier than the comedy show it interrupts. Sixteen minutes into the new "The Jay Leno Show," it was difficult not to panic. This is the future of television?‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
64% Little Britain USA: Season 1 (TV, 2008) Some of it is actually funny, but you pay for every laugh with two groans and a shudder.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
35% Eleventh Hour: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) It has established an air of creepiness that is both promising and unsettling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019