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Rick Kogan

Rick Kogan
Rick Kogan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Hunter: Season 7 (TV, 1990-1991) ''Hunter,'' for all its violence, occasional bromides and tried-and-true tone, is a pretty good TV show. It can be admired for the solid writing of its scripts... and the strength of [Fred] Dryer`s do-it-my-way performance.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
83% Dateline NBC: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993) Its premiere is formulaic but also solid. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
87% Frasier: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) The radio call-in studio is fertile comedic territory. Less so, the home turf. Though [John] Mahoney is a great actor, his character is so sour and bitter as to be off-putting.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
77% Law & Order: Season 1 (TV, 1990-1991) "Law & Order" combines two familiar TV types - the catch-the-bad-guys thrills of cop shows and the put-'em-in-jail drama of lawyer shows - into an altogether fast-paced and generally pleasing hour.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
No Score Yet Hotel Room: Season 1 (TV, 1993) This project is a fascinating gathering of writers, actors and actresses. All, unfortunately, perform in the service of a quirky and pompous cause.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
No Score Yet Piggsburg Pigs!: Season 1 (TV, 1990) A Fox show that features piglet cartoon teens in trite action adventures.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
73% Mad About You: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993) What elevates Mad About You is that it twists the reality of marriage in the `90s with restraint and wit. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
73% Against the Grain: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) This is a gentle and enjoyable family drama, acted by a no-name cast that is attractively unaffected.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
50% Big Wave Dave's: Season 1 (TV, 1993) One could not hope for a more capable pack of actors in a sitcom. Nor could one be more pleasantly surprised by the character-driven, rather than insult-based, humor that courses through this premiere.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
43% Burke's Law: Season 1 (TV, 1994) A tired retread of the original series that ran in the 1960s... Though Barry remains a class act, Barton's a mannequin.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
0% George: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) It's a cloying and sugary-stale mess of familiar sitcom situations and fat jokes.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
38% Moon over Miami: Season 1 (TV, 1993) Ouch, we've just been hit on the head by the Moonlighting" hammer.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
50% Phenom: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) Though the phenom has a couple of unnecessarily quirky siblings, there is a great deal of sizzle between [William] Devane and [Judith] Light.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
88% Missing Persons: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) The show's pace, plots and visual style are polished and satisfying.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
40% Time Trax: Season 1 (TV, 1993) What a pleasant surprise you'll find: an action/diversion given a solid foundation by the crafty way in which the writers have created an interestingly plausible future and lively foes.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
50% Key West: Season 1 (TV, 1993) It's difficult to determine whether the show's doomed to choke of its own quirkiness, or whether there is some substance behind the Northern Exposure-inspired lunacy. In any case, I'm intrigued.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Untouchables: Season 1 (TV, 1993) Though it is sure to attract a large initial audience-and will satisfy many-I wonder if the show's writers will be able to invent enough stories to keep the series interesting. Capone, after all, was locked up for keeps in 1931.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
18% The Trouble With Larry: Season 1 (TV, 1993) The trouble with this show is that it's even on. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
0% Laurie Hill: Season 1 (TV, 1992) Laurie Hill'' looks like a loser. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
10% Woops!: Season 1 (TV, 1992) Takes an odd premise -- a nuclear explosion kills everyone on the planet except six people -- and mangles it into a strained, let`s-all-be-wacky romp.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
No Score Yet Fly by Night: Season 1 (TV, 1991) Potentially the best of the bunch. Where else on TV might you encounter a woman who drinks triple Glenlivets, wanders around in slinky nighties and does needlepoint?‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
0% Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: Season 1 (TV, 1993) In the original Kung Fu, the combination of mystic philosophy and kung fu fighting attracted a cult following. The effect of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues on those cultists will be similar to being kicked in the teeth by an old lover.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
33% The Hat Squad: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993) This series redefines the network notion of nonsense in giving us three cartoonish crime fighters.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
100% Bob: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993) We will all have to accept now that Bob Newhart is the most remarkable comic actor in the history of network sitcom TV.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
80% Hearts Afire: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993) Hearts Afire is a crafty creation from producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason of Designing Women and Evening Shade renown. It's full of genuine surprises and interesting characters.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
0% Julie: Season 1 (TV, 1992) Garishly bad, ''Julie'' has Julie and nothing else.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
17% Stand by Your Man: Season 1 (TV, 1992) [The stars] prove attractive and amusing in the roles, even while reading the inanities and double-entendres of a script that is surely from Skid Row.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
63% The Powers That Be: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993) It`s wonderfully silly and pleasingly mean-spirited, much like the world its seeks to satirize.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
100% Room for Two: Season 1 (TV, 1992) A solidly constructed vehicle for the talents of Linda Lavin. In the show`s first two episodes, the actress drives it with acerbic style.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
63% The Boys of Twilight: Season 1 (TV, 1992) They are a couple of neat old coots, Wilford Brimley and Richard Farnsworth. They are good actors, too, though the premiere of ''The Boys of Twilight'' gives them little chance to exhibit more than cantankerousness and a bit of horsemanship.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
33% Capitol Critters: Season 1 (TV, 1995-1996) ''Capitol Critters'' is a relatively pleasant show.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
13% Fish Police: Season 1 (TV, 1992) ''Fish Police'' is so awash in fish humor that, after its 30 minutes, I wondered if the writers had not exhausted all the yuks in the sea.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
20% Human Target: Season 1 (TV, 1992) The show`s main failing is in taking itself too seriously. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
0% Scorch: Season 1 (TV, 1992) Though at one point the phrase ''scum sucking pig'' is nastily employed, Scorch has the potential to be pleasantly cynical and engaging. But his human co-stars show no signs of life.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
No Score Yet Hearts Are Wild: Season 1 (TV, 1992) It stars David Beecroft as the fictional owner of a hotel, and each week he and a trusted aide drift through a couple of trite subplots.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
40% Bodies of Evidence: Season 1 (TV, 1992) But more is not better, and in its attempt to inject the familiar detective show format with a bit of sex and personal-lives-of-the-detec tive drama, ''Bodies of Evidence'' comes up short and routine.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
63% Covington Cross: Season 1 (TV, 1992) [Covington Cross] has the potential to be a lighthearted series, fueled with fights and romance.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
88% Dave's World: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) Dave's World is as solid and gentle a sitcom. It is a show that tries for laughs not in the insult-throwing manner employed by far too many sitcoms or in unrealistic scenarios but in subtle, observational ways.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
40% The New WKRP in Cincinnati: Season 1 (TV, 1991-1992) Instead of recycling just old ideas, why not recycle old shows? It`s effectively done in WKRP in Cincinnati.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
No Score Yet Sisters: Season 2 (TV, 1991-1992) Sisters, a surprise NBC mid-season hit, remains steamy.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
75% Sisters: Season 1 (TV, 1991) When a premiere prompts so many intriguing questions, while providing solid acting and writing, you might be on to a winner.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
No Score Yet The Building: Season 1 (TV, 1993) "The Building" is the sort of offbeat offering that scares the Guccis off network executives but gives us lesser mortals hope that television can still sustain creativity.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
67% Homefront: Season 1 (TV, 1991-1992) The large crowd of unknown actors pretty and handsome, their characters fairly interesting, and the era evoked rather neatly. But the dialogue is stiff and the subplots pedestrian. It`s all quite forgettable.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
9% Saved by the Bell: The College Years: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) The plot centers around meeting girls, flirtling with girls or talking about girls. Such issues as classes are treated with disdain. This is the sort of show only an idiot could love.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
89% Hangin' With Mr. Cooper: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993) As likable as star Mark Curry is in the premiere of a weird comedic hybrid called Hangin` With Mr. Cooper, watching this show is nevertheless an experience akin to walking into a closet cluttered with cliches.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
56% Nurses: Season 1 (TV, 1991-1992) From the first two episodes, it`s evident that Nurses aspires to the humor-heart balance that characterized 'M+A+S+H. That`s a very tall order because these ''Nurses'' are a shallow and stereotypical lot.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
56% Melrose Place: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993) Melrose Place is a perfectly packaged product. Its pitch is persuasive because it does not threaten or provoke by giving us a version of reality. In that fashion, Melrose Place succeeds.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
70% Class of '96: Season 1 (TV, 1993) "Class of '96" has the hapless look of a reveler who arrives when the party's over.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
No Score Yet Dark Justice: Season 1 (TV, 1991-1992) I have to say that these are not-ready-for-prime-time. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
14% Teech: Season 1 (TV, 1991) [Phill] Lewis is an appealing performer, as are some other cast members, but the race relations jokes are strained and awkward.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019