For 16 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 20.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Clifford Terry's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 45
Highest review score: 80 Wiseguy: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Nothing In Common: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
16 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Clifford Terry
    Appearing in her first TV series, Bergen brings in a full-court-press performance-stylish, sardonic and funny. Couple that with English's crisp dialogue, which consistently veers off just at the point it seems to be settling for the formulaic, and "Murphy Brown" comes up as a bright, promising half-hour. [14 Nov 1988]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Clifford Terry
    Coming from Cannell, Wiseguy is, of course, all sweat and swagger, bullets and babes, breeziness and bravado. Men's bowling teams are advised to schedule their nights around this one.[16 Sept 1987, p.7C]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Clifford Terry
    Trekkies, beware. ... Nothing, but nothing, could match the 1966-69 original, right? Those of us who have been less diligent in our viewing habits, though, may see the spinoff as energetically entertaining sci-fi stuff, an alternately spirited and silly piece. [30 Sep 1987]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Clifford Terry
    An amiable, pleasant piece...While the film was manipulative and filled with obvious humor, Keaton managed somehow to transcend the commonplace, but Jackson just doesn't have the same comedic timing or the ability to juxtapose artfully toughness and cuteness. [9 Sept 1988, p.C2]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Clifford Terry
    Familiar turf, but not bad, considering. Trouble is, the premise will wear out quickly. [24 Mar 1989, p.4]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Clifford Terry
    A lead-footed imitation of that fine old radio show, "The Bickersons," which featured Don Ameche and Frances Langford, Married . . . with Children spotlights still another couple trading verbal tweaks and brusque banter. [3 Apr 1987, p.5]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Clifford Terry
    Despite its aim of tweaking television's usual saccharine family vehicles--replacing, in effect, the smarmy with the snippy--it really is just another standard sitcom itself, wrapped in fitfully amusing abrasiveness. [18 Oct 1988]
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Clifford Terry
    Little more than a routine cop show with a racial overlay. The pornography- laced plot in the premiere is recycled stuff-you don't have to be a big- city detective to come up with the killer early on-and much of the dialogue lies as flat as a plate of week-old catfish. [4 Mar 1988, p.5C]
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Clifford Terry
    Predictably, this means it's a program in which the kids don't act like kids but the adults do. There are all kinds of cutesy-poo situations and lines like, "The baby's sleeping like a baby," your basic thigh-slap diaper- changing scene and a final segue into full-throttle poignance. [22 Sept 1987, p.7C]
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Clifford Terry
    In the opener, the title character learned new terms ("hair-of-the- dog," "bimbo"), but before too many weeks, this particular Starman may comprehend still another phrase: "Midseason replacement." [26 Sept 1986, p.C5]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Clifford Terry
    Fast Times is strictly spoon-gagging grotty-to-the-max, lacking the bite and outrageousness of the movie and coming across, in its tidied-up-for-television form, as nothing more than a peach-fuzz "Punky Brewster." [5 Mar 1986, p.C7]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Clifford Terry
    Routed as the most promising new series on the woeful CBS fall schedule, Designing Women disappoints. Already tiresomely pegged as a younger version of "The Golden Girls," it seems more like "The Carping Capitalists." [29 Sept 1986, p.7C]
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Clifford Terry
    Everything about the series is cuddly instead of crackling, simpy instead of sexy. Cassidy seems more like an Amherst sophomore than an off- season mechanic, while Hardin flounces around like a perky princess...The dancing itself, although relatively racy for prime-time placement, is not so much dirty as slightly soiled. [28 Oct 1988, p.6]
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Clifford Terry
    The only possible reason for tuning in to Down and Out is to watch Mike the Dog do tricks and Anita Morris do aerobics. [24 July 1987, p.C7]
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Clifford Terry
    Lacking the charm and bite--however inconsistent--that was evident in the original, the series is reduced to limp dialogue exchanges ... as well as garbled cliches ... and reflections on American mores from the stereotypical, transplanted executives. [5 Dec 1986]
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Clifford Terry
    Unyieldingly unfunny, Nothing in Common is dragged down by the overeager-to-please, full-court-press performance of Waring, and the tedious script by--depending on which network credit you believe--Samuro Mitzubi or Garry Marshall. [2 Apr 1987, p.C15]