For 63 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jessica Shaw's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 NY Med: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 The Houstons: On Our Own: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 63
  2. Negative: 1 out of 63
63 tv reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jessica Shaw
    It's getting difficult to keep coming up with superlatives for this sophomore-season drama, especially with a thrilling and tantalizing episode like tonight's.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jessica Shaw
    There are funny moments and heartbreaking ones on this fascinating docuseries. [13 Jul 2012, p.68]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jessica Shaw
    A delicious deep dive into six Stephen Sondheim songs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    Based on Luc Besson's 1999 film La Femme Nikita (and mercifully, less cheesy than the 1997-2001 Peta Wilson TV Series), this promising adaptation follows the same premise. [10 Sep 2010, p.83]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    There's not a nature-show junkie out there who won't be wowed by the stunning footage in this seven-hour miniseries about migratory animals. [5 Nov 2010, p.66]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    Joyful and insidery, the competition wholeheartedly embraces the freaks and geeks who made Glee a phenom to begin with.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    Jennifer Saunders' Edina and Joanna Lumley's Patsy are as deliciously delusional as ever in the Britcom's 20th-anniversary special.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    Lisa Kudrow is hilarious as online shrink Fiona Wallice, but her true talent is making those around her even funnier.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    The film is a wonderful trip down the magazine's fabulosity-paved memory lane.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    Even though you come away with no new insight into the case, the fine performances by Lowe,Revolution's Elizabeth Mitchell (as another prosecutor), and The Office's Oscar Nuñez (as Anthony's lawyer) make this TV movie far more compelling than you'd expect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    The lack of polish makes Vice all the more riveting. [5 Apr 2013, p.63]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    A must-see for fans of Broadway's favorite redheaded orphan.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    This show, which reunites the undeniably charming Bilson with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, is a goodie that mixes heartstring-tugging moments with lines like this: "There it is. Rock bottom. I just played 'Dixie' with my butt."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    Host Graham Norton is a pro, able to score laughs from both elephant farts and the KKK in under 30 minutes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    You'll be intrigued by the 85-year-old showman, his legion of devotees, and the fact that he still tells rabbi-and-priest jokes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    Lowe is (surprisingly) perfect as Chicago cop Drew Peterson, who's suspected of murdering his third and fourth wives. [20 Jan 2012, p.71]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    Twin comics Randy and Jason Sklar make statistics as entertaining as possible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    If only Glee had as much heart as this Project.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    The movie belongs to Queen Latifah, who brings so much heart to M'Lynn, she will make yours break all the more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    The twisty tale tries to tackle more than it can handle in the suspense department, but the remarkable acting keeps you sucked in till the very last confusing second.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    Hemlock Grove takes its time with story lines, ensuring that each one has plenty of room to ripen. It carries out every dastardly deed with gusto, but still offers enough moments of levity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    Some of the wait for it...It's a punchline! moments feel very last-century compared with fresher Cougar Town and 30 Rock, but the likable cast shows promise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    The twist about Chuck's (Ed Westwick) cliff-hanger shooting is tres promising, but we're sick of S and B's frenemy fights du jour. Maybe Katie Cassidy's enigmatic Juliet can bring some glory back to Girl.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    You'd think Beverly Hills would be the ideal setting for a new Housewives. But something about the camera-ready personal trainers, fresh blowouts, and requisite forehead-filler scene makes you miss the real-ness of a NeNe, Caroline, or Ramona.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    There is absolutely nothing remotely fresh about this dating show, which is essentially the unholy spawn of Bachelor Pad, Temptation Island, Survivor, and The Amazing Race. Does it matter? Hell no! Especially when there are contestants with names like Steele, raft challenges on crocodile-infested Costa Rican waters, and a reward love shack called the Oasis. [1 Jul 2011, p.68]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    This sitcom makes enough rooms for fresh gags. [22 Jun 2012, p.55]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    Mostly it is [like every other cooking competitions], but Bourdain is a Michelin-starred sound-bite machine, delivering his insults piping hot. [25 Jan/1 Feb 2013, p.110]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    Rectify's many stories are strung together with a wonderful, airy pacing--all hail the slow-TV movement!--that lends a haunting backdrop to the story of a man who may not be able to find a life, even after avoiding death.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    Occasionally L'Chaim; mostly Oy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    This surprisingly competent TV movie rehashes the highs ("Waterfalls") and lows (Left Eye burning down her boyfriend's house).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    There's no doubt that the former heavyweight champ comes off far better than you ever imagined in this filming of his 2012 Broadway one-man show, directed with spark and sincere admiration by longtime friend Spike Lee.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    It's nice to see Tierney back on TV, but I secretly hope this Shakespeare-quoting crab of a lawyer is just a filler job until another Parenthood-esque gig comes along.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    Essentially, it's a whole season of "America's Next Top Model" rolled up into each episode. Too bad the mentors and judges are hideously unlikable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    [An] unoriginal but tasty-enough culinary/travel competition.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    This reality show tries to do the same [tap into the endlessly fascinating world of ballet], following Salt Lake City's Ballet West, but it doesn't bring much new drama to the table.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    This new ripped-from-the-headlines series amps up the cheese even further by mixing Desperate Housewives-style narration with actual non-reenacted interviews.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    The 1909 businessman hangs like an ill-fitting suit on Piven, who suffocates his scenes by speaking several decibels louder than his costars and waving his arms around like a magician. A little subtlety might have left some oxygen for the promising supporting cast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    His boyish enthusiasm around poisonous critters is infectious. [8 Feb 2013, p.69]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Jessica Shaw
    The intense stares at nothing in particular, uncanny case-solving ability, and haunting past where a loved one was killed are unapologetically lifted from well-worn pages in the TV-procedural playbook. The overall effect is just not that memorable.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Jessica Shaw
    Michael Urie elevates the show out of mediocrity with his comedic power. [28 Sep 2012, p.63]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Shaw
    A tediously boring story.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Shaw
    If this show is to breathe, someone should take a scalpel to the malignant melodrama. [8 Feb 2013, p.69]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Shaw
    Gabrielle Union is by far the best thing about this single-lady-in-search-of-a-life drama.... Alas, the sluggish pacing and ridiculous dialogue send the show down the drain. [31 Jan/7 Feb 2014, p.96]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    Is it too much to ask the self-proclaimed Television for Women network to create a strong female cop lead? Instead we get Abby Kowalski (The Glades' Rachael Carpani, who deserves better than this), an oh-so-cutely klutzy (oops--she walked into a pile of cans at the market!) internal-affairs detective who, even at age 30, is disturbingly trying to impress her cop daddy (Treat Williams).
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    It's 30 minutes of cringeworthy material, full of lazy jokes and stereotypes of overwhelmed dads and uptight ex-wives.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    A faint facsimile of funny starring poor Sarah Chalke, who really deserves better. [5 Apr 2013, p.62]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    Too bad [Blair Underwood's] talent is wasted on this Raymond Burr reboot, which casts him as a wheelchairbound cop who dangles bad guys over buildings and delivers hacky dialogue. [4 Oct 2013, p.60]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Jessica Shaw
    There's so much tragically wrong with this reality show about Whitney Houston's family.