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 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jessica Shaw's Scores

Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Good Wife: Season 2
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
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    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    It's not perfect (why must the characters refer to themselves in the third person?), but hey, neither was Friends when it started.
    • 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.
    • Entertainment Weekly
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    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    If The Biggest Loser focused on one person for a year--and traded in Bob and Jillian for the lovely and supportive Chris Powell-- you'd have this series. [3/10 Jun 2011, p.104]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    This surprisingly competent TV movie rehashes the highs ("Waterfalls") and lows (Left Eye burning down her boyfriend's house).
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    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    The show has potential. Cameron possesses all the spunk and talent of the Demis and Selenas before her, and Jessica Garcia plays the most endearing G-rated high school tough girl since Jo Polniaczek.
    • 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.
    • 53 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]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    This sitcom makes enough rooms for fresh gags. [22 Jun 2012, p.55]
    • Entertainment Weekly
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    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    The much-needed fast-forwarding of this family sudser continues to help the characters who'd become so tedious by the end of last season. [9 Oct 2010, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    Occasionally L'Chaim; mostly Oy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    [An] unoriginal but tasty-enough culinary/travel competition.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    His boyish enthusiasm around poisonous critters is infectious. [8 Feb 2013, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Jessica Shaw
    Michael Urie elevates the show out of mediocrity with his comedic power. [28 Sep 2012, p.63]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
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    • 50 Jessica Shaw
    The one standout is Audrey, a self-described "whole lot of woman" who's so big that "even drag queens think I'm a drag queen." She's honest and sassy without trying to hide her insecurities with empty bragging.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Shaw
    A tediously boring story.
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • Entertainment Weekly
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    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    It would be nice for this old Girl to go out with dignity, but at this rate, it's not looking good. [12/19 Oct 2012, p.99]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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).
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    A faint facsimile of funny starring poor Sarah Chalke, who really deserves better. [5 Apr 2013, p.62]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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]
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    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    [A] rancidly boring, Jamie Oliver-produced cooking/travel/patriotism competition.

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