For 405 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Shales' Scores

Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 The Comeback: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Family Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
405 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    "Entourage" returns with feathers fully unfurled, zooming and soaring across the Sunday-night sky and elevating escapism to dizzy new altitudes and basically untroubled new attitudes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Angel abounds in the kinds of frills, luxuries and extras that make it a cheerfully guilty pleasure--and also, on occasion, a very bloody mess. [5 Oct 1999, p.C01]
    • Washington Post
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Nearly everything is done right, most conspicuously in the casting of Glenn Close as Patty Hewes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    The show seems weightless in the good sense, breezy and airborne, with a brisk and flippant style that's instantly attractive. [12 Sep 1992]
    • Washington Post
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Men of a Certain Age proves a powerful yet mercifully amusing experience--bittersweet, poignant and wise. It's not just a series, but something of a tonic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    The fact is, Harper's Island is a cunningly constructed, habit-forming mystery that makes for an intriguing departure from normal episodic television.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Probably the savviest savage satire of the TV business since Paddy Chayefsky's barnstormer "Network" in 1976. [19 June 1999, p.C01]
    • Washington Post
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    One weak link is fellow stand-up comic Michael Richards as Seinfeld's wacky neighbor. He isn't wacky or neighborly enough; it just doesn't work. But he's in the minority where "Seinfeld" is concerned. You may not convulsively guffaw, but you're bound to convincingly smile. Here's one that worked out just right.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    True Blood isn't meant to be an exercise in good taste. Just a romp and a wallow--and a bloody good one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Despite the origins, the situations and dialogue are less infantile than a lot of shows that aren't based on comic strips, and the hero is given enough complexity that adults can conceivably be as engaged in his shenanigans as kids. [20 Sept 1990, p.D1]
    • Washington Post
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Grey Gardens is tragicomedy of a very rare and rarefied kind--priceless, precious and, thanks largely to Lange, potentially unforgettable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Here and there, The Company is so evocatively dark and creepy it approaches the artistry of a John le Carré thriller, at least as adapted for TV back in the '80s and '90s.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Benefits incalculably from the presence of Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins in the lead roles -- a stubborn old Southern sheriff and the young black professional dispatched to assist him...[It is] pedestrian as murder mysteries go, but what sustains interest are the clashes and the growing camaraderie of the two men. [5 Mar 1988, p.B1]
    • Washington Post
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    In the first of the new episodes, David seems all too eager to reach, and even stretch, for laughs. ... The good news is that as the weeks go on ... the show gets better and better, until the barnacles of self-consciousness fall off and David gets back to his old stride. It only requires a bit of patience, in other words, and viewers who find the first couple of episodes disappointing should stay with it, because at its lunatic best, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is still one of the absolutely funniest half-hours on television. [3 Jan 2004]
    • Washington Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    "Shark" is one of the season's best and fastest-moving new dramas.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    "The Drew Carey Show" bucks all the prevailing sitcom trends and does it endearingly. [17 Sep 1995]
    • Washington Post
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    It seems an imaginative improvement over previous sequels "Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine." [16 Jan 1995]
    • Washington Post
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Smart, sassy and delightful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    The show has a happily palpable likability going for it, a lot of that courtesy of Zachary Levi, who plays the unlikely and in fact unwilling hero.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Whatever else it is, the show is supremely entertaining. Smartly edited and cleverly constructed--the George Washington Bridge serving as a visual transition--the series marks another auspicious entry to television's vast stockpile of Guilty Pleasures.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    There's enough going on in Caprica to keep a sci-fi fan, or anyone who likes to settle into a good story, satisfied and even beguiled--and though it's shot too dark those watching on an upscale, big-screen TV will be treated to a visual spectacular.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Whatever it is, it's fascinating, the television equivalent of the book you can't put down and maybe the jigsaw puzzle you never quite complete.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    It's singularly unique, crazily nuts and perturbingly disturbed. [8 Nov 2001, p.C01]
    • Washington Post
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Reaper works on its own cleverly devilish level and proves one of the happier, snappier surprises of the season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    "The Practice" may not be perfect, but it certainly has a lot going for it -- including a cast that clicks instantly. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Washington Post
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    No matter how opulent this production, Mirren is never upstaged, and she is the best reason to keep watching.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Long story short: These girls are golden.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Essentially, Lois & Clark amounts to a de-tooning of the Superman story, changing it from kids' stuff to more sophisticated fare, yet retaining the beguiling sense of wonder it would be lost without. Superman, contrary to published reports, is not dead. In fact, it could be argued he has never looked better. [11 Sept 1993, p.D1]
    • Washington Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    The premiere episode is smart and tense, the TV equivalent of the book you can't put down. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Washington Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    A smart and funny sitcom....Heaton is splendid as Heck, with a high-profile supporting cast.

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