For 392 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 12.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Shales' Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Undeclared: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Head Cases: Season 1
Score distribution:
392 tv reviews
    • 72 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    It isn't high literature nor even perhaps high television, but In Treatment does have a welcome, and occasionally riveting, pulpy streak, perhaps inevitable with its promise of peeks behind doors that usually remain closed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Tell Me You Love Me is not only more provocative than any of the broadcast networks' new fall shows, but also more sophisticated--even than those shows that aspire to be "adult."
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Reaper works on its own cleverly devilish level and proves one of the happier, snappier surprises of the season.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    NBC's lavish and splashy new version of Bionic Woman, is not, as one might fear, a BW stripped of everything that fans loved about the '70s original.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Long story short: These girls are golden.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    As superbly superior as Shannon is (a comparison to Lucille Ball, while inevitable, would not be overreaching), the whole cast shines, and not just in refracted glory.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    A new limited-run series from HBO that is engaging, charming and intoxicating entirely on its own.
    • 61 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.
    • 79 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
    Factory is the network's first try at a situation comedy and, surprisingly enough, it's neither perfunctory nor primitive. It is, in fact, one of the few pleasant surprises of the summer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    A chilling and riveting essay on the evils that men do and continue doing, year after year, century after century, millennium after millennium.
    • 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    The casting, like the writing and direction, is impeccable, and includes Eve Best as Jackie's doctor friend Eleanor; Peter Facinelli as cute but semi-competent ER physician Fitch "Coop" Cooper; Merritt Wever as a bleeding-heart novice; and Haaz Sleiman as a gay Muslim orderly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    A smart and funny sitcom....Heaton is splendid as Heck, with a high-profile supporting cast.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Unlike a raft of recent adult-themed cartoons, Ugly Americans offers surprising laughs with its premise, and it is profanely whip-smart in a way that recalls the network's much-missed "Drawn Together" series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    [The mockumentary style is] used not to excess but to success, which is just what this wise, clever and bighearted comedy ought to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    The film is made skillfully enough that it could conceivably captivate both the most obsessive baseball fan and somebody who doesn't give a hoot but has a healthy curiosity--and the gratuitous extra minutes aren't by any means intolerable.
    • 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]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    The character and the show sneak up on you in clever, unexpected ways and prove a gratifying surprise. [25 Sept 2001, p.C01]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    It is a happy, sweet surprise, much more humane than almost any of the teen-age comedies that have broken out like acne on the movie screens of the nation during what seems like an interminable cinematic puberty. [5 Mar 1986, p.D1]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    Full of snap and sass -- and actual laughs, too -- and one wonders whether it's safe to become attached to it. [9 Sept 1996, p.]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Frasier at this point seems much more amusing when he's at home contending with his father than when he's at the workplace fielding phoned-in woes. But wherever he is, he's clearly in good hands -- the hands of old pros who still have the brash enthusiasm of young Turks. [16 Sept 1993, p.C1]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Sharp without being nasty and warm without being mushy...If sitcoms are a necessary evil, Boy Meets World at least manages to be as pleasant and painless as possible. [24 Sept 1993, p.C1]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Ambitious, adult and sexually sophisticated, another signpost along the road toward increasingly serious, and much more personal television. [26 Apr 1988]