Arizona Republic's Scores

For 66 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Lost: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Bedford Diaries: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 48
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 48
  3. Negative: 0 out of 48
48 tv reviews
  1. Like the series that preceded it, The Office Special is brilliant. [21 Oct 2004]
  2. Can the second season possibly be as good as the first? Judging from the first three new episodes, the answer isn't just "yes." The answer is that it might be even better. [16 Jan 2000]
  3. TV's greatest show. [4 Mar 2001]
  4. It's flat-out brilliant. [1 Jun 2003]
  5. Even to an audience growing increasingly used to gritty televised fare,it's a tough look, indeed. [26 Apr 2000, p.3E]
  6. In lesser hands, the show would be suffocating, a dramatic black hole from which no light could escape. But Denis Leary, who stars as Tommy, and co-creator Peter Tolan are brilliant at letting a little humor creep in at just the right time. [30 May 2006, p.1E]
  7. A wonderful, brilliantly brutal, scathing look at British politics.
  8. Its second season begins tonight and is just as flat-out brilliant as its first, as funny as it is uncomfortable, as entertaining as it is haunting. [21 June 2005, p.1E]
  9. What a brilliant, hilarious treasure this show is, a real work of skewed art. It's also the last, best argument against the assertion that comedy is dead on TV. Watch a couple of episodes of Arrested Development and you'll be convinced it's not even ailing. [7 Nov 2004, p.1E]
  10. Plenty of action, jaw-dropping twists, rapid-fire pacing -- 24 employs everything a good drama needs. [6 Nov 2001]
  11. The new fall season's best show...Here's how good: It will make you like a Styx song. Yes. It may even make you love it. It will definitely make you hum Come Sail Away, that awful anthem from one of corporate rock's biggest hack acts. Why? Because it is the dead solid perfect choice for the first episode's closing scene, a scene so painfully perfect you'll wish you were 16 again. [25 Sept 1999, p.1D]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Sopranos, which lovingly embraces its debt to The Godfather movies,offers TV viewers an option they should not refuse. [10 Jan 1999, p.7E]
  12. It's far and away the best new show on television this fall. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  13. Lost is rip-roaring fun, an adventure that's best undertaken if you just sit back and enjoy the ride without thinking about it too much. [22 Sept 2004, p.1E]
  14. A flat-out terrific new series on FX that blends the harsh reality of what firefighters face on the job with the sometimes equally harsh reality they deal with when they go home...In short, you want to care about these characters and their lives, and there's nothing more you can ask from a show. [21 July 2004, p.1E]
  15. Judd Apatow, creator of Freaks and Geeks, grows up -- a little -- in this wonderful look at the freshman year ofcollege. Great stuff. So watch. [25 Sept 2001, p.1E]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are lots of laughs and thrills here, and just the occasional misstep: Someone, anyone, please get sidekick Tyler Labine to tone down the obnoxious Jack Black impression.
  16. It's a fantastic show, neck-and-neck with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for best new show of the season.
  17. Elizabeth [is] portrayed by Mirren in as brilliant a performance as you're likely to see.
  18. Gilmore Girls tries to be edgy, but at its core it's -- there's just noother word -- sweet. It's nothing groundbreaking. [5 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  19. It's a first-rate drama, as well, like no other Western on TV before it. It's Dodge City turned inside out, dense with intriguing, complicated characters seeking their fortune in the baddest gold-mining camp of them all. [21 Mar 2004, p.1E]
  20. What makes Desperate Housewives so intriguing -- and, in a broadcast universe that feels cookie-cutter homogenous, so different -- is the risks it takes. [3 Oct 2004]
  21. These episodes aren't as slam-bang great as last season's first four. But they are scarier, more personal, making it seem as if this time we have more to lose.
  22. Joan of Arcadia is one of the fall season's finest new dramas. It's a show whose charms defy easy description, even after you've seen a couple of episodes -- which is a plus. The story, as well as Amber Tamblyn's portrayal of Joan, is so compelling you'll be hooked. [26 Sept 2003, p.1E]
  23. The biggest and most pleasant surprise of the season.
  24. There are reasons not to like Dexter, but thanks to Hall's winning portrayal and the cool, creep-out idea, it's almost impossible not to.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The premiere is so well constructed in every department, it would be near-impossible to skip the next episode. If the show can keep up this level of quality, it could wind up being one of the greats.
  25. Yes, it's a ridiculous notion, but it's also a lot of stylish fun. [29 Sept 2001, p.1E]
  26. In Angel, both Angel and Cordelia are far more appealing than they were in Buffy. [5 Oct 1999, p.1D]
  27. It's easily one of the best new shows of the season.
  28. It's seriously good, though not always serious. [3 June 2001, p.1E]
  29. It's not so instantly compelling, particularly for the uninitiated. [22 June 2004, p.6E]
  30. So it's not the most original plot. So what? Kids are going to freak over it, and watch it again and again and again.... Tisdale is once again great as Sharpay--her performance of Fabulous is the best thing in the movie--and Lucas Grabeel gets his chance to shine as her long-suffering brother Ryan.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the quality holds through subsequent episodes, Futurama has a shot to be the best new TV comedy since King of the Hill. [28 Mar 1999]
  31. Plays down the drama and ratchets up the entertainment. All the teams are compelling for one reason or another. [5 Sep 2001]
  32. Gleefully raunchy and hilarious. ... The secret to Philadelphia's success is the delight it takes in its ridiculous situations. They go in whole hog, with no apologies. [29 Jun 2006]
  33. One hopes viewers don't get too caught up in Nip/Tuck's sometimes over-the-top graphic images and miss the beauty of the series underneath. [22 July 2003, p.1E]
  34. It is laugh-out-loud hilarious -- if your drink doesn't spew out your nose at least once an episode, you're not paying enough attention. [19 Aug 2003]
  35. Too often it feels like a missed opportunity, though there's always hope for improvement, more realistic in this case than most.
  36. Sounds ho-hum, but it's really quite funny. Sheen may be playing himself, but he plays himself well, and Cryer is a gas. [22 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An entire series built on the past tense could become tiresome, no matter how slick the visuals may be. [27 Sept 2003, p.C4]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He is just as blustery and foul-mouthed here as he is on "Hell's Kitchen." But he is also oddly endearing, mainly because he genuinely seems invested in the fate of each restaurant.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dirty Sexy Money is filled with clever touches and neat subplots.
  37. It's beautiful to look at, mind-bending to even try to comprehend, absorbing, compelling, complicated, creepy -- and I have absolutely no clue where it's headed. [13 Sep 2003]
  38. What makes it palatable is that it is often laugh-out-loud hilarious. If Seinfeld broke down a few barriers when it came to subject matter in a sitcom, Philadelphia gleefully smashes right through them. [3 Aug 2005]
  39. The best new comedy of the season.
  40. Unfortunately, The L Word too often makes it seem as if having sex is all its characters are interested in doing, particularly in the 90-minute first episode. [17 Jan 2004, p.1E]
  41. The interaction between Mal and the other characters boasts the same seamless savvy that makes Buffy and her pals so winning. [20 Sept 2002, p.1E]
  42. Unlike the HBO hits, Queer as Folk isn't great TV. It is interesting TV, entertaining TV, at times very good TV. But not in the same league as The Sopranos. [3 Dec 2000, p.3E]
  43. It ain't bad. Unnecessary, maybe. Why watch the road-show version when you can rent the DVD of the original? But not bad. [20 Mar 2005, p.1E]
  44. The family faces all of the usual TV problems -- girl trouble, parent trouble, popular-goon-at-school trouble, etc. -- that come with trying to fit in in a new town. And it all looks great, with the snow and mountains and whatnot. But it plays out ... calculated. [16 Sept 2002, p.1E]
  45. And you thought Lost could be confusing. At least it doesn't give you a headache just thinking about it.
  46. Ambitious and well-made, good cast, but brutal.
  47. Big, loud, brash, fun -- just like the city...Hits the jackpot. [22 Sept 2003, p.1E]
  48. The balancing act of working mom and psychic for hire, trying to be normal when you're not, is more interesting than the crime-solving. But how long can that be sustained? It's possible, in fact, that Medium would have worked better as a movie than as a series. [3 Jan 2005]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Whenever the action drifts away from Heaton or Grammer, the show starts to feel slack.
  49. Good for Kudrow for taking on something so different. You can't accuse her of trading on her Friends familiarity. You can, however, wish that The Comeback, for all the merits of its premise, was more enjoyable to watch. [3 June 2005, p.10]
  50. Nothing thrilling, which actually seems to work on CBS. [25 Sept 2001, p.1E]
  51. The talented Mr. Wolfwould disagree, but frankly, three is two too many. [29 Sept 2001, p.1E]
  52. Nothing groundbreaking here, obviously, but it's still pretty funny.
  53. But the oddest thing here is Harmon. Normally a charmer, his Gibbs is all stony glances and smarmy silences. Why waste that natural likability? [23 Sept 2003, p.1E]
  54. Happily, it's a funny show that deserves a wide, diverse audience. [26 Mar 2002, p.6E]
  55. It [is] such a cloying, annoying mess you can barely expend the effort to hate it.
  56. The word the network would probably be happy to hear used to describe the show is "cute." And it is, a little. But a much more accurate description would be "disposable."
  57. Oddly enough, the sex isn't what's offensive about the show. Everything else is.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The hunk quotient is pretty high. But that doesn't overcome the fact that the show is dumb and uninvolving.