Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,308 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 663
  2. Negative: 0 out of 663
663 tv reviews
  1. Riveting, gripping, and altogether compelling ... An innovative and expertly executed hour of suspense, '24' is without question the best premiere of the fall season. [6 Nov 2001]
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  2. The show doesn't seem to have lost any ballast moving forward from the intensity of season one.
  3. This is a great piece of TV work... Right from its opening minutes, after a flight to Australia has crashed on the shores of nowhere, ABC's Lost simulates the kind of dread we don't expect to find on the small screen. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
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  4. It's hard to know where to aim the praise first.
  5. It’s a fantastic return to the story, if you’re in no hurry for action and can admire show creator Ray McKinnon’s quietly fraught set pieces.
  6. "The Larry Sanders Show" begins its sixth season in top form, with no letup in its steady flow of spot-on sendups and ironic rubs. [13 Mar 1998]
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  7. This is a show about religion, politics, parent-child relationships, and the moral dilemmas of insurgency. Consider it a workplace drama where the business is armed resistance.
  8. The Dresser is a British prestige blowout. It’s rich in commanding, frightening, and sad performances, all of which are in service of a beautifully layered script that takes on aging, missed opportunity, and dire regret.
  9. What’s different about the second season of Master of None is a greater sense of auteurish confidence--a willingness to allude to movies, to toy with linear storytelling, and to artfully frame shots. ... That kind of playfulness and risk-taking wends in and out of the season with the kind of assurance usually seen in the work of more experienced TV and movie makers.
  10. The look of The Deuce is thoroughly transporting, and that’s just the start. ... As with “The Wire” and “Treme,” we meet a large, multicultural ensemble of characters in The Deuce, most of them written with remarkable specificity and distinguished by shrewd acting choices. And as with “The Wire” and “Treme,” their stories piece together slowly but surely into a single broad canvas of Americans on the fringes of our economic system.
  11. The drama remains as tense as ever, with strong, careful writing and an abundance of fine performances.
  12. Of all the drama pilots I watched, this was my favorite.
  13. Thanks largely to the presence of blowhard-par-excellence Denis Leary, who could be neither self-pitying nor unambiguously heroic if his life or his pack of cigarettes depended on it, it's one of the best series of the year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While the four episodes presented to critics for preview offered just enough bearings to determine that bearings are of limited use in the universe of American Gods, it’s safe to say even this early that it’s one of the most imaginative, adventurous, and deeply weird experiments on television--an entrancingly trippy metaphorical melee that elevates an investigation of American identity to a supernatural plane.
  14. More than a cartoon, it's TV's most intelligent comedy. [11 Oct 1990]
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  15. It's hard to imagine any other comedy series putting such a fitting cap on its run. [21 Oct 2004]
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  16. Ultimately, though, even with the fantasy, Game of Thrones feels like a historical medieval saga. It's a royal, and royally good, round of musical chairs.
  17. The acting is extraordinary.
  18. Back for its fourth season, Louie continues to be TV’s finest oddity.
  19. Chase has kept his vision unspoiled despite the torrents of praise, hyperbole, and Emmy nomination that have rained down on his show. Yes, the exhilarating sense of discovery that electrified the first season of "The Sopranos" is gone; the first cut is always the deepest. But last season's revelatory buzz is replaced by a certainty that this show has got legs, that the writing is as comic and edgy as ever, and that Chase has a few new monsters up his sleeve. [14 Jan 2000]
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  20. This show belongs to Driver. ... She’s a force--and a comic force, as she proved on “Will & Grace” and “About a Boy.”
  21. The pilot is tremendous. It’s tightly plotted, and, despite being about terrorism like “24,” it brings Sutherland out of the shadow of can-do Jack Bauer.
  22. I love the suburban satire, which is old territory made fresh again. [Jane] Levy, from "Shameless," is tart and sympathetic, and [Cheryl] Hines is a revelation as a rabidly superficial mom.
  23. The script is tight and ambitious, as it attempts to anatomize corruption in the big city.
  24. Let’s hope it can maintain the joy of the pilot and not fall into broad shtick.
  25. Dern is fantastic as Amy--you cringe as her histrionics drive people away, and cringe again as she tries to suppress her feelings behind a veneer of New Age peacefulness.
  26. Both the title and the first few minutes ... nearly ruin what could turn out to be a charming show. ... Fortunately, the tone starts to shift, soften, and gain stronger comic footing. ... Additionally, almost all of the snarky skewering of the corporate environment of Henry and Eliza’s Big Pharma workplace radiates the same wonderfully acidic tone as Better Off Ted.
  27. This one could take off, especially if the humor doesn’t obscure the layers of Jane’s moral journey.
  28. The pilot is beautifully shaped, the themes of building your own meaning in life are smart, and the actors already seem to know their characters.
  29. I don't know if it will catch on - westerns can be a hard sell - but it's another fine AMC choice.

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