Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,295 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 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 655
  2. Negative: 0 out of 655
655 tv reviews
  1. I admire this show--it's so original, and sequences such as the "Sound of Music" goof are right on. But I admire it more than I enjoy it.
  2. Does it work? Mostly, but only if you can handle what is now commonly called "edge." [29 Jan 1999]
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  3. Little Dorrit has so many virtues--indelible performances, stirring pathos, and an emotional and psychological heft unusual for Dickens--that you can forgive its one significant flaw.
  4. Even as you may be tempted on occasion to roll (or close) your eyes, it’s hard not to be drawn in at least partway.
  5. Then the second episode, and then the third, come along, and 1600 Penn evolves into a surprisingly likable single-camera comedy.
  6. The plotting of The Bridge can be dense. That doesn’t undermine my enjoyment of the show, but there are moments in between revelations when I sometimes feel at sea.
  7. It's not quite the revelation that "The Simpsons" was, but "Futurama" contains enough inventiveness and heart to make it a worthy follow-up. [26 Mar 1999]
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  8. Everything works and the actors range from fine to good--although the fast-talking chatter between De Caestecker and Henstridge gets old quickly--but it doesn’t exactly crackle with excitement. It’s fun, but a little flat in spots.
  9. There's a lot to enjoy... But "30 Rock" is more sitcommy than most of the single-camera sitcoms on the air now, and it has none of the sharp bite of "The Larry Sanders Show."
  10. The series looks and feels appropriately ghoulish with a couple of good gotcha moments and excellently rendered scary creatures prowling the shadows, in between clunky expository passages.
  11. The pilot is entertainingly lighthearted, but in a twist that I won't spoil here, a serialized back story begins to surface that could push the show down a more convoluted path.
  12. There are promising signs of life in the first two hours of the new series, which take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in London.
  13. "Brotherhood" ... may not be one of the all-time great crime shows, but it's certainly a very good one that improves with each episode.
  14. It’s a coming of age comedy that’s raunchy and sophomoric, but, as is typical with Apatow products, it’s also character-based and at times kind of touching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like Mary Tyler Moore and even the master, Bob Newhart, [Flockhart is] great at reacting to what happens around her. But right now, the characters around her aren't very interesting. [8 Sep 1997]
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  15. Compared to the original, it's slicker, brighter, more obviously produced, and a smidgen less fun.
  16. The show is sweet enough and features a likable cast. The assimilation material is a bit obvious in the two episodes provided for review, but that’s typical in new comedies trying to establish their stomping grounds.
  17. Turns out Happy Endings is one of those rare TV cases of rising above, as the writing and the ensemble energy trump the stale premise.
  18. 11.22.63 is a satisfying and smartly developed work that marks yet another step forward for streamer Hulu, which has been featuring increasingly notable series including “Casual” and “Difficult People.”
  19. It has a set of distinctive actors, a minimum of punch-line mania, and a script that is occasionally charming. The characters actually have the potential to become three-dimensional.
  20. The degree to which viewers will enjoy the new Fox series Rake, based on an Australian series of the same name, will depend on how high their threshold is for watching a charismatic, talented person repeatedly sabotage himself while trying the patience of those around him. Going a long way toward making that trope palatable, and quite charming, is Greg Kinnear as lawyer Keegan Deane.
  21. While Halt and Catch Fire captures the professional and financial excitement and mystery of those days, before we knew computers would change the world, it also takes on the complex personalities involved.
  22. Canterbury has promise but her law needs a lot of work.
  23. These guys come up with twisted shorts and one longer and even more twisted feature per episode, some of them actual man-on-the-street interviews, some of them scripted, and most of them funny.
  24. After Lately isn't a significant addition to her little empire; it's slight and filled with dislikable characters. But for Handler fans, who love to hate everyone famous, that has never been a turnoff.
  25. It’s an ambitious, almost indescribable series that has fun while feeding into American rage over our government’s partisan mania.
  26. It’s gently funny, but also endearing.
  27. ''Sit Down Comedy" is really about the amiable chatter, with only a passing nod at insight.
  28. When the material is overly familiar--Emma running into her high school boyfriend, the predictably quirky characters who populate a small town--their timing lifts it up a few notches.
  29. The one-liners are broad, the plots preposterous. And yet it all works in a lighthearted-summer-fare kind of way, helped along with almost pornographic images of Hamptons wealth.

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