Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,043 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Wedding Crashers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 502
  2. Negative: 0 out of 502
502 tv reviews
  1. Nip/ Tuck also remains gorgeously sick...The makers of Nip/ Tuck never keep it simple, which is simply excellent. [20 Sept 2005, p.C6]
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  2. 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.
  3. Amazing. [20 June 2005, p.B7]
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  4. Game of Thrones continues to impress with its ability to depict how intimate choices can have epic consequences, and vice versa. Each of the actors rises to that challenge, whether playing opposite one person or a multitude of extras.
  5. Back for its fourth season, Louie continues to be TV’s finest oddity.
  6. 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.
  7. The acting is extraordinary.
  8. Like the extraordinary Elizabeth Strout novel-in-stories that it’s based on, HBO’s Olive Kitteridge accumulates with steady, earned drama into a searing portrait of quiet desperation. It’s sad, unsentimental, and lovely.
  9. 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.
  10. The script is tight and ambitious, as it attempts to anatomize corruption in the big city.
  11. 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.
  12. I don't know if it will catch on - westerns can be a hard sell - but it's another fine AMC choice.
  13. Let’s hope it can maintain the joy of the pilot and not fall into broad shtick.
  14. 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.
  15. This one could take off, especially if the humor doesn’t obscure the layers of Jane’s moral journey.
  16. The NBC sitcom is so unpretentious and original, it will probably win you over on its own sweet merits.
  17. 'Extras" is far less terminally existential than ''The Office," less depressing to watch.
  18. Fiendishly excellent.
  19. A really extraordinary new drama.
  20. From the brilliant performance by Michael C. Hall to the dryly witty scripting, Dexter secures a position near the top of another year's best list.
  21. This knockout adaptation of the Lorraine Hansberry play is a model of both the pure power of stage acting and TV’s potential to bring us up close to that acting without deadening it.
  22. HBO's Generation Kill is remarkable.
  23. Mad Men returns for season 2 in excellent form: There's a rich and active subtext in this series, you just have to discover it.
  24. This season as much as last, In Treatment brings us into more intimacy with its characters than almost any other series on TV.
  25. Mad Men remains TV at its most artful. Like Don Draper, it's beautiful, stealthy, troubling, and, above all, addictive.
  26. When people ask me to recommend good TV, they never seem to have heard about it. Yup, Breaking Bad is that series.
  27. The writing remains remarkable, as it toggles between the rhythms and cliches of 1950s movies and the timeless resonance of mid-20th-century theater. You rarely find such economical and evocative scripting on TV.
  28. Beyond the formulaic outline, White Collar, is actually one of the best new shows of the season.
  29. This is the kind of TV that viewers ask for but rarely get, driven by characters who are more than the sum of one or two qualities and who harbor depths that are revealed slowly, subtly, and authentically.
  30. There may be a smaller number of top-notch newbies this season, but Raising Hope, a celebration of parenthood and childhood, of small joys and big struggles, is certainly one of them.

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