Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,105 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 537
  2. Negative: 0 out of 537
537 tv reviews
  1. Here, a strong cast and sharp writing prove to be a winning combination.
  2. Sookie remains a compelling plucky heroine, undaunted by the violent strangeness of Bill's nighttime world but still holding fast to her moral center.
  3. The uniformly solid acting pulls Mob City back from its occasional flirtation with the “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” precipice.
  4. These lives are familiar to us the way that folk tales are, which is to say that no matter how well we already know them they remain vivid and exciting and moving when told well, as they are here.
  5. What a treat it is to find a medical show that doesn't turn its talented MDs into bedside saints in order to calm viewers' fears about mechanical HMO factories.
  6. The emotional strains of keeping her secret from Ben (Iddo Goldberg) grow across the eight episodes and lend the season an unexpected poignancy.
  7. The nonfictional veneer feels authentic, and so does Lilley's talent.
  8. The first five new episodes sent for preview are excellent--as brilliantly painful as the old ones.
  9. The show works, in its own hokey, feel-good, alt-soundtrack way.
  10. It's a nicely assembled, topical film that gives us both a sweeping view of gay rights across almost 30 years, as well as an intimate look at an extraordinary person swept up in those times.
  11. With this bracing and comic new set of 12 episodes, Nurse Jackie has evolved into a rigorous, fascinating portrait of denial, of how it works when someone deceives herself and everyone around her
  12. It’s not as sharp and lovable as “Broad City”; Abbi and Ilana, take a bow for an inspired second season of your New York picaresque. But it’s likable, over-the-top, culturally aware, and totally far-out, man. It’s the definition of a madcap adventure.
  13. Despite the blood and the labor, Call the Midwife is filled with heart.
  14. It is reverent enough, and profoundly heroic; and yet it is a living, breathing piece of work that brings American history down to earth.
  15. Like "Lost," it has the potential to grow into a cross-genre drama that reaches beyond cultiness to all kinds of TV viewers.
  16. If you're looking for sexual tension amid the laugh track, or social and political point-making between the punchlines, then "Will & Grace" may not work for you. It's a sitcom that has the potential to prove to prime time that attractions between adults are not always rooted in lust. [21 Sep 1998]
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  17. Too often, TV's sci-fi creators fail to give us characters to identify with, focusing instead on special effects and plot manipulations. But the father-son-bond material in Falling Skies brings humanity to the story and grounds it in emotion rather than spectacle.
  18. Project Greenlight distinguishes itself with its surprisingly warts-and-all approach. As it progresses, we get to see the sort of naked-ego shots and bottom-line talk you'd expect Miramax and its mob to have kept under wraps. [30 Nov 2001, p.D1]
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  19. Thankfully, this season Dexter continues to play with our moral bearings, which is the show’s best quality.
  20. Mazzello and Dale both add to the humanity of The Pacific with their committed performances, even when the disorienting narrative seems to be working against them.
  21. As Seth Avett notes, “there should not be an element of exclusivity with folk music.” Another Day shows that it is here for us all, the folks playing and the folks watching.
  22. While the premise sounds confusing, and sometimes is when it comes to the details of the dueling crimes-of-the-week, the producers and writers do a good job of keeping the worlds distinct and vivid, including some neat visual flourishes and subtle color coding.
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  23. If you're prudish or just polite, in other words, you'll be turned off by all the happy offensiveness. If you're not turned off, though, you may be entertained, as I am. The show is the quintessential slacker comedy. [29 Jun 2006]
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  24. All the performances are rough and under-rehearsed, which makes them appealing. Costello also keeps the atmosphere relaxed during the interviews, never seeming too eager to interject his own commentary or jokes.
  25. If you haven’t figured this out yet, Man Seeking Woman is plenty weird. But it’s also wild, wily, and, depending on your taste for high-risk jokes that don’t always fly, wonderful.
  26. Earnestness is often the enemy of sitcom writers. Snark and innuendo, which can indeed be loads of fun, reign in many half-hour shows, with NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” being a notable exception. So Fox is taking a gamble, a worthy one, with its new comedy Enlisted.
  27. It helps that Cheadle is surrounded by characters, and actors, who seem like they will go interesting places.
  28. "Studio 60" is one of the best new dramas of the season, assuming you aren't Sorkin-phobic, and with some tweaking it could be the very best.
  29. Unique, fresh, and quite entertaining. [1 Oct 2004]
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  30. The Walking Dead may depend more on suspense, desolate atmosphere, and creative storytelling than fine acting. The show takes a nightmare generally told in movies and opens it up for the medium of TV. I'm optimistic that Darabont & Co. will continue to find ways to make the characters interestingly human as they dodge death's slow, ruthless pursuit.

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