Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,241 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 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 622
  2. Negative: 0 out of 622
622 tv reviews
  1. 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
  2. Washington provides a strong sense of the woman and her complex reactions. Pierce, too, is just right here, with his bottled-up anger. Around them are many small but fine portraits--Alison Wright (Martha on “The Americans”) as Thomas’s supportive wife, Bill Irwin as a nasty Danforth, and Treat Williams as Kennedy, hobbled by his own past. Like Confirmation, they’re sharply etched.
  3. 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.
  4. Despite the blood and the labor, Call the Midwife is filled with heart.
  5. It is reverent enough, and profoundly heroic; and yet it is a living, breathing piece of work that brings American history down to earth.
  6. Like "Lost," it has the potential to grow into a cross-genre drama that reaches beyond cultiness to all kinds of TV viewers.
  7. 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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  8. 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.
  9. 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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  10. Thankfully, this season Dexter continues to play with our moral bearings, which is the show’s best quality.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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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  14. The pilot is a slick, constantly entertaining hour of programming, directed by Julie Anne Robinson with hell-for-premium-leather pacing and a surplus of stylized, split-screen transitions.
  15. 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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  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Director Greg Whiteley emphasizing moments of gridiron glory at the expense of diving deeper into the psychology of the athletes. And though that feels like a missed opportunity, it can’t be said that he doesn’t know his audience. For those with a love of the game, this peek inside a premier small college program is a stimulating, singular all-access pass.
  19. 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.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s consistently well-made, entertaining, and held aloft by thought-provoking ideas.
  20. It helps that Cheadle is surrounded by characters, and actors, who seem like they will go interesting places.
  21. "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.
  22. Unique, fresh, and quite entertaining. [1 Oct 2004]
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  23. 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.
  24. The show, from busy TV producer Greg Berlanti, who is also responsible for “Arrow” and “The Flash,” is filled with such bits of self-awareness, most of it conveyed light-heartedly, cleverly, and charmingly.
  25. It moves along at a thriller’s pace, as the men’s troubles accumulate, and there are a lot of satisfying plot turns, blackly comic moments, and guest appearances along the way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The show has all the necessary ingredients. It's fast-paced, it's mildly sexy, and you don't have to pay too much attention to get hooked - it just sort of insinuates itself into your consciousness.
  26. Izzard is a great surprise in FX's "The Riches," and just one of this fascinating new series' unexpectedly soulful pleasures.
  27. Consistently entertaining, if not hysterical, and plotted with care, so that three distinct story lines dovetail nicely.
  28. So much of the pleasure of Lost is in the way surprise twists arrive completely out of the blue.

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