Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,014 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Rectify: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 488
  2. Negative: 0 out of 488
488 tv reviews
  1. The Office is less breezy and more warped than almost any sitcom on the American networks. For viewers accustomed to shiny, happy escapism, NBC's The Office speaks a new comic language of glum realism. Like the original, which was co-created by Stephen Merchant and the show's star, Ricky Gervais, it is a queasy portrait of corporate depression, characters who rarely smile, and bleak irony. It is funny, but slowly and painfully so.
  2. The Ghost Army can feel a bit padded at times. Like one of those rubber tanks, it’s not as imposing as it seems. But also like those tanks, it’s memorable and not quite like anything else.
  3. A promising newcomer that recalls the ethnic comedy and spirit of the movie "Moonstruck." [29 Sept 2000]
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  4. The show's setup has some charm, especially since Joan's reactions are anything but beatific. [26 Sept 2003, p.D4]
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  5. This new Bravo series is definitely in, if you find amusement in fierce fashionistas and extravagant clothing that only skeletal models will ever wear. [1 Dec 2004]
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  6. One of TV's more interesting reality competitions. ... This season, the series promises to be less revelatory but equally absorbing. [7 Dec 2005]
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  7. An intriguing though uneven mixture of "Miami Vice," "Less than Zero" and, most of all, an extended 501 Jeans ad. [21 May 1992]
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  8. It takes on a familiar formula with urgency and emotion. [26 Sep 2002]
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  9. Does it work? Mostly, but only if you can handle what is now commonly called "edge." [29 Jan 1999]
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  10. 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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  11. Not surprisingly, the stylish "CSI: Miami" is as engaging as "CSI," if you can't get enough of the science of mortal disaster. [23 Sep 2002]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    While the performances are first-rate, "EZ Streets" is a tad too in love with itself, and at least for the first two hours, it never shakes free of its pretentiousness. [26 Oct 1996]
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  12. The cases on "Boston Legal" will inevitably become ridiculous; that's the trend in Kelley's shows, as he pushes the envelope beyond reason. But the show's regular cast has great promise. [2 Oct 2004]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    Stiller and company's satire, though too [TV-]oriented, is stylistically spirited and fresh. It's feisty without being nasty, and the show has an air of improvisation that plays into Stiller's easy, look-mom-I've-got-my-own-show persona. [8 Nov 1992]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    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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  13. The White Queen is gauzier than “The Tudors,” and it contains more overacting; but it scratches the same itch.
  14. This season is very good, but it’s only four episodes, and they’ve been tragically whittled down by BBC America to make room for commercials. The result is choppy, with a few critical connections missing in the investigation of Luther and in the progress of Luther’s relationship with Mary.
  15. 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.
  16. Akerman is perfect for the role.... Whitford is low-key and wry, and Harden makes a great heavy. She uses her silky voice and her stiff posture to torment Kate, making even stock material fly.
  17. It will engage--though not obsess--those of us who enjoy parsing out the morals and manners of another time and place.
  18. Urban and Ealy quickly establish a familiar rhythm that will hopefully deepen over time, grounding the fantastical elements of the future in the universals of interpersonal interaction.
  19. Both Hirsch and Grainger do a creditable job of getting into the skin of their complicated characters.... The supporting cast is filled with familiar faces doing competent work with a short amount of screen time and a sometimes programmatic script.
  20. The first few episodes available for review feature several moments--callbacks, sight gags, and just plain funny jokes--that will likely feel like rewards to longtime viewers. But Community has also always been plagued by low ratings, and that is unlikely to change now given that some of those rewards probably won’t resonate with newcomers giving the show a try at the urging of those already on board.
  21. It’s a brave, and at times uneven, experiment. It’s also a reminder of a time when television was a much simpler and campier place.
  22. This is still not conventional TV, but season three gets closer, and that’s not an entirely bad thing. The cringe ratio is down--slightly--and characters begin to emerge in unexpected ways.
  23. 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.
  24. It’s sweet but not syrupy. The pilot is so beautifully written and acted that it’s difficult to offer any kind of resistance, flaws and all.
  25. The Red Road, created by Aaron Guzikowski and produced by Sarah Condon, will likely be a little too downbeat and leisurely for some viewers. But based on the first few episodes, it may be a path worth traveling down.
  26. It’s sometimes gripping, the acting is good, and for many it will seem fresh.
  27. While the first two episodes of Surviving Jack available for review didn’t offer an avalanche of laugh-out-loud moments, there is a free-spirited realness to it that makes the show worth sticking with to see Meloni whip it into shape.

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