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 Homeland: 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. Although flawed in its heavyhanded and unrelenting use of prejudice against alien beings as a metaphor for prejudice against blacks, Alien Nation packs a punch and could be the cult action show of the year - if it survives "Monday Night Football." [18 Sept 1989]
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  2. Faking It is an odd, interesting, lightly subversive, and potentially offensive concoction from MTV. It’s a twisted comedy that has charm, but also a premise that could be insulting if not handled intelligently.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Based on a preview of four episodes, the second season of Maron will be as laid-back and lighthearted as the first.
  6. For fans of expertly hammy acting and heated-up supernatural doings, it’s a lot of fun. But if Logan wants to elevate Penny Dreadful from an entertaining and overdone lark to something richer and more thematic, he will need to keep changing things up.... With a bit of clever revisionism and an infusion of our current anxieties into these dated tropes, the show could become something a bit more interesting and dread-filled.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Party Girl exudes a certain clunky charm - much more so than the 1995 film that inspired it. It's not a perfect show, but it works for its occasional laughs, which is more than can be said about most new comedies so far this season. [9 Sept 1996, p.C10]
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  7. Yet tonight's pilot retains the supporting cast and all else that made Amy Heckerling's film a delight, especially its unexpectedly tangy one-liners and eye-candy production values. This sitcom looks as if it were shot through Kool-Aid, and is, in sips, just as refreshing. [20 Sept 1996, p.D10]
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  8. 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.
  9. The particulars of USA's Traffic are different enough to make it feel like a new viewing experience, as well as a satisfying one. [26 Jan 2004]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a far campier and cartoonier RoboCop than the original. Even when the wit is blunt, the writing is snappy; and the acting is just broad enough to poke a little fun at itself. [16 Mar 1994]
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  10. As with most nighttime soap operas, the young-and-restless plot turns come fast and furious and without many nuances, from the sick infant to the two-timing husband. But the characters are so likable, the acting is so effortless, the family feel is so natural, and the look of the show is so pleasingly stylized, you probably won't care too much. [28 Jun 2000]
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  11. If this “Battleship” meets “Contagion,” tension plus ick factor, hazmat-suits-for-all! kind of tale is your bag of summer escapism, then by all means climb aboard The Last Ship. It may be all formula and archetypes, but that’s Bay’s bread and butter, and the first two hours pack enough oomph to make you want to see what happens when the Ship finally pulls into port.
  12. Like "Knots Landing" and "Falcon Crest," it relies on the familiar romantic tangles and corporate scheming of a TV family business. But unlike anything TV has seen, it infuses an Aaron Spelling-identified genre with a large cast of black characters, a hip-hop soundtrack, lots of street vernacular, and a boldly rhythmic editing style. [14 Apr 2003]
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  13. Louis-Dreyfus fits easily and naturally into the leading role of a vehicle built for one. She makes it a pleasure to watch Ellie - and to listen to her, too, when she sings in each episode. [26 Feb 2002]
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  14. 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.
  15. It’s a sly, low-key comedy, one that makes affectionate fun of Americans and Swedes with equal vigor.
  16. Wisely, show creator Sean Jablonski does not cast blame on either of the Trumans for their marital mess. That makes the characters more interesting and sympathetic, rather than merely a victim and an offender.
  17. We know the end point for these two; they’re made for each other. But the writing makes the bumpy journey nonetheless entertaining.
  18. The high and witty style of Ian Richardson and the production team headed by Ken Riddington will have you coming back for more, even though there's really much less going on here than meets the eye. [20 Mar 1991]
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  19. A try at a male "My So-Called Life," with a heaping helping of "Dawson's Creek" on top. [7 Oct 2004]
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  20. The actors are likable, including the Ty Burrell-y Zickel, but this is familiar bromantic terrain.
  21. The pilot's first hour is a sensational military drama, buffed to a spit shine and unafraid to condemn military sexism and homophobia. The second hour falls apart into eye-glazing flag-waving - like "Top Gun" with lesser production values. [16 Sep 1995]
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  22. The writing is as snappy as it is on "Cheers," but not nearly as seamless. For every good joke there's a dud, often two duds, and that's not good enough. Worse, a formula is beginning to emerge that could become as tiresome as the formulas for less sophisticated comedies. [16 Apr 1990, p.27]
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  23. A forgettable but not unpleasant distraction.
  24. Darkly atmospheric origin series and movies have become a cliché.... But the strong cast could make this one fly.
  25. This is the sleeper series of the year. It's a witty knockoff of 'Something Wild' with Tea Leoni a terrific variation of Melanie Griffith's psychotically sexy free spirit luring a straitlaced young man into a life without boundaries. Unfortunately, the young man is Corey Parker, who's about as funny as gefilte fish. [19 Sep 1992]
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  26. 'Kitchen Confidential" is the kind of new TV show that fits perfectly beside the adjective ''promising." Pilots sometimes strain to set up the entire series, and tonight's episode of ''Confidential" has its share of forced material.
  27. It's a contrived product, but the storytelling reveals the cases and their solutions nicely, if straightforwardly.
  28. Ultimately, ''Random 1" is a portrait of the giving spirit in action, not a fantasy show about happy endings.

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