Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,029 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 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 497
  2. Negative: 0 out of 497
497 tv reviews
  1. It’s a sly, low-key comedy, one that makes affectionate fun of Americans and Swedes with equal vigor.
  2. 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.
  3. We know the end point for these two; they’re made for each other. But the writing makes the bumpy journey nonetheless entertaining.
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. The series looks and feels appropriately ghoulish with a couple of good gotcha moments and excellently rendered scary creatures prowling the shadows, in between clunky expository passages.
  7. The actors are likable, including the Ty Burrell-y Zickel, but this is familiar bromantic terrain.
  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. A forgettable but not unpleasant distraction.
  11. Darkly atmospheric origin series and movies have become a cliché.... But the strong cast could make this one fly.
  12. I want to like the show, but it’s going to be difficult.
  13. 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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  14. '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.
  15. It's a contrived product, but the storytelling reveals the cases and their solutions nicely, if straightforwardly.
  16. Ultimately, ''Random 1" is a portrait of the giving spirit in action, not a fantasy show about happy endings.
  17. These actors help save the show from pure whimsy and excess.
  18. Clearly, the action in ''Black. White." has been manipulated and edited to justify its existence as a spark-filled TV look at black-white relations. Indeed, the show... can be downright hokey. But it nonetheless pushes you into questions about your own behavior and feelings.
  19. It's worth keeping an eye on the show, in case it finds somewhere to go that's both intricate and unusual.
  20. This is a pleasant, farcical romp through the familiar terrain of obnoxious roommates, dating mishaps, and Hollywood sets.
  21. "Lovespring International" is a lively little cable exercise in over-the-top characters, bad taste, satire, and political incorrectness.
  22. [Scott's] vital, star-making turn in "Saved" comes as a surprise, as it makes his earlier work seem muted by comparison.
  23. We've seen all these characters countless times before in movie and TV westerns, but the actors give them distinction here.
  24. "Million Dollar Listing" is a pretty collection of vignettes about people with money making more money, and it's a little obscene.
  25. But while it shows Heche at an advantage, the series itself is, to tap into the script's car-driving metaphors, just a rusty old vehicle.
  26. It's good, but not quite inventive or mysterious enough to demand we swallow yet another serving of serial.
  27. "Shark" is a very conventional courtroom TV drama about a do-good lawyer, and its only distinction is the ferocious acting of Woods.
  28. A slight but appealing mix of old-school Saturday morning cartoons from the early 1970s along with happy hip-hop tunes.
  29. You won't be bored, as you strain to keep track of everything, and Isaacs, with his piercing eyes and reserve, is a great lead.
  30. The show... is juvenile, vulgar, and crude, and yet, I still think it contains more sparks of originality than TV's top-rated comedy, "Two and a Half Men."

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