Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,114 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 Behind the Candelabra
Lowest review score: 0 Twenty Good Years: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 540
  2. Negative: 0 out of 540
540 tv reviews
  1. It has a set of distinctive actors, a minimum of punch-line mania, and a script that is occasionally charming. The characters actually have the potential to become three-dimensional.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Canterbury has promise but her law needs a lot of work.
  5. These guys come up with twisted shorts and one longer and even more twisted feature per episode, some of them actual man-on-the-street interviews, some of them scripted, and most of them funny.
  6. After Lately isn't a significant addition to her little empire; it's slight and filled with dislikable characters. But for Handler fans, who love to hate everyone famous, that has never been a turnoff.
  7. ''Sit Down Comedy" is really about the amiable chatter, with only a passing nod at insight.
  8. 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.
  9. The one-liners are broad, the plots preposterous. And yet it all works in a lighthearted-summer-fare kind of way, helped along with almost pornographic images of Hamptons wealth.
  10. Louie isn't a learning-and-hugging show by any means; but amid all of C.K.'s cocky bluster and politically incorrect language, there are plenty of rich moments of respite, when people with polarized world views actually hear and like one another.
  11. Appealing to a super-sophisticated generation of kids is likely to be the biggest challenge for Sesame Workshop, which is producing The Electric Company for PBS.
  12. Based on a preview of four episodes, the second season of Maron will be as laid-back and lighthearted as the first.
  13. 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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  14. Any time things threaten to get maudlin, the movie takes pains to poke fun at itself, in a way that even a gentle eighth-grader could appreciate.
  15. It’s the grade of funny this show seems to have accepted - cute, giggle-worthy, and only a smidgen dangerous.
  16. On The Singing Bee, it's impossible to rally for or against the many folks who hurry on and off stage, and rallying is a critical part of the fun of these mindless game shows.
  17. Househusbands of Hollywood is a lot more real than I expected it to be.
  18. It's a likable one, marred only by some awkward abridgement.
  19. If you're a committed Riversian, and I am, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? is an enjoyably lighthearted hour of prime Joan shtick.
  20. Jonny Lee Miller does a fine job in his iteration. One series being brilliant does not preclude the next from being enjoyable.
  21. I can't say you'll want to follow The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency religiously, like so many other HBO efforts, but it is an easy-to-like distraction.
  22. While Downton Abbey may be a large, loose, baggy TV monster, there’s definitely some art in the mix, sidled up right beside the elegant mush.
  23. If you get past the soft-core gore, Freddy's Nightmares can be a welcome respite from the celebration of middle-class morality everywhere on network television. [4 Nov 1988]
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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. A forgettable but not unpleasant distraction.
  27. Darkly atmospheric origin series and movies have become a cliché.... But the strong cast could make this one fly.
  28. The actors are likable, including the Ty Burrell-y Zickel, but this is familiar bromantic terrain.
  29. I want to like the show, but it’s going to be difficult.
  30. 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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