Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,198 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 5.4 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 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 593
  2. Negative: 0 out of 593
593 tv reviews
  1. 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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  2. Ruby & the Rockits has no right to be as likable as it is ... But “Ruby & the Rockits’’ turns out to be a warm intergenerational comedy that never pushes life lessons in your face.
  3. 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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  4. It’s flawed, with the kinds of cheesy trappings and historical freedoms that turn off some viewers.... But the series is nonetheless transporting in its way, largely because it doesn’t try too hard to soften or civilize the characters.
  5. Credit Grier for trying, credit Comedy Central for adding another voice to the mix, and keep hoping that a show like this eventually hits its stride.
  6. An engaging crime show that borrows plenty from the ''CSI" franchise but adds a layer of light character drama.
  7. If it doesn’t yet come close to the comedic heights of its predecessors [The Office or Parks and Recreations] there are some good finds in its aisles.
  8. The cinematography is beautiful, and there seems to be nowhere around the Big Apple's tents and trailers that the camera won't go. There's just not much in the way of drama here.
  9. Pretty good, yes; but great, no--or at least not great in that Sunday-night way HBO has led people to take for granted.
  10. The New Normal is sweet-natured, in the way the characters mingle their lives together; but the jokes, they are mighty spotty.
  11. That said, the first Colbert Late Show--four months after David Letterman’s retirement--was promising if not perfect, ranging from sharp meta-late-night humor and funny politically tinged bits to the kind of bland chitchat that makes the network late-night talk show an often frustrating genre.
  12. The tension between true worship and religious lip service gives Greenleaf an extra spark.
  13. If the writers can keep avoiding pitfalls, this surprisingly pleasing show just may signify the end of the ''Seinfeld" curse.
  14. The ratio of hit-to-miss is much better in season two, however, as musician-comedians Armisen and Brownstein have more clearly found their groove.
  15. It helps Perry that Silveri has surrounded him with a large ensemble filled with potential.
  16. Vinyl, the greatly anticipated HBO series about the record industry in 1970s New York, is ambitious, riveting, brilliant, addictive, kaleidoscopic, gonzo, cartoonish, kitschy, obvious, indulgent, awkward, and bloated.
  17. Lie to Me, based on the real-life lie-detection work of Dr. Paul Ekman, doesn't extend much beyond its genre's borders. But if you're fascinated by the poker-game elements of crime-solving and a man obsessed with "tells," you may connect with this show.
  18. The show is just an undemanding, entertaining, and sometimes whimsical ride. Yup, it's likable.
  19. I think How to Make It in America has a lot going for it, if show creator Ian Edelman can keep from indulging in New York hipster cliches.
  20. Kings does dip in and out of predictability, when familiar Spelling soap operatics and political machinations break through the show's unique surface. But it still is a fascinating effort.
  21. Tyler, Lopez, and Randy Jackson showed some promise last night, for a few reasons. First of all, Idol works better with three judges than four. You could already feel a warm triangular bond developing between Jackson, Tyler, and Lopez.
  22. "Flight of the Conchords" is one of the few TV comedies that truly can be called unique.
  23. Naturally, the movie has hagiographic leanings. This is a portrait of an accomplished man at the end of his career, and it looks back with admiration.
  24. The show has the makings of a more sincere, "Gilmore Girls"-like take on female bonding.
  25. The mix of the familiar and the frantic creates an intriguingly creepy effect.
  26. 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.
  27. It's good, not great, and tonight's strong pilot gives way next week to a noticeably less stellar hour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 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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  28. Coster-Waldau makes John so alien and distant as to be annoyingly inscrutable. But in Thursday's episode, we begin to learn more particulars about John's history, and how he maintains his secret. And that's when Coster-Waldau becomes more vivid and the show begins to rise above its silly murder-of-the-week plots
  29. Fans of quirky procedurals will likely find The Finder a dependable way to lose an hour.

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