Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,277 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 645
  2. Negative: 0 out of 645
645 tv reviews
  1. Like all comedy, whether the duo always sticks the landing will depend on the viewer.
  2. Almost none of the characters is particularly likable - unless he or she is angling for something. What's refreshing about Sex and the City is that it pushes to a darkly comic extreme the situations that already fuel the many urban-singles sitcoms on network TV, particularly those with female leads like "Suddenly Susan" and "Caroline in the City." More social satire than sitcom, it looks openly at relationships steeped in ambivalence, fear, and the games people play. [6 Jun 1998, p.C6]
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  3. 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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  4. It's a generally pleasing but flawed production.
  5. The Inbetweeners has a refreshing sincerity.
  6. The new ABC show is significantly better than its corny title promises.
  7. It's a fluffy hour of flimflam, spun with silk and told with a wink.
  8. It’s a well-done, if familiar, portrait of a man and his times.
  9. 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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  10. 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.
  11. Based on the first five new episodes, I'd say Boardwalk Empire does recover, mostly if not completely, but only after a period of creeping aimlessness.
  12. 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.
  13. The White Queen is gauzier than “The Tudors,” and it contains more overacting; but it scratches the same itch.
  14. It's a welcome addition to nonfiction television and a loyal friend to the radio show.
  15. Aliens in America is decent, and quiet, and genuinely sweet.
  16. The pieces don't tend to add up to much; the suspects and victims often slip out of custody too easily; and each episode's crimes dovetail with some predictability. These aren't brain teasers. Still, the series has great hypnotic allure, as the murders and deaths drive Wallander further into himself.
  17. 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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  18. 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.
  19. 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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  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. An engaging crime show that borrows plenty from the ''CSI" franchise but adds a layer of light character drama.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Pretty good, yes; but great, no--or at least not great in that Sunday-night way HBO has led people to take for granted.
  26. The New Normal is sweet-natured, in the way the characters mingle their lives together; but the jokes, they are mighty spotty.
  27. 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.
  28. The tension between true worship and religious lip service gives Greenleaf an extra spark.
  29. If the writers can keep avoiding pitfalls, this surprisingly pleasing show just may signify the end of the ''Seinfeld" curse.
  30. 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.

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