Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,142 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 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 557
  2. Negative: 0 out of 557
557 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. It’s the grade of funny this show seems to have accepted - cute, giggle-worthy, and only a smidgen dangerous.
  3. 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.
  4. Househusbands of Hollywood is a lot more real than I expected it to be.
  5. It's a likable one, marred only by some awkward abridgement.
  6. If you're a committed Riversian, and I am, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? is an enjoyably lighthearted hour of prime Joan shtick.
  7. Jonny Lee Miller does a fine job in his iteration. One series being brilliant does not preclude the next from being enjoyable.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. A forgettable but not unpleasant distraction.
  14. Darkly atmospheric origin series and movies have become a cliché.... But the strong cast could make this one fly.
  15. The actors are likable, including the Ty Burrell-y Zickel, but this is familiar bromantic terrain.
  16. I want to like the show, but it’s going to be difficult.
  17. 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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  18. It all felt safe and predictable, a warm goodnight salvo without any of the tartness or twistedness of Ferguson or of the show’s lead-in host, David Letterman.
  19. Human Target is perfectly adequate action fluff. It’s fast-paced, chock full of fight choreography, and filled with gimmicks including an out-of-control train and an upside-down airplane.
  20. 41 is less an example of close and personal than up-close and fawning.
  21. It won't insult your intelligence, and it has a completely likable lead actor in Kyle Bornheimer; but Worst Week is nevertheless completely predictable and unambitious.
  22. Critics have been trashing this sitcom for weeks, singling it out as the season's first likely casualty. I have to admit I got a modest kick out of the first episode. [6 Oct 2000, p.D1]
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  23. "Lovespring International" is a lively little cable exercise in over-the-top characters, bad taste, satire, and political incorrectness.
  24. For the most part, the show is content to be another study in the effects of fashion on self-esteem.
  25. Walters makes the movie seem like more than it is. She gives us a fully dimensional woman--an art teacher--who is idealistic, self-righteous, humorless, God-fearing, affectionate toward her students, driven, and not any one of those qualities to a great extreme.
  26. It's a plot-driven, multi-generational melodrama, which feels particularly shallow at a time when shows such as "Friday Night Lights," "Mad Men," "Dexter," and "Nip/Tuck" are pushing their narrative reach.
  27. A slight but appealing mix of old-school Saturday morning cartoons from the early 1970s along with happy hip-hop tunes.
  28. The J.R. one-liners tend to satisfy, but everything else is boilerplate, which hampers the younger cast.
  29. It's worth keeping an eye on the show, in case it finds somewhere to go that's both intricate and unusual.
  30. Television dramas rarely get therapy right, and State of Mind only adds to that reputation.

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