Boston Globe's Scores

For 974 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 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Friday Night Lights: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Twenty Good Years: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 470
  2. Negative: 0 out of 470
470 tv reviews
  1. "Freak Show" aspires to be both infantile and yet politically and socially astute, and it falls short on the latter. The satire doesn't quite hit its marks.
  2. "Day Break" doesn't quite work, not only because of its redundancies but because its story line becomes simultaneously convoluted and pointless.
  3. Despite its formal ambition, "Big Day" is disappointingly ordinary.
  4. A tonally mixed-up disappointment.
  5. It's a heavy soap opera that's so obsessed with the death of innocence, it forgets about the comic absurdities of decadence.
  6. "Top Design" is so derivative of "Project Runway," from the setup to the structure of the judging, that it's impossible not to make a point-by-point comparison, with the new show falling short on every level.
  7. Ultimately "The Black Donnellys" pales in the light of its lofty influences.
  8. Alas, show creator David DiGilio forgot to put distinct personalities on his fast-moving bodies.
  9. "Hidden Palms" would be more engaging and addictive if the acting were more distinctive.
  10. The mildly amusing animated series would have packed more of a punch back when Americans were still a little shocked about Bush's seeming arrested development, but these days it comes off as merely facile.
  11. The Company delivers no real chills, just a quaint Cold War amusement park ride.
  12. This comedy is painfully broad, not to mention unimaginative and derivative of every newsroom sitcom from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "LateLine" to "NewsRadio" to "Less Than Perfect."
  13. The show might even have been engaging, if the one-liners came less frequently and the characters had a little more dimension. As it is, Sheldon and Leonard are merely laughable, if sweet, and they are even less fleshed out than the characters on "Two and a Half Men."
  14. Despite a good cast led by Jonny Lee Miller as Eli, and despite the happy San Francisco setting, Eli Stone is a bag of too-familiar tricks.
  15. The show doesn't ever really develop a comic center, or a heart. It's just a bunch of pointless monkey business.
  16. Recount should be tight and tense, or, perhaps, wildly satirical. Instead, it just rehashes the mess all over again, in detail, with lots of news footage to support the dutifully invented backstage scenes.
  17. Ultimately, that episode leaves only a vague sense of the rich territory that In Plain Sight could have explored with better writing.
  18. It amounts to little more than a hokey infomercial for her brand.
  19. This show amounts to yet another example of the pains people will take to appear on TV. By the end of the premiere, even the crabs are starting to look a little bored.
  20. The movie looks great, like a very extended perfume commercial. But it has no substance.
  21. There's probably a good, breezy romantic comedy somewhere inside The Ex List. But the premiere just made me cranky.
  22. The premiere is sloppily made, as it careens loosely among plotlines and characters, but Morgan is a worthy character played by a promising young actor.
  23. Valentine is sweet and amusingly cheesy but quite forgettable.
  24. The crass gags--some of which I laughed at--ultimately overwhelm everything else. Better to dole out the tastelessness carefully, so that each crude zinger has some value.
  25. The contestants are full-blown neurotics, and neophytes to boot: They're so young, inexperienced, and catty that they're difficult to like and even harder to watch.
  26. It's the kind of story that asks you to either take off your thinking cap or be bored and indifferent.
  27. The NBC talk show wasn't a legendary late-night train wreck so much as a train stalled between stations, going nowhere, filled with impatient passengers.
  28. To stand out from the pablum of domestic sitcoms, the series needs to lose the working-mom cliches and be more willing to be mean.
  29. Thomas, who has shown more originality with "Veronica Mars" and his new Starz series "Party Down," seems bent on making this concept work, despite its impossibly flat premise.
  30. It's a stubbornly mediocre product that really, really, really wants to be "House" in a hospital psych ward.

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