Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,032 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 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Twin Peaks: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Wedding Crashers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 498
  2. Negative: 0 out of 498
498 tv reviews
  1. Benched isn’t awful, but it’s much too formulaic.
  2. State of Affairs is simply an efficient, if warmed-over, drama that features a lot of scribbling, typing, hushed conversing, hand-wringing, ominous intoning, and watching of special ops footage by Heigl and other CIA analysts.
  3. Standup comic Cummings has potential, but no one could overcome these dated relationship cliches.
  4. It should be more original, and the characters should be less forgettable.
  5. You have to be a huge Gruffudd fan to stick with this one. And I’m not.
  6. [Messing] sells the tenacity and smart-alecky charm even if the crime she’s investigating is not that engrossing. But every time we head from the precinct house to Diamond’s actual house, it gets tougher to stick with The Mysteries of Laura.
  7. The marriage of opposites is a simplistic and overused premise for a TV series, and ''Head Cases" doesn't travel very far beyond it.
  8. [The show] isn't bad, but it's the sort of humor that has become so institutionalized it feels safe.
  9. When the show isn't creeping us out with its grim atmosphere and effects, it's undermining its own potential with a self-consciously cutesy gang of heroes, ill-advised humor, and illogical situations.
  10. It's a formulaic, lazily devised legal series that fails to surprise or amuse.
  11. It's not a cool-science show, but its crimes blur together with what we already see on the ''CSI" series, and its supporting cast is indistinct.
  12. Some viewers will be put off by the many unbelievable aspects of ''Commander in Chief," and not least of all by Geena Davis.
  13. Despite the actresses' happy energy, ''Hot Properties" falls into terribly familiar comic territory.
  14. OK, ''Four Kings" isn't the worst of its type, in that some of the jokes hit their mark.
  15. These two extraordinary talents have done an average job with what is a surprisingly unimaginative premise.
  16. "The Class" will never be smart, or clever, or original, but it does have a chance of becoming inoffensive and diverting.
  17. "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.
  18. "Day Break" doesn't quite work, not only because of its redundancies but because its story line becomes simultaneously convoluted and pointless.
  19. Despite its formal ambition, "Big Day" is disappointingly ordinary.
  20. A tonally mixed-up disappointment.
  21. It's a heavy soap opera that's so obsessed with the death of innocence, it forgets about the comic absurdities of decadence.
  22. "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.
  23. Ultimately "The Black Donnellys" pales in the light of its lofty influences.
  24. Alas, show creator David DiGilio forgot to put distinct personalities on his fast-moving bodies.
  25. "Hidden Palms" would be more engaging and addictive if the acting were more distinctive.
  26. 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.
  27. The Company delivers no real chills, just a quaint Cold War amusement park ride.
  28. 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."
  29. 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."
  30. 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.

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