Boston Globe's Scores

For 991 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 6.2 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 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 474
  2. Negative: 0 out of 474
474 tv reviews
  1. The story of the plague has been told before, and it will and should continue to find new life. But The Normal Heart tells it with admirable honesty and plenty of emotion.
  2. The Knick is an astonishing new medical drama that has the potential to be one of the year’s best and most talked-about shows, as well as a breakthrough into TV series excellence for its star, Clive Owen, and its director and executive producer, Steven Soderbergh.
  3. After the forced opening minutes, it's the best multi-cam-com of the season.
  4. The tone tips awkwardly between crude and romantic, and a little of Azaria goes a long way. But I'm game for episode 2.
  5. This is a classic guilty pleasure, with campy twists and a fabulously diva-esque performance by Stowe.
  6. As a weekly series, the effects need to remain impressive and the writers need to avoid falling into "Lost" and "Walking Dead" band-of-survivors rehash.
  7. If the show can stay as gripping as its premiere... it will be a welcome new prime-time puzzle.
  8. Like ''Friends," this is not a big-themed series so much as a bunch of little character jokes and relationship confusions getting batted around by an able cast.
  9. Like ''Lost"... the mystery is provocatively open-ended and, assuming the writing continues to be good, absorbing.
  10. If Rock and co-creator Ali LeRoi can continue to bring depth to the characters without succumbing to cliche or sentiment, they will be on a promising path.
  11. One of Colbert's strengths has always been wordplay, which is in full force on ''The Colbert Report" and gives the show an added level of wit.
  12. "The Boondocks" takes on racism the way ''All in the Family" did, by sending up ignorance and extremism rather than moralizing about them.
  13. An eerie -- and excellent -- new series that makes ''24" look more than ever like a broadly drawn comic strip.
  14. ''24" is still an addictive amusement park ride of a show.
  15. ''Big Love,"... is layered enough to do what HBO's ''The Sopranos" and ''Six Feet Under" have done so well: make atypical heroes knowable and universal. It pulls us into its parallel moral universe, rather than keep us standing outside in judgment.
  16. "Studio 60" is one of the best new dramas of the season, assuming you aren't Sorkin-phobic, and with some tweaking it could be the very best.
  17. The best of a recent group of heist dramas, including NBC's "Heist" and FX's "Thief."
  18. The ABC show... is one of the pleasures of the new season, although it may strike some viewers as too conceptually loose to love.
  19. Like "Lost," it has the potential to grow into a cross-genre drama that reaches beyond cultiness to all kinds of TV viewers.
  20. Berg has done a fine job of lifting his series above familiar teen melodrama and making it into a group portrait of a town.
  21. Based on the pilot, [the] mystery promises to be surprising, psychological, and addictive.
  22. The action is intense in "Sleeper Cell," and each episode includes at least one stunning moment of violence or betrayal. But character depth isn't sacrificed to keep the pace moving, and there are valuable calms between the storms.
  23. To embrace "Knights," you have to have a taste for the kind of comedy that teases because it loves.
  24. [It] passes quickly but gleefully.
  25. You'll love "The Sarah Silverman Program," but only if, like me, you have a healthy appetite for sick comedy.
  26. Izzard is a great surprise in FX's "The Riches," and just one of this fascinating new series' unexpectedly soulful pleasures.
  27. It works largely because his victims are the ones doing the work, offering body language clues, lapping up subliminal messages, and proving their capacity for distraction.
  28. Never mind the clichés, because Duchovny makes his character worth watching, as he swaggers from bad predicament to bad predicament, pretending not to care about his life anymore.
  29. All the details have color, and so do the characters, right down to Sam's guilt-ridden parents, with whom he still lives. And there are fleeting hints of drama in the scenario that will surely gain momentum and weight.
  30. Dirty Sexy is right on the money.

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