Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,162 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 Rectify: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 570
  2. Negative: 0 out of 570
570 tv reviews
  1. If you're prudish or just polite, in other words, you'll be turned off by all the happy offensiveness. If you're not turned off, though, you may be entertained, as I am. The show is the quintessential slacker comedy. [29 Jun 2006]
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  2. All the performances are rough and under-rehearsed, which makes them appealing. Costello also keeps the atmosphere relaxed during the interviews, never seeming too eager to interject his own commentary or jokes.
  3. If you haven’t figured this out yet, Man Seeking Woman is plenty weird. But it’s also wild, wily, and, depending on your taste for high-risk jokes that don’t always fly, wonderful.
  4. Earnestness is often the enemy of sitcom writers. Snark and innuendo, which can indeed be loads of fun, reign in many half-hour shows, with NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” being a notable exception. So Fox is taking a gamble, a worthy one, with its new comedy Enlisted.
  5. It helps that Cheadle is surrounded by characters, and actors, who seem like they will go interesting places.
  6. "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.
  7. Unique, fresh, and quite entertaining. [1 Oct 2004]
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  8. The Walking Dead may depend more on suspense, desolate atmosphere, and creative storytelling than fine acting. The show takes a nightmare generally told in movies and opens it up for the medium of TV. I'm optimistic that Darabont & Co. will continue to find ways to make the characters interestingly human as they dodge death's slow, ruthless pursuit.
  9. The show, from busy TV producer Greg Berlanti, who is also responsible for “Arrow” and “The Flash,” is filled with such bits of self-awareness, most of it conveyed light-heartedly, cleverly, and charmingly.
  10. It moves along at a thriller’s pace, as the men’s troubles accumulate, and there are a lot of satisfying plot turns, blackly comic moments, and guest appearances along the way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The show has all the necessary ingredients. It's fast-paced, it's mildly sexy, and you don't have to pay too much attention to get hooked - it just sort of insinuates itself into your consciousness.
  11. Izzard is a great surprise in FX's "The Riches," and just one of this fascinating new series' unexpectedly soulful pleasures.
  12. Consistently entertaining, if not hysterical, and plotted with care, so that three distinct story lines dovetail nicely.
  13. So much of the pleasure of Lost is in the way surprise twists arrive completely out of the blue.
  14. This melodrama isn't high TV art, or even middling; but it's dishy, farcical, and funny, as the willowy Serena (Blake Lively) and her circle prey on one another.
  15. They've pulled together a vivid cast and evoked the ideal tone - not comedy, not psychodrama, not sci fi, but an intriguingly evasive blend of them all.
  16. It may be impossible for it to strike TV lightning twice, but True Detective in its second iteration definitely has a charge.
  17. 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.
  18. One of the pluses of Karen Sisco is that, true to Leonard's fiction, the fugitives Karen tracks are more than generic baddies. [1 Oct 2003, p.G1]
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  19. Even when Leverage flirts with serious issues, including the mistreatment of an Army reservist who is shot in Iraq by a private contractor, the dramatic tone is whimsical and tongue in cheek. This motley crew is a kind of guerilla comedy troupe that can pick pockets and empty bank accounts, too.
  20. The show is at its best when it digs into the psychological subtleties of the synth-human relationship, including the notion that, with their precision and regularity, they could render us inferior, helpless, and despairingly unambitious.
  21. 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.
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  22. Linney and this role were made for each other. There are a few problems with The Big C. Occasionally, the tone veers off course into forced comic absurdity. But my cavils are irrelevant in the face of Linney's extraordinary work.
  23. 30 Rock returns tonight with its best foot forward.
  24. The entire series... has been amped up this time around. It's all gotten a little more Hollywood, even if it's as ensconced as ever in the plush offices and dramatic skyscrapers of New York. [9 Sep 2004]
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  25. The show, as fast-paced as ever, is crammed with subplots this season, some of which will be more engaging than others.
  26. [It] passes quickly but gleefully.
  27. By episode 2, though, after the crammed (and super-sized) premiere, [creator] Weisberg reveals a sure sense of detail that bodes well for the future of the series.
  28. Schumer’s delivery is confident and sometimes coy--her jokes about Oprah and the Obamas push the envelope--and she doesn’t bother with a Letterman-esque meta-commentary on jokes that don’t connect. But she also brings an intimacy into the hall, as she gets her audiences to lighten up and laugh at a few secret truths. She loves to play the bad girl, and she’s awfully good at it.
  29. Fans of Sorkin's work, especially his previous shows "Sports Night," "The West Wing," and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," will be pleased to see The Newsroom has all the hallmarks of its predecessors.

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