Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,114 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 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 540
  2. Negative: 0 out of 540
540 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Why watch The Wire if it's such tough-going--so difficult to follow and then, once followed, so pessimistic? Because it offers the kind of earned understanding that leads to progress.
  3. The tone is satirical, and the look mixes noir with candy-colored latex; but the characters are sweet and extremely human. [8 Nov 2001, p.C20]
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  4. The ABC show... is one of the pleasures of the new season, although it may strike some viewers as too conceptually loose to love.
  5. Occasionally, logic is forsaken. But still The Escape Artist maintains its suspense despite the flaws, thanks to rich acting and smart direction.
  6. You don't like comedy that pushes the boundaries of good taste, you have no business here. But the material is presented with enough comic skill, cultural resonance, and clever mockery to rise above.
  7. The Wire is a cop drama from top to bottom. It does take a systemic view of the issue, like "Traffic," Steven Soderbergh's drug-trade saga. But it never sacrifices drama and character for lecture. [31 May 2002, p.E14]
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  8. All of the characters are misfits, and the pleasure of Party Down is watching the actors riff off one another as they go to extremes.
  9. Orphan Black has the potential to be memorable entertainment, if they [creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett] can continue to deliver each and every plot development with a human touch.
  10. Collision is a satisfying emotional journey through the twists, turns, and overpasses of a dozen or so lives.
  11. ''24" is still an addictive amusement park ride of a show.
  12. The script is by novelist and essayist Shalom Auslander, who created the show, and it is remarkably tight, thought-provoking, literary, and jeweled with absurdist wit.
  13. As a filmmaker, Burns brings to bear a special vividness of scrutiny. No matter how familiar the material, he makes it seem as though he's discovering it afresh--so the viewer feels that way, too.
  14. Based on the pilot, [the] mystery promises to be surprising, psychological, and addictive.
  15. I like Archer because it succeeds where so many of the snarky animated series tend to fail. Reed and his writers and voice actors balance all the pop satire and raunch with a strong sense of the characters.
  16. It continues to be to Fellowes’s credit that he manages to write for such a large number and wide array of characters and yet makes viewers know and care about each one. None is purely hissable nor heroic, intentions are murky, and impulsive choices have major consequences, keeping the enjoyable soap at full lather.
  17. Television's blackest comedy. [13 Nov 1996]
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  18. Truly there can be something rich and lovely about hospitals, and there is something rich and lovely about Boston Med.
  19. Fellowes does a good job of keeping all of his players engaged while introducing fresh faces and bringing back old friends.
  20. It's a more visceral impression of a band on fire, and as such it offers plenty of satisfaction.
  21. A surprisingly stylish adaptation of a story that would seem to be played out after so many incarnations on the small and big screens. If Smallville can keep its supernatural plots engaging, and avoid focusing solely on Clark Kent's familiar teen alienation, it could evolve into a top-tier WB series. [16 Oct 2001, p.D16]
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  22. Either executives did a lot of soul-searching and decided to change nothing, or they let the show go on without thinking at all. Either way, they made the right move.
  23. While it's not the triumph that "Downton" was, it's a special, lovely miniseries that lingers in your imagination like a richly drawn memoir.
  24. The series is gripping, nicely styled, and smartly written, with a solid leading performance by Matthew Macfadyen as Inspector Edmund Reid, the head of H Division.
  25. No, it's not "groundbreaking," as HBO calls its programming. And I doubt it will give the ratings-slipping channel its much-needed hit. But it will probably find a small, loyal, "Deadwood"-size audience that enjoys a good serial melodrama charged up by a villainess named Atia who turns mothering into something akin to pimping. [26 Aug 2005, p.D1]
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  26. Their lack of self-awareness is intoxicating; it makes the premiere the most engrossing hour of pure TV escapism I've seen in a very long time.
  27. It’s honest, credible, trustworthy storytelling.
  28. Every so often, a show arrives and instantly feels lived-in, like a comfortable old couch with slight depressions in all the right places. FX's Terriers is one of those shows, beautifully torn and frayed from the get-go.
  29. All three episodes offered varying degrees of laughs, but the “Kunuk” episode is a high-water mark.
  30. An eerie -- and excellent -- new series that makes ''24" look more than ever like a broadly drawn comic strip.

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