Boston Globe's Scores

For 975 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 Rectify: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 470
  2. Negative: 0 out of 470
470 tv reviews
  1. Project Greenlight distinguishes itself with its surprisingly warts-and-all approach. As it progresses, we get to see the sort of naked-ego shots and bottom-line talk you'd expect Miramax and its mob to have kept under wraps. [30 Nov 2001, p.D1]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ABC drama starring Annie Potts is not only a vast improvement on the film, but also restores some of the integrity of Johnson's book. [30 Sept 1996, p.C10]
  2. Occasionally, logic is forsaken. But still The Escape Artist maintains its suspense despite the flaws, thanks to rich acting and smart direction.
  3. Oscar winner Berry and the dependable Visnjic, as well as familiar supporting faces, all do a good enough job in the first episode with a tantalizing premise--and lot of grade A special effects--to make Extant worth checking out before it becomes extinct.
  4. The horror-disaster-supernatural mashup thriller premiering Sunday at 10 p.m. is creepily captivating but most assuredly not for the squeamish, or for nervous fliers.
  5. This is a million miles from PBS and Mirren, but it works because of Bello's visceral energy.
  6. The romance and the attractively stylized innocence of the era is addictive, but the espionage plot, with its link to political history, is absurd.
  7. I want to be [hooked], because the actors are so charismatic. Remember Ehle with Colin Firth in PBS's 1995 "Pride & Prejudice"? But the New Agey ghost-as-conscience thing--done better with so much crazy verve in the hallucinatory "Eli Stone"--is strained by the end of the first episode
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a deliciously post-modern and surreal sitcom that succeeds both on a silly and an intellectual level. [2 Oct 2001, p.46]
  8. By making seemingly real people do bad things, 'Larry Sanders' becomes an adept satire of corporate and human behavior as well as a delicious satire of a specific industry. [19 Sep 1992]
  9. The show falls somewhere between Woody Allen's film about the '40s, "Radio Days," and TV's version of the '60s, "The Wonder Years," both in time and sensibility. It doesn't have Allen's visual or verbal wit and it doesn't have the polish of "The Wonder Years." But it does have an honesty that "Wonder Years" lost when it ran away from sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll. [20 Sep 1991]
  10. The show needs some sharpening, but "Murphy Brown" looks like a winner. [14 Nov 1988]
  11. What's most becoming about the program is its eccentric sense of community. [8 Apr 1991, p.38]
  12. The most interesting feature of the program is how it stays specific to Smith's underclass style while fashioning a story that the whitest of white people can easily relate to. That's achieved, in part, by making Smith's relatives unbelievably broad. You've never met Boston Brahmins as preppy as these people. It's the weakest part of the program, but it allows Smith to have a great time playing Groucho Marx to his family's Margaret Dumont. [10 Sept 1990, p.35]
  13. An engaging crime show that borrows plenty from the ''CSI" franchise but adds a layer of light character drama.
  14. ''Sit Down Comedy" is really about the amiable chatter, with only a passing nod at insight.
  15. ''Rollergirls" is a colorful piece of reality TV.
  16. It's a fluffy hour of flimflam, spun with silk and told with a wink.
  17. "Sons & Daughters" is a sitcom whose method -- a script embellished by actors at play -- celebrates the unexpected comedy that can emerge among talented people.
  18. If the writers can keep avoiding pitfalls, this surprisingly pleasing show just may signify the end of the ''Seinfeld" curse.
  19. The gang of five -- star Vince, brother Johnny Drama, dude-in-waiting Turtle, manager Eric, and agent Ari -- has jelled into a dynamic unit.
  20. "Brotherhood" ... may not be one of the all-time great crime shows, but it's certainly a very good one that improves with each episode.
  21. Fox's strongest newcomer this season.
  22. America Ferrera is instantly and consistently likable as Betty.
  23. There's a lot to enjoy... But "30 Rock" is more sitcommy than most of the single-camera sitcoms on the air now, and it has none of the sharp bite of "The Larry Sanders Show."
  24. A fine way to pass a half hour.
  25. By the way, I don't mean the word "trash" as an insult. I enjoy well-made, quick-witted trash, and if you do, too, then you will find "Rome" as irresistible as ever.
  26. It's a welcome addition to nonfiction television and a loyal friend to the radio show.
  27. "Flight of the Conchords" is one of the few TV comedies that truly can be called unique.
  28. On The Singing Bee, it's impossible to rally for or against the many folks who hurry on and off stage, and rallying is a critical part of the fun of these mindless game shows.

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