Boston Globe's Scores

For 920 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 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Twin Peaks: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 442
  2. Negative: 0 out of 442
442 tv reviews
  1. Jewel is a bit of a host-and-judge-bot, delivering her lines with a steely stiffness, but DioGuardi is usually worth listening to....Platinum Hit has a few flaws. The casting is far too predictable. All the songwriters are pretty and, with one or two notable exceptions, pushy.
  2. Thomas, who has shown more originality with "Veronica Mars" and his new Starz series "Party Down," seems bent on making this concept work, despite its impossibly flat premise.
  3. No, "Drive" isn't awful... But the show still lacks the charisma that a serialized story requires to keep viewers coming back for more.
  4. There's absolutely no texture in the world of Rookie Blue, no effort to make it seem like anything more than a routine hour of TV.
  5. Almost none of the characters is particularly likable - unless he or she is angling for something. What's refreshing about Sex and the City is that it pushes to a darkly comic extreme the situations that already fuel the many urban-singles sitcoms on network TV, particularly those with female leads like "Suddenly Susan" and "Caroline in the City." More social satire than sitcom, it looks openly at relationships steeped in ambivalence, fear, and the games people play. [6 Jun 1998, p.C6]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The results are derivative, but they could have been worse. [9 Jan 1996]
  6. Ultimately, ''Random 1" is a portrait of the giving spirit in action, not a fantasy show about happy endings.
  7. It's witty, irreverent, and joyously juvenile.
  8. Even the actors seem grudging as they play their predictable parts. They never succeed in creating a sense of ensemble, enabling us to feel how these characters have known one another for decades.
  9. With its pleasing San Francisco locales and McKidd's sympathetic performance, "Journeyman" is entertaining enough.
  10. It's a gathering of familiar material that never quite distinguishes itself. I'd say the show is a "mash-up'' of its many influences, but that word implies intentionality and he Gates seems more like a lazy assemblage of cliches.
  11. If you're a committed Riversian, and I am, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? is an enjoyably lighthearted hour of prime Joan shtick.
  12. The cases themselves are weakly constructed, with more holes than a box of doughnuts.
  13. [Scott's] vital, star-making turn in "Saved" comes as a surprise, as it makes his earlier work seem muted by comparison.
  14. Olbermann is still Olbermann: left-leaning, punctuated by ironic humor, veering into bombast, and underpinned by sincerity. You'll just need to look a little harder in the far reaches of cable to find him.
  15. Somewhere in this big pile of plot is a potentially enjoyable series, if the producers can figure out how to balance the week-to-week procedural elements of McDeere's court cases with the overarching mystery of his new associates' sinister secrets.
  16. "The Path to 9/11" never quite arrives at narrative coherence and depth.
  17. Barker is written as the stereotypical rogue cop who crosses the line into illegality, but Swayze's presence is complex enough to add mystery and weight that aren't in the script....[but] take Swayze and his gravitas out of the picture, and The Beast is a mediocre series that would probably lurk on the cable TV lineup without much notice.
  18. The miniseries is an ordinary but not awful piece of science fiction, one you won't hate watching and yet one you shouldn't hate missing.
  19. Everything other than Harmon, who has thrown her "Law & Order" reserve out the window, feels unnatural and contrived.
  20. It's worth keeping an eye on the show, in case it finds somewhere to go that's both intricate and unusual.
  21. The tone tips awkwardly between crude and romantic, and a little of Azaria goes a long way. But I'm game for episode 2.
  22. These guys come up with twisted shorts and one longer and even more twisted feature per episode, some of them actual man-on-the-street interviews, some of them scripted, and most of them funny.
  23. NBC's new anthology horror series is, like far too many TV horror anthologies before it, just not scary enough.
  24. The show isn't a debacle, but it's a disappointing comedy that doesn't live up to an interesting premise.
  25. A run-of-the-mill family comedy that wants to be the show that follows it, "Everybody Loves Raymond," but ends up more like a wan wannabe. [21 Sept 1998, p.C9]
  26. Story-wise, the show is awful--stock characters, nonsensical motivations, obvious plot turns, bad acting... The routines--and the dynamic filming of them --are dazzling enough to distract from the surrounding lousiness.
  27. It's a competent clone, one that features a promising ensemble cast led by Mark Harmon and David McCallum - that's right folks, Illya Kuryakin from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." If you have a taste for procedurals and a liking for Harmon's quiet charm, you'll find the show engaging enough. [23 Sept 2003, p.D14]
  28. The premiere... doesn't inspire an instant commitment the way the premieres of "Prison Break" and "24" did.
  29. It succeeds as a charming, silly, and idealistic piece of whimsy along the lines of "In and Out."