Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 641 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn 11223: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 337
  2. Negative: 0 out of 337
337 tv reviews
  1. The players have all done fine work in other venues, but the story isn't here. The network that "knows drama" needs to step it up a beat.
  2. Rookie Blue is set in a nondescript big city, which also serves to make the series generic. The cast, however, is spunky and promising.
  3. After watching the first four episodes of the sixth season back-to-back--an endurance test I don’t recommend--it’s apparent Rescue Me is recycling plots.
  4. Tonight's mystery ultimately doesn't hang together, but it does establish the show's light mythos in an easy-to-digest way.
  5. Hope you like looking at a golf ball, well, doing nothing. You'll see a lot of it during the hour. It sets the mood of The Glades. Sweltering stupidity.
  6. The Salahis are the attraction here. Judging from the season teaser, the show will spend the entire season building up to the infamous dinner-crashing scene, to which the Bravo cameras appear to had access. Remember, a fame whore needs your attention to survive. Look away now.
  7. Although the show is reminiscent of the kid-friendly TGIF lineup, some of the jokes are for the PG-13 crowd.
  8. Linney, who also serves as executive producer, is luminous as always. But the first three episodes fall into a predictable pattern of Cathy confronting someone and dropping cryptic comments about her diagnosis.
  9. Chase reminds me of "Trauma," NBC's attempt at a Monday drama last year, although the shows couldn't be more dissimilar (the latter was about first responders). They both seem to be placeholders in the prime-time schedule until the network can scrounge up something better.
  10. Lone Star, created and written by Kyle Killen, centers on a con man who lives a double life--with two beautiful women--and is so full of plot holes you could drive a motorcade through it with a parade of elephants behind.
  11. Better With You has the foundation to be an engaging comedy. Right now, it's difficult to commit to a long-term relationship
  12. Maybe Abrams just ran out of energy drinks that week. This is a poor caper show that doesn't even deliver half the surprises of TNT's "Leverage."
  13. Tierney and Morrow are both seasoned TV stars, but even they can't make The Whole Truth ring true.
  14. Wahlberg, a favorite here, needs to avoid David Caruso Syndrome. There's a bit too much posturing with the furrowed brow and hand-on-the-hip that has made a caricature of that "CSI: Miami" star. Moynahan is solid as the assistant district attorney, but her character's lefty politics seem at odds with her occupation and her family.....But Selleck as the bad guy in his own show? It almost makes you want to dial 911.
  15. Sister Wives practically twists and breaks its back assuring viewers how gosh-darn normal everything is. Still, there are some cracks in the crackpots.
  16. Visually, Los Angeles works. One forgets how dark and claustrophobic the New York shows can be. The sets seem more open, and the decor reflects an electric mix of modern styles. But the crimes--ripped from the headlines, naturally--might as well be culled from the funny pages.
  17. There's an undercurrent of desperation in this spinoff--the belief that a woman is only as good as her face and figure, and that there's always some pretty thing on her way up to take her place. These women know they are disposable. That's the ugly truth lining the sun-kissed streets of Beverly Hills.
  18. Sarah Palin's Alaska turns out to be a tepid travelogue of the former governor's home state's tourist attractions interspersed with homespun homilies and family downtime.
  19. With its relentless narration, Gold Rush: Alaska more often plays like download with stunning visuals of Sarah Palin's home state as a backdrop.
  20. Many of the scenes with the teens seem staged, especially tonight's climax. Still, the Bruces aren't anything like the delusional couples who populate Bravo's "Housewives" shows. This is a functioning family trying to survive a dysfunctional time.
  21. V is stuck in the past of a 25-year-old show. It needs to shed that skin.
  22. NBC's The Cape aspires to be "The Dark Knight" but unfurls more like the campy 1960s "Batman" TV series.
  23. You've been three rounds with this story before. Lights Out sets you up for a sucker punch.
  24. Comparisons to the BBC show are unavoidable since the first two episodes are practically a scene-by-scene reshoot of the original's opening. The stars even look like doppelgangers of the English cast.
  25. For a show that starts out with so much energy, Breakout Kings quickly settles into a procedural rut.
  26. Unfortunately, Iron's not in every scene, and the 100-minute premiere, after a promising opening, becomes bogged down in political intrigue as his rivals scheme to remove the new pope.
  27. Those who love the books will probably geek out on the series. The rest of us may have a harder time sitting through Game of Thrones.
  28. It's wonderful HBO is willing to subsidize so many artists, but Treme feels more like a tax write-off than an actual series.
  29. Why Not? With Shania Twain rings of a last-ditch effort to avoid counseling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
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