Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 951 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Man With a Plan: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 514
  2. Negative: 0 out of 514
514 tv reviews
  1. Blacklist doesn’t have the pulse, say, of a '24,' but it races in the right direction.
  2. It’s too easy to think of this family as sharks. Sharks are much kinder to their young. Animal Kingdom bites hard and doesn’t let up.
  3. Schenkkhan abridges his teleplay to two hours and 15 minutes when this project might have been better served by going in the other direction, by making, say, a two-night, four-hour mini­series. ... There’s no comparing [Cranston's] performance to anything he’s ever done. All the Way is going to lead Cranston along a familiar path--right up to the Emmy podium come fall.
  4. Contrary to the title, you can trust the B---- for a good laugh.
  5. Red Faction: Origins is light-years brighter than the typical Syfy Saturday dreck.
  6. Don't look now, but Falling Skies could be a summer obsession.
  7. In a subtle tip to the original series and its narrator, William Conrad, look for a cameo from "America's Most Wanted" John Walsh, who repeats Conrad's memorable opening to the series. Heavy hand of fate, indeed. [6 Oct 2000, p.S32]
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  8. Scoundrels is wicked fun when the Wests are being wild.
  9. Stalker is the kind of show that will have you checking the locks on your door--and changing­ your Facebook status to “guarded­ by rabid pitbulls.”
  10. Blood and Oil, harkens back to the best elements of “Dallas” and “Dynasty.”
  11. The score ably amps up the foreboding, and the action sequences are gritty, scary and especially well-staged.
  12. Watch and you'll want to play along, too.
  13. Scripter Peter Straughan masterfully hits almost all the right notes in this fictionalized account of Cromwell.... The stage actor doesn’t convey the cunning with which Mantel imbues her protagonist. At times his lawyer seems a bit thick. At the close of next week, however, Cromwell--and Rylance--find their footing.
  14. A familiar premise with fresh faces and equal doses of humor and pathos might be the right prescription for fans of the genre. [27 March 2005, p.039]
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  15. The series is fun and frothy but also often poignant.
  16. Rest assured: The Borgias are still bad to the bone.
  17. While these newsies may have outsized personalities, everyone shares a belief in getting the story right and serving the community.
  18. Filmed in South Africa, Sails is awash in lush scenery, bloody expensive sets and brutal action. You’ve probably never seen a sword fight like the one that caps tonight’s episode.
  19. A series with substance and heart that doesn’t insult the city or pander to stereotypes.
  20. True Detective will linger with you long after the credits roll, a grim journey into night.
  21. This is a packed episode that sets up the dynamic for a season long rivalry that New Directions will be hard-pressed to overcome.
  22. Wilson might be playing Penny with a better apartment, but she’s always a delight. Marino makes for a great sparring partner, and Williams has been off our screens far too long.
  23. When Happy Endings is funny, it's need-to-pause-the-DVR-because-I'm-laughing-so-hard funny. And viewers should easily be able to commit to that.
  24. Some story points, annoyingly, are dropped between the April 18 and April 25 episodes.... Even with a terrific supporting cast, Maslany is this show.
  25. What seems like a straightforward question--Is Nick a traitor to his country?--might be the most devilishly complicated thing to answer, and definitely worth pursuing in this complex show.
  26. Arnett isn't stretching himself here, but he's still funny as a man who can't comprehend why he can't buy the love of his life. Russell brings a fervor to the role of a woman who has yet to come across a tree she wouldn't want to hug.
  27. With the breezy action comes some valuable knowledge about magnets and ammonias. Who knew TV could be educational? ... This reboot looks to be a pleasant way to start the [CBS Friday] lineup and the weekend.
  28. A dramedy about an unplanned pregnancy? CW has nerve--and the creativity to carry it off.
  29. It’s just as audacious as ever, combining American history (the Underground Railroad) with plot swerves right out “24.”
  30. Your love for the show depends on your tolerance for Leary and his overbearing character. [30 May 2006, p.28]
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