Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 701 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% 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: 64
Highest review score: 100 Freaks and Geeks: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 One Tree Hill: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 377
  2. Negative: 0 out of 377
377 tv reviews
  1. This twisted comedy of Tinseltown manners - so wicked insidey and sharply observed - shines through brilliantly here. "Larry Sanders" is arch TV about craven TV with no pretensions - if such a thing is possible, and it obviously is. [18 Jul 1995]
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  2. Murder One succeeds because it doesn't pander to you, nor does it demean you. The issues illuminated by the show challenge and entertain you. [19 Sept 1995, p.37]
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  3. As you watch "Larry Sanders," the lines fly by and hit you with a sweet sting. Laden with crass cultural references and blistering put-downs, the show's scripts are usually dense with delights. [12 Mar 1998]
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  4. As he did in the series, Gervais imbues Brent with a kind of idiotic cleverness that is both silly and devastating. [21 Oct 2004]
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  5. The new episodes are brilliant, proving the first season wasn't a fantastic fluke. [14 Jan 2000]
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  6. It takes a literate, cynical look at showbiz and, in doing so, creates fine art. [12 Nov 1996]
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  7. If the first two episodes are any indication, this season of Homeland will be about Carrie not only recovering her balance but finding a measure of redemption. That's a trip worth taking.
  8. Homicide is the best new television drama of the season. That's particularly surprising, considering it's yet another cop show. And even more surprising in that it's NBC - the loser network - which has come up with a winner teeming with unique characters, steaming with atmosphere and featuring writing as sharp as a stiletto. [31 Jan 1993, p.30]
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  9. Game remains one of the more challenging shows to follow, but one of the most rewarding.
  10. "The Office" makes you cringe in delight and heave with giggles when you see the absurdity of it all. [23 Oct 2003]
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  11. The title is the only thing that's obscure about this hilarious in-your-face comedy. [12 Sep 2002]
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  12. Mad Men is off to one crazy-good start.
  13. Tambor gives a nuanced, career-defining performance here.
  14. This four-part adaptation of Shakespeare’s historical cycle (“Richard II, “Henry IV, Part 1,” “Henry IV, Part 2” and “Henry V”) spotlighting the battle to win and to hold the English crown is both brilliant and eminently accessible.
  15. With that ticking clock in mind, Benioff and Weiss are improvising with confidence and a keen eye on character. You can see stories being streamlined.
  16. Broadchurch answers your summer prayers for top-notch drama.
  17. Ultimately, Sherlock doesn't play fair, but the game is so enjoyable, you'll be happy you joined in.
  18. Game of Thrones plays by its own rules--and remains irresistible.
  19. There isn’t another show that can go from laugh-out-loud funny to soul-crushing sadness in a beat.
  20. The womanizing, booze-guzzling, chain-smoking ad exec (played brilliantly by Jon Hamm) at the heart of AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men has found a curvy sliver of joy in his life.
  21. Go ahead and give this little show a chance. To paraphrase Coach Taylor's refrain: Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose this show. [5 Oct 2007, p.e23]
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  22. "Brooklyn Bridge" may be too delicate and heartfelt to survive amongst its colder, more cynical competition. But it deserves a decent chance. Shows this good don't come along very often. [26 Sep 1991]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    We've all been there. Which is why Freaks and Geeks works so well. Cloaked in grunginess, it's a totally unpretentious slice of high school life, a decidedly unmelodramatic drama devoid of "Dawson's Creek"-speak and sticky self-analysis. No one is wearing designer duds and the closing scene at the high school homecoming dance reveals that not one student possesses a shred of rhythm. [25 Sept 1999, p.25]
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    The constant bickering would quickly wear thin in a (gulp!) "Curb Your Enthusiasm" marathon, but over the course of a half-hour or two, it's amusing to watch him play a human matchstick and light a fuse wherever he goes. [4 Jan 2004]
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  23. A wonderful comedy that twists the family sitcom genre to a screwball turn. [6 Jan 2000]
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  24. Mad Men is back with another ridiculously addictive season.
  25. It's a bloody good, gory hour, and I don't know how Southland will top this. But I can't wait to see what's around the corner.
  26. Written well and delicately plotted, this new WB drama has staying power. You will want to know what happens to our heroine with the Botticelli visage. [29 Sept 1998, p.45]
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  27. The characters carry themselves with the kind of decency, maturity and occasional playfulness that is virtually unseen on prime time.
  28. Many young women, if they're being honest, will see themselves here. And many parents will see their daughters.

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