Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 681 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 One Tree Hill: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 364
  2. Negative: 0 out of 364
364 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Friday Night Lights used high school football as a vehicle to explore plainly and authentically the way in which people live, struggle and thrive in small towns. It just might be the finest scripted series on prime time.
  3. Funnier than all of the new sitcoms combined, featuring the strongest ensemble of dramatic actresses around and able to leap genre cliches in a single jump cut, 'Desperate Housewives' is the superwoman of the new fall season and is easily the most delightful and intriguing hour to come along on ABC in years. [1 Oct 2004]
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  4. 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.
  5. 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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  6. This Boardwalk is rife with treasure.
  7. 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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  8. "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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  9. It takes a literate, cynical look at showbiz and, in doing so, creates fine art. [12 Nov 1996]
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  10. Even if you weren't in the practice of watching ABC's 'The Practice,' you might find its spinoff, 'Boston Legal,' habit-forming. [3 Oct 2004]
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. The first four episodes Netflix made available are more intense and unpredictable than the first season.
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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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  14. 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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  15. The new crew is an intriguing bunch. [9 Jan 2005]
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  16. The new episodes are brilliant, proving the first season wasn't a fantastic fluke. [14 Jan 2000]
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  17. Life may be short, but this comedy is not long enough.
  18. Southland's cast remains one of its best selling points.
  19. Fox’s Human Target is the closest thing on TV to swigging a keg of Red Bull. It’s one hour of pure energy, a blast of fun action and stunts.
  20. By dramatizing the true stories of the men who fought there, Spielberg and Hanks craft perhaps their most psychologically grounded work.
  21. I loved the pilot, mostly because I could never predict where the story was going, a rarity in prime-time TV.
  22. Mozart in the Jungle, which was adapted from Blair Tindall’s memoir of the same name, is surprisingly good, whether you’re into classical music or not. In fact, it’s almost as good as something you might find on HBO, which is what Amazon needs if it wants to succeed in the online television business.
  23. For a topic that sounds as dry as a fund prospectus, the acting and pacing is exceptional.
  24. There isn’t another show that can go from laugh-out-loud funny to soul-crushing sadness in a beat.
  25. Jay Baruchel is fabulous as the geeky Steven Karp whose dad (Wainwright) is hipper. [25 Sept 2001, p.48]
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  26. Not every question--or every character’s fate--is settled in the premiere, but fans of the show will not be disappointed.
  27. A wonderful comedy that twists the family sitcom genre to a screwball turn. [6 Jan 2000]
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  28. There hasn't been a show since "The Sopranos" so concerned with bodily functions, and it makes its oft-compared predecessor "Sex and the City" look like a TeenNick production. But it's also fresh, bracing and original.
  29. For those looking for yet another quality show for their Sunday nights, Low Winter Sun soars high.

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