Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 830 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% 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 Freaks and Geeks: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 One Tree Hill: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 448
  2. Negative: 0 out of 448
448 tv reviews
  1. HBO's True Blood rises from the grave of last year's uneven season, smarter, spookier and sexier than before.
  2. You think you know how this story will end, but trust DeKnight and his company of players to surprise us to the last bloody moment.
  3. It's not often that a movie that's important also manages to be educational and entertaining. Five is all three.
  4. Red Road’s depiction of mental illness is one of the most compelling on any scripted series, and Nicholson continues to amaze.
  5. In Happily Divorced, TV Land, the cable channel for baby boomers, finally may have found the perfect companion to its smash "Hot in Cleveland."
  6. Transparent returns for a second season with the Pfefferman family digging deeper into their pasts and struggling to make sense of their futures.... The dialogue can slash like a knife.
  7. Many young women, if they're being honest, will see themselves here. And many parents will see their daughters.
  8. 24 is as much a thrill ride as ever.
  9. The mix of humor and horror is unparalleled, and the bonds of friendship between these supernatural denizens feel authentic.
  10. It’s a macabre dance that only promises to get more intense.
  11. The pilot, directed by co--executive producer Jon Favreau ("Iron Man"), poses numerous questions, and to the credit of everyone involved, delivers some surprising payoffs that other shows would hold for weeks, if not seasons.
  12. With Milch holding the reins, Luck seems a lock for the winner's circle.
  13. Week is about as much a serious social experiment as "Survivor" or "Kid Nation," but the production qualities are strong for a cable reality show and its subjects are fascinating as they react to the new world order
  14. You don’t have to be a comic book fan to enjoy The Flash, but if you are one, there are so many Easter eggs in the pilot--especially the one at the closing moment--that you just might go into nerdgasms. The Flash isn’t stopping for anyone.
  15. 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.
  16. Sunday's premiere episode is one of the most cleverly outrageous half-hours of TV I've seen in a while. [28 Jan 1999]
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  17. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. looks to be the most fun you’ll find in an hour of prime time this fall.
  18. If the script can at times seem slight, Douglas and Damon are 
superb.
  19. How far can Frank accommodate her when his own power base is splintering? That will be the most tantalizing plot to follow this season.
  20. Arnold's Beyond Scared Straight hews to the premise of the original and proves to be just as gripping.
  21. Her Patty knows how to spread the hurt. Get in on Damages' final round.
  22. Ordinary is super at capturing a middle-class family suffering from self-imposed Kryptonite poisoning
  23. Preacher is a black comedy, a horror funhouse, a mild meditation on belief and a wicked good time. There’s nothing left to say but: Amen.
  24. If The Lottery can keep up the promise of its premiere, it will punch a winning ticket.
  25. As a man struggling to find where he misplaced his heart, Perry makes angst seem easy. His sense of timing isn't rusty. The sitcom has a few clouds: Alonzo needs an edge and the show should make Jorge Garcia's ("Lost") facilities manager a permanent regular. But Mr. Sunshine could be midseason's brightest ray of mirth.
  26. The show's repetitive voice-overs are annoying. But you'll be sucked into this dangerous venture.
  27. Dead is always at its most unsettling--and poignant--when its characters have a moment to breathe and to address their dark, nightmarish world.
  28. King, Cudlitz and McKenzie carry this drama, in note-perfect peformances. They make Southland a worthy part of your Tuesday night stakeout.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike most movie-inspired TV series - in which the TV version is usually a soggier incarnation of its movie original - this Buffy, created by Joss Whedon, an Oscar nominee for his "Toy Story" script, fulfills some of the promise sorely lacking in the 1992 big-screen version. [10 Mar 1997, p.32]
    • Boston Herald
  29. The three-hour production got off to a shaky start with camera work in the 1959-set Rydell High seemingly ready to trigger mass vertigo. But by the time the cast got to “Greased Lightnin’,” a frenetic dance number that kept building and growing so much, it threatened to spill out onto your floor, the show was rocking.

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