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 The Sopranos: Season 2
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. When Jackie snaps over one patient's plight, she could be speaking for impatient viewers: "People gotta stop trying to save people who don't want to be saved." Same goes for TV characters stuck in the same shtick.
  2. Mr. Robot is like a computer virus that will worm its way into your consciousness if you’re not careful.
  3. Penny Dreadful’s set work is unparalleled, and this season the bright oranges and yellows of the Old West make for a welcome contrast to the washed-out blues and grays of Old London. Oh, there is action here.
  4. The sets and costuming are top-notch. The musical score is brash, if redundant. The personal dramas range from silly to 
diverting.
  5. Face Off hews so much to the Runway formula, it practically falls over and busts a lip, but at least the pacing is fast.
  6. Primeval (which has already been renewed for a fifth season) doesn't ask you to think, just to enjoy the mayhem that follows when a rampaging behemoth is set loose anywhere in the United Kingdom. It's hard to find fault with a formula like that.
  7. With its frantic pacing, ­vicious masterminds and ­valiant law enforcement agents, Crisis might remind you of Fox’s “24.” Not the best seasons of “24,” but still. There’s a lot to be said for a show that works up a sweat trying to surprise you.
  8. As an actress, Lady Gaga wears clothes very well. That’s not the dis it seems. The extended 90-minute premiere doesn’t give her much chance to act, or speak, for that matter.... As Dr. Alex Lowe, John’s estranged wife, returning player Chloe Sevigny provides a welcome balance to the over-the-top bloodletting, but as good as she is, the bad soap opera dialogue just proves Murphy and Falchuk have no interest in writing “normal,” whatever that is. They’re here to deliver spectacle.
  9. The castmates aren't polished performers, but they know how to work a joke fast and move on. [4 Aug 2005]
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  10. The show runs rampant with rapid-fire dialogue and sly pop-culture references. The cast is strong.
  11. The dark tone might be the greatest barrier at first to viewers, but the cast rolls with the wisecracks.
  12. Boardwalk shows no signs of losing its identity. All signs point to a bloody proper finish.
  13. While often touching, it's a lightweight addition to HBO's schedule.
  14. The six-episode series mixes this type of sharp -humor and dialogue with gory scenes and tense horror.
  15. The original “Roots” exposed and drew on the power of truth for millions of Americans. This Roots is an echo of that. It stands small in the great shadow of the original.
  16. Give Lost Girl a try. You might be seduced.
  17. Longmire isn't a conventional show. The mystery tonight might be slight, but the pilot is a dusty little gem.
  18. Serves up spine-tingling chills with its moody, noirish visuals and grimly efficient leads. [22 Sep 2004]
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  19. Under the Dome is the TV equivalent [of a ham sandwich], with all the fixings: a goofy, sometimes creepy, thriller from horror maestro Stephen King about a town trapped under a large invisible barrier.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Push is a David Lynchian view of good and evil, avarice and honor. But it's also a game show. [16 Sept 2002, p.32]
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  20. Ed is swell, as Ed might say. Not quite a strike but a satisfying spare. [5 Oct 2000, p.48]
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  21. A delectable documentary. [29 Nov 2001, p.55]
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  22. There are several hearty laughs in "Home Improvement" - the best you can ask of any TV comedy. [12 Sep 1991]
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  23. Dandridge is a standout as the sister rediscovering her love of faith even as her doubts about her family grow.
  24. No, Project Greenlight doesn’t promise art, but it does deliver drama.
  25. For shows that play to our longing for America's lost days of glory, the sky's the limit.
  26. It's impossible to tell by the uneven debut episode if the tone of the writing will be consistent. ... The dramatic portions of the show flow easily... But the writers seem unsure how they want to portray the violence in "Platinum," of which there is plenty in the first episode. [11 Apr 2003]
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  27. Things are about to get a lot worse on Penny Dreadful, and for viewers, that is a very good thing indeed.
  28. This bleak depiction of hospital work locates the show about two degrees south of “St. Elsewhere.” And yet, after I finished the first three episodes, I realized I was hooked; I wanted more.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The soul of the show is 30-something daughter Lydia (Heather Paige Kent), who dumps her loutish, lay-about fiance and decides to go to college. Written by waitress-turned-screenwriter Diane Ruggiero and based on her own life. The supporting cast, which includes Paul Sorvino, Kevin Dillon, Debi Mazar and Ellen Burstyn, is a standout. [1 Oct 2000, p.6]
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