Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 672 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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 One Tree Hill: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 358
  2. Negative: 0 out of 358
358 tv reviews
  1. The Neighbors is the silliest show you will watch all year.
  2. The first episode teases an exciting dynamic, with the possibility of forcing viewers to root for one monster over another.
  3. While often touching, it's a lightweight addition to HBO's schedule.
  4. Mankind: The Story of All of Us is that college freshman survey course, a buffet of tasty data, a little bit about a lot. It might leave you hungry for more.
  5. Legit is the sort of comedy that lets its heart beat once an episode.
  6. Do No Harm, a modern spin on Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," sounds lame. Yet it is so fast-paced and slickly produced, it could just be your new guilty pleasure.
  7. Abrams and co-creator Damon Lindelof infuse the opener with horror, poignancy, mystery and pitch-perfect humor...If Abrams and company can sustain the pace and intrigue of the pilot, then Lost will be a great place for viewers to lose themselves every week. [22 Sept 2004, p.EDGE 47]
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  8. 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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  9. The good news is the characters created here are so interesting that we want to know more about them. Whedon continues to slay viewers. [19 Sept 2002, p.48]
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  10. A series with substance and heart that doesn’t insult the city or pander to stereotypes.
  11. Fimmel has an odd charisma as a barbarian who sees nothing wrong with butchering a group of unarmed, cowering men. But much of the supporting cast is problematic--either­ the actors just aren’t up to the work or the characters are underwritten.
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    • 75 Critic Score
    Boomtown stumbles when it adopts an occasional sanctimonious tone. And, like most cop shows, it contains liberal doses of violence and the ubiquitous sexually depraved perp. But Boomtown also is an impressive accomplishment in editing that will keep you hanging on until the final scene. [29 Sept 2002, p.55]
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  12. The sets and costuming are top-notch. The musical score is brash, if redundant. The personal dramas range from silly to 
  13. What a dazzling bunch of jerks. Yet, somehow, they are family and you can't help but laugh at them. Arrested Development is so dopey - but slick dopey. [2 Nov 2003, p.39]
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  14. The show cannily plays to teen hopes and dreams--the school, for example, is on the edge of a gorgeous beach (the kids at “90210” never had it this lush)--but there’s story for the adults as well.
  15. Ed is swell, as Ed might say. Not quite a strike but a satisfying spare. [5 Oct 2000, p.48]
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  16. Sinbad sets out to find his destiny on the sea, encountering menaces that would make Ray Harry­hausen proud.
  17. 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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    • 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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  18. '24' is exciting and intriguing. The cast is appealing. Using a split-screen technique to further propel the interlocking story lines, the drama has an edgy, hip style, enveloping you in suspense and danger. [6 Nov 2001]
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  19. [A] gripping premiere. [28 Oct 2003]
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  20. The dialogue is as arch as Desperate in its heyday.
  21. There are several hearty laughs in "Home Improvement" - the best you can ask of any TV comedy. [12 Sep 1991]
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  22. 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The show's concept is clever, and the pilot displays a blend of humor and drama with a bit of melancholy hanging over it. Shalhoub is excellent as the twitchy, mild-mannered Monk. But Monk can be an annoying character, and at times you may find yourself wanting to yell, "Snap out of it!" at the television screen. [12 July 2002, p.S36]
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  23. This collection of characters - with all their quirks, quarks and nose jobs - is a winner. The women are strong. The men are sensitive. The life forms are testy. [5 Jan 1993]
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  24. 'The Closer' may be the first TV series to mimic ['Desperate Housewives''] ability to present women with textured, complicated lives. [12 Jun 2005]
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  25. If you loved this show for its split-second pop culture spoofs and absurd, sometimes sophomoric humor, then you'll be happy with the new, unimproved 'Guy.' [1 May 2005]
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  26. 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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  27. Serves up spine-tingling chills with its moody, noirish visuals and grimly efficient leads. [22 Sep 2004]
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