Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 924 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn 11223: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 504
  2. Negative: 0 out of 504
504 tv reviews
  1. The show runs rampant with rapid-fire dialogue and sly pop-culture references. The cast is strong.
  2. The dark tone might be the greatest barrier at first to viewers, but the cast rolls with the wisecracks.
  3. Boardwalk shows no signs of losing its identity. All signs point to a bloody proper finish.
  4. While often touching, it's a lightweight addition to HBO's schedule.
  5. The six-episode series mixes this type of sharp -humor and dialogue with gory scenes and tense horror.
  6. 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.
  7. Give Lost Girl a try. You might be seduced.
  8. Longmire isn't a conventional show. The mystery tonight might be slight, but the pilot is a dusty little gem.
  9. Serves up spine-tingling chills with its moody, noirish visuals and grimly efficient leads. [22 Sep 2004]
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  10. Sutherland is impressive as a nice guy exercising his backbone for perhaps the first time in his life. He works hard to get past one of the most iconic roles in television. The idealism is palpable, even if the show seems a bit too idealistic. The supporting cast seems stuck taking predictable positions.
  11. Hardy rocks the period clothing, strutting around in an open overcoat practically down to his ankles and a commanding stovepipe hat. With anyone else, this show would not be half as engrossing.
  12. 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.
  13. Driver’s manic spirit has never been displayed to such great effect. Yarbrough and Bowie bring warmth and depth to their roles beyond the script. At a moment when CBS has regurgitated “King of Queens” into “Kevin Can Wait” and its Matt LeBlanc series “Man With a Plan” looks embalmed on arri­val, Speechless is a fresh addi­tion to prime-time family comedy.
    • 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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  14. Ed is swell, as Ed might say. Not quite a strike but a satisfying spare. [5 Oct 2000, p.48]
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  15. A delectable documentary. [29 Nov 2001, p.55]
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  16. There are several hearty laughs in "Home Improvement" - the best you can ask of any TV comedy. [12 Sep 1991]
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  17. Dandridge is a standout as the sister rediscovering her love of faith even as her doubts about her family grow.
  18. No, Project Greenlight doesn’t promise art, but it does deliver drama.
  19. For shows that play to our longing for America's lost days of glory, the sky's the limit.
  20. 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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  21. Things are about to get a lot worse on Penny Dreadful, and for viewers, that is a very good thing indeed.
  22. 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.
  23. In its casting, Trial & Error gets every­thing right.
    • 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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  24. Who knew the dumbed-down domestic sitcom could be fun again? ... OK. It's not "Seinfeld." But "Eight Simple Rules" does just what it's supposed to - amuse, entertain, disperse a few laughs and warm fuzzies. [17 Sep 2002]
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  25. Confirmation, like those hearings, settles nothing. The film’s coda suggests the country has come a long way. That, along with everything else here, will give viewers plenty to talk about.
  26. The story of an intriguing woman who can shoot a gun but can't hit the target is a premise steeped with promise. Let's hope Karen Sisco does not find happiness anytime soon. [1 Oct 2003, p.55]
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  27. If their melodrama isn't always gripping, Nip/Tuck rushes in an array of guest stars as distractions. [5 Sept 2006, p.36]
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  28. Moore's impersonation of Sarah Palin is the hook to reel you into HBO'S latest truelife political thriller.

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