Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 946 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn 11223: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 511
  2. Negative: 0 out of 511
511 tv reviews
  1. In its final season, with but eight episodes total, Rectify continues to take risks.
  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. After some demented inspiration from Jesse (Aaron Paul), Walt launches a caper so audacious, it's almost comical.
  6. 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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  7. The new episodes are brilliant, proving the first season wasn't a fantastic fluke. [14 Jan 2000]
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  8. It takes a literate, cynical look at showbiz and, in doing so, creates fine art. [12 Nov 1996]
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  9. If the first two episodes are any indication, this season of Homeland will be about Carrie not only recovering her balance but finding a measure of redemption. That's a trip worth taking.
  10. Every performer here brings his or her A-game, and the little nods to the day--such as the chatter about a seminar that will help “actualize” the attendees or the salesman who believes that the electric typewriter represents an unparalleled technological revolution--are both striking and sad.... Fargo is terrific.
  11. 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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  12. Game remains one of the more challenging shows to follow, but one of the most rewarding.
  13. 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.
  14. "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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  15. The title is the only thing that's obscure about this hilarious in-your-face comedy. [12 Sep 2002]
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  16. Not much is different for the fourth season of FX’s most popular comedy, except possibly an uptick in the production budget and guests.
  17. Mad Men is off to one crazy-good start.
  18. What seems like a straightforward question--Is Nick a traitor to his country?--might be the most devilishly complicated thing to answer, and definitely worth pursuing in this complex show.
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale has a lot to say in 10 episodes. Clear your schedule for one of the best series of 2017.
  20. Tambor gives a nuanced, career-defining performance here.
  21. 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.
  22. With that ticking clock in mind, Benioff and Weiss are improvising with confidence and a keen eye on character. You can see stories being streamlined.
  23. While I share Aziz Ansari’s appreciation for the people, the food and the sights, I really hope he and Netflix got a nice tax break for the first two highly skippable episodes of his otherwise enjoyable comedy series Master of None. ... Ansari proves his show is best when it tells a little story about a large idea.
  24. Broadchurch answers your summer prayers for top-notch drama.
  25. Ultimately, Sherlock doesn't play fair, but the game is so enjoyable, you'll be happy you joined in.
  26. Game of Thrones plays by its own rules--and remains irresistible.
  27. Glover has created a show that is difficult to pigeonhole and supremely addictive.
  28. Your love for the show depends on your tolerance for Leary and his overbearing character. [30 May 2006, p.28]
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  29. Executive producer Ryan Murphy--best known for “Glee,” “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens”--here has created his most mature, confident series. He also directed the first two episodes, and his work is free of cheap tricks or gimmicks. The truth is so strange, he doesn’t need them.
  30. Game of Thrones starts less like an epic and more like a session of "Medieval Sims."

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