Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 639 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% 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 Murder One: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn 11223: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 336
  2. Negative: 0 out of 336
336 tv reviews
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. After some demented inspiration from Jesse (Aaron Paul), Walt launches a caper so audacious, it's almost comical.
  5. 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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  6. The new episodes are brilliant, proving the first season wasn't a fantastic fluke. [14 Jan 2000]
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  7. It takes a literate, cynical look at showbiz and, in doing so, creates fine art. [12 Nov 1996]
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  8. 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.
  9. 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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  10. Game remains one of the more challenging shows to follow, but one of the most rewarding.
  11. "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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  12. The title is the only thing that's obscure about this hilarious in-your-face comedy. [12 Sep 2002]
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  13. Not much is different for the fourth season of FX’s most popular comedy, except possibly an uptick in the production budget and guests.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Shield gives viewers so much Chiklis, it should be called "The Commish 2." The pilot opens with the unlikely scenario of the portly Chiklis chasing down a teenage drug dealer. It only gets worse...There may be rogue cops out there, but do they really announce to their precinct captains that they can't be controlled? It's hard to watch a show that stars such an unlikable character. [12 Mar 2002, p.41]
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  14. Mad Men is off to one crazy-good start.
  15. 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.
  16. Broadchurch answers your summer prayers for top-notch drama.
  17. Ultimately, Sherlock doesn't play fair, but the game is so enjoyable, you'll be happy you joined in.
  18. 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.
  19. Your love for the show depends on your tolerance for Leary and his overbearing character. [30 May 2006, p.28]
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  20. Game of Thrones plays by its own rules--and remains irresistible.
  21. There isn’t another show that can go from laugh-out-loud funny to soul-crushing sadness in a beat.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 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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  22. There's still heat to Rescue Me - it just needs something to stoke the drama. [19 June 2005, p.A03]
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  23. 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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  24. Game of Thrones starts less like an epic and more like a session of "Medieval Sims."
  25. Go ahead and give this little show a chance. To paraphrase Coach Taylor's refrain: Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose this show. [5 Oct 2007, p.e23]
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  26. Buscemi is the only big-name actor associated with this cast, and though he seems to be having a great time strutting onscreen, most of the others aren't up to sharing the screen with him.
  27. "Brooklyn Bridge" may be too delicate and heartfelt to survive amongst its colder, more cynical competition. But it deserves a decent chance. Shows this good don't come along very often. [26 Sep 1991]
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  28. 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.

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