Boston Herald's Scores

  • TV
For 978 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Boardwalk Empire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Brooklyn 11223: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 529
  2. Negative: 0 out of 529
529 tv reviews
  1. Arnold's Beyond Scared Straight hews to the premise of the original and proves to be just as gripping.
  2. Of the cast, Winger seems to be the weakest link, brittle and uncertain, but it's too soon in her arc to write her off. The series is like a mystery novel, but the crimes of the heart here are ones the patients unwittingly inflict upon themselves and the lengths they'll go to hide from the truth. Watching Byrne's sullen shrink match wits with Ryan's cool therapist is the best reason to book an appointment with In Treatment.
  3. The fifth and final season of BBC America’s Orphan Black finds Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany turning in some of her most subtle, authentic work. ... The mythology of the show, like many of these genre shows (“Lost,” “Alias”), can be more convoluted than the tax code.
  4. If the script can at times seem slight, Douglas and Damon are 
superb.
  5. For its own good, Legion needs to get out of its head.
  6. On Veterans Day, Wartorn is a somber reminder of the price that many pay when they serve their country and a wake-up call to the rest of us about the debt we owe them.
  7. A superb, bracing look at the terrorist attack on Boston and its aftermath.
  8. Squeezed into a blue spandex suit with plastic chiseled muscles, the towering Warburton has done the nearly impossible. He has created a character who is ridiculously outlandish yet more than a mere caricature. [8 Nov 2001, p.50]
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  9. Friday Night Lights used high school football as a vehicle to explore plainly and authentically the way in which people live, struggle and thrive in small towns. It just might be the finest scripted series on prime time.
  10. The humor is more subversive than ever. [13 Aug 2007]
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  11. The real Grace was released from prison after 30 years of incarceration, reportedly moved to New York and was lost to the tides of history. “Alias Grace,” however, will leave you pondering the mysteries of this woman for a long time to come.
  12. If there's a nighttime soap any better, I haven't seen it.
  13. Dead is always at its most unsettling--and poignant--when its characters have a moment to breathe and to address their dark, nightmarish world.
  14. [The Night Manager] makes the most of some gorgeous spots. Viewers, however, may find themselves anticipating the plot. Hiddleston is the draw and the catch. With a less capable lead, this story would only be mildly interesting. ... He proves here he’s ready to serve her majesty’s secret service and then some.
  15. Feud edges at times to camp but always veers back into meatier fare.
  16. Born spends a lot of time following the group as they socialize but is at its most compelling when it tracks the compli­cated bonds tethering these young people to their parents.
  17. Netflix’s The Crown is a sumptuous treat, a lavish costume drama with subtle performances and an astonishing attention to detail.
  18. Her voice seems to roam all over the vocal register, but she is compelling.... West will make you forget he’s acting.
  19. In its personal vignettes, Weight illuminates, but too often the segments are a numbing array of statistics from well-meaning talking heads.
  20. Last season, Elliot was trying to save the world; now he’s trying to save himself. That battle promises to have lots of casualties.
  21. Even at approximately 80 minutes, director/producer Nancy Buirski's work could be tighter, but it's hard to imagine a more appropriate documentary for Valentine's Day.
  22. Rest assured: The Borgias are still bad to the bone.
  23. Their characters--Welfare Queen, Fortune Cookie and the Old Biddies, to name a few--are wildly over the top, borderline offensive and true to the era. The crowd has no choice and falls in love. It’s no tilt-a-whirl crossbody, but GLOW gets close.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    You just have to wade through a landfill of lame camp and gratuitous weirdness to get to the pop center of Gaga's HBO show.
  24. This is the best ensemble of any show anywhere, and watching these gifted actors bounce off each other is a joy. Damages proves capable hands can craft a thriller for TV.
  25. The TV mom has changed - from out-of-touch authority figure to giggling girlfriend. This WB series attempts to depict a thoroughly modern single parent-child relationship. Yet, there's a sense this type of chumminess could only happen on TV. [5 Oct 2000, p.48]
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  26. For those impatient for the return of "Mad Men," The Hour fills that void and then some.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sparkling writing and smart performances - Elfman is a breakout star - make Dharma & Greg one of this season's brightest new half-hours. [24 Sept 1997, p.50]
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  27. Imagine "Seinfeld" distilled to its cynical essence. [12 Oct 2000]
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  28. There are too many instances of people conveniently running into each other. In short, common sense is missing from Justified.

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