Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 805 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Pacific: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Properties: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 554
  2. Negative: 0 out of 554
554 tv reviews
  1. "No Flights, No Tights" is the mantra among the series' writers and producers, emphasizing that this show is set long before the orphan of Krypton becomes a full-fledged superhero. [16 Oct 2001, p.43]
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  2. You've seen this kind of shtick before on other shows, but Cohen occasionally gets off a laugh-out-loud moment. [21 Feb 2003, p.45]
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  3. The talented comedic ensemble makes the most of the strong material from “Parks & Recreation” vets Dan Goor and Mike Schur.
  4. It could be the fall’s best new drama if it doesn’t veer off course and drive into the ditches of hokey predictability or outrageous implausibility.
  5. A powerful, engrossing yet sometimes hard to watch six-hour elegy. [14 Apr 2000, p.39]
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  6. The show’s pricey-looking pilot caters to both comic book geeks and mainstream viewers with its witty writing and special effects.
  7. The storyline is more tightly focused than last year’s see-what-sticks approach. But it also feels like it’s pandering a bit to a younger CW crowd.
  8. It’s required viewing for fanboys. But it also holds broader appeal for anyone curious about the evolution of the comic book genre, its good and bad guys, and its lasting legacy.
  9. The show has a lot going on and it isn’t always easy to follow, but for the most part it’s stylish, sexy and smart.
  10. Rob Lowe does a respectable turn as JFK... [But] It’s the lesser-known story of Lee Harvey Oswald, expertly played with simmering anger by Will Rothhaar, that’s most interesting.
  11. Karl Urban is the main draw as an emotionally and physically damaged detective in Fox’s sci-fi police procedural with a heavy “Fringe” pedigree.
  12. Get ready to laugh and cry with this touching new comedy about a dysfunctional team of nurses and doctors caring for aging patients in a hospital’s extended-care wing.
  13. Few comics could get away with such an irreverent act, but Silverman pulls it off with her disconnected style that blends vulgarity and vulnerability.
  14. The film noir touches are laid on a bit thick, but that’s also part of the appeal of this stylish limited series.
  15. Clever dialogue and an unmistakable sense of place still make the show worth watching, even when the narrative is spinning its wheels.
  16. The Spoils of Babylon is a star-studded, droll spoof of television miniseries from the ’80s.
  17. The Dick Wolf-produced drama is darker than its sister show, but it packs potential for fun with the city’s cops and firefighters crossing paths both on and off the job.
  18. The Geoff Stults-led comedy has a heart that could beat stronger if the stereotypes get dialed down.
  19. It’s a fun, entertaining spin on the legal procedural and an ideal showcase for Kinnear’s rakish charm.
  20. A winsome opportunist (Luke Arnold), a ruthless captain (Toby Stephens) and a tough-talking tavern owner (Hannah New) are just a few of the colorful characters involved in a brutal power grab in the 18th century Bahamas.
  21. Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden.
  22. Oddly compelling even though it's not nearly as edgy and smart as it thinks it is. [5 Nov 2004, p.51]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not about politics, and it's not (only) about gag lines. It's a mostly honest attempt to explore the human condition through a subculture where sex is upfront and serves as lens and entree into other issues of love, death, friendship and life itself. [30 Nov 2000, p.43]
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  23. An eccentric kid (Benjamin Stockham, “1600 Penn”) looking for a father figure finds one in his man-child neighbor, Will, played with the right amount of humor and heart by David Walton (“Bent”).
  24. It’s an interesting conceit rooted in real behavioral science.
  25. What the 10-episode series lacks in originality it makes up for by piling on the creepy suspense.
  26. The patchwork narrative covers Chicago’s murder epidemic, gang violence, public schools crisis, sports stuff--all familiar stories. But they’re packaged in an engaging, informative way.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It doesn't always feel realistic, but it works on its own terms: What happens in Las Vegas stays in "Las Vegas." [22 Sept 2003, p.42]
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  27. There’s an acerbic charm to Fox’s 1991-set sitcom that elevates it above similar newcomers “Growing Up Fisher” and “The Goldbergs.”
  28. Beneath these sometimes confusing layers lurks a promising show about a relatively unexplored chapter in U.S. military history.

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