Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 822 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Friday Night Lights: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Anchorwoman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 564
  2. Negative: 0 out of 564
564 tv reviews
  1. The first episode's a little stiff as the guys mark their territory, but by the fourth the show feels sweatpants-comfortable.
  2. Charming. [27 Sept 1996, p.47]
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  3. Recount, an efficient and relentless enactment of the strategists on both sides of the Florida controversy, shows an accident that was waiting to happen
  4. The stereotypes slow down in subsequent episodes, which grew more entertaining with each of the four I watched.
  5. "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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  6. The show chronicles the more humorous than glamorous challenges encountered by Meyer, whose full-time job us self-preservation.
  7. There's peril in traveling the well-worn path of unrequited love and adulterous wives. But what makes this beginning of "Brian" work is that the characters are nicely drawn archetypes, not stereotypes.
  8. On the whole, Suburgatory delivers more hits than misses, largely thanks to its cast.
  9. These tall tales flow into a stream of consciousness. That's good. The acting is convincing. That's good. The Irish stuff is heavy-handed. That's bad.
  10. Defying Gravity is taking its time to get off the ground, but I plan to tune in at least until Saturn.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    New Amsterdam is smart and far more original than most of the new series this season, which warrants it becoming a Monday habit.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once you figure out that the show is pure fluffy action-adventure and uses the book only as a flimsy guidepost, it's actually pretty entertaining.
  11. They’ve basically taken that premise [of NBC's “Best Friends Forever”], switched up some of the details and reinvented that show for a new network, which isn’t a bad thing because the original concept was pretty humorous, and Parham and St. Clair play great besties.
  12. David Duchovny from "Red Shoe Diaries," "Twin Peaks" and the current film "Kalifornia" combines an off-center earnestness with a weird sense of humor to make Mulder likable and convincing. As Scully, Gillian Anderson provides a cool, logical counterpart for Spooky. It's a perfectly balanced pairing, with only a hint of sexual tension. [10 Sept 1993, p.61]
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  13. There’s an acerbic charm to Fox’s 1991-set sitcom that elevates it above similar newcomers “Growing Up Fisher” and “The Goldbergs.”
  14. Schaeffer's come up with original, fascinating characters who, as Dorothy Parker would say, might as well live.
  15. The clever series, from the creators of HBO's "Dream On", stars an appealing group of actors who are just a bit funnier and better-looking than your average friend. [22 Sept 1994, p.43]
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  16. Parenthood strikes all the right notes, although it's not yet can't-miss television. It's sweet and funny and heartbreaking, and relatable to the point of cliche.
  17. The film noir touches are laid on a bit thick, but that’s also part of the appeal of this stylish limited series.
  18. It’s an interesting conceit rooted in real behavioral science.
  19. "Desire" is (I can't believe I'm saying this) good. Compelling. Stupid. Well-acted. Not terribly written. Funny on purpose. Better than most series on TV.
  20. In the end, it all amounts to pretty much the same thing: a half hour with a self-sabotaging wit. A nice side effect is that both "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Bored to Death make you feel better about yourself.
  21. The episode feels contrived, as the characters are introduced and try too hard to prove their anarchic cool. The next three episodes, though, are surprisingly thoughtful and even a little punk poetic.
  22. 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.
  23. It's hard to justify watching a 13th cycle of this, and it would be wrong to come out and recommend it. Instead, I'll go with the latest catchphrase from the Jays, who are masters of damning with faint praise: "I'm not mad at it."
  24. There's plenty of potential in the fringe characters.
  25. Panettiere takes a tricky role and does it, at least, some justice.
  26. Unlike "L.A. Law," which presented its stars as invincible courtroom warriors, Kelley's "Practice" emphasizes the gritty details and strange maneuvers that lead to out-of-court settlements and quick Friday verdicts. [4 Mar 1997]
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  27. It's a better film than a viewer, and certainly a parent, could expect from a movie based on an 18-inch piece of plastic.
  28. If you passionately loved "King of the Hill," you will cautiously like The Goode Family. Tiptoe into it if necessary.

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