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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Properties: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 564
  2. Negative: 0 out of 564
564 tv reviews
  1. I managed to follow the action without even trying. So if you find Jack Bauer overwhelming, try Human Target. It's the non-thinking man's "24."
  2. A captivating actress known for offbeat comic roles in "Designing Women," "Love & War" and "Texasville," Potts forcefully redefines the character of inspirational teacher Louanne Johnson in ABC's improved version of Dangerous Minds. [30 Sept 1996, p.39]
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  3. It should get tighter as the season progresses. But I already laughed several times at the silliness of this week's first episode, which is more than I can say for most sitcoms.
  4. The story isn't brilliant or all that sophisticated, but the scripts are stocked with enough clever twists and turns to keep you guessing.
  5. The playful and creative scripts are pretty fun. The good-looking cast is solid, led by Barrowman, a graduate of Joliet West High. The special effects are iffy. It's no "Buffy," but like "Buffy" it's getting better with age. It's not hard to imagine it could be must-watch TV by season four.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As the fifth season opens this week, the time-travel training wheels are coming off--and the path thus far seems blissfully free of the usual stumbling blocks.
  6. It's another welcome helping of "New Girl" adorkability.
  7. Entertaining. [20 May 1992]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is very good -- much better than the last two of the three movies about the Szalinskis. [7 Sep 1997]
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  8. The articulate comic whose charm is deftly walking the balance beam between cool guy and geek was at his best when he was simply conversing.
  9. With no co-stars playing sidekicks, the pressure will be on Fahey to carry "The Marshal" alone. In the two preview episodes ABC provided, the low-key actor establishes an appealing balance of toughness and compassion. [31 Jan 1995]
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  10. It's hard to muster up a sense of urgency about V. Mainly, I admire all the pretty people as I wait for the stunning bursts of violence.
  11. On its own, this series ... might not have seemed so bad. But it can't hold a note compared with "The Sopranos." [4 Apr 2000]
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  12. If you’re into The Vampire Diaries (I’m not), you’ll get sucked into this sleek spinoff.
  13. As far as junk like this goes, it's not heinous and has moments of OK-ness.
  14. The cases are inventive, and the acting is low key. Entertainmentwise, the series is nothing special.
  15. It overflows with a distinctive feel-good vibe. It looks and acts more like a PBS series than something new on HBO.
  16. The writers and directors do a sometimes routine, sometimes solid job of making something as atypical as an imprisoned innocent seem believable in the world of fictional network television.
  17. There are some great lines, but it seems like a predictable formula: Get one couple together per episode, flirt with doctor. Where's the magic in that?
  18. Not all of Unsupervised's jokes stick their landing, and the content is on the crude side. But I'm willing to check up on Gary and Joel every so often to see how they're acting out while growing up.
  19. It's kind of good.
  20. The frequent pop-culture references might not age well in syndication--Michelle Obama maybe, but Heidi Montag? Overall, though, there's enough originality and likability in "Are We There Yet?" to make it a pleasant destination.
  21. The show is too close to a comedy routine to be successful, although future episodes may feel less practiced. But whether or not the show makes it, one thing is clear: Sherri Shepherd is a star. An original.
  22. When Frank Caliendo does his Chris Farley imitation on the WB's new sketch comedy show, Hype, at least it's funny. Caliendo jumps out as the star of the 10-person ensemble behind this wildly uneven quick-cut version of Fox's "Mad TV". [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
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  23. In better moments, "Weeds" proves small kerflops can be made interesting and fun to watch. In lesser moments, not so.
  24. I don't see this fairy-tale fantasy having broad enough appeal to conjure up the kind of viewer numbers it will need to stick around.
  25. The show should focus less on catty hospital politics and more on the inherently compelling conflict of a person who has good reason to do bad things.
  26. Like the main character herself, the show is crude and rough around the edges, but you can see glimmers of potential.
  27. The show isn't revolutionary, but it is sweet and relatable.
  28. Every part of this ... reality series ... has been copied, borrowed or just plain stolen from somewhere else. [20 May 2003]
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