Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 781 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 Friday Night Lights: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Sexy Money: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 539
  2. Negative: 0 out of 539
539 tv reviews
  1. [It is] a mess of unconvincing drama, and the acting veers from magnificent to quite poor.
  2. The show's weakness is that not a lot of interesting or funny stuff happens on the bus or in their touring cities.
  3. "Tuesday Night Book Club" has the effect of making viewers wish to live somewhere less petty and self-destructive than America, or at least the Scottsdale of this show.
  4. "Blade" could work as an earnest fantasy. It just doesn't, yet.
  5. The first episode is OK. Predictable. Standard. But Garrett's funny, and he and Fisher work great together.
  6. It's awash in sudsy Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild, plus a bit of Tippi Hedren. But slow tension fails to fill the first episode, and the acting is a tangle of scorns.
  7. Good cast. Nice narrative flow. But I don't quite care about this drama yet -- villains are too smart and heavyhanded, and tension is slack.
  8. The first episode doesn't measure up to the actors' capabilities, but there is a fantastic amount of promise.
  9. At first blush, "Help Me Help You" looks like it will be terrible, but it's not. The actors are talented. The language and pacing are playful.
  10. "1 vs. 100" isn't really bad. Its only serious trouble is the pacing. In an hourlong episode, I count just 14 questions.
  11. The problem with the beginning of "24" isn't the plotting or the rusty acting. It's the pacing, the clunky rhythm of the action-adventure. Thank goodness, the quality of "24" fluctuates, so it has real potential to become great again in future episodes.
  12. "The Winner" quickly metastasizes into a routine sitcom with laugh tracks and Ye Olde Storylines.
  13. "Hidden Palms" isn't totally odious. After the bad acting in the initial daddy suicide, the show calms down and holds mild interest for its bikini hotness, cool blue pools and unapologetic stupidity.
  14. Taylor, being one of Hollywood's underutilized great actresses, makes State of Mind interesting just by appearing in it. Taylor's supporting cast is quite good, too.
  15. Coughlan finds the nice subtle undertones so Jenny seems more real and less cardboard.
  16. The direction is capable. And there are moments of shining in the script, though there aren't yet enough fine scenes.
  17. The dramatic structure is overorganized around the linear detective-ing, and the show's too Dan-centric without a "Quantum Leap"-like partner to spice things up.
  18. What's not fun? At least half of the rest of the show.
  19. At first, this new comedy about four mostly wimpy dudes seems just stupid, but some of it is decent.
  20. Samantha is more of a smiler than a laugher. That's fine. But the comedy straddles straight-up storytelling with clumsy moments of broad comedy (no insulting pun intended).
  21. Breaking could be a good study of acting, since Cranston and Aaron Paul (as his partner, Jesse) get under the grimy skin of their characters. But there's not enough of the good stuff, like writing, directing, mood, cinematography--you get the point.
  22. The tone of this odd show (created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, and initially directed by Ken Olin) is both sweet and wacky, as if it were made by David E. Kelley, he of "Ally McBeal." But it's missing something.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While Unhitched certainly contains its share of gross-out moments, these moments all feel so hopelessly forced and happen to characters we care so little about that they don't carry the comedic weight they should.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There also is something disturbing about making a game out of charitable acts.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Where the original show used to be a leader, so far the spinoff is a follower.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Worst Week, a new entry in CBS' Monday lineup, is a luke-warm sitcom about a schleprock of a magazine editor named Sam Briggs (Kyle Bornheimer) who becomes nervous and accident-prone when around his fiancee Melanie's conservative parents Dick (Kurtwood Smith, reprising the gruff father figure he played on "That '70s Show") and mother Angela (Nancy Lenehan).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mohr knows how to deliver a sarcastic one-liner, the pilot has a few laughs and the characters are all likable. But despite modern references to things like "Second Life," the whole show comes across as a bit antiquated.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though it features dialogue delivered rapid-fire like the best David Mamet plays, the show isn't quite sure what it wants to be.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An attempt to be silly like O’Brien, his Late Night predecessor, instead had a trying-too-hard feel that approached Carson Daly territory (a place you do not want to be).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The language on Kings is similarly stilted but lacks "Deadwood" writer/producer David Milch's passionate and intellectual punch. King Silas may not be as deliciously Machiavellian as Al Swearingen, but McShane does deliver--and he cleans up well.

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