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 Rescue Me: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 564
  2. Negative: 0 out of 564
564 tv reviews
  1. Fantastic, fascinating, creepy, charming and gruesome.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a beauty--in many ways richer than the Broadway production--and should not be missed.
  2. Men of a Certain Age is strung together by small moments of triumph that make life worth living--and this show worth watching.
  3. With its viciously sarcastic view of shameless business deals in sports, Arli$$ is ready for instant victories as a champion of television satire. [7 Aug 1996, p.53]
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  4. Overall, co-creator Steven Moffat and writer-actor Mark Gatiss have delivered a whip-smart follow-up.
  5. "Curb" may be ridiculously silly, but, unlike "Extras," its shenanigans are inventive.
  6. Raising Hope already has a little place in my heart. There's something about the downwardly mobile family unit (see: "Malcolm in the Middle," "The Middle," "Raising Arizona") that's just funnier and sweeter than anything else on TV.
  7. Bravo’s first original non-reality TV series is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking story about an L.A.-based self-help author.
  8. Teenagers will be fascinated by the show's intimate knowledge of high school hallways, where a whisper can ruin a reputation, an ardent glance can start a romance and the threat of guns and AIDS have become as real as playground bullies. But My So-Called Life is also a show for parents, who may see -- for a change -- an uncomfortably real reflection of themselves. [25 Aug 1994, p.35]
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  9. An utterly dry and brilliantly written dissection of life behind the host's desk. And with its unflinching but affectionate inside look at the pettiness, narcissism and deceit that characterize the TV business, it's probably truer than most of the networks' fact-based miniseries. [22 Jun 1994]
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  10. It’s also an intimately personal tale of Kramer’s heartbreaking first-hand experience with the disease. Directed by Ryan Murphy, it’s bound to put Emmys in the hands of a remarkable cast.
  11. The 18th Amendment--that "Noble Experiment" that turned out to be one of the country's biggest civic failures--is the subject of a fascinating new documentary by Ken Burns.
  12. The best drama on broadcast TV hasn’t missed a beat since its universally praised fifth season.
  13. The fifth season of this filmlike thriller is metaphorically knocking my socks off. My actual socks remain on.
  14. This cult hit deserves mainstream success in its second season, which wastes no time diving back in to the heart-pounding action.
  15. It's mean. It's nasty. It's dirty. It's sick. It's addictive. It's "The Larry Sanders Show," the funniest comedy series on television. [19 Jul 1995]
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  16. It's really kind of a glorious little miracle, a half-hour series of little pictures of simple, complex and unfamous Americans breathing everyday lives, with a twist of kookiness, while they search for the Meaning of Everything and The Big Picture.
  17. It's not for everyone. Let's say that upfront. Eastbound & Down will either make you choke laughing, or wish that you could bleach the profanity from your brain.
  18. It takes a while to get into the rhythms of Gervais' writing and seemingly improvised acting, but once you've become a fan, it's the kind of show you can watch over and over. [10 Oct 2003]
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It takes a little while to get into it (episode two clinched it for me), but once you get used to the accents and dry humor, you're hooked. [23 Jan 2003]
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  19. Television's funniest, nastiest comedy series. [13 Nov 1996]
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  20. The best miniseries in the history of television..."Roots" remains the most important miniseries ever in terms of its impact on our culture--but for overall quality and artistic reach, Band of Brothers is a superior piece of work. I've seen virtually every major theatrical film released this year, but I'm not sure any of them has resonated with me in the way that Band of Brothers has. [9 Sept 2001, p.6]
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  21. Californication--the best new TV show in a year.
  22. '24' looks to be appointment television. [6 Nov 2001]
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  23. The sometimes laughable soap opera aspects of the first year have been minimized. The pulse-racing, adrenaline-fueled suspense has been ratcheted up. If anything, this white-knuckle joy ride now moves faster than the clock that ticks steadily through each episode. [28 Oct 2002]
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  24. Cute, creative and slick, this is one of the best new shows of the fall season.
  25. Steven Bochco's daring legal serial is the most exciting and innovative new drama since "ER." It's a fictional variation of the O. J. Simpson trial.
  26. This is a show worth watching, and worth the effort it might take for newbies to get up to speed.
  27. The "EZ" dialogue is terse, suggestive, pointed and often ambiguous. The complicated "Streets" story deals with issues of truth, honor, justice, vengeance and loyalty. Its stark moral conflicts, set in a shady criminal underworld, deserve positive comparisons to "On the Waterfront," "Serpico," "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and the first year of "Wiseguy." [25 Oct 1996]
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  28. It may be hard to believe that "Invasion's" premiere could be touching in the context of Katrina, and effective as a sci-fi drama. But that is the power of high-quality storytelling.

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