Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 775 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% 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 Mrs. Harris: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 535
  2. Negative: 0 out of 535
535 tv reviews
  1. It’s a lot to juggle, but you can count on the payoff to be worth the trouble. Power, weakness, greed, violence--what’s not to like?
  2. The bleakness is a little relentless for my taste, but you have to marvel at the series' dark vision. Odenkirk is working with the best of the best, and he knows it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It has wit, humor and a set of flawed but likable and offbeat characters not unlike the ones on the sophisticated "Arrested Development."
  3. Alicia's cases are intriguing, and the background drama would be melodramatic if it weren't such a common story these days.
  4. ABC knows that "Lost" is coming up on its last season, and it wants to ease the transition for you with this sci-fi grand-mystery series. On the basis of one episode, it's hard to say whether it will live up to its promise. But there is promise.
  5. The Middle isn't the kind of sitcom you laugh at; it's the kind you laugh with.
  6. The personalities are so appealing, and the jobs are so humbling, that this would have been a great one-shot documentary. Can they keep up the impact week after week? Or will we suffer from empathy fatigue sooner rather than later?
  7. Olyphant's devilish looks balance his white-cowboy-hat principles.
  8. The rest of the original crew is back, in varying degrees of denial, cluelessness, incompetence and narcissism. They have been missed.
  9. It was filmed over four months and distilled into eight episodes, with brilliant results.
  10. The drama can be over the top, and sometimes it feels like one big ego trip for Leary.... But the show is like the comic: imperfect but lovable.
  11. There are some great characterizations and attention to detail. If you stick with the series, you'll be treated to a lecture on the perfect briefcase by the droll Michael Cristopher that's worth the price of admission. And if you think your office banter is entertaining, try swapping in-jokes with the intelligence community.
  12. Ken Follett's 1989 historical novel had a resurgence in popularity as a 2007 Book Club selection, and should finally achieve world domination with this adaptation. Who knew the Middle Ages were so soap-operatically . . . dark?
  13. It's unclear how many more seasons Cathy will survive, and how much humor can be mined from her pain. The visuals just might stay with you, though, as long as you live.
  14. Ah, the joy of Glee. I thought the show had lost its way last season, trying to jam songs into theme episodes ("Hello"). But tonight's season opener proves that "Glee" is back in its groundbreaking groove, bringing music to the masses and making fun of itself in the process.
  15. The charm of the show--and of the Gallagher family--is in its anarchy.
  16. The action is fast, and I was pleased to find that scenes play out unpredictably. I do look forward to less explaining, though, and more insights.
  17. There's some smart slapstick, and I believe that Perry could be the one sane man in an arena that holds 17,505 people.
  18. It's "The A-Team" meets ... really good writing.
  19. Showtime has tantalized me for ages with glimpses of Jeremy Irons growling and groping his way through a role as history's most debauched pope. It finally arrives Sunday, and you won't be disappointed.
  20. With their moody new mystery series The Killing, AMC clearly knows what's good for us.
  21. The kingdoms are gorgeous to look at, down to the last loving detail - you could be entertained just by watching for the inventive suits of armor. The violence is spectacular; the sex is twisted. The producers even had a language invented for the Dothraki, which should please the Dungeons and Dragons crowd.
  22. At the end, Cinema Verite shows how the Louds dealt with the notoriety after the series aired, and where they are now. Cinema Verite blurs the lines even more - but there's a perverse logic to that.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's "Jericho" meets "V," with the good from both and the bad discarded. It'll raise the summer-TV bar significantly.
  23. As FX's hit series Rescue Me begins its seventh and final season tonight, the melding of comedy and drama is as deft as ever.
  24. The show sometimes lays on the misogyny a bit thick, but Timoney's alienation feels painfully realistic, thanks to Bello.
  25. The cable network's political drama even has my vote for the best new show of the season.
  26. Almost nothing about this series is conventional. That's part of the appeal.
  27. After watching four episodes, I can say that Awake has an addictive quality to it.
  28. Seeing Game Change is like living again through the campaign of 2008.

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