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 Murder One: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 564
  2. Negative: 0 out of 564
564 tv reviews
  1. This gritty, atmospheric “Batman” prequel ranks as the fall’s best new drama on broadcast television.
  2. Almost nothing about this series is conventional. That's part of the appeal.
  3. It's not as nasty as "Larry Sanders," but "NewsRadio" will tickle discerning audiences with its finely tuned sense of irony and its frank handling of office intrigue, power struggles and sexual tension. [21 Mar 1995]
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  4. If the series doesn't peter out after its first two great episodes, Comedy Central may at last have on its hands a live-action comedy as funny as "Chappelle's Show."
  5. As usual, he's demanding, brutal and fearless. He repeatedly insults egotistical managers and chefs and yells, "Just smell that for me!" And they do.
  6. 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.
  7. [Boss brings] back its intoxicating blend of soap-opera sudsiness, Shakespearean tragedy and scathing insight into big city politics, Chicago-style.
  8. 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.
  9. Deliciously disturbing, Hannibal is bound to leave viewers hungry for more.
  10. Reiser brings a gentle sense of the absurd to his strange but affectionate view of modern marriage. [23 Sep 1992]
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  11. It’s more of a slow burn, a psychological study in grief, guilt and what can happen to a marriage tested by tragedy.
  12. The show sometimes lays on the misogyny a bit thick, but Timoney's alienation feels painfully realistic, thanks to Bello.
  13. 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?
  14. The comparisons to "Ally McBeal" and the superior "My So-Called Life" are obvious, and there are plenty of reasons to pick this show apart. But when you're watching it, you don't care. These characters are already like old friends. You want to scream at them when they do something stupid and pat them on the back when they don't. [29 Sept 1998, p.45]
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  15. 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.
  16. John C. McGinley is a comedic genius. While series lead Zach Braff tries to channel Tom Cavanagh from "Ed" in this single-camera, laugh-track-free comedy about young doctors-in-training from "Spin City" co-creator Bill Lawrence, it's character actor McGinley ("Wall Street") who owns and almost singlehandedly carries the show in his supporting role as mentor Phil Cox. [2 Oct 2001, p.47]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Bloody, sexy and violent, the show is also both occasionally funny and frightening.
  17. Funny stuff. Now if only it could find an audience. [5 Nov 2004, p.51]
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  18. The financial stakes get considerably higher this season. Bill's new "casino and family fun center" results in briefcases full of cash.
  19. In the vein of Bill Murray, [Leary] is now a subtler tragic-comic actor who signals both tough luck and buoyant twinkles with a smirk and a glance. [30 May 2006, p.39]
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  20. The show’s pace is slow in spots, but the dark humor and twisted tone make it oddly compelling.
  21. The premiere lacks the gravitas of last season’s heavily symbolic opener, but it sets the stage for what promises to be a tumultuous, enticing end run.
  22. The cable network's political drama even has my vote for the best new show of the season.
    • 70 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. It makes the most of its pay-TV platform by showing plenty of skin, but the sex scenes service a bigger story made all the more compelling by a couple of strong leads in Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
  24. The casting is for awesome, flat-out too-good-for-TV acting.
  25. The season premiere is The Newsroom at its best.
  26. The intrigue escalates in the next episode where things are heating up in Chicago, home to a couple of this season’s compelling new players, Al Capone enforcer Mike D’Angelo (Louis Cancelmi) and crime fighter Eliot Ness (Jim True-Frost).
  27. Larry David's greatest asset as a comedian and a writer has always been the ability and, more importantly, the courage to straddle the razor blade's difference between funny and painful. [13 Sep 2002]
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  28. Stresses hard-edged realism over contrived climaxes. [19 Sep 1994]
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