Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 807 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 A Raisin in the Sun
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 556
  2. Negative: 0 out of 556
556 tv reviews
  1. The pilot is riveting but, like our protagonist Barry, a bit joyless. Here’s hoping the series doesn’t collapse under the weight of its own gravitas; it’s a compelling premise that plays out in a part of the world not often seen on TV.
  2. Alicia's cases are intriguing, and the background drama would be melodramatic if it weren't such a common story these days.
  3. With its cross-culture conflicts, bright writing, amusing co-stars and sizzling chemistry between the two leads, Dharma & Greg could be television's best romantic comedy since "Mad About You." [24 Sept 1997, p.53]
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  4. This thriller is a fast-paced ride through the minefields of domestic and international relations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fans of the show can rest easily: The season premiere is quintessential Quahog. Traditions are trampled. Envelopes of taste are pushed -- heck, shoved. Sacred cows sizzle on the grill. [28 Apr 2005]
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  5. It’s eerie, suspenseful and yes, subtitled, but give the premiere a chance and you’ll return for more.
  6. Beneath these sometimes confusing layers lurks a promising show about a relatively unexplored chapter in U.S. military history.
  7. It's a well-done project, but I do have some minor complaints.
  8. The mysteries may not be all that mysterious and the music all but clubs you at times, but there's something about Morris' performance that holds the thing together. [26 Sept 2003, p.53]
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  9. With its stylized violence, pop-culture jokes and self-mocking attitude, Buffy deserves positive comparisons to Wes Craven's "Scream." [10 Mar 1997, p.33]
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  10. Taking the sitcom-shrink genre beyond "Frasier" and "The Bob Newhart Show," Comedy Central's "Dr. Katz" enters the hip, surreal realm of "The Simpsons." [27 May 1995]
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  11. Warning: This is not "Cheers II." With the morose Crane as the central character, the Frasier spinoff reflects the gloomy, occasionally pompous personality of the guilt-burdened shrink and the star who plays him. The humor is moody and cerebral, like the chilly Grammer. But that's not bad - especially in this season of warm and gooey domestic sitcoms. [16 Sept 1993, p.43]
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  12. The pace is so fast that, like a good party, you might forget everything that's happened even before it's over. That's the sign of top-notch disposable entertainment.
  13. Perfect Couples is almost there; "Better With You" is almost there. Maybe if the shows conjoined, the chemistry would be right.
  14. Clever dialogue and an unmistakable sense of place still make the show worth watching, even when the narrative is spinning its wheels.
  15. If you enjoy inside baseball, it's an interesting dynamic to view, and it's made cohesive by solid efforts from the actors, scriptwriter James D. Solomon and director Jeremiah S. Chechik.
  16. The show has a lot going on and it isn’t always easy to follow, but for the most part it’s stylish, sexy and smart.
  17. "The Class" is a good example of how any premise can be turned into good fiction, even if it's cluttered with tired cliches.
  18. The mythology is intriguing and so are the characters, who are as full of witty one-liners as their closets are bursting with black leather.
  19. With murder, prostitution, blackmail and hot lesbians in just the first episode, it won't be long before that iconic swimming pool boils over. Innocence lost is always fun to watch, especially when it's this good-looking.
  20. It’s required viewing for fanboys. But it also holds broader appeal for anyone curious about the evolution of the comic book genre, its good and bad guys, and its lasting legacy.
  21. It’s an educational, entertaining, warts-and-all look at something that deserves our better understanding.
  22. The refreshing way fellow contestants and judges rally around a young contender having a meltdown ultimately make this an inspirational series that’s more sweet than bitter.
  23. The second season of HBO's True Blood turns up the carnage, the heat and the allegory. If you have a strong stomach and sense of humor, you won't be disappointed.
  24. I'll cautiously recommend the series because I have faith in the talents of Kelley, Skerritt and Baker. [18 Sept 1992, p.63]
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  25. [This] energized combination of wish fulfillment and streamlined storytelling set for is eminently watchable -- and it will continue to be so long as the troubling, too-literal white knight vs. black hats motif in the opener goes away in later episodes. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
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  26. Film buffs will have a field day analyzing the themes: social climbing, postwar materialism, feminism, lousy parenting, etc. But this is not event TV like "Boardwalk Empire."
  27. Overall, I don't have too many complaints. But if you're a fan of the fantasy "Real World" houses, I should warn that you'll be disappointed. The aesthetic highlight here is blue Astroturf.
  28. The premise is intriguing, although it's difficult to watch without backseat driving.
  29. "Will & Grace" so far is sophisticated and funny. [21 Sep 1998]
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