Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 714 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 501
  2. Negative: 0 out of 501
501 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As the fifth season opens this week, the time-travel training wheels are coming off--and the path thus far seems blissfully free of the usual stumbling blocks.
  1. It's got snappy writing and superior stars, but treat yourself by looking up the original shows.
  2. If you passionately loved "King of the Hill," you will cautiously like The Goode Family. Tiptoe into it if necessary.
  3. Admit it. Seeing O'Brien under direct sunlight in various bits was a jolt. But he looked giddily at home on the Tonight Show stage.
  4. 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.
  5. Hung is worth watching. There are worse ways to spend your nights than with Ray Drecker: male prostitute.
  6. It's hard to justify watching a 13th cycle of this, and it would be wrong to come out and recommend it. Instead, I'll go with the latest catchphrase from the Jays, who are masters of damning with faint praise: "I'm not mad at it."
  7. In the end, it all amounts to pretty much the same thing: a half hour with a self-sabotaging wit.
  8. As always, Nip/Tuck is inventive and unpredictable.
  9. The new season is solid - things really get good once Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) returns and contributes her unique expertise. But overall, I do have a few complaints.
  10. It's a well-done project, but I do have some minor complaints.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The acting is top-notch, the editing is fast and furious and the photography is rich, giving the show a fresh feel. But the first episode never really breaks new ground in cop land.
  11. If you've been in runway withdrawal, The Fashion Show can provide you with all the bitchery, the language butchery and the stupefying silhouettes that you've been missing.
  12. In summer, we feel less guilty about guilty pleasures. And Royal Pains is just what the doctor ordered for a shameless seasonal fling.
  13. A new audience will enjoy this smart series, which makes light of the eternal hell of high school.
  14. Defying Gravity is taking its time to get off the ground, but I plan to tune in at least until Saturn.
  15. 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.
  16. The show is fast, funny and smart, although it stoops a little low for punchlines; I could do without the fat jokes and the cheap shot at Indira Gandhi. But the random humor pays off more often than not.
  17. In the end, it all amounts to pretty much the same thing: a half hour with a self-sabotaging wit. A nice side effect is that both "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Bored to Death make you feel better about yourself.
  18. The nonstop action lulls you into kind of a pleasant daze--as if Cool J were saying to the screen, "Sit back and relax, ma'am, you're in good hands." It's certainly not brain food, but I'll be back for a second helping.
  19. The new show is more conventional and warm-hearted--but only slightly. If I had to sum up the humor in one word, it would be "random."
  20. The humor is fast and often beer-related.
  21. When the boys team up to bring down fancy criminal types, the dialogue is sharp, the music is snappy and the clothes are snazzy.
  22. Judging by the first episode, V seems like a solid adaptation.
  23. I managed to follow the action without even trying. So if you find Jack Bauer overwhelming, try Human Target. It's the non-thinking man's "24."
  24. Although the show is somewhat predictable, Polaha adds a great deal of laid-back charm that lightens the mood.
  25. There's no denying that stylized decapitations are entertaining, especially when accompanied by a generous helping of soft porn.
  26. Parenthood strikes all the right notes, although it's not yet can't-miss television. It's sweet and funny and heartbreaking, and relatable to the point of cliche.
  27. The jokes are often as juvenile as the juveniles, which makes for some relaxing sitcom viewing. If the writers can stay away from any sort of tenderness, they might have a winner on their hands.
  28. All the doom and dread is diverting enough, but the real mystery is this: Will "Happy Town" turn out to be something original -- or just a medley of Freddy Krueger's greatest hits?