Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 713 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 501
  2. Negative: 0 out of 501
501 tv reviews
  1. In fact, "The Tudors" suffers from being merely capable on most fronts, a decent diversion. The direction is effective but artistically flat, and so are several scripts.
  2. So far, Law & Order: Los Angeles is balmy balm for fans feeling burned by the original. Long may it air.
  3. The series is fun, slick and fast, but cheesier than it needs to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    New Amsterdam is smart and far more original than most of the new series this season, which warrants it becoming a Monday habit.
  4. The dialogue is stuffy, the stories are predictable and, while the idea of a show all about beautiful gay Los Angeles women is interesting, this comes off like a second-rate "Melrose Place" with pretensions of depth. [16 Jan 2004, p.53]
  5. Overall, the first episode delivers a suspenseful ride around the world, peppered with some tear-jerking moments.
  6. The film noir touches are laid on a bit thick, but that’s also part of the appeal of this stylish limited series.
  7. The actresses do a good job, too. It’s just a shame they have to do it in a largely dull, predictable show where it’s impossible for them to shine, no matter how hard they clean and scrub.
  8. The characters, initially at least, aren't nearly so original and fully imagined, and that's a problem in any show. Fortunately, in space, no one can hear you yawn.[20 Sept 2002, p.46]
  9. If anyone has the potential to be the next "Hart to Hart," it's Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw....It's co-created by J.J. Abrams ("Alias"), so expect plenty of fast action, fun and costume changes
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not about politics, and it's not (only) about gag lines. It's a mostly honest attempt to explore the human condition through a subculture where sex is upfront and serves as lens and entree into other issues of love, death, friendship and life itself. [30 Nov 2000, p.43]
  10. The godson of "The Sopranos" heads the cast of this police procedural, which is having trouble finding its tone.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite some cliched dialogue and scenes (she tosses her lecherous husband's designer duds and pricey suitcase out their bedroom window--fresh!), her presence is reason enough to watch--and reason enough to hope this series turns out to be something worth watching week after week.
  11. The first episode's a little stiff as the guys mark their territory, but by the fourth the show feels sweatpants-comfortable.
  12. Co-creators Joe and Tony Gayton have turned out a solid series that got stronger with each of the five episodes I watched.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A refreshing dramedy that captures the hard-boiled world of New York City homicide investigators and their twisted sense of humor
    • 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]
  13. It’s just another police procedural pretending to be something bigger, and I don’t feel all that compelled to stick around and watch this golden boy grow up.
  14. Alcatraz sure is [fun].
  15. You can always count on Gary Busey to bring the crazy, whether he's playing himself on "Entourage" or stumbling through "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew." The man is a treasure. Casting Busey is so easy it's practically cheating.
  16. It’s a fun, entertaining spin on the legal procedural and an ideal showcase for Kinnear’s rakish charm.
  17. The new version isn't as painfully, profoundly funny as the original. But that's as it should be. American audiences don't necessarily want to cringe when they sit down for a sitcom. This is why "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is a cult hit, and not a hit hit. [23 Mar 2005, p.59]
  18. Dallas is full of implausibilities. So are a lot of soaps. But this one offers something the others don't: a nostalgic romp in a dysfunctional ranch that was a Friday night fixture on many a TV set.
  19. Grey's wants to offer something for everyone, it seems, and does an admirable job not only of mixing drama, comedy and romance, but also of mixing in issues of today's complicated world of science. [24 Mar 2005, p.47]
  20. Some results are interesting anthropologically. But "Black.White" bogs down in conversation and never fascinates.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The show succeeds best when it focuses on its main plot. A subplot involving her best friend and an extreme bikini waxing is crude for an otherwise lighthearted and romantic show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Has as much nerve as "The Simpsons" when it burst on the scene. [11 Aug 1997]
  21. In summer, we feel less guilty about guilty pleasures. And Royal Pains is just what the doctor ordered for a shameless seasonal fling.
  22. The tone of this odd show (created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, and initially directed by Ken Olin) is both sweet and wacky, as if it were made by David E. Kelley, he of "Ally McBeal." But it's missing something.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Worst Week, a new entry in CBS' Monday lineup, is a luke-warm sitcom about a schleprock of a magazine editor named Sam Briggs (Kyle Bornheimer) who becomes nervous and accident-prone when around his fiancee Melanie's conservative parents Dick (Kurtwood Smith, reprising the gruff father figure he played on "That '70s Show") and mother Angela (Nancy Lenehan).