Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 805 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The War at Home: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 554
  2. Negative: 0 out of 554
554 tv reviews
  1. It could be the fall’s best new drama if it doesn’t veer off course and drive into the ditches of hokey predictability or outrageous implausibility.
  2. Watching it was just bliss, and those of you who experienced the first five seasons in real time will probably enjoy it even more.
  3. If you're a woman and you want to see a naked male butt, watch Nip/Tuck. If you're a man who values the naked female form, Nip/Tuck is for you...Those two sentences are outlandish. But I'm doing what I can to draw your attention to one of the most exhilarating shows on TV...Nip/Tuck is fun. It's sexy. It's the opposite of sexy. It's existential. It's bloody disgusting. And it's the only series on TV now that deserves to inherit the fans of "Six Feet Under." [4 Sept 2006, p.31]
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  4. Cute, creative and slick, this is one of the best new shows of the fall season.
  5. 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.
  6. The Sarah Connor Chronicles" begins as an intense, thoughtful, exciting, fun spectacle. The first episode will kick your ass.
  7. A mix of joyous wedding day flashbacks and sometimes painful present-day interviews results in a compelling narrative that should be required viewing for anyone about to walk down the aisle.
  8. With its viciously sarcastic view of shameless business deals in sports, Arli$$ is ready for instant victories as a champion of television satire. [7 Aug 1996, p.53]
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  9. 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.
  10. Seeing Game Change is like living again through the campaign of 2008.
  11. While the latest interpretation doesn't live up to the British import, it's still more entertaining than your typical CBS procedural.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The time-travel element puts enough of a twist in it to move it a couple of notches above all the other entries in the fall season, not to mention all the same-old police procedurals clogging the networks.
  12. Breaking could be a good study of acting, since Cranston and Aaron Paul (as his partner, Jesse) get under the grimy skin of their characters. But there's not enough of the good stuff, like writing, directing, mood, cinematography--you get the point.
  13. Anthony LaPaglia makes a strong entrance as gritty James Wyler. [10 Oct 1996, p.47]
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  14. NBC should consider scrapping Thursday's first episode.... But then come the second and third installments -- inspired, taut and funny.
  15. Next week's episode didn't have me quite as recklessly giddy, but 30 Rock on an off night is still equivalent to the kind of sugar rush you get from eating an entire Nerds Rope.
  16. This slick action-drama is based on the comic book superhero Green Arrow. Prepare to quiver.
  17. There are funny sketches and ones that go down in flames in comedian Dave Chappelle's erratic new series, which is interesting due to the unexplored territories it tills and the way it dares to offend sensitive types. [22 Jan 2003, p.53]
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  18. The acting, writing and directing are subtle and graceful.
  19. Some episodes chug along faster than others, but the stellar production values render even the slower-paced installments worthwhile viewing.
  20. Shrek the Halls does a very good job of top-to-bottom production.
  21. An instantly engaging show that seamlessly delivers stimulating dramatic situations and juicy romantic comedy. [8 Sep 1997]
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  22. Get ready to laugh and cry with this touching new comedy about a dysfunctional team of nurses and doctors caring for aging patients in a hospital’s extended-care wing.
  23. Clever dialogue and an unmistakable sense of place still make the show worth watching, even when the narrative is spinning its wheels.
  24. The show chronicles the more humorous than glamorous challenges encountered by Meyer, whose full-time job us self-preservation.
  25. This pleasant enough rom-com would be better if it relied less on predictable sex jokes and focused more on the fish-out-of-water angle that will ring true to anyone who’s lived abroad.
  26. High School Musical 2 is very good. It's more than listenable. The music is surprisingly catchy, smartly penned and not annoying.
  27. I predict those struggles for allegiance to be reflected in the microcosm of smalltown Jericho. Instead of “North and South,” we may be about to get “East and West.”
  28. "Futurama"... dissolves into so many random clever-to-cute jokes, visual puns and other shtick. It just doesn't hold together. [25 Mar 1999]
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  29. Reiser brings a gentle sense of the absurd to his strange but affectionate view of modern marriage. [23 Sep 1992]
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