Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 775 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% 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 The Office (UK): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 535
  2. Negative: 0 out of 535
535 tv reviews
  1. Raising Hope already has a little place in my heart. There's something about the downwardly mobile family unit (see: "Malcolm in the Middle," "The Middle," "Raising Arizona") that's just funnier and sweeter than anything else on TV.
  2. The direction is capable. And there are moments of shining in the script, though there aren't yet enough fine scenes.
  3. [Boss brings] back its intoxicating blend of soap-opera sudsiness, Shakespearean tragedy and scathing insight into big city politics, Chicago-style.
  4. This dark medical drama directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh suffers from multiple ailments, not least of which is its relentlessly grim tone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The nostalgic feel Wisteria Lane once held has evaporated, ironically leaving fans nostalgic for the way things once were.
  5. The premiere feels a bit slow coming on the heels of last season’s wild ride, but the second episode will leave you hungry for more
  6. "Will & Grace" so far is sophisticated and funny. [21 Sep 1998]
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  7. As good a new drama as there is this fall. [19 Sep 2002]
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  8. There's nothing particularly fresh or appealing about the story lines or symbolisms, no matter how well-directed and -acted "Brotherhood" is.
  9. Clearly inspired in style and substance by "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," its sick cases are more interesting than, say, NBC's new "Medical Investigation," but that's setting the bar awfully low. [16 Nov 2004, p.49]
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  10. Fans of Sorkin's years on "The West Wing" will likely enjoy "Studio 60." And there should be enough mature viewers who crave bright writing to make the show a sudden mainstay.
  11. Neither smart nor witty enough to sustain itself. Ted Levine and Bitty Schram are no help in by-the-numbers roles as the crusty cop who doesn't want to give Monk his due and the nurse-turned-Girl Friday, respectively. [12 July 2002, p.39]
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  12. This outgrowth of a cult-hit web series is a lighter, wackier and often funnier version of HBO’s “Girls.”
  13. Luck can be maddeningly inscrutable but it becomes less so over time.
  14. After watching four episodes, I can say that Awake has an addictive quality to it.
  15. The whole thing is laid out with the comic visual sensibility Sonnenfeld brought to films such as "Raising Arizona" and "Throw Momma From the Train" as a cinematographer and "Men in Black" as a director. It's a welcome change from the cookie-cutter stuff one normally sees in prime-time, but you do sort of wonder what brought Sonnenfeld to TV, a medium not known for its nuance and subtlety. [4 Aug 1998, p.33]
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  16. At 208 minutes, Scorsese has accomplished the best documentary that is probably possible.
  17. Bland ... Romano can be slightly amusing during his stand-up act, but his CBS sitcom is wallowing in wimpiness. [12 Sep 1996]
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  18. Unlike "L.A. Law," which presented its stars as invincible courtroom warriors, Kelley's "Practice" emphasizes the gritty details and strange maneuvers that lead to out-of-court settlements and quick Friday verdicts. [4 Mar 1997]
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  19. The show’s pricey-looking pilot caters to both comic book geeks and mainstream viewers with its witty writing and special effects.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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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    • 74 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.
  24. Cute, creative and slick, this is one of the best new shows of the fall season.
  25. The Sarah Connor Chronicles" begins as an intense, thoughtful, exciting, fun spectacle. The first episode will kick your ass.
  26. 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.
  27. Seeing Game Change is like living again through the campaign of 2008.
  28. 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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