Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 596 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 302
  2. Negative: 0 out of 302
302 tv reviews
  1. Hotel Babylon supplies an attractive cast, a cheeky attitude and just enough depth to keep you coming back for more.
  2. To watch the show is to be immersed in an interlocking series of utterly realistic worlds, from the street corner to the cop bar to the mayor's office.
  3. A stylish and innovative thriller that feels like the filmed version of the smartest airport novel you'll ever read. [6 Nov 2001]
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  4. This is adapted, loosely, from the Archie comic books, and it's played in a light, bright comic-book style that is at once winningly broad and smartly sly. [27 Sept 1996, p.1]
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  5. This "Bleak House" is sublimely bleak, as well as richly textured, superbly acted and intermittently funny. Fans of the epic adaptations that have long been the bread and butter of "Masterpiece Theatre" won't want to miss it.
  6. Besides its surefire pacing and startling moments, "Invasion" features a promising cast.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Television, for all of its frequent blood, guts and skin, is tame territory. It is so cozily familiar in its characters and characterizations, its car crashes and carnal capers, that when something as wild, weird and wicked as Twin Peaks comes along, it rattles the network landscape like a tornado in full fury.
  7. The dialogue is witty, the pacing is brisk and there’s some real heart amid all the tokens of the Palm Beach high life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Mulder and Scully] are a lively team - look for love to blossom if ratings sag - and the show has some clever dialogue, a handsome look, unlimited plots (I'd imagine) and, of course, the specter of Big Brother keeping secrets from us all. [10 Sept 1993, p.Tempo 1]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What helps Friends is that the show's creators have come up with a highly likable group of actors who are talented and charming, if not rip-roaringly funny. [21 Sept 1994, p.C2]
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  8. You may well be wondering if they are worth watching – perhaps for the first time. In the case of Pushing Daisies, the answer is a qualified yes.
  9. Given Fox's proclivity for outrageousness, Beverly Hills, 90210 (the number refers to the California city's ZIP code) is like totally tame, dudes. Though its premiere does include a teenage champagne-fueled romp in a hot tub, a near loss of virginity, and much conversation about sex, it treats the subject with uncommon sensitivity and understanding. [4 Oct 1990, p.C19]
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  10. If you like "Monk," you'll probably love this show, which may actually be even more enjoyable.
  11. Low key in concept, in style of humor and in star power, it's that rarity: a comedy that manages to be very, very funny without making parents watching with their children very, very uncomfortable. It's not necessarily a kids' show; it just gets its laughs honestly, without being crass. [13 Sep 1996]
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  12. If “Burn Notice” can keep up the energy and the inventiveness of its pilot, it’ll be a must-see summer series for me.
  13. A narcissistic writer bemoaning the Hollywood that overpays him? Color me fascinated
  14. It rivals the wildly successful "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in appeal, action and style. [26 Sep 2001]
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  15. With its young, often winning cast and its sparky, humorous dialogue, Reaper pays homage to the memorable shows created by Joss Whedon.
  16. Mirren, a true virtuoso at the height of her powers, is what makes this excellent two-part film worth watching, but there are many other pluses as well.
  17. Though it’s kid-friendly, there are things for adults to enjoy. Henshall is a quietly appealing actor, the pace is crackling and the dialogue has its share of witty asides.
  18. As on "The Simpsons," there is never the feeling of a joke being settled on, but rather it is worked over (and over and over) until just right. And there is the sense of a masterful hand guiding things, making creative choices that are both surprising and right. [28 Mar 1999]
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  19. When this show clicks in its first three episodes, it's because it violates a bigger rule, the one that says every New York firefighter, after the department's World Trade Center sacrifice, sports a halo and maybe a cape, and if he can carry a tune, he gets to sing at baseball games. [21 July 2004, p.C1]
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  20. The show’s ensemble cast is rock-solid, and makes you instantly root for this goofball gang.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    HSM2 is better than the original, and not only because its production budget is reportedly triple the first cable movie. The songs are bolder.... The acting by the returning well-scrubbed cast is better.
  21. A delightful program. [14 Sep 1997]
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  22. In a dreary winter TV landscape in which smart, witty escapism is in short supply, Torchwood stands out.
  23. The curious thing about True Blood is that, even if you’re not that interested in their relationship, there are other things to enjoy, notably the supporting performances and the mostly efficient plotting.
  24. This cast is so good, especially Polaha and Appleby, that by the third episode it was surprisingly easy to put aside the lingering questions I had and tolerate the fact that at that stage, some of the supporting characters still came close to being caricatures.
  25. While this straightforward, unapologetically derivative thriller won't blow your mind, it's a whole lot better than ABC's "Happy Town" or CBS's "Harper's Island" and may turn out to be like NBC's "Journeyman" -- a slice of genre entertainment that slowly developed into a worthwhile weekly commitment (and, er, yes, was canceled too soon.
  26. Though Costello’s discussions with musicians falter from time to time, they also contain quite a few interesting stories and conversations. And whenever things threaten to slow down, the musicians just pick up their instruments and sing instead of speaking.

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