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 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Dream On: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Anchorwoman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 302
  2. Negative: 0 out of 302
302 tv reviews
  1. Spiro is not really charismatic enough to carry a show, but the real problem is that P.J. isn’t going to make anyone forget Carrie Bradshaw any time soon.
  2. Genre fans used to the emotional depth and extraordinary storytelling of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" will find that this show is not even remotely in "Buffy's" or "Angel's" league.
  3. A plodding series that really just proves life was unrelentingly hard and pretty monotonous in the not-so-wild West.
  4. I have nothing against procedurals per se, but all this rather soulless copy has going for it is the jaunty performance of LL Cool J and a fairly efficient tick-tock plot. Depending upon your mood or preference, that may be enough.
  5. As a crime drama, "Medium" has a long way to go to match the dramatic propulsion and seductive intricacy of the likes of "Without a Trace." The storytelling is flat, even predictable, whether you're psychic or not. [3 Jan 2005]
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  6. A lead-footed imitation of that fine old radio show, "The Bickersons," which featured Don Ameche and Frances Langford, Married . . . with Children spotlights still another couple trading verbal tweaks and brusque banter. [3 Apr 1987, p.5]
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  7. [A] deeply interesting, occasionally riveting show.
  8. She's self-flagellating, but in a nuanced, funny-sad and heartbreaking way, mixing slapstick and pathos with intelligence and the sharpest of comic instincts. [4 June 2005, p.C25]
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  9. Ron Swanson's (Nick Offerman) short “tour” of his office--a loose, throwaway moment at the end of the episode--is the funniest thing about the otherwise strained Parks pilot.
  10. For all of its frolic and delight, its social observations and conflict make it the television progeny of such substantive sitcoms as "All in the Family." [10 Sept 1990, p.1C]
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  11. The dialogue is witty, the pacing is brisk and there’s some real heart amid all the tokens of the Palm Beach high life.
  12. Still, like the second season of “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” which is airing now on Bravo, this show may work for you if you’re looking for a turn-off-your-brain escape.
  13. This is one of those comedies in which the actors’ and writers’ skills are so sharp that the whole enterprise feels effortless.
  14. Some nicely realized mother-daughter moments fail to make up for the abundance of bad dialogue in the abundant confrontation scenes. [26 Jul 2000]
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  15. Happily, this generally well-told tale of a modern-day king and his restive court has more going for it than a charismatic performance from the dependably wonderful “Deadwood” star.
  16. Written with a pen dipped in the clever-caustic "Cheers" well, it's high-spirited and clever. Most viewers will want to book future flights. [19 Apr 1990, p.21]
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  17. Despite its jittery camerawork and souped-up graphics, "Justice" is just a reasonably well-made, meat-and-potatoes lawyer show.
  18. There are caveats, but they would trouble me more if the creator were someone other than Whedon.
  19. Lee and co-star Alfre Woodard deserve better than Memphis Beat, which can't quite overcome the cliches that frequently bog it down.
  20. Even if the jokes on this show weren’t tired and mean-spirited, it would be hard to care about any comedy that hates its own lead characters so much.
  21. Goldblum’s thoughtful, enjoyable presence is — rather than the one saving grace of an otherwise tiresome procedural — the centerpiece of a generally well-crafted drama, one that’s sprinkled with loving nods to Raymond Chandler and “Double Indemnity.”
  22. Despite being set in lively, colorful Miami, this saga is as sluggish as can be.
  23. Judging from the first two episodes, the series remains both visually compelling and dramatically impenetrable, likely to attract ongoing fans but too confusing at this stage to attract new ones. [7 Jan 2005]
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  24. The show is about six years too late, a competition aiming to celebrate getting ahead in business that comes after Enron and after the dot-com wipeout. Even if the cultural moment were better, making money has never been much of a spectator sport. Watching people sell lemonade is, alas, like watching people sell lemonade. [8 Jan 2004]
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  25. The animation is rudimentary and the jokes aren’t much better.
  26. Bionic Woman, the disappointingly average remake of the Lindsay Wagner vehicle from the ’70s, comes to life.
  27. It’s hard to invest much in Sam when his behavior is contradictory or gullible and when he seems downtrodden much of the time.
  28. It all promises to be addictive watching.
  29. Sanctuary’s pace is a little on the stately side, and the show is competent if not particularly innovative sci-fi.
  30. Coming from Cannell, Wiseguy is, of course, all sweat and swagger, bullets and babes, breeziness and bravado. Men's bowling teams are advised to schedule their nights around this one.[16 Sept 1987, p.7C]
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