Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 582 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 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Party Down: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 295
  2. Negative: 0 out of 295
295 tv reviews
  1. It is an excellent 40th-anniversary documentary.
  2. 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.
  3. A sharp, intelligent, splendidly entertaining venture that deftly draws upon a world of callousness and commitment, long hours and short fuses. [15 Sept 1986, p.5]
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  4. They are disarming in the most pleasant extreme...It is fresh, hip and frank. It could prove - especially given the stars' proclivity to perform in drag - America's "Monty Python." [21 July 1989, p.1]
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  5. It brings with it last season's same gift for immediately innards-knotting suspense, fate-of-the-free-world plotting and page-turning viewing, if such a metaphor can be mixed. It also hits the implausibility buttons much earlier in its run, although part of '24's' genius is that it drives so relentlessly forward that it leaves no time for contemplation. [29 Oct 2002]
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  6. The show may not quite be as immersive as it was at its best; we may not see the likes of FNL’s breathtaking first season again. But in Season 3, it’s more evident than ever that many of FNL’s most powerful moments occur when there’s no dialogue at all.
  7. Northern Exposure returns with its comic sensibilities hilariously and charmingly intact...This is a show that has the potential - with its near-perfect ensemble and engaging style - to join the ranks of TV's best comedies.[8 Apr 1991, p.5]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Watching Golden Girls, you get the feeling that Harris had the good sense to fit the brand of humor with the actresses. There is a kind of Borsch Belt, take-my-wife-please approach to chasing the laughs, with everything in place but the nightclub rim shot, the obligatory ba-bump from the drummer on top of the punch line. [13 Sept 1995, p.5]
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  8. One of the best things about “Weeds” is how efficiently it moves forward; it’s an incredibly well-paced half-hour that always leaves you wanting more. [13 Aug 2007]
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  9. With its young, often winning cast and its sparky, humorous dialogue, Reaper pays homage to the memorable shows created by Joss Whedon.
  10. Though it has an almost flawless pilot, and one of the best casts of the season, how long will the writers be able to tease out the mysteries of those 52 hours without driving viewers mad?
  11. Millman... is kind of an irritating guy, and the conceit of the show wears thin pretty quickly.
  12. At three hours, this adaptation might seem a bit lengthy, but when Raisin’s female cast members are on the screen, the time flies by.
  13. 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.
  14. The regular sessions with comedians... provide uneven, occasionally forced-sounding comedy. While the moments that feel improvised between Katz and his guest sparkle (the animation is drawn to match the dialogue), the parts that feel like the same routine we'd hear at a nightclub can be rather lifeless, despite the program's efforts to pep them up by animating some of the stories told. But Katz and his principal co-writer, Tom Snyder, have wisely made the heart of the show Dr. Katz's tenuous relationship with his unemployed, still-living-at-home, adult son Ben. [1 Dec 1995]
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  15. The David of Curb is so scathingly direct that he’s also quite funny; half the time he’s just saying things that the rest of us are too polite or repressed to say.
  16. One of the best things about the season is that, via Joe Tobin, the show has given viewers if not someone to root for, someone to at least partially empathize with.
  17. Amid the emotional crescendoes of the final hour (which the cast pulls off beautifully), in the pell-mell race to the finish line, there is some rushed storytelling and there are more than a few gaps in logic. But aside from those issues, Children of Earth is, as the Brits would say, bloody brilliant.
  18. Seeing all these top-flight actors respond to the tautness and the challenges of this material--and they do get their share of emotionally charged scenes--well, it’s like Christmas.
  19. An insanely funny romp thanks to its unique storytelling technique and an inspired performance by the star. [15 Oct 2000]
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  20. The shaggily delightful dialogue, the deft pacing, the authentic sense of place, the rock-solid supporting cast and the feeling that you are in the hands of writers, actors and directors who really know what they're doing--all of these are worthy reasons to watch Justified.
  21. It’s as addictive and absorbing, in its own way, as “The Wire.”
  22. In the same way that "The Wire" showed there is an HBO way to update that staple of regular TV, the cop show, Deadwood demonstrates that the western can be revitalized, too, with a dose of extreme realism. [19 Mar 2004, p.C1]
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  23. The performances are generally strong, but the devilishly clever, culturally hyper-attuned dialogue (by executive producer Josh Whedon, who wrote the original and worked on "Speed" and "Toy Story") is what makes this stand out. [10 Mar 1997, p.C8]
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  24. In a dreary winter TV landscape in which smart, witty escapism is in short supply, Torchwood stands out.
  25. an original, quirky and wonderful half-hour comedy series that is both innovative and entertaining. [6 July 1990, p.2]
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  26. The radio call-in studio is fertile comedic territory. Less so, the home turf. Though Mahoney is a great actor, his character is so sour and bitter as to be off-putting. Some of the dialogue, though delivered with neat timing, is obvious and crude. [14 Sept 1993, p.2]
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  27. The show's quirkiness is neatly mixed with a familiar fish-out-of-water theme, and its sensibilities are nicely in touch with soft humanity. It's delightful. [12 July 1990, p.17]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offer[s] a mixture of timeliness and wit that's still provocative. [18 Sep 1994]
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  28. Nothing's less funny than a comedy that tries too hard. But Flight of the Conchords pulls off the neat trick of being amusing without appearing to try at all.

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