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 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 1
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. I found that the satire of "Housewives" wasn't tart enough to be truly funny, and the drama wasn't nearly textured enough to reflect the real lives of contemporary mothers.
  2. Nip/Tuck is back to being the frothy, fun and knowing show it was in its early days.
  3. There are some who might be jarred by the format, seamless as it is. And still others might be compelled to argue that with this format one gets neither a sitcom nor a comedy show, but insufficient portions of each...But there is an intriguing honesty to this method, and, in its fashion, it shows how life's tiny travail can work its way into comedy club laughs. [31 May 1990, p.C4]
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  4. The conversations are witty without seeming arch or forced, the relationships feel more organic and there are quite a few interesting developments but a distinct lack of franticness.
  5. This well-intentioned Sense gets the job done.
  6. The werewolves appear ready to supply some interesting, if rough-edged stories, but certain Season 3 plots wouldn't be missed if they faded away.
  7. Far from taking anything away from the pulse-pounding show, thanks to Kiefer Sutherland’s magnetic performance, Bauer’s subtle psychological anguish may be the most interesting surprise of “24’s” new season.
  8. Spellbinding...The Wire is compelling in its complexity, heart-rending in its humanity, and surprising in the ways it finds to spin the conventions of cop drama. [31 May 2002, p.4]
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  9. “This American Life” really begins to show its TV potential in episode three, when the show stops trying so hard to be perfect and lets its storytelling sprawl.
  10. This year, there’s much more of the loopy, creative humor that its fans have come to know and love.
  11. It's affectionate and cute without being coy. In translating their own real-life experiences to the screen, the members of the creative team know that parenthood is filled with tensions and travail. But they are smart enough to allow the tenderness of the experience to shadow every encounter. [20 Aug 1990, p.C1]
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  12. The best thing about White Collar is DeKay and Bomer’s chemistry; DeKay in particular is able to wring subtle comedy from Burke’s irritation at Caffrey’s ability to get something for nothing.
  13. Simm is also compelling (as he was in a couple of standout “Doctor Who” episodes earlier this year), though his performance is sometimes pitched to a level of intensity that the occasionally formulaic storytelling doesn’t quite match.
  14. It's all brought home with realism in the family relations and humor. [26 Sept 2003, p.C1]
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  15. Despite its aim of tweaking television's usual saccharine family vehicles--replacing, in effect, the smarmy with the snippy--it really is just another standard sitcom itself, wrapped in fitfully amusing abrasiveness. [18 Oct 1988]
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  16. Suffice to say that Archer will probably appeal to viewers who like their comedy literate, demented and subversive.
  17. It is shot in the seemingly off-handed manner of an independent film, and its concerns are with fending off boredom as the days drift by. It is invigoratingly easygoing. [10 Sept 1997, p.3]
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  18. The solidly entertaining season premiere of The Office is of a piece with last season's better episodes.
  19. One of the finest of the new season series, this shimmeringly intelligent hospital drama returns Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Street") to series TV. Braugher plays, with typical depth and passion, Ben Gideon, a top cancer doc emotionally shaken after the loss of his wife. [10 Oct 2000, p.C8]
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  20. If you’re wondering if the Bravo reality linchpin is any good in its fourth season, well, of course it is.
  21. Thankfully, "Weeds" avoids the strained farce of "Desperate Housewives," and despite being billed as a comedy, the perceptively written show is actually a credible look at lives stuck in neutral and people almost trapped by their addiction to a certain level of upper-middle class comfort.
  22. Being Human's saving grace is that it takes these people's lives and personal complications seriously. Dead, undead or just occasionally furry, these characters aren't so far from human.
  23. What a disappointment to find that the third season of Dexter is all over the map and lacks the crackling tension the drama had supplied in previous years.
  24. Both the book and the miniseries sketch admirably human portraits of historical figures such as Adams, Jefferson and Franklin.
  25. There are a few confrontations or comedic moments that catch fire, but mostly "Men" just ambles along, sometimes perceptively and sometimes lazily observing the lives of these guys, who have stumbled into middle age and its grinding routines and hard-won but significant satisfactions.
  26. This is one show that could, with the right kind of leadership, make it to the playoffs.
  27. Season 5 brings more of the same, but the characters are so well delineated and the performances are so solid that more of the same is a good thing.
  28. Will this strange combination of starry-eyed optimism and manicured irony eventually combust? Possibly. But until then, there's a lot to like about this weird and frequently winning hybrid.
  29. A gorgeous piece of cinema.
  30. "My Name Is Earl" is cheeky, inventive and often bewitching.

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