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 The Pacific: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Luis: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 302
  2. Negative: 0 out of 302
302 tv reviews
  1. In addition to being riotously and savagely funny, propelled by more great characters than the average night of network programming, it gets you thinking about what's hiding behind those curtains that Johnny walked through on so many nights. [19 Jul 1995]
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  2. Instead of trying to run on the fumes of style and attitude, a la "Twin Peaks," Murder One, at least in its premiere, has high octane in its tank. Boasting a tough, savvy script and the cast to handle it, the episode moves at a relentless pace from the discovery of the murder to Cross being charged with it. Along the way it establishes--or at least whets the viewer's appetite for more of--an intriguing assemblage of themes and characters. [19 Sept 1995, p.1C]
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  3. Perfectly seasoned, unassailably adult, brooding, base and piercingly funny, it is as good as everybody says it is, perhaps even better. While plot descriptions and joke recitation can suggest the intelligence and wicked wit of this portrait of life backstage at a "Tonight"-style TV talk show, only seeing it can convey how vivid and penetrating it is. [15 Mar 1998]
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  4. What's most satisfying about "The Office" is that, despite the sharpest humor this side of "The Larry Sanders Show," it has an ultimately sympathetic take on the cubicle-dwellers of the world, and that outlook is derived from a million tiny observations about personal decency (and lack thereof). [21 Oct 2004]
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  5. "The Office" is everything television comedy can and ought to be but almost never is. ... The result is subtle, searing and laugh-bitterly-out-loud funny, like a series of the darkest Dilbert strips strung together and given human dimension and narrative shape. [30 Jan 2003]
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  6. Dense, richly layered, packed with dozens of colorful characters (enough for four series), "The Wire" unfolds as a sophisticated, sometimes impenetrable and always ultra-gritty documentary. But it pays off after meticulous, devoted viewing, delivering rewards not unlike those won by readers who conquer Joyce, Faulkner or Henry James. [18 Sep 2004]
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  7. If you have only one hour a week for television, give it to "The Wire."
  8. "The Sopranos," with 13 hours a year to work with instead of a feature film's 2 1/2, tops, has the time to show the way human communication really works: Matters of the greatest consequence stem from misunderstandings and misinterpretations. It insinuates viewers so thoroughly and convincingly into the soul of a man like Tony Soprano that the result becomes universal. [14 Jan 2000]
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  9. Continues to test traditional notions of television heroism, upend conventional storytelling rhythms and deliver its thematic points and comic payoffs with a revolutionary subtlety. [4 Mar 2001]
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    • 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.
  10. The best show on television. That's right. It's better, even, than that other HBO series, the one about the nice New Jersey family, because for all of David Chase's brilliance with character in "The Sopranos," he can sometimes wander down thematic dead ends in search of a great dramatic discovery. Simon, with his careful plotting, police-investigation structure and sure sense of what he is trying to say, gives "The Wire" a sense of propulsion, of every moment building to something.
  11. [The] third season... provides a[n] unpredictable, fascinating take on events dominating real-world headlines.
  12. The laughs are still there ... But the show begins to take on ominous overtones, a kind of small-scale tragedy in the making as it plots the apparent path of a little dictator's downfall. [10 Oct 2003]
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  13. It's a shame that the coarse language used on Deadwood may put some viewers off the HBO show, which, as it happens, is television's most thoughtful exploration of morality. This richly textured, extraordinarily acted show... is a classic in the making, compelling even to those who might not necessarily be fans of the western genre. [4 Mar 2005, p.C1]
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  14. "Curb" is as funny, in its pulling-teeth-with-a-pliers kind of way, as anything on TV. [13 Sep 2002]
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  15. 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.
  16. Don has shed some secrets, but the more he puts himself on the line, the bigger chance there is for failure. And when it comes to showing how complicated people fare under pressure, the sterling Mad Men has few peers.
  17. As compelling a show as you will see this season. [12 Mar 2002, p.C3]
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  18. Shandling is perfect in a role he created, skillfully balancing arrogance and insecurity; Torn, always exasperated, and Tambor, forever fawning, are spectacular foils in a show that is stunningly quick-witted. [2 Jun 1993]
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  19. Shandling adeptly bends the line between reality and TV's make-believe. [14 Aug 1992]
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  20. If, as a woman, you've ever wondered how men act when they're together, how they talk to each other, how they deal with rage and confusion and lust, there's no better guide than this show, which may just be hitting its stride in its third season. [30 May 2006, p.3]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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  21. If there's a problem with Rescue Me, it's that FX's law-enforcement series, "The Shield," has set the bar so high in the one-hour drama realm. "Rescue Me" story lines occasionally veer into superficiality and repetitiveness, and Gavin's boorishness and selfishness can be a little predictable and tiresome. [21 June 2005, p.C1]
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  22. Surprising doesn't begin to describe what happens.
  23. This is compelling in both the broad strokes and the little details. The funny thing is, even at its most absurd, it feels almost realistic, because Hurwitz so precisely sketches his characters and their setting. [1 Nov 2003, p.27]
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  24. 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.
  25. Every bit as good as the advance praise has made it out to be.
  26. I remain troubled by a big development at the end of Episode 1, which feels like too much of a stretch and is out of keeping with the show's admirable focus on intimate, believable stories. I hope it doesn't signal a move toward more obvious, predictable melodrama -- which already can be found all over the TV landscape. [5 Oct 2007, p.1]
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  27. If it is possible to experience love at first TV show sight, I'm smitten. [20 Sep 1991]
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  28. A masterful meditation on the nature and meaning of forgiveness.

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