Christian Science Monitor's Scores

For 58 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 87% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 12% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 13.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Huff: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Family Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 0 out of 49
49 tv reviews
  1. The dealmaking and image-shaping are eye-opening, but the single most unnerving aspect of the show is just how young the army of political aides who make the system run really are.
  2. Edgy and dark, this is the shadow version of "The Waltons."
  3. This could all get old really fast, but Taylor's steely performance keeps the home front interesting, while the globe-trotting soldiers bring home the reality of how many troubled spots this small planet still has.
  4. It's good, complicated drama, sometimes hard to watch, but more compelling evidence that the best storytelling for adults these days is on the small screen.
  5. The goofy affection of her poker buddies is fun, and the writers steer through some pretty well-mined territory with aplomb.
  6. "Ranch House" is engaging, droll commentary on the American dream and how we became the nation we are today.
  7. These unsettling scenes are tough on the eyes, but happily, star Paul Blackthorne is well worth watching, full time.
  8. This version, while imaginative and ambitious--as Halmi's sumptuous visions almost invariably are--is less successful.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It is just offensive to hear a middle-aged man ask his daughter about her bodily functions. [13 Sep 2002]
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  9. A good and likable cast combine with thoughtful writing to make this family/thriller (a new genre?) worth watching.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Nasty without being particularly amusing, cynical without being perceptive, and ugly as sin. [29 Jan 1999]
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  10. It's the best made-for-TV movie in years.
  11. [A] strange confabulation.
  12. This new cop series is filmed in New Orleans, giving it at times too much topicality for its own good.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The show is full of car chases and scary escapes and all the action-film standbyes, but done tongue-in-cheek. Stir Crazy is mad, mad fun and deserves a place on the schedule. [17 Sep 1985]
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  13. "Windfall" proves you don't need to be marooned on a remote South Sea island to be lost.
  14. The pilot is decent, but even with lots of sexy young actors, it's not clear if there is room for yet another New York-based crime-solving procedural.
  15. "Items" is like NBC's "The Office" on laughing gas - the same kind of poker-faced dysfunction in a crushingly ordinary setting, but faster and funnier.
  16. Good casting and well-paced writing give hope.
  17. This is a high gloss, prime-time soap but it's a tad too earnest.
  18. The show will have to loosen up to succeed.
  19. [It] is perilously close to Hollywood hokum, but manages to rise above it by featuring the ever-interesting Dougray Scott in the lead role of Moses.
  20. The series' unique angle lends itself to interesting psychological drama as it explores the hows and whys of hostage negotiation - even as it dishes out a heavy helping of FOX's de rigueur hoppin' hormones.
  21. For all the comic-book fans who can't get enough of grown-ups carrying ray guns and discussing the destruction of planet Earth, pretty lame effects and super-stiff acting keep this from being really great camp.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It has lots of laughs but few credible plot crises to draw its energy from. But there are reminders of Dad's plight - as when he stands alone, after his mother leaves, and reflects on the very uncomic reality of dealing with his family's future. [18 Sept 1987, p.22]
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  22. Moody and fast-paced, this is good, only minimally pretentious, sci-fi fun.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Pity Patrick Warburton whose dour delivery is the brightest spot in this half hour. He clearly feels trapped, but not by his marriage.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are lots of these catchy one-liners, but too often they seem to be gags in search of a good home - clever quips that bounce off, rather than emerge from, their format. [24 July 1987, p.20]
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