Dallas Morning News' Scores

  • TV
For 106 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 One Tree Hill: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 77
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 77
  3. Negative: 0 out of 77
77 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Lost so far is riveting, large-scale human drama. Get those Gilligan's Island jokes out of your system. Otherwise they might be sticking in your throat after the opening 10 minutes. [22 Sept 2004, p.12E]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Joe Flaherty, the former SCTV standout, chips in as a perfectly apt one-note pop who preaches that all of his former misbehaving classmates are now - "dead!" [25 Sept 1999, p.1C]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This requires some patience at first, although getting a handle on the format is relatively painless. Once that's accomplished, it's thrilling to watch Boomtown navigate twists and turns like a topflight Grand Prix racer. [29 Sept 2002, p.3]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Whether darkly funny, deeply moving or spookily surreal, Six Feet Under is seldom less than bracingly original. It's another landmark series for HBO. [3 June 2001, p.3]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Much of this is likely to go to waste, though. Homicide, possibly the best police series ever, may prove to be the biggest turnoff since Cop Rock. Imagine a series in which a cop walks up to a potential mugger and tells him, "Hey, we're police. Go rob somebody else." [31 Jan 1993, p.5C]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A smart, tart, daring comedy in a season that could really use one. Arrested Development and Mr. Bateman both deserve a long and prosperous run. What a nice, bracing development that would be. [2 Nov 2003, p.3]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    [It] could be the best TV series of our times. Not for everyone, no. But for what it is, The Sopranos is near magical. [16 Jan 2000]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A perceptive, powerful, five-star achievement in HBO's continuing championship season...Saluting it is a singular honor and privilege.[9 Sept 2001, p.3]
  1. What is most riveting about Deadwood is the way it blows the dust off the Western to tell a contemporary story. [5 Mar 2005, p.14E]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Nip/Tuck delivers its jolts within the context of an intelligent script underscored by first-rate performances. [20 July 2003, p.3]
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    None of the fall's 41 other rookies looks capable of playing in the same league...The premiere episode is a knockout. [19 Sept 1995, p.1C]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In place of the by-now clich├ęs, House substitutes wit, taut writing and a performance by British actor Hugh Laurie that should put him immediately in the running for a best-actor Emmy. [16 Nov 2004, p.14E]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This might sound same-old, same-old, but isn't. Felicity has the look and feel of a small, bright feature film. Its ensemble cast is attractive and appealing. Most importantly, the acting is strong enough to pull off lines that on paper sound like groaners. [29 Sept 1998, p.1C]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    All the president's men and women are deftly drawn and seamlessly woven through a crackerjack opening hour. Whether they'll be able to hold our interest remains to be seen. [22 Sept 1999, p.1C]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Splendidly cast and appealingly off-center, it's a genuine summertime gem. [7 July 2002, p.3]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Along with the material, Mr. Gandolfini is so good that viewers will sympathize even as they shudder. [9 Jan 1999, p.1C]
  2. If the season premiere is any sign, Arrested Development is going to be just as wacky as last season. [6 Nov 2004, p.13E]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Innovative and compelling. ... The show gets off to a great start in its first highly eventful hour, with Mr. Sutherland excelling in his first TV series role. [4 Nov 2001]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A comedy worth telling your friends about. [20 Mar 1995]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Larry Sanders Show is still a first-rate, one-of-a-kind walk through a talk-show looking glass. [2 Jun 1993]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It is ambitious, evocative television with next to no hit potential. [24 Oct 1996]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Some of the edge is off and the buzz isn't quite what it was. [4 Mar 2001]
  3. Like his other work ... Mr. Kelley's new show dares to strain reality in search of simple truths. But before you go running in the other direction, let me hasten to add that he prods and preaches with such panache, passion and emotional punch that you may not even notice that The Practice is good for you. [1 Mar 1997]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's an inventive, affecting and sometimes amusing hour. [20 Sept 2002, p.6C]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Be forewarned that The Shield easily is the most graphic police series in TV history. That said, it's potentially one of the very best, too. [11 Mar 2002, p.12C]
  4. If you're looking for signs of intelligent life in the new fall season, Freakylinks is one of a few blips of light in the darkness. [6 Oct 2000, p.4C]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The new 24 is off to a more interesting start than its sophomore edition. [27 Oct 2003]
  5. Beneath the humor, Joan is a dark, daring drama with the guts to explore what God might be thinking. [26 Sept 2003, p.1E]
  6. As the episodes have continued, something unexpected happens - the action begins to take a backseat to characters. It's not so much that you begin to care about this collection of cartoonish misfits, but the depth and breadth of their weirdness becomes the show's primary source of entertainment. Reno 911! ends up being more a surreal soap opera than a Cops parody. [25 Aug 2003]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Flexing the foolproof formula and first-rate production values of its predecessor, this spinoff quickly proves to be a turn-on. [23 Sep 2002]