Dallas Morning News' Scores

  • TV
For 137 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Nip/Tuck: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 One Tree Hill: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 93
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 93
  3. Negative: 0 out of 93
93 tv reviews
  1. The intermittent blare of pop songs, telegraphing how the audience should feel, also breaks the fourth wall, undermining the power of the action sequences and the few poignant scenes between Sydney and her in-the-dark boyfriend (Edward Atterton). [30 Sept 2001, p.9C]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's unlikely anyone will be racing home to watch it. What we have here is a B-minus comedy that you can take or leave. Sort of like Wings. No harm done. No chill-bumps either. [3 Mar 1997]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The O.C. looks as though it will be hard-pressed to build and maintain a loyal base of younger viewers. Sure, it's worth a look. But no, it wouldn't be terribly missed. [4 Aug 2003, p.12E]
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  2. Without Mr. Benzali and archvillain Richard Cross (Stanley Tucci), and without last season's meticulously unfolding story, year two of Murder One is not groundbreaking. It's just another solid TV drama. But because the action moves more quickly, it might draw more viewers. [10 Oct 1996, p.1C]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Most of this is enjoyable, some of it a bit much. But Bette is Bette, as is "Bette." She's a hothouse rose, not a shrinking violet. But on a weekly basis, too much scenery-chewing could make even the "Divine Miss M" wear thin. We'll see how it all plays out. [8 Oct 2000]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    [The] pilot ... is cleverly campy enough to rate a revisit. [13 Mar 1994]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    There's too much of this jurisdictional stuff and an overload of staring by Gibbs, most of it directed at the coltish Caitlin. The story is fairly involving, though. And Mr. Harmon is an underrated actor who's added some softer touches after playing Gibbs as a humorless taskmaster in a two-part JAG that introduced the character. [23 Sept 2003, p.10E]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Sometimes you just have to know when to stop. Scrubs is still learning. [2 Oct 2001]
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  3. King of the Hill walks a fine line between celebrating its characters and making fun of them, between being populist and reactionary. Only time will tell if it can successfully negotiate that line. [12 Jan 1997]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If there's hope, it lies in the original version, which after getting off to a slow start did a wonderful job of distinguishing who was who and made you want to know more about them. Hopefully, Fox and Whedon can find a happy compromise, and the cultists can start their keyboards. [20 Sept 2002]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Amusing in spots. ... Future episodes will have to pick up speed if the series expects to really take off. [28 Mar 1999]
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  4. But as visually sleek and occasionally funny as Birds of Prey starts out, the show will have to get out from under its tangled premise if it's to divert easily wandering attentions. So far, it's difficult to tell where the series might be headed, but there are hints in the premiere. [9 Oct 2002, p.12C]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Boy Meets World isn't as classy as "The Wonder Years" - the opening episode doesn't show much willingness to color outside the lines, which Fred's show often did. But the chances that Boy Meets World will stay around are quite good. [19 Sept 1993, p.9C]
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  5. But in an age when the icons are often outwitting the impersonators, Hype will have a hard time not living up to its name. [8 Oct 2000, p.7C]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The hour ends with a ludicrously over-the-top, outside-the-courthouse sequence. A downpour gets musical accompaniment from Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" Then a drenched Lilly's hard-driving countenance is framed in a climactic close-up after other key players in the case look somberly upon the scene. Cleansing? Symbolic? No, just way, way overdone.
  6. If The Apprentice is going to succeed, there has to be more drama. Watching ambitious people do menial tasks isn't entertaining enough. [8 Jan 2004]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Mr. James, whose dirigible build strains at the seams of a dumb-looking deliveryman's outfit, looks as though he could grow into the lead role. But King will be hard-pressed to find an audience of like-minded men. They'll all be watching Monday Night Football. Ain't that a kick in the head. [21 Sept 1998, p.6C]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Toto, we're not in I, Claudius, or even Rome, anymore. The problem, though, is that this Spartacus is so over the top that it begs to be considered as total camp.
  7. The corny, almost maudlin conclusions, coupled with the show's we-are-family, us-against-the-network motif, is too sincere to swallow. [22 Sept 1998, p.4C]
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    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The honeymoon's over. My Big Fat Greek Wedding ended its charmed existence as a word-of-mouth movie and became a noisy, standard-issue CBS sitcom Monday night. [25 Feb 2003, p.21A]
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  8. With the silly, overwrought Charmed, the network of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek and Felicity is pushing its luck. [7 Oct 1998, p.1C]
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Friday's premiere episode is marginally tolerable and includes a cute little scene in which Danny turns a dance class for little girls into a football game. But a second episode sent for preview is a big, broad step backward. [28 Sept 2001, p.3C]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Mr. Cohen is better served - and better disguised - as the suited, shorthaired Borat. He's reminiscent of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau, a painfully sincere bumbler who gets smashed on wine with the Mississippians on Sunday night before addressing an Oklahoma city council meeting next week. [18 July 2004, p.3]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Mr. Morrow plays the lead character with no discernible flair or charisma, making even by-the-book Joe Friday seem like Willy Wonka or something. [23 Jan 2005]
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  9. The macho-vigilante ethos of the show quickly grows tiresome. But with scene after scene of the Chief's righteous indignation - uttering lines such as "I don't care how much it costs, people out there are dying" - The District can be silly fun. [7 Oct 2000, p.1C]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The overall effect is dispiriting and off-putting. Maybe Mr. Carter knows where he's going with all this. It's doubtful, however, that many viewers will have the will to go with him. [8 Oct 1999, p.1C]
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  10. Whether intended or not, this emphasis on serial killers and other antisocial freaks indulges a morbid fascination with sicko behavior at least as much as it celebrates smart and dedicated crime fighters. [22 Sep 2004]
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  11. An unfunny formula sitcom with one so-bad-it's-good production number to its credit. [8 Oct 2000, p.7C]
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  12. The six-week series premieres tonight on ABC, a network so desperate it has stooped to ripping off Fox, home of the infamous Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? [25 Mar 2002, p.12C]
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  13. While a little more crude and silly than Malcolm, Tucker isn't nearly as imaginative. [2 Oct 2000]
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