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 3.5 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 Hawaii: 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
    • 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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    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Wire is by no means a worthless enterprise, and Episode 2 is an improvement over Sunday's comparatively off-putting premiere. It'll be tough to go the distance with this one, though, and far easier to look away. [1 June 2002, p.1C]
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    • 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]
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  1. Beneath the humor, Joan is a dark, daring drama with the guts to explore what God might be thinking. [26 Sept 2003, p.1E]
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  2. The first episode is as complex, wise, questioning, darkly funny and, yes, entertaining, as television gets. It broaches life's paradoxes with hard-edged melodrama, gallows humor and bravura acting. [10 Oct 2000, p.1C]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Chicago Hope is an affecting, involving series solidly anchored by Mr. Patinkin. [18 Sep 1994]
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  3. 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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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Sean Hayes, as Jack, is the overriding reason to watch. [21 Sep 1998]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Without a Trace ends up delivering enough twists and turns to hold up its end of the basic TV show-viewer contract. It also visits the cliche corral on occasion. [26 Sep 2002]
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  4. 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]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Splendidly cast and appealingly off-center, it's a genuine summertime gem. [7 July 2002, p.3]
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  5. But by the third episode, Maximum Bob turns into minimal entertainment. The plot contrivances become strained beyond repair, and the farcical edge is blunted. [4 Aug 1998, p.1C]
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    • 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]
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  6. 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]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A first cabin production with superb special effects, an intelligent script and an intricate plot. [5 Jan 1993]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Farscape is thoroughly first-rate in the special-effects department. As for the writing, it at least shows flashes of promise. [19 Mar 1999]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Your patience will only be rewarded to a point. Although capably acted and edited, Traffic doesn't hit enough green lights. Instead it stops and stalls too often, particularly during a concluding Part 3 in which you'll see a latter day bad guy a mile away, even in Seattle's fog. [26 Jan 2004]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Had enough? Or want more? Nip/Tuck still can be gripping, gratifying drama when it's not trying so hard to be either salacious or capital Q quirky. But it's not off to the great start of last summer despite the presence of esteemed thespian Vanessa Redgrave in the second season's initial three episodes. [20 June 2004, p.3]
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  7. 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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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Mr. Kelley otherwise fills too much time with extraneous law cases and Ally's narrative meanderings and fantasies. ... There are sparks, though. Ms. Flockhart is an actress of considerable promise, and some of the dialogue zings home while Mr. Kelley walks his latest high wire. [7 Sep 1997]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The show's global scope, scenery and overall sense of adventure make it a veritable Doctor Zhivago of the [reality] genre compared with most of the swill lately in play. [2 Sep 2001]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The new 24 is off to a more interesting start than its sophomore edition. [27 Oct 2003]
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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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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Fun without being campy, poignant without being syrupy and probably too heavy on interpersonal situations to suit most of today's young male comic readers. [12 Sept 1993, p.10C]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Amply seasoned with treachery, lechery, debauchery, depravity, nudity and infidelity, HBO's Rome also tends to fall victim to filmmaking's cardinal sin - tedium. [28 Aug 2005, p.3]
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  8. Beyond the cursing, nudity and brutish behavior, Mr. Fontana makes the most of his opportunity by pushing TV's visual and storytelling limits.[12 July 1997, p.1C]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A comedy worth telling your friends about. [20 Mar 1995]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Wow, a good-guy IRS agent in a land of loop-de-loopholes. Any show that can sell that premise is well worth your time and attention. [17 Sept 2002]
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    • 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]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Perhaps The Fugitive will slow its frenetic pace in future episodes. The original show had its share of narrow escapes but didn't rely on heavy-duty action every week. They instead focused on Kimble's close encounters with strangers, some kind, others sinister. [6 Oct 2000, p.1C]
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