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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Homicide: Life on the Street: 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. 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]
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  2. 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]
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  3. 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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  4. Together, the writing and the sets make The Tick one of the sharpest satires of the superhero genre ever. Part of its appeal is simply that it's different. With so many yuppie comedies and cop dramas dotting the TV landscape, it's nice to see an intelligently silly parody taking a shot. [8 Nov 2001, p.1C]
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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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    • 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]
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  5. Occasionally, Rescue Me hammers the viewer with facile speechifying meant to establish the series' point of view. It more than makes up for these lapses with vivid characters, a slick visual style and pop tunes that cut against the grain of what's happening on screen. [21 July 2004, p.13E]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's an inventive, affecting and sometimes amusing hour. [20 Sept 2002, p.6C]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Think of it as My So-Called Afterlife or Nancy Drew Blood: Despite some lapses into acute self-awareness, Buffy is a biting, stylish high-school drama masquerading as a vampire-movie spinoff and cleverly combining the dark humor of Heathers, the homeroom angst of Beverly Hills, 90210 and the goofy, mystery-solving camaraderie of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? [10 Mar 1997, p.15A]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Office, although derivative, is also bracingly fresh and funny. Not that it's likely to be a breakaway hit, or even a modest one, when paired on Tuesdays with the under-appreciated, ratings-impaired "Scrubs." [20 Mar 2005, p.3]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The season's brightest, darkest new drama. [3 Oct 2004]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Malcolm is much more than mega-jolts of Fox "attitude." It's both quirky and charming, edgy and reaffirming. [9 Jan 2000]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Ed also is graced by Molly Hudson (Lesley Boone), another of his former high school classmates. Chubby and vibrant, she's another winning character in a series that's brimming with them. [8 Oct 2000]
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  6. South Park is either the funniest new show on the air or the next sign of the apocalypse. ... When it's not in gross-out mode, and often even when it is, South Park is weaving a surrealist satire of small-town America. [11 Aug 1997]
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  7. 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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  8. When the series moves away from stereotyping its main female characters into the slutty (Kim Cattrall), the savvy (Cynthia Nixon) and the sweet (Kristin Davis), and dives right into the muck of the boy-girl thing, it's laugh-out-loud funny. [6 June 1998, p.1C]
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  9. Wonderfully textured... ER has hit potential. [18 Sep 1994]
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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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    • 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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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Deadwood is the equivalent of Roy's Trigger returning as an ill-tempered, bucking bronco that's dead-set against galloping off into the sunset. Saddle up anyway. This is going to be one helluva ride - to points unknown. [21 Mar 2004, p.3]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    One could build a college sociology course around whether The Corner does more harm than good. Either side could make a strong case...At last check, though, this is still a free country. And HBO is both unbeholden to skittish advertisers and seemingly impervious to pressure groups. On broadcast networks, that combination has spurred the quick demise of provocative series such as Nothing Sacred; The PJs; God, the Devil and Bob; and Wonderland...For better or worse, television has never seen anything quite like it. [16 Apr 2000, p.1C]
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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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    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The two-part premiere of Popular is inventive, energized and brimming with promise if some of its overwrought moments can be reined in. [29 Sept 1999, p.1C]
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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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    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Its depiction of rap's gangsta element is laughable, at least in the first episode. And the quick-cut editing often seems more haphazard than cutting edge. Platinum otherwise is distinctive, provocative and possibly even trailblazing. [13 Apr 2003]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The story proves interesting enough, the visuals are impressive and the acting lands somewhere above average. [10 Sep 1995]
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  10. Mr. Sandler is not the problem. Undeclared just loses course. Lizzie's long-distance boyfriend (F&G veteran Jason Segel) is OK with the Sandler liaison, but when he finds out later about her night with Steven, the entire episode is given over to slapstick and lazy humor...Now it's time to send the outsiders home and let these kids find their way on their own terms. [25 Sept 2001, p.10C]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It all makes for an easy-to-take sitcom whose best moment finds Jake and Charlie singing the theme song he wrote for Maple Loops cereal. There are some funny lines at a poker game, too, where the kid turns out to be quite a bluffer. [22 Sept 2003, p.12E]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Ritter is still quite adept at broad, keep-it-simple comedy, and this one plays to his strengths. [17 Sep 2002]
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  11. Such down-to-earth humor distinguishes George Lopez, which takes off from the comedian's act. One of the smoothest comics working today, he's able to bring up uncomfortable stereotypes without reinforcing them. [27 Mar 2002, p.12C]
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