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 Boomtown: 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
    • 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]
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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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    • 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]
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  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]
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    • 86 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]
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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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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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  3. Easily the best new series coming to TV...With enough rich characters to fill several series, Life could become the latest show to shake up network television. [25 Aug 1994, 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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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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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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  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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    • 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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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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  5. Along with the material, Mr. Gandolfini is so good that viewers will sympathize even as they shudder. [9 Jan 1999, 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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    • 91 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]
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  6. If the season premiere is any sign, Arrested Development is going to be just as wacky as last season. [6 Nov 2004, p.13E]
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    • 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]
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  7. 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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It is ambitious, evocative television with next to no hit potential. [24 Oct 1996]
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    • 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]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Barbershop is inventively edited, consistently funny and decidedly not for kids. [14 Aug 2005, p.3]
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  8. Hidden Hills isn't deep, but at least it's trying to be relevant to modern domestic dilemmas. In the age of sitcom blockheads and their domineering wives, that's a major accomplishment. [24 Sept 2002, p.8C]
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  9. The Comeback is closest in tone to Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO's vehicle for Mr. David, the creator of Seinfeld. Valerie is not quite as grating, but like Larry she perseveres. Ms. Kudrow makes you sympathize with Valerie, despite her blindness to the costs of fame. Not bad for a former sitcom star in her comeback role. [5 June 2005, p.8G]
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