Detroit Free Press' Scores

For 256 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 King of the Hill: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Killer Instinct: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 161
  2. Negative: 0 out of 161
161 tv reviews
  1. Brimming with cockeyed echoes of everything from "Raising Arizona" to "King of the Hill," NBC's best new comedy since "Seinfeld" is that rare chucklehead treat: it's both wildly irreverent and blessed with a cheerful, endearingly upbeat nature.
  2. Blends Rock's signature, whip-smart irreverence with richly humorous, character-driven stories of his own adolescence to create the rare family comedy that is both hilariously honest and filled with heart.
  3. Masterful.
  4. The lavishly beguiling historical drama is pumped up on passion, wit and the majestic fire of Helen Mirren's thrilling performance as one of history's most intriguing rulers.
  5. Milch's darkly hilarious exploration of the American frontier spirit is back for a third season of twisted human conniving.
  6. Start to finish in its first-rate opening season, Showtime's "Brotherhood" has the makings of something neat, offbeat and special.
  7. "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is another Sorkin mother lode of stylish wit, uncompromising quality and timely, topical substance. It's TV with a brain for viewers in search of something other than the same old, same old.
  8. As Betty Suarez, a beautiful dreamer with a heart full of soul, America Ferrera gives the breakout new star performance of the season. And "Ugly Betty," fizzy, smart and colorfully styled, is looking fine.
  9. Filled with strong writing, a colorful gallery of vivid characters and a rocking good mix of cool dialogue and explosive action, "Battlestar Galactica" rolls on as an intergalactic entertainment classic.
  10. No, the thrill isn't gone. "24" remains a wild 'n' crazy roller-coaster ride.
  11. This effort is blessed with a wealth of exceptional talent.
  12. TV's most original and irresistible new comic concoction.
  13. Damages is dynamite. And the fuse is lit.
  14. Pushing Daisies is a delicate, rapturously original little television miracle.
  15. Hall, who invests strange, demented Dexter with real heart and humanity. It's a spooky tour de force.
  16. Just imagine if Tony Soprano had decided to be a cop instead of a gangster. Yes, scary. Scary and compelling. And that's what you get with Detective Vic Mackey, the brutal, anything-goes Johnny Law at the dark heart of The Shield, an explosively well-done new crime drama. [12 Mar 2002]
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  17. This is sophisticated television that assumes there is an intelligent audience for well-written, off-center, ambitious entertainment. David Chase has created a contemporary mob masterpiece. The Sopranos, make no mistake, is the first truly great TV show of 1999. [8 Jan 1999, p.1D]
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  18. Ed is that rare sort of genuinely sweet television treat...It won't give you sugar schlock. It isn't sticky. And it doesn't go all gooey with prefabricated sentimentality. [6 Oct 2000, p.1D]
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  19. A jolt of taut, high-velocity TV drama, a new-style thriller that really is thrilling. [6 Nov 2001]
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  20. One of the fall season's most purely enjoyable new series is also one of the very best. [1 Oct 2004]
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  21. The most original and audacious comedy on TV right now. [13 Sep 2002]
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  22. With big laughs and inspired twists of spontaneous wit, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" remains a true original. It's Larry David's singular comic sensation, a masterful, wigged-out improv farce of Hollywood manners. [4 Jan 2004]
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  23. No one does cranky like Larry David. [7 Sep 2007]
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  24. A smart, loopy spoof full of Everyman truth. [10 Jan 1997]
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  25. If you do that rare TV thing of actually paying close attention, HBO's complex, richly detailed crime drama will sweep you away like a fine novel. [17 Sep 2004]
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  26. "The Sopranos," even as series creator David Chase changes pace this season from power struggles to family matters, is still as good as television gets: wonderfully written, superbly acted, always unpredictable. [2 Mar 2001]
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  27. Sharp, sophisticated and laugh-out-loud funny. [3 Mar 1997]
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  28. Fascinating and outrageously witty ... the best new sitcom to hit American television since Larry David's similarly inspired "Curb Your Enthusiasm." ... An instant classic. [23 Jan 2003]
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  29. A masterful series finale. [21 Oct 2004]
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  30. An unflinching and deeply affecting portrait of American tragedy. [14 Apr 2000, p.4F]
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