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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Desperate Housewives: 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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  31. It's still the best network show you're not watching, America. [5 Oct 2007, p.1]
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  32. At heart, it's a funny, raucous, bittersweet and vividly entertaining chronicle of the spontaneous emotional combustion that goes on in the lives of one soulful, eclectic assortment of firehouse characters. OK, 62 Truck, time to go back to work...Crank up the sirens. Rescue Me has arrived to rescue prime time from the hazy, lazy days of summer. [11 June 2007, p.1]
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  33. The stylish, fast-moving series premiere is filled with surprising twists, witty repartee and some revved-up, well-choreographed action sequences. But the real star of Alias is, well, the star: athletic Jennifer Garner, who portrays Sydney with intelligence and graceful, hard-bodied charisma. [29 Sept 2001]
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  34. Boomtown, created by Graham Yost, who wrote "Band of Brothers" and "Speed," has the potential to be NBC's best crime drama since "Homicide: Life on the Street." [27 Sept 2002]
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  35. The first two episodes this season get the crisis-fueled day rolling in superb fashion. [29 Oct 2002]
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  36. "Without a Trace" matches and sometimes surpasses "CSI" for stylish visual storytelling as it builds a time line that pieces together details of the 24 hours prior to the subject's disappearance. [26 Sep 2002]
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  37. Caruso is terrific as ex-homicide detective Caine, the red-haired actor's comfortable, moodily soulful new crime drama alter ego. He's the charismatic point man in CBS's superlative, tautly crafted "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" spin-off. [22 Sep 2002]
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  38. This smart, imaginative romantic drama about a female attorney has quickly established itself as one of the most interesting new series in years. [29 Sep 1997]
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  39. Rescue Me has the feel of real. It talks tough and packs a volatile working class wallop while exploring the stress-fueled world of men in a very dangerous job. [21 July 2004, p.1D]
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  40. One tasty comic treat.
  41. An instant chucklehead classic.
  42. A spiffy new version.
  43. Feels like a hit show about to happen.
  44. A terrific, six-hour miniseries, beautifully written and sharply directed.
  45. Thanks mostly to the acting intelligence and talent of Lili Taylor, State of Mind is the more interesting, entertaining newcomer.
  46. As a witty social history viewed through the tempestuous prism of office and sexual politics, Mad Men is big fun ... classy entertainment with a brain.
  47. Duchovny possesses the engaging comic empathy skills to make his Left Coast libertine decidedly witty and likable.
  48. The ensemble cast, including David Oyelowo, Edward Woodward ("The Equalizer") and Janet McTeer, is first rate. A winner.
  49. And you don't have to be a sci-fi fanatic to get a kick out of Firefly, which brandishes playful bits of Whedon's signature wit and snappy repartee. [20 Sept 2002]
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  50. Though it's extremely well done, The Wire lacks the signature HBO kick of discovering something brand new, that giddy feeling of freshness that immediately attached itself to "The Sopranos" and "Six Feet Under." With The Wire, there's a less-exciting echo: Same old, same old. Been there, done that. [31 May 2002]
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  51. Monk isn't perfect. The show's comic moments often work better than some of the dramatic elements. And it's too soon to tell if Shalhoub will have the benefit of consistently sharp writing, something that will be essential to sustain the series over the long haul. But if first impressions count for anything, both Adrian Monk and Tony Shalhoub earn gold stars for delivering wry, beguiling pop entertainment. There's also a fizzy, engaging chemistry between Monk and Sharona, as well as Shalhoub and Schram. [12 July 2002]
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  52. [James Spader's] raffishly amoral Shore is the most enjoyable thing to happen to courtroom drama in years. [1 Oct 2004]
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  53. A wild and funny thing. [22 Jan 2003]
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  54. Rome delivers high-quality television bursting with grimy, down-to-earth life. [26 Aug 2005]
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  55. Like any over-the-top, conspiracy-laced concept, "Prison Break" will only work if viewers are giddily enticed to jump aboard the Willing Suspension of Disbelief Express.
  56. Both fun and unexpected.
  57. Besides the nifty, repressed romantic dynamic between Brennan and Booth, "Bones" has some fun with snazzy hologram visualizations of the murder victims in each case.
  58. You know you're in the presence of a fresh, original sitcom when you don't even mind the laugh track.
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  59. "Out of Practice" is that increasingly rare old-fashioned sitcom that delivers decent laughs.
  60. A compelling tale of ordinary people ensnared in extraordinary circumstances.
  61. "The West Wing" was more vivid, original and compelling than "Commander in Chief" is likely to become. But impressive Geena Davis and the Oval Office gender twist are indeed refreshing.
  62. A raunchy, mostly forgettable female bonding sitcom.
  63. Like the frequently audacious comic strip that gave it life, "The Boondocks" doesn't mess around.
  64. "Sleeper Cell" works as a smart, sharply styled thriller about a very serious subject.
  65. An offbeat treat worth rooting for.
  66. It's actually rather funny, broadly entertaining and blessed with a sweet screwball spirit. It's a promising farce with heart.
  67. Simultaneously appealing and rather sadly appalling, "Mrs. Harris" gets at the messy truth of it all in a distinctively mischievous manner.
  68. It's uneven in spots, with the riveting action sequences sometimes overshadowing the more subdued domestic scenes. But unlike the often gratingly shallow "JAG," "The Unit" allows for ambiguity.
  69. What may appear at first glance to be a cheap reality TV gimmick... soon evolves into something quite compelling.
  70. Has some genuinely funny moments despite its laugh track and conventional sitcom framework.
  71. It's a fresh, darkly comic workplace/social life farce peppered with good laughs.
  72. [A] smart, hard-edged new crime drama.
  73. It's styled as a sort of laid-back Gen X updating of "thirtysomething," replacing that show's neuroses-fueled, East Coast edge with a more casual, lighthearted California vibe.
  74. "Lucky Louie" is a true original -- a pleasantly twisted variation on "The Honeymooners" or "Roseanne" for the 21st Century.
  75. The breezily irreverent "Entourage" -- chock-full of witty banter, Hollywood insider jokes and real-life celebrities in self-spoofing mode -- parties on in especially fine style.
  76. A richly entertaining winner, a saga that both stirs the emotions and whips up vivid outbursts of satisfying, varmint-vanquishing action.
  77. "Eureka" is clever paranormal escapism that sometimes teeters on the edge of whimsical excess. But that doesn't mean you won't find plenty of affable, oddball entertainment.
  78. A comedy anchored in the flawed, deeply genuine humanity of its characters often delivers the rollicking natural high of laughter.
  79. On a simple quality drama level, it's the best network miniseries in several years.
  80. A witty, sophisticated romantic drama.
  81. It arrives fresh, charming and consistently funny.
  82. Though the crime thriller territory is familiar, Liotta and the talented supporting cast give "Smith" an extra kick of dramatic energy.
  83. Darkly gripping.
  84. With fun, familiar faces like Field, Flockhart and Griffiths on board, attending a family reunion with the Walkers every Sunday could be a lively, entertaining way to end the weekend.
  85. Feresten makes a rather engaging talk show host.
  86. You don't have to be a fantasy or sci-fi geek to have fun with it
  87. Dexter is... one of the most compelling new characters on TV.
  88. The smartly told stories of first-year coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler, "King Kong") and his Dillon High School Panthers are packed with gritty style and heartfelt emotion.
  89. "The Nine" unfolds with an abundance of emotion-charged imagination.
  90. Fey's humor possesses a sly, literate snap. And like NBC's recent cool comedies, "The Office" and "My Name Is Earl," her rollicking "30 Rock" has a surplus of nutty imagination.
  91. A clever new animated series.
  92. "The Sarah Silverman Program" is not for everyone. But if you've chuckled along to the rascals on "South Park" -- or if you thought "Borat" was one hilarious movie -- then chances are you'll get some perverse jollies with Sarah Silverman's latest venture.
  93. A terrific series pilot that gives off little echoes of everything from "GoodFellas" to "The Departed."
  94. Thanks to Corddry's social misfit charisma, Ricky Blitt's affable lowbrow lunacy flashes with a sharp, dizzy wit.
  95. Laced with profanity, amoral behavior and fine performances, "The Riches" adheres to its own maverick set of family drama values ... infused with secrets and lies, twisted laughs and lots of love.
  96. [A] sly spoof.
  97. Yes, the premise may be decidedly derivative, but it's all in the witty execution.
  98. Although it's not quite as much smart, trashy fun as "Rome," it is still an engaging romp that moves along at a stylish pace.
  99. A breezy summertime comic joy.
  100. It makes a smart, charmingly irreverent first impression, thanks to its pleasantly warped, deadpan writing and performing.

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