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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Damages: 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. A clever new animated series.
  2. "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.
  3. A terrific series pilot that gives off little echoes of everything from "GoodFellas" to "The Departed."
  4. Thanks to Corddry's social misfit charisma, Ricky Blitt's affable lowbrow lunacy flashes with a sharp, dizzy wit.
  5. 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.
  6. [A] sly spoof.
  7. Yes, the premise may be decidedly derivative, but it's all in the witty execution.
  8. 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.
  9. A breezy summertime comic joy.
  10. It makes a smart, charmingly irreverent first impression, thanks to its pleasantly warped, deadpan writing and performing.
  11. The most compelling storytelling usually involves the combative relationship between Steinbrenner and Martin.
  12. Thanks to sleek production values, a generally top-notch cast and an absorbing overall story that smartly mixes explosive action with quieter moments of sinister intrigue, The Company delivers a refreshingly solid jolt of summertime Big Event drama.
  13. High School Musical 2 is pretty much a total tuneful blast.
  14. The snap, crackle and pop of witty dialogue well delivered. That is the consistently amusing, escapist pleasure of Back to You.
  15. It's headed in the right direction ... fast, loose and fun.
  16. With its sharp writing, wonderful cast and wacko spirit, Reaper is one helluva good time.
  17. Bitter family power struggles, corporate rivalries and a touch of murder highlight a promising, if overly tangled and busy series premiere.
  18. The show's ensemble cast -- which also includes Jill Clayburgh, William Baldwin and Samaire Armstrong ("Entourage") -- is pretty darn fabulous. And the entertaining result is sophisticated trash with stylish flash.
  19. Lewis is terrific. But his brazenly loopy lawman may not be to everyone's offbeat crime drama tastes.
  20. Aliens in America delivers the laughs. It's one of the most enjoyable members of this fall's freshman class.
  21. It's actually good ... and genuinely funny.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It sets up a scenario that sends Walt, played by Bryan Cranston ("Malcolm in the Middle"), on an unpredictable, surprisingly fun-to-watch journey that frees him from his law-abiding past.
  22. Right from the dark start, the new "Night Stalker" is a more provocative, emotionally layered thrill ride.
  23. The writing and comic sensibility are fresh and unpredictable. [23 Aug 1998, p.1L]
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    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Light, breezy and easy to enjoy. [20 Sept 2002]
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  24. Grim, stylish, smart and gripping. [26 Sept 2003, p.8E]
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  25. With a little bit of prime time luck, Lost just may become what it sets out to be -- a mesmerizing thrill ride with a brain and more than a little humanity. [22 Sept 2004, p.1C]
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  26. Television always needs smart, quality shows. And with "ER" on creative life support after 10 years, this challenging new medical drama could be good entertainment therapy. But for many viewers, "House" could be a tough pill to swallow. [15 Nov 2004, p.1C]
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  27. Tell those Tinseltown pixies to go grab that big jar of cosmic stardust off the shelf. The magic show biz thing is happening again. [29 Sept 1998, p.1D]
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  28. Yeah, sounds sappy. But it's just the opposite -- a charming mix of rambunctious wit, honest emotion and interesting characters. Lots of smarts and a generous heart. A winner. [16 Sept 2002]
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