Detroit Free Press' Scores

For 258 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Dexter: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Killer Instinct: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 163
  2. Negative: 0 out of 163
163 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Yes, the premise may be decidedly derivative, but it's all in the witty execution.
  3. Lewis is terrific. But his brazenly loopy lawman may not be to everyone's offbeat crime drama tastes.
  4. The snap, crackle and pop of witty dialogue well delivered. That is the consistently amusing, escapist pleasure of Back to You.
  5. With the endearing, improbable comic chemistry shared by Cox and von Esmarch, Nikki turns out to be one of the fall season's most pleasant surprises. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
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  6. Arrested Development is one of those increasingly rare network comedy series that dares to assume there might be intelligent life out there watching, viewers who actually know when to laugh. Bless you, Fox. [31 Oct 2003, p.1H]
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  7. There's an engaging free spirit at the heart of "Watching Ellie." [26 Feb 2002]
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  8. As the show unfolds over three nights, the taut storytelling never falters, using the visceral oomph of handheld cameras, quick scenes and an unsentimental emotional palette. [26 Jan 2004]
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  9. [A] smart, hard-edged new crime drama.
  10. What may appear at first glance to be a cheap reality TV gimmick... soon evolves into something quite compelling.
  11. Dexter is... one of the most compelling new characters on TV.
  12. "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.
  13. '3rd Rock from the Sun,' besides being viewed as too darn silly by some, may be slagged for being too raunchy by others. But if you're looking for a daffy acting delight, check out John Lithgow's marvelously unhinged performance as Commander Dick. [9 Jan 1996]
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  14. A breezy summertime comic joy.
  15. The writing and comic sensibility are fresh and unpredictable. [23 Aug 1998, p.1L]
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  16. Queer as Folk is good. But it isn't shockingly good. However, it is Showtime's best original series yet. [1 Dec 2000, p.1C]
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  17. Darkly gripping.
  18. It's actually rather funny, broadly entertaining and blessed with a sweet screwball spirit. It's a promising farce with heart.
  19. Both fun and unexpected.
  20. "Out of Practice" is that increasingly rare old-fashioned sitcom that delivers decent laughs.
  21. Despite an excellent cast, Milch's knockout writing and McShane's hypnotically toxic villain, Deadwood conjures up one very brutal wild west purgatory punctuated by misery, anger, lust, greed, violent death and all those outrageously naughty words. Happy trails. [19 Mar 2004, p.4E]
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  22. Wuhl's madcap shyster has a sublimely bent supporting crew: Jim Turner as the agent's second-in-command Kirby Carlisle, a former quarterback with a bad habit of betting on games; Sandra Oh as crackerjack office assistant Rita Woo; and Michael Boatman ("China Beach") as Stanley, the agency's dour buppie numbers cruncher. [9 Aug 1996, p.1D]
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  23. Like the frequently audacious comic strip that gave it life, "The Boondocks" doesn't mess around.
  24. 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.
  25. Rescue Me has also created wonderful, layered roles for women, including Andrea Roth ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") as Tommy's estranged wife, Janet, and Tatum O'Neal as temperamental sister Maggie Gavin...Plus, such impressive actresses as Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei have signed on for roles as recurring characters this season. [30 May 2006, p.1]
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  26. 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.
  27. It's a fascinating, leap of faith start. [26 Sept 2003, p.8E]
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  28. Crichton ... has infused "E.R." with a contemporary, darkly humorous believability. [18 Sep 1994]
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  29. Aliens in America delivers the laughs. It's one of the most enjoyable members of this fall's freshman class.
  30. "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.

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