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 1.7 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. The gracefully gonzo result is funny and affecting, and sometimes it is downright insightful. Good grief. [1 June 2001, p.1E]
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  2. 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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  3. Though it's far from perfect -- and Nelson's flamboyant, over-the-top performance is bound to irritate some viewers -- "The District" explores racial polarization and urban political attitudes in sometimes compelling fashion. And there's an interesting, racially diverse cast of players, with veteran character actress Lynne Thigpen ("Shaft"), a real standout as Mannion's crime stats wizard Ella Farmer. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
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  4. Tim Daly of "Wings" is surprisingly strong in the role of Kimble, offering a nuanced portrayal of an honorable man trapped by extraordinary, anguish-fueled circumstance. [6 Oct 2000, p.1D]
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  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. The promising "That's Life" rarely seems recycled. [29 Sept 2000, p.1E]
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  7. 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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  8. It sure looks like '24' executive producers Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran are ready to give America more anxiety-amped razzle dazzle with one of television's most original and compelling drama series. [28 Oct 2003]
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  9. As '24' quickly revs up the anxiety and action on the new season, the show is still flashing its taut, characteristic strengths: distinctive real time storytelling, tighten-the-vise tension, compelling split-screen visuals and sudden, sometimes shocking, outbursts of violence. All of it pushed at a dazzling pace and built around Sutherland's grim, courageous antihero with the hair-trigger volatility. [7 Jan 2005]
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  10. '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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  11. Judging by the fine, funny - and, yes, mysterious - third season premiere, Cherry is keeping his witty, plot-twisting word ... so far. [24 Sep 2006]
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  12. It's a fascinating, leap of faith start. [26 Sept 2003, p.8E]
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  13. A slick and clever cut above most cheesy reality shows. [8 Jan 2004]
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  14. Crichton ... has infused "E.R." with a contemporary, darkly humorous believability. [18 Sep 1994]
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  15. "Family Guy" isn't for everyone. Obviously. It's also not as fully-realized or intelligent as "The Simpsons." It's extremely fast-paced and obsessed with a nonstop stream of jokes, jokes, jokes. And the humor is often hit and miss. But when it hits, look out. [29 Jan 1999]
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  16. Because it is wisely anchored in the marvelous performances of Parker and Perkins, "Weeds" packs a merrily subversive comic energy. [5 Aug 2005]
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  17. On first encounter, "Futurama" isn't as instantly memorable as "The Simpsons." ... Don't sell "Futurama" short, though. It has all the sly Groening hallmarks for subversively amusing, sharply written pop culture fun. [26 Mar 1999]
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  18. Colorfully plucky but inconsistent. [9 Jan 2000]
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  19. "Farscape" offers a witty, energized change of pace from popular, long-running science-fiction series such as "Babylon 5" and the various "Star Trek" incarnations. There's less futuristic philosophizing, more colorful comic book action and humorous fun. [19 Mar 1999]
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  20. An ambitiously moody exploration of moral ambiguity. [27 Oct 1996]
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  21. Smart, well- written, lots of potential. [3 Mar 1997]
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  22. For those willing to take the plunge, a chilling, hypnotic tale awaits. [12 Sep 2003]
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  23. Welcome to Smallville. Check your cynicism at the city limits. [16 Oct 2001, p.6E]
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  24. Make no mistake, Dharma & Greg has been built for Elfman's coming out party as a high-voltage comic lollapalooza. And she doesn't disappoint. She's one very likable and amusing looney tune. [24 Sept 1997, p.6C]
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  25. 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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  26. At the very least, it's the best-made guilty pleasure on television. [5 Sept 2006, p.2]
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  27. 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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  28. With wit and intelligence, they transform what might have been little more than high concept hokum into a clever, evocative mix of sci-fi, suspense and raging teenybopera hormones. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
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  29. 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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  30. Raucous, bawdily good-natured. [14 Aug 2005]
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