Detroit Free Press' Scores

For 265 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 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 165
  2. Negative: 0 out of 165
165 tv reviews
  1. Maybe they all graduated from the Melrose Place College of Law.
  2. [A] bland, formulaic family comedy.
  3. A breezy summertime soap opera.
  4. Lame storytelling and dialogue.
  5. There's nothing remotely fresh or original about "3 Lbs." But it is well made, reasonably diverting and lucky to be on CBS.
  6. With too many hints of recycled stock characters and formula thriller cliches, "Drive" sputters off the starting line.
  7. Though the glossily well-made "Vanished" may prove intermittently diverting, it lacks any of the original serial thriller zing of far better shows like "24," "Lost" or "Prison Break."
  8. "Run's House" seems to be the reality sitcom flip side of "Being Bobby Brown."
  9. Despite her extreme makeover, this new Bionic Woman is mostly slick, dull and portentously sullen.
  10. Yes, the show's glossily generic. But the attractive cast clicks.
  11. Imperfect but promising. [14 Apr 2003]
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  12. Two and a Half Men manages to generate some smiles. Series creator Chuck Lorre ("Dharma & Greg") has scrounged up a few funny moments for the series premiere. But not enough of them. [22 Sept 2003, p.6E]
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  13. Slick, predictably convoluted and pumped up on conspiratorial dread, "Day Break" may be a trifle late to the serial thriller party.
  14. Even with Blackthorne's occasionally engaging portrayal of Harry Dresden, this whodunit lacks the wit and imagination that might transform it into something special.
  15. The sex scenes -- yes, there's plenty of bare skin and rising erotic temperatures -- alternate between sensitive and slightly cheesy, a la "Red Shoe Diaries." [16 Jan 2004, p.6H]
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  16. Despite the dependably daft charms of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, all the tinkering that's been done to "Watching Ellie" may leave you feeling like something funny has been lost. [15 Apr 2003]
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  17. This so-so show uses the sight gag style of "Scrubs" -- visualizing a character's thoughts and fantasies -- minus the funny medical comedy's superior wit and comic smarts. [24 Sept 2002]
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  18. "Justice" offers slick, efficiently produced whodunit escapism without a whit of real originality or dramatic spontaneity.
  19. Breezily prefabricated sitcom humor that lacks the fresh zing of anything remotely original.
  20. There's nothing remotely hip or ahead of the trendy zeitgeist curve about "Hidden Palms." But there are some of those agreeable guilty pleasures to be found, like cliffhanger twists at the close of each episode that keep the mystery bubbling.
  21. Nice supporting players like Grant Shaud ("Murphy Brown") and Clea Lewis ("Ellen") help enliven the otherwise formula sitcom fun. Most of the time, though, "adigan Men is just a breezy masculine trifle with a brogue. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
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  22. Nothing revolutionary here. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
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  23. That morbid premise -- in addition to the so-so storytelling, devolving badly by the second episode -- sure feels morosely overwrought for 8 o'clock.
  24. Fortunately, this sci-fi rookie, which aims for the younger, testosterone-tilting Fox audience, has a playful sense of humor to go along with its visually hyper sensibility. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
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  25. "Big Day" just doesn't deliver many big laughs.
  26. Even with its erratic start, "Inconceivable" still manages to deliver a fair share of escapist, bun-in-the-oven fun.
  27. A gimmicky, cliched legal drama that seems to have been unearthed from 20 years ago.
  28. If you like watching culinary train wrecks, this is your show.
  29. You'll never regret missing Navy NCIS if you forget to watch. [23 Sept 2003, p.1F]
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  30. Alternately engaging and annoying.

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