Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,540 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 16% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Alias: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Ghost Shark: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1162
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1162
1,162 tv reviews
  1. [Crossing Lines] offers exotic locales, a veritable United Nations of a cast, and a revered actor (in this case, Donald Sutherland) phoning it in. [19 Jul 2013, p.82]
  2. The humor's not as sharp as Curbed--one bit finds Nathan wondering if waitresses should really wipe down tables with rags, since they're dirty--and the cameos feel gratuitous. Only JB Smoove earns his screen time. [9 Aug 2013, p.73]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's hard not to wish for more awesome gold-lamé bitchery than House's by-the-numbers biopic supplies. If you're looking for a sincere tale of family strife and substance abuse, you could do way worse.
  3. If Betas keeps up with millennial cleverness, it's also sometimes a little too on-the-nose.
  4. It's mildly entertaining, but Outlaw TV it ain't.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The premiere could use a little more lore and a lot less angst, but a murder mystery in the woods might keep you holding on another week. [17 Jan 2014, p.61]
  5. The sneak peak is sometimes flat and sorta dumb yet so dementedly busy-busy-busy that it's actually creepy, twisty fun. [17 Jan 2014, p.63]
  6. The best of what Vikings has to offer, besides artfully, horrifically staged sequences of warfare, is fierce Lagertha.
  7. The movie deals lightly with the racism Douglas faced in a predominantly white sport, but mostly her road to gold is paved with after-school-movie maxims like "Don't look back, look forward."
  8. [An] efficient tale of humanoid alien teens being integrated into a high school.
  9. [Catherine Jensen is] a nicely complex TV character, especially on a show that otherwise plays like a soapier Silence of the Lambs. [7 Mar 2014, p.60]
  10. Sequoyah is an appealing presence, doing what she can with an impossible wonder-kid role. And Cuarón is incapable of creating a boring shot. But he won't direct every episode. The only actor in the pilot who seems to be having any fun is Sienna Guillory as a hitwoman.
  11. WGN America's first scripted drama is American Horror Story Lite, a conventional dark fantasy with an unconventional angle on history. [18/25 Apr 2014, p.101]
  12. Right now Lucy is just a wide-eyed innocent with eager-beaver ambition, but she's verging on dumb. In other words, the writers need to get a fix on that character fast, or she won't be someone to root for. Of the other newbies, I like the bratty, entitled Cole (Dave Franco, younger brother of some guy gueststarring on General Hospital) and grumpy Drew (Michael Mosley, a David Simon recruit from The Wire and Generation Kill).
  13. In an effort to perk up the show, Real executive producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jon Murray have decreed that this year's crew will have to start up their own business. Big mistake. Whatever remaining allure The Real World possesses derives from its fantasy aspect — free house, free-floating surrogate family.
  14. [A] mechanically contrived show ... [but] it sure can be cozy, and cozy tends to get better ratings than clever.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    His underdog charm is often overshadowed by flat jokes and foul one-liners that are all shock and no guffaw. [23 Jun 2006, p.63]
  15. What we have here is a kinda-family-sitcom-semi-midlife-dramedy-medical show. The actors almost make the mishmash work. ... But for each understated scene comes a preening please-discuss-by-the-water-cooler moment.
  16. All of Sleeper Cell's didacticism would be forgiven if it were more entertaining. [2 Dec 2005, p.67]
  17. An hour of snide cleverness--especially one in which you can predict all the plot twists--gets tired fast. [24 Mar 2006, p.59]
  18. [A] bland sitcom. [14 Oct 2005, p.142]
  19. This clever idea mostly bombs. [7 Oct 2005, p.61]
  20. This by-the-numbers entry is pretty damn toothless. [23 Sep 2005, p.81]
  21. A not unwelcome addition to the genre, but not that essential, either. [27 Jan 2006, p.74]
  22. It's best to ignore the attempts at deep thought, enjoy the pretty cast, and guzzle it like diet pop. [30 Sep 2005, p.87]
  23. With all of its bad-guy chases, Threshold feels like a fantasy series that's been focus-grouped into a cop show.
  24. With wannabe sensational plotlines and not-at-all-sensational dialogue, Inconceivable feels duly artificial. [23 Sep 2005, p.83]
  25. Generic. [31 Mar 2006, p.56]
  26. It's The O.C. meets Miami Vice, the MTV Video Music Awards, and Models Inc., plus just a dash of Hamlet for flow. [13 Jan 2006, p.71]
  27. It comes off feeling cheap and mean. [23 Sep 2005, p.84]