Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 2,370 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 21% 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: 73
Highest review score: 100 Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7
Lowest review score: 0 Drawn Together: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1823
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1823
1823 tv reviews
  1. Between Laurie's more-great-than-good doctor and cases that encompass everything from bad ham to complete body meltdown, House preys on all that's wrong (and some of what's right) with modern medicine.
  2. 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.
  3. What makes Veronica so strangely touching is that on a larger scale, her quest mirrors the common teen conundrum: My family's screwed up, and I'm not cool enough. How can I fix it?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    This is TV that's so bad, it's bad for you.
  4. Still humming along, L&O has become the ultimate comfort show: Every week it offers a new crime cut, dried, and shelved, making the series a handy, self-contained alternative to all the serial dramas with their demanding mythologies.
  5. In NY, the lack of inspiration is palpable.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As ever, it's all in the details.
  6. Groundbreaking it's not ... With its laugh track and punchline pauses, bite-size stories and strange, frozen moments where the characters all stare at each other before a commercial break, Joey is, to its core, a traditional sitcom. But so was Friends. Each works because of its witty comedic cast and producers.
  7. The twists and turns are sure to tantalize true Farscape fans.
  8. By now, The Real World has become as quaintly, reassuringly predictable as a Road Runner cartoon, or a P.G. Wodehouse novel.
  9. It's TV's richest, most satisfying experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's nice to see a mainstream show with values.
  10. With Rescue Me, [Leary] redeems himself by doing what we always suspected he could do: really act.
  11. To be a 'BB' fan is to enjoy watching people get on each other's nerves, fail at the food competitions, and subsist on PB&J for a week. If this be pleasure, I plead guilty.
  12. As a profane peek into current showbiz, Entourage is excellent, dirty fun.
  13. The largely improvised series is a jangly American version of 'The Office,' with its best comedy revolving around race, gracelessness, despair, and a glorious lack of self-awareness, courtesy of the kinds of outsize characters who inhabit the typical workplace.
  14. 'Nip/Tuck' is, in short, a great soap opera disguised as very good prime-time trash.
  15. A formaldehyde fog has settled over 'Under' -- it envelops you with a serenity that used to be unsettling (the very point of a series about a family of neurotic funeral-home inhabitants) but now seems more like smothering.
  16. Silly, weird, occasionally sweet, and always very, very funny, 'Scrubs,' which just wrapped its third season, is one of the best comedies on TV.
  17. Sometimes it takes a little while for a show to hit its stride, and watching Las Vegas for the first half of its first season was a crapshoot. ... So the series pumped up the guest-star quotient. That's when the fun began, around the turn of this year, when people as diverse as Paris Hilton, Sean Astin, Dennis Hopper, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath began showing up.
  18. For a show with such superb acting -- all honor to Boreanaz, who's got macho vulnerability down to a smooth essence not achieved since James Garner in his 'Rockford Files' days, and to Amy Acker, who has gone from victim to sexpot to villain without ever hitting a false note – 'Angel' is surprisingly rife with leaden lines like 'Rules can be broken; all you have to do is push hard enough.'
  19. 'Two and a Half''s setup ain't edgy, but its humor is a tad more genial -- brotherly ribbing as opposed to bad-tempered potshots. Its one nasty spot revolves around, unsurprisingly, women.
  20. A cheery, hot pink daisy of a show -- inherently cute and incredibly simple.
  21. 'Jordan' has always had the comforting vibe of an Applebee's: The menu's solid; the staff is competent; and the end result, while never dazzling, certainly does the job.
  22. 'Deadwood' creates from the git-go a villain for the ages in Al Swearengen. McShane's slicingly deep voice is like a bowie knife stuck in the series' heart, but instead of stopping its action, he brings the show to pumping, bloody life.
  23. A juicy, jauntily anarchic production.
  24. Ultimately, the reason 'The Shield' is one of the best police dramas going isn't just its spiderweb plots, the claustrophobic you're-stuck-with-us camera work, or its antihero, although Chiklis -- who won a well-deserved Emmy two years back -- is just as spooky and weirdly amiable as ever. It's the fact that the program regularly yields even its main characters to baleful Fate.
  25. No, 'The Sopranos' isn't the constant shock-of-the-new it once was; even its moments of abrupt, crazy violence are easily spotted. But there are still many scenes that are touching and devastatingly sincere.
  26. The sitcom has improved mostly due to the on-screen maturation of its star.
  27. What makes this season so good is that the Heffernans' luck has been so bad.

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