Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,659 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Murphy Brown: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Justice for Natalee Holloway: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1253
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1253
1,253 tv reviews
  1. Tell Me is an incisive drama, but it's not an easy commitment.
  2. While there are a a few too many "awkward-guy moments," there are enough genuinely sweet ones to balance them out. [28 Sep 2007, p.93]
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  3. The show remains lightweight and occasionally just silly, but it’s also a comedy that's truly tense, a drama with a mythology that rarely gets bogged down.
  4. Life is intelligent fun.
  5. Kalyan and Byrd are two likable, unaffected actors (or at least as unaffected as Aliens' heightened reality allows them to be; this show would be a mess in lesser hands).
  6. Despite taking place during the king's historically yucky later life (sexing up an ulcerated leg is hard), season 3 stays hot.
  7. I'd rather just watch Grammer and Heaton trade barbs in the newsroom. [21 Sep 2007, p.71]
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  8. This handsomely produced experimental series ought to please flexible fans. [30 Mar 2007, p.62]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The reliably hilarious supporting cast of family members and friends--quirky without being cartoonish--makes a creaky zit subplot forgivable.
  9. Meaty, gorgeous and sometimes soapy. [10 Aug 2007, p.58]
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  10. What gives Mad Men its zing is that play is part of work, sexual banter isn't yet harassment, and America is free of self-doubt, guilt, and countercultural confusion.
  11. The saga of Sookie Stackhouse (the tremulous but sturdy Anna Paquin) and her lovah Bill (slit-eyed Stephen Moyer) gets off to a great, fast start, picking up where last season left off.
  12. Breaking Bad mixes desperation and deviousness to yield a volatile, valuable product.
  13. The script portrays its subject in a dubiously good light but is gem-packed.
  14. The whole production is a model of subtle adaptation.
  15. With its paranormal occurrences, ever-autumn aesthetic, extraneous flashlight use at crime scenes, odd bursts of humor, and constant friction between faith and doubt, Fox's new sci-fi serial Fringe just might be a worthy successor--finally--to "The X-Files."
  16. The Ex List could be one of the more charming new shows of the fall.
  17. The winning Samurai has lots of action, and is generously peppered with comedic asides. [5 Sep 2008, p.70]
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  18. Bornheimer absorbs every setback with such a beaten-puppy air that each fresh misery feels ludicrous, rather than merely annoying. Will it work, (worst) week after (worst) week? With Bornheimer, it's strangely possible. His is a feathery touch on wrecking-ball comedy.
  19. So far, that universe is pleasingly treacherous, though not ?wholly formed, a work in progress that's worth seeing through to completion.
  20. A pleasant surprise: a drama about a rich, rule-breaking risk-taker (a saucy James Purefoy) that's not cutesy or predictable.
  21. Don't think Leverage is preachy--it's shrewdly conceived, and it moves along like a son of a gun.
  22. The oddball overload bugs at first, but the incredibly likable cast makes The Unusuals unusually promising.
  23. Cheesy? Sure. But there's enough sword-clanging Action--not to mention homoerotic tension--to keep viewers happily entertained for a spell.
  24. Modest but terrific, uncool but charming, this ain't According to Jim: Give it a try.
  25. The plot--based on a true story--drags, but Walters is a hoot as a prig who thinks she can stave off the swingin' '60s with a wagging finger.
  26. The humor is wilder, the penury sadder, and Sophie Okonedo a winsome Nancy. The only bad twist is the overwrought score.
  27. The Pacific has both grand scale and intimacy. It builds in intensity as the series proceeds.
  28. Though the hip 'n' urban vibe seems overly calculated--did studies show that 8-year-olds respond to beatboxing white dudes?--and the cast is aggressively up with people, you gotta love new characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Jessica Lange brings typically impressive textures to Big Edie. And just wait till you see Drew Barrymore, as Little Edie, deliver the doc's most famous line, ''This is the best costume for today.'' She's a dead ringer for the real thing.

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