Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 2,207 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 22% 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: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Justice for Natalee Holloway
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1690
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1690
1690 tv reviews
  1. AHS may no longer have the element of surprise on its side, but it remains, to quote the lyrics of a certain David Bowie tune performed by Lange, the freakiest show. One of us? Count me in.
  2. It has sharp writing and endearing characters.
  3. On the Air is unfunny, but not in a stupid Who's the Boss? way — rather, in a bizarre, so-corny-it's-surreal way.
  4. The first season's episodes were, in a sense, edited backward: Knowing who was going to be voted off, each show's footage was cut in a way that demonstrated why the expulsion was inevitable. The tribes' motives were made clear, which ensured satisfying drama. In Outback [season 2], Burnett and his bunch are tossing us red herrings, to make the voting impossible to predict.
  5. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson begin their third just how you'd expect. [19/26 Feb 2016, p.109]
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  6. 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.
  7. Diaries promises us a season of sharp-tongued amusement.
  8. Whenever it sticks closely with the Crane brothers ... this likely final season of 'Frasier' often ranks with some of the series' best work.
  9. The resolution with the ghost is plenty satisfying, but ultimately Medium's strength is that it's not about the ghosts.
  10. Best moment: a runway walk with the contestants strutting inside inflatable balls. Please do make up your own joke about that.
  11. 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If it sticks with the quiet, string cheese moments, it could end up being an understated--but provocative--must watch.
  12. The fourth season of Justified gives us exactly what we want: much laconic tough-guy humor from Timothy Olyphant's U.S. marshal Raylan Givens, much grandiloquent nastiness from Walton Goggins' drug dealer Boyd Crowder, and much swift violence.
  13. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life feels like a summary statement about the characters and their relationship to each other, even as it ends on a note that says nothing ever ends or fully resolves, not really.
  14. While short of magical, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is nonetheless an enjoyable enchantment.
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    • 83 Critic Score
    This season, pesky plot points get spun in fruitful new directions.
  15. Although Millennium hasn't quite found its tone, it's got great visuals and a commanding performance by Henriksen.
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    • 83 Critic Score
    [This] season ... has mercifully toned down last year's shrillness.
  16. Not quite an Easy A, but certainly an easy B+.
  17. Marry Me wouldn't work without Wilson and Marino, who make Annie and Jake just cringeworthy enough to be funny.
  18. Atlanta is all about NeNe, who dominates the premiere by making up with Kim privately and breaking up with Dwight publicly. If the teaser is an indication, that's only a tiny fraction of the coming drama.
  19. Lilly's first cold case is so TV predictable, there's no way to watch it other than as just an excuse to showcase Kathryn Morris -- to establish her as an indelible presence we'll want to return to every Sunday night.
  20. 'Trace' understands that people watch weekly dramas to become involved in characters' lives, yet exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Co. have caught on to the idea that although we'd like a few clues here and there -- something to connect us to the characters -- we don't want to know too much. The mysteries should extend to personalities as well as to how crimes have been committed.
  21. A pleasant surprise: a drama about a rich, rule-breaking risk-taker (a saucy James Purefoy) that's not cutesy or predictable.
  22. It's a measure of how absorbing Hell on Wheels is that each of these characters has evolved into someone we know and, in varying degrees,m root for. [10 Aug 2012, p.65]
  23. The cast is charming and there's a refreshing honesty about Cam. [3 Oct 2014, p.67]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The show's vision remains consistent. It's a world so absurdly horrible that clowns seem besides the point, and the only sensible response is dark, deadpan humor. [20 Jan 2017, p.55]
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  24. Don't think Leverage is preachy--it's shrewdly conceived, and it moves along like a son of a gun.
  25. The real pleasure comes from watching the partners inhabit their characters' strengths and frailties.
  26. Everyone makes the nuttiness look easy. [10 Aug 2012, p.68]
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