Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,616 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 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 NYPD Blue: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Ghost Shark: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1218
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1218
1,218 tv reviews
  1. The first two episodes contain strong subplots about staff downsizing and rolled-back pensions, indicators that Ted is doing a better job of folding real-life resonances into its silliness.
  2. Just trust me, this show is super-funny.
  3. Modern Family works because it does something the network sitcom hasn't managed in years: It offers a comic equation for almost every audience segment, while never blanding out the characters for mass consumption.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You know men who devote an absurd amount of time to mocking one another? I do, and I call them ''me and my friends.'' Maybe that's why I so enjoyed this sitcom about a group of thirtysomething pals and their fantasy football league....Or maybe it's just darn funny.
  4. Rubicon doesn't have the glossy panache of Mad Men or the in-your-face confrontations of Breaking Bad, but I think that's a good thing. It establishes Rubicon as its own distinct creation from AMC.
  5. This dark-tinged show is frequently very funny, never more so than when the pals gather for a diner meal, to whine and tease one another. The dialogue has a cutting crispness; the hour zips along, no matter how logy its antiheroes may become.
  6. Based on Luc Besson's 1999 film La Femme Nikita (and mercifully, less cheesy than the 1997-2001 Peta Wilson TV Series), this promising adaptation follows the same premise. [10 Sep 2010, p.83]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Six seasons in, and Sunny continues to be a shining example of how to expertly combine smart political commentary with the basest of humor.
  7. It's a blast to watch Deschanel walk the line between broad comedy and complex emotion with growing scientific precision.
  8. Very few shows can get away with genuine moments of emotion while also incorporating the phrase "dead-baby tacos." [1 Oct 2010, p.72]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He may be tamer in this Life, but he's still sporting rocker charm--and a a bandanna. [22/29 Oct 2010, p.104]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sure, watching a trapeze act slowly take form is fun (really fun, actually), but what's fascinating here is the deeply empathetic storytelling. It turns out what happens outside the ring is the most interesting part of Circus. [5 Nov 2010, p.65]
  9. There's not a nature-show junkie out there who won't be wowed by the stunning footage in this seven-hour miniseries about migratory animals. [5 Nov 2010, p.66]
  10. Every crime--murder, bank robbery, changing lanes without signaling--is a mini-masterpiece of L.A. noir. But the real draw is the cast.
  11. This is one tasty meal.
  12. Giancarlo Esposito's Gus will prove once again that he is the most shockingly unknowable of villains. Yes, Breaking Bad is back, and bent on upending every expectation you bring to it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Maury Povich? Eat your heart out.
  13. Stick with it. Free your eyes to take in the spectacle, and your brain will magically start following the intricate storytelling. And there's a magical realism to Game of Thrones.
  14. Congrats to Bob's Burgers star H. Jon Benjamin, who is now voicing the lead on two of TV's funniest shows. [28 Jan 2011, p.68]
  15. Most TV series feel the need to up the ante in their second season, to prove the first one wasn't a fluke. Justified proceeds with such assurance, however, that it can maintain a cool, witty serenity that only enhances its tough-guy drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tommy Lee Jones masterfully directs Cormac McCarthy's ferocious two-man play.
  16. This wonderful docudrama about its [An American Family] making, chronicles a loss of media innocence. [22/29 Apr 2011, p.92]
  17. Filled with more shoulder pads than an episode of The Golden Girls, the special is actually at its best between songs when Gaga dishes out hilarious asides like "The only thing better than a unicorn is a gay unicorn."
  18. It's incredibly moving to watch him finally become comfortable in his own skin.
  19. Joyful and insidery, the competition wholeheartedly embraces the freaks and geeks who made Glee a phenom to begin with.
  20. Juggling the themes of famine, fame, and family, Torchwood: Miracle Day--conceived by series creator Russell T Davies, with some episodes written by Buffy and Dollhouse vet Jane Espenson--makes a smooth transatlantic shift that will, I hope, broaden this marvelous, tense fantasy franchise's audience.
  21. It's another level of pop culture wizardry to make such storytelling seem so vivid, so vital, and just plain fun.
  22. The new season pops with all the visual energy of the first. [4 May 2012, p.67]
  23. This reality show tracks, with admirable and hilarious straight-facedness, the follicularly oriented infighting that plagues Beard Team USA (a name I will never tire of writing), as well as their attempt to dethrone the presumably more regimented Germans as planet Earth's top whisker warriors.
  24. It's the fall season's most intriguing, tense puzzler.

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