Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 2,323 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 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 I'll Fly Away: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Justice for Natalee Holloway
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1784
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1784
1784 tv reviews
  1. The throbbing red heart of The Vampire Diaries remains the tension between Damon and Paul Wesley's Stefan, and their mutual attraction to whomever Dobrev is embodying at the time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The automobile-enthusiast program may lack the British wit of the original series, but it's beautifully shot, just as silly, and nearly as much fun. [26 Nov 2010, p.68]
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  2. The show can feel disorienting--a mix of reality competition and infomercial targeted at millionaires--but hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond have an infectious geek-patrician enthusiasm.
  3. Much of Taboo's fun derives from watching Hardy's charisma explode onto a small-screen costume drama. His Delaney is infused with bull-in-a-china-shop paranoia; he looks trapped, and the only way out is to chew all the gorgeous scenery. [13 Jan 2017, p.54]
  4. Like last season, the plots are thick and quick-flying. (Also like last season, the abstruseness can sometimes feel showy.)
  5. After artistic duds like the TV version of "Crash," Starz may have found its destination series in Spartacus. This might prove to be the not-at-all-guilty pleasure of the season.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rapid-fire zingers help ease the bumps of awkward sitcom patter, which will no doubt even out as the ladies find their rhythm.
  6. The winsome, witty season 7 premiere proved anew that that unlike Eli, it doesn’t resent the challenge of proving itself; it thrives on it. Yes, the show is repeating itself. Once again with an election. Once again with launching a new practice. Once again with the Alicia/Peter happy marriage fakery. Yet there’s meaning in those narratives and repeating those narratives.
  7. Shooter's full of sharp cat-and-mouse intrigue and whiplash double crosses as Swagger's tapped by his former commanding officer (Omar Epps) to stop a sniper from assassinating POTUS. [22/29 Jul 2016, p.98]
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  8. Twin comics Randy and Jason Sklar make statistics as entertaining as possible.
  9. Trump, with his perpetual scowl, petulantly thrust lower lip, and hoarse tirades ('I hate people to be late!'), is a surprisingly engaging -- and engaged -- host, managing to look genuinely puzzled by the contestants' bunglings, and airily refusing to remain neutral.
  10. What follows isn't just a satire of the ESPN lifestyle but a smart, savvy depiction of the camaraderie people of color sometimes develop when they find themselves in lily-white environs. [21/28 Aug 2015, p.95]
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  11. Not even a guilty pleasure, Black Sails is arrrrrr-estingly good. [24 Jan 2014, p.65]
  12. The series still shines thanks to a terrific Mixon and her sharp-elbowed jabs at 21st-century Stepford life, a realm dominated by Fitbit-wearing, yogo-pantsed power parents. [Oct 14, 2016, p.51]
  13. Nip/Tuck has reclaimed its sense of humor.
  14. The X-Files' fourth season ... has been very uneven, with a few superb episodes propping up weak ones. ... Let's move the mythology along, shall we?
  15. The drama's strange coincidences and unlikely twists are boundless. But The Riches is like a skillful shell game: Even when you know you're being played, the dizzying machinations are irresistible.
  16. Macy, Rossum & Co. have never been more explosively entertaining, while this year's hilarious story setups are deviously par for the course on TV's most insane, debaucherous dose of weekly WTF. [24 Jan 2014, p.65]
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  17. Ritter and Post are skilled, likable actors, but neither of them radiates heat. What I liked best about the premiere, in fact, had nothing to do with romance: It was the opening scenes between John and his young children, Ben (Justin Burnette) and Elliot (Clark Duke)—funny, affectionate moments that carry the ring of complicated truth: family values redeemed.
  18. Geek out over Anakin Skywalker's underwater lightsaber action and a young, pre-admiral Ackbar ordering a retreat...but groan anew when Jar Jar Binks shows up to glug and mug.
  19. Compelling documentary.... Director Irene Taylor Brodsky utilizes police interrogation footage and interviews with the pair's families to craft not a tale about imaginary monsters, but about the far more terrifying subject of real-life mental-health issues. [27 Jan 2017, p.54]
  20. All that commotion sets the season on a compelling path, hitting the road with a purpose. This is when Dead is at its best: journeying through postapocalyptic, fun-house-mirror America.
  21. The gorgeous art direction make this great fun, and Rhys Meyers plays his part with such blood-slurping, mouth-wiping gusto that even a dentist could love him. [25 Oct/1 Nov 2013, p.94]
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  22. I'd rather just watch Grammer and Heaton trade barbs in the newsroom. [21 Sep 2007, p.71]
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  23. Trial & Error has the kind of good bones and fool-proof premise that could make for a great, long-running sitcom (the plan is to debut a new crime every season). The performances are mostly wonderful--you won’t find me bad-mouthing Lithgow--and the already-tiring true-crime genre was due for a good zinging. It got one.
  24. Stylized, soapy, silly, it's one of the most interesting shows this fall. [12 Oct 2007, p.64]
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  25. The mystery isn't as gripping as it could be, but the acting is stellar and the show is worth watching for the ice-cool atmospherics alone. [30 Jan/6 Feb 2015, p.121]
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  26. What gives this film grit are the visual displays of her work ethic and her fierce determination to "bring R&B music back" to the center of current pop music, to "forget being cool" and reveal naked passion. [15 Feb 2013, p.60]
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  27. The most believable character--and the real reason to check in to Bates Motel--is undoubtedly Farmiga's Norma.
  28. Even if it soon crashes and burns, this pilot for Flying Blind is easily one of the best debut shows of the year.

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