Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,863 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 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Drawn Together: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1422
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1422
1,422 tv reviews
  1. 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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  2. Mistresses still passes the Bechdel Test; its strongest moments are when the women lean on each other. [30 May 2014, p.114]
  3. Larroquette has the most impressive-looking set of any show on the air. ... If The John Larroquette Show lives up to its set — and it shows signs that it might — it'll be one of the best new series of the season.
  4. Devious Patty is still drinking like a fish, while wan Ellen is still seeking her advice (still, Ellen? Really?), and I still will not be able to resist watching every episode I possibly can.
  5. Smash is often enjoyable. [3/10 Feb 2012, p.101]
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  6. High concept, and yet it works, thanks to solid acting.
  7. I never found the character that funny on Family Guy. But tonight's episode of the spin-off is quite a corker, as Cleveland runs over the family dog, with hilarious consequences.
  8. I defy the naysayers who claim Curb is in a rut: Who cares if it's not reinventing itself? It has become one of the most reliably amusing comedies on TV, taking little annoyances, indignities, and offenses, and worrying at them until they bubble into fantastically overblown debacles.
  9. On its lacquered surface, New Jersey is The Sopranos with five variations on Adriana. But dig a bit under these women’s verbal clichés and you glimpse lives that are rooted in an earthier, more clear-eyed view of the world than the other Housewives series.
  10. Sometimes Dr. Katz is a little too early-period Woody Allen — more whines than jokes. But so far, Dr. Katz has proved capable of a brisk originality.
  11. The cases (a baby at risk, a man with lung cancer, an unconscious drunk) are surprisingly moving, the editing only mildly manipulative, and you genuinely feel there's an element of reality to the show, a rare trait indeed for reality TV.
  12. This comic-book show is the smartest, most human hour of programming that Sunday night now has to offer.
  13. You will giggle repeatedly.
  14. 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."
  15. Surviving Jack--based on Justin Halpern's memoir I Suck at Girls--distinguishes itself with a terrific turn by Christopher Meloni as the father and a refreshing treatment of gender roles.
  16. [A] bust doesn't go as planned and sets up what promises to be a nicely complicated season. [13 Jun 2014, p.76]
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  17. So far, that universe is pleasingly treacherous, though not ?wholly formed, a work in progress that's worth seeing through to completion.
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    • 83 Critic Score
    Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are as smirkily charming as ever on the light lawmedy. [22/29 Aug 2014, p.102]
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  18. Blood creator Alan Ball knows how to juggle multiple pretty people and knotty, danger-stuffed story lines for the maximum amount of breathless romance and over-the-top action.
  19. The sly second season of Penny Dreadful finds its drama in characters trying to shake shameful pasts that won’t stop haunting them, and finds rich menace in cunning folk and shape-shifting spirits who make thralls and puppets out of our heroes, robbing them of authenticity and self-determination.
  20. The big plus is the performance of Church, whose smart, smug Ned couldn't be more removed from the dumb mechanic he played on Wings. It's really difficult to turn a smarmy guy into a likable protagonist, but Church pulls it off here; you root for Ned because, in addition to getting all the good punchlines, he's easily the most intelligent, energetic person on screen.
  21. Watching Ellie is smart and likable -- it earns its gimmicky premise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you think catching up on Smash's injury, Lyla and Riggins' new relationship, and Lyla's now-AWOL mom is overwhelming, just think how Tami (Connie Britton) must feel.
  22. Bethenny is a nonstop barrage of acerbic one-liners. What saves her from soulless yammering is her vulnerable side: She adores that baby, and she tears up when Jason's buddies toast her with shots.
  23. The X-Files is the most paranoid, subversive show on TV right now...Filled with florid dialogue (''You've seen things that weren't meant to be seen!'') and not-bad special effects, X-Files is a hoot about hooey.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This intimate biopic of a Kennedy matriarch is quite charming.
  24. Finally, a clever new sitcom. [17 Mar 2006, p.108]
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  25. Some of the gags are predictable ... But Farquhar's series ... are distinctive for the way they aren't so much interested in what's said as in how it's said and what it means.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The moneymen ask informed questions and make shrewd decisions, a welcome relief from Donald Trump's capricious calls on Burnett's "Celebrity Apprentice."
  26. It's got a solid, if not original, premise (a Western with aliens); relatively impressive effects and makeup; and reliably interesting characters such as Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating)

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