Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,981 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Justified: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Justice for Natalee Holloway
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1518
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1518
1518 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. [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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  3. 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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  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Finally, a clever new sitcom. [17 Mar 2006, p.108]
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  11. 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."
  12. 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)
  13. There are enough surreal, self-referential, and/or testicle-related jokes to have me signing up for at least a few more weeks of tutelage. [8 Feb 2013, p.69]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The result finds the actors inhabiting their characters' backstabbing natures as comfortably as their outfits. [19 Jul 2013, p.79]
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  14. Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas probably won't become a classic, but it's a fun break from the usual standards.
  15. Luckily, kooky personalities can still be found in small packages.
  16. It's a little gimmicky, but it works, primarily on the strength of the cast.
  17. CPW is already off to a better start than the slow-to-blossom Melrose Place was; Star and his writers seem energized by the New York locale. The pleasures of CPW are almost entirely camp ones, of course — everyone speaks in stilted, melodramatic sentences, and there are lots of bedroom scenes in which the rippling men always glisten with passion sweat and the slinky women always slide between the sheets wearing spike heels.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The opulent drama is entertaining as hell--Tolstoy himself would surely approve of the truly epic battle sequences. [22 Jan 2016, p.65]
  18. The show strains somewhat to make the Old South meet the New, to force confrontations between the generations. ... With actors this interesting and writing this vivid, however, it's likely that Evening Shade will settle down and become as dependable a piece of entertainment as anything on television.
  19. So far, Martin and Daphne have been good for a few solid laughs per show,but the indispensable costar has proven to be Frasier's brother, Niles, played by David Hyde Pierce.
  20. Since it takes place in the streets instead of in a sterile operating room, Third Watch feels even more adrenaline-charged than ER.
  21. The show is ultimately, and enjoyably, hijacked by Megan Mullally, as a writer of Broadway musicals whose latest work turns out to be a vicious character assassination of our antiheroine.
  22. Fishburne's gravitas helps do the Supreme Court justice...justice.
  23. Breaking Bad mixes desperation and deviousness to yield a volatile, valuable product.
  24. [O'Toole's] Casanova may have lust in his heart, but it's his love for Henriette... that guides his life and makes the tale worth the telling. [6 Oct 2006, p.64]
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