Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,776 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 Seinfeld: Season 7
Lowest review score: 0 The Pauly D Project: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1350
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1350
1,350 tv reviews
  1. This isn't much different from Season 1--confusion, frustration, bell-bottoms--but it's still a good, uneasy time. [14 Dec 2007, p.62]
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  2. The second season mostly upholds the first's tricky precedent, but the absence of regular Gervais associate Karl Pilkington means the yuks are a bit less hearty.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Do you miss Shane? Stay up nights worrying about Bette and Tina? This reality version of the defunct lesbian drama is just what the homeopathic West Hollywood doctor ordered.
  3. On this sitcom about a basketball-obsessed Boston clan, Laurie Metcalf stands out as matriarch Marjorie.
  4. Turner and Tovey get the best material, while Crichlow mopes a lot. Then again, she's a ghost, so let's cut her some slack.
  5. The show wants to work on two levels: as an action piece and as a drama about the stresses of modern marriage and parenting. If anyone can make the family stuff nongloppy, it's executive producer Greg Berlanti. [1 Oct 2010, p.72]
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  6. By episode 3, Homeland starts connecting. A murder mystery becomes intriguing, key franchise assets (including Mandy Patinkin's Saul) are plugged directly into the main narrative, and a new agent (Michael O'Keefe) provides a welcome spark.
  7. The material's solid, but it won't convince the newbies.
  8. There are moments of low-down fun, and host Vivica A. Fox adds some genial energy. Let's see where this goes.
  9. For a guy like me, The View is a nice cheap thrill — gee, is thiswhat it's like to be at a multigenerational pajama party? And if the whooping enthusiasm of the mostly female studio audience is any measure, it's a party women are also glad to be invited to.
  10. Between its cinematography, setting, and subject matter, Lights doesn't look a whole lot like anything else on television right now.
  11. Journeyman is an enjoyable romp--one that provides the accessibility of a procedural as well as the continuing mystery of "Lost" or "Heroes." [28 Sep 2007, p.94]
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  12. Party of Five is a sort of fantasy-what would it be like to live on your own, without parents barking orders? But it's a fantasy that brings you thudding back to reality: As it turns out, your older brother barks the same orders.
  13. Over the years, DC Comics has told and retold the Superboy tale in a number of different 'origin stories,' and comic-book aficionados will have their quibbles about this new version. For the general viewer, though, Smallville is smart, tart, and tidy.
  14. The Underwoods have no worthy opponents.... Kate Mara's Zoe and her more interesting colleague Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer) are an okay team, but their muckraking efforts are now led by Washington Herald editor Lucas (Sebastian Arcelus), who unfortunately looks like a boy in need of a nap (or a hug).... My money is on rising politico Jacqueline Sharp, played with throbbing edge by Deadwood alum Molly Parker.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Like other snackable television like this, 72 Hours isn’t afraid of delivering everything you want, including not just a few reality competition tropes--but all of them.
  15. Too often, we are prodded into admiration by shots of ordinary folks gazing skyward and the airy yet portentous soundtrack music. ... From the Earth to the Moon is too long, too prolix, too cable to affect an audience the way Apollo 13 did, but its virtues are real. At a time when it's taken for granted that most movies seek to tear down myths and expose seamy undersides, there is something exhilarating about this miniseries' bright-eyed idealism — even when that idealism occasionally leads to stiff drama.
  16. McKenzie is a winning mix of cockiness and righteousness. Even better is Donal Logue as his partner, Harvey Bullock—salty, slovenly, cynical. They're a dynamic dysfunctional duo. And while Jada Pinkett Smith's underworld boss Fish Mooney is tonally wonky, she's a bawdy blast nonetheless. The mystery of the Waynes' killing and the drama of the Penguin's ascendancy seem compelling fodder for season 1.
  17. It's a novel idea: Remove the middleman and let artists interview themselves. [25 Nov 2005, p.96]
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  18. It's funny, but it's not revolutionary.
  19. Dig is paperback pulp: pretentious junk. Gripping, polished, pretentious junk. [6 Mar 2015, p.76]
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  20. Blue ... is in danger of falling into a rut. ... There's still good writing in Blue, but the show needs to shake up its structure and rethink its supporting cast.
  21. An above-average sitcom.
  22. The best TGIF show ever.
  23. Gage is no Jenni...but the premiere still packs in several gems.
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    • 75 Critic Score
    The show makes a few stumbles with Fiona's (Minnie Driver) awkwardness — you'll see her force her son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham), to reenact his birth — but her new role as a doula will tie in nicely with the story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The series is skillfully directed and packed with decades-spanning trivia, but it isn't the immersive expose it could be. [17 Oct 2014, p.62]
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  24. As much fun as the adventure is, the central mystery — what happened in that motel on that May date that created such cosmic blowback — is never truly explained.
  25. Brenda and Bill have enough reluctant chemistry and icky tension to make Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter proud. [18 Jul 2008, p.56]
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  26. Dome is worth lifting the lid. The premise captures the imagination, and the characters are well cast, even if they're mere archetypes out of the gate.

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