Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,659 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 21% 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 Murphy Brown: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Ghost Shark: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1253
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1253
1,253 tv reviews
  1. The main problem here is that Carter was Cash's emotional rock, which is a great thing to have in your life but a bland thing to have as the peg for a film. [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.127]
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  2. If you're the type of person who loves when a duckcall patriarch licks a hook under the guise of fishing technique, this is your show.
  3. The expected jokes about Botox, nose jobs, and Alley's weight abound and are executed with old-school shticky competence, like a middling '90s sitcom that never was. [6 Dec 2013, p.74]
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  4. The pilot is less than the sum of its creative parts. [17 Jan 2014, p.61]
  5. The show veers precariously between low-budget and lazy, and the sketches are hit-or-miss. Still, Jacobson and Glazer make an appealing odd couple. [24 Jan 2014, p.64]
  6. Growing Up Fisher is at once overdetermined and undercooked.
  7. There's some interesting cheek to the pilot, particularly the villain, but rote directing and too-serious acting muffle the fun. [14 Mar 2014]
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  8. The exposition-packed pilot at times resembles Rob Corddry's medical spoof Childrens Hospital. [18/25 Apr 2014, p.102]
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  9. The story is sweaty with provocative, post--al-Qaeda, post-Snowden security anxieties--drone warfare, abused surveillance, and secrecy--but the treatment so far is superficial and sensationalistic.
  10. Clunky dialogue, clichéd relationships, and an escapist action-flick aesthetic combine to subvert the ambition for gritty realism. It requires stronger vision and voice, as well as more distance; it can't decide whether to be likable or prickly.
  11. Beyond him [Big Jim (Dean Norris)], Dome remains bland and opaque, running on lo-fi sci-fi. [4 Jul 2014, p.58]
  12. It's a brazenly cloned Children of Men, raised dull. [18 Jul 2014, p.61]
  13. The issue here, in as much as there’s an issue here, isn’t that the jokes aren’t funny--it’s that they’re kinda lazy, especially coming from a group this capable.... The series is amusing enough to qualify as a good summer diversion--if not exactly must-see TV.
  14. The Partners are well matched, but they deserve better material.
  15. Picket Fences clearly aims to be a kinder, gentler [Twin] Peaks, but the goosey, paradoxical mood for which it strives — heartwarming creepiness — is, at this point, more of a turnoff than a turn-on.
  16. It might help if the South Park kids had personalities, but they're as one-dimensional as the show's cut-and-paste animation.
  17. Despite its wish to be incendiary, Boondocks seems hesitant. [11 Nov 2005, p.60]
  18. Unscripted is a puzzling show — and not in a good way. ... Having actors play overripe versions of themselves can create great balloon bursts of comedy — David Duchovny on The Larry Sanders Show comes to mind. But Unscripted feels like a very subtle mockumentary... so subtle it's devoid of laughs or insight.
  19. It hardly enlightens, and it never feels urgent. It feels like a decent cop drama pretending to be something more important.
  20. It's funny, I was just saying how there aren't enough procedural forensic/police dramas on TV these days. [24 Mar 2006, p.64]
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  21. The constant moral back-patting leaves me feeling, well, limp. [30 Sep 2005, p.87]
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  22. The indignities suffered by Valerie are cringy but not very funny — the show strives for the precision awkwardness of The Office but settles for general peevishness.
  23. [A] House wannabe.
  24. It's probably too much to ask costars Matthew Modine and Broadway royalty Audra McDonald to inject some depth, but we're pleading anyway. [31 Mar 2006, p.57]
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  25. The series is especially disappointing considering it's one of the most pedigreed of the year. [7 Oct 2005, p.65]
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  26. Emily comes off as a regressed teenager. [13 Jan 2006, p.70]
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  27. It is smug enough to think it's breaking ground, but not smart enough to know it isn't.
  28. Free Ride can't milk any fresh laughs from this fish-back-in-water tale. [3 Mar 2006, p.96]
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  29. For a show that's supposed to be all loosey-goosey, too many of S&D's visual and aural cues are rigidly staged. [10 Mar 2006, p.53]
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  30. SWC lacks the charm of the original (Dancing With The Stars). [20 Jan 2006, p.65]
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