Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,915 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 8.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Robot: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Drawn Together: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1460
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1460
1,460 tv reviews
  1. All this tension turns out to be great for the show's pulse, which had been fluttering last season. In too many of season 7's adventures, Duchovny and Anderson looked as if they'd been asked to go investigate who shot J.R. Ewing; their boredom was showing. ... [This season's first two episodes discover] a new force field of energy.
  2. The continually surprising comedy returns in fantastic form. [31 Jul 2015, p.55]
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  3. It's a very funny show about how hard it is realizing you've become a cliché: the useless husband, the naggy wife, the insufferable couple on the sitcom.
  4. With fewer constraints, the show has more room to breathe, making it feel less rushed and chaotic. [11 Sep 2015, p.56]
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    • 91 Critic Score
    In the second go-round for Seinfeld, the star seems more relaxed and confident, and there's a bracing snap to the byplay between him and his costars.
  5. The jail's real breakout stars remain Lee Tergesen and J.K. Simmons as Tobias Beecher and Vern Schillinger.
  6. It's the fall season's most intriguing, tense puzzler.
  7. This excellent six-part series brings the statesman's [Thomas Cromwell's] shady story to light with wit, empathy, and even surprise. [3 Apr 2015, p.59]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The first of Mad Men’s final seven episodes is as fine as a silky fur, give or take a hilariously hideous period mustache and some too-on-the-nose lines and symbolism.
  8. Keri Russell's title character is one of the few interesting characters on television who's also purely good ... It is one of the great strengths of this series that sap and sentiment are explored with varying degrees of realism, humor, and seriousness that lesser shows shrink from even attempting.
  9. It's a smart show that plays dumb at first, just to get your attention. Masters may not yet be as groundbreaking as the true drama that inspired it. But like Betty, it knows how to fake it until things get real.
  10. It's Quantum Leap meets The Streets of San Francisco--with narry a C, S, or I in sight. [28 Jul 2006, p.56]
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  11. A trite, untrue mental-illness mystery insults the show's high IQ, but doesn't diminish the opener's capture-the-imagination thesis: that a redeemed House can be just as compelling as a rude House.
  12. Cosmos captures the imagination anew by celebrating imagination itself as an essential tool for a deeper, more truthful understanding of life. [7 Mar 2014, p.60]
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  13. While pop-culture touchstones from Dallas to Twin Peaks shrivel up and die, L.A. Law just keeps getting juicier.
  14. Sherman-Palladino writes in such a distinctive 'voice' that denying her the same kind of artistic credit that, say, Aaron Sorkin or David Chase take as their due only hints at the unspoken sexism in the television industry and the press.
  15. With Rescue Me, [Leary] redeems himself by doing what we always suspected he could do: really act.
  16. Thanks to frequent backstabbing, heavy-handed symbolism, and Spacey’s deliciously hammy performance, House of Cards works best as a mordantly funny melodrama.
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    • 91 Critic Score
    Kroll's an incredible small-screen Sybil, and you'd be nuts not to tune in for his last hurrah. [16 Jan 2015, p.69]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Thank you, HBO, for airing Australia's outrageous Office-like, eight-part high school mockumentary, rather than getting a lesser comedian to do an American version.
  17. The continued ooey-gooey goodness of TV's best family drama is particularly satisfying tonight, spotlighting story lines from the underutilized Joel (Sam Jaeger) and the oddly interesting Crosby (Dax Shepard).
  18. It's grim but exhilarating: a portrait of an artist chronicling despair.
  19. Paying close attention to SOA's array of outlaws makes the series an even more richly detailed portrait of self-righteous villainy.
  20. MasterChef Junior exults in the joy of cooking, the joy of childhood, and the joy of treating people decently.
  21. Terrific ... It's often witty and exhilarating, and most of this material isn't kid stuff. ... With all this artistry crammed into a half-hour chunk each week, Liquid Television certainly entertains, but it also does something that MTV isn't exactly famous for: It provokes thought.
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    • 91 Critic Score
    They're at their ridiculous best.
  22. Any fears you had that marriage and a baby would dull the sharp edge of Dexter--I admit it, I was worried--have been thoroughly allayed by season 4's wonderfully swift, witty, and violent start.
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    • 91 Critic Score
    Hipper than Saturday Night Live, cooler than Arsenio Hall, filled with more pop references than The Andy Warhol Diaries, MST is the perfect postmodern comedy.
  23. I was worried the departure of Bethenny (who's living happily Ever After) would cripple these Housewives beyond repair. No need to fret! There's still plenty of delicious drama flowing from the NYC grid thanks to oversexed Sonja, bulging-eyed winemaker Ramona, and blonder 'n' bitchier Alex.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's clever [and] a little dark. [29 Sep 2006, p.72]
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