Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,613 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 Friends: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Ghost Shark: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1216
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1216
1,216 tv reviews
  1. With Bauer's audience-alienating daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), sent packing, the snazzy new cast members should keep the series moving at a nice clip.
  2. Let's just say that after the two-night, four-hour season premiere, Jack will have threatened to jab a Bic pen into a bad guy's eardrum, and you'll feel the warm glow of sadistic glee that signals a jolly good start for vintage 24 mayhem.
  3. Fascinating, frustrating, and a little frightening.
  4. Anyone who has worked in an office can identify with the tribalists' permanent state of exhaustion and paranoid mistrust, so Survivor's chief goal in the upcoming weeks is to make distinctive some of the initially rather bland-seeming participants.
  5. Watching Ellie is smart and likable -- it earns its gimmicky premise.
  6. 'Firefly' benefits enormously from Whedon's ability to take the clichés of any genre and give them a good, hard yank.
  7. As uneven as it is, the series is now showcasing some of the best acting on television.
  8. Director John Gulager ... is easily the most intriguing personality in PG history.
  9. Idol is a shamefully addictive cross between Ed McMahon's old "Star Search" and Chuck Barris' hoary, whore-y "The $1.98 Beauty Show."
  10. 'Model' has been tops in quality among the summer's post-'American Idol' talent shows because it requires no actual talent.
  11. Luckily, kooky personalities can still be found in small packages.
  12. 'Deadwood' creates from the git-go a villain for the ages in Al Swearengen. McShane's slicingly deep voice is like a bowie knife stuck in the series' heart, but instead of stopping its action, he brings the show to pumping, bloody life.
  13. Like last season, the plots are thick and quick-flying. (Also like last season, the abstruseness can sometimes feel showy.)
  14. Lilly's first cold case is so TV predictable, there's no way to watch it other than as just an excuse to showcase Kathryn Morris -- to establish her as an indelible presence we'll want to return to every Sunday night.
  15. Nip/Tuck has reclaimed its sense of humor.
  16. It's nice to see that after five seasons, Nip/Tuck's wit is still scalpel sharp.
  17. Sometimes it takes a little while for a show to hit its stride, and watching Las Vegas for the first half of its first season was a crapshoot. ... So the series pumped up the guest-star quotient. That's when the fun began, around the turn of this year, when people as diverse as Paris Hilton, Sean Astin, Dennis Hopper, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath began showing up.
  18. Oka is pure delight as a wage slave who's broken the space-time continuum, and... Grunberg shines as a telepathic cop. [29 Sep 2006, p.71]
  19. Trump, with his perpetual scowl, petulantly thrust lower lip, and hoarse tirades ('I hate people to be late!'), is a surprisingly engaging -- and engaged -- host, managing to look genuinely puzzled by the contestants' bunglings, and airily refusing to remain neutral.
  20. The good news for fans — and neophytes — is that the new sitcom is clever and insular, capturing all the drudgery, awkwardness, and rivalry of cubicle living. ... Ultimately, though, The Office lacks the aching subtlety of the BBC version.
  21. Between Laurie's more-great-than-good doctor and cases that encompass everything from bad ham to complete body meltdown, House preys on all that's wrong (and some of what's right) with modern medicine.
  22. Elegantly filmed, Medium is quite eerie when it stays within the chilly purview of its star.
  23. The resolution with the ghost is plenty satisfying, but ultimately Medium's strength is that it's not about the ghosts.
  24. The casting is so good and the production design so sophisticated that the series' pull toward baroque psychosexual doings is, so far, pleasurable. [7 Apr 2006, p.51]
  25. Big Love has dropped the last vestiges of its ostentatious quirkiness and fashioned itself into a rich and grounded family drama. [22 Jun 2007, p.62]
  26. Braugher [has] never been better... rarely has a character hopped onto the screen feeling so completely real. [31 Mar 2006, p.51]
  27. The opening of Weeds makes me want to scream. ... That said, Weeds is a dozen times more creative than its opening credits.
  28. [It] sometimes tries a bit too hard. Mellow out, dudes--we're addicted already. [18 Aug 2006, p.128]
  29. Finally, a clever new sitcom. [17 Mar 2006, p.108]
  30. Three major characters are killed tonight within the first hour of a pretty stellar premiere.

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