Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,766 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 7.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Justice for Natalee Holloway
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1341
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1341
1,341 tv reviews
  1. A megawatt start to a show crackling with megaton ambition.
  2. The first season of Real World had a lot of momentum just because of its sheer novelty. The second season began to drag because the El Lay crew proved generally to be self-absorbed bores. But the current Real World benefits enormously from two ticking time bombs: Puck's outrageously boorish behavior, which is destined to set off explosive fights with his roommates; and, more profoundly, Pedro's HIV-positive status, which adds another layer of self-consciousness to this TV project.
  3. [Strong and Daniels} oversee the pilot with an unfussy style and attentiveness to nuanced characterizations. I hope they have enough imagination to nurture an ongoing series without pulling punches ... or going soap opera cray-cray.
  4. It's as fine a crime show as any that television has produced.
  5. The ceaseless ways in which Milch and Nunn challenge our expectations about how families, friends, and strangers are meant to convey their fealty to each other, along with some fine hard-boiled dialogue and fisticuffs, suggest great continuing pleasures.
  6. As in Office Space, the heart of the show is watching Richard and his friends struggle to make sense of themselves and their purpose. They're good, weird guys you want to hang out with.
  7. The show is fortunate to have stars willing to portray modest characters, as George Clooney and Julianna Margulies do; the low-key yet passionate romance between his Ross and her Hathaway has been the series' vital heartbeat.
  8. [Ryan Murphy's] sharp take on a woman's role is both funny and mordantly serious.
  9. Girls is already one of the most "New York" shows on television, with its brilliant skewering of aspiring, overentitled creative-class types like Lena Dunham's Hannah.... This season also has astute things to say about the heartbreak, and the relief, of getting older and reexamining your dreams.
  10. Everyone's looking for love in a way that's so vulnerable, it feels authentic even if you've never been anywhere near the Castro.
  11. For such a determinedly lightweight show, there's something solid, even indomitable, about Friends; to paraphrase that insufferable song, it's there for us.
  12. Here is a show in which the supporting cast has taken over. ... [But] for a show without a center, Cheers is still awfully funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He may be tamer in this Life, but he's still sporting rocker charm--and a a bandanna. [22/29 Oct 2010, p.104]
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  13. Broadchurch is a gripping portrait of small-town paranoia.
  14. I find myself thinking, Oh, if only these Felicity kids could all go on to grad school together. They are the ensemble you never want to see break up.
  15. 'Scrubs' is a TV rarity: a new sitcom with an original look and point of view, and the merciful absence of a familiar star attempting a comeback.
  16. Those unfamiliar with the film may find some scenes--like when the actors break character to tell their real-life stories--a bit jarring. [7 Apr 2006, p.54]
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  17. The sequel ditches the '70s for the '80s--but the original's hard-boiled plots, retro-pop score, and scene-stealing politically incorrect Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) remain.
  18. All told, it's a fantastic collection of talent that keeps the show moving, even when the case-of-the-week is something of a clunker.
  19. Our greatest pleasure lies in anticipation of what is to come this season.
  20. Rubicon doesn't have the glossy panache of Mad Men or the in-your-face confrontations of Breaking Bad, but I think that's a good thing. It establishes Rubicon as its own distinct creation from AMC.
  21. At one point, before a press conference, Dern morphs her face from that of a human being into Harris' crazy-cuckoo public mask, and the moment is absolutely chilling. Fair? Debatable, but like Recount, it's a gorgeous bit of political theater.
  22. [The first episodes are] four of 24's best hours to date. [20 Jan 2006, p.59]
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  23. I suspect Luck will need its own kind of good fortune to persuade HBO Subscribers to get on its wavelength--to go with the undulating rhythm of its storytelling. But it's worth the effort. [3/10 Feb 2012, p.104]
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  24. In its pilot episode, Chicago Hope looked smart but trite — Trapper John, M.D. with book-learnin'. ... [But David E.] Kelley's writing in [the second] episode is worth any number of Picket Fences.
  25. At its best, Friends operates like a first-rate Broadway farce, complete with slamming doors, twisty plots, and intricately strung together jokes. And even when it's not at its best, the crack acting and piquant punchlines give Friends a momentum and charm that win you over even if you're not laughing.
  26. A mighty sitcom bursting with juicy ideas and energy.
  27. If it weren't for the commercials and basic-cable cutaways from some violence, you'd swear you were watching a classic Western. [23 Jun 2006, p.66]
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  28. Very few shows can get away with genuine moments of emotion while also incorporating the phrase "dead-baby tacos." [1 Oct 2010, p.72]
  29. You'll alternate between cooing at 6-year-old pageant queen Honey, gawking at her self-described "redneck" family and pet pig, laughing so hard you cry, and feeling deep shame for not turning it off.

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