Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 2,239 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 21% 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: 73
Highest review score: 100 Six by Sondheim
Lowest review score: 0 Drawn Together: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1716
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1716
1716 tv reviews
  1. When the series premiered in July, 'Reno' looked like a one- or two-joke stunt, a smartly sustained 'Saturday Night Live' sketch. ... As this series has evolved, its format has proven remarkably expansive and emotionally rich, using parodic elements to explore these characters and place them precisely in a social environment.
  2. Mercifully, it seems as if tonight's episode will plant the seeds for a rebirth.
  3. The Pitch is an absorbing look at the frustrations and satisfactions of the creative process. [4 May 2012, p.65]
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  4. Goddard, DeKnight, and D’Onofrio are gone, and so is the spark. Season 2--overseen by exec producers Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who both wrote on season 1--is a straight-up disappointment.
  5. There's plenty to enjoy in this period drama. [28 Sep 2012, p.64]
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  6. The drama's strange coincidences and unlikely twists are boundless. But The Riches is like a skillful shell game: Even when you know you're being played, the dizzying machinations are irresistible.
  7. This absurd sequel to 1990's presumed Innocent is about as gripping as a week of jury duty.
  8. 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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  9. The show is so possessed by cultural influences that it struggles for original identity, but that's the conflict and rebellion of every character. A pastiche that's earnest and subversive, Riverdale wants it all ways, and mostly succeeds. [27 Jan 2017, p.50]
  10. [While the] two-hour premiere suffers from the tempo flaw that marred the show, the pace does quicken with the introduction of the American Judas, Benedict Arnold. [17/24 Apr 2015, p.104]
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  11. Based on Luc Besson's 1999 film La Femme Nikita (and mercifully, less cheesy than the 1997-2001 Peta Wilson TV Series), this promising adaptation follows the same premise. [10 Sep 2010, p.83]
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  12. Oyelowo now gives us an inverse performance [from his performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma], mesmerizing in its small, sad details and sense of anti-charisma. [29 May/5 Jun 2015, p.98]
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  13. With its paranormal occurrences, ever-autumn aesthetic, extraneous flashlight use at crime scenes, odd bursts of humor, and constant friction between faith and doubt, Fox's new sci-fi serial Fringe just might be a worthy successor--finally--to "The X-Files."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This drama from Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore about quarreling astronauts on a 10-year mission boasts an interesting cast (including Clea DuVall) and an Alien-invoking vibe (if no aliens).
  14. This superhero spoof's odd humor manages to distract from the shudders... but just barely. [6 Oct 2006, p.63]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The first episode is as thrilling as it is hilarious. [9 Jan 2015, p.74]
  15. The lack of polish makes Vice all the more riveting. [5 Apr 2013, p.63]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Top Chef, meanwhile, is now pure comfort food.
  16. As a mystery, it's still compelling. but not quite as deep. [13 Mar 2015, p.64]
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  17. All the court intrigue ends up somewhat more confusing than intriguing.
  18. 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.
  19. The laughs-per-minute rate is high, though, so the worst you can say about Great News is it's merely pretty good. [28 Apr/5 May 2017, p.99]
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  20. The dialogue in this show is banal, but for some reason utterly charming whenever it's coming out of the mouth of costar Amanda Pays.
  21. I Am Cait is a surprisingly thoughtful series, especially for a Keeping Up With the Kardashians by-product.
  22. Gabrielle Union is by far the best thing about this single-lady-in-search-of-a-life drama.... Alas, the sluggish pacing and ridiculous dialogue send the show down the drain. [31 Jan/7 Feb 2014, p.96]
  23. Somehow, last night, the nice-guy role served him well with his first guests, Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks. He kicked back with them on the couch instead of conducting a formal interview from behind a desk, which made the conversation feel less stilted.... He will have to develop his own voice if he wants to compete.
  24. Overall, it’s a whole lot of premise-setting and foundation-building, but there’s enough here to be optimistic that this will be one more tick in the Good column of movie/TV synergy.
  25. In heart-tugging fashion, writer Richard Curtis and director Phillip Noyce frame the duo's attempts to raise awareness about this preventable disease [malaria].
  26. There's no doubt that Linney is radiant in her role. She carries The Big C past many of its implausibilities and irritations.
  27. Their [Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates] scenes together vibrate with awkward energy and pent-up rage, even in seemingly simpler moments, like an afternoon driving lesson--what could possibly go wrong?!--and an audition for a local musical. The scenes without them, though, can be serial momentum killers.

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