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 Profit: 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Where the series could get preachy, it's tempered, and above all, the whole thing's just a lot of fun.
  1. The sheer number of plotlines can be overwhelming, but the images--flowers dropped on the side of the road, a dusty van sliding away--are relentlessly riveting. And the series only gets better from here. [5 Oct 2007, p.66]
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  2. Community's premiere is a focused, confident piece of storytelling about a humbled enterprise and screwed-up people scared straight by the reality of their squandered potential. Subsequent episodes are lighter if spottier than the bittersweet premiere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sure, watching a trapeze act slowly take form is fun (really fun, actually), but what's fascinating here is the deeply empathetic storytelling. It turns out what happens outside the ring is the most interesting part of Circus. [5 Nov 2010, p.65]
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  3. An above-average sitcom.
  4. Though the premiere's ending has been mostly spoiled by the marketing for the new season, every moment watching the hopefuls fight for their dream and navigate the foreign waters of the movie industry--like when the winner demands to shoot the small-budget project on 35mm film--is completely absorbing. [11 Sep 2015, p.56]
  5. All that commotion sets the season on a compelling path, hitting the road with a purpose. This is when Dead is at its best: journeying through postapocalyptic, fun-house-mirror America.
  6. So far, Martin and Daphne have been good for a few solid laughs per show,but the indispensable costar has proven to be Frasier's brother, Niles, played by David Hyde Pierce.
  7. Stick with it. Free your eyes to take in the spectacle, and your brain will magically start following the intricate storytelling. And there's a magical realism to Game of Thrones.
  8. Here's an interesting, uneven, impudent comedy-drama that may well prove to be summer television's most likably eccentric series.
  9. If the result is less rock & roll, both literally and metaphorically, than the director's films about the Band and Bob Dylan, it features an impressive list of interviewees, including Joan Didion and Michael Chabon.
  10. In its portrayal of novice docs under pressure, ER may remind you of St. Elsewhere, but with less of the quirkiness that made Elsewhere both brilliant and annoying.
  11. The Underwoods have no worthy opponents.... Kate Mara's Zoe and her more interesting colleague Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer) are an okay team, but their muckraking efforts are now led by Washington Herald editor Lucas (Sebastian Arcelus), who unfortunately looks like a boy in need of a nap (or a hug).... My money is on rising politico Jacqueline Sharp, played with throbbing edge by Deadwood alum Molly Parker.
  12. Outrageous lewdness and delightful non sequiturs speed by, which makes each episode rewardingly rewatchable.
  13. It's very funny and occasionally quite moving, with a crackerjack cast and provocative insights into the way that race and power and magical chickens function in the penal system.
  14. Orphan Black has much on its mind, and maybe too much going on. But it knows to play to its amazing strengths--most of which are named Maslany.
  15. Just as adept with suspense as slapstick humor, it's both a piss-take of action dramas and a strong action drama in its own right.
  16. Nip/Tuck has reclaimed its sense of humor.
  17. The weakest aspect of Seinfeld is a wacky next-door neighbor played by Michael Richards. Richards is doing little more than an impersonation of Christopher Lloyd's Jim on Taxi, and he ought to cut it out.
  18. '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.
  19. True Blood is, if anything, faster, sleeker, more vicious, more fun that it already was. Yum-yum.
  20. Like a James Brown show, the result is both generously proportioned and extremely tight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The reliably hilarious supporting cast of family members and friends--quirky without being cartoonish--makes a creaky zit subplot forgivable.
  21. This peter Berg-produced show is filmed in a low-key style that makes Roach's life seem all the more dramatic. [27 Jan 2012, p.68]
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  22. 24's best seasons have always hinged on a central, tantalizing character... This year could finally be Jack's turn to fascinate.... Otherwise, this round of mayhem has little to differentiate itself. [19 Jan 2007, p.67]
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  23. At its strongest, it freshens those themes without melodrama, opting instead for slow-boil tension. The challenge for this artful series is whether that boiling point is too slow for viewers raised on WWE Raw and mixed martial arts.
  24. It's grim but exhilarating: a portrait of an artist chronicling despair.
  25. It's loose and rambling; its dramatic climaxes don't coincide neatly with the conclusion of any given episode. Its dialogue, overseen by creator David Simon ... is so good it often sounds improvised. One criticism of the show I've read is that it's repetitive (in showing the slow process of how the police bring down bad guys). But what those critics don't get is that those qualities are exactly what make 'The Wire' the funkiest cop show on TV.
  26. Smash is often enjoyable. [3/10 Feb 2012, p.101]
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  27. This handsomely produced experimental series ought to please flexible fans. [30 Mar 2007, p.62]
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