Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 2,212 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Justice for Natalee Holloway
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1693
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1693
1693 tv reviews
  1. If the joke is that these guys are deluded hacks, what makes the joke work is that Black (Mars Attacks!) and Gass (The Cable Guy) commit to their material with the demented vigor of true artistes, and they also write and perform really terrific 'bad' songs.
  2. A must-see for fans of Broadway's favorite redheaded orphan.
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    • 91 Critic Score
    What makes Younger continue to work is the fact that Liza's daughter, job, and friends still (appropriately) take priority, It's that truth--as well as help from Liza's zany associates--that keeps the series grounded in its fun reality. [30 Sep 2016, p.53]
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  3. This dark-tinged show is frequently very funny, never more so than when the pals gather for a diner meal, to whine and tease one another. The dialogue has a cutting crispness; the hour zips along, no matter how logy its antiheroes may become.
  4. The premiere jumps the series from 1960 to 1962, but it plays coy with most of last season's cliff-hangers, including the whereabouts of Peggy's son with married exec Pete Campbell (played with oily brilliance by Vincent Kartheiser). It's quite a tease, but the debut proves Mad Men is as smart as ever
  5. Jennifer Saunders' Edina and Joanna Lumley's Patsy are as deliciously delusional as ever in the Britcom's 20th-anniversary special.
  6. The result is thirtysomething crossed with The Waltons — and I mean that as a compliment.
  7. Juggling the themes of famine, fame, and family, Torchwood: Miracle Day--conceived by series creator Russell T Davies, with some episodes written by Buffy and Dollhouse vet Jane Espenson--makes a smooth transatlantic shift that will, I hope, broaden this marvelous, tense fantasy franchise's audience.
  8. The first two episodes contain strong subplots about staff downsizing and rolled-back pensions, indicators that Ted is doing a better job of folding real-life resonances into its silliness.
  9. It's not just a gripping family story--it's an important one for all families to watch. [12 Jun 2015, p.70]
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  10. It’s a smart twist that Maura, the Pfefferman who’s changed the most on the outside, is the only one who’s certain about who she is on the inside. The kids are still figuring that out.... But not everything here feels as natural as the relationships.
  11. Wise steals this, show, and his costars aren't easy prey. What's more, the dynamic is quite clever. [28 Sep 2007, p.94]
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  12. The Practice remains engrossing because it focuses on the theme that has most interested its creator since he quit being a lawyer to begin writing L.A. Law episodes: ethics.
  13. Nothing is perfect, but the wise whimsy of The Good Place comes close.
  14. Mirren's Elzabeth is emotional... But with that comes soemthing as rare on TV as it is rewarding--a love affair involving people over the age of 50. [21 Apr 2006, p.67]
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  15. The show deftly balances atomic-age intrigue with unfailingly bright banter between the witty, resourceful Carter and her platonic partner in crime, Edwin Jarvis. [22 Jan 2016, p.65]
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  16. Even though you come away with no new insight into the case, the fine performances by Lowe,Revolution's Elizabeth Mitchell (as another prosecutor), and The Office's Oscar Nuñez (as Anthony's lawyer) make this TV movie far more compelling than you'd expect.
  17. Lisa Kudrow is hilarious as online shrink Fiona Wallice, but her true talent is making those around her even funnier.
  18. Dorrit is a gripping whodunit, a grand romance, and a timely rags-to-riches-and-back-again tale of financial corruption.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Maury Povich? Eat your heart out.
  19. You wish The 100 had budget, time and talent to produce grander verisimilitude. Still, the vision shines through, and the cast works hard to serve increasingly complex characters and relationships.
  20. The new Justified is so tightly plotted that it finds room for all these characters, as well as episodes shinning a spotlight on the series sterling supporting players. [27 Jan 2012, p.63]
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  21. A riveting existential mystery. [22 Jan 2016, p.66]
  22. This isn't your little sister's Felicity — it's a crackling comedy-drama, a caffeinated soap, and Russell is just one now-sleekly shorn member of a vivid, quick-witted ensemble.
  23. Their cautionary tales never become dreary, thanks to artful, funny writing that examines the absurdities of Hollywood life with a wry frankness.
  24. Unlike The X-Files, Fringe has a sense of humor that cuts through its gloom. Credit Jackson for his raised-eyebrow dubiousness whenever things threaten to turn absurdly weird, and Noble for making his brilliant acid casualty a poignant, eager-to-please man, constantly sifting through his prodigious brain to locate the truth from fragmented memories.
  25. A clever fable of heroic renewal, The Night Manager gives us a redemptive journey into a heart of darkness and a portrait of a genre mired in shadow pining for daylight.
  26. What followed was one of the most confident premieres in this suddenly never-ending phase of late-night debuts.... Full Frontal already feels like an essential voice in this political year.
  27. If you think Fringe has forgotten anything in its history/mythology, you underestimate these wily master producers.
  28. He's got a briefcase, a superhot mom, and three new buddies in social purgatory. Definite cult-show potential.
  29. 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.
  30. This wonderful docudrama about its [An American Family] making, chronicles a loss of media innocence. [22/29 Apr 2011, p.92]
  31. People call Black Mirror the 21st century's Twilight Zone. That's certainly high praise, but the show ultra-eerie third season lives up to that promise. [21/28 Oct 2016, p.95]
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  32. Now in its third season, Hannibal remains the most engrossing (and gross) serial-killer drama on television, and the most beautiful. Here, the acid never stops kicking in.
  33. Just trust me, this show is super-funny.
  34. There's not a nature-show junkie out there who won't be wowed by the stunning footage in this seven-hour miniseries about migratory animals. [5 Nov 2010, p.66]
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  35. It’s a powerful expression of his [Aziz Ansari's] perspective and range--and one of 2015’s best shows.
  36. Mercy Street sets up a story that's slow-moving but stirring, with rich depiction of the social and cultural shifts taking place across the nation. [8/15 Jan 2016, p.99]
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  37. There are times when you wish the jokes in this series were a little funnier, but right now its unique situations — there's comedy gold being mined from Malcolm's gifted-child class of awkward brainiacs — make it distinctive.
  38. Congrats to Bob's Burgers star H. Jon Benjamin, who is now voicing the lead on two of TV's funniest shows. [28 Jan 2011, p.68]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of many delights about the pilot for Crazy Ex Girlfriend is that it resonates with her [Rachel Bloom's] distinctive voice.
  39. An electroshock of striking originality, Legion seizes your imagination by blowing your mind and captures the high anxiety of reality-blur America. [Feb 3/10 2017, p.96]
  40. The British import--which wraps its third season under writer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) on May 18--remains a riot of witty weirdness.
  41. Gritty-smart horror that nicely complements BBC America's sci-fi sensation Orphan Black. [9 May 2014, p.57]
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  42. “We need a chance to fail,” says Earn, bemoaning a one-chance (or no-chance), perfection-or-bust culture. Atlanta--a triumph of risk taking by its network and creator--moves you with this truth and others.
  43. As the title suggests, the wit and heart of the show are available to all.
  44. Knottily mystifying.
  45. The series occasionally displays the sweat stains of overexertion in the first few episodes... But once the intricate, greasy machinery of the policial/personal gets cranking in Brotherhood, there's no stopping the Caffee clan. [21 Jul 2006, p.59]
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  46. Smart, fast, and confident, Moesha sets a new standard for kid-friendly family entertainment.
  47. Well, after watching the first three episodes of the new season, I’m here to tell you that it’s still true [it's one of the finest experiences on television].
  48. Plenty of automotive and beachside real estate escapism, but underneath lurks a funny, fast-moving skewering of the same types of headline-grabbing controversies Roger Goodell would like you to forget. [19 Jun 2015, p.58]
  49. The final moments [of the premiere episode] set up a new mystery that could propel Shonda Rhimes' Sodom-on-the-Potomac creation through the rest of the fall. [4 Oct 2013, p.59]
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  50. This sly Britcom is like a C-SPAN spin-off of... The Office. [12 May 2006, p.75]
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  51. Rock manages to layer in quieter scenes between Baldwin and Jack McBrayer's Kenneth the Page that remind you of an iron law of feather-light farce: No matter how crazy the characters seem to us, they have to relate to each other as though they're making perfect sense.
  52. The tremendously exciting second-season premiere — the first of six new episodes — plunges us into numerous L.A.-cop story lines, the best of which finds Regina King's Lydia dealing with a cocky new partner
  53. Danny McBride's Kenny Powers is back for a wild third season.
  54. What makes it just plain good is the escapist fun of a romance told uncommonly well.
  55. Idol is a shamefully addictive cross between Ed McMahon's old "Star Search" and Chuck Barris' hoary, whore-y "The $1.98 Beauty Show."
  56. If this third edition of 'BB' isn't as outlandishly amusing as its predecessor ... it's certainly had its moments.
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    • 83 Critic Score
    This documentary provides fascinating insight into Philadelphia's inclusive music community.
  57. [When] all four of the weirdo personalities arrive in the last few minutes, fully energized and ready to help her navigate her dark ride through academia. It's clear then and there it's gonna be a wonderful season.
  58. With its debonair, jump-cut editing, Breaking In is a vigorously original, joke-packed bit of fun that could develop into something special. I'm serious, my Wookiee.
  59. With a season-long focus on a single case, the story has plenty of breathing room, and the San Francisco setting feels particularly natural. As unnecessary things go, Murder is exquisite. [13 Jun 2014, p.75]
  60. With Falco front and center, you don't really care if Nurse Jackie gets silly, as with the patient whose cat attacked his scrotum.
  61. It all makes for lots of great soapy intrigue, and Byrne makes you believe he can solve everyone's problems. Except his own.
  62. The fun and challenge of The Detour is how it seems to be going for comedy in every direction, from delicate character comedy to sight gags to gross-out humor to full-fledged farce.
  63. The first two episodes of the third season are strong continuations of last season's revved-up pace and who-cares-if-they-get-the-Manhattan-references-in-the-boonies dialogue.
  64. We can confirm that it boasts a string of crackerjack performances from the likes of Stephen Rea as a hangdog spy, Janet McTeer as his spook boss, Lubna Azabal as the housekeeper of Nessa's brother (Andrew Buchan), and Gyllenhaal herself. [25 Jul/1 Aug 2014, p.105]
  65. As usual, the improvised feel of the show adds to its energy.
  66. 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.
  67. Imagine Borat's vibe with Summer Heights High's spirit--definitely worth a peek, if that's your cup of tea. [20 Jun 2014, p.60]
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  68. As sweet as treacle tart, the third season of Downton Abbey arrives reasonably fresh and warm. [11 Jan 2013, p.74]
  69. 'Firefly' benefits enormously from Whedon's ability to take the clichés of any genre and give them a good, hard yank.
  70. There's a pleasing integrity in how P&T expose the other hopefuls without spoiling the abracadabra. [25 Jul/1 Aug 2014, p.108]
  71. The result is formulaic but fun. [25 Jul/1 Aug 2014, p.105]
  72. Fascinating, frustrating, and a little frightening.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    After a riveting pilot, this third episode is more of a run-of-the-mill procedural, but thanks to the charismatic Tom Cruise-y Barrowman, this Captain Jack will get you bi tonight. [21 Sep 2007, p.76]
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  73. It’s a relief to find that Fresh Off the Boat is not only genuinely funny and surprisingly broad but also a little bit subversive.
  74. She navigates the sharky waters of high school, friends, mean cheerleaders, and cute boys with a snarky voice-over that makes her--and Awkward.--easy to fall in love with.
  75. Holmes is terrific as the show's emotional core, a walking wound upon whom the universe dumps a daily portion of salt. Crashing is happy to wear its heart on its sleeve--or on the big goofy face of its leading men. [17 Feb 2017, p.54]
  76. There's plenty to enjoy in this period drama. [28 Sep 2012, p.64]
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  77. 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]
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  78. The movie goes on a bit too long, but it makes up for it with finely tuned performances.
  79. Despite all the repetition and longueurs, this Downton Abbey frequently works, as the first one did, as a peppery little trifle.
  80. Really, my only significant complaint about the new '24' is an excessive use of its visual trademark: split-screen images. These are fine when they're used to let you know where major characters are in different subplots simultaneously, but in next week's episode, there's a split-screen shot that separates two characters talking in the same room together!
  81. The pilot is promising, with sharp dialogue, a solid supporting cast, and Kaling's appealing unapologetic protagonist. [28 Sep 2012, p.64]
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  82. Bornheimer absorbs every setback with such a beaten-puppy air that each fresh misery feels ludicrous, rather than merely annoying. Will it work, (worst) week after (worst) week? With Bornheimer, it's strangely possible. His is a feathery touch on wrecking-ball comedy.
  83. Star knows from nighttime soaps, so his parody of same is savvy, cutting, and delightfully silly.
  84. If you're thinking about how long it'll be before this joke gets old, then you are not alone. Until then, Drunk History is a high-concept riot.
  85. Masters may be set in the 1950s, but its politics don't need to live there as well. Luckily, the conversations between the women are just as juicy as last season.
  86. As the film moves past Sept. 11 and into topics like black sites, waterboarding, and drone warfare, a fascinating schism opens, exposing the existential battle being waged among the agency's own captains for the CIA's soul. [20/27 Nov 2015, p.105]
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  87. The fact that Push Girls borrows heavily from the Real Housewives format is initially worrying, given the sensitive subject matter, but ultimately seems like a savvy, on-the-side-of-the-angels move.
  88. [Braugher and Speedman's] warm chemistry gives this crackling conspiracy thriller a much-needed emotional charge. [28 Sep 2012, p.64]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The action is swift, the characters lively.
  89. As uneven as it is, the series is now showcasing some of the best acting on television.
  90. Comedy buffs will enjoy this gushy doc about Steinberg.
  91. Much of The Big C's unoriginal dramatization of cancer concerns is mitigated by the fresh, dynamic performances of Linney and Oliver Platt as husband Adam. [1 Jul 2011, p.67]
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  92. The saga of Sookie Stackhouse (the tremulous but sturdy Anna Paquin) and her lovah Bill (slit-eyed Stephen Moyer) gets off to a great, fast start, picking up where last season left off.
  93. The plot--based on a true story--drags, but Walters is a hoot as a prig who thinks she can stave off the swingin' '60s with a wagging finger.
  94. The show is a scrubbed-clean soap. [28 Sep 2012, p.66]
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