Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 2,027 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Drawn Together: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1552
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1552
1552 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. The gorgeous art direction make this great fun, and Rhys Meyers plays his part with such blood-slurping, mouth-wiping gusto that even a dentist could love him. [25 Oct/1 Nov 2013, p.94]
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  3. I'd rather just watch Grammer and Heaton trade barbs in the newsroom. [21 Sep 2007, p.71]
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  4. Stylized, soapy, silly, it's one of the most interesting shows this fall. [12 Oct 2007, p.64]
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  5. The mystery isn't as gripping as it could be, but the acting is stellar and the show is worth watching for the ice-cool atmospherics alone. [30 Jan/6 Feb 2015, p.121]
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  6. What gives this film grit are the visual displays of her work ethic and her fierce determination to "bring R&B music back" to the center of current pop music, to "forget being cool" and reveal naked passion. [15 Feb 2013, p.60]
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  7. The most believable character--and the real reason to check in to Bates Motel--is undoubtedly Farmiga's Norma.
  8. Even if it soon crashes and burns, this pilot for Flying Blind is easily one of the best debut shows of the year.
  9. No, 'The Sopranos' isn't the constant shock-of-the-new it once was; even its moments of abrupt, crazy violence are easily spotted. But there are still many scenes that are touching and devastatingly sincere.
  10. A lot of these scenes hit the mark, others hit the floor with a thud. But, much like last summer’s The Carmichael Show, it’s an admirable exercise either way.
  11. The comic timing isn't as tightly paced as it once was, but there's a certain WTF thrill in watching story lines meander where ever they please. [20/27 Mar 2015, p.92]
  12. A simmering bit of silly suspense fun created by X-Files writer-producer Frank Spotnitz.
  13. The oddball overload bugs at first, but the incredibly likable cast makes The Unusuals unusually promising.
  14. What starts out lean and mean can grow flabby and sentimental, and flaws can turn into handsome plot twists. Which is one reason to just bite down hard and go with the show.
  15. A juicy, jauntily anarchic production.
  16. Fortunately, you don't have to take the former SNL star too seriously to roll with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a sitcom from the producers of Parks and Recreation that smartly pokes at police-show tropes and creates a promising comedy playground where the Motherlovin' jester can cut loose.
  17. Fresh blood and sharp ideas make for delicious, smart-pulp fangoria. [22/29 Apr 2016, p.105]
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  18. The premise is a neat riff on immigration and fitting in, but the jokes are a bit conventional for a show that looks so pleasantly odd.
  19. This show, which reunites the undeniably charming Bilson with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, is a goodie that mixes heartstring-tugging moments with lines like this: "There it is. Rock bottom. I just played 'Dixie' with my butt."
  20. I'll miss Grissom, but welcome Langston's brusque authority: lotsa possibilities for friction with the prickly CSI crew.
  21. Sound gaggy? It's not. Twain is incapable of treacle: She travels, talks, and even sings!
  22. Filmed with a muddy palette, the premiere hums with menace. There's lots of low-down action, with brass knuckles applied.
  23. '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.
  24. Thanks to clever writing and smart pacing, everyone from Work gets a chance to shine. [14 Aug 2015, p.56]
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  25. They reunite to help Bletchley alum Alice in a personal matter that grippingly involves an illegitimate child, a chemical spill and top secret military documents. [11 Apr 2014, p.60]
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  26. This reliably hilarious and routinely scabrous spoof medical show starts off the new season with a crackerjack episode. [3/10 Jun 2011, p.106]
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  27. 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.
  28. For a thoughtful drama that's so rooted in national identity, there's only one real misstep: No one will mistake Kruger for a Texan.
  29. Annie Walker tackles a new case--but it feels like a distraction as the Ben mystery continues. [3/10 Jun 2011, p.109]
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  30. A cheery, hot pink daisy of a show -- inherently cute and incredibly simple.
  31. Director John Gulager ... is easily the most intriguing personality in PG history.
  32. Political Animals' rich characters and complicated relationships seem like they'd need six seasons to develop.
  33. The storytelling immediately recharges the Raylan vs. Boyd conflict.
  34. The extended action sequences leave less time for the franchise's signature adult-friendly heart and wit, but there's are still some great sight gags and winking references. [5 Dec 2014, p.76]
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    • 83 Critic Score
    Sure, this show, as dark as the bottom of Oscar the Grouch's trash can, will give your inner child nightmares, but it's the only way he'll learn.
  35. Braugher [has] never been better... rarely has a character hopped onto the screen feeling so completely real. [31 Mar 2006, p.51]
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  36. For a show with such superb acting -- all honor to Boreanaz, who's got macho vulnerability down to a smooth essence not achieved since James Garner in his 'Rockford Files' days, and to Amy Acker, who has gone from victim to sexpot to villain without ever hitting a false note – 'Angel' is surprisingly rife with leaden lines like 'Rules can be broken; all you have to do is push hard enough.'
  37. AHS is pretty much all scare, all the time: a whole lotta screams, sex, jolts, mashed faces, psychotic behavior, and dead babies.
  38. Life is intelligent fun.
  39. If you find the premiere poky, stick with it: Episodes gets funnier with each succeeding episode, and the acting is superb. Yes: Matt LeBlanc = superb.
  40. Hemlock Grove takes its time with story lines, ensuring that each one has plenty of room to ripen. It carries out every dastardly deed with gusto, but still offers enough moments of levity.
  41. After dialing it down to an 11, [Vincent] D'Onofrio — along with some creepy stories — is turning CI into the best of the L&O franchise.
  42. A pretty spry police procedural. A lot of the credit goes to the chemistry between stars Chyler Leigh (the Brooklyn-raised detective) and Jacky Ido (the French-born cabbie). [27 Jun 2014, p.57]
  43. Wars is funnier than a movie about wedge politics has a right to be. [15 Dec 2006, p.80]
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  44. The premiere episode of Dharma & Greg delivers rather more than you might expect; it has the zing of a '30s screwball comedy.
  45. 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.
  46. I Am Cait is a surprisingly thoughtful series, especially for a Keeping Up With the Kardashians by-product.
  47. The humor is wilder, the penury sadder, and Sophie Okonedo a winsome Nancy. The only bad twist is the overwrought score.
  48. The debut episode isn't quite the laugh machine you'd expect from a guaranteed winner wedged between Seinfeld and ER. Clearly, what Veronica's Closet has going for it above all else is Alley's bleep-'em-all blitheness, her gift for turning a tantrum into operatic hilarity.
  49. It's Kudrow who carries the episode, her discomfort increasing with every one of Maya's wackadoo mantras.
  50. There's all the slamming violence you might want in your gas-fumed escapism, mingled with real-world difficulties.
  51. 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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  52. Designing Women's quandary is that its new characters are just variations on old ones. ... To date, the results have been extremely uneven — some weeks Allison is a whining drag; others, she's a sharp-tongued asset on a show that's gotten a little softheaded.
  53. Mary Poppins it ain't--which is fine because the snooty broad couldn't begin to handle this. [21 Sep 2007, p.74]
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  54. 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.
  55. That's the joy of the show. 30 Days is not about black and white, but about gray matter at work.
  56. The high-energy group's smart, counterintuitive brand of absurdism is especially reminiscent of The State. [18 Oct 2013, p.61]
  57. Naturally funny interviews are easy TV; it's with drier material that the animators shine. [8 Jun 2007, p.74]
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  58. [Hotel Hell] shows the Brit on his best behavior. By which we mean his worst.
  59. Boss may be florid, but its peeks into backroom in-fighting, at favors promised and betrayed, remain strong elements in its favor.
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    Fans looking for wit and whimsy can expect a happy ending. [26 Dec 2014/2 Jan 2015, p.115]
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  60. If it seems slow and staged at first, be patient.... [it has] oh-so-much potential for a delightful guilty pleasure. [26 Jul 2013, p.62]
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  61. The sophomore-season premiere shows no signs of slumping.
  62. Dead's latest new showrunner, Scott Gimple, carefully attends to the vast supporting cast, but the premiere doesn't skimp on the splatter or tragedy.
  63. Season 3 opener backslides a bit into tired first-season silliness when Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) returns from Ghana with a new African name, Ababuo. But things improve when Cathy's slacker brother, Sean (John Benjamin Hickey), steps up as "guardian buddy" to Adam (Gabriel Basso) in the event that he ends up parentless.
  64. The scattered storylines initially baffles, but mounting revelations and charming crazy will turn your bewildered "What the heck is going on?" into curious and invested "Where the hell is this going?" [29 Jan/5 Feb 2016, p.103]
  65. The opening of Weeds makes me want to scream. ... That said, Weeds is a dozen times more creative than its opening credits.
  66. By this third episode, the tone has become open, generous, and alert to every sort of character.
  67. As usual with TWD, it's hard to say where the season will go next. But judging by the premiere, it'll be worth the walk. [9 Oct 2015]
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  68. As an adventure series bristling with ideas, it's V+. Or as we grade 'em on Earth: B+
  69. The sharp, witty season 2 premiere has crime solving revenant Liv Moore learning to live free of self-pitying cynicism. [9 Oct 2015]
  70. There are some decent rat jokes, but the best part is the way it makes the loneliness and exhausting competitiveness of the city feel all too human. [29 Jan/5 Feb 2016, p.105]
  71. The show is too thoughtful to be dismissed as kitschy fun.
  72. Carter's aiming for something between His Girl Friday, Dick Tracy, and Alias--a tough tonal mixture, especially on a weekly broadcast budget. But Atwell's firing on all cylinders. [9 Jan 2015, p.74]
  73. Family Matters offers a picture of black family life that takes its middle-class ordinariness for granted, which is unusual for TV. Even more unusual, it's a show you can watch with your whole family, and chances are, everyone will get a few good laughs out of it.
  74. A fresh set of relationships and complications is just the transfusion the show needed. [9 Oct 2015]
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  75. Dead is beautifully shot, but what it's shooting are former humans with rotting skin and bleating agonized groans. And like the comics, there's great, grim humor.
  76. At its worst, it's hard to tell if Red Oaks is a clever satire of dumb, fun sex comedies or just a dumb, fun sex comedy itself. But Alexandra Socha ... gives me hope that the show is something smarter. [9 Oct 2015]
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  77. The results are exhilarating.
  78. It's a testament to Curb's cleverness that what's now rote--Larry offends, we cringe--can still be so surprising.
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    Jessica Lange brings typically impressive textures to Big Edie. And just wait till you see Drew Barrymore, as Little Edie, deliver the doc's most famous line, ''This is the best costume for today.'' She's a dead ringer for the real thing.
  79. Outrageous lewdness and delightful non sequiturs speed by, which makes each episode rewardingly rewatchable.
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    McHale gets to flirt and insult to his heart's content, and he's impishly believable in both modes. The supporting cast members manage to make each of their sad little lives amusing, so what could have been a downer of a show is often absurdly funny.
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    • 83 Critic Score
    Throw in some demons, Abbie's sister Jenny, and a classically Hollow-esque historical twist, and the apocalypse looks like fun again. [2 Oct 2015, p.68]
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  80. He's always making his audience come up to his level, instead of lowering himself to theirs. He's gonna do just fine. But more Andy, please.
  81. The show can simultaneously unsettle, comfort, excite, and amuse its viewers--something for everyone, if you, like Mr. Finch, like to watch.
  82. The whole production is a model of subtle adaptation.
  83. Episodes is still the same great, low-key delight. [9 Jan 2015, p.75]
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    Kroll Show runs on the idea that imitation is the highest form of parody, skewering, through pitch-perfect re-creation.
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    This Wife is well worth committing to.
  84. As ever, it's difficult to care too much about what happens plotwise, but the result is a decent start to the show's victory lap/funeral parade.
  85. 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]
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  86. Despite the somewhat strained setup, Banshee is a kick: ultraviolent, over-the-top, and wickedly fun. [11 Jan 2013, p.80]
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  87. While Another Period sometimes leans too heavily on "It's 1902!" gags, it's buoyed by an absurdist sensibility, genuinely surprising jokes, and a strong cast. [26 Jun 2015, p.54]
  88. Spotless is messy, and Grondin is a bit of a blank, but the pilot promises gruesome-funny delights. [13 Nov 2015, p.57]
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  89. Everything [Kirstie] Alley's Fat Actress should've been: warm, warts-and-all self-satire. [31 Mar 2006, p.58]
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  90. Luther avoids some genre cliches--we know the killer's identity from the get-go, which sidesteps the time-stamp predictability of a Law & Order episode--but plunges headfirst into others.
  91. 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.
  92. Although you may not gain much wisdom from the stories, you'll at least gain an appreciation for the fact that your life is not a Lifetime movie.
  93. The film costars an on-form Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden, one of Spector's real-life defense attorneys.... Pacino too is excellent. [22 Mar 2013, p.58]
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