Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,812 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 7.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Simpsons: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Drawn Together: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1377
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1377
1,377 tv reviews
  1. This wittily raunchy spy spoof from Adam Reed (Sealab 2021, Frisky Dingo) features intentionally stiff cartoon characters led by the title hero.
  2. There's a bit too much singing--but Brooks is charming as he run through tales of his hard-luck upbringing, showbiz-triumphs and marriage to Anne Bancroft. [30 Jan-6 Feb 2015, p.121]
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  3. Work of Art remains TV's most enjoyable high/low, art/TV example of...cultural hybridity!
  4. Lowe is (surprisingly) perfect as Chicago cop Drew Peterson, who's suspected of murdering his third and fourth wives. [20 Jan 2012, p.71]
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  5. Frasier can be a beautifully written and acted farce. Yet, in its sixth season, the show is more often sliding into repetition.
  6. While there are a a few too many "awkward-guy moments," there are enough genuinely sweet ones to balance them out. [28 Sep 2007, p.93]
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  7. Mistresses still passes the Bechdel Test; its strongest moments are when the women lean on each other. [30 May 2014, p.114]
  8. Larroquette has the most impressive-looking set of any show on the air. ... If The John Larroquette Show lives up to its set — and it shows signs that it might — it'll be one of the best new series of the season.
  9. Devious Patty is still drinking like a fish, while wan Ellen is still seeking her advice (still, Ellen? Really?), and I still will not be able to resist watching every episode I possibly can.
  10. Smash is often enjoyable. [3/10 Feb 2012, p.101]
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  11. High concept, and yet it works, thanks to solid acting.
  12. I never found the character that funny on Family Guy. But tonight's episode of the spin-off is quite a corker, as Cleveland runs over the family dog, with hilarious consequences.
  13. I defy the naysayers who claim Curb is in a rut: Who cares if it's not reinventing itself? It has become one of the most reliably amusing comedies on TV, taking little annoyances, indignities, and offenses, and worrying at them until they bubble into fantastically overblown debacles.
  14. On its lacquered surface, New Jersey is The Sopranos with five variations on Adriana. But dig a bit under these women’s verbal clichés and you glimpse lives that are rooted in an earthier, more clear-eyed view of the world than the other Housewives series.
  15. Sometimes Dr. Katz is a little too early-period Woody Allen — more whines than jokes. But so far, Dr. Katz has proved capable of a brisk originality.
  16. The cases (a baby at risk, a man with lung cancer, an unconscious drunk) are surprisingly moving, the editing only mildly manipulative, and you genuinely feel there's an element of reality to the show, a rare trait indeed for reality TV.
  17. This comic-book show is the smartest, most human hour of programming that Sunday night now has to offer.
  18. You will giggle repeatedly.
  19. 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."
  20. Surviving Jack--based on Justin Halpern's memoir I Suck at Girls--distinguishes itself with a terrific turn by Christopher Meloni as the father and a refreshing treatment of gender roles.
  21. [A] bust doesn't go as planned and sets up what promises to be a nicely complicated season. [13 Jun 2014, p.76]
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  22. So far, that universe is pleasingly treacherous, though not ?wholly formed, a work in progress that's worth seeing through to completion.
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    • 83 Critic Score
    Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are as smirkily charming as ever on the light lawmedy. [22/29 Aug 2014, p.102]
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  23. Blood creator Alan Ball knows how to juggle multiple pretty people and knotty, danger-stuffed story lines for the maximum amount of breathless romance and over-the-top action.
  24. The sly second season of Penny Dreadful finds its drama in characters trying to shake shameful pasts that won’t stop haunting them, and finds rich menace in cunning folk and shape-shifting spirits who make thralls and puppets out of our heroes, robbing them of authenticity and self-determination.
  25. The big plus is the performance of Church, whose smart, smug Ned couldn't be more removed from the dumb mechanic he played on Wings. It's really difficult to turn a smarmy guy into a likable protagonist, but Church pulls it off here; you root for Ned because, in addition to getting all the good punchlines, he's easily the most intelligent, energetic person on screen.
  26. Watching Ellie is smart and likable -- it earns its gimmicky premise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you think catching up on Smash's injury, Lyla and Riggins' new relationship, and Lyla's now-AWOL mom is overwhelming, just think how Tami (Connie Britton) must feel.
  27. Bethenny is a nonstop barrage of acerbic one-liners. What saves her from soulless yammering is her vulnerable side: She adores that baby, and she tears up when Jason's buddies toast her with shots.
  28. The X-Files is the most paranoid, subversive show on TV right now...Filled with florid dialogue (''You've seen things that weren't meant to be seen!'') and not-bad special effects, X-Files is a hoot about hooey.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This intimate biopic of a Kennedy matriarch is quite charming.
  29. Finally, a clever new sitcom. [17 Mar 2006, p.108]
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  30. Some of the gags are predictable ... But Farquhar's series ... are distinctive for the way they aren't so much interested in what's said as in how it's said and what it means.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The moneymen ask informed questions and make shrewd decisions, a welcome relief from Donald Trump's capricious calls on Burnett's "Celebrity Apprentice."
  31. It's got a solid, if not original, premise (a Western with aliens); relatively impressive effects and makeup; and reliably interesting characters such as Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating)
  32. There are enough surreal, self-referential, and/or testicle-related jokes to have me signing up for at least a few more weeks of tutelage. [8 Feb 2013, p.69]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The result finds the actors inhabiting their characters' backstabbing natures as comfortably as their outfits. [19 Jul 2013, p.79]
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  33. Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas probably won't become a classic, but it's a fun break from the usual standards.
  34. Luckily, kooky personalities can still be found in small packages.
  35. It's a little gimmicky, but it works, primarily on the strength of the cast.
  36. CPW is already off to a better start than the slow-to-blossom Melrose Place was; Star and his writers seem energized by the New York locale. The pleasures of CPW are almost entirely camp ones, of course — everyone speaks in stilted, melodramatic sentences, and there are lots of bedroom scenes in which the rippling men always glisten with passion sweat and the slinky women always slide between the sheets wearing spike heels.
  37. The show strains somewhat to make the Old South meet the New, to force confrontations between the generations. ... With actors this interesting and writing this vivid, however, it's likely that Evening Shade will settle down and become as dependable a piece of entertainment as anything on television.
  38. 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.
  39. Since it takes place in the streets instead of in a sterile operating room, Third Watch feels even more adrenaline-charged than ER.
  40. The show is ultimately, and enjoyably, hijacked by Megan Mullally, as a writer of Broadway musicals whose latest work turns out to be a vicious character assassination of our antiheroine.
  41. Fishburne's gravitas helps do the Supreme Court justice...justice.
  42. Breaking Bad mixes desperation and deviousness to yield a volatile, valuable product.
  43. [O'Toole's] Casanova may have lust in his heart, but it's his love for Henriette... that guides his life and makes the tale worth the telling. [6 Oct 2006, p.64]
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  44. It's the best show on MTV--and one of the best on any network this summer. [6 Jul 2012, p.71]
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  45. Meyers seems capable of creating chemistry and having quality chats with anyone, from riding the wild waves of Kanye West to spinning a funny anecdote with pal Brad Paisley about accidentally stealing a Porsche. A talk-show host good at talking? Fancy that.
  46. Carey himself is a fidgety guy. He doesn't just deliver a line — he kind of dances around it, shifting his weight from one foot to the other. At first I found this, combined with his habit of looking down and grinning fixedly when he speaks to someone, pretty annoying. But his lines are so amusing and his timing so sharp that I've come to like Carey's anti-acting style.
  47. Some weeks, the series works beautifully, moving along like the otherworldly detective show it's meant to be. ... But other times Angel can tip too far into jokiness—or, worse, come off like a supernatural version of hollow USA Network shows such as Silk Stalkings.
  48. The season 10 debut doesn't take itself too seriously.... You've got just the right amount of intrigue to spice things up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Julianna Margulies now gets to command the screen in something juicier than the usual procedural. [14 Mar 2008, p.70]
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  49. It's in the shooting's emotional reverberations that the show is regenerating after the past few hit-and-miss seasons.
  50. Line for outrageous line, Veep is still a wickedly funny gut-buster. Yet while I could relate to Selina the perpetually marginalized chump, flailing to advance, Selina the stumping, power-grabbing candidate risks confusion.
  51. Frewer [is] ... wildly, ostentatiously funny — if half his lines aren't improvised, he's got a beguiling knack for making them sound that way.
  52. If I were a 10-year-old, I'd bite anyone who tried to keep me away from an episode of Xena. For non-10-year-olds, though, the dialogue in Xena is a stitch.
  53. Creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick have overcome the dilemma of the show's debut season — how long could gay Will (Eric McCormack) and straight Grace (Debra Messing) go without romances in their lives? — with a couple of shrewdly funny solutions.
  54. The script portrays its subject in a dubiously good light but is gem-packed.
  55. The dark absurdist tone doesn't land quite as cleanly as in the film, and there's the enormous absence of goddess Frances McDormand, who brought such great plainspoken heart to the movie's otherwise bleak landscape.... But do keep watching, because the show boasts unique and satisfying hooks.
  56. With a pleasant blend of quirkiness and charm, this is an M.I.T. we can all get into. [15 Sep 2006, p.68]
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  57. The Ex List could be one of the more charming new shows of the fall.
  58. It's time to pick a side, and I'm on whichever one the dude with half a face chooses.
  59. They're way more like us than the Kardashians, and they clearly love one another, roadkill dinners and all. [19 Jul 2013, p.80]
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  60. These days, L&C plays like a screwball comedy, with stolen kisses, cute banter, and constant comic misunderstandings. I'm not saying it's great screwball comedy, mind you.
  61. The movie belongs to Queen Latifah, who brings so much heart to M'Lynn, she will make yours break all the more.
  62. The Goodwin Games will have to consistently match the cleverness and poignancy of its pilot to win in the long run. Coming from the creators of How I Met Your Mother, there's reason to hope.
  63. I've noticed a drop in the quality of the writing. Too many cases derive their initial inspiration from real events (the Susan Smith case, and even, recently, that of Patty Hearst), with slight, facile alterations. Then too, the dialogue, once a model of hard-boiled terseness, is all too often now a jumble of gabby cliches. ... But you never know when L&O will let loose a corker.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Aside from a recalcitrant Brown, the contestants are easy to root for: feisty, vulnerable, and winningly honest about how they got there.
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    • 83 Critic Score
    Awkward is still as bitingly sharp as ever. [18/25 Apr 2014, p.100]
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  64. The individual alien races aren't all that fresh. Yet I am engaged by the show's lively metaphor for a polyglot culture fractured by tribalism and Otherness, for a world that can easily put aside past pain and present differences to tackle a common threat.
  65. The pilot--part of two night, two episode premiere event--is a slick, polished formulation of familiar dystopian future tropes elevated by an unusual and central relationship, well played by Urban and co-star Michael Ealy.
  66. The result is stupid, deranged, and fairly disgusting, none of which should be taken as criticism.
  67. While not all of the ensuing skits work as well, plenty of gags land, ahem, hard. [18/25 Apr 2014, p.102]
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  68. The Good Wife will settle into a case-of-the-week lawyer show. I'd also bet it'll have a rotating bunch of colorful judges with whom Alicia can debate. And you know what? Given the caliber of the acting and writing, that suits me --and, I'll wager, millions of viewers--just fine.
  69. The show is best when it digs into the cosplay scene and the competitors bare their vanities and insecurities.
  70. Both Bacon and Purefoy are so intensely earnest, The Following quickly supersedes its patent Silence of the Lambs setup.
  71. The drama's just as intense as [Mark] Strong, who's clearly earned his last name. [9 Aug 2013, p.73]
  72. So far, O'Loughlin has come most alive when he's engaged in the premiere's close-quarters, elbow-chopping fight scenes. But it's clear that, like other CBS shows from NCIS to CSI, the team byplay is going to be the heart of Hawaii Five-0. Thank goodness Caan is here to provide gruff humor, and Kim and Park play off each other nicely.
  73. Norm has painted itself into quite a funny corner.
  74. The sheer, cynical heartlessness of nearly everyone on-screen--from a wonderfully blunt Tony Shalhoub as Morgan Stanley's John Mack to Topher Grace as a calculating Paulson aide--is both dismaying and riveting.
  75. Some viewers may find The Killing a little too cold and deliberate, but give it time. Its intensity builds steadily, giving the series unexpected power.
  76. It does feel like the last of the fist pumps are fast approaching, but until then, soak up the sun and the new term "guido bingo."
  77. Not much new here to me, but hey, it's only nostalgia if you haven't heard it before.
  78. Bag of Bones is occasionally hokey, and Brosnan overworks his mad cackling, but the production is never less than creepily engaging. [19 Dec 2011, p.72]
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  79. The show's current season is its strongest, with [Kevin] James and costar Leah Remini sparking off each other's line readings like a veteran comedy team.
  80. Under, it turns out, is having a doozy of a sophomore outing. It's become a showcase for diverse acting styles that nonetheless mesh tightly. ... On the other hand, the writing quality is erratic.
  81. At once true to action- show rules and properly parodic about the role of good guys in the late 20th century, The Marshal is an underrated pleasure.
  82. Even at its yuk-yuk-kiest, the show is elevated by Corddry. [9 Mar 2007, p.96]
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  83. The twisty tale tries to tackle more than it can handle in the suspense department, but the remarkable acting keeps you sucked in till the very last confusing second.
  84. Though marketed as staid all-ages fare, Heaven is, I would assert, actually The WB's most radical series stylistically, favoring a unique strategy of narrative slowness and stubborn irresolution. And I mean all that as a compliment.
  85. The action picks up shortly after the season 2 finale.... Elsewhere, sex! [28 Feb 2014, p.65]
  86. The kill count is unprecedented, and before all is said and done, Rick will have to make a terrible, terrible choice while the fate of one of his own hangs in the balance. [12/19 Oct 2012, p.97]
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  87. Though the hip 'n' urban vibe seems overly calculated--did studies show that 8-year-olds respond to beatboxing white dudes?--and the cast is aggressively up with people, you gotta love new characters.
  88. 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.
  89. [An] amiably entertaining series about laugh-makers.
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  90. The first two episodes I've seen of season 5 stand among the best the series has produced, since they brazenly address nearly every complaint any viewer or critic has suggested about ''Sex'' after all these years.
  91. Target is a helluva lot of fun. Valley delivers punchlines as well as he does elbows to the faces of villains.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Funny fabulousness ... [with] a few too many talk-to-the-camera moments.

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