Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,860 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 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Justice for Natalee Holloway
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1420
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1420
1,420 tv reviews
  1. If Going Clear were a Hollywood thriller, I’d complain that it’s too over-the-top. But this is real life, which is hard to believe. And it’s disturbingly good. [20/27 Mar 2015, p.95]
  2. Watching Jerry, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards bounce off Larry David makes you realize what Curb had been missing: worthy opponents for Larry to argue and scheme with.
  3. The arc of this character--series creator Vince Gilligan's invention of Walter White as a sick soul--is, it's clear now. one of the great narratives in Television histpory. [13 Jul 2012, p.62]
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  4. A sparky new season.
  5. Life With Bonnie teems with so much clever give-and-take and nonstop action it feels as if each half hour is going to burst.
  6. If the hospital staff is desensitized to basic human dignity, the show makes sure its audience never is. [14/21 Nov 2014, p.100]
  7. What's great about the series this season is that you can dive deep into its familiar-yet-fresh bubbling stew of physics, ? numerology, and smoke monsters...or you can just skim across its blinding-sun surface, grooving on the thwarted romances, ?the time-shifting nosebleeds, and how great Kate looks in a business power suit and heels.
  8. It's this series' unique take on realism that can be positively transporting.
  9. In a television landscape where the high jinks of characters like the Fox network's Parker Lewis often define high school life, Degrassi stands out as the thirtysomething of the book-bag set.
  10. The first thing that watching new episodes of Fox's finally returning Andy Richter Controls the Universe does is confirm how utterly lame 98 percent of all other network sitcoms are. The next thing watching them does is make you laugh really hard.
  11. The storytelling structure isn't just artiness for artiness' sake. Instead, it ingeniously reflects the fractured nature of investigations.
  12. Outspoken yet charismatic, politically radical yet traditionalist in his love of family, the man is captured in all his complexity.
  13. It's an engrossing meditation on the complexities of redemption.
  14. Burns' illuminating series turns the Roosevelt clan into a colorful Wes Anderson movie, albeit one in black and white. [12 Sep 2014, p.56]
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  15. Each season of this anthology drama tells a new story with a new cast, but McConaughey and Harrelson are so good, you immediately begin grieving the prospect of getting only eight episodes with them. [10 Jan 2013, p.67]
  16. It's TV's richest, most satisfying experience.
  17. In theory, it all sounds pretty corny and contrived. In practice, The Real World proves to be by far the most beguiling and involving piece of programming MTV has ever offered.
  18. I don't know about you, but I'm not used to laughing out loud alone in front of the TV. Honestly, I was startled.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As ever, it's all in the details.
  19. The show may not click with everyone, but it left me electrified.
  20. The new Sopranos is as good as it's ever been -- ruthlessly emotional, cuttingly funny and frightening.
  21. Like previous standout seasons The Amazon and Marquesas, Pearl Islands once again features a perfect mix of good and evil.
  22. The best friends double down with absurd antics that would make even their season 1 selves blush. [16 Jan 2015, p.70]
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  23. The yuk-filled second ep of the sophomore season rectifies this neglect with a plot that tempts Jeff to return to his soul-corrupting old firm, much to the dismay of his community-college study buddies.
  24. Smart, unruly, and very fast, Arrested is the ultimate TV series for our TiVo age.
  25. It sounds heavy, yet the premiere is as buoyant as it is deep, light as it is layered. It is many things at once, including absolutely fantastic.
  26. The pleasure to be taken from 'Office' isn't merely that of laughter -- it's the pleasure of watching a piece of entertainment so perfectly made and so delicately acted.
  27. I'll admit, I was a wee bit worried after last season's annoying Georgina story line and relentless drama about the past that haunts Serena (Blake Lively). But fear not, groupies: Summer's been good to this Girl.
  28. There are funny moments and heartbreaking ones on this fascinating docuseries. [13 Jul 2012, p.68]
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  29. Tremendously clever fun, Masterpiece Mystery! presents the first of three modernizations of the Sherlock Holmes tales.

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