Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,802 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 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Gossip Girl: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Justice for Natalee Holloway
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1371
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1371
1,371 tv reviews
  1. Neither fully a comedy nor a drama, Transparent is simply transcendent. [19/26 Sep 2014, p.123]
  2. Even in a “laugh-centric” season that should appeal to a slightly bigger audience, it’s not the jokes that stick with you.
  3. So the story moves slowly, focusing less on the game-changing moments that often come early in the season (Joffrey dies! The Unsullied revolt!) and more on long-term strategy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it finally brings people (and story lines) together in this ever-sprawling world.
  4. The Larry Sanders Show is all tension, cynicism, profound shallowness, and naughty-boy bonding — it's just the way you imagine life behind a big-time TV talk show to be, except infinitely funnier.
  5. Most TV series feel the need to up the ante in their second season, to prove the first one wasn't a fluke. Justified proceeds with such assurance, however, that it can maintain a cool, witty serenity that only enhances its tough-guy drama.
  6. Broadchurch is a gripping portrait of small-town paranoia.
  7. The stunningly shot result will make you wonder at the cruel beauty of nature. [16 Mar 2012, p.67]
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  8. The new season pops with all the visual energy of the first. [4 May 2012, p.67]
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  9. The beauty part of The Larry Sanders Show is its subtlety—a kind of sophistication and knowing wickedness that compliments its knowing audience.
  10. The most compelling characters in season 3 are the gentleladies.
  11. It's a testament to Curb's cleverness that what's now rote--Larry offends, we cringe--can still be so surprising.
  12. The fourth season of Justified gives us exactly what we want: much laconic tough-guy humor from Timothy Olyphant's U.S. marshal Raylan Givens, much grandiloquent nastiness from Walton Goggins' drug dealer Boyd Crowder, and much swift violence.
  13. It is possible to argue that, although Louis C.K. has created a work of genius with the FX show Louie, what he's really good at is stand-up. Oh My God offers further evidence for the thesis.
  14. Six hours of raucous laughter, bone-rattling suspense, and god-awful tragedy. ... The Corner is a marvel of craft.
  15. This sly Britcom is like a C-SPAN spin-off of... The Office. [12 May 2006, p.75]
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  16. It's another level of pop culture wizardry to make such storytelling seem so vivid, so vital, and just plain fun.
  17. The dialogue is, as always, ribald and inspired. [10 Apr 2015, p.59]
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  18. Orange Is the New Black might be the closest thing we have to Charles Dickens right now: a sharp denunciation of an arcane system, driven by hardscrabble characters with whimsical names that define who they are and what they like.
  19. 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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  20. Breaking Bad has, in short, everything you could want from an hour-long show: suspense, laughs, danger, and poignance.
  21. The storytelling structure isn't just artiness for artiness' sake. Instead, it ingeniously reflects the fractured nature of investigations.
  22. 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.
  23. We're taught that good drama relies on characters changing over time. Here, McDormand proves that a character's refusal to change can be just as compelling, and she hints at that stubbornness in exquisitely subtle fashion.
  24. It's not a nice show, but it's so damn good. ...Leary has invented simply one of the best characters on TV.
  25. The storytelling immediately recharges the Raylan vs. Boyd conflict.
  26. [The first episodes are] four of 24's best hours to date. [20 Jan 2006, p.59]
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  27. This portrait of a profane, low-down egomaniac--excuse me, he prefers "Christ figure"--continues to amaze. McBride's willingness to play depression, amorality, and selfishness for laughs is awesome.
  28. 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.
  29. MasterChef Junior exults in the joy of cooking, the joy of childhood, and the joy of treating people decently.
  30. 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.

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