Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 2,192 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 7.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 O.J.: Made in America
Lowest review score: 0 Drawn Together: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1678
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1678
1678 tv reviews
  1. Modern Family works because it does something the network sitcom hasn't managed in years: It offers a comic equation for almost every audience segment, while never blanding out the characters for mass consumption.
  2. Abrams and Lindelof have created one of only two new shows this season at the end of which I was yearning to see a second hour right away. (The other is ABC's "Desperate Housewives": It could be hoot heaven, could be labored camp.) I was tempted to hedge on my final grade, because Lost is the kind of show that could go anywhere. Then I realized that's exactly why I should commit to the ride.
  3. Bloom’s ingenious anti-rom-com was one of last year’s best shows. It might be even better this year.
  4. With Rescue Me, [Leary] redeems himself by doing what we always suspected he could do: really act.
  5. It's a smart show that plays dumb at first, just to get your attention. Masters may not yet be as groundbreaking as the true drama that inspired it. But like Betty, it knows how to fake it until things get real.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. In its third and final season, the series is still brilliantly droll, elevating the most mundane moments into something that’s either hilariously awkward or genuinely moving--or, at its best, both.
  9. Tremendously clever fun, Masterpiece Mystery! presents the first of three modernizations of the Sherlock Holmes tales.
  10. Watching the show's noxious and damaged narcissists slowly, credibly get over themselves remains an entertaining, worth project. But the start of season 3 isn't You're the Worst at its best. [2 Sept 2016, p.51]
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  11. In a recent interview, Apatow said that he cast Undeclared before writing the pilot, which may be a key reason why the show is so cohesive: Apatow and his staff had specific acting rhythms in mind, resulting in a show that, right from the pilot, radiates a sure sense of each character's quirks.
  12. The downside is that the storytelling can feel awfully cold. Moments that should be personally affecting are often used to illustrate historical truths instead.... But these characters are still fascinating case studies for the mind-body connections we make as viewers: They’re better appreciated with the brain than the heart.
  13. [David Simon's] new six-part miniseries is another masterwork of storytelling that's both miniaturist and epic in scale. [14 Aug 2015, p.50]
  14. The series' brilliant conceit is that enemies are often sane and rational, and many good guys and gals are obsessed, flawed, and ruthless.
  15. Danny McBride's Kenny Powers is back for a wild third season.
  16. Like last season, the plots are thick and quick-flying. (Also like last season, the abstruseness can sometimes feel showy.)
  17. Season openers don't get much more incendiary: There are severed feet, a ''beef'' between rival Armenian, Mexican, and Salvadoran gangs, and a murder committed by another member of Vic's Strike Team.
  18. Rarely does a pilot present a world as completely as Nashville does in its first hour.
  19. By concentrating on what it means to practice polygamy in the 21st century, the series again comes close to achieving its goal of defining what it means to be a family.
  20. Yes, anything can happen in Bamford's world, and that sense of endless possibility make Lady Dynamite a joy to watch. [20 May 2016, p.50]
  21. Interesting? Yes. But fitfully involving. The intrigues are small, slow-moving, and fuzzy.
  22. The cinematography is beautiful, with the present cast in a melancholy blue and the past cast in yellow, as if to remind us that terrible things are done in broad daylight. Some minor characters are intriguing.... But The Missing doesn't have much to say about the loss of a child beyond that it's an Unbearable Tragedy.
  23. Bright Lights is one last home movie for the both of them, more honest and complete in the telling.
  24. Despite all the repetition and longueurs, this Downton Abbey frequently works, as the first one did, as a peppery little trifle.
  25. Characters make long, passionate speeches that sometimes fail to register because they feel like lectures--though maybe Kramer’s message shouldn’t be so easy to hear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For such a quick-witted comedy, the eight episode commentaries aren't as sharp as you'd expect, and Carell is entirely absent. But some three hours of deleted scenes--funnier takes of already hilarious sequences, beefed-up stories for the supporting cast--compensate.
  26. If the hospital staff is desensitized to basic human dignity, the show makes sure its audience never is. [14/21 Nov 2014, p.100]
  27. 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.
  28. This political satire operates at a level of sharpness that American television hasn't seen since Robert Altman's HBO miniseries Tanner '88.
  29. What follows isn't just a satire of the ESPN lifestyle but a smart, savvy depiction of the camaraderie people of color sometimes develop when they find themselves in lily-white environs. [21/28 Aug 2015, p.95]
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