Hitfix's Scores

For 546 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Beauty and the Beast (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 338
  2. Negative: 0 out of 338
338 tv reviews
  1. Ultimately, the good in Normal Heart outweighs the bad, which isn't always the case with Murphy's work. It's an important story packed with vivid individual moments, but with this material and these actors, it feels like it could be so much more than what it is.
  2. The first episode, at least, is terrific, with a distinct, involving tone, and it does very right by its leads.
  3. It's a big swing for ABC and for Ridley, and if it's not a home run, it's also far from a big whiff.
  4. Absorbing in fits and starts, but ultimately so didactic and, especially, humorless that I'm probably comfortable leaving the story--and the series--here.
  5. Bee had a very strong first show, chowing down on the low-hanging fruit that is both sides of this current presidential election.
  6. So the atmosphere and central performances feel worthy of telling one story over 13 hours. My concern is whether the story can say the same.
  7. "Hannibal" is one of the very best shows on television. But it's also so extreme in depicting violence and its aftermath — even in this heightened fashion, and often with a dry, absurdist sense of humor about it — that it's not one I would insist every serious TV fan must watch.
  8. In season two, the strengths of Treme remain strengths, while some of the show's weaknesses have been much improved.
  9. The new season starts a bit slow.... But it's all laying the groundwork for a gripping, almost nightmarish second half of the season in which the life of every member of the Gregson family seems in danger of splintering as badly as Tara's psyche.
  10. The darker and more complicated life gets for the Sons, the better the TV show tends to be. And based on the four episodes I've seen, Sons is still at the incredible level it achieved a year ago, when it became one of the best dramas on television.
  11. Insecure is less inherently dramatic than some of the other Comedies In Theory, which makes the infrequency of laugh-out-loud moments a bigger issue than on, say, Casual, but Rae is a really engaging writer and performer, and the series is charming and compulsively watchable.
  12. Despite whatever aesthetic limitations it may have, The Curious Case of Curt Flood manages to tell a solidly complete version of the story over its 90 minutes, resisting the temptation to make this a simple hagiography.
  13. It's a perfect marriage of creative team, channel and subject.
  14. As with the first season, the stories keep tiptoeing up to cliché before shuffling into more interesting and complicated emotional territory.
  15. Nurse Jackie season 4 is all consequences, all the time--and is much, much more satisfying overall as a result.
  16. Downton in season 3 is still a soap opera (as it was in season 1, as well), but it's a smarter one; it's harder to see the puppet strings Fellowes is pulling this year to get to his desired outcomes.
  17. What makes these episodes feel extra-special is the sense of purpose to them. There's a big story being told here--not one that requires you to watch every episode (though your funny bone will thank you if you do), but one that seems to raise the stakes for everyone involved, and which makes the jokes funnier, the characters richer, in the process.
  18. Orange remains as sharp and funny and poignant as ever.... It's one of TV's very best shows, no matter how you slice it.
  19. The miniseries is filled with superb, lived-in performances, but especially by Kirby, Page, Rose, Whitaker, and Meyers. The cast (which also includes, at various points, Mekhi Phifer, T.I., Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, Anna Paquin, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, and Sedale Threatt Jr., among many others) and crew had an impossible task in front of them, and they rose to the challenge.
  20. So long as Elba's on the screen, I'm interested, and even more when he and Wilson are sharing it. But ultimately, Luther turned out to be more average than I thought at first, regardless of its country of origin.
  21. It's a show that stands entirely on its own while never forgetting the series that inspired it.
  22. Along the course of these six episodes, the show touches on various rom-com tropes about disapproving parents (Carrie Fisher is, as always, a treat as Rob's cynical mother), secret meetings with exes, bachelor and bachelorette parties that spin out of control, etc. But they're all dealt with in such a specific and simple way that they feel unique to these characters and their world, rather than the obligatory stumbles on the path to a happy ending.
  23. It took me a while to overcome the "been there, analyzed that" feelings I had in the opening episodes, as Paul and his patients began the familiar dance, wherein they talk about only what they're comfortable talking about while Paul, like a good detective, tries to solve the mystery of what's really bothering them.
  24. This doesn't feel like a factory product, but a work of individual, beautiful craftsmanship.
  25. Happy Valley is so effective at what it sets out to do, and so neat in fitting all its pieces together (up to the way the story's climax evokes a much milder incident from early in the series), that I'm a bit ambivalent about the fact that a second season has already been ordered. Lancashire is so good that I won't necessarily mind getting to watch more of her in this role, but this particular story is so unique to her in a way that no sequel season can be.
  26. It would be easy for all this reinvention to feel jarring, or like Halt desperately racing from one idea to the next because the last one ran out of steam. But each transition has felt natural, earned, and of a piece with what came before.
  27. There are still great ideas--and one great episode, "San Junipero," that I'd put up against the best previous installments(*)--but on the whole it's much more uneven than the show's previous output.
  28. Fey and Carlock have delivered basically the same show they did a year ago. Given how great that original NBC version was, I can't really complain. If your biscotti recipe is already deliciously weird, why change the ingredients?
  29. Overall, a solid but not riveting premiere. No goosebumps ala Eric in the halftime locker room last year, but as always, it's good to be back in Dillon.
  30. Normal is overrated. Give me whimsy, dreams and Evil Troy and Evil Abed any day. Give me extraordinary. Give me Community.

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