Houston Chronicle's Scores

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For 138 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Boomtown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hype: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 102
  2. Negative: 0 out of 102
102 tv reviews
  1. Felicity is a stylishly produced, appealing show, with a likeable ensemble of players. Even though the romantic triangle is and will remain the centerpiece, the best thing about the show is that in the college setting there's plenty of new territory to explore the experience of coming of age. [29 Sept 1998, p.1]
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  2. It's a taut, action-filled opener, and Garner's charisma and agility in this demanding role give it a special glow. If America's in the mood at all for spies and terrorists, this show's the semi-Superwoman version. [29 Sept 2001, p.9]
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  3. And we learn more about the lives of Stabler and Benson than Wolf usually reveals in a whole season with his L&O detectives. [20 Sept 1999, p.1]
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  4. It's seldom been done on television any better - in terms of production or acting. The script is intelligent, Potts is terrific, and her students (Vicellous Reon Shannon and Tamala Jones, in particular) are good, too...As a weekly series at 7 p.m., though, Dangerous Minds needs to lighten up a little. It's a bit dark and down. [30 Sept 1996, p.6]
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  5. This gangster saga works best when its hero is in peril. The whackings and the miserably boring lives of thugs - who appear to do nothing but hang around a dumpy pool room bar when they aren't killing each other - are old stuff by now. The double life with the Pistone family adds a different diversion, and there are occasional attempts at humor. [4 Apr 2000]
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  6. 'Medium' is manipulative filmmaking, but it works. [2 Jan 2005]
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  7. The show is told stylishly. A character from today morphs into how he appeared years ago - an excellent way of getting into a story quickly without confusing viewers. The showy all-music ending to Sunday's episode is another nice touch. [27 Sept 2003, p.10]
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  8. Exceptional producers Paul Attanasio (Homicide: Life on the Street), David Shore (Hack), Katie Jacobs (Gideon's Crossing) and Bryan Singer (X-Men) have cast their lot with Laurie (Peter's Friends, Sense and Sensibility, Stuart Little), and it pays off handsomely. Despite House's peculiarities, he's a fully rounded character, and Laurie appears comfortable in his clothes. [16 Nov 2004, p.8]
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  9. Visually, the show is too dark and blue - a distraction. But the story and the acting trump all. [22 Sep 2004]
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  10. JAG's a long, long way from just another courtroom scene. [23 Sep 1995]
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  11. Karen Sisco has action, heart, humor and sex appeal - four good reasons Law & Order should be looking over its shoulder this fall. [1 Oct 2003, p.6]
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  12. When it is clicking, The Colbert Report is Countdown on mescaline -- occasionally brilliant, occasionally loopy, definitely entertaining.
  13. Despite its "dj vu" premise, That's Life goes into this TV life with a fair number of promising moments. What's not to like, if the scripts can manage to come up to this solid cast, and Kent's considerable charisma? [29 Sept 2000, p.1]
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  14. It's outlandish and contrived with story holes wide enough for a jackknifed 18-wheeler. But the two-hour pilot of Prison Break... is irresistible.
  15. RoboCop - The Series works well as a mass-market show. ... It offers action, as opposed to violence. And its ironic humor, though not as hard-edged as the movies', has a sly, subversive bent. [19 Mar 1994]
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  16. A deliciously witty comedy with stark dramatic touches. [6 Aug 2005]
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  17. The O.C. may be a lousy title but it's cast, written and directed well. Early indications are that the show is smartly going after two generations of viewers - not just the 20-somethings Fox is famous for, but also their parents. [5 Aug 2003, p.8]
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  18. Often hilarious. [23 Jul 2003]
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  19. The humor is meaner and the laughs less free and easy. [22 Jun 1994]
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  20. A surprisingly sweet, frequently funny show. [28 Jan 1997]
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  21. May leave you exhausted. [17 Sep 1994]
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  22. Like CSI and its offshoots, Bones will take viewers to dark and sometimes disgusting places. So, in one sense, Fox may have come up with a format that will reach both men, who love unappetizing scenes, and women, because of the female heroine.
  23. If you're like me, this show will hook you in.
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  24. It's fantasy, but it's fun. [6 Oct 1998, p.1]
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  25. Tremors: The Series may surprise you. It's silly, but some of these scares do make you jump. And when the smart shines through, it's fun. [23 Mar 2003, p.03]
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  26. Smallville's charismatic star, Tom Welling, has the right stuff to be an overnight teen idol, even without flying around in a Superman suit. [16 Oct 2001, p.1]
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  27. There's enough humor in this escape route entertainment to bring you back for more. [11 Aug 1996, p.1996]
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  28. With its intelligent, nuance-laced script, credible performances from a group of newcomers, a mouth-dropping star turn by Sharon Gless, and the "no limits" backing of Showtime, Queer as Folk is easily the best TV take on gay life since "Tales of the City." [3 Dec 2000, p.10]
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  29. Too bad this show doesn't run outtakes. Wouldn't you love to hear what the victims of Ali's ambushes had to say about him? [20 Feb 2003, p.4]
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  30. Fast and funny. [25 Mar 1999]
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