Kansas City Star's Scores

  • TV
For 275 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Murder One: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Gossip Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 160
  2. Negative: 0 out of 160
160 tv reviews
  1. The only thing this sitcom has going for it is Sara Gilbert.
  2. Whoever wrote the first episode of “Lost” didn’t crowd the screen with dimwits forced to recite grade-B TV drama drivel. By that standard, “Surface” doesn’t get a pass.
  3. "Related," with its overly contrived premise and tinny dialogue, compares unfavorably even to other woman-relationship shows like "Beautiful People" on ABC Family or "Gilmore Girls."
  4. The one thing “Sleeper Cell” does commendably is to suggest that there is a struggle going on for the soul of Islam, and that al-Qaida does not have the only say in the matter. But that message is swamped by predictable thriller filler and cheap production values.
  5. I’m having a reverse case of Stockholm Syndrome with “Standoff”: The more time I spend with it, the less I like it.
  6. I don’t get a kick out of you, “Happy Hour.”
  7. The punchlines fell flat more often than not.
  8. A forgettable amalgam of "House", "CSI", and every hospital soap opera ever made.
  9. Unfortunately, the first two hours of “Dirt” give no sense that anyone wants to make an entertaining satire out of all this.
  10. Workplace comedies just bore me.
  11. The first hour’s writing, pacing and storylines were too pedestrian for me to recommend Cane.
  12. ["Gary Unmarried"] has lots of laughs. But not as many as tonight’s episode of the new Knight Rider.
  13. I have now watched two episodes of the new A&E series The Beast, and I am filled with questions. How many brain cells did I lose watching two episodes of The Beast?
  14. Kings is oddly tedious, thanks to a supporting cast of uninteresting characters and a script loaded with heavy-handed analogies to health-care reform, Halliburton and the Clintons.
  15. Unfortunately, neither Bates nor Kelley seems to have any heart in this show. Picking up pretty much where he left off with "Boston Legal," Kelley turns the courtroom into Air America.
  16. But if its idea of entertainment is a new domestic terrorist threat every week - as it is in tonight's debut - no thanks. As for the stars, Harmon is Harmon, an acquired taste I never acquired. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]
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  17. Mamet has supplied Phil Spector with his signature rapid-fire dialogue, but nameless attorneys and consultants interrupting one another only set the table for more tiresome time with Pacino.
  18. This comedy is set in a paper-supply sales office where people seem to work hardest at finding ways to kill time. I must say that it was an extremely realistic presentation: While watching the program, I kept looking at the clock and longing for it to be over so I could go home. [24 Mar 2005, p.E6]
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  19. A contrived and predictable drama in military dress. [23 Sep 1995]
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  20. The show’s recycled vampire mythology fails to justify this level of bloodletting, which even fans of “The Walking Dead” might find gratuitous.
  21. A flimsy little procedural that uses logical and technological leaps of faith to hide its central problem: lack of co-star chemistry.
  22. These brothers are like most WB stars and starlets, pretty faces with negligible theatrical skills.
  23. It’s not well-cast.... It’s not well-written.
  24. A familiar mishmash of David Kelley formulaic elements.
  25. A truly baffling series about surfing, screwed-up families and miracles.
  26. If I tell you that The League is a reprehensible show, I’m not really telling you that much. The new improvised-comedy series airing at 9:30 tonight on FX wears its reprehensibility with pride.
  27. All I know is the barrage of jittery camera angles, herky-jerky editing, scary noises, angry lighting and unexplained visitors in the background gets really boring. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
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  28. A standard-issue WB teen soap opera about love and basketball that promises to get better because it can't really get much worse...It has no distinguishable stars and worse, for all its dramatic story lines, no real passion. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]
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  29. Shockingly unfunny.
  30. [A] surprisingly brain-dead series.

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