Miami Herald's Scores

For 528 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Maximum Bob: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Three Wishes: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 277
  2. Negative: 0 out of 277
277 tv reviews
  1. Sharply contrasting with the florid Borgias is AMC's emotionally spare and atmospherically dank series The Killing.
  2. In The Flesh at first seems to be offering itself as a fractured metaphor, with zombies standing in for blacks, gays, Muslims or the social victim of your choice. But the show quickly veers into something sweeter, sadder and more thoughtful--a meditation on forgiveness, redemption and second chances.
  3. Murder and sexual predation sure look fun when they're done by pretty people in luscious gowns. Jeremy Irons is splendidly depraved as Rodrigo, and Holliday Grainger (Robin Hood) so sunnily sweet as Lucrezia that it's damn near impossible to hold a little arsenic against her.
  4. It's a stylish, elegantly plotted tale of a young woman's sociopathic thirst for vengeance.
  5. Happily, Golden Boy not only manages a fairly original take on cop shows but actually turns out to be surprisingly intriguing.
  6. Starz, however, has re-imagined the doings of Arthur, Guinevere and the gang as a bloody, bodice-ripping medieval soap opera, and the result is surprisingly satisfying.
  7. Guys With Kids is a perfect confection of witty dialogue and slapstick action.
  8. This peculiar comedy-drama has some cockeyed wrinkles that make it interesting.
  9. You just can't get through two minutes of Back to You without a belly laugh.
  10. It is at once insanely juvenile and very sophisticated, appealing to a funny bone that, as an adult, I try to hide. I feel guilty about laughing, but I laugh anyway. [13 Aug 1997]
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  11. It's the lack of moral clarity that makes Damages so spellbinding. Every character wears multiple masks; every action is cloaked in ambiguity and, often, outright duplicity.
  12. Schreiber’s powerful portrayal of a man whose elemental rage is on a collision course with a rising moral consciousness is the driving engine of Ray Donovan. But it may not even be the show’s best performance.
  13. Last Resort's premise alone promises a pretty good action thriller. But co-creator (with Karl Gajusek) and writer Shawn Ryan has produced something much bigger and better than an exercise in bang-bang.
  14. That single season will be hellacious fun. Stuffed with visual puns and sly homages to horror movies from Jaws to Poltergeist, Harper's Island relentlessly mocks film grammar with set pieces that take off in unexpected directions.
  15. Unforgettable is a quirky, captivating take on the police procedurals that have been a staple of the CBS schedule over the past decade.
  16. Miller and Liu, simultaneously irritating and charming each other, make Elementary far more watchable than anybody could have expected.
  17. Big Shots matches affecting characters with genuinely funny stories and dialogue.
  18. A perverse pleasure to watch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hilarious...The series doesn't break new ground artistically, but it's got a main character who's already a classic. He seems as fully formed as Frasier or Seinfeld's Kramer. He could become television's new king of self-delusion. [10 Aug 1996, p.1G]
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  19. Americans in their 20s have few good-time memories in their young-adult lives. If they can be coaxed away from their computers to the television screen, they may find themselves bonding with the characters of the well-acted and intelligently written My Generation.
  20. Durst’s books all offer the same engaging elements that the BBC makes such excellent use of in this two-part miniseries: The claustrophobic lifeboat atmosphere of a society teetering toward its doom.
  21. Welcome to ABC's V, the final, the most fascinating and bound to be the most controversial new show of the fall television season.
  22. The show shrewdly offers more than a monster of the week, with some absorbing subplots that continue from week to week.
  23. Half a century and half a dozen wars later, it may seem that there's nothing left to say about Vietnam. But Vietnam in HD proves that there is, and says it dazzlingly, horrifyingly well.
  24. Those patient viewers who do stay will be richly rewarded with a humanist story that gains traction as it goes--a vivid and intimate character piece meant to be savored like a spicy gumbo.
  25. Sharply written and acted.
  26. Damages returns to spiteful, vindictive and wildly entertaining life Wednesday night after resuscitation by satellite-television provider DirecTV.
  27. With dazzling action scenes and a pair of stars who ooze charm and sensuality, Undercovers easily overcomes its predictability.
  28. Crumbs' approach to the foibles of the family, though not for the tender-hearted, is raucously funny.
  29. Welcome to the tawdry, tantalizing and altogether terrific world of Gossip Girl.
  30. Suburban rage may not be pretty, but in Nip/Tuck, it's always funny. [22 July 2003, p.3E]
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  31. A potent brew of family melodrama, crime-thriller tension and conspiratorial intrigue, Blue Bloods may actually bring some viewers back onto the sinking ship of Friday-night television.
  32. The CW's tale of an evil twin and an even eviler twin, is devious doppelganger drama at its best.
  33. True Blood is an unlikely but irresistible mixture of pungent political satire, observant pop sociology and lurid drive-in thrills.
  34. A raucous, raunchy and utterly loving account of life at the bottom of the military food chain.
  35. Smash doesn't dabble in sociology: It's pure greasepaint melodrama. Sneer all you want, but if you sneak in a secret smile now and then, that's OK, too.
  36. Bello's performance as the weather-beaten Timoney, swabbing her emotional scars with alcohol, nicotine and invective, is easily the highlight of the fall television season.
  37. The multiplicity of story lines and characters turns Las Vegas into a complex undertaking, but Caan, Duhamel and their excellent castmates make it work, brilliantly. [22 Sept 2003, p.4E]
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  38. But for all the laughs, Being Human never loses sight of the menace of its characters.
  39. The uncommon acuity of Boyd's script is immeasurably bolstered by an outstanding female cast.
  40. Torchwood: Miracle Day is smashing entertainment.
  41. Akerman has wit and style, and so does the show.
  42. A dark gem of a show.
  43. Innovative, daring and--most importantly--funny, Aliens in America is a fresh take on an old problem, the loneliness of being different.
  44. There's nothing at all subtle about the gloriously absurdist Wilfred.
  45. Everybody in Brothers is funny, but the unquestioned star of the show is Pounder, a rapturous mix of menace and guile in the struggle to keep her men in line.
  46. The Company is a gripping requiem for the Cold War and the men who fought it.
  47. It is a powerful and often heartbreaking piece of filmmaking that ponders just how thin our veneer of civilization really can be.
  48. Watching this conspiracy, class warfare and romantic indiscretion collide makes for a hugely engaging show, all the more so because of the lushly photographed Victorian settings and droll dialogue.
  49. O'Dowd and Garai are fascinating as they make their characters grow in opposite directions--he more steely, she more compassionate--over the course of the show.
  50. Cutler’s documentary The World According to Dick Cheney is a rousing piece of work.
  51. The sordid ugliness that festers inside Magic City's voluptuously beautiful wrappings makes irresistible television.
  52. Sins of fathers and mothers not only visit each of the characters, but infest them; the show shimmers with an inner core of volcanic anger that makes it far more interesting than your average family soap.
  53. Shark works some of the same ground as Fox's new legal drama Justice, but with far more wit and style.
  54. The show's witty, inventive writing would be fun even in the hands of a less capable cast.
  55. McKidd and castmates Gretchen Egolf as his wife Katie; Reed Diamond as his brother Jack, a cop who used to date Katie; and Moon Bloodgood as his spectral fiance, Livia, play this with just the right mix of credulity and dry wit.
  56. Archer is a millennial (and very much R-rated) "Get Smart" that acerbically and hilariously plays on our post-9/ll fears that "U.S. government intelligence" might be a grim oxymoron.
  57. Mixing paranoia, bleak humor and post-9/11 exhaustion in a potent story-telling brew, it's one of the new television season's most promising dramas.
  58. Roth makes for a tartly witty hero, the mysteries are intricately plotted, and the show makes the most of the weird dynamics of an office where the boss can ferret out everybody's secrets.
  59. Terriers, FX's comedy-drama about a pair of bargain-basement private eyes, is a piquantly funny sojourn among lovable losers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    South Riding has everything you could want from a Masterpiece event: perfect period details, a forlornly gray surf, a swelling soundtrack, disputes over crunchy-gravel real estate, whistling trains and black-tie dinners in hotels, a believable and compelling story involving multiple characters and plots and a faithfulness to its original material that allows for a textured, even sorrowful, bleakness.
  60. In Californication, [Duchovny] gets to take full advantage of his low-key comic approach, and the result is irresistible. The rest of the cast matches him riff for riff, especially British actress Natascha McElhone as the disenchanted Karen and young Madeleine Martin as their 12-year-old daughter Becca.
  61. Padalecki and Ackles are hunky, funny and a joy to watch.
  62. It's a testament to the remarkable performance of Collette that it will never occur to viewers that Tara's behavior is anything but a mortal compulsion. Her remarkable moment-to-moment morphs from teeny-bopper slut to Stepford Wife to biker brute and then back again beggar the imagination.
  63. Like other creatively ground-breaking series -- it slightly resembles Cheers, St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting and Twin Peaks -- Exposure beguiles its audience with unusual stories that take television to a new frontier. [23 Sept 1991, p.C1]
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  64. Schwartz's good eye for characters and cutting sense of humor--makes Chuck a thoroughly enjoyable romp.
  65. This tale of a lonely cop left behind by everyone--partners, friends, lovers, even the criminals he pursues--has a piercing melancholy that elevates it way above its fantasy trappings.
  66. The show is not without the occasional car chase, but its real strength is in its evocation of the schizoid paranoia of the double life of intelligence.
  67. Chronicling the opposite relationships requires Mad Love to bounce from light romantic comedy to murderously hostile wisecracks and back again, which it accomplishes with considerable deftness. The show's quick wit is matched with a talented cast, particularly Labine.
  68. In any season, I'll Fly Away would stand out for its sensitive writing and acting. [7 Oct 1991]
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  69. 30 Rock... is pretty darn funny, a bitterly merry comic jihad against corporate stupidity and mendaciousness.
  70. Suits is far more than a whimsical caper show. Beneath its cuttingly funny dialogue lurk complex emotional edges.
  71. Hit & Miss, once you get past the successive bombshells of its opening minutes, is a painful yet endearing drama about trying to build a family in a landscape blighted by loneliness and rejection.
  72. Welcome to The Goode Family, a scathingly funny report from the front lines of America's culture wars.
  73. Watching him color in the lines of his own personality is fascinating. [19 Sept 2002]
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  74. No Ordinary Family is no comic-book kiddie show but a perceptive and engaging comedy-drama about domestic dysfunction.
  75. With a charming and funny cast, there's lots to like about What I Like About You. [19 Sept 2002]
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  76. A very watchable hour of TV. [23 Sep 2002]
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  77. Much edgier in confronting issues of class and ethnicity. But it never loses its sense of humor. [19 Sept 2002]
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  78. Reaper is a hilariously fractured commentary on Gen Y.
  79. A show with the twin themes that life is high school and the past cannot be escaped sounds inordinately depressing, but the writing and performances on Emily rise far above the apparent limitations.
  80. If many of these plot and character elements are straight off the bargain shelf at the Boxing Melodrama R Us superstore, Lights nonetheless gives them new life--partly thanks to a superlative cast and partly because the show resists the biggest cliche of all: the boxer as innocent victim of poverty and circumstance.
  81. No television series has been built around a less likable character, or rendered itself so strangely, compulsively watchable as a result.
  82. Revolution is big, bold and brassy adventure, a cowboys-and-Indians story for end times.
  83. As science fiction, Roswell is passable entertainment, sort of a less-dark X-Files. It rises above that, however, through the relationship of Liz and Max. Appleby and Behr make their characters crackle with magnetic attraction. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
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  84. It's only measured against that formidable benchmark that the spinoff falls short of those expectations. It's a solid drama, but it's no Law & Order - yet...On its own, it's a good show. But it's got the genes to be great. [20 Sept 1999, p.1E]
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  85. It's funny and warm and I dare you to watch it without getting your pants charmed off.
  86. It’s entertaining and engrossing.
  87. It may not be entirely fair to call a show as complexly layered as The Good Wife a crime drama, though at some basic level it is, with a bleakly luminous Juliana Margulies playing a novice criminal defense attorney who's painfully learning the sport of judicial hardball.
  88. Neatly staged, with one surprise after another in a geometric progression of suspense, The Event's pilot episode leaves a lot of tantalizingly unanswered questions.
  89. This unsettling documentary series on the cable WE network, which follows a dozen Kansas City girls through four years in their suburban high school, suggests we've come a long, hard way from "Grease."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fox's return to prime-time TV finds him hitting his mark...What's more, the actor is surrounded by a likable cast. [17 Sept 1996, p.1C]
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  90. Dave's World is shrewdly observant. It's a success by more than a few nose hairs. [20 Sept 1993, p.6]
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  91. Refreshing, low-key and true to its small-town Texas setting, the series goes against the grain of most so-called current "family entertainment." This isn't another inane sitcom with dopey adults and unbearably cute kiddies. Everyone here seems natural, real. [1 Oct 1993]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you've followed the TV careers of Charmed's stars -- Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210), Holly Marie Combs (Picket Fences) and Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss) -- then just the idea of all three being in the same show makes it worth a look. The premise is at times campy, but it works. [7 Oct 1998, p.3D]
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  92. Elfman's wacky persona injects new life into the tired sitcom premise of opposites attract. [24 Sept 1997, p.4D]
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  93. In the premiere episode, there are times when it is difficult to believe Ally is a top-notch lawyer, given her tentative, almost little-girl nature. Then there are scenes like her frank and catty discussion with Billy's wife... that are great fun to watch. [8 Sep 1997]
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  94. Lowlife though it may be, Twins is just plain funny.
  95. Surreal and then some.
  96. With so many different directors and writers involved, it's always hard to judge where anthology series may be going. But the first two episodes of Fear Itself are good, goosebumpy fun, with the deft set-ups, rousing action and surprise endings of a comic book.

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