New York Daily News' Scores

For 1,181 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Cougar: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 486
  2. Negative: 0 out of 486
486 tv reviews
  1. The Alzheimer's Project is hard to watch. It's just not as hard as the disease it examines.
  2. Mental doesn't blow in with quite as fresh a breeze as "House." But it could get up into that division.
  3. ABC chimes in with its new animated sitcom The Goode Family--then pulls just enough punches so tonight's premiere episode feels like satire lite.
  4. It's still a reasonably funny show, thanks to first-rate performances from Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, a woman who deals drugs, and Elizabeth Perkins as Celia Hodes, a woman who uses them. [But] It's getting harder to maintain a sharp seriocomic edge when Botwin keeps slipping further into a world where there just aren't a lot of inherent laughs.
  5. Without a grounding in vampire lore, many viewers won't get a lot of the nuances, including the humor, in True Blood. So as good as Paquin and company play it, this is another quality pay-cable show that does have a secret handshake.
  6. Underneath it, we also see kids. Yes, rich kids, but also insecure kids coping with the universal dramas of teenagers. That may be the most engaging part of NYC Prep.
  7. HBO bills Hung as a comedy, but it uses comedy the way it uses sex--to set up darker, more interesting and complex points. It's amazing how many of those are out there.
  8. Tonight's episode just feels a little too much like the first day of orientation, where we're squinting at nametags, instead of checking out what's for dinner.
  9. As usual with premiere episodes, it's not until the end that we start to sense which contestants we can ignore and which ones could be around awhile. The pace will quicken once we have a better sense of the lineup.
  10. Viewers willing to put in the work tonight could be rewarded with a complex, nicely turned drama. Those less interested can wait a week, when the 10 p.m. options will expand to include Jay Leno telling jokes. No scorecard needed there.
  11. Top Model runs smoothly enough so it doesn't need two hours, which means we spend too much time watching the contestants look at pictures of Tyra Banks on the wall of the house where they're staying.
  12. Nip/Tuck may sag a little here and there, but for what it is - a goof on medical shows--its scalpel still has an edge.
  13. Baldwin and Fey are entertaining without wearing the viewer out, the cast blends together well, and the way the show is structured--often feeling like a series of sketches--has produced some brilliant TV. Thursday night, however, feels like a semi-private joke.
  14. The transplant is unlikely to produce a dramatic rally. But it does give friends and family a reason to keep visiting.
  15. Those "Huh?" moments, combined with the general creepiness of religious cults, makes Big Love uncomfortable at times. But for continuous action and a multitude of subplots with a minimum of bad language, it won't disappoint.
  16. There's still a lot to like about Chuck, starting with the characters themselves....The romantic part is not, however, the only excess creeping in. Flashbacks, fantasies and slo-mo scenes seem increasingly prominent and that's not good, because they're much more effective--and funnier--if they're used sparingly.
  17. Caprica is well-crafted and good-looking, with solid acting. It's also encouraging that Syfy is willing to commit the resources to do it. Recruiting new voyagers will be the challenge.
  18. Leno did the show last night exactly the same way he does every show. He knows how to tell jokes and he can make his way through an interview.
  19. Parker's celebrity may help sell a TV show, but it's much more interesting to find a Civil War soldier in your own family tree than a long-ago public figure in hers....Genealogy is way better when it's participatory, not a spectator sport.
  20. At times, the opening night of season four gets almost that silly, though at other times it returns to its strongest suit, which is illustrating 1) the coexistence of powerful, conflicting forces inside the same person, and 2) the idea that absolute power corrupts.
  21. While the execution isn't perfect and the first episode feels a little cluttered, it has at least two ideas that create interesting drama and could even stimulate a little thought.
  22. The result will be more fascinating to those already invested in this sort of conservation issue than to the casual viewer, who may find the journey tough going and the nuances of the whole whaling question a little dense.
  23. The warning bell is that since the team begins as caricatures, the show could become a string of situation jokes. There's room for growth, though, as they say, and the creators wisely mixed up the cast.
  24. The pieces are in place for a solid drama-with-humor, the kind that cable channels are serving like aspirin these days. The problem is this show hasn't quite figured out yet how to integrate all the components into a uniform tone and direction.
  25. What makes it all work is the good time the Cassidys, especially David, are having in these roles. In the end it's contagious. Shakespeare, no, but clever enough to be good 'tween fun.
  26. Once you get past its somewhat misleading title, Mark Burnett's new Shark Tank is a well-paced hour that offers entertainment without humiliation.
  27. This show tackles a genuinely interesting issue: how high-achieving men cope with what society sees as demoting themselves by staying home while their wives earn the family money. It tackles that question in a calm and at times even insightful way.
  28. It does, however, wisely retain some of the elements that worked in the original, like characters who are interesting without being deep. We watch them because of what they do, not because we think there's a lot there.
  29. By staking turf between "True Blood" and "Twilight," Vampire Diaries hopes it has found the promised land. The danger is it could also be no man's land.
  30. In weeks ahead, the show will likely work out a balance between the jerk and the laughs. Then it can also start exploring the other characters, all of whom have the potential to fuel amusing ongoing subplots.
  31. It all adds up to an hour of decent entertainment, and there's room for enough character development to give NCIS: Los Angeles a personality of its own.
  32. FX has always had a good idea what viewers it's after, and the way TV works these days, a loyal cult can be enough. The League certainly has the goods to get one of those.
  33. Human Target lays a good premise and an intriguing character over a fairly stock detective story. It's not the worst way to spend an hour.
  34. Kell isn't Miranda, through no fault of her own. At day's end, Kell on Earth feels a little like a knockoff.
  35. Parenthood is liberally spiced with humor, and like all Ron Howard productions, it also has regular moments designed to make our hearts feel all toasty. But other parts aren't funny at all for the large Braverman family around which the show revolves.
  36. Scoundrels seems less concerned with how it sets up the rest of the series than with the laughs it hopes that setup will engender....Still, Scoundrels isn't all sitcom setups and repartee. At several points, just when we think we have one of the Wests safely caricatured, he or she will do something that surprises us.
  37. It all feels maybe a little too familiar.
  38. We're going to need a few episodes, though, to see whether the awkwardness will disappear, or if the show wants it to.
  39. The cop is a little too snarky, the nurse is a little too cavalier and the 16-year-old doesn't look a day under 21. That said, A&E's new Florida police drama, The Glades, still has some juice.
  40. Rizzoli & Isles features a good dose of humor and a lean style of storytelling that's reflected in the fairly small core group with which we will apparently be working.
  41. USA promises "characters," and Annie Walker is all of that. She just once in a while maybe needs to go with decaf.
  42. Ramsay remains an engaging TV character who understands that a significant part of his appeal lies in the fact that we're never sure when he could explode.
  43. So Weeds still has its highs. It just may not be all that long before we'll be getting the munchies.
  44. All in all, it's commendable ABC is so committed to recycling. Green is good, even if in this case, it's mostly the color of money.
  45. Linney, a terrific actress, anchors this cast nicely. We like them all, which is critical and helps us past the fact that Linney's wild-child moments break little new ground. Neither does the message The Big C ultimately delivers, which doesn't mean it's a bad one.
  46. In the larger picture, Hellcats has the deceptively tricky mission of taking what has been a 90-minute idea in most other incarnations and stretching it into an ongoing series. But it serves up plenty of eye candy to enhance the ride, so hey, gimme an M for Marti!
  47. The story and the chemistry work, but periodically the action feels rushed, as if we all know the drill and we might as well get it over with. Future episodes may correct that, because they'll need less setup work.
  48. The new sitcom Mike & Molly won't change your life, but it will make 30 minutes of it happier and more fun.
  49. Chase is as close as TV gets to a Western these days, and that's a good thing. It spins a good yarn. In the end, though, it also feels like TV's version of a "tweener." It's probably too big for USA, but it may not pack quite enough flair to stand out on NBC.
  50. Despite a good veteran cast led by Michael Imperioli, Detroit 1-8-7 doesn't immediately set itself apart from a whole pack of competing cop shows.
  51. This likable and predictable new sitcom about three couples in the same family probably wouldn't get a lot of attention all by itself. But slung in the hammock between "The Middle" and "Modern Family," two established sitcoms about endearingly off-center families, it should snuggle right in.
  52. On the correct assumption that almost no one watching TV today remembers the original "Defenders" series, CBS has created a new one with more swash, more buckle and results that are modestly entertaining.
  53. The Whole Truth gets a split verdict. Solid idea, inconsistent execution.
  54. Sister Wives isn't likely to spark mass polygamy in America, but it's the rare reality show that reveals things viewers didn't expect. It even has jokes.
  55. The rhythms feel off. The cuts don't feel as crisp, the transitions don't feel as sharp. Part of this may stem from the show's deliberate and successful attempt to look L.A. Where the New York edition always had a little grit.
  56. The opening episode of his new A&E reality show almost physically painful to watch. The good news is that if the viewer sticks it out, as Danza did, things will get better as the weeks roll along. They never get perfect. But he will eventually find his footing and win some props.
  57. Hollywood Treasure will intrigue film junkies and memorabilia collectors. For the rest of us, it's breezy amusement about a world that, like the movies themselves, we will always be watching from the audience.
  58. Fans of the comic book and first-rate psycho-horror may form a large enough audience to make this a hit. Those not in those groups may want to start by taking a deep breath.
  59. The storage hunters aren't warm and fuzzy. They're hard guys, always looking for the edge and the way to get that nickel first. On the other hand, they seem to like their work. In the end, what part of the American Dream is bigger than that?
  60. She seems distant and a little wary, like someone who has carefully built a comfortable life and sees no reason to invite a lot of strangers in. Her relationship with us is what she sees and shares. In the end, that seems fair enough.
  61. At many points, though, it feels like a one-man stage production, with Eccleston taking long navel-gazing trips into Lennon's psychic anguish.
  62. Watching someone explain the obvious may not create electrifying television, but once in a while, it's okay for TV to be more valuable than fun. Like when it comes to how you find a job.
  63. It's solid, urban-flavored comedy. Morgan isn't likely to make anybody gasp, as Kinison or Richard Pryor did, but there's nothing wrong with telling a joke well and, most of the time, he does precisely that.
  64. Gossip Girl will get some slack on repeating itself, because teenagers have an incredibly high tolerance for remixing, reworking and rehashing the drama in their own lives. But the show still has to feel fresh, which is why Monday's episode adds at least two new characters who promise to have significant impact on people we already know.
  65. The visitors return for their second season on ABC Tuesday night and alas, they still aren't quite as fascinating as you want them to be.
  66. Like any good graphic novel, The Cape doesn't forget to sometimes be funny. It also at times asks us to suspend disbelief.
  67. After you watch Wednesday night's premiere of ABC's doctor drama Off the Map, you might think the title means the show hasn't quite found its path yet. You'd be right. But it's got a shot to get there, with an engaging ensemble cast and a novel premise that could prove useful.
  68. The show's only visual, literally, is cartoon animation of Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington talking. That's a bold gamble because if the words aren't grabbing the viewer, there's nothing else to hold the fort until the words get good again....So as with radio, you ignore the lulls and focus on the keepers.
  69. Since we like scrappy underdogs, and Bates has the skill to slide from exasperation to amusement to determination, she just might coax this hybrid into the race.
  70. Retired at 35 does have the good sense to create a story. If it ever relaxes enough to tell it, the show could become more than "lukewarm in Florida."
  71. Poehler has great skill at delivering outrageous lines in a droll deadpan. That sets the tone for a cast, including Lowe and Scott, with similar abilities. Too many of the sketches, though, cross that fine but visible line between bemused absurdity and slapstick.
  72. Working Class doesn't seem to have any lofty ambitions. It's a family drama with characters who are a little goofy, but credible, and it seems to recognize that their interaction needs to be the core of the show's humor.
  73. The show has its tense moments. But it's closer to comfort television than "Hell's Kitchen."
  74. The first thing most people wondered last year when they heard a polygamist family was starring in a reality show was why they would want to do that. This opening episode for season two suggests some members of the family will be asking the same question. While this still doesn't make Sister Wives great television, it does shift the central drama to the fundamental question of how Kody Brown, his four wives and their 16 children can coexist with outsiders who frown on or condemn their lifestyle.
  75. Quantum Kitchen moves along at a good clip and Marcel creates dishes you won't ordinarily see on food shows. That could be the recipe for a novelty act, but it's hard to resist peeking under the lid.
  76. None of this is really new. It's still presented here in a way that provides a visceral appreciation for what's involved in extracting fuel from mountains.
  77. Definitive history The Kennedys is not. But most of the flaws explored here mostly make the characters seem human. The series credits wins as well as losses and sends most of its characters home on a positive note.
  78. Bower starts out seeming just a bit too young and green to command the throne, though he may grow into it as the weeks go along. The rest of the cast play their positions well, from the conniving Morgan to the inscrutable Merlin. And if once in a while things look like "The Young and the Restless," well, some truths are eternal.
  79. Fans will find much to enjoy here. At too many points, however, these first three episodes suggest that rekindling Upstairs Downstairs is not quite like riding a bicycle.
  80. For the nongeeks among us, watching HBO's sprawling new fantasy drama Game of Thrones is the epic TV version of trying to sort out the Middle East. That doesn't make it a bad show, and certain elements like the production can be savored by all.
  81. William & Kate is designed almost entirely as an opening act to the real wedding, a short guide to the players. It succeeds simply by not giving anyone a single reason to believe W&K won't live happily ever after.
  82. As the Loud family fractures and then reunites to fight back against their critics, Cinema Verite settles into melodrama that Lane's solid performance can only partly hold together.
  83. It's so heartwarming it would make a penguin take off his tuxedo in the middle of an Antarctic winter.
  84. Justice for Natalee Holloway, a title that sadly suggests more optimism than the movie delivers.
  85. It's a lawyer show with no aspirations to examine the legal universe. If it has any antecedent, it would be "My Cousin Vinny." So it's wise not to try to parse the nuances too closely here. Better to enjoy a steady stream of pop-culture banter and an attitude reminiscent of sophomore year in college.
  86. There's a lot of soap, and the dialogue can make you wince. But the characters just might make you care.
  87. Gettysburg aims for a mix of entertainment and information. It's not a bull's-eye, but it's a decent shot.
  88. It's still lively, still fun and still has the right touch of snap in the dialogue. But at times it's working a little too hard, and maybe requiring the viewer to work too hard as well.
  89. Heeding one of the elementary vampire show lessons, Chloe King sets all this against a backdrop of clever teenage banter and the awesomeness of teenage romance.
  90. Happily Divorced, TV Land's third shot at a new old-style sitcom--the George Segal parents-and-son romp "Retired at 35" is the other one--tries harder than "Cleveland" and generates fewer laughs. "Happily Divorced" is not without its pleasures.[...] Okay, Drescher, who most famously starred in "The Nanny," may be an acquired taste. But if you like her combination of attitude and accent, she provides a full dose of both here.
  91. If you can get past the setup of Suits, the ride could be fun.
  92. The ensuing jokes aren't new. The men-turned-women only want to know if this planet has a shopping mall. The men still won't ask for directions. nBut Groening has never relied heavily on subtlety, and his strong suits, like timing and tone, keep things moving.
  93. Once the race starts, the drill is familiar. Sand dunes, snowy peaks, raging rapids, weekly eliminations. It doesn't diminish the achievements of the contestants that we sometimes feel like we've been there and seen that.
  94. True Blood also sometimes seems to have a cast of thousands, despite being set in a small town, so all sorts of subplots have been simmering. The show evolves, as it has before, by starting the new season with a few more. It's a little wearing sometimes, to be honest, though it has enough narrative strength to keep hard-core fans happy.
  95. Like all mothers on TV dramas, Angela starts out annoying. That means we can probably count on her to say something wise at just the moment we least expect it. In the end, though, this is Thorne's show, and she carries the lead well. Now the writers and Dr. Donna have to find enough interesting places she can go.
  96. The individual interviews suggest the contestants here evoke about the normal amount of sympathy in find-a-mate shows.
  97. In the end, Citizen U.S.A. is heartening because it neither doubts nor ennobles those who have come here and decided to stay. Rather, it suggests that like every other citizen, each now has the freedom to succeed or fail.
  98. The Miracle Day mystery itself feels, at least at first, hopelessly tangled. Viewers may be willing to give it some time, though, because the action provides an entertaining ride.
  99. Alphas is hardly the alpha show in this supernatural-hero genre, but it's still engaging.
  100. While the writers are still finding specific situations they haven't tapped before, like Vince's trip to rehab, the responses, the dynamic and the jokes all feel like they're slipping into reruns.