New York Daily News' Scores

For 1,461 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 The Cougar: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 609
  2. Negative: 0 out of 609
609 tv reviews
  1. A complex and well-built drama that leaves the viewer wondering if there's enough humanity here to make the hard-boiled stories worth following.
  2. Hatfields & McCoys doesn't just explain a feud, it humanizes the people on both sides and reminds us how differently some of our ancestors lived just a few generations back.
  3. "Felicity" is a tolerable, even watchable family drama.
  4. The acting, led by Rhys Meyers, is solid. The costumes and production are good and the dialogue smooth, though one wonders if clergy in the 16th century really used the word "newfangled."
  5. Creator Kurt Sutter has found fewer openings to lighten the show as the story has darkened, and that continues to be the case. Still, we want to know what’s going to happen, even if the odds of anything good are about the same as the odds of the show ever winning the Emmys it deserves.
  6. Ethel comes off as a lovely family heirloom, something future generations of Kennedys can cherish. For the rest of us, it's a little less compelling.
  7. ABC's promise, a bold one, is "A New Beginning." That may be overstating what we see tonight, but at least we do get a brand-new guy for Sandra Oh's Cristina Yang to kiss. That's a good start. But as with any veteran show, some of the old mix-and-match gets redundant.
  8. 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.
  9. The laughs are here, some a little on the cheap side, but no more often than cheap laughs pop up in real life. Otherwise, by early indications, Pants makes us care about its characters.
  10. It doesn’t offer enough fun to balance out the multiple improbabilities in its storyline, the constant time-shifts, the hard-to-follow scenes in the dark or what we’re expected to accept about the legal and academic worlds.
  11. As a series, it could be a lot better, but there's no denying the appeal of the two musicians.
  12. Bent feels like a one-night stand where, in the morning, no one minds if you don't stay for breakfast.
  13. Jill and Vanessa aren’t discovering anything that “Real Housewives” watchers didn’t notice many episodes ago. Still, it’s reassuring to know the network that created the beast can also be amused at its underside.
  14. "The State Within" is challengingly cerebral - but at times, it's also almost painfully visceral. Don't miss it.
  15. There's soap here, and the liberated-woman part sometimes feels like a reach. But the show is fun, it makes flying look like fun, and yes, that line of stewardesses does look good enough to stop an airport.
  16. Like most of the best cable shows, Murder in the First strips the production and the cast down to the essentials, then executes them well.
  17. The action moves quickly, from one incident to the next, and the whole ends up a little more than the sum of its parts. "Reno 911!" may not be truly arresting television, but it sure looks like it, and is fun to watch. [23 Jul 2003]
    • New York Daily News
  18. While the move to New York opens new story lines, the first episode doesn't feel like a city show. It has a sprinkling of exteriors, but it doesn't feel as if it's really happening here yet. With a little time, though, Nancy can make just about anything work.
  19. There's an extent to which watching ad development becomes like watching someone write a song or a book. Unless you're in the game yourself, the result is the only part you really care about.
  20. The show clearly plans to unveil the science fiction slowly, in some cases letting us come to certain realizations at the same time as the characters. This will rule out some casual viewers, because Extant is a show to which you must pay attention/--a task which, happily, the writing and acting make rather pleasant.
  21. Chiklis is terrific. Too often, though, Vegas plays like a comic book, without much depth to its characters.
  22. The action will hold your attention, though Moby Dick is really more a drama of character and flaws and faith. At times, in fact, it lapses into melodrama.
  23. It has a sprawling cast, but even before the pilot is over, because of the clever way it's written, directed and acted, you'll know, and like, every single character.
  24. It’s a breezy show that’s fun without being just silly.
  25. Creator/writer/director Neil LaBute uses a theatrical style, heavy on dialogue. That works out well both for developing the characters and putting comedy into the situation.
  26. "Fun" hasn't been a big part of her job description, but she may have found some of it here.
  27. It has good characters and plenty of action. It keeps its science fiction accessible, not abstract. Maybe best of all, it has a great sense of humor.
  28. It all feels pretty dense and confusing to those outside the sci-fi world.
  29. Mostly, though, all the evidence together doesn't add up to an answer. Whatever went wrong with Aunt Diane that day, we don't know and may never know.
  30. At times Babylon feels like it’s paying more attention to comic setups than the drama. At other times it isn’t. It’s not only confusing to viewers, it’s confusing to the cast, whose lines sometimes seem almost cartoonish.

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