New York Post's Scores

For 816 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Ray Donovan: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 CSI: Miami: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 591
  2. Negative: 0 out of 591
591 tv reviews
  1. A show that manages year after year to accomplish that rare blend of Hollywood darling and fan favorite.
  2. One of the finest TV shows ever made.
  3. The second season is as good as the first -- just different. [13 Jan 2000]
  4. Without a doubt, Homeland is the best drama on TV right now.
  5. I tend to watch "Curb Your Enthusiasm" with open-mouthed amazement... The show is a drop-dead accurate, edge-of-your-seat depiction of the minefield through which we all tread everyday in our interactions with spouses, friends, business associates and that most dreaded of all groups, total strangers. [13 Sep 2002]
  6. Although it's been described by other critics as a cop version of "The Sopranos," I don't see it. The only similarities are the fact that the lead characters are unlikely sex symbols, and on both shows you've got a bad guy with a heart somewhere in there...So why is this still any good? Because Chiklis is so good, because the writing is very good, and the cast has actors other than great-looking Gen Xers who look like they fell out of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
  7. To paraphrase one of the great ads from the glory days: Between love and Mad Men lies obsession.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    [A] stunning French import.
  8. Showtime's edgy, edge-of-your-seat series, is, bar none, the best thriller on American TV.
  9. The acting here is first-rate, and the two adversarial cops investigating the case--Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman)--despise each other just enough to create a palatable tension. The second episode is even more provocative.... Riveting.
  10. Each week, the series takes on a Holmes classic, updates it, turns it on its ear and leaves you breathless.
  11. Frozen Planet [is] perhaps the single greatest accomplishment in nature TV history.
  12. Not as much sex as you may be used to, but plenty of action, and enough complexities to keep geeks, geniuses and fans glued to the strange and wonderful world of the Seven Kingdoms all spring.
  13. Nothing but shocker after shocker.
  14. I haven't the slightest idea what the heck I'm watching, but I've seen two of 'em now, and all I know is that two of 'em weren't enough. I wanted to watch a bunch more.
  15. This new 10-episode season boasts the same high quality of production that this series has always exhibited.
  16. The Game is worth it. Really.
  17. Some of the best performances seen anywhere on TV. They're all so incredible that it seems unfair to single out some and not others, but if you watch Friday Night Lights, pay close attention to Chandler, Britton and Gilford; Taylor Kitsch as beer-swilling lothario Tim Riggins; Scott Porter as the wheelchair-bound former quarterback; Brad Leland as team booster Buddy Garrity (especially him); and Jesse Plemons and Adrianne Palicki as Landry and Tyra, the school's most unlikely couple (especially them too)...Everyone on Friday Night Lights deserves an Emmy. And true to form for this great unsung show, none of them were even nominated. [5 Oct 2007, p.133]
  18. Disturbing, sober and flawless.
  19. It's the possibility of unlimited complications looming that make it so insanely riveting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A frisky little triumph of real spirit and a collaboration between creator-writer-supervising producer Paul Feig ("Life Sold Separately") and executive producer Judd Apatow ("The Larry Sanders Show"). You'll feel better about yourself, and television - if only you'll stay home on Saturdays to watch it. [25 Sept 1999, p.53]
  20. This is the funniest TV show I've ever seen. It might also be the best comedy series ever made, period. [2 Jan 2004]
  21. While this Sunday's premiere gets the season started a bit slowly, Episode Two is the rarest kind of TV show there is - one that you hope will never end.
  22. Treme is like Cajun food--it's spicy, it's weird and it's good, but it takes a while to appreciate.
  23. Was it worth the wait? Are you kidding me? Does London Fog make raincoats?
  24. The [first two episodes] are filled with mystery, suspense, action and the lush greenery of Hawaii, where the show is filmed. Be there. Aloha.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Felicity is not as flip as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and not as hip as "Dawson's Creek". But it is more than than "Ally McBeal Goes to College" or "My So-Called College Life"...It's an intelligent and gentle ode to the painful joys of growing up, one mistake at a time. [28 Sept 1998, p.75]
  25. In the weeks ahead, there is a tremendous amount of not-to-be-missed drama--including the area's first face transplant.
  26. It's funny, it's vicious, it's politically incorrect--in other words, everything that "Community" wants to be and isn't.
  27. As important as those set battles scenes are to the series, they are blended beautifully with the bravery, frailties, strength and weaknesses of the actual people involved.
  28. After watching the 10-hour Band of Brothers, I'm so drained by the intensity of what I have just beheld that I'm ready to declare this World War II miniseries the finest piece of work ever produced for television. [7 Sept 2001, p.117]
  29. This six-part series is so layered and unexpected that nothing follows a tried-and-true formula.... This is great TV.
  30. An intriguing, well-done documentary.
  31. The talented hopefuls they pick are either so needy, driven or over-confident that you can't help but to be riveted by their plights. [7 Dec 2005]
  32. In an age when TV is quickly going the way of all idiots, a show like this is a gift...I watched three episodes and can't wait to see more! more! more!
  33. The acting is terrific (by all concerned--there's no weak link), the writing stays true to the spirit of the show and nothing feels forced. That's the mark of a winner.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Though relying heavily on a formula, the writing of In Treatment could not be tighter or purer.
  34. For better or worse, The Shield set the standard for what is now permissible on basic cable. It's one of those shows I can't imagine living without.
  35. Its scripts - always among the finest on TV - are even stronger this time around.
  36. Will Big Love go out with a big bang? If the final season's opener is any indication, the answer is a big "yes."
  37. The contrast between the laid-back romanticism of the West Coast and the formality of New York is palpable in scene after scene.
  38. IF tomorrow's second- season premiere of Breaking Bad is any indication, the show's fans, who've been waiting a year for its return, will be dutifully rewarded for their patience. And if, like me, you didn't watch Breaking Bad last season, tomorrow's episode will suck you right into the weird, horrific, off-kilter world of Walter White.
  39. Nashville is arguably the best-written new TV series of the fall season.
  40. A bleak, slow-moving, humorless show that is still so good that you will be angry every time an episode ends.
  41. The series seamlessly moves between the horrors of war and the gentility of life in the show's titular 100-room manor.
  42. Fey's back to her day job tonight and 30 Rock is as funny as ever, as cynical as we hoped, and as fresh as if it were a freshman show.
  43. It's hilarious and even funnier this year than last.
  44. This new phase takes the show from sometimes cartoonish to serious, punctuated with belly-laugh dialogue. This is thanks, in no small part, to Michael J. Fox, who is in six episodes this year.
  45. I am happy to report that this series remains a 100-percent authentic, white-knuckled hair-raiser. [24 Oct 2002]
  46. As good and as riveting as the high school football-as-soap-opera show has been in the past, this season is even better.
  47. Unlike a few characters in seasons one and two whose lives I just wasn't interested in, I won't be skipping any therapy sessions this season. They are all fascinating.
  48. Combs does a great, great job--especially for someone who isn't known as an actor. And the rest of this cast glows. Don't miss it--and don't let your kids miss it either.
  49. The Walking Dead, the flat-out scariest, best, most unusual show to ever hit the small screen, is back, and I'm loving every sickening minute of it.
  50. "Elizabeth I" soars on every level from the writing, to the directing to the acting.
  51. If you're not a big fan of Gaga, or even if you think she's Madonna lite, this HBO concert film will make you a true believer--or a believer, at any rate.
  52. Where most of the new shows I've been forced to sit through lately do just about everything wrong, Gilmore Girls gets most of the fundamentals right, especially the acting and writing. [5 Oct 2000, p.95]
  53. Don't miss a minute of it. Finally, a reality show that delves into a world of fantasy.
  54. It's every bit as good as "The Sopranos" was in its prime.
  55. As usual, high-voltage drama ensues, including a big tear-down when one designer is given the completely wrong measurements for the model who will wear his gown.
  56. This one is not for everyone. I'm just glad it's one for me. [15 Oct 2000]
  57. If you love English mysteries, and love the old Inspector Morse, you will love young inspector Morse more.
  58. You'll be happy to know that at least as far as the first two episodes go (90 -minute season premiere this Sunday night), the show is better than ever--which would have seemed impossible.
  59. It’s both a learning experience and an emotional reminder of what can go wrong in that gray area separating man and machine.
  60. There aren’t many protagonists here, but that’s not the point; you don’t watch House of Cards for its uplifting message, but rather to see how much more Spacey, Wright, Kelly et al. can plumb the depths of emotional depravity.
  61. The art direction, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series. A bit slow at first, but it's a grabber once you get into it.
  62. OK - so plausibility is not this show's strong suit. It never has been. This show is about suspense, action and violence. And, as a look at the show's first four hours reveals, all three have been taken up several notches in the series' sixth season.
  63. In their own bizarre way each episode is very American, very naive and very full of hope. Oh, yeah - and a lot of laughs, too.
  64. I just finished watching screener episodes of Romano's new show, Men Of A Certain Age, which he created with "Everybody Loves Raymond" writer Mike Royce, and I'm blown away.
  65. Happily for you, when you see what each of those truly terrible characters is up to this year, your hair will stand on end like an FDLS lady with a sugar-water-stiffened 'do. It's so much more satisfying than a pizza and a night at the Bada Bing
  66. The producers of Work of Art have managed to take something that is never a big draw (excuse the unintentional cheesy pun), art, and have made it into something so enlightening and, yes, exciting that it's positively magical.
  67. Happily, "Weeds" hasn't dropped a petal or missed even a beat this season.
  68. It's a no-holds-barred (pun intended) look at the trying life and good times of Freddie.
  69. It is so crisp and clean and the clarity is so great that you will definitely forget that what you are watching is real.
  70. It's all as addictive as an uber-fresh, ice-cold slice of watermelon on one of the hills of Rome in the scorching heat.
  71. I will tell you that Lange and Barrymore deserve Emmys as does the production, which is so authentic you can see the real silk char meuse oozing off socialite shoulders.
  72. "Dexter" is a proficiently produced crime drama. Its best feature is its star, Michael C. Hall, who applies just the right touch to playing the nice, polite serial killer who lives next door.
  73. The third-season premiere [of] Homeland delivers a strong episode that repairs much of the damage done last season to this excellent show.
  74. The instant chemistry among the three judges was so right, they couldn't have created it in a lab. Everything that made us fall in love with Idol in the first place was back.
  75. If you check out Mad Men tonight, I guarantee you'll be back next week.
  76. If you weren't born when the Stones broke all the rules, you will get to see why these old guys were/are the greatest of all time. If you were around then you already know, but you still won't believe it.
  77. Kalyan, Byrd and Duncan will make you laugh out loud they are so good. And being standouts here is almost impossible because it's so well done.
  78. Both "The Closer" and Saving Grace are at the top of their games in tonight's premiere episodes.
  79. Even though we all know what happens, somehow in the hands of these magnificent women, you'll be wishing and hoping for a different ending.
  80. What would you get if you combined the brains behind "The Usual Suspects" and "The X-Men" with the writer of "Quiz Show" and "Homicide: Life On the Streets"? Aside from a lotta smarts, you'd get House, the best new show since "Lost." [16 Nov 2004, p.91]
  81. The Lebowitz film, Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by Graydon Carter--combines hilarious, contemporary interviews with Lebowitz about life in NYC, mixed with old clips of her in the Andy Warhol days, and great clips of her appearances on old talk shows.
  82. The best detective show to come along in, well, decades...It is so clever, that it makes you remember how good TV used to be - and still can be when they use actors who didn't train at Ford Models. And when they hire writers who can actually put two words together...I promise you, you've never seen anything quite like it. [11 July 2002, p.73]
  83. Great acting, writing and direction.
  84. This engagingly uncomfortable series is not like anything you've seen before.
  85. With an impossibly good cast, writing so spot-on it's poetic, and slow-build stories, I, for one, was left wanting more--even after watching the entire season.
  86. An outstanding documentary.
  87. The Tudors, Showtime's all-of-the-above series, comes roaring back Sunday night as fresh as its first season.
  88. By the second part of this excellent thriller you won't know who are the bad guys and who are the really bad guys, which is how it's supposed to be.
  89. Unlike almost all other shows, Nip/Tuck doesn't give you cliffhangers and episodes that lead up to finales - with this show, every episode is as good as a season finale. And as shocking. Number 15 blade, please!
  90. Titled Carrier, this series from Mel Gibson's Icon Productions might be the most candid look at everyday life on board a U.S. warship in wartime that has ever been filmed.
  91. If the "opening statements" don't have you on the floor calling for a back brace--because you've thrown your spine out from laughing--then you are either in a coma or watching a different channel.
  92. It just feels like nothing else you've seen on TV.
  93. The acting is as good as you'll see on TV (take a hard look at the genius of RJ Mitte, who really does have CP). And the script and plot are as out-there as creator/writer/producer Vince Gilligan's other series, "The X-Files."
  94. They've added a new element that makes it something I can finally (I'm sorry) sink my teeth into. They've added politics as blood sport.
  95. This show is genuinely ingenious, and hilariously outrageous - not to mention courageous. Plenty of people will find Chappelle's Show offensive - but then again, whenever you do something completely new, it's bound to offend somebody. In this case, it will offend a lot of somebodies. [22 Jan 2003, p.71]
  96. As much fun and every bit as exciting as the last season. [7 Sep 2004]
  97. Thorne: Sleepyhead, has enough twists, turns, red herrings and multi-layered narrative to keep you couch-bound for its entire two hours.
  98. One of the many excellent things about Downton Abbey is the variety of rich female characters creator Fellowes has fashioned.
  99. All the new characters are wonderfully drawn, including FBI agent Walker (Annie Wersching); bad, bad guy Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight); a new Chloe-type nerd (Janeane Garofalo). Especially good are Jones and her husband (Colm Feore), who is more consumed with solving his son's death than in being First Man. Whew! Thank God there is Jack Bauer--unchanging, unflinching.
  100. It's excellent on every level.
  101. Fire up the DVR before a dome hits and you won’t be able to watch all 13 episodes.
  102. I love this show. I never thought I'd love a reality show, because mostly I hated all those shows with their wannabe models, fat yutzes and half-wits who try to be as smart as the fat yutz from "Survivor" but are dumber than a family tree of Bushes. But this one actually is so good I am already addicted.
  103. If you love a big, seriously politically incorrect, brilliantly funny show that delivers belly laughs of the "South Park" quantity, then this one's for you.
  104. A hilarious new sitcom about a female vice president of the United States, Selina Meyer, played with insanely good timing by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
  105. By episode three, things are roiling up and rolling around.
  106. The only chink in the series' armour is the miscasting of Polly Walker as the evil Atia. She overacts so much, that it'll make you ache for Sian Phillips' long-ago portrayal as Livia in "I Claudius." While Rome's not as great as that old series, it's still deserves a helluva Hail Caesar!
  107. So what is there to like about this show? The same thing there was to like about "The Sopranos" and "The Shield" - great writing, insanely good acting, deeply troubled and deeply layered characters and a plot that will keep you glued to your seat.
  108. The show’s writing, pacing, flashback scenes and unexpected surprises fit like a comfortable shoe.
  109. If "Walking Dead" weren't alive, up and taking a vacation to generate new blood, Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies would be the best current sci-fi series on TV.
  110. Huge, a new series about overweight teens at a weight-loss camp, starts tonight, and I couldn't be happier if I'd just discovered calorie-free potato chips.
  111. It’s a great tale and beautifully told with beautiful actors.
  112. The best new show this season. [5 Aug 2005]
  113. Taking on Tyson is only a six-part series, but, in that limited time, this heartwarming, gorgeously filmed show reveals a terrifying man who has not just grown up, but grown into someone you now might want to know.
  114. I really, really, like the newest incarnation on the little screen. [6 Oct 2000, p.117]
  115. Clear History is so funny it made me want to order up some Palestinian chicken.
  116. It looks like AMC is three-for-three with their newest original drama, Rubicon, a throwback espionage thriller that takes place in the present--if the present were more like the 1970s than the 2000s.
  117. So far, so great.
  118. No pair of actors on any other show, new or old, on any network is as pleasurable to behold as these two. [1 Oct 2004]
  119. Sounds boring, but it's anything but.
  120. Every character is unique - but almost none compares in strangeness to Bobby Munson (Mark Boone, Jr.), a Jewish killer/gang member/Elvis impersonator. Yes, I love this show.
  121. You should be there on Sunday night to see the premiere of something new and hilarious, and completely different.
  122. If you love, history on History, don't miss this.
  123. A very funny comedy.
  124. So far, so great.
  125. Watch for the smart dialogue and the sweep of historical events. But mostly watch for Keaton in a career-best performance. You won't forget it.
  126. If you can get past the many face of Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI, in Showtime's lush and luscious historical series The Borgias, you're in for a full-out good time.
  127. This excellent series has too many of the usual experts and way too many ridiculous sound effects.
  128. I laughed so much, I'm sure I hurt something, maybe in my back, or maybe in my front. [16 July 2004, p.121]
  129. Happily, they are not your average sitcom weirdo crazy group-therapy people. These folks are oddballs, yes, but they are oddballs trying to overcome great tragedy.
  130. There are a whole lot of “Holy s--t!” moments, but it’s very real and astoundingly raw--without once giving you the idea these are show-off correspondents with a makeup artist and clean clothes.
  131. Bello doesn't need to adapt to anyone else's role model (literally), because she's created her own strong, stand-alone character.
  132. It's really a great movie, like a modern-day version of an old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney picture in which the kids put on a show that improves the lives of all who see it.
  133. The writing's crisp and the acting is first-rate.
  134. Everyone is spectacular, even the secondary players like Leonard Armond Robinson as Mickey Rivers, who steals more scenes than bases, and Erik Jensen, who so underplays Munson that he's mesmerizing - and, most especially, Michael Rispoli, who plays Jimmy Breslin - or should I say becomes Breslin? Don't miss it. Just great.
  135. If they can maintain that level of intelligence, then John Doe stands a chance of becoming the kind of special series - like "The Fugitive" and "The Prisoner" - that people will talk about for years to come.
  136. Showtime's glorious, gorgeous "The Tudors" is the best series since "The Sopranos." Period.
  137. A news magazine at 10 p.m. that is so smart, so unexpected, so entertaining and yet so informative that you might think you just stepped back in time 20 years.
  138. A very funny, very hip, very terrific sci-fi show.
  139. It is very well acted, it's got plot twists that rival the best soaps, and the writing improves with each episode (even though they crib some of its best lines directly from the British series)...I'm hooked. [1 Dec 2000, p.106]
  140. That rare TV show that comes to the air fully formed, as if everyone involved has been working together forever, instead of just a few weeks.
  141. If you thought "Tropic Thunder" was the funniest movie of the year and that everything Will Ferrell touches makes you laugh until you squirt Diet Pepsi out of your nose, then you will love Eastbound & Down.
  142. Not only is it really well thought out, but the good-looking kids in the show can actually act.
  143. "Daniel" is not that controversial, but is really pretty damned, oops, darned good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Charmed doesn't knock our socks off as relentlessly as the WB's wisecracking Buffy did, but it's headed in the wry-te direction. It also shows more early promise than Spelling's more famous soaps did in Week 1. [7 Oct 1998, p.83]
  144. It works, thanks to Purefoy's winning performance, pacing that never lags (the Olivia/Philip/Rist triangle is a diversion, quickly glossed over) and terrific writing.
  145. Mirren and Pacino are fantastic, and Tambor rightfully underplays the larger-than-life Cutler, who rivals Spector himself.
  146. Many expected to see Cheney not just screwed, but nailed to the wall. This documentary comes awfully close.
  147. Low Winter Sun grabs you by the lapels and pulls you--forcefully--right into its seamy, low-rent world of intrigue and double- and triple-crosses.
  148. It's not only laugh-out-loud-until-soda-squirts-out-of-your-nose funny, but it's also perfectly cast.
  149. A terrifically cast, intriguing series.
  150. It's one heckuva fascinating look into a world and a culture with which most of us have little or no experience.
  151. WHO knew Craig T. Nelson had so much charisma? [7 Oct 2000, p.55]
  152. Bobulova is delightful to watch, playing the younger Coco as winsome, stubborn, independent and gifted. MacLaine, seen always with a cigarette between two fingers, has less screen time, but she commands every minute in which she appears.
  153. Not only an important series, but a darned good, action-packed one.
  154. It is no small feat to pull off the trick of interweaving so many characters and storylines, but the producers of "Six Degrees"... have accomplished it with admirable smoothness for a series that is just getting under way.
  155. If "Runaway" is a harbinger of things to come, it, er, harbinges very well indeed!
  156. "Huff" is one of the best dramas on TV and easily the best one airing currently on pay cable.
  157. You will hate the real-life outcome, but will love the movie. This is flat-out the best cast ever assembled for a true-crime TV movie.
  158. While tonight's premiere episode is good, the show really sprouts wings and flies in episode two.
  159. As profane as "Deadwood" and as profound as "The Sopranos," the series strikes every right chord.
  160. These killers are more fun than a cemetery full of psycho zombie killers on Halloween.
  161. The miniseries--starring Greg Kinnear as JFK, Barry Pepper as Bobby, Katie Holmes as Jacqueline and Tom Wilkinson as Joseph Sr.--is without a doubt one of the best, most riveting, historically accurate dramas about a time and place in American history that has ever been done for TV.
  162. I might be insane, but I enjoyed every silly minute.
  163. A show so unusual in its format and plot that it will rival both "Lost" and "24" in creativity and "The O.C." in its character development.
  164. Jay returned with that smart and smartass mix of talent and controversy that separates the pros from the bores.
  165. A really good, really weird show.
  166. Maddening and exciting.
  167. The writing is so good, so clean and understated that it's a pleasure to behold.
  168. Despite the fact that it revolves around standard-issue teens with troubled, rich parents, it pushes the formula a few steps . . . make that several steps farther.
  169. A true-life movie so good, so well-written and yet sleazy enough to satisfy even the cheesiest viewers among us.
  170. Not only the funniest new show this season, but the strangest one since "Get A Life."
  171. They should call it "When Amish Go Bad." I'm talking about the insanely addictive new show, Amish Mafia, the most bizarre reality series, well, ever.
  172. A wall-to-wall weepfest.
  173. Kretschmann... delivers one of the finest performances seen on TV this year.
  174. The dialog is crisply Pileggi, natch, but it's the flavor of South Beach, the most exciting American city in the 1990's (before the tourists realized that it was safe to go back in the water) that's captured precisely.
  175. Huge fun and - if at all possible - almost as nerve-wracking as "Idol."