Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,132 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Woops!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 741
  2. Negative: 0 out of 741
741 tv reviews
  1. A critic for this paper once declared "The Wire" "the greatest dramatic series ever produced for television" and as the fourth season gets under way Sunday night, there's no reason to quibble with that assessment.
  2. "Galactica" is so beautifully designed, shot, edited and acted that you can practically smell and taste its emotional validity.
  3. The Shield (this season and every season) is an intoxicating head-gamer of a show that grabs you by the throat.
  4. Entourage--at least in original episodes--has been off the air for one solid year, but when that title song from Jane's Addiction kicks in, it's like an old friend calling--only this time, the friend seems worthier, and his stories more interesting.
  5. You can't go wrong with Smith ("That '70s Show") or Lenehan, pros with impeccable comic timing, which leaves relative newcomers Bornheimer and Hayes. Thumbs-up here, too. Worst Week may be the best new comedy on network TV this season.
  6. Anyone who enters this fantastic and beautifully realized play-scape--which remains ever so slightly ghoulish--will stick around. This is a winner.
  7. The producers ("Alias" alums Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec) have created a Dickensian (with a nod to L. Frank Baum) universe, draped in shadows, pastels and mystery, while aurally wrapped in chestnuts from the Sweet, Five Man Electrical Band and the Ramones. This new series has enormous promise.
  8. Far, far, far and away NBC's best new pilot of the season and one of the best new shows of the season, on any network -- commercial or cable.
  9. This is TV's best comedy. And there's nothing in the first two episodes that would suggest otherwise.
  10. CSI is not looking for a facsimile, so fans can rest assured that Fishburne will evolve into a unique and valued lead on his own.
  11. This is TV's best and brightest at the moment, and a wonderful tribute to New York's resurgent TV production industry.
  12. Tonally, this often feels more like a psychological thriller than an action one, which is a very good sign. 24 is thinking, not just doing, and that bodes well for the later hours when our friend has tended to jump the tracks. All in all, a terrific start.
  13. It's smartly written; clinically interesting (Why is Tara this way?), and maybe even a metaphor for the challenges all women face.
  14. Breaking Bad is extraordinary, and if the rest of the season matches Sunday, an Emmy nomination for best drama seems certain.
  15. Lotsa fast banter and stylish direction will make some viewers dimly recall--as they are doubtlessly meant to--William Powell and Myrna Loy's late, great "Thin Man" movie series.
  16. Byrne is brilliant and--for the most part--so is this fine and absorbing show.
  17. One of TV's bleakest shows is also one of TV's best comedies. What a marvel.
  18. The Beales' story--predictably, sadly--descends into mutual recrimination, then near madness. It's all rescued by two stunning performances.
  19. What's here is pitch-perfect - the fear, loss, emotional devastation and, peculiar to this disease, silence.
  20. Who else but Larry David could have imagined that a "Curb" largely without the glorious Cheryl Hines could conceivably be funnier? Or that her absence might work as a comedic plot foil for one of its major story arcs? He did, and that's genius.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This was the best comedy on TV last season.
  21. Quirky, funny, smart, wonderful acting, surprise cameos by cherished actors (Steve Harris, "The Practice"), and a one-two punch by Chandler and Britton that is unbeatable. What's not to love?
  22. At turns it's sad, poignant, bitter and funny (yes, more than enough turns in that direction).
  23. Four immensely enjoyable hours. Alas, I can't speak to what happens during the remaining 20.
  24. Gorgeously acted, written, paced, structured and conceived, "Damages" remains one of the best shows on TV--and maybe the most enjoyably addictive.
  25. From this, you will gain a keen understanding of what lies beneath those endless rows of markers at any military cemetery. This is an honest and often magnificent tribute to the 1st Marine Division.
  26. This show--still TV's best--remains utterly true to itself.
  27. An addictive show, with great cast, excellent writing.
  28. True-blue fans will swoon. Everything they - you - love about this classic is laid out, banquet-like, Sunday night - the fashions, style, elegance, writing, characters, precision, beauty and most of all, the humor.
  29. This one is stylish, smartly produced and has a very appealing cast.