Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,322 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 7
Lowest review score: 0 Momma's Boys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 864
  2. Negative: 0 out of 864
864 tv reviews
  1. They've translated the radio show's aural mosaic to the visual medium so effortlessly in this first season of six half-hours, we hope Showtime orders more of this life we all can recognize.
  2. Fans of "The Sopranos" looking for a new Sunday-night must-see may find it here - though perhaps not fans driven to fits by that HBO hit's ambiguous conclusion.
  3. There's real thought behind The West Wing, a blessed exhilaration in this increasingly apolitical medium. For those who remember when '70s TV comedy took on the world, this is a welcome arrival. True, the pilot takes some fish-in-a-barrel potshots at sanctimonious evangelists, in Sorkin's speechifying manner from "Sports Night." But it also delivers that series' satisfying depth of reflection and rich characterization. Eventually. Once we know who these people are. [21 Sept 1999, p.B27]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shannen Doherty as a witch. Perfect. [6 Oct 1998, p.03]
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  4. Shatner has never been funnier - on purpose or inadvertently. [1 Oct 2004]
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  5. The real-world intrigue is matched in dramatic flair by Chuck-world jeopardy. His store's fierce assistant-manager competition resounds as fatefully as saving the universe from evil. Which makes the dark light enough and the light dark enough to meld into a tasty escapist treat.
  6. The show is textured like a play. The characters, as they say in the theater, are fully realized. It's incredibly well-acted. [5 Sep 1991]
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  7. Humans vs. cyborgs in a movie spin-off that's surprisingly effective for fans of both action and character drama.
  8. The filmmakers' assurance makes this miniseries play more like bang-up drama than fact-filled documentary. Yet their facts pass informative muster, and emotional validity, too.
  9. Human beings live on the corner, and "The Corner" makes us care about them. [16 Apr 2000, p.D15]
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  10. Giving us hope are Kapinos' brisk writing and Duchovny's agile performance, conveying smarts, savvy, self-indulgence and sad stupidity in equal amounts.
  11. It's a warm, powerful, 90 minutes, slow and moving and wonderful as the 37 previous episodes - and a satisfying conclusion. [11 Oct 1993]
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  12. A rich character drama and riveting suspenser that makes Fox's "24" seem lackluster.
  13. It's fabulous in every sense of the word.
  14. A rare and almost totally unexpected triumph.
  15. Even if we are being taken for a ride, there's so much to savor on this trip. [12 Sep 2003]
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  16. These folks know how to hit a note, and hold it, which means "Burn Notice" doesn't wobble around wondering how serious/silly to be. Its pitch is perfect.
  17. Well written, well produced and well acted. [2 Jan 1995]
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  18. It's all sharp and snappy.
  19. On top of the stars' subtlety and Fuller's verbal wit, Sonnenfeld's pilot direction ladles layers of flashy frosting--theatrical camera angles, emphatic zooms, intensified color and those heavyhanded moments when the narration can't quite straddle the sap line.
  20. Creator Vince Gilligan ("The X-Files") never loses touch with the mundane reality that so brilliantly magnifies its absurd horrors.
  21. The writing is witty, the acting wonderful, the production values superb. It's a little cornball and musty, but, hey, that's what comes from authenticity. And "Remember WENN" above all is fun - at least for anyone who knew radio when. [10 Jan 1996]
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  22. This is just an action fairy tale, a modern Saturday afternoon serial or contemporary penny dreadful, designed to keep us hanging on its every outlandish turn by exasperating us, if necessary, with characters we love to hate and contrivances we delight in dissing. ... It's insulting to our intelligence. And we can't stop watching. [28 Oct 2003]
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  23. It's hilarious, really, and refreshing, and original and - absolutely - an acquired taste.
  24. "Mrs. Harris" unfolds with a basic playfulness that keeps the mood light even as the story becomes dark indeed.
  25. Gorgeous to look at. [25 Mar 1999]
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  26. The most thought-provoking new series of the year on TV. [6 Oct 1999, p.B39]
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  27. "Buffy" is the best show of the year about kids in high school, with the most refreshingly original dialogue and pop cultural references. [17 Nov 1997]
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  28. As bizarre as things can get, Torchwood still feels more like sci than fi, and more ego/id than alien vs. human. The Gwen character in particular radiates intelligence, and empathy, and curiosity, about what's out there and what lies inside Jack. We can't help but share her, um, enthusiasm.
  29. As a law show, "McBeal" is not as good as "The Practice." It has a lot of unrealistic, implausible, even surrealistic law. What it does well is show the compassionate, human side of the law profession, outside the courtroom. [9 Feb 1998]
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