Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,374 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Nashville (2012): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Choice: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 900
  2. Negative: 0 out of 900
900 tv reviews
  1. Anyone who wants to take a walk on the wild side and lose an appetite in the process, your show has arrived.
  2. There's enough human drama here to keep us occupied without having the walls fall down, too.
  3. The important thing about "South Park" is not what it looks like or the way the characters talk, but what they say. It's a writer-driven vehicle, like most of the better twisted adult cartoons. [13 Aug 1997]
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  4. The intimate moments have a gutsy realness, and the central characterizations are bedrock enough to sell us through the stereotypes.
  5. It's one tasty piece of lunacy.
  6. "Raines" is both thoroughly conventional and thoroughly unconventional; in fact, it often revels in its conventionality.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not exactly the freshest premise for a comedy. But what Coach lacks in flash or originality, it makes up in steady execution. A winning cast and decent writing will do that. [28 Feb 1989, p.II-13]
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  7. "Crumbs" is surprisingly good.
  8. "Without a Trace" is about the work, about the puzzle. If you want the untidy cop stuff, stick with "NYPD Blue." [26 Sep 2002]
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  9. Smart. [23 Aug 1998, p.D10]
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  10. Yes, there have been some valid questions about TV's recent embrace of the serial. (Too many? Will people stay tuned?) "Kidnapped" feels so fresh that viewers won't even care.
  11. Ultimately, viewers just have to work a lot harder to fathom John from Cincinnati than Tony from Jersey.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This handsome, moodily shot movie liberates the play from the confines of the tiny apartment with almost too many scenes on the bus, in a bar and, most chilling, in the back room of a beauty shop where the neighborhood abortionist boils forceps.
  12. And I like programs which show women as competent, caring, intelligent individuals. Young girls who start watching this program Saturday night are more fortunate than those in the 1970s who grew up with "Charlie's Angels" as role models. [9 Sept 1988, p.13]
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  13. A show that is so achingly familiar - in content, tone, stars, everything - that it's actually funny.
  14. Gossip Girl actually isn't bad by the standards of the medium--with "The Hills" pretty much being the standard--and it's even surprisingly competent.
  15. But what makes this show different is Jerry Stiller. George Costanza's father is now Doug Heffernan's father-in-law. And what a riot he is. [21 Sept 1998, p.B23]
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  16. The opening episode sometimes feels like a "Mad TV" sketch that's going on too long, and that doesn't bode well for the long haul. But that's not to say there's not plenty to laugh at - and even admire - in Wednesday's deadpan debut. [20 Jul 2003]
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  17. The writing is pointed, the direction tight. But what really makes it work is Tori herself, light, bright and vulnerably likable.
  18. I would say give them a chance. What else are you going to do for a half-hour after "Frasier"? [2 Oct 2001, p.B27]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the predictable conclusion, "Stargate SG-1," leaves many character threads dangling tantalizingly. If you aren't careful, this series could definitely hook you. [27 Jul 1997]
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  19. "Sleeper Cell" is nicely acted, produced, written, directed, but is still so deeply rooted in the conventions of the medium, that no matter how hard it tries, or how hard it wants to be something else, this still ends up Just TV.
  20. Congenial.
  21. The pilot still is often clever and engaging, but confusing too.
  22. A sentimental new series whose flaws are fairly easy to forgive. [26 Sept 2003, p.B03]
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  23. I was resistant to "life as we know it" at first, but it won me over (or wore me down). What seems prurience for prurience's sake turns out to be a good bit richer, kind of like "My So- Called Sex Life." [7 Oct 2004]
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  24. "The Nine" may well be the best of the crop - smart, clever and especially wise to the ways of this genre - but the challenge remains the same. This is work - admittedly often pleasurable work, but come 10 p.m. next Wednesday, we've got to do it all over again.
  25. The overall production--good, mostly efficient, and certainly not perfect.
  26. Good actors can get away with glib, and Woods is one of the best, persuasive enough to have you spotting freshness in the familiar and wisdom in cliches.
  27. Series star Treat Williams ("Hair," "Prince of the City") is such a fine actor, with so much natural gravity, that he can transcend all but the hokiest writing. And as the opener develops, the writing actually starts to meet him halfway. [16 Sept 2002, p.B18]
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