Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,329 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 Justified: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Partners (2014): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 869
  2. Negative: 0 out of 869
869 tv reviews
  1. Where is this headed? Who knows? But it's heading there slowly. Nevertheless, the cast--Common, Meaney, Heyerdahl and Mount--is good, while the Old West still feels especially beautiful and perilous.
  2. Kaling's good (and always is), but the pilot is just not all that funny.
  3. Above-average newcomer with a great actor in the leading role and frosty grace notes throughout.
  4. There's a glimmer of hope here, and her name is Rebel Wilson. Now, the show needs to match her talents.
  5. In the end, don't much like Ray Donovan.... [But] Donovan ultimately succeeds on the little things--some very good performances by some very good actors and sharp dialogue by Biderman, who knows how to write Tough Guy talk with the best of them.
  6. If you love Zooey Deschanel, this one's for you. If not, a pass.
  7. Watch for any length of time and you may--as I did--have the eerie if not unpleasant feeling that you've been teleported to a decent network cop show from the 1970s.
  8. Like opening a time capsule. The boys remain the same. At least their snark has been updated for contemporary targets.
  9. Mostly this show belongs to Harmon, once a key member of the "Law & Order" ensemble. She's likable and intriguing. That salvages an otherwise average cop show.
  10. Not terrible--really--but not yet remotely the winner NBC so badly needs either.
  11. Rubicon unfolds at a languid pace, dispensing information at the rate a not-quite-broken kitchen faucet dispenses drops. You want it to speed up. You want some urgency. You want a few more thrills in this thriller. At least this average TV viewer does.
  12. Hot in Cleveland is a by-the-numbers sitcom with a couple of laughs, an inoffensive premise and four seasoned actresses who make the material much better than it is.
  13. Unfortunately, one show's a classic, the other a near knockoff. Nevertheless, Poehler's still got plenty of appeal here.
  14. Malibu Country is nothing great. But its studio-shot sitcom style sure suits Reba.
  15. The cast feels solid, and likable, jelling swiftly.... Then comes that final distasteful sex gag. Let's pray it's just pilot-itis.
  16. [Bakula and Pounder] should make the process of watching--or chore of watching, depending on your appetite for more of this formula--just a little more agreeable.
  17. You're the Worst exudes some charm (Cash is rich indeed) but can't keep from overstepping, either. It's saved by relationship detail and human vulnerability that "Married" utterly misses.
  18. Lucky 7 might offer more to like than authentic texture of place, race, personality and workplace emotions.
  19. Tonight's premiere may seem like ridiculous twaddle, and it may feel like a major downer (and kinda sloooow), too, but maybe that's just Bruckheimer playing with our heads. In fact, Hour deserves a second look (next week is definitely better).
  20. Forgive the pun, but this brass needs polishing. The Green/Burgess team is one of TV's best and we hope they'll make this show as sharp and compelling as it should be.
  21. Been here/seen this--a lot--but familiarity could work in favor of Deception.
  22. Skies needs more horror. Less talk. More dramatic tension. Less (ummm) talk. More crazy, wild shootouts with the despicable aliens, who don't seem particularly bright, by the way. Less (all together now) talk.
  23. If it wasn't a docucomedy, it would just be dull.
  24. Mann and HBO deserve much credit for profiling these extraordinary people. It's just too bad the execution tends to be a little long-winded or not nearly as expansive as it should be.
  25. Let's say Lone Star has its work cut out for it, and so does Wolk. His portrayal is too nice--too romantic, too good-hearted, too bland--to make Allen interesting, or at least convincing.
  26. The McCarthys--good-natured, old-fashioned, unchallenging--isn't a bad sitcom, just an obvious one.
  27. This is four hours of love and music, but the film also wants to address the many controversies, then excuse them. The result: Some lily-gilding, and far too many observations we've heard far too many times before and factoids, too.
  28. The Tenth Inning is dutiful, sober and thoughtful. No spitballs are thrown. No banned substances have been added to bloat it up to obscene, grotesque proportions. What is missing in at least tonight's installment is surprise, or the pleasant shock of learning something brand new or unexpected.
  29. It feels observed, rather than lived in. Enacted, rather than unfolding.
  30. Familiar doesn't mean bad, and there's some likable charm here.

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