Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,646 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 United States of Tara: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1093
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1093
1093 tv reviews
  1. Taut, efficient and directed with a scalpel, Breaking Bad remains a marvel.
  2. Owner's Manual looks as sharp as you'd expect from cinematic-minded AMC -- whip-pans, slo-mo, montage, animations, infographics. Sounds great, too, with heart-pumping action music and industrial power sounds. Best of all, homework-doer Marcus (aka Sweet Cheeks) and scoffer Ed (or is that English Muffin?) are natural bicker-buds throughout, adding life and laughs to each half-hour that flies (or rolls) by.
  3. 'Flying Blind' is the one gem that stands out in the Fox lineup. The first show takes off like a jet. And the second show is even better. If it's against your religion to watch Fox, this one is worth straying for. [10 Sep 1992]
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  4. The most brilliant and wild network program of the 1980s. [28 Apr 1988]
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  5. Character--as the old saying goes--is a long-standing habit, and their habits remain very much intact. The same could be could be said of Justified.
  6. Africa convincingly, emphatically, establishes that you ain't seen nothing yet.
  7. All very much and happily remains the same--and unless you are an absolute die-hard insane fan who will find something to complain about here ... there really isn't all that much to complain about whatsoever.
  8. All charm and smarts, the best new NBC comedy in a long time. A winner.
  9. McDormand will win an Emmy for this. Already, there's no contest.... Cholodenko's direction is masterful, and so is the bleakly funny script by Jane Anderson, but they clearly have a vision that is both part of--and separate from--the source material.
  10. This is often a stirring and deeply felt portrait of people in an extended state of crisis.
  11. Cumberbatch and star British producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss ("Doctor Who") have performed quite a remarkable feat here--they've created something unique and pleasurable where so many have trod before.
  12. Sharper, smarter, more richly layered, detailed (and acted), Girls has improved upon its first season.
  13. Mad Men is back and back in all the right ways--the humor, the writing, the period details, and best of all, the flawless attention to these characters and their cluttered interior worlds.
  14. Had something special about it from the start: the mood, the writing, the acting. All the great series establish a mis-en-scene, a special environment that you can cut with a knife. I felt I was in a different place watching "Wiseguy." [30 May 1988]
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  15. 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.
  16. Whip-smart and skintight, Season 2 clicks like clockwork. You’re appalled, you’re LOL, you can’t wait to see next week.
  17. Every character bursts with life here, in what may be the most fully realized show on TV. [13 Aug 2007]
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  18. Full of joy, humor, brilliant writing and performances, and a deep unabiding love for what really makes Hollywood great--the women.
  19. This indisputably is Amazon Prime's “Orange Is the New Black.” That--believe me--is praise enough.
  20. This beautiful and often moving film resonates even more powerfully with Sandy in our rearview mirror, while Burns' favorite theme--the American character--is drawn here with great clarity.
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  21. Wolf Hall really is one of the great pleasures of the small screen this year, even if it doesn't initially make much of an effort (like Cromwell) to curry your favor. But stick with this one. The rewards are considerable.
  22. "Thirtysomething" was the best new drama last season, and it gets better with every episode. [13 Dec 1988]
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  23. The most wonderful show this year. ... The writing is only one of the miracles taking place in "The Wonder Years." What is so great about the show, and so different, is the conception of the kid and the acting by Fred Savage. [25 Dec 1988]
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  24. This is TV's best and brightest at the moment, and a wonderful tribute to New York's resurgent TV production industry.
  25. This second season has been marvelous. Now it's absolutely brilliant. [27 Nov 1989]
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  26. Felicity is the best drama of the year, a quality show of substance and intelligence, something worth watching. [28 Sept 1998, p.B23]
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  27. It's stunning for a TV mystery. It's actually mysterious. The mood, the characters, the surreal quality of how the story is told, are something different. It has a slow hypnotic movement, a style like a boxer in slo-mo. It hit me with tremendous energy and made me abandon despair at the state of TV mysteries. [5 Apr 1990]
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  28. Even at six hours, this tends to be more impressionistic, and less bound to a strict historic timeline.
  29. It's evocative, smartly structured, well acted and insists that the strange ride you are about to take will be worth every minute.
  30. Bleak and desperate? Possibly (the song [Peggy Lee's haunting cover of the classic Leiber-Stoller song "Is That All There Is?"] is just a sad song). But here's the surprise: Severance makes the opposite case.

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