Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,323 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 Murphy Brown: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Choice: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 865
  2. Negative: 0 out of 865
865 tv reviews
  1. As a family, they are particularly eager to convey a sense of normalcy, but Sister Wives still doesn't have much interest in exploring the religious underpinnings or larger ethical questions of this anything-but-normal lifestyle. You're left without a solid clue why the Browns--all five of them--have gone to this much trouble.
  2. Good-looking--also lethargic, languid, listless and a little bit lifeless--at least in the early going.
  3. Sarah Palin's Alaska is part-travelogue, part-"Todd and Sarah Plus Eight," part-slick political infomercial, and part Mark Burnett hokum - and oddly fascinating for all those reasons.
  4. Nice looking, but not nearly enough action.
  5. Allegiance is a curious duck, indeed. Smart and sophisticated certainly, but -- occasionally--a bit dim-bulbed and hokey, too.
  6. At least Take Me Out has plenty of energy and camp.
  7. Consider Seed the cutoffs and flip-flops of the comedy dress code. Acceptable in summer. But just barely.
  8. While The Neighbors sketches something genuinely creative--and truly weird--its comedy doesn't really come together.
  9. The show juggled a lot of storylines last night, maybe too many, but the vibe feels right. "90210" is not a disaster, and the CW can now officially let out a deep ... sigh ... of relief.
  10. Falco--as always--remains one of TV's bright shining lights, but her Nurse Jackie suddenly feels like a work in progress.
  11. Thin, flavorless high school gruel, but the lead bad boy is intriguing.
  12. Headaches will be induced just in trying to unravel the plot mess Bon Temps finds itself in. At least this will be the last headache.
  13. It's all weirdly engrossing.
  14. Still sweet and sad, but often dour and slow, too.
  15. We already know too much and paradoxically too little about the JFK assassination. A TV movie needed to tell us something we don't know. No dice here.
  16. It's inert, lackluster and a trifle old-fashioned. Even the action scenes feel geriatric. It's also vaguely silly--a big reason the venerable good twin/evil twin gambit is better suited to comedy than drama.
  17. Glimmers of hope force their way through the fog of noir cliche.
  18. Forte does seem to be having a good, slovenly time, but after a while, the whole affair starts to feel a bit wanton and self-indulgent.
  19. A not-bad spinoff that feels older than "The Vampire Diaries" and even more convoluted.
  20. Oh, sure, they can pierce necks and drink blood: Big deal! Any ol' vampire can do that. With a limited repertoire of vampire moves, the Radcliffs shoulda moved to Bon Temps instead of the Gates to learn some new tricks.
  21. In spots, it's been turned into an antic Saturday morning cartoon. A shame.
  22. Most of the material flatlines even before it begins, while never rising to the level of the HBO series to which it pays homage.
  23. After a rough start, Backstrom settles into an obvious, and comfortable, procedural rhythm.
  24. After this overheated effort to make Charlie interesting, or at least different, she's basically just another Carrie Mathison without the pills.
  25. The Following is a bummer of significant proportions. Not that it's bad--it's not--but it's bleak, sordid, blood-spattered and creepy (though not necessarily always "creepy" in a good way, like "The Walking Dead").
  26. What's wrong here are some of the same elements that have made the 2013-14 network comedy crop one of the weakest in memory--not enough laughs, not enough of a show that feels like it has something interesting to say (and wants to say it).
  27. Neither offensive nor particularly funny, it's merely another average, laugh-track-addled sitcom. The four leads are fine; they just need better material.
  28. Roseanne's Nuts isn't awful. It just is. There's "nut" much happening.
  29. About a Boy yearns to be good. Yet it relishes being bad. And Katims--guiding hand to "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights"--doesn't fess up to that dichotomy.
  30. Honestly, it's a complete oddball with some charm and a few good lines.

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