Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,509 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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Hunt
Lowest review score: 0 Murphy's Law (1988): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 988
  2. Negative: 0 out of 988
988 tv reviews
  1. They [directors John Dorsey and Andrew Stephan] know how much to say, and show, to viscerally deliver the sights, sounds and even smells, without scaring us away.
  2. Brownstein and Armisen move so effortlessly between characters, then execute their riffs, tics, styles and voices with such skilled abandon that before long this doesn't seem like satire any longer but a fun house mirror reflection of intensely real people.
  3. Louie very much remains Louie in the best sense.
  4. About as good a Community restart as anyone could have possible hoped for.
  5. This show--still TV's best--remains utterly true to itself.
  6. "Men," of course, remains the King of the Emmys, while Empire nailed the equally prestigious Golden Globe for best drama last winter. But Sunday begins to build the case for Empire, and build it convincingly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This was the best comedy on TV last season.
  7. It's a great show, the best new series of the year. It's so - dare I say it? - original. It catches you off guard. Basically, it's everything I'm always looking for in drama. It's beautifully written, authentic, without the plastic Los Angeles look. The acting is marvelous. It's funny in a darkly comedic way, involving as a soap opera, and quirky. I never quite know what's going to happen, even though the subject matter is by no means unprecedented for television. [10 Jan 1999, p.D35]
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  8. It's hilarious, and sad, and ironic, and rich.
  9. Its tender moments register without feeling forced while the comedy comes in the form of a constant IV drip.
  10. Still TV's best--dive in while the water's warm.
  11. Wallops don't get more walloping than the one that arrives at the end of the premiere of FX's adult cop show The Shield. Won't tell you what it is, and don't you dare read other reviews in case they blab it. This is one of those punch-in-the-stomach moments of TV you'll want to remember being stunned by. Although The Shield looks pretty dang good to that point - or pretty %@$#! good, as its characters would swear - the show suddenly becomes flat-out brilliant. [12 Mar 2002, p.B27]
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  12. Judge has a keen eye for the absurdities of human behavior and speech, but he's not the kind of guy to waste that on subtle inside jokes or wordplay. He's not someone to waste it on farce, either: Silicon Valley also happens to be sly and smart.
  13. An addictive show, with great cast, excellent writing.
  14. Watch this, and you'll be tuning in next week.
  15. Monday night's return of Dallas is a joy and everything fans could ask for--the past, present and future all skillfully bound up in a high-gloss melodrama full of deceit, greed, Velveeta and (surprisingly enough) even love.
  16. One of the flat-out funniest half-hours of television in the English-speaking world.
  17. The most fantastic program I've seen in my 18 years as a TV critic. [21 Jan 1988]
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  18. The Shield (this season and every season) is an intoxicating head-gamer of a show that grabs you by the throat.
  19. Best series of the year so far. Easily.
  20. Everything is pushed right to the edge, and that it doesn't topple over in a flaming heap is tribute to a pair of brilliant performances--though Damon's is first among equals--and an absorbing production that is morbidly fascinating from start to finish.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Riveting, important and lots of fun.
  21. A work of TV art. ... It's a major, major series - a masterpiece, with great characters. The writing is textured, deep, rich. [26 Apr 1988]
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  22. Disgusting--but in a good way.
  23. Better, richer, more compelling than season one.
  24. They know how to nail situations/characters, while snappy edits cull fluff, leaving only comic gold.
  25. The end begins--evocatively, dramatically.
  26. The Affair might be an exercise in literary gamesmanship if the acting and writing weren't so strong, or the setting so evocative.... Engrossing.
  27. Pure joy and the tribute Nichols finally deserves.
  28. This still very much feels like a journey worth taking if only because--in the process--Hamm deftly continues to locate some heroic facet in TV's reigning anti-hero.

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