Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,259 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Mad About You: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Woops!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 819
  2. Negative: 0 out of 819
819 tv reviews
  1. It's evocative, smartly structured, well acted and insists that the strange ride you are about to take will be worth every minute.
  2. The writers have great ears for "real" dialogue, and, in fact, not a single line here feels like a dead ball. The characters, too, arrive fully formed and believable. First impressions are absolutely vital in TV, and The Middle makes an excellent one.
  3. Target is pure, utter, ridiculous, over-the-top-into-the-ravine entertainment.
  4. Here's to a long and fruitful run in the new home. Tuesday night proves exactly why Southland deserves one.
  5. This is a spectacular new series, with some stunning performances--Pierce, Peters, Zahn, in particular--and gorgeous music.
  6. Party Down took awhile to jell, but it has hit its stride as one of TV's most finely observed comedies.
  7. As with his earlier shows, "Hopkins 24/7" (2000) and "Hopkins" (2008), Wrong has structured these stories masterfully. Nothing seems wasted, nothing is superfluous. As a result, the hugely important work these people do is honored in every shot.
  8. This show doesn't feel even remotely played out.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Housewives evolve. Yes, watch what happens, if only for the richer plot lines, smarter dialogue and more pressing matters of the day.
  9. In the third season, the song remains the same. Biblical themes of fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, honor and dishonor, Cain and Abel are all baked under that pitiless California sun. Brace yourselves.
  10. The most entertaining--and beautiful--new series on TV this fall.
  11. Like "Mad Men," Wife has an obsessive attention to detail; it's a hurricane of detail, in the visual touches, legal patter and the actors' unspoken flourishes. Nothing seems extraneous or out of place. Also like "Men," this show cares as much about silence as words, or that which isn't said (also a form of eloquence).
  12. 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.
  13. In Treatment deftly picks up where it left off--midpoint in the journey of Paul Weston's soul--and reminds us why we took this trip with him in the first place. The new cast is superlative, Bryne is intoxicating, and Ryan is an especially excellent addition. Bon voyage.
  14. Funny, smart, entertaining, excellent acting and writing. What's not to like?
  15. A winner. And for the Hoffmans' sake--plus family and friends along for the ride--let's hope there is gold in that hard, cold ground.
  16. Who knew beautiful, obscenely expensive cars could be so much fun? These three guys do, and they effortlessly convey their knowledge and nutty passion.
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  17. Uniformly excellent - although some additional reporting devoted to the treatment of PTSD would have made this a more complete package.
  18. Even film school snobs like me can learn a thing or 10 from Moguls & Movie Stars. The breadth and depth of information rushing through each hour is astonishing.
  19. Episodes is flawless and hilarious. What a pity it lasts only seven episodes.
  20. 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.
  21. For a show forever detonating bombs, it's surprising how sweet and frothy Tara feels. Just a half-hour long, it doesn't waste a second, pulling a gun within the first few and no punches ever.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    My pregnant friends polish up the hand-me-downs, shop for the rest of their gear at Target and worry to death about how to make ends meet when it comes to child care. They know what to name their offspring. That's what makes this new Bravo show exploiting the rich all the more fascinating.
  22. Not a dull or wasted moment, and Lane may have just turned in the one of the best performances of her career.
  23. It was last year, and remains so this year--one of TV's very best.
  24. As real as real gets, invaluably adding human understanding to a hot-button topic.
  25. As twisted, and twistedly funny, as ever.
  26. A stunning, brilliant, terrifying launch to TV's best series.
  27. This remains one of the best shows on TV, and (as usual) not for all tastes.
  28. "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.

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