Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,415 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 Home Improvement: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Woops!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 923
  2. Negative: 0 out of 923
923 tv reviews
  1. The writing and the story look and sound different. Even when nothing happens, it's different TV. [6 Nov 1990]
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  2. The writing is crisp, the performances nuanced and believable, the gradually quickening pace addictive. It's hard to imagine anyone who watches tonight's first episode not wanting to to see the second installment next week. [6 Nov 2001]
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  3. What comes out of Herman's head is the most imaginative, innovative comedy on TV since "Dream On". [5 Sep 1991]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the first two episodes are indicative of the kind of inspired lunacy these guys will produce over the next 20 weeks, the Kids may well be the successors to Monty Python, SNL and SCTV. [21 July 1989, p.5]
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  4. The writing is intelligent, wittily playing off our knowledge of the Superman lore, and the production values are on par with top-quality fantasy / sci-fi shows like "The X-Files."...Smallville is the most purely enjoyable dramatic series of the new season. Like Clark, this baby's destined to fly. [16 Oct 2001, p.B27]
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  5. When it was first on, I could see how good and admirable an effort they were making in blending the onstage and private lives of a comic, but basically I didn't care that much about it. But it's gotten better and better. By this year it's the one network comedy show that consistently impresses me and that I keep watching just for enjoyment. [19 Mar 1992]
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  6. Besides the fine acting, writing and an attention to period detail that borders on the obsessive, what makes this show so ambiguous and pleasantly iridescent is narrative tension
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No doubt ABC has a hit here. The show's funny, and this is something you rarely get to say about a sitcom. [16 Oct 1988]
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  7. A smart, sophisticated and often hysterically funny adult cartoon. [17 Mar 1994]
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  8. The producers' storytelling bravura grabs your guts from the first tense second and doesn't let go. [29 Oct 2002]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tales From the Crypt scared the living bejesus out of me...We are talking major league fright time here, folks. [9 June 1989, p.5]
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  9. "The Critic" is still not for everybody. That's what I love about it. [5 Mar 1995]
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  10. Layering such unnatural proceedings into the family-drama format only intensifies both story angles when you do it right. And Cassidy has, with strong casting, solid structure and a fine feel for what's most frightening.
  11. Much better than the second season, happily. [12 Jun 1995]
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  12. It is a brilliantly written and played comedy with sharp repartee and genuine laughs. [31 Aug 1995]
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  13. It's one of those prehistoric kind of shows that is heartwarming and wholesome, that made me chuckle with the family and even cry. [26 Aug 1996]
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  14. The best new drama of the season, the only one of the 44 new shows that could join "Law & Order," "Homicide," "NYPD Blue," "Murder One" in the pantheon of quality shows. [11 Oct 1996]
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  15. He's rude, sarcastic, bitter, brilliant and, delightfully, the most compelling character of the fall TV season. [14 Nov 2004, p.11]
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  16. There is an engaging sleaziness about "The Practice" that makes it special. [7 Apr 1997]
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  17. This version is a triumph.
  18. [A] stylish Gothic thriller that almost gives away a little too much Sunday. Otherwise, thumbs up.
  19. The same strut and swagger is here, except Ballers feels smarter and more clear-eyed about the dangers of this culture, in ways "Entourage" never did.
  20. Pretty much all a fan (or critic) could ask of a cult series remake is this: Does the newbie measure up? Based on all available evidence--the 42-minute premiere--the answer is yes.
  21. You've probably already heard Executioner is slow to get into. That's true. But (I think) the setup works, and (also think) it promises a satisfying series.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In Vogue doesn't get quite as far "in" as one might hope, but the mag and its polished crew never fail to intrigue.
  22. Spader seems to be the only one who actually gets the gameplay here.... And the script seems to incite his appetite.
  23. Smart, intriguing thriller, but the opener is slightly overheated.
  24. Quiet, intelligent, worth checking out.
  25. Film lovers will--possibly against their better judgment--love Jones' Hitch.
  26. They almost seem to jump off the screen; they have depth and dimension, and vivid colors proliferate. This new series retains its trademark humor, and trademark violence, too

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