Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,228 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Mad Men: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Commander in Chief: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 795
  2. Negative: 0 out of 795
795 tv reviews
  1. Easily one of fall's better new comedies, but don't expect to be blown away yet. The pilot offers just a taste of what's to come, which is plenty good enough.
  2. Spader seems to be the only one who actually gets the gameplay here.... And the script seems to incite his appetite.
  3. Smart, intriguing thriller, but the opener is slightly overheated.
  4. Akerman has to be everything. Good thing she's a nimble actress.... Whitford is always winning, and even the poor exes find wiggle room inside their cliches.
  5. The cast throws this curveball that catches the plate for a strike.
  6. Besides the scenery, what's best here are the characters, and their lives--or unlives--of quiet desperation.
  7. Quiet, intelligent, worth checking out.
  8. Still good, still not for everyone, and almost gone for good.
  9. Slow start Sunday, but the drama's beauty and quality are intact.
  10. Will this be a good season? Undoubtedly, yes, and blood will be spilled. But if this opener is any indication, there's not enough fake blood in Hollywood to sate the fifth.
  11. Good newcomer that gets even better in the weeks ahead.
  12. The real pleasure of this series is watching them peel away the layers to this particular onion, often on long car drives across a vast, wet, undifferentiated Louisiana landscape.... The real problem with True Detective are those flash-forwards to the present day: Younger Cohle, at least, is interesting. The older version is gaseous and his maunderings often stop the show cold.
  13. Kinnear is solid, but his Keegan is a work in progress--both as human being and TV character.
  14. Basic yet beautiful, Cosmos appears to be a winner.
  15. This entire series will rise (or tumble to oblivion) on the shoulders of their characters, and on whatever chemistry they create. First impressions are that it will indeed rise.
  16. The film's essential weirdness felt real. The TV series' weirdness is more often just comical (or disgusting. One word: Spiders.)
  17. 24, in other words, is still thankfully 24.
  18. This John Logan creation promises an intriguing summer pastime, for an eight-week run anyway.
  19. [An] entertaining, engaging start.
  20. Disney should be sent to detention for passing off such aural plasticity [laugh track], unfairly fouling the repute of the live-audience sitcom. But the rest of Girl Meets World does its job of bringing tween-based family viewing into the 2010s.
  21. The actors hit that soap sweet-spot between honest reality and lurid theatricality under direction from pros like Michael Apted and Catherine Hardwicke.
  22. A beauty that requires time and patience, but at least strongly hints at a payoff that will reward both.
  23. Yes, Outlander can occasionally be a bit much for those not already enamored of its romance-novel leanings. (I plead guilty.) But for those open to textured historical sweep and/or time travel what-ifs (guilty on both counts), it's easy to lose yourself in this gritty production's pungent sense of place, character and dilemma.
  24. Multiple-personality thriller starts a bit slowly Wednesday night, but early signs still indicate a summer keeper for TNT.
  25. The Gotham opener probably makes the most compelling case of any newcomer this fall that at least one promise will be kept.
  26. The characters are vibrantly well-defined... And the writing is smart, with a light touch.
  27. Any doubts the tube can get graphic enough for today's gore-heads disappear almost instantly with tonight's premiere installment.
  28. A rich character drama and riveting suspenser that makes Fox's "24" seem lackluster.
  29. "Mrs. Harris" unfolds with a basic playfulness that keeps the mood light even as the story becomes dark indeed.
  30. Uncompromisingly revelatory.

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