Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,198 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 Damages: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Momma's Boys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 778
  2. Negative: 0 out of 778
778 tv reviews
  1. Quiet, intelligent, worth checking out.
  2. Still good, still not for everyone, and almost gone for good.
  3. Slow start Sunday, but the drama's beauty and quality are intact.
  4. 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.
  5. Good newcomer that gets even better in the weeks ahead.
  6. 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.
  7. Kinnear is solid, but his Keegan is a work in progress--both as human being and TV character.
  8. Basic yet beautiful, Cosmos appears to be a winner.
  9. 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.
  10. The film's essential weirdness felt real. The TV series' weirdness is more often just comical (or disgusting. One word: Spiders.)
  11. 24, in other words, is still thankfully 24.
  12. This John Logan creation promises an intriguing summer pastime, for an eight-week run anyway.
  13. [An] entertaining, engaging start.
  14. 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.
  15. The actors hit that soap sweet-spot between honest reality and lurid theatricality under direction from pros like Michael Apted and Catherine Hardwicke.
  16. The characters are vibrantly well-defined... And the writing is smart, with a light touch.
  17. Any doubts the tube can get graphic enough for today's gore-heads disappear almost instantly with tonight's premiere installment.
  18. A rich character drama and riveting suspenser that makes Fox's "24" seem lackluster.
  19. "Mrs. Harris" unfolds with a basic playfulness that keeps the mood light even as the story becomes dark indeed.
  20. Uncompromisingly revelatory.
  21. It's fabulous in every sense of the word.
  22. The filmmakers' assurance makes this miniseries play more like bang-up drama than fact-filled documentary. Yet their facts pass informative muster, and emotional validity, too.
  23. It's hilarious, really, and refreshing, and original and - absolutely - an acquired taste.
  24. A soul-deep sense of humanity grounds "Heroes."
  25. This fall's most satisfying series delight.
  26. "Dexter" knows what it's doing, and savors its skill immensely.
  27. A rare and almost totally unexpected triumph.
  28. If all this sounds like "24" has been hijacked by public policy wonks or Shakespeare profs, don't worry. Your show very much remains your show.... It's just that your show got a little smarter.
  29. It's hard to convey all the ways that this tightly directed show goes right: quietly observant character detail, solid sleuthing, play-it-straight absurdity and sneaky "Airplane!"-style parody riffs.
  30. They've translated the radio show's aural mosaic to the visual medium so effortlessly in this first season of six half-hours, we hope Showtime orders more of this life we all can recognize.

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