Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,134 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 Boardwalk Empire: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Momma's Boys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 743
  2. Negative: 0 out of 743
743 tv reviews
  1. Neither offensive nor particularly funny, it's merely another average, laugh-track-addled sitcom. The four leads are fine; they just need better material.
  2. This isn't only "Frasier," recast as a standard family sitcom. It's "Green Acres."
  3. The cast has major potential, but Life Unexpected still needs to find an original and compelling voice.
  4. After Spartacus blows most of its special-effects budget on the pilot, it settles into a not-bad sword-and-sandal genre series, a la "Xena" or "Hercules."
  5. Oh, sure, they can pierce necks and drink blood: Big deal! Any ol' vampire can do that. With a limited repertoire of vampire moves, the Radcliffs shoulda moved to Bon Temps instead of the Gates to learn some new tricks.
  6. Sarah Palin's Alaska is part-travelogue, part-"Todd and Sarah Plus Eight," part-slick political infomercial, and part Mark Burnett hokum - and oddly fascinating for all those reasons.
  7. Its rambling storytelling starts to reveal distinct shape in these people, their relationships and the show's quirky comic perspective [in the second episode].
  8. The target viewer wouldn't watch all this predictable--I mean, impulsive--bickering and button-pushing while thinking: I wonder why all the paintings and posters on the walls in the background are blurred out? And then think: Geez, why am I even wondering about that? The audience for Joan Knows Best? will be loving Joan's visits to three plastic surgeons Tuesday, not fretting.
  9. As a family, they are particularly eager to convey a sense of normalcy, but Sister Wives still doesn't have much interest in exploring the religious underpinnings or larger ethical questions of this anything-but-normal lifestyle. You're left without a solid clue why the Browns--all five of them--have gone to this much trouble.
  10. Nice looking, but not nearly enough action.
  11. Most of the material flatlines even before it begins, while never rising to the level of the HBO series to which it pays homage.
  12. Sure, it all looks and sounds achingly familiar and blandly dumb, and maybe some of it is. But check the brain at the door. You could do much worse.
  13. Roseanne's Nuts isn't awful. It just is. There's "nut" much happening.
  14. It's inert, lackluster and a trifle old-fashioned. Even the action scenes feel geriatric. It's also vaguely silly--a big reason the venerable good twin/evil twin gambit is better suited to comedy than drama.
  15. A rare HBO misfire--but I do hope Amy finds peace.
  16. There's a smoldering ember of promise here, mainly in the cast, even if the pilot tended to smother it.
  17. So pleased with itself, it doesn't seem concerned about pleasing us.
  18. Sure, there are some fun moments. Sure Brosnan looks mah-velous. He always does. But a little less plodding plot and a lot more action, please.
  19. Too brittle and full of bile to cleanly hit the target.
  20. In spots, it's been turned into an antic Saturday morning cartoon. A shame.
  21. The River still has a quirkily eccentric charm. It's just so deliciously odd.
  22. Not so much scandalous as scandalously dull.
  23. Nice locales (Paris! Rome!), a couple of decent action sequences... but otherwise a tepid potboiler over-seasoned with too many spy tropes and a plot with too many gaping holes.
  24. The show ambles along without getting viewers to particularly care about Alex or Pete. Without that requisite electricity, they're hollow, or just sad.
  25. Nothing remotely lurid in either show [7 Days of Sex and The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet].
  26. de Cadenet's interesting. Her talk show is much less so.
  27. Violent and dull.
  28. Families can watch this together nightly. The pace isn't exactly taxing. And it's summer.
  29. Not great comedy, but hopefully the beginning of long overdue recovery process for a talented, troubled actor.
  30. Perception is both clever and ridiculous.