Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,263 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 The Walking Dead: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Partners (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 821
  2. Negative: 0 out of 821
821 tv reviews
  1. Not terrible--really--but not yet remotely the winner NBC so badly needs either.
  2. CBS' sustained level of series craftsmanship is certainly admirable--their dramas all look sharp and function smoothly--but that doesn't go so far when even a sweeping period piece in a distinct locale with superior stars seems to roll off the same assembly line.
  3. Kaling's good (and always is), but the pilot is just not all that funny.
  4. Maybe just crazy enough to be engaging in the early going. It's the long run that looks questionable.
  5. At least Emily proves she's got the chops to cast a shadow of her own.
  6. Malibu Country is nothing great. But its studio-shot sitcom style sure suits Reba.
  7. Mann and HBO deserve much credit for profiling these extraordinary people. It's just too bad the execution tends to be a little long-winded or not nearly as expansive as it should be.
  8. Not great, not terrible--just your standard-issue TV movie about a well-known historic event.
  9. Been here/seen this--a lot--but familiarity could work in favor of Deception.
  10. Mostly boilerplate teen soap that lacks the (umm) zest of "Sex and the City"--a good thing, in case you're wondering.
  11. Above-average newcomer with a great actor in the leading role and frosty grace notes throughout.
  12. Ambitious and intermittently entertaining, Zero Hour--and its celebrated lead--don't quite hit all their marks. But at least the mystery's a hoot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Sure, it's a glossy, well-produced infomercial filled with powerful live performances, but it feels designed to make us want to buy more Beyoncé stuff.
  13. We know how this ends (he becomes commish) but there's little evidence suggesting how or why that happens, and even less reason why we should care. Meanwhile, the best stuff in Golden Boy is the little stuff--sharp, brittle dialogue, nice performances and a street cred that's a cut above average.
  14. The acting is solid all around--just not entirely convincing.
  15. The pilot is so busy establishing its new world, performances are afterthought generic. But Defiance gets more distinctive, and dramatic, through its next two hour episodes.
  16. At first, the pace is slow--make that glacial--but [the] pilot episode (and especially Sunjata) are good-natured enough to make you want to stick around to see if this gels into anything approaching an FX drama (it does not).
  17. While True Blood remains wildly and bloodily inventive--and will certainly remain a huge HBO hit--there's still an overwhelming sense that deja-vu-all-over-again has set in.
  18. Sit back, don't think, and expect some good performances--especially by Jennifer Carpenter.
  19. In the end, don't much like Ray Donovan.... [But] Donovan ultimately succeeds on the little things--some very good performances by some very good actors and sharp dialogue by Biderman, who knows how to write Tough Guy talk with the best of them.
  20. It's cheeky parody/homage, exhibiting affection for comic books and other pulpy amusements, while maintaining such a zippy pace, there's no time to consider whether it hangs together. Or whether that matters. (Great voice cast, though.)
  21. Lucky 7 might offer more to like than authentic texture of place, race, personality and workplace emotions.
  22. There's a glimmer of hope here, and her name is Rebel Wilson. Now, the show needs to match her talents.
  23. There's too much going on to tell what might ultimately stick, other than the contents of the Mallow Marsh.
  24. Bonnie & Clyde really is just another biopic with superior production values, a few good performances and a pair of protagonists who deserve no sympathy, and receive none here.
  25. The cast feels solid, and likable, jelling swiftly.... Then comes that final distasteful sex gag. Let's pray it's just pilot-itis.
  26. This is a thoughtful, dutiful historic drama filled with all the requisite period details and British accents, too. But what's missing here, glaringly so, are passion and sweep .
  27. Falco is very good, always is, but her show has gotten tired.
  28. Amusing, dumb, silly--exactly what you'd expect.
  29. Respectable, incomplete survey (on TV) Thursday night, but future installments look better.

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