Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,283 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 FlashForward: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Partners (2014): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 837
  2. Negative: 0 out of 837
837 tv reviews
  1. The angel on my shoulder says H8R is a piece of slime, bringing out the worst in everyone involved. But the devil on my other shoulder says this show is the logical outcome of our culture's celeb-obsession, and everyone involved gets precisely what they deserve. Which is soooo fun to watch.
  2. A not-bad formula gothic that'll rise or fall on the Dekker/Robertson chemistry; I'm betting on the former.
  3. If you love Zooey Deschanel, this one's for you. If not, a pass.
  4. Like opening a time capsule. The boys remain the same. At least their snark has been updated for contemporary targets.
  5. Familiar doesn't mean bad, and there's some likable charm here.
  6. Everything fans loved about the first season--which improved dramatically over its course, by the way--is here. Everyone is not. McIntyre is good, but he's not Whitfield, either.
  7. Way too obscure for the average viewer, Comic Book Men is strictly for Smith groupies, and there are probably enough of those to keep this six-parter afloat over its short run.
  8. Pauly is still Pauly--but he's a more grown-up version who cares about his friends, ailing dad and career.
  9. Clear away the soap bubbles, and you'll find ... more soap bubbles. But you won't be bored.
  10. Stellar production, famous leads. What's missing? Heart.
  11. The feel is more documentary than "reality" show, which some viewers will appreciate and others won't.
  12. Where is this headed? Who knows? But it's heading there slowly. Nevertheless, the cast--Common, Meaney, Heyerdahl and Mount--is good, while the Old West still feels especially beautiful and perilous.
  13. Not terrible--really--but not yet remotely the winner NBC so badly needs either.
  14. 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.
  15. Kaling's good (and always is), but the pilot is just not all that funny.
  16. Maybe just crazy enough to be engaging in the early going. It's the long run that looks questionable.
  17. At least Emily proves she's got the chops to cast a shadow of her own.
  18. Malibu Country is nothing great. But its studio-shot sitcom style sure suits Reba.
  19. 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.
  20. Not great, not terrible--just your standard-issue TV movie about a well-known historic event.
  21. Been here/seen this--a lot--but familiarity could work in favor of Deception.
  22. Mostly boilerplate teen soap that lacks the (umm) zest of "Sex and the City"--a good thing, in case you're wondering.
  23. Above-average newcomer with a great actor in the leading role and frosty grace notes throughout.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. The acting is solid all around--just not entirely convincing.
  27. 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.
  28. 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).
  29. 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.

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