Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,216 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Walking Dead: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Bells: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 788
  2. Negative: 0 out of 788
788 tv reviews
  1. No matter where you stand on the death-penalty debate, this is must-watch revelation--and, thanks to Herzog, tense and suspenseful drama.
  2. Falco, Eve Best (Ellie O'Hara) and Anna Deavere Smith (Gloria Akalitus) are flawless, and... very amusing.
  3. They honor the job without trivializing it, or turning it into melodramatic entertainment pap for the masses.
  4. Extremely funny and extremely raunchy (consider yourself warned), but Dunham's a major talent.
  5. [These women make] instant impact, of course, with their stories but also through sheer personality.
  6. Strong personalities evoke the hold of the old, the tug of the new, and that intersection's human fireworks.
  7. Bracing and tasty.
  8. No relaxing allowed with Boss. Sorry about that, and sorry for this series, which remains smart, absorbing and particularly well done.
  9. Sincere host, unguarded participants, sensitive treatment. And more cool stuff!
  10. It's less the Plot Events that ring true here than the well-played little side moments and background squabbles, the simmering resentments and recriminations, the emotional tugs-of-war.
  11. The results so far are very (very) funny.
  12. Browncoats Unite keeps the focus on the work itself. And that's what keeps "Firefly" afloat.
  13. Smart newcomer with a pair of leads that turns The Americans into a likely winner.
  14. Monday Mornings is Kelleyesque in all the best and admittedly worst--melodramatic, manipulative, shocking--ways. But it's also intelligent, particularly well-written and acted, and above all interested in matters other than what's directly mounted on the screen before your eyes, most notably ethics, human nature and human fallibility.
  15. Still defiantly Community, still good and still uninterested in adding new viewers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's not a bit hokey, as are many reality show competitions. Unlike "ANTM," the coaches don't judge. Instead, they leave that to industry experts who are authentic: smart, tough and unemotional.
  16. A head-spinning, yet deeply humane, thrill ride.
  17. There's humor, there's heart, you'll laugh when you don't expect to.
  18. It's like "M*A*S*H" with just the helicopters showing up and no laughs. "E.R." is all trauma; you never get to know enough about the patients or get involved with them. It's just treat, release and move on. [18 Sep 1994]
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  19. The characters in "Hope" are slightly more interesting [than those in "ER"]. Even though they are working in a high-powered hospital and have God-like powers, you can see what's going on behind their masks beyond their eyes. [18 Sep 1994]
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  20. The complex impact of the crime--and of its investigation, news coverage and town reaction--is the real story here, laid out in the decidedly ordinary faces and raw silent spaces that British drama delivers so well.
  21. Complaining about the show's pre-fab structure is like shootin' fish in a barrel--no point to ask what's-the-point, no fair to ponder whether it's fair, because you end up with dinner anyhow, and folks gonna gobble it. Duck Dynasty is tasty enough.
  22. Based on most of the first five episodes sent out for review, Boardwalk Empire easily establishes its claim as one of the three or four best dramas on TV.
  23. Foremost, getting Brody off-screen turns out to be an inspired move. In his absence, there's a new world order, or disorder, with a lot of people left to assemble the pieces, including Saul, Carrie, and most of all, Dana.
  24. The Millers shows what a thing of glory hear-the-laughs sitcomedy can be in the hands of masters.
  25. [Bill Lawrence] scores again here, with an instantly appealing ensemble, from Astin's "soulless upstairs tool" to Rory Scovel as the downstairs dude from "a very competitive community college.
  26. The Assets isn't flashy, but boy, is it effective. It just grinds away, laying down intriguing details of "asset" care and feeding, made vivid through determined performances and intense crescendos.
  27. Lizzie Borden takes an ax to many assumptions--including the one that Lifetime movies aren't worth watching.
  28. Their [John Brownlow and co-writer Don Macpherson's] saga is so vividly shaded, even minor characters resonate.
  29. Still excellent, still hard to love.

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