Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,508 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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Murphy Brown: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Donny!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 988
  2. Negative: 0 out of 988
988 tv reviews
  1. Falco, Eve Best (Ellie O'Hara) and Anna Deavere Smith (Gloria Akalitus) are flawless, and... very amusing.
  2. Like Seinfeld, Carmichael’s humor is sometimes about locating what’s funny in our narcissism, or his. But this episode wouldn’t work as well as it does if there wasn’t a moral, wrapped in a truth.
  3. 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.
  4. Of course there are dozens of loose ends in need of tying, but you do get the sense that some will actually get tied, and in a satisfying way.
  5. No matter where you stand on the death-penalty debate, this is must-watch revelation--and, thanks to Herzog, tense and suspenseful drama.
  6. Based on the first six episodes of the 4th season, OITNB remains fresh, funny/sad, smart, inventive, well-written, and particularly well-acted.
  7. The Gus Vant Sant-directed pilot of what is easily the most important project in Starz history pulses with the sort of corruption that absolute power sires.
  8. You can see Neverland as sly philosophical discourse, or you can see it as fantastically produced adventure. Just make sure you see it.
  9. It’s easy enough for new viewers to join this Emmy-nominated gem, as its third season reshuffles everyone’s deck at least once.
  10. Grim, but a chance to see two magnificent actors at the peak of their powers.
  11. 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.
  12. This remains a superior TV drama.
  13. The show's core relationship is appealingly relaxed. It dares to suggest successful coupledom lies less in heated passion than in being able to dress down and screw up and know you're still loved.
  14. 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.
  15. A winner and best of all, fun.
  16. If you loved last season, there's nothing so far to indicate you won't like the second just as much.
  17. Browncoats Unite keeps the focus on the work itself. And that's what keeps "Firefly" afloat.
  18. Sunday's episode is exceptional, marred only in a few spots by padding that's inevitable with these supersized episodes.
  19. In the three episodes Comedy Central offered for review, most of the sketches work, some don't. But the best of the lot is next week.... just might be that breakout season.
  20. The Red Road demands patience, but from what I've seen, it strongly suggests that will be rewarded.
  21. The Slap is a chance, and a worthy one, too.
  22. The real le Carré unreels here, with savvy updates (re-gendering the book’s male spy boss) strengthening his nail-biting storytelling and ever keen focus on the toxic bureaucracy behind even the most opulent intrigue.
  23. A particularly fine new FX drama marred only by a tepid pace in the pilot. But pace and story pick up in subsequent episodes.
  24. This is far more than a generous compilation but a two-hour fast-cut that attempts to reassemble a fractured mind from its own filings.
  25. Fans will be happy, but you newbies have been warned--the vulgarity will blow your hair back, or right off.
  26. Unforgettable was on no one's list as one of the "buzzier" fall pilots, but that doesn't mean it's not one of the better ones. It is.
  27. Crisis ultimately gets its priorities straight by giving viewers a reason to care--about the characters, outcome and mystery.
  28. Much grimmer, grayer and (gasp) dowdier. Still mostly wonderful.
  29. Their [John Brownlow and co-writer Don Macpherson's] saga is so vividly shaded, even minor characters resonate.
  30. Finding Carter isn't some teen show. It's a stellar drama.

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