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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The Millers shows what a thing of glory hear-the-laughs sitcomedy can be in the hands of masters.
  6. [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.
  7. 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.
  8. Lizzie Borden takes an ax to many assumptions--including the one that Lifetime movies aren't worth watching.
  9. Their [John Brownlow and co-writer Don Macpherson's] saga is so vividly shaded, even minor characters resonate.
  10. Still excellent, still hard to love.
  11. The Red Road demands patience, but from what I've seen, it strongly suggests that will be rewarded.
  12. Crisis ultimately gets its priorities straight by giving viewers a reason to care--about the characters, outcome and mystery.
  13. [A] strongly acted thriller, which seems to add another intense dimension weekly.
  14. We ultimately get to spend time with Henson's judges hashing it out. That brings insight into what makes things work, into creature logic, proportions, movement, performance facilitation, and letting the creation "emote through its environment." We don't just watch art being made, we come to understand the process.
  15. Black Box creates compelling people while smartly pondering identity, relationships, connection--it doesn't need the amped-up atmosphere.
  16. The cast succeeds, and in the end, so does Heart.
  17. If you loved last season, there's nothing so far to indicate you won't like the second just as much.
  18. Finding Carter isn't some teen show. It's a stellar drama.
  19. Nice to finally see a show nailing what it wants to be and say, in continually discerning work from Passmore, Szostak and series creator Sean Jablonski.
  20. Good, crackling start that--as the old saying goes--changes everything and may even point to the end.
  21. With [Mike O'Malley's] fluid scripts, these sharp actors hit not just three-pointers but also free throws.
  22. Amid all those speeches, there's beauty, passion, heart and brains in The Newsroom. There's also humor, even more than ever in Sunday's opener.
  23. This remains a superior TV drama.
  24. Layering such unnatural proceedings into the family-drama format only intensifies both story angles when you do it right. And Cassidy has, with strong casting, solid structure and a fine feel for what's most frightening.
  25. This version is a triumph.
  26. This four-hour gem is exquisite from start to finish, rife with the texture of its place and time, rich with human understanding expressed in everyday articulation and small gestures.
  27. [A] rewardingly seasoned new drama series that's practically indistinguishable from the acclaimed feature film, except that it's better.
  28. This stuff is good. No, superb.
  29. Tonight's episode is superb, and barrels--relentlessly--toward the answers.
  30. The 10 hours of PBS' immersive miniseries Carrier are frank and intimate, hard-hitting and heart-rending, rocking (with hit songs) and rolling (when the ship pitches so sharply, planes can't land).

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