Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,318 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 Entourage: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 862
  2. Negative: 0 out of 862
862 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you loved it before, you'll love it again. "Auf"-ully good.
  1. Producer Beers' team is the gold standard in male-aimed reality, and these guys have grit to burn.
  2. 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.
  3. The soul of the show, though, is its conflicted "heroes," truly tortured, in palpable ways, recalling the best, early days of NBC's ill-fated Monday comic book. There's no cartoonery here. Just adult adventure and angst.
  4. This show was always best when handling the little things that aim to capture life, and often do.
  5. They honor the job without trivializing it, or turning it into melodramatic entertainment pap for the masses.
  6. Extremely funny and extremely raunchy (consider yourself warned), but Dunham's a major talent.
  7. 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.
  8. The show's crisp, witty dialogue is mostly egalitarian among the ages, and everyone's great at working the words.
  9. Smart new cop show that takes time to build, but will reward patience.
  10. Still funny and still not for everyone. Louie remains very much a taste that you either acquire--or don't.
  11. A bit melodramatic, a bit manipulative, Touch is still one of the best pilots of the 2011-12 season to date.
  12. This evocative hour doesn't lionize Steinem, but simply lays out what happened.
  13. No relaxing allowed with Boss. Sorry about that, and sorry for this series, which remains smart, absorbing and particularly well done.
  14. Lizzie Borden takes an ax to many assumptions--including the one that Lifetime movies aren't worth watching.
  15. It all adds up to one solid nail-biter, with a profusion of clever clues that seems to cast suspicion on everyone.
  16. Smart newcomer with a pair of leads that turns The Americans into a likely winner.
  17. It's wonderful stuff, and we all seem to be on a voyage of discovery.
  18. Don't miss the pilot. It's the best new crime series of the year, whatever you call it, tabloid TV, exciting TV, real TV. [6 Jan 1989]
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  19. This playful hour gets under your skin with its quirky personality humor, at the same time it's spinning a pretty fair murder yarn. [12 July 2002, p.B51]
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  20. This eccentric assemblage truly captures the distinct feel of Vegas-the night, the gallows humor of grisly work and the people who thrive on it. Sure, it's seedy, surreal and supremely specific. That's why we're hooked. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
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  21. I love the characters, the actors, the spell they weave, the way of telling a story. By the second episode, I didn't want them to solve the case so it would go on and on. Homicide: Life on the Street is another stroll down heartbreak alley. [31 Jan 1993, p.21]
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  22. This stuff is good. No, superb.
  23. It's just super, a triumph of programme-making that even Alistair Cooke himself with his famous British overstatement can't exaggerate. [28 Mar 1991]
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  24. Wonderful. ... It is a realistic drama, the sort of thing you might see occasionally on experimental "American Playhouses" on public TV. But nobody does realistic drama on commercial TV today. [1 May 1990]
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  25. A wildly funny family sitcom. ... I am in love with all of them after the first half hour. [5 Jan 2000]
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  26. "Molly Dodd" may not make me laugh 42 times in a 23-minute period, but it never made me wince, either. And it's even funnier this second season, starting tonight. [24 Mar 1988]
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  27. The best unscripted show on commercial television this season, which you may correctly point out is faint praise; but in this case, it's not.
  28. The Divine One's "Bette" is still good enough to win a Marvy for the best TV comedy of the year. [11 Oct 2000, p.B35]
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  29. There's a vibrancy here, and a clarity, that we haven't seen in network sitcoms in ages. The way ABC's "Lost" reconfigured dramatic storytelling, Showtime's Barbershop so invigorates the humor format that we hate to call it a sitcom. It's entirely its own animal. And that's evolution of a kind everyone can get behind. [12 Aug 2005, p.]
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