Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,589 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Smash: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Partners (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1049
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1049
1049 tv reviews
  1. Sunday's episode is exceptional, marred only in a few spots by padding that's inevitable with these supersized episodes.
  2. 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.
  3. The Red Road demands patience, but from what I've seen, it strongly suggests that will be rewarded.
  4. The Slap is a chance, and a worthy one, too.
  5. 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.
  6. A particularly fine new FX drama marred only by a tepid pace in the pilot. But pace and story pick up in subsequent episodes.
  7. 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.
  8. Fans will be happy, but you newbies have been warned--the vulgarity will blow your hair back, or right off.
  9. 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.
  10. Crisis ultimately gets its priorities straight by giving viewers a reason to care--about the characters, outcome and mystery.
  11. Much grimmer, grayer and (gasp) dowdier. Still mostly wonderful.
  12. Their [John Brownlow and co-writer Don Macpherson's] saga is so vividly shaded, even minor characters resonate.
  13. Finding Carter isn't some teen show. It's a stellar drama.
  14. Morals is raw, interesting, intelligent, sometimes funny (sometimes not), violent (but not overly violent) and unlike anything on TV at the moment.
  15. With two shopping trips in each half-hour, TLC's latest hit is so fast-paced--and such giddy consumerism--that it's fairly irresistible. Also educational.
    • 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. I mostly loved Game of Thrones, but occasionally grew a little weary of it as well. (And just to answer the obvious question, this is not a small-screen "Lord of the Rings.")
  17. The series actually improves on the movie. This is consistently funnier, weirder and more inventive.
  18. Can a bad person become a good president? The answer may be self-evident--or maybe not. Nevertheless, therein lies a compelling new season. We may still have a lot more to learn about Frank Underwood after all.
  19. Fascinating documentary--and extremely effective commercial.
  20. A gorgeous production, though the story sometimes keeps it on the tarmac.
  21. The series never quite convincingly establishes what could have been a powerful undercurrent-- whether Naz and by association the rest of New York’s Muslim community had been tried and convicted based on their Muslim faith alone. That’s OK. Everything else--and everyone else--cclicks just about perfectly.
  22. Still smart, still good, still fun, Human Target remains one of TV's best comic books.
  23. She’s a terrific and effortlessly funny actress who establishes vivid characters with vivid lives. But Sam Fox obviously required a bigger reach, and Adlon accomplishes that here.
  24. The Millers shows what a thing of glory hear-the-laughs sitcomedy can be in the hands of masters.
  25. 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.
  26. Community can be fresh, funny, smart and extremely aware of its own cleverness; it also can be terrifically odd--odd good, or odd bad, or sometimes odd-good-bad-strange all at once.
  27. What worked especially well last season also gets better in the second.
  28. Still excellent, still hard to love.
  29. Garcia's single-camera editing amplifies the comedy inherent, rather than being a crutch to create it. And the casting here is as good as "Earl," which is saying something--even if Leachman goes a bit off the rails as wacked-out "mamaw."

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