Newsweek's Scores

For 20 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 3
Lowest review score: 20 Big Brother: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
14 tv reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's every bit as addictive as the first year (based on the three episodes given to critics). Though the first installment is a bit choppy, the second and third are filled with the kind of surprising stories, nuanced acting and hard-won redemption that make the show feel more like a mini-movie than a mere hour of TV. [17 Jan 2000]
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Thanks to a finale that is, by turns, hysterical, excruciating and even poignant, this series--about a blowhard branch manager (Ricky Gervais) who gets sacked from his job at a struggling paper company--gets to quit while it's way, way ahead. [18 Oct 2004]
    • Newsweek
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A first-rate show with a wonderful cast... and a delicious satirical streak. [1 Aug 2005]
    • Newsweek
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You know what's really shocking? "Traffic" is terrific. [26 Jan 2004]
    • Newsweek
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What is going on? Hard to say, but any show with this kind of imagination deserves to be seen. [20 Sept 2004, p.50]
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Natural, funny and brimming with romantic chemistry. [21 Sep 1992]
    • Newsweek
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a touch of "The Wonder Years" here-but there's also a dash of "Welcome to the Dollhouse." As high-school shows go, Freaks and Geeks boasts a rare authenticity. [27 Sept, 1999, p.64]
    • Newsweek
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Suffice it to say that they're edgier and better than anything on "Saturday Night Live." [29 Sep 1997]
    • Newsweek
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Riveting. [22 Sep 2003]
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Very promising. [29 Mar 1999]
    • Newsweek
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a classic cable move: save money by recycling old material. But it works. The nightclub shtik improves with Snyder's squiggly computer animation and Katz's deadpan running commentary. [19 Jun 1995]
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's lots to love about the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown," even though Candice Bergen works too hard at grabbing her share. ... This sitcom sparkles with acerbic intelligence, though its fascination with the real TV world occasionally gets out of hand. [28 Nov 1988]
    • Newsweek
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    'American Idol' is the Mae West of TV talent shows: when it's good, it's very good, but when it's bad, it's better. [24 Jun 2002]
    • Newsweek
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The show is fast-paced, and it's often genuinely funny. Dastardly Stewie is a break-out character if ever one was drawn. But "Family Guy" isn't a bolt from the blue. The crude edge that separates it from, say, "The Simpsons" only drives it deep into "South Park" territory. [12 Apr 1999]
    • Newsweek
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The material is all pretty familiar, but the rhythms are new, often surprising. ... But the show isn't completely successful. What makes "The Simpsons" and the other shows work -- a commitment to absolute immersion in the world of TV, and indifference to the distinction between what happens on screen and off -- is ultimately "The Real World"'s higgest stumbling block. [25 May 1992]
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sam Waterston is terrific -- and rises above the melodrama. [28 Oct 1991]
    • Newsweek
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's no question that the new show looks different. ... That said, there is something familiar about "CSI: Miami," maybe too familiar. [30 Sep 2002]
    • Newsweek
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Dialing back the cop stuff, or cutting it out entirely, would make Joan of Arcadia more cohesive and more fun. But it wouldn't help the fact that it's on the wrong network. [22 Sept 2003, p.85]
    • Newsweek
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Memo to ABC: Toss out Tim, make the [neighbor] the central character and retitle this mess "Hormonal Improvement." You're welcome. [9 Sep 1991]
    • Newsweek
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The cast is dull, the concept is lame and the house that Ikea built is cheap and creepy. The amazing thing is that a show so obviously flawed could have been the source of so much hype. [15 Jul 2000]
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