Orlando Sentinel's Scores

For 360 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 And the Band Played On: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 154
  2. Negative: 0 out of 154
154 tv reviews
  1. This is the longest leap of imagination TV viewers have ever been asked to make, and at first the chasm may look wider than the Grand Canyon. It's a magnificent optical illusion. Your chances of bridging the gap are actually quite good, but it may take more than one try. [26 Sep 1990, p.E1]
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  2. Tasteless Tucker tuckered me out. [1 Oct 2000]
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  3. It's pleasant and low-key but also slight and forgettable.
  4. ABC takes television to lower depths with That Was Then, which starts in a dreadful spot and keeps doing variations on it...This annoying show will push you out of the house to enjoy Friday nights.
  5. Like Whoopi, Luis just barrels along on coarse writing and over-the-top performances. This obnoxious show is the salmon doughnut of sitcoms. [19 Sept 2003, p.E1]
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  6. The horrible Hawaii suggests that crimefighting has degenerated to idiotic levels since "Hawaii Five-O" and "Magnum, P.I." The new protectors of paradise work in such stupefying ways that you want to shout at the screen, "Book 'em, Danno!"
  7. It's laudable that the show goes without a laugh track and studio audience. Going without appealing characters, however, is foolhardy.
  8. Both an engrossing medical whatdunit and a modern American tragedy...It hurtles forward with the urgency of a murder mystery and ends with the suddenness of a nightmare.
  9. No matter how The Tick fares, Warburton is giving a show-stopping, larger-than-life performance that should send his career zooming. Stand back and watch him go for as long as he can.
  10. The Flash has a wry, self-mocking sense of humor, too. "I think you've been reading too many comic books," Barry says at one point. [20 Sept 1990, p.E1]
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  11. It's an intriguing but emotionally sterile show, with flashy effects and flimsy characters.
  12. For a show about witches, Sabrina could use more tricks. The star's mother, Paula Hart, serves as an executive producer, yet Sabrina often looks less like a labor of love than run-of-the-mill kids' show. [27 Sept 1996, p.E1]
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  13. The superficial Birds of Prey illustrates the drawbacks to splitting chores three ways. The hair, however, is magnificent.
  14. There needs to be some inducement to watch this empty exercise in style, and more than $1 million isn't enough. [17 Sept 2002, p.E1]
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  15. The filmed series carries no laugh track, and that's merciful because there is nothing remotely funny. [24 Sept 2002, p.E1]
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  16. Most crime dramas these days, from Law & Order to CSI, concentrate on procedure. Karen Sisco favors personality -- and what a wonderful change of pace it is. [1 Oct 2003, p.E1]
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  17. Though slickly photographed, Gideon's Crossing is a rickety star vehicle. Braugher doesn't have much support from the musicians, the writer or the supporting actors. [10 Oct 2000, p.E1]
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  18. Tarzan seems like such an iffy premise for a series. Our hero is evidently going to help Jane with her caseload, proving he can make it you-know-where and be top of the heap. Don't we have enough police in prime time so Tarzan can be himself? [5 Oct 2003, p.4]
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  19. Segal has a certain bombastic charm as he quaffs and quips his way through the part of Daedelus, the phoniest Irishman to hit the small screen since the last Irish Spring commercial. Han, who made her TV debut in the miniseries Space, is a good foil for Segal. She can act a little, which is all that's called for. [2 Nov 1988]
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  20. All the actors do well. They can't do good, however, because they're in service of an obnoxious show. The surfaces look inviting in life as we know it, but there isn't a lot of show there.
  21. This is a perfectly fine premise for a series, but the painfully average Falcone lacks drive, energy and sharp characters.
  22. Cheerfully oddball ... The Chronicle is like a big summer movie, but without the bombast.
  23. Like "Northern Exposure," Maximum Bob is one summer series worthy of the regular season lineup. It's just too good and too clever to last one summer. Maximum Bob deserves a maximum run.
  24. Look, I'm all for more wholesome family fare in prime time, but sitting through the first two episodes of Christy was like being hooked up to an intravenous drip of Karo syrup. ... My principal objection to the TV series is that despite a good cast, picturesque locale and laudable intentions, it feels totally bogus, from the accents to the grime on the children's faces.
  25. In the series, the effects are on par with the storytelling: Both are inept.
  26. The title of this feel-good drama is an unintended irony. Against the Grain is anything but. It goes with the grain, gently stroking the viewer with predictable storytelling and heartland homilies.
  27. Ritter remains in top comic form ... But his show ... is a mediocre effort that falls short of such ABC milestones as Roseanne and Home Improvement.
  28. Watching Ellie is hardly another Seinfeld, a comedy that became a cultural landmark. Rather it's a quirky little series that leans too heavily on a gimmick.
  29. The real music scene invigorates the fiction... but the storytelling is often murky and too inside. The bigger problem with Platinum is that the two main characters, sibling record moguls, are the least compelling figures. [13 Apr 2003]
  30. It all falls a bit flat. But not because Anderson lacks support...So why aren't we laughing more? It could be that Barry's trademark, his knucklehead hyperbole prose, doesn't translate easily to the spoken word and screen. [20 Sept 1993, p.D1]
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