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 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Generation Kill
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 time around, 24 keeps a tighter focus on Bauer so that plot should play out with more credibility than last season's sprawling adventure.
  2. The Pacific balances the visceral virtuosity of its war sequences with poignant, stirring portraits. Once you sign on, you have to see what happened to these men--the sign of expert storytelling. An epilogue supplies crucial updates.
  3. Spin City has a premise with potential, a superb supporting cast and a leading man of great appeal. The sophisticated series should be the fall's winner by a landslide. [17 Sept 1996, p.E1]
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  4. A show that is sweet without being sappy, sexy without being sophomoric and witty without being nasty...This delight rests on the inspired casting of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer as brothers tossed together during a family crisis. Their pairing could be the best sitcom partnership since Jack Klugman teamed with Tony Randall on The Odd Couple. [21 Sept 2003, p.4]
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  5. Last summer's best series was FX's Rescue Me, a daring comedy-drama about New York City firefighters. It's a good bet this imaginative, adult show will repeat as the top series this summer. In its second season, which begins Tuesday, the program has lost none of its nerve or verve.
  6. This extreme drama often astonishes with its scathing take on American vanity...Nip/Tuck is an intense, adult show with complex characters and jaw-dropping twists.
  7. Home Improvement isn't groundbreaking TV or even the most original new show of the year (that would be Eerie, Indiana), but it's the most perfectly realized: an idea whose time has come - the ripe-for-ribbing men's movement - combined with sharp writing and once-in-a-blue-moon cast chemistry. [17 Sep 1991]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Twin Peaks is like the horrific, teasing fever nightmare that takes you to the head of the darkened staircase and throws you off, leaving you frozen in midflight at an exquisite peak of terror and wordless exhilaration. [8 Apr 1990, p.G1]
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  8. It is not enough to say that Desperate Housewives is the best new series of the fall. In a season of forgettable sitcoms, the hour show is the funniest newcomer. In a largely predictable lineup, it is a shrewd mystery with involving twists. In a medium that often shortchanges women, it is a grand showcase for accomplished actresses. [1 Oct 2004]
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  9. This juicy comedy-drama recaptures the fun of Desperate Housewives in its first season.
  10. John Rogers and Chris Downey have created a show that's equally smart and diverting.
  11. A master showman, Ryan hooks the audience with an opener that makes seeing the second episode mandatory... The early episodes hint at the great potential of the supporting cast. Catherine Dent is touching as a policewoman who rues her past with the married Mackey. Michael Jace exudes a fine air of mystery as a rookie officer. And Walton Goggins fidgets compellingly as Mackey's uneasy conspirator. [12 Mar 2002, p.E1]
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  12. There's no contest for the outstanding new series this fall. NBC's Boomtown looms over the competition like a giant surrounded by mostly pygmies. [29 Sept 2002, p.4]
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  13. Romantic comedies depend on appealing actors, and these five are irresistible.
  14. Wit and glamour sell this top-quality product.
  15. Sons & Daughters offers such a fresh, funny take on family life that it could be a landmark comedy.
  16. I lost count of the laugh-out-loud lines in tonight's special one-hour premiere that makes you wish for an hour every week. [20 Aug 1990, p.C1]
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  17. What we have here is a love story, a lawyer show, a man-goes-home plot and a small-town celebration rolled into one. Look closely and you'll see bits of Providence, L.A. Law, Northern Exposure, The Andy Griffith Show and other series in the mix...But what might have been derivative becomes fresh and charming through deft execution. [8 Oct 2000, p.F1]
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  18. 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.
  19. Without a Trace uses the gimmick of having the missing person drop in and out of scenes like a ghost as the agents ponder evidence. The device sounds hokey; the way it works, it's stylish and involving. [26 Sep 2002]
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  20. The Sopranos unfolds at a more absorbing and imaginative level than TV's strongest series, from ABC's Lost and Grey's Anatomy to Fox's 24 and House.
  21. The premiere should please fans who consider Battlestar Galactica a landmark and entice newcomers to look at previous seasons on DVD.
  22. This quirky comedy-drama stands out as one of the real pleasures among the 35 new series...It is funny, but also tender and nostalgic. This is one homecoming dance you don't want to miss. [25 Sept 1999, p.E1]
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  23. You don't have to love football to admire Friday Night Lights.
  24. ABC's new version of A Raisin in the Sun deserves fanfare: It's a strong contender for best TV movie of the season.
  25. Generation Kill stands in the tradition of classic war movies. Vivid storytelling, superb acting and a frank approach make this a TV landmark.
  26. Jason Lee excels as scruffy Earl -- he's a Jed Clampett for the new millennium.
  27. There are few answers in this excellent premiere, but The Nine makes you want to find out.
  28. This wonderful film avoids turning stilted or self-important.
  29. In Joan of Arcadia, the inspiration creeps up on you, the plot pieces fall effortlessly into place. This miraculous drama is the one new show not to miss. [26 Sept 2003, p.E1]
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  30. The Wire doesn't receive the attention of other HBO dramas, but it should. It often surpasses them in the chances it takes and the stories it tells. [1 Jun 2003]
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  31. A show so mesmerizing it can make you feel young again, Felicity pulls off that feat without special effects or time-travel machines...This new series has other assets: poignant writing, superb actors, recognizable situations. [29 Sept 1998, p.E1]
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  32. HBO's splendid Rome recounts Julius Caesar's battle for power with a gritty ferocity that's closer to The Godfather and The Sopranos than to costume epics of old. Following Don Corleone's example, this 12-episode series makes you an offer you can't refuse: It's the best new drama of the fall.
  33. Everything about this world is more richly, deeply textured than our own, from the ornate (not luxurious) furnishings to the ornate people. [20 Sep 1991]
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  34. Ingenious, charming, offbeat and playfully R-rated - surely, this is why God created cable. [1 July 1990, p.F1]
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  35. This rousing, scenic contest could well set the entertainment standard for new series this season. [2 Sep 2001]
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  36. Director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong do a superb job of putting you back in the 36-day marathon about the outcome of the 2000 presidential election in Florida. Don't want to go there? You'll miss a brilliant cast headed by Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary.
  37. A rousing thriller loaded with nifty gimmicks and head-spinning twists. [6 Nov 2001]
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  38. In a tepid era for sitcoms, this risk-taking series can astonish. [8 Sep 2007]
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  39. The opening two hours of season two suggest that 24 has lost none of its style or energy. It remains television's most exciting series. [29 Oct 2002]
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  40. Adult, hard-hitting and tough-talking, Murder One represents the apex of TV series production. Everything is first-rate, from the writing and acting to the photography and music.
  41. Even if you know Jane Eyre, you don't know her like this.
  42. Unlike so many new series, Ally McBeal has a voice, a smart point of view and a promising conflict. [7 Sep 1997]
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  43. A hugely likable sitcom is born.
  44. Daring and raw, FX's Rescue Me takes astonishing risks.
  45. The first new fall TV series is also one of the most promising. The O.C. -- which stands for Orange County, California-style -- mixes potent conflicts with lavish backdrops and attractive folk. The concoction carries a surprisingly bittersweet kick. [3 Aug 2003, p.4]
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  46. Detective series generally are not known for charm or sunniness. But The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency revels in both qualities, with often exhilarating results.
  47. The series from CSI executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer has a mesmerizing look, and in its signature stroke, nimbly flashes between the characters then and now. Unlike so many other crime series, Cold Case never loses sight of the victims...Best of all, it offers a lead actress who is simply excellent. Morris makes a wonderfully tough, tenacious heroine. She's a sleuth to die for. [28 Sept 2003, p.TV4]
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  48. Even viewers who feel they've been copped and robbered to death by TV will find this highly juiced blend of bright writing and dark motif hard to turn off.[31 Jan 1993, p.D1]
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  49. The show is tremendously likable. Credit for the fresh, off-kilter viewpoint goes to Diane Ruggiero, a former New Jersey waitress selected by CBS to create the autobiographical show. She gives her characters sharp dialogue, puts them in identifiable situations and depicts poignancy without going mushy. [1 Oct 2000, p.F1]
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  50. Swift and smart, Murder One is a true guilty pleasure. You won't find many on TV this season. Indulge yourself. [10 Oct 1996, p.E1]
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  51. The Corner, which is more daring than "The Sopranos," deserves some of the critical hosannas showered on the mob series. [16 Apr 2000, p.F1]
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  52. After watching five episodes, I can say True Blood stands out as one of the strongest new series in an uncertain fall.
  53. Richer and more challenging than any new series this fall from broadcasters.
  54. The first four hours confirm that 24 remains powerfully addictive.
  55. Remains one of TV's best sitcoms. [19 Jul 1995]
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  56. Here is one of the finest new shows of a dismal season. [4 Jan 1993]
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  57. Inspired comedy springs from the smallest things. [3 Jan 2004]
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  58. 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.
  59. I'll Fly Away, set in the South in the late '50s, is all about ideas and values, about the clash of human nobility and imperfection. Sometimes - not as often as it could be - it is a drama as compelling as its material and actors. [7 Oct 1991]
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  60. The vintage look carries a potent, contemporary kick. Here's the rare series that lives up to the advertising hype.
  61. The Simpsons hasn't lost an ounce of vinegar or chutzpah. [11 Oct 1990]
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  62. 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.
  63. It presents a comforting view of teachers, one familiar to anyone who has seen Sidney Poitier's instructor in To Sir With Love and Robert Donat's teacher in Goodbye, Mr. Chips. [29 Sept 1996, p.F1]
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  64. The adult show supplies shocking twists. The tone ranges from passionate to campy to scary.
  65. Not since Friends has a comedy been blessed with so many appealing performers matched to sharply drawn characters.
  66. Eureka is neither as charming as Northern Exposure nor as sinister as Twin Peaks. Whatever it lacks in originality, Eureka still represents an oasis in this reality-infested summer.
  67. Nip/Tuck confirms that FX, after HBO, is presenting the most-adventurous series in cable these days. The surgery to deliver this energetic series has been, all in all, a rousing success.
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  68. Brilliant acting propels this slight satire about Mary Whitehouse.
  69. Of the three [alien invasion series], this CBS series boasts the best light show. It has assembled the strongest cast. Above all, it establishes the most involving story and the one most likely to bring viewers back the following week.
  70. This is almost exactly the same premise as Fox's hideously unfunny Daddy Dearest. What a difference a script makes. [16 Sept 1993, p.E1]
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  71. Heroes offers uneven acting, clunky dialogue and some flat figures.... Yet Heroes overcomes its flaws to present arresting, off-the-wall entertainment.
  72. [A] pleasant sitcom ... The bawdy asides sound witty rather than smutty, and the show has been shrewdly assembled. [20 Sep 1998]
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  73. An appealing cast and a flashy production style bolster familiar material.
  74. The show steadfastly avoids romanticizing characters who are repellent, violent and selfish, and it offers a dark, unsparing vision of family life. [4 Mar 2001]
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  75. Camp Rock is glossy, all right, and should provide a glow for Walt Disney Co.
  76. Stunning opening suggests the potential. It's Baker's show, and he excels. But guest stars impress, too.
  77. The Riches has the makings of a bracing, provocative series.
  78. Mamet skillfully balances the men's harrowing missions with their wives' sacrifices on the home front.
  79. The special effects have wacky charm--not surprising for a series based on graphic novels. Yet the dialogue is even more special. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of the novels and the series, gives his characters witty, distinctive things to say.
  80. This vivid series puts an ironic spin on nostalgia.
  81. The show employs a terrific cast and runs with a promising premise.
  82. This amusing series is likely to leave you smiling rather than guffawing.
  83. 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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  84. The first-rate actors, led by likable Kranz, don't strain in their offbeat roles. Tambor adds another first-rate portrait to his gallery of goofballs. The usually reserved Klein is livelier than ever.
  85. The irreverent comedy manages to be affectionate, thanks largely to Kaczmarek, who plays the mother with wisdom and sass. [9 Jan 2000]
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  86. Secret Life feels a lot more authentic than many teen dramas.
  87. The premiere suggests that Bruckheimer has added to his lustrous record in crime: He's guilty of being outrageously entertaining again.
  88. You couldn't wander in at this point and not be lost. Yet here's one series worth catching up with on DVD.
  89. Traffic: The Miniseries is ambitious and adult in ways that put most broadcast miniseries to shame. It unfolds with such potent grittiness that it seems, at times, like a documentary. The cast contains many actors who aren't familiar faces on television, so the script's frequent twists pack even more punch. [25 Jan 2004]
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  90. Dushku plows into her role with gusto. I've seen three episodes of this strange, mesmerizing show, and it has grown on me.
  91. Expert casting deepens this version. Without stars as these youthful Dashwood sisters, the men are on equal footing.
  92. NBC's arresting Medium, debuting Monday, exploits a creepy premise for a few good shocks. What's more surprising is that the drama excels at tongue-in-cheek humor. [2 Jan 2005]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stellar acting bolsters perceptive writing.
  93. She rolls through the show with energy and brass, determined to make you look at her. It's an easy sell because she's telling the best jokes on herself. [11 Oct 2000, p.E1]
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  94. A legal thriller with the depth and structure of an engrossing novel.
  95. The filmmakers heighten the intrigue, explore the seedy underworld and portray a murderer's guilt with haunting artistry.
  96. The creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies apparently spared no cost in producing Young Indiana, a weekly series for the small screen that feels more like one of his wide-screen opuses - glossy, state-of-the-art high adventure with epic overtones. [4 Mar 1992]
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  97. Darker and more adult than the campy Buffy, Angel works like a detective series with supernatural overtones: Raymond Chandler meets The X-Files. [5 Oct 1999, p.E1]
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  98. Shrek the Halls offers enough zany antics and nicely understated sentiment to justify its existence.

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