People Weekly's Scores

  • TV
For 1,022 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Africa: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Snoops: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 742
  2. Negative: 0 out of 742
742 tv reviews
  1. It has intelligence and feeling and brutality. The Sopranos hits all the notes.
  2. The West Wing sure looks like a winner.
  3. The young actors are natural and convincing, and the high school characters manage to be funny without too much Dawson's Creek glibness.
  4. You'll laugh so often that you may not notice the blessed absence of a laugh track.
  5. Now that's daring television.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [An] amiable send-up of small-town life.
  6. Curb Your Enthusiasm has an unhurried, improvisational style that may cause restlessness. And David, playing himself as a cranky pessimist, is a determinedly unlovable star. But stay with the 10-week series and you'll be ensnared by his sly humor.
  7. The season's nicest surprise.
  8. For the most part, the miniseries honors the soldiers' bravery without hiding their fears or failings.
  9. Thanks to the mesmerizing performance of Vincent D'Onofrio as New York City Det. Bobby Goren, this new series enhances the value of the brand.
  10. If you pay attention, the writing and direction reward the effort.
  11. The show moves methodically from one story line to another, progressing by inches yet holding our interest with its finely drawn characters and a rare ability to illuminate the gray areas of city life.
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    Philip Marlowe meets Moonlighting—with a passing nod to The Odd Couple—In this delightfully inventive new detective show.
  12. The series' grim tone and overall look of a grimy world in perpetual need of dusting or wiping is a long way from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and closer to Japanese movies like The Grudge. [12 Sep 2005, p.45]
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  13. Entourage remains supremely good-natured. [19 Jun 2006, p.37]
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  14. With sharp camera work, pulsating music and no tedious, gimme-an-Emmy closeups, it's like CSI at warp speed. [4 Sep 2006, p.41]
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  15. [It] looks like Sex and the City relocated to Northern Exposure. [18 Sep 2006, p.39]
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  16. It's the best new sitcom of the fall. [16 Oct 2006, p.39]
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  17. The series' sixth season begins with an intensely entertaining four-hour, two-night premiere. [15 Jan 2007, p.33]
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  18. Andy's humiliations as a minor celebrity aren't quite as funny as was his earlier shame at being a nobody, but as a satire of showbiz vanity, Extras can still be described as (what else?) stellar. [29 Jan 2007, p.43]
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  19. This show is so wrong. And I loved every minute of it. [5 Feb 2007, p.37]
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  20. [Driver's] tone gets under the skin. As does the show. [19 Mar 2007, p.39]
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  21. [It] remains a nervily ambiguous concept. [18 Jun 2007, p.37]
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  22. After two flabby seasons, the Fox action series is back in bang-up shape. [25 Jan 2010, p.41]
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  23. Olyphant plays this laconic, loping lawman with a smiling minimalism that makes Givens both iconic and contemporary.
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  24. Co-created by David Simon and Eric Over­myer, the team behind The Wire, this is a lovingly textured, slowly unfolding series set in post-Katrina New Orleans. [26 Apr 2010, p.40]
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  25. West Wing politico Bradley Whitford reinvents himself for this entertaining free-for-all, a loose blend of buddy comedy and police action that's also an affectionate nod to series like Starsky & Hutch.
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  26. Challenging but engrossing.
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  27. Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell star in a sweet, old-fashioned sitcom. [Sep 27 2010, p.55]
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  28. The formula still works. The Real Housewives of DC wasn't any fun, but the new Beverly Hills chapter delivers. [18 Oct 2010, p.37]
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  29. In its second season, the high school musical comedy occasionally flies off the rails...But maybe that's to be expected from this aggressively inventive pop fantasy, where mundane details like homework never matter. [1 Nov 2010, p.41]
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  30. Therapist Paul Weston a human-shaped cloud who grumbles with the low thunder of the maladjusted, has drifted back for a gripping new season of HBO's In Treatment. Gabriel Byrne plays the part flawlessly, and he's up against two especially rewarding talents. [1 Nov 2010, p.42]
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  31. It's very entertaining in its low-key, waist-widening ways. [20 Dec 2010, p.44]
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  32. The first few nights showed O'Brien settling in with his charmingly original humor, which is sophisticated yet twerpily silly. [29 Nov 2010, p.41]
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  33. The high school musical comedy occasionally flies off the rails. But maybe that's to be expected from this aggressively inventive pop fantasy. [1 Nov 2010, p.41]
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  34. Gabriel Byrne plays the part flawlessly, and he's up against tow especially rewarding talents. [1 Nov 2010, p.42]
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  35. Mad Love [is] a relationship sitcom with real chemistry. [21 Feb 2011, p.41]
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  36. In its second season, the spy parody remains my favorite animated series, thanks to its retro visual design--this is a cartoon for the age of Mad Men--and the vicious, dead-aim put-downs that make up most of the dialogue. [14 Mar 2011, p.42]
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  37. Reubens is getting a bit old for this, but Pee-wee's innocence, infantilism and camp haven't dated--there's a rebel in the ridiculousness. [21 Mar 2011, p.46]
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  38. [A] fascinating reality hit. [28 Mar 2011, p.57]
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  39. It takes awhile to adjust to the dissonance, but the muted naturalism of the superb cast draws us in. [9 May 2011, p.40]
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  40. The only disappointment is the werewolf makeup, minimal enough that Posey could still blend in at the mall. [13 Jun 2011, p.48]
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  41. What's surprising and even touching is that Fergie may not be a hot mess, but she's an appealingly human one. [20 Jun 2011, p.47]
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  42. Luckily Blood is still buoyed by its weird, Gothic zest and the performers all operate with the same vibe of ripe sexuality and restrained camp. [4 Jul 2011, p.37]
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  43. The show is a trampoline that sags clear down to the ground, the better to catapult you off into the air. [18 Jul 2011, p.35]
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  44. The girls' chemistry should keep the show breakdown free. [19 Sep 2011, p.59]
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  45. It's funny and moves blindingly fast, barely giving you time to blink or gulp--Dark Shadows for the PlayStation age. [10 Oct 2011, p.39]
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  46. It might be unwatchable if Dern, who's excellent, didn't allow Amy's laughable obtuseness to be pierced by glimmers of empathy and acceptance. [ 17 Oct 2011, p.40]
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  47. The show's many subplots are handled clumsily, but these two [Grammer & Nielsen] are too good to pass up. 25 Oct 2011, p.48]
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  48. The animated duo have returned, as dumb--and hilarious--as ever. [31 Oct 2011, p.36]
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  49. This fall sitcom is a hit entirely because of Deschanel's performance as Jess. [7 Nov 2011, p.41]
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  50. This drive for revenge is what makes the pilot spark, smoke and go chug-a-chug-chug. [14 Nov 2011, p.45]
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  51. The show has the makings of great--what else can I say?--escapist entertainment. [23 Jan 2012, p.39]
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  52. Luck is a true original, a show with a tone like no other. [30 Jan 2012, p.43]
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  53. Comparisons to The Iron Lady, a sloppy movie that has Meryl Streep in roaring good form, are inevitable. Is Game Change better? You betcha. [5 Mar 2012, p.41]
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  54. The comedy here, as with Elaine, comes from watching Louis-Dreyfus's sophisticated, furiously sharp timing applied to a character who has the intelligence of a finch. [30 Apr 2012, p.35]
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  55. Given the amounts of sumptuous scenery to chew on, the acting is restrained, even if the gore and sex are not. [28 May 2012, p.40]
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  56. The pace sags, but the accumulation of sacrificed lives gives it all a haunting sorrow. [4 Jun 2012, p.44]
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  57. It's both old and new, a comfy piece of nostalgia that doubles as a fresh guilty pleasure. [18 Jun 2012, p.39]
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  58. The first episodes are very promising, full of feints, fibs, and a big, fat shock. [16 Jul 2012, p.40]
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  59. The show's tone [is] vulgar, jolly and winning. [16 Jul 2012, p.39]
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  60. It's just suspenseful and clever enough to keep you happily intrigued. [3 Sep 2012, p.39]
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  61. This BBC hit is the soppily tender story of '50s midwives in London's East End. [1 Oct 2012, p.38]
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  62. [A] highly satisfying update. [8 Oct 2012, p.57]
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  63. The Walking Dead has managed to work fresh morsels into television's grimmest stew. [22 Oct 2012, p.41]
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  64. Johnson is the find of the season: She's the sunbeam that doesn't filter out dust motes. [29 Oct 2012, p.38]
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  65. The CW's best show since Gossip Girl.... it has a forthright narrative seriousness, a respect for the gobbledy-gook that makes up any superhero's backstory--and a game cast performing with the correct degree of seriousness. [19 Nov 2012, p.35]
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  66. One of the fall's best new dramas. [26 Nov 2012, p.48]
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  67. Matthew Weiner has advanced the show far enough into the '60s that its fundamental philosophical question begins to generate its own oppressive suspense. [15 Apr 2013]
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  68. Louis-Dreyfus's performance--which, like Congress, can be divided into two houses, Crackling Charm and Hysterical Ego--still drives the show, but we're getting more realistic sense of political gamesmanship. [22 Apr 2013, p.45]
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  69. It is still a distinctly Guest production: often poky, always charmingly whimsical and, from time to time, so astoundingly funny you seem to have shot into a distant stratosphere of pure comedy. [13 May 2013, p.45]
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  70. What hasn't changed and what matters, is Mireille Enos's sodden, unshakable integrity as a detective who could outlast a pack of bloodhounds. [10 Jun 2013, p.48]
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  71. It's the season's best new series, period.
  72. Gritty and engrossing as ever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Remarkable.
  73. The Comeback is funny, especially when it skewers the tasteless and false in reality TV.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's all so much fun, in fact, that I propose Dancing viewing parties: Break out the wine and crackers and let ABC provide the delicious, calorie-free cheese.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Thanks to the nimble Leary, ever riveting as TV's most nuanced antihero (sorry, Tony Soprano), Tommy's tenuous struggle for sobriety is even more rewarding than last season's harrowing downfall.
  74. This could all pay off spectacularly. [8 Jul 2013, p.36]
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  75. An intricate mystery confidently spun out with dark, unsettling shocks. [15 Jul 2013]
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  76. Watching Nucky's frenemies thrive like poison toadstools ringing a tree--that's a grim, gripping spectacle in its own right. [9 Sep 2013, p.42]
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  77. Despite its cheap shock effects, the show is indulgently ridiculous. [[28 Oct 2013, p.41]
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  78. This late entry in the fall season is one of the best. [25 Nov 2013, p.43]
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  79. The show fades away like a Mari Gras parade drifting out of range. But it's a potent memory. [16 Dec 2013]
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  80. After an awful season 2, Lena Dunham's Brooklynocentric comedy celebrating coffee, ambition and sex is fixed. [20 Jan 2014, p.41]
  81. Mad Men has both the greatness of execution and inscrutability of artistic intent, and it won't be until the show actually ends that I'll know which one won out. [21 Apr 2014, p.41]
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  82. Edie Falco makes the stakes scarily real. [21 Apr 2014, p.43]
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  83. The team behind Bad Teacher has successfully reconfigured the raunchy comedy into a heart warming sitcom starring Ari Graynor that is still bad in all the right ways. [28 Apr 2014]
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  84. The procedural elements of the medical drama hum along nicely, but it's Reilly's performance outside the operating room that makes this show worth watching. [28 Apr 2014]
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  85. Red Band Society, which could turn out to be one of the best new shows of the fall, is like that, constantly catching you unexpectedly.
  86. The show may never again attain the sustained comic brilliance of last week's pilot. But this is a rarity for Fox: a sophisticated and clever sitcom.
  87. The episodes have grown slower and schmaltzier since the gripping pilot, but this series is still as sweet as an egg cream made with Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Syrup.
  88. As a social experiment, this project fizzles because of the imposing scrutiny (even the phone is tapped) and because of the artificial relationship foisted on these instant loftmates. But as television, it's rather intriguing.
  89. The scope is a little cramped but the writing is wonderfully droll.
  90. Some of the first-season bugs have been exterminated simply by recruiting young roommates who are more interesting and charismatic, people who smile and laugh a little more.
  91. In the tradition of Cheers, the show thrives by selling up distinct, contrary personalities and making them collide for a half-hour each week. So far the writing is sharp and punchy.
  92. Dr. Katz is a cartoon cross between The Bob Newhart Show and Seinfeld.
  93. In fact they're all really nice, which is the problem. Except for some minor sexual tension, there's no conflict.
  94. Though the show lacks the inspired cohesiveness of classic sitcoms like Cheers or Seinfeld, it is bright, brisk and well-played.
  95. Peta Wilson, an Australian actress with the harsh blonde hair, snub nose and oversize, depthless blue eyes of your average mass-produced doll, makes a sexy, amusing Nikita.

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