People Weekly's Scores

  • TV
For 1,019 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Fear Factor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 739
  2. Negative: 0 out of 739
739 tv reviews
  1. If you pay attention, the writing and direction reward the effort.
    • 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.
  2. [It] looks to be a season of solid suspense. [30 Jan 2006, p.37]
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  3. It's the season's best new series, period.
  4. The show is gorgeously produced and spectacularly violent but its success depends chiefly on Buscemi....A brilliant, brutally funny performance. [20 Sep 2010, p.51]
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  5. Can. Not. Wait. [9 Apr 2012, p.39]
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  6. 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.
  7. The relationship of saint to sinner has seldom been so moving. [26 Feb 2007, p.39]
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  8. The show still tends to go suddenly flat--it's hard to tell whether the party is supposed to be dead or it's just incompetently staged--but Hamm is always superb as Don. [2 Apr 2012, p.37]
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  9. [It] promises to be a dizzyingly clever season 2. [3 Mar 2014, p.39]
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  10. The makers of 24 needn't overuse the split-screen technique to emphasize the onrush of events. Viewers can feel the suspense start to build without seeing the seconds tick off on a digital clock. Give the gimmicks a rest. We're hooked without them.
  11. The young actors are natural and convincing, and the high school characters manage to be funny without too much Dawson's Creek glibness.
  12. Hilariously peculiar.
  13. The show is infernally good. [17 Mar 2014]
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  14. 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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  15. Awesomely clever, it's the Inception of sitcoms. In season 2 the show has preserved its core concept of friendships in a community-college study group while piling on daringly odd jobs. [6 Dec 2010, p.49]
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  16. You'll laugh so often that you may not notice the blessed absence of a laugh track.
  17. 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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  18. It has intelligence and feeling and brutality. The Sopranos hits all the notes.
  19. 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [An] amiable send-up of small-town life.
  20. Russell has an unassuming sort of star quality that draws us to her character, and the writing in the pilot is sensitive without being soapy.
  21. [A] fast, funny political satire. [14 Apr 2014, p.49]
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  22. 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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  23. It's a raw, ironic, occasionally touching comedy of post-millennial manners. [23 Apr 2012, p.37]
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  24. This remains far and away the best prime-time sitcom: crisp and farcical, but very kind. [25 Oct 2010, p.37]
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  25. Very little happens in the first three hours of this anthology crime series, yet it's absolutely riveting. [20 Jan 2014]
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  26. It's the jungle version of Saving Private Ryan's opening battle, over and over across 10 hours. Why, then, is this so excitingly powerful instead of just numbing? Because the stakes are huge: The historical momentum pulls you in and drags you along.
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  27. Grabs you so forcefully that you won't shake free even when the drama strains credulity.
  28. For the most part, the miniseries honors the soldiers' bravery without hiding their fears or failings.

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