People Weekly's Scores

  • TV
For 1,020 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 Top Of The Lake: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Fear Factor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 740
  2. Negative: 0 out of 740
740 tv reviews
  1. A looser show [than The Office], another comedy of frustration, but with a feckless sweetness (which is exactly what My Name Is Earl lacks). [17 Oct 2005, p.39]
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  2. The tone here can be offputtingly strange: brittle, flinty yet over the top. [20 Feb 2006, p.37]
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  3. An explosion of fireworks. [1 May 2006, p.39]
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  4. The show's fun, and a little freaky. [2 Oct 2006, p.45]
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  5. [A] delicious over-the-top comedy. [2 Oct 2006, p.45]
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  6. If you want edge, here's Dexter. [9 Oct 2006, p.41]
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  7. This could be the fall's finest drama. [9 Oct 2006, p.41]
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  8. The relationship of saint to sinner has seldom been so moving. [26 Feb 2007, p.39]
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  9. The show falls prey to a faint preciousness in the voiceover narration from its correspondents and host Glass. They overarticulate the ironies instead of just letting you watch. Which you should do. Watch. [26 Mar 2007, p.37]
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  10. Paxton's supported by a vast cast of vivid characters waging holy battle while chasing the almighty dollar. [11 Jan 2010, p.41]
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  11. 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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  12. Season 4 launches with an episode focused on TV's most mysterious ad executive-and since Jon Hamm's watchful yet charismatic performance makes the show tick, that's excellent.
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  13. Eclipsing even last summer's BBQ bacchanal involving an ancient spirit, the new season feels like one big undead sex party-a kinky alternate lifestyle where vampires and monsters do the nasty (and other violent acts) in roadhouses, backrooms, backwoods and the occasional antebellum mansion.
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  14. The show is cluttered with cutesy sidekicks, including Gabourey Sidibe as a student and John Benjamin Hickey as Cathy's homeless brother. But Linney's a big deal. [30 Aug 2010, p.37]
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  15. Here's one of the most offbeat new shows of the new season. Also one of the best. [13 Sep 2010, p.48]
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  16. The show promises to be sexy fun. [6 Sep 2010, p.47]
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  17. 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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  18. Fall's best new sitcom has the manic zip of Malcolm in the Middle and the diabolical humor of raising Arizona. [27 Sep 2010, p.55]
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  19. A zombie-apocalypse fantasy set in Atlanta, this is the scariest series U've ever seen. [8 Nov 2010, p.39]
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  20. Migrations' animals provide a humbling lesson in resilience and determination. [15 Nov 2010, p.44]
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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Regina King heads the solid ensemble. these folks are dutiful, proud and bonetired. [10 Jan 2011, p.40]
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  24. Beneath the grit, this is a tale of chivalry. [31 Jan 2011, p.40]
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  25. Parks, in a sense, is Li'l Sebastian: shaggy, small-boned, charming and lovably stupid. [31 Jan 2011, p.39]
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  26. As police superintendent Teresa Colvin, Jennifer Beals gives a revelatory, no-nonsense performance that should make Tom Selleck's mustache bristle with envy....This should be lots of fun. [7 Feb 2011, p.39]
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  27. This is an epic portrait of a woman who's monumentally single-minded yet uncomprehending, and watching her rise and fall inspires a sick awe. [4 Apr 2011, p.50]
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  28. The photography is sweepingly gorgeous--this must be the best of all possible planets. [18 Apr 2011, p.46]
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  29. What's amazing is how quickly it all falls into place--the show goes like a shot. [25 Apr 2011, p.43]
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  30. Season 3 of Showtime's great Nurse Jackie brings romance to student nurse Zoey. [25 Apr 2011, p.44]
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  31. When The Close comes to a close, we'll lose one of the best TV detectives of the past decade. [11 Jul 2011, p.33]
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  32. The Show has evolved into a modern underworld Western--there's nothing else like it. [18 Jul 2011, p.41]
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  33. Denis Leary's superb comedy-drama about New York City firefighters, will end its seven-year run a few days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11. [15 Aug 2011, p.34]
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  34. Gellar commands every scene. Hers is a true, potent star turn. [12 Sep 2011, p.43]
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  35. [A] taut, ingenious spy series. [10 Oct 2011, p.44]
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  36. Prohibition is a merry, bullet-sprayed study of the era's rampant criminality. [10 Oct 2011, p.40]
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  37. Beautifully filmed, George Harrison: Living in the Material World is especially good on the singer-guitarist's post-Beatles life as he sought enlightenment in Eastern religions. [10 Oct 2011, p.40]
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  38. The first three episodes are full of impressively strong criminals. [23 Jan 2012, p.40]
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  39. NBC hasn't had a show this impressive since the first season of Heroes. [6 Feb 2012, p.39]
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  40. The scares are not as over-the-top as American Horror Story but more chilling because they're applied glancingly. [13 Feb 2012, p.44]
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  41. The jokes take of on all sorts of unexpected trajectories--foul balls that score. [12 Mar 2012, p.45]
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  42. It's mesmerizing. [26 Mar 2012, p.44]
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  43. 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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  44. Can. Not. Wait. [9 Apr 2012, p.39]
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  45. Falco's performance never loses a weary, trudging toughness and, at the core two hard kernels of anger and sorrow. [16 Apr 2012, p.50]
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  46. It's a raw, ironic, occasionally touching comedy of post-millennial manners. [23 Apr 2012, p.37]
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  47. In season 2 of PBS's richly clever Sherlock, the Victorian tales have been refitted to our century. [14 May 2012, p.44]
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  48. Bad has taken the complexity of modern television storytelling to new levels. [23 Jul 2012, p.37]
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  49. These are almost closer to short stories than sitcom episodes--and yes, they're fantastic. [23 Jul 2012, p.38]
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  50. Put his [Bobby Cannavale's] floridness up against Buscemi's poker-faced acidity and you get fireworks. [24 Sep 2012, p.57]
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  51. The show hasn't lost its clever agility at building pressure-cooker suspense and then lobbing in a surprise. [8 Oct 2012, p.55]
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  52. The game changer sets season 7 on an exciting new course. [8 Oct 2012, p.60]
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  53. Nashville is the best new show of the fall. [29 Oct 2012, p.37]
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  54. The heartbreak here--especially the cases of poor children who died of "dust pneumonia"--is tremendous. [26 Nov 2012, p.45
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  55. They're delightful. [26 Nov 2012, p.48]
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  56. If the Granthams are low on dough, emotionally they're richer than ever. [14 Jan 2013, p.51]
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  57. Discovery's Africa is yet another marvel of high-definition photography. [14 Jan 2013, p.56]
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  58. The show is an absolute original. [28 Jan 2013, p.44]
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  59. What gives the show its kick is the gleefully childish lack of repentance shown by most of these rascals--countered by Olyphant's coolly amused control. [4 Feb 2013, .39]
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  60. The two hours available for review are cinematically rich, full of sleek, oily pools of darkness. [11 Feb 2013]
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  61. This haunting New Zealand miniseries boasts a strong, tense performance from Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss as a detective, but it's very much the work of director Jane Campion. [25 Mar 2013, p.44]
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  62. There's event television, and there's Game of Thrones. [8 Apr 2013, p.41]
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  63. NBC's best new drama since forever. [15 Apr 2013]
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  64. Predictably awesome. [27 May 2013, p.42]
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  65. Director Steven Soderbergh's Candelabra is one of the smartest, tartest examples I've ever seen of that soupy genre, the Hollywood biopic. [27 May 2013, p.39]
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  66. [A] cool yet intensely emotional British crime series. [24 Jun 2013, p.40]
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  67. Shandling's laid-back comic style dovetails with the dry writing, creating a series that's the clear victor in the talk show wars.
  68. The best ensemble cop drama since Hill Street Blues.
  69. Strikingly shot, wonderfully cast, this tough, taut, atmospheric show is the season's best new series.
  70. Stylish and well-acted, this is the rare show in which commercials hit with a jolt, awakening you from the program's potent spell.
  71. With its creepy soundtrack, terrifying visuals and ingenious plot twists, Millennium is far and away the best new show of the year.
  72. An instant classic.
  73. As Larry, Shandling raises banality into an art form; he is consistently hilarious whether blissfully watching his own videos or reacting to a bad review.
  74. Critics justly extolled The Sopranos for its brilliant blend of compelling drama and mordant humor, and the first three episodes of 2000 contain no signs of slippage.
  75. The Sopranos is better than ever.
  76. Larry David's sitcom remains an awe-inspiring (and hilarious) exercise in comedic extremes of chaos and control.
  77. [A] superbly tawdry new crime series. [8 Jul 2013, p.35]
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  78. It's beautifully constructed, cleverly fitted with red herrings and capacious enough to house a community of suspects. The emotional payoff is sensational, and so is the acting. [12 Aug 2013]
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  79. Queen delivers the basic goods (intrigue, sex) , but the only vivid character is Margaret Beaufort, mom of the future Henry VII. She's played by Amanda Hale with startling neuritic fervor. [12 Aug 2013]
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  80. Sunny is Punch and Judy for our time: invigoratingly primal entertainment.[9 Sep 2013, p.41]
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  81. Arguably you shouldn't miss any of The Hollow Crown. But the one you're commanded to watch is Richard II. [23 Sep 2013]
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  82. This is adult entertainment in the very best possible sense. [7 Oct 2013, p.47]
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  83. [A] mesmerizingly eerie French series set in a mountain community. [4 Nov 2013]
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  84. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is fine as it is. Tell your DVR to book it. [9 Dec 2013, p.43]
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  85. 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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  86. [It] promises to be a dizzyingly clever season 2. [3 Mar 2014, p.39]
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  87. Tyson elevates this character into a prism through which passes the span of existence.... You will be sighing for days. [10 Mar 2014, p.48]
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  88. It's educational, kid-oriented and fun, and Tyson us confidently smooth popularizer of science. [17 Mar 2014]
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  89. The show is infernally good. [17 Mar 2014]
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  90. The first three episodes of season 4 grab the wide-flung stories of this epic and assemble them into a crackling narrative. [7 Apr 2014, p.41]
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  91. [A] fast, funny political satire. [14 Apr 2014, p.49]
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  92. A larger, wholly engrossing story about crime syndicates and hit men. [21 Apr 2014, p.43]
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  93. Louie remains a small miracle--a shaggy-dog story, hopping with fleas, maybe rescued froma pound, that outdazzles Lassie, Air Bud and the rest. [12 May 2014,]
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  94. Ned and just about everyone else erupts in violent arguments, denunciations, accusations, counteraccusations, diatribes--these are searing, electrifying moments, furiously articulate and delivered with escalating passion. [2 Jun 2014, p.45]
  95. Like The Next Generation, this show tends to be morally didactic. But also like its mother ship, Deep Space Nine is richly imagined, with good scripts and great visuals.
  96. The concept seems to be an easy one to exhaust. But if the writing manages to stay fresh, we could be looking at the '90s version of The Bob Newhart Show.
  97. Intelligent, fleet, emotionally complex and lightly dusted with Kelley's celebrated sense of the absurd, this is the best hospital show since St. Elsewhere.
  98. The new entry is more action-oriented and less morally ponderous than the recent Star Trek series. But it still suffers from its predecessors' overdeveloped air of gravitas.
  99. NewsRadio is a nervier, more sophisticated version of WKRP in Cincinnati, updated to a time when people are much less secure about their jobs and far more wary about each other.
  100. [The first episode] is packed with potential. It is fast-paced, funny, touching, romantic and surprising. Please note that we did not add "realistic."

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