People Weekly's Scores

  • TV
For 997 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Millennium: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Fear Factor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 724
  2. Negative: 0 out of 724
724 tv reviews
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. The main plot lines are immediately involving.
  4. Gregg has a deadpan ease that makes the engine purr. And his team is good-looking and stamped with just enough personality and humor: Without killing the fun, they ground the show. [14 Oct 2013, p.43]
  5. [A] pleasurable, cheeky new crime drama. [21 Oct 2013, p.47]
  6. The series goes overboard on cutesy domestic details but as a Bret Bulletin, it should gratify and reassure his fans. [1 Nov 2010, p.42]
  7. This new series is a bold military thriller. [8 Oct 2012, p.60]
  8. 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]
  9. For all its "look what we can get away with" grandstanding and scalpel-sharp wit, Nip/Tuck succeeds best when it deftly pierces the heart.
  10. Gilmore creator Amy Sherman-Palladino gives her actors a zip drive's worth of dialogue....Foster's got the mouth--and charm--to pull it off. [18 Jun 2012, p.43]
  11. The history behind the story is tremendous--you feel its pulse. [5 Aug 2013, p.48]
  12. 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]
  13. A pallid imitation of The Larry Sanders Show, the series works best when its real-life guests are funny.
  14. Horror isn't my thing, but this is pretty good. [7 Nov 2005, p.41]
  15. It's a light, clever performance. But Episodes never convinces us this is really Hollywood. [17 Jan 2011, p.40]
  16. The show is still crazily entertaining. [11 Jun 2012, p.41]
  17. Set on the eve of the 1936 abdication crisis, it has melodramatic bustle and tender affection for its characters--of all classes. [18 Apr 2011, p.46]
  18. The one thing lacking is writing that goes beyond fondness into truly funny. [17 Feb 2014, p.45]
  19. 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]
  20. Their white collar cases aren't always riveting but as summer fares goes, hot guys and Manhattan backdrops are a reliably escapist combo. [25 Jun 2012, p.47]
  21. The overall mythology is sprouting nicely thorny tendrils. [10 Sep 2012, p.42]
  22. A lovely piece of work. [6 May 2013, p.49]
  23. This show has a light, charming sense of the ridiculous. [19 Mar 2007, p.39]
  24. Entourage remains supremely good-natured. [19 Jun 2006, p.37]
  25. [A] highly satisfying update. [8 Oct 2012, p.57]
  26. [The first episode] is packed with potential. It is fast-paced, funny, touching, romantic and surprising. Please note that we did not add "realistic."
  27. The high school stories are tighter-focused, and the Manhattan ones breathe with Broadway romanticism. [5 Nov 2012, p.42]
  28. At its best, the show is outrageous and hilarious at once.
  29. Very few reality shows generate real suspense and sadness at the moment of elimination, but this one does. [20 Jun 2011, p.53]
  30. The quickened pulse is a plus: The violence registers as sharp, stinging slaps. [11 Dec 2006, p.41]
  31. 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]
  32. Got to kick it up a notch, Chuck. [18 Jan 2010, p.41]
  33. This is Dallas with out all the barbecue sauce, a soap about dynastic Texans that feels closer to Friday Night Lights in its understated leanness. [27 Sep 2010, p.54]
  34. The show must carry on, and of course it does, but rather sluggishly.... Overall the acting from the ensemble remains strong enough to sweep you along from episode to episode. [13 Jan 2014, p.47]
  35. The series that strains our nerves and our credulity returns with more hour-by-hour suspense, and amazingly it still works.
  36. Flawlessly done, but a tough sell. [2 Dec 2013, p.50]
  37. An entertainingly sinister dip in the cesspool of 19th century criminality. [21 Jan 2013]
  38. It's painful to criticize a show that has intelligence and depth, but there's no getting around the fact that overarching earnestness and a subtle but troubling air of fatalism combine to make this a dolorous hour.
  39. This looks like another clever, irreverent, cutting-edge animated comedy from creator Matt Groening.
  40. Collar's odd-couple tension tugs the show in entertaining directions. [13 Jun 2011, p.46]
  41. The pilot establishes an eerie claustrophobic dread, and well-budgeted special effects add intensity. [1 Jul 2013, p.35]
  42. About Face addresses some deeper implications--Gia Carangi's early death is a cautionary tale--but knows better than to over do it. [6 Aug 2012, p.39]
  43. In fact they're all really nice, which is the problem. Except for some minor sexual tension, there's no conflict.
  44. [A] half-decent start.
  45. 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]
  46. It's a much more impressive spectacle than ABC's mindlessly entertaining Empire.
  47. This is all well done, and it's a great-looking production, but the weight of the drama keeps tugging toward a side plot about Braugher's 14-year-old stepdaughter. [10 Apr 2006, p.35]
  48. The interplay of the sexes has been used to better effect on other action vehicles--including FX's animated Archer--but the actresses lighten the tone, adding zip to a show that thrives on speed. [29 Nov 2010. p.42]
  49. Despite its cheap shock effects, the show is indulgently ridiculous. [[28 Oct 2013, p.41]
  50. The anecdotes slam into each other with a punch-drunk indifference--but director Spike Lee's style is a series of swift jabs. [18 Nov 2013, p.47]
  51. This new, fourth season isn't bad but it's a very different beast from the original, and it's not nearly as funny.
  52. The scope is a little cramped but the writing is wonderfully droll.
  53. Predictably awesome. [27 May 2013, p.42]
  54. Fox... retains his wonderful timing and delivery. ... But the political satire that makes up the rest of the show is toothless, corny, passé.
  55. With its creepy soundtrack, terrifying visuals and ingenious plot twists, Millennium is far and away the best new show of the year.
  56. The show doesn't have the sinister intelligence of ABC's short-lived Invasion, but it's good family entertainment. [27 Jun 2011, p.45]
  57. The jokes hop all over the place but the show, like Chloe, is refreshingly wild. [16 Apr 2012, p.49]
  58. [It] remains a nervily ambiguous concept. [18 Jun 2007, p.37]
  59. In its second season, Patricia Heaton's family sitcom seems to have found its natural resting point.
  60. This could all pay off spectacularly. [8 Jul 2013, p.36]
  61. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is fine as it is. Tell your DVR to book it. [9 Dec 2013, p.43]
  62. History's first scripted series is a headlong tumble into an irresistible and surprisingly neglected genre. [18 Mar 2013, p.41]
  63. This is a carefully assembled, emotionally attuned drama about obese teens stuck in a summer weight-loss camp.
  64. Bloods isn't groundbreaking, but there are hints of a deeper scandal woven into the solid plot. Worth checking out. [25 Oct 2010, p.39]
  65. The talent is good, and on the long road to announcing a top 16, the show expertly milking every drop of pathos. [24 Oct 2011, p.39]
  66. Gabriel Byrne plays the part flawlessly, and he's up against tow especially rewarding talents. [1 Nov 2010, p.42]
  67. This blah drama about kids living in an LA apartment complex while hustling for big breaks is a Canadian import. [7 May 2012, p.46]
  68. You won't escape easily from this drama's grip.
  69. 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]
  70. Paxton's supported by a vast cast of vivid characters waging holy battle while chasing the almighty dollar. [11 Jan 2010, p.41]
  71. If the producers can keep the mood spooky, this show will have its devoted adherents. Deservedly so.
  72. The tone here can be offputtingly strange: brittle, flinty yet over the top. [20 Feb 2006, p.37]
  73. I wish the show had a little more verisimilitude--the peasants' homes look cheap, not poor--but it's zippy mindless fun. [5 Mar 2007, p.37]
  74. Are they lovable? No. Are they watchable? Compulsively so.
  75. Somehow the premiere hour fills in all this background without getting lost and--more importantly--with sincerity and sensitivity. [10 Jun 2013, p.50]
  76. Weeds feels like a stoned Desperate Housewives: The pupils are dilated wide, as if able to pick out in sharp relief every detail of this suburban America, yet nothing really seems in focus at all.
  77. An odd but involving concept--Raging Birds. [14 Mar 2011, p.42]
  78. The show, despite good stunt work, is clunkily overfamiliar. [1 Feb 2010, p.37]
  79. The opener mostly succeeds in maintaining a tone that's more racy-adult than naughty-juvenile. The only element that doesn't mesh is the character of Alley's father.
  80. This TLC series has hit a cultural nerve, partly because it offers practical, price-cutting tips in an era in which people are jittery about inflation. Also because it's bonkers. [26 May 2011, p.46]
  81. The show is a bit of a junk heap--Fringe, Mission:Impossible and Death Becomes Her are in the pile--but it's a real adventure. [11 Jul 2011, p.34]
  82. The tenuousness of the situation, and the underlying hope for emotional growth by all, makes for a touching hour. [25 Jan 2010, p.43]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This new Fugitive has a very good Kimble in Tim Daly.
  83. In season 2 this fluffy spy caper about gorgeous CIA operative Annie Walker is starting to deliver on the seductive fun promised by Piper Perabo's sly, flirtatious smile in the opening credits. [25 Jul 2011, p.40]
  84. 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.
  85. [Driver's] tone gets under the skin. As does the show. [19 Mar 2007, p.39]
  86. A revenge farce that takes such perplexingly arbitrary turns that it finally sits down like a confused Labrador and refuses to budge. [12 Aug 2013]
  87. Challenging but engrossing.
  88. This parody of bad vintage miniseries is asinine--it's supposed to be--and from time to time hilarious. [13 Jan 2014, p.49]
  89. 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.
  90. NBC's best new drama since forever. [15 Apr 2013]
  91. 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]
  92. 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]
  93. A sitcom that veers uncomfortably between charmingly cute and cloyingly sarcastic. [1 Oct 2012, p.38]
  94. Shatner has a ball playing a paragon of inappropriate behavior and lends the egocentric character a surprising touch of poignancy in his rare moments of introspection. But it's going to be tricky finding the right balance between Shore and Crane while allowing each to stay in touch with his inner devil.
  95. If anything, it moves so tentatively through the baffling investigation and trial that Hayden Panettiere seems to play a dozen Amandas: cheerful, furtive, erratic--and at times literally clueless. [28 Feb 2011, p.40]
  96. The show is a quietly intriguing, informative study of assimilation, identity and community. [21 Nov 2011, p.40]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you automatically expect a new HBO series to be edgy or innovative, you'll be disappointed in this one. It's basically just a sitcom—but it has the advantage of being funny.
  97. Taut and stylish.