Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 528 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 EZ Streets: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Inconceivable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 276
  2. Negative: 0 out of 276
276 tv reviews
  1. One of the best comedies in years.
  2. The best new TV show of the 2006-07 season.
  3. The Pacific groans with technically preposterous battle scenes, but it is the minute behavior of ordinary men both in and after those extraordinary circumstances that takes your breath away and helps put The Pacific in a class of its own among war movies.
  4. The perfect marriage of television and literature.
  5. Boston Med operates at the edges of real life in a way scripted shows can only approach. It is the single must-see broadcast-TV show of the summer.
  6. In so many ways, it's as good as television gets.
  7. With the tormented Luther, it's sometimes tough even to identify who is the cat and who is the mouse. Writing and acting come together to produce characters, more than stories, who are powerful, surprising, ambiguous, and all that other stuff.
  8. It's no lie to say you don't get this sort of stylish and challenging stuff very frequently on TV, adult subject matter treated maturely in a series that makes you squirm and think.
  9. Sherlock strikes a perfect--and delicious--balance among comedy, pathos, murder, and mystery.
  10. A wonderfully complex drama, with plenty of sly humor, that showcases slick performances from its two stars, and magically straddles the parallel universes of film noir and high school high jinks, while generously tossing out amusing asides. [22 Sept 2004, p.D1]
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  11. Foul-mouthed, violent and potentially depressing with its unvarnished characters, The Shield also shocks your heart with pounding action and tickles your brain by presenting a cops-and-robbers world where almost everyone is at least morally ambiguous, at worst corrupt. [12 Mar 2002]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Home Box Office has telecast several of the most scintillating series of this decade, notably The Larry Sanders Show, Oz, Arli$$, and Sex and the City. You can safely add The Sopranos to that glittering gallery. [10 Jan 1999, p.F01]
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  12. The sumptuous two-hour opener to Season 6 is a remarkable piece of work--beautiful, provocative, and deep. It's an unexpectedly exquisite distillation of the show's themes and aspirations.
  13. Among the most stimulating and entertaining series of the last 10 years and far and away the best new network show of the 1992-93 season.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first new drama series ever produced by Home Box Office, Oz, is a powerhouse. It will probably push the quality standards for television drama as far as HBO's masterful Larry Sanders Show has expanded the parameters of TV comedy series. [9 July 1997, p.C01]
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  14. The best that the new season has to offer, an elegantly written, splendidly acted, spiritual and moving family drama. [25 Sept 2003, p.D01]
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  15. TV's best sitcom. [3 Jan 2004]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sharpness of the writing and the crispness of the acting demonstrate that cable's best situation comedy has lost none of its bite as it begins its fourth season. [19 Jul 1995]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Larry Sanders Show is brilliantly back, perhaps better than ever. [13 Nov 1996]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sanders' return is a reminder that Seinfeld is not alone as a significant achievement and advancement in contemporary television humor. [13 Mar 1998]
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  16. [A] brilliant, layered cops-and-robbers series -- the best since NYPD Blue. [27 Oct 1996]
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  17. The [first episode], along with two other episodes sent to critics, dispels any of last year's feeling that The Sopranos was losing a little steam. They demonstrate a constant ability to surprise. [4 Mar 2001]
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  18. Masterfully written by Chibnall and brilliantly executed by a superb ensemble cast.
  19. It's a deeply moving, unforgettable experience.
  20. Rescue Me burns with authenticity, rising from the newly cluttered landscape of summer TV programming to become the No. 1 must-see. [21 July 2004, p.F01]
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  21. Murder One is, hands down, the season's best new series. Others may be scarier or funnier, but tonight's pilot demonstrates that Murder One is an intense expression of television art.
  22. This sparkling saga of an extended dysfunctional family has more laughs than regular characters.
  23. The best sitcom this year, and one of the best in a lot of years.
  24. This season's best new show.
  25. This may be one of the most beautifully crafted and original TV shows ever to get fall consideration on a big network.

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