Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 705 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 American Dad!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 379
  2. Negative: 0 out of 379
379 tv reviews
  1. The focus and tone could shift and drift any number of ways in subsequent weeks. But whether it rises or falls, Empire is off to a sensational start.
  2. The reinvented Legends is a maddening puzzle. It's exhausting. But also thrilling.... Somehow, at the end of each episode, the pieces fit together and make sense--only to raise new questions. Fans of spy yarns will lap up every second.
  3. Comics have been doing this sort of thing on TV since I Love Lucy and The Jackie Gleason Show in the '50s, but never with the hilarious depravity of Sunny.
  4. A lively show with no canned laughter, where love has no chance to conquer all the family deficiencies but does make them not only bearable, but fun.
  5. The Game is wonderfully atmospheric, stylish, and sexy. But it's a most un-Bond-like yarn. It is totally grounded in the reality of the era.
  6. Some viewers will wrongly believe they need this absorbing and thoroughly entertaining show like a hole in the head.
  7. The series is a breath of fresh air: It's not flippant, but neither is it geekily earnest; it's moody and dark, yet never self-indulgent; it has strong characterization without resorting to caricature.
  8. It's unpredictable and stimulating, like the drug that White manufactures, but it produces a much safer high.
  9. Beyond the breezy dialogue, MAoS is terrific-looking and has action scenes that are above par for primetime. Not enough to wow you, but a fun date.
  10. Four sitcoms - two returning and two premiering - start new seasons between tonight and Sunday. The news: In a TV environment that has seen a handful of decent comedies in the last 10 years, they're all funny.
  11. With its fine acting, tight script, and tense tone, The Bletchley Circle is pure ecstasy for mystery fans.
  12. As TV art, CSI: Miami has a fatal flaw. The spark of originality is missing. But who, besides a few critics and professors, is going to worry about such things? As a viewing experience, it's as good as any series on television. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
  13. Casual, which features salty language, is a smart, grown-up show for grown-ups who know the sexiest organ humans possess is the brain.
  14. This is an incredibly violent and an incredibly powerful show about men who find it difficult to talk to one another but have no problem raising their voices--and their fists.
  15. Demos and Ricciardi serve their subjects well, but they also serve their case well. They take complex legal subjects and make them interesting, boiling down mundane legal bureaucracy into a cohesive story that still is able to treat all victims--no matter what side of the cell bars they are on--with respect.
  16. Like AHS and Glee, it could become a mess, but the launch is fun.
  17. The lives shown here, in surprisingly frank profiles, are fascinating enough to sustain interest.
  18. Because it's such recent history, there are few revelations in a frequently flat assemblage of interviews and highlights, with Wednesday's installment, featuring some of the greatest postseason flops and comebacks of all time, the more appealing of the two.
  19. Hirst cleverly weaves a mystical element into the plot, which pays off with each episode. And he throws in plenty of battle scenes to please bloodthirsty fans.
  20. Suffice it to say Da Vinci's Demons (warning: it contains nudity, violence, and profanity) has a lot of balls in the air. But it manages this juggling act with aplomb.
  21. You might remember that because Nikita is aimed directly at 24 fans. Not as ambitious nor as entertaining, it is just as decidedly unbelievable yet diverting.
  22. It's too early to tell whether the new season will have the intelligent plotting, tense pacing, and superb cohesion Morgan and her actors brought to the first. But it's off to a good start.
  23. The retrieved home movie footage creates a lambent prism through which the '70s seem like a simpler time. It also makes Our Nixon a uniquely dynamic time capsule.
  24. Davis goes all Sasha Fierce on the role. In fact, her potent performance nearly overwhelms the show, something that rarely happens on TV. She certainly makes the younger contingent of the cast fade into the woodwork.
  25. As fans of "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race" know, there are reality shows, and there are reality shows. Who Do You Think You Are? may not be up to those standards, but although it shares none of the game-show attributes of its new NBC cohorts, it's the clear winner.
  26. Seems like they're off to a decent start.
  27. There's some minor Rashomon-style point-of-view switching as the attorneys prepare their opposing cases each week, and never know who's going to win, which makes this a bit different, and a bit more intriguing, than many standard lawyer shows.
  28. The plots feature lots of creative legal give-and-take to keep the audience amused and guessing.
  29. The scripts are witty if a little pompous.
  30. Glitzy, spoofy, and bristling with attitude, Matador is the modern equivalent of I Spy, the classic '60s series about a pro tennis player/secret agent, starring Robert Culp and Bill Cosby.

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