Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 728 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Boston Med: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 American Dad!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 398
  2. Negative: 0 out of 398
398 tv reviews
  1. The perfect marriage of television and literature.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. [A] brilliant, layered cops-and-robbers series -- the best since NYPD Blue. [27 Oct 1996]
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  5. 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.
  6. You're not likely to find better sketch comedy on TV. It's a shame there are only four episodes.
  7. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, whose pilot is the first feature-length film made in Botswana--a movie that starts off one of the most glowingly original, kindhearted, and genuinely engaging TV series of this fading decade.
  8. The best sitcom this year, and one of the best in a lot of years.
  9. The monumental production is worth bragging about.
  10. The Knick isn't simply a lush costume drama, a gory medical history, or a lesson in social studies. It inspires true passion.
  11. Brilliantly written, with stunning performances, this will be Luther's final year on TV.
  12. It's trying too hard, a rare and forgivable occurrence on TV. Still, the characters are crackerjack, the dialogue frequently poetic. [10 Oct 2000, p.E01]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It takes about 20 minutes for Lynch's TV debut, an eight-episode series, to wrap you in its clutches. After that, it's as easy to watch as a good Murder, She Wrote, but 100 times more interesting. By the end, you'll feel you know a lot less than you did at the beginning.
  13. The sweetest, funniest and most original family sitcom that has come to TV in a long time. [6 Jan 2000]
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  14. The song and dance spills over everywhere, even onto the football field, in this season's best new TV show, Glee.
  15. The best traditional sitcom to arrive on the tube since "Everybody Loves Raymond." Perfectly cast, sharply written. [22 Sept 2003, p.E06]
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  16. By opening up the drug world, transforming political constructs into complex, fascinating human beings as lovable (and hateful) as you and me, The Corner does compelling public service. It should be required viewing for public officials. [16 Apr 2000, p.101]
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  17. This sparkling saga of an extended dysfunctional family has more laughs than regular characters.
  18. Justified itself stays on target all the time, too, an instant entrant in the best-new-show sweepstakes in a TV season that already has several solid candidates.
  19. Angel is more straight-ahead action than Buffy, but it is a spin-off that twirls terrificly. Plunked behind Buffy, it completes the most joyously entertaining two hours on television. [5 Oct 1999, p.E01]
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  20. NewsRadio is, like Murphy Brown, a slightly sophisticated (it is television, after all) ensemble comedy set in the newsroom, in which each character blends a healthy portion of absurdity with a strong slice of reality. But NewsRadio is better than Murphy Brown ever was. [21 Mar 1995]
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  21. A stunning, richly textured, feminist existential epic.
  22. More than any of Burns' documentaries except The Civil War, Prohibition provides viewers with a real feel for the times as well as new and surprising information.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wuhl, who wrote the scripts for the first two episodes, is shrewd and witty in both the creation and delivery of dialogue, and outstanding in physical comedy. If sitcoms were judged like gymnastics, Sanders star Garry Shandling would grab the gold medal with a perfect score of 10 and Wuhl would be a cinch for the silver at 9.9. [7 Aug 1996, p.D01]
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  23. Amy Brenneman, as Licalsi, is the dark-haired, more visceral contrast to Kelly's wife, Laura, played by Sherry Stringfield. Both women add depth to the drama, as do James McDaniel as the precinct commander, Nicholas Turturro as the new kid in the cop shop and Tom Towles as the guy from the Organized Crime Squad.
  24. It's a safe bet Lindelof and Perrotta have no intention of solving the new set of puzzles they introduce this season with such skill and grace. Thank heavens: Instead of expending energy trying to do a Sherlock Holmes, viewers can simply let themselves sink deeper and deeper into the mystery.
  25. An immensely satisfying - and immensely complicated - police drama. [31 May 2003]
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  26. Another heart-stopping adventure show from "Alias"'s J.J. Abrams...Lost undertakes the ambitious assignment of developing 14 characters, including the usual tough guys and brave gals, as well as a rotund, lovable dolt, a 9-year-old boy, and a Korean couple who don't speak English, all suddenly thrust together to fight for survival. If anybody can meet the challenge, it's Abrams. [22 Sept 2004, p.D01]
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  27. This season's best new show.
  28. The Amazing Race... looks like The West Wing of reality, the first of the descendants of Survivor that may outshine its parent. [2 Sep 2001]
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