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. The show often goes to annoying extremes.
  2. Nothing really wrong with Raines, but not much reason to watch, either.
  3. The big mysteries behind the trees in Hidden Palms are also way more fun than the mud in the murky waters of Dawson's Creek. That's not a lot, but pondering the extent of evil in the bad boy, and the cause of the craziness in the gorgeous girl, not to mention why the dead kid died, is considerably more stimulating than it was years ago to put the TV on mute and gawk when Katie Holmes came on the screen.
  4. Life Is Wild, is serenely benign considering its title, but some families should find fun in this foolishness from far away.
  5. Samantha will battle against past unremembered sins, as the writers battle to bring their scripts up to Applegate's talents.
  6. Lipstick Jungle isn't that bad. It's more like "awww."; Not as in "Awww, isn't it cute?" but "Awww, little Candy didn't do as well this time as everybody hoped."
  7. Potential pours from the screen, but the premiere has plenty of problems. People seem to be uncomfortable and trying too hard, just as they do on their first day in school or on the job.
  8. For about three hours and 40 minutes, the mini-series rockets along, an exciting pile of preposterousness with conspiratorial overtones. Then it fizzles, with stuff you've seen 1,000 times before, and irritating loose ends.
  9. In Plain Sight may not offer the newest characters on the block, but they're diverting, and at least they can spell.
  10. Fringe has the feel of a chemistry-lab concoction, the forced amalgam of preexisting elements. It may not be hydrogen sulfide, which gives rotten eggs their smell, but it's mediocre science.
  11. Smart guys from the outskirts of society have been solving tough cases entertainingly at least as long as Sherlock Holmes. The Mentalist simply presents another, along with no compelling reason either to tune in or turn off.
  12. Days after announcing the cancellation of the brilliant "Life on Mars," ABC premieres Castle, dumping an original concept, beautifully achieved, with genius casting, and picking up the most averagely entertaining series in a long time.
  13. Sadly, as so often happens, the grandeur and surprise settle toward soapiness when the show moves into future episodes, as various high-level evildoers battle each other for power, money, and hot sex partners, while the good-hearted folk fret and risk their lives for more noble causes.
  14. Ed and Tom may be similar, but Ed was plenty more satisfying than this Monkey business
  15. It's slightly less entertaining than the moderately entertaining original, with a far-fetched connection that these undercover wonders somehow have something to do with the Navy, which is the "N" in NCIS, and who really cares what the "CIS" is?
  16. Our gals will turn out to be witches, and while they are innocuously enjoyable (as well as hot), it's hard to imagine them generating enough magic to keep this show around very long.
  17. The Cleveland Show is full of pubic-hair jokes, and if you don't think that's a laugh riot, you still might want to tune in--once--to see what the cool kids are digging these days.
  18. This series, perhaps because there are some standards, even though it's on late and on FX, is gentler and has potential. But somebody needs to step in and tell Louis to round up a few friends and save his stand-up for the comedy specials.
  19. As remakes usually are, Five-0 is too contrived.
  20. After all those promos, people have the feeling they've seen the whole first episode, which they probably have.
  21. Give ABC credit for an interesting format and a drama that isn't about doctors, lawyers, or cops, but it's hard to imagine enough viewers going for this one that any of these folks will ever make it to 30.
  22. Maybe they'll be back for more. Maybe they'll be canceled. It's hard to imagine anyone getting mad if that happened or loving the show enough to do much about it. Maybe they should have called it Sort of Annoying Like.
  23. There's not a current star among them, but this wacky lineup could provide the biggest and brightest series of Celeb Appren train wrecks ever. Alas, as usual, the episodes of the show, are flabbier than Meat Loaf ever was, two long hours long.
  24. The emotional elements are a little overbaked, the spiritual aspects decidedly undercooked. But as short-term entertainment, this could fit the bill quite nicely.
  25. An otherwise run-of-the-mill mystery with a big twist.
  26. There isn't much suspense in the script, nor are there surprising revelations about what happened.
  27. The opening episode is wildly uneven, at times downright irritating. But it's equally intriguing, compelling, and full of potential.
  28. Bynes, whose career on Nickelodeon, culminating with The Amanda Show, gives her instant recognition with the desired audience, is about as established a comedian as any 16-year-old can be. [20 Sept 2002, p.D13]
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  29. Yet, for all its exciting twists, Red Widow recycles too many gangster-movie cliches.
  30. Strangely theatrical and disappointingly hollow. [29 Sept 2002, p.H03]
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