Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 664 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Riches: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Family Guy: Season 4
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 358
  2. Negative: 0 out of 358
358 tv reviews
  1. Campy, creepy, and convincing, The Strain is oddly riveting, with a gleeful, pulpy momentum propelling the plot.
  2. Thief is in a different league, simultaneously intense and flamboyant, propelled by Braugher, who's even better here than in Homicide: Life on the Street.
  3. A challenging and satisfying legal thriller.
  4. Last Resort is going to need that rich blend of characters and plots. The pilot is sensational--a suspenseful, cinema-quality grabber.
  5. Strange, off-the-wall, and even slightly mad.
  6. The episodes, each supposedly one day in the life of America, should leave viewers squirming, not just with laughter at the failings they portray, but with anticipation that Ullman and Showtime will hurry up and make some more.
  7. Stylishly directed, Elementary is one loaded show, including its wonderful, well-matched leads.
  8. One of this season's best new series.
  9. It's "Sex and the City" London-style, but with a darker edge, and more brains and gravitas.
  10. Treme takes us beyond the tourists' view, beyond the canned performances and ersatz Big Easiness, into the soul of a uniquely fragile American city built on a bedrock of pride.
  11. It's well-made. [26 Sep 2002]
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  12. One marvels at how the writers and actors keep each succeeding segment so fresh and surprising.
  13. Though UnReal's purpose is to skewer the fakeness and calculation behind reality shows like The Bachelor, it really does something more important: It humanizes these archetypes.
  14. AMC's computer-industry period drama, Halt and Catch Fire, returns for its second season a fresher, better, stronger series.
  15. Crossfire Hurricane is deeply enjoyable for the songs--from "She's a Rainbow" to "Brown Sugar"--and for the extraordinary trove of archival film it has assembled.
  16. White Heat is a bold, fabulously written (if at times overbearing) chronicle of the political and social changes which sweep through Britain beginning in the mid-1960s.
  17. A thought-provoking, exciting, in-your-face hacker drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a drama, Flesh and Bone is compelling and ripe for binge-watching.
  18. The show's a keeper - daring, imaginative and provocative - but it must be careful not to overheat in the long haul and burn out its audience. [22 July 2003, p.F1]
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  19. The one-hour show has as much comedy as drama, providing a satisfying and unusual viewing experience.
  20. A meaty drama in the same vein as The Shield, where some of the police are perps and there's no telling who's on the up-and-up.
  21. It's a cornucopia of fanciful sets and costumes and more computer graphic imaging than you'll find anywhere else on TV, and a lot of it is pretty cool.
  22. Ken Jeong plays the Spanish professor, Mr. Chang, the kind of quiet joke in the topsy-turvy world that characterizes this sweetly funny show.
  23. By the second or third episode, it evolves into another Hollywood rarity: a TV show that is truly about relationships, complex and captivating for the long haul.
  24. Of course, it all sounds preposterous, but so did a movie about a guy who remembered everything backward, and Jonathan Nolan was nominated for a writing Oscar for Memento.
  25. Encore offers Thorne: Sleepyhead, a powerful and gripping British import starring David Morrissey as Detective Inspector Tom Thorne.
  26. Absorbing, if not squirm-worthy.
  27. That's a diverse enough crowd to interest almost anybody. Combine it with the fascinating plot and the action and emotional turmoil it promises, and you don't need to flash forward to see a show finally giving Survivor a Thursday-night ratings run for the money.
  28. Funny. The characters, even the hip comic star, become likable very quickly. Despite yourself, you'll be laughing before the first commercial. [31 May 1990, p.C11]
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  29. Like The Larry Sanders Show, Beggars and Choosers makes riotous and cutting fun of network television and will be a hit in Los Angeles, but it also has a humanity and warm humor that should appeal to folks who don't work in showbiz. [17 June 1999, p.E01]
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