Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 516 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 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Broadchurch: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Inconceivable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 269
  2. Negative: 0 out of 269
269 tv reviews
  1. More inviting than the usual run of sitcom idiocy.
  2. Viewers certainly like this sort of thing. CBS has become the No. 1 network with an incessant stream of it, and Criminal Minds is as well-made as any of them.
  3. Close to Home is supposed to be playing on the dark-underbelly-of-the-burbs fascination supposedly stirred by Desperate Housewives. But it's basically just another lawyer/crime show with a mommy twist.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the time, it's... pretty gripping.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Amusingly, head-spinningly over-the-top.
  4. You hope the show doesn't get stuck in sexual shenanigans week after week. Even 30-year-olds think about other things sometimes. But for now, it seems fair to follow Emily's lead and see what develops.
  5. A caper that's as clever and grandiose as any TV series has presented in a long time. And fun.
  6. [It] would be an above-average Masterpiece [Theatre] installment.
  7. So what if it's as superficial as a flesh wound? There's plenty of style.
  8. Despite the loud music and all the supposedly ominous foolishness, blood that even spatters the camera lenses, and a sexy proto-vamp who often manages to wear almost no clothes (OK, maybe not despite her), I kind of liked the stupid thing.
  9. Subtract James Woods from Shark, and you'd have an empty carcass. Instead, you have a carcass with James Woods and all his crazy energy inside.
  10. For adults, the thing plays a little like Fox's Prison Break.
  11. There's no shame in enjoying the entertainment provided by these game shows, which are a step above some of their TV competition, but if knowing all the answers in 1 vs 100 makes you feel smart, then you must be pretty stupid.
  12. It's a supernatural mystery, involving a few ghosts, a little time travel and lots of crazy people. People who have been missing The X-Files might really go for The Lost Room.
  13. There's plenty of that low-key humor that characterized Ed, and the show can be hilarious when the crew gets involved in Keystone Kops capers, but it drags in the middle ground.
  14. That's about where this show sits, on the rails, but with a little journey ahead to get from captain to rear admiral.
  15. The show is ugly and fixated on death and violence. There's lots of lurid sex, too, reflected in other title images. There's also creativity and flat-out breathtaking acting to instill a voyeuristic fascination and perhaps inspire a fanatic.
  16. Part soap opera, part horror movie, all whodunit, Harper's is diverting, and only infrequently frightening, fantasy soap opera.
  17. In its first week, the show has acquired a more expansive, scattershot tone. It feels less rehearsed than Leno's regime, but at times, out of control.
  18. These medical shows aren't brain surgery, but most of them are dead on arrival anyway. Three Rivers shows up at least with a healthy pulse.
  19. The mystery makes Pretty Little Liars more entertaining than the tedium of Gossip Girls, and many parents might actually enjoy watching along with their young adults, who can explain why this sort of thing is so alluring to them.
  20. The whole thing perks along like a Honda Civic and is just about as exciting.
  21. If musical theater gives you goose bumps, congratulations. You just got a front-row seat. If it doesn't enthrall you, Smash will strike you as almost unbearably tedious and pretentious.
  22. The result is distinctly forced, but a standout cast manages to put a breezy top spin on some leaden material.
  23. The show needs some tonal and content adjustments....But Urie and Krumholtz alone make this a half hour worth watching.
  24. Revolution had better worry about generating some voltage of its own. The pilot was excellent, but where does it go from here?
  25. Vegas has a lot of things going for it: star power, period ambience, and a compelling Vegas central conflict. But despite all that, the show doesn't feel like it's hit the jackpot.
  26. It's a terrific idea. But it doesn't quite measure up to its potential.
  27. Cold Case doesn't know Philly. Too often the few authentic exteriors - Boathouse Row, for instance - give way to some generic Los Angeles location. The show itself is full of references to nonexistent places and situations. [28 Sept 2003, p.H01]
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  28. Just about everybody in this cast is superb. Maybe the production team, headed by Gary David Goldberg, who did Fox's "Family Ties" and the cuddly "Brooklyn Bridge", will fix all the first episode's flaws. Too many halfhearted gay and orgasm jokes bring to mind too many of last year's tired Friends imitators.[17 Sept 1996, p.D01]
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