Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 545 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 EZ Streets: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Family Guy: Season 4
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 286
  2. Negative: 0 out of 286
286 tv reviews
  1. There's plenty of charisma to go around on 30 Rock, and Fey will go just about anywhere for a laugh. Her absurd, yet almost believable, showbiz send-up is full of them.
  2. It might have benefited from the subtler writing touch of Anderson, who was a prolific writer for stage (Anne of the Thousand Days, for instance) and screen, specializing in long-ago history, but it's still good fun on a big level.
  3. In its early going, Gotham is hamhanded and a little bombastic, but drop-dead gorgeous.
  4. This is a comfort-food smorgasbord for the Woodstock generation, a harking back to that vision of ourselves as a nation with shared ideals and values.
  5. Just as with "New Amsterdam," the second episode establishes that this seeming cliche of a show has a little bit more going for it than you might think, even if the ending fireworks appear to be a weekly event. (And, OK, they are kind of fun, if not exactly believable.)
  6. The pilot for Touch is actually rather intriguing and well-executed. My problem with the show is projecting how well it will play a couple of months into its run.
  7. 24: Live Another Day has all the old style and content hallmarks: the crazy, adrenalized action, the hidden-agenda plot twists, and the pounding Wagnerian countdowns to commercials. In fact, this abbreviated 12-episode revival may be an improvement because of the way it galvanizes the pace.
  8. Secrets & Lies pits Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in an intense if sometimes overboiled battle of wills over the murder of a 4-year-old boy.
  9. Los Angeles probably has more interesting locations than New York, and it certainly has its share of interesting crimes, so there's plenty of fodder for LOLA. It's literally warmed-over Law & Order, but that doesn't mean it's unappealing.
  10. All five characters, in fact, transcend the cheap stereotypes that lazy writers so frequently use to populate their sitcoms. That may not be enough to propel their show into the long green of syndication, but for a Fox sitcom, even cautious optimism is a step in the right direction.
  11. It has the usual cheeseball sets and gee-whiz computer graphics, but the quotas of weighty moral lessons and pseudo-scientific incantations seem to have been reduced, though hardly eliminated. [26 Sep 2001]
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  12. It's much sweeter and funnier than it sounds.
  13. The postproduction excesses may sometimes distract from the series' wonder, which, if not quite up to Discovery's Planet Earth (2007) and Life (2010), is still jaw-dropping.
  14. A fun show with broad appeal. [6 Oct 1999, p.D01]
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  15. A sunny and often funny mix of "Twin Peaks," "Law & Order," and "Flipper." [4 Aug 1998, p.D01]
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  16. It's crude and hilarious and clearly aimed at a young male audience.
  17. The show needs some tonal and content adjustments....But Urie and Krumholtz alone make this a half hour worth watching.
  18. More inviting than the usual run of sitcom idiocy.
  19. Revolution had better worry about generating some voltage of its own. The pilot was excellent, but where does it go from here?
  20. The whole thing perks along like a Honda Civic and is just about as exciting.
  21. 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.
  22. If only Surviving Jack was more daring. But it falls into TV's sap-trap. Meloni is deliciously derisive, but only for the first 20 minutes of the episode.
  23. 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.
  24. Jacobi and Reid are brilliant, but the show... has lost its novelty.
  25. The supporting cast, especially Jenna Fischer as the pretty but timid receptionist ("I don't think it's many girls' dream to be a receptionist") and Rainn Wilson as an obsessive, humorless drone, helps keep the pencils sharp when boss Scott gets too unfunny in his attempts to create an easygoing office atmosphere. [24 Mar 2005, p.D01]
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  26. 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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  27. 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.
  28. Overscored and overwrought, The Normal Heart is a tough pill to swallow. The direction of Ryan Murphy (Glee) is piercingly staccato (and visually inconsistent). The tender moments don't resonate, and the fraught moments feel hysterical.
  29. A caper that's as clever and grandiose as any TV series has presented in a long time. And fun.
  30. Kindness is the true beauty of Will & Grace, and it may be that kindness, in the midst of so much of the mean-spirited, demeaning stuff that passes for comedy on TV, will carry the day. [21 Sep 1998]
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