Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 735 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: 62
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hawaii: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 403
  2. Negative: 0 out of 403
403 tv reviews
  1. The stakes are often high in Happy Valley, but it makes even the nuisance aspects of policing seem vital (and perversely entertaining).
  2. Fear the Walking Dead is a wonderfully refreshing reboot that reminds viewers of the exciting, moving, and dramatic potential The Walking Dead had in its first season - a potential the show has all but squandered.
  3. Cane, at 10 p.m., stars ever-hunky Jimmy Smits and a huge cast that ranges from a 12-year-old to Hector Elizondo and Rita Moreno, in a tale of--what else?--lust, money, romance and family intrigue. We've seen it all before, but never this appealingly.
  4. The Last Man on Earth is a rare creature--a sitcom that's actually funny.
  5. American Horror Story may not rank that high on a TV list, but fans of this kind of thing will want to chop themselves in half, strangle in a bathtub, and slit their throats--just to name a few of the things that happen in the first two episodes--if they miss it.
  6. The leads are extraordinary. Ireland brings a nervy and riveting conviction to the role of the advocate. For Gupton (NBC's Prime Suspect), this is a charismatic, career-making role, and the most potent inducement to watch The Divide.
  7. The laughs, as they should, come fast and hard from the characters, somehow likable in their social ineptitude. But if you can't see the situations - irreverent barely begins to describe them - as absurd, you might not have a lot of fun. [4 Aug 2005]
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  8. Worst Week is a dandy confection, as slight and silly and flat-out hilarious as anything that's come along on TV in a few years.
  9. The characters are quirky, the casting sublime. [17 Sept 2002, p.C01]
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  10. True, the series is marred by some very lazy writing.... Despite it all, this is seriously addictive stuff.
  11. You ain't seen this stuff on TV before, my friends, and if you're smart, you'll search it out and enjoy.
  12. The one to look forward to this year is CBS' The Dovekeepers, the latest in a growing series of stories that recast traditional tales from heterogeneous, even conflicting, points of view.
  13. He tweaks both his nice-guy image and the family-sitcom formula just enough to make his show feel new--yet he retains the sense of familiarity that beckons viewers and keeps them watching.
  14. This is the kind of story that builds over time, so it's difficult to tell--Discovery made only one episode available--whether the rest of the series will stay as compelling as the pilot. But it's a doozy of an episode.
  15. The cases aren't always exciting--there's a lot of waiting around--but the people we meet are always interesting and are depicted with class. This is Cops for people who hate shows like Cops.
  16. [Rollergirls] skillfully convey[s] the ups and downs of everyday life, man trouble, hard partying, athletic rivalry, in an unfamiliar culture. But the show adds a layer of visceral excitement, as superb camera work and editing bring the intensity of the competition into genteel living rooms.
  17. It's about the ultimate outcast and his efforts to become human. Like all good drama, it uses heightened characters to magnify struggles we all have.
  18. Valentine puts a modern twist on family drama that's edgy and fun without being overwrought or vulgar.
  19. [It] is sure to occupy a special place in Emmy voters' hearts.
  20. The season's most exciting new development is Bill and Virginia's realization they are a viable romantic couple.
  21. One thing Atlanta does particularly well is to convey the shakiness of an economy in which a child of working- or middle-class parents can struggle, even end up homeless, setting it against the backdrop of the less-official economy on which many rely. That Atlanta manages to be drily funny, too, is a gift.
  22. Despite its occasional heavy-handedness, Hunted will give genre junkies a real high--and some food for thought.
  23. Better Things is as endearing, and as irrepressible, as Adlon herself.
  24. The language is offensive, the characters, in one light, reprehensible. But they and their show are a lot like puppies, too - incorrigible, yet lovable. You can't wait to see whose slipper they'll chew next. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
  25. Notaro, who survived a version of these events several years ago, has added tragedy and time to make the kind of comedy that feels both fresh and familiar. She's as appealing, and as low-key, an actress as she is a comedian.
  26. The almost contemplative tone of the piece makes the suspenseful moments jump off the screen. But the pace, which is decidedly deliberate to begin with, slows about halfway through, as the political becomes deeply personal.
  27. Insightful, smart and lyrical, Spectacle soars when so much of cable TV seems intent on locating the most distressing nadir of human culture.
  28. The Americans may be a tricky concept to sustain, because it means bringing the protagonists to the very brink of discovery on a regular basis. But for now, it's a daring tightrope walk, full of action and suspense.
  29. It makes for thrilling viewing.
  30. Its characters aren't valiant champions of truth, beauty, and goodness, but deliciously compromised anti-heroes who are morally ambivalent, if not downright nasty. More compelling--at least for English lit nerds--our leads go toe-to-toe and fang-to-fang against an army of vampires while speaking poetry.

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