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 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Family Guy: Season 4
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 403
  2. Negative: 0 out of 403
403 tv reviews
  1. This mini reproduces the movie's singular feat of being scary without being graphic, accomplishing more with mood and suggestion than overt shocks.
  2. Touching and original. [8 Oct 2000]
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  3. An intricately drawn and superbly cast portrait of a family in crisis that evokes Raymond Carver and James Dickey, Bloodline has the feel, the imaginative reach and aesthetic depth and resonance of a novel.
  4. Dates isn't the kind of comedy that's supposed to elicit belly laughs, yet it entrances with its sense of dramatic irony.
  5. The characterization and crisp writing have a biting comic edge, keeping the story from sinking into sentimental mush.
  6. It's Me, Hilary isn't simply a doc about Knight's life and work. It's also an affecting story about the friendship that formed between him and the 28-year-old Dunham.
  7. The Last Kingdom isn't in the same league as that other medievalesque literary adaptation Game of Thrones, nor does it have the epic scope of Vikings. But its breathtaking photography, glorious fight scenes, and fantastical story make it a worthwhile treat for genre fans.
  8. The Tudors is loads of addictive fun, filled with intrigue, the delicious papal stylings of Peter O'Toole, and that old stand-by, hot sex.
  9. What is surprising is that the series, an adaptation of the Kass Morgan novel, is well conceived, cleverly plotted, and quite exciting.
  10. Gracepoint is artsy both in its painterly look and in its treatment. The story rolls out with daring forbearance, almost as if it's transpiring in real time.
  11. She is simply hilarious. Lovable, insecure, over-the-top and hilarious. [11 Oct 2000, p.D01]
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  12. The first episode is entertaining and promising enough that viewers may get excited about seeing the second one.
  13. The sitcom is funny and fresh, and the actors appear to be having the time of their lives.
  14. A shockingly good series about a motorcycle gang in the apocryphal California valley town of Charming.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is better than ever. [28 Jun 1995]
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  15. It demonstrates the potential of reality television to go beyond determining who can eat the most worms or scream the loudest, to illuminate important social and cultural issues.
  16. You'll turn on the first episode and mysteriously find yourself sitting in the same spot on your couch eight episodes later, never having moved an inch.
  17. Ray Donovan generates an authentic and convincing noir atmosphere, something rarely accomplished in the medium.
  18. One of the best new TV shows this season.
  19. Campy, creepy, and convincing, The Strain is oddly riveting, with a gleeful, pulpy momentum propelling the plot.
  20. 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.
  21. A challenging and satisfying legal thriller.
  22. Last Resort is going to need that rich blend of characters and plots. The pilot is sensational--a suspenseful, cinema-quality grabber.
  23. Strange, off-the-wall, and even slightly mad.
  24. 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.
  25. Stylishly directed, Elementary is one loaded show, including its wonderful, well-matched leads.
  26. One of this season's best new series.
  27. It's "Sex and the City" London-style, but with a darker edge, and more brains and gravitas.
  28. 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.
  29. It's well-made. [26 Sep 2002]
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