Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 527 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Inconceivable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 275
  2. Negative: 0 out of 275
275 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sharpness of the writing and the crispness of the acting demonstrate that cable's best situation comedy has lost none of its bite as it begins its fourth season. [19 Jul 1995]
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  1. Murder One is, hands down, the season's best new series. Others may be scarier or funnier, but tonight's pilot demonstrates that Murder One is an intense expression of television art.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sanders' return is a reminder that Seinfeld is not alone as a significant achievement and advancement in contemporary television humor. [13 Mar 1998]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Larry Sanders Show is brilliantly back, perhaps better than ever. [13 Nov 1996]
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  2. The [first episode], along with two other episodes sent to critics, dispels any of last year's feeling that The Sopranos was losing a little steam. They demonstrate a constant ability to surprise. [4 Mar 2001]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It takes about 20 minutes for Lynch's TV debut, an eight-episode series, to wrap you in its clutches. After that, it's as easy to watch as a good Murder, She Wrote, but 100 times more interesting. By the end, you'll feel you know a lot less than you did at the beginning.
  3. An immensely satisfying - and immensely complicated - police drama. [31 May 2003]
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  4. Among the most stimulating and entertaining series of the last 10 years and far and away the best new network show of the 1992-93 season.
  5. The perfect marriage of television and literature.
  6. Foul-mouthed, violent and potentially depressing with its unvarnished characters, The Shield also shocks your heart with pounding action and tickles your brain by presenting a cops-and-robbers world where almost everyone is at least morally ambiguous, at worst corrupt. [12 Mar 2002]
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  7. It's a deeply moving, unforgettable experience.
  8. It's no lie to say you don't get this sort of stylish and challenging stuff very frequently on TV, adult subject matter treated maturely in a series that makes you squirm and think.
  9. Masterfully written by Chibnall and brilliantly executed by a superb ensemble cast.
  10. Sherlock strikes a perfect--and delicious--balance among comedy, pathos, murder, and mystery.
  11. By opening up the drug world, transforming political constructs into complex, fascinating human beings as lovable (and hateful) as you and me, The Corner does compelling public service. It should be required viewing for public officials. [16 Apr 2000, p.101]
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  12. Strangely theatrical and disappointingly hollow. [29 Sept 2002, p.H03]
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  13. The predicaments of Jack and those unlucky enough to be associated with him are wholly preposterous. But the show's creators make it so much fun to watch that only the fussiest fussbudgets protest the fantasy.
  14. A marvelous cast, including Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter and Alia Shawkat. Offbeat situations and innovative direction. Your humble critic, however, finds one problem: It's not very funny. [2 Nov 2003, p.H01]
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  15. Let's get this straight. Everybody Hates Chris is not the Second Coming. But it is one of the season's best new series.
  16. In so many ways, it's as good as television gets.
  17. TV's best sitcom. [3 Jan 2004]
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  18. The sweetest, funniest and most original family sitcom that has come to TV in a long time. [6 Jan 2000]
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  19. The sumptuous two-hour opener to Season 6 is a remarkable piece of work--beautiful, provocative, and deep. It's an unexpectedly exquisite distillation of the show's themes and aspirations.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Home Box Office has telecast several of the most scintillating series of this decade, notably The Larry Sanders Show, Oz, Arli$$, and Sex and the City. You can safely add The Sopranos to that glittering gallery. [10 Jan 1999, p.F01]
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  20. 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.
  21. The storytelling and visual gloss we have come to expect from Mad Men are stronger than ever. If this eventful, fast-moving episode is any indication, we're in for a savory season.
  22. Touching and original. [8 Oct 2000]
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  23. Felicity is phony. It presents a fantasy world, pretending it's real. A lot of people criticize Ally McBeal for the same thing, but there's a big difference. The people in their 20s who would take life cues from Ally should be old enough to know better. The people, many not even teenagers yet, who will be learning from Felicity may not be...Actually, there are two big differences. Ally McBeal is entertaining. [29 Sept 1998, p.F1]
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  24. Boston Med operates at the edges of real life in a way scripted shows can only approach. It is the single must-see broadcast-TV show of the summer.
  25. Any one of these families has the potential to power a decent sitcom, but Modern Family manages to juggle all three in a balancing act that is not just funny, but heartwarming, and when was the last time you saw that on TV?

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