Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 528 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 Sherlock: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Inconceivable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 276
  2. Negative: 0 out of 276
276 tv reviews
  1. The writing has moments of embarrassing earnestness better left for a college-dorm bull session. For the most part, though, it is fearless and never shies away from showing its characters in a less-than-flattering light.
  2. A wonderfully complex drama, with plenty of sly humor, that showcases slick performances from its two stars, and magically straddles the parallel universes of film noir and high school high jinks, while generously tossing out amusing asides. [22 Sept 2004, p.D1]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elfman is captivating, impossible to dislike, fresh and sunny without being saccharine. Gibson, who looks a lot like Clark Kent, is a perfect pairing for her. And all four parents are masterstrokes of casting. Dharma & Greg bears every earmark of a hit. [24 Sept 1997, p.D01]
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  3. Justified itself stays on target all the time, too, an instant entrant in the best-new-show sweepstakes in a TV season that already has several solid candidates.
  4. Wallander, as you might expect, has a very Scandinavian tone, full of gray landscapes and characters shot through murky panes of glass. But the acting is excellent, down to supporting-cast members.
  5. Tenderfoot, when you mosey into Deadwood, HBO's latest breathtaking drama series, you should remember: An entirely new world takes a little getting used to. [21 Mar 2004, p.H01]
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  6. ER is energetic, combining hints of Rescue 911 with splashes of L.A. Law in an entertaining concoction. [15 Sep 1994]
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  7. Brilliantly written and photographed, it's as thrilling, exciting and groundbreaking as The X-Files was in its era.
  8. Funny. The characters, even the hip comic star, become likable very quickly. Despite yourself, you'll be laughing before the first commercial. [31 May 1990, p.C11]
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  9. One of the best new series this fall. [2 Oct 2001, p.C04]
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  10. 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.
  11. It's too early to tell whether the new season will have the intelligent plotting, tense pacing, and superb cohesion Morgan and her actors brought to the first. But it's off to a good start.
  12. The likable show has something for everyone: handsome young star, sympathetic "older" costar, pretty former TV hottie, easy-to-follow caper plots, a little humor.
  13. It's a show-off show, the most impressive new series of the season, of many seasons, but it has one big deficit. Like the Tin Man, it has no heart. Maybe it will grow one, and it will certainly bear watching for a few weeks to see if it does. [22 Sept 1999, p.C01]
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  14. The best that the new season has to offer, an elegantly written, splendidly acted, spiritual and moving family drama. [25 Sept 2003, p.D01]
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  15. The Game is wonderfully atmospheric, stylish, and sexy. But it's a most un-Bond-like yarn. It is totally grounded in the reality of the era.
  16. It's trying too hard, a rare and forgivable occurrence on TV. Still, the characters are crackerjack, the dialogue frequently poetic. [10 Oct 2000, p.E01]
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  17. Manhattan is awfully overwrought, stocked with personalities as volatile as the radioactive isotopes they're trying to tame. Its melodramatic tone makes it resemble Lifetime's Army Wives more than it does A Beautiful Mind.
  18. 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.
  19. The monumental production is worth bragging about.
  20. It might take you three or four episodes to decide if you want to keep up with these guys. I do. And the fact that the show is on cable means everybody will at least have the chance to get hooked.
  21. Standard high school sports soap opera.
  22. Comics have been doing this sort of thing on TV since I Love Lucy and The Jackie Gleason Show in the '50s, but never with the hilarious depravity of Sunny.
  23. The song and dance spills over everywhere, even onto the football field, in this season's best new TV show, Glee.
  24. 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.
  25. One of the best comedies in years.
  26. There's art aplenty in a film that elicits emotion as it slowly draws you into a place you've certainly never been before, even if it may leave you wondering why you made the journey.
  27. A fun show with broad appeal. [6 Oct 1999, p.D01]
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  28. One of this season's best new series.
  29. It's artfully directed, but intensely grisly. And its atmosphere is far more coherent than its sometimes sketchy narrative. But it does string you along. With barbed wire.

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