Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 482 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Luther: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Inconceivable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 250
  2. Negative: 0 out of 250
250 tv reviews
  1. Because it's such recent history, there are few revelations in a frequently flat assemblage of interviews and highlights, with Wednesday's installment, featuring some of the greatest postseason flops and comebacks of all time, the more appealing of the two.
  2. Imagine how much fun that discovery will be for a high school lad. And then imagine the anguish and guilt, as he quickly looks away from all those girls, naked beneath their clothes. That's pretty much Smallville in a nutshell: Not super. No boy. [16 Oct 2001, p.D01]
  3. It may not be The Shield (what is?), and it isn't up to the standard of TV's other corruption-in-Chicago show, The Good Wife, currently the best drama on network TV. But after you get by the initial S.O.S. of the first episode, The Chicago Code may be better than the other police commissioner show, and at least as worthy to add to your weekly TV appointment lineup.
  4. You've never seen anything quite like Ugly Betty.
  5. You can probably tell this is not your average sitcom. What you probably can't sense is a surprising tenderness and gentle humor (along with the crass) in this family, living on the socio-economic fringes in the house of Jimmy's grandma, so dotty she rarely wears enough clothes.
  6. Angel is more straight-ahead action than Buffy, but it is a spin-off that twirls terrificly. Plunked behind Buffy, it completes the most joyously entertaining two hours on television. [5 Oct 1999, p.E01]
  7. A challenging and satisfying legal thriller.
  8. 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]
  9. It's well-made. [26 Sep 2002]
  10. 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.
  11. Not only will reality-show fans be disappointed, so will anybody looking for a little humanity sprinkled in with the enormous overdose of pretentious claptrap. [16 Nov 2004, p.F1]
  12. [It] is sure to occupy a special place in Emmy voters' hearts.
  13. Ray Donovan generates an authentic and convincing noir atmosphere, something rarely accomplished in the medium.
  14. On Awake, the concept is all. Consequently, it takes a little explaining.
  15. Insightful, smart and lyrical, Spectacle soars when so much of cable TV seems intent on locating the most distressing nadir of human culture.
  16. Beyond the breezy dialogue, MAoS is terrific-looking and has action scenes that are above par for primetime. Not enough to wow you, but a fun date.
  17. Last Resort is going to need that rich blend of characters and plots. The pilot is sensational--a suspenseful, cinema-quality grabber.
  18. Both ABC's Life on Mars and CBS's "Eleventh Hour" have the comfortable feel of many shows that have come before them and lasted a long, long time.
  19. Chuck is one of two new fantastical shows premiering Monday on NBC, making a Heroes sandwich. That's fantastical, not fantastic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Smooth and stylish as it is, Farscape lacks one important ingredient: a new and breakthrough character. [18 Mar 1999]
  20. Glau's the best part of Chronicles, playing the robot who seeks to understand human stuff with a beguiling bemusement reminiscent of Jeff Bridges in "Starman."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Torchwood doesn't disappoint: After tonight's slam-bang premier, subsequent episodes only get more outrageous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wuhl, who wrote the scripts for the first two episodes, is shrewd and witty in both the creation and delivery of dialogue, and outstanding in physical comedy. If sitcoms were judged like gymnastics, Sanders star Garry Shandling would grab the gold medal with a perfect score of 10 and Wuhl would be a cinch for the silver at 9.9. [7 Aug 1996, p.D01]
  21. It's unpredictable and stimulating, like the drug that White manufactures, but it produces a much safer high.
  22. By the second or third episode, it evolves into another Hollywood rarity: a TV show that is truly about relationships, complex and captivating for the long haul.
  23. It's just a touch of the veddy, veddy humor that helps make everything so delightful before the world intrudes into Masterpiece Classic's revival of Upstairs Downstairs.
  24. With its fine acting, tight script, and tense tone, The Bletchley Circle is pure ecstasy for mystery fans.
  25. The show is equal parts silliness and satire.
  26. Stylishly directed, Elementary is one loaded show, including its wonderful, well-matched leads.
  27. [A] gritty, visceral, and emotionally engaging thriller.