Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Scores

  • TV
For 1,315 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Eli Stone: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 610
  2. Negative: 0 out of 610
610 tv reviews
  1. Under the Dome won’t be confused with good TV--and often last season it was borderline bad TV--but depending on where the writers take it this year, it might be empty-headed, summer fun.
  2. Life Is Wild is a decent but not exceptional family drama set in South Africa.
  3. As TV shows go, Toy Hunter is a bit dull.
  4. Make no mistake, "3 Lbs." is a show that will better appeal to the CBS audience than "Smith" did, but it's a pretty generic show.
  5. The concept of Nikki sounds trite, but the execution is at least amusing in two out of the first three episodes. [8 Oct 2000, p.G-7]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There are scenes in the first five episodes of the new season that are as compelling as anything television has to offer. But the viewer has to wade through material that fails more often than not to deliver on its promise.
  6. Press notes indicate these five folks impacted by the shockwave are “angels of the apocalypse,” but Messengers never comes out and says this. A general rule of thumb in TV reviewing: When press notes do a better job of explaining a show's intent than the show itself, viewers beware.
  7. There's still some fun to be had watching True Blood but it offers more soap than satire or social commentary these days.
  8. Bar still feels like an attempt at a '90s-era edgy prime-time drama whose time has past.
  9. "The Riches" certainly has some rich elements -- there's even a little dark humor, just not enough of it -- but in early episodes, the show remains wobbly as it tries to find its footing.
  10. There's nothing revolutionary about this story of four friends.
  11. A lethal robot (Zoie Palmer), who tries to kill one of the six before they wipe her memory. She then sets about reconstructing the ship’s data, eventually learning the ship’s destination and their possible purpose that throws everything the audience has learned in the show’s first hour into question. It’s a good twist. What Dark Matter makes of it in future episodes remains to be seen.
  12. Gratuitous elements aside, Strike Back is a decent enough cops 'n' terrorists drama.
  13. Truly funny interactions between Triumph and celebrities in the field get dropped into the studio-based inanity. The studio stuff is often dull, less funny and pathetically produced; it looks like some of the movies I made in high school.
  14. While The Comedians is OK, the overall effort feels a little too familiar.
  15. It's not a bad show, just nothing special or innovative. It's another plot-driven, bland character drama from executive producer Dick Wolf. [29 Sept 2001, p.C-6]
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  16. Powers doesn't get off to the the best start but the concept is strong and the world so detailed and cleverly built out that it's probably a series that bears some monitoring to see if it will improve.
  17. Family Tools is an occasionally funny (but mostly not) show about a son who takes over his father's handyman business.
  18. A not-awful but not-great drama.
  19. Often funny when it tackles taboo topics head on, the show walks a fine line between honesty and unnecessary crudeness, and it often goes a step too far.
  20. The Odd Couple is genial--but not hilarious--multi-cam sitcom business as usual.
  21. Viewers who crave a nostalgic kick for single-case crime dramas of the late 1990s might find something to like here but for viewers seeking a more contemporary style of storytelling, there are no TV firsts in Murder in the First.
  22. Not wild enough, not funny enough, Wedding Band comes off as merely OK entertainment.
  23. Te pilot episode was written by Michaela Watkins ("Trophy Wife") and Damon Jones ("Peep Show"), who write to Ms. Coupe's comedic strengths while also peppering the background with amusing comic gags (viewers who pay closer attention will reap the most laughs from "Benched"). A second episode sent for review was less funny than the pilot and the plot was also a head-scratcher.
  24. It's a cute, generally uplifting concept but I'm not sure it will work.
  25. Some of his jokes--about the pope’s privates, AIDS and Whitney Houston’s relationship with crack--probably gave an equal number of viewers reason for concern about taste, or elation that Mr. Noah will not pull punches. Senior Mars correspondent Roy Wood Jr. (“Sullivan & Son”) made a strong first impression joking about which black celebrities might get a chance to visit Mars.... Mr. Noah’s least interesting segment was an interview with comic actor Kevin Hart.
  26. Bunga stops a gazelle stampede with a big old passing of gas heard and shown in all its green-hued glory. Kids will love it, of course, and it's certainly better than fighting turtles but between tarnishing memories of the original film and that shouting honey badger, Return of the Road won't encourage co-viewing among children and their parents.
  27. They’re remaking The Tomorrow People and the results are just kind of “meh.”
  28. Tries too hard to be tough, but fans of crime dramas might get hooked anyway. [12 Jun 2005]
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  29. Karen Sisco is a cool cocktail. It's not my taste, but it might be yours. [1 Oct 2003, p.E-1]
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