PopMatters' Scores

For 461 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Get This Party Started: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 164
  2. Negative: 0 out of 164
164 tv reviews
  1. It's like the producers have set up Breaking In to be an action-comedy but nobody involved really cares about the action portion. But if the show is starting as a mild disappointment, it's far from terrible.
  2. While the interviewees here can look back and put pieces together, fragmentation and lack of focus may be Gettysburg's most authentic effect.
  3. Some celebrities will surely offer better material to edit than Hasselhoff, famous and not. Future episodes promise encounters with Reggie Bush, Kathy Griffin, and Mike Tyson. Tyson in particular may bring just enough crazy to the table to tip the genre scales back to train wreck.
  4. As George W. Bush describes his thinking on September 11, it's hard not to wonder, well, what he was thinking. It's a mystery that remains unanswered in George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview.
  5. The promos for New Girl suggest that it's something new or at least mildly unusual. But its first episode looks like more of the same.
  6. Unforgettable is a show cobbled together from the once good bits of once good shows.
  7. The story is silly, but not trashy enough to make it your latest guilty pleasure.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hart of Dixie doesn't look to be much more than what you'd unfortunately expect.
  8. It's as though the show imagines that if can just cut from one event to another fast enough, no one will notice how shallow it all is.
  9. Filmed and set in a soggy, green-washed Portland, Oregon, its procedural plotting and visual flair carry it along when it occasionally lapses into something like camp.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This isn't to say Are You There, Chelsea? is completely hopeless. There are bright spots. The brightest, predictably, is Handler.
  10. Unsupervised appears content to amble along, reiterating what we've seen before.
  11. The performance and the script's stretches (stick around for Peterson's climactic strip search) are less convincing than campy.
  12. With more time, this Coma might have provided more thrills and chills, and also explored some of the monumental issues raised by changing technologies, corporate interests, and political frameworks. Unfortunately, it doesn't do any of this.
  13. Some of this talent is visible in the premiere episode's poetic counterbalancing of empty landscapes and claustrophobic casino back-offices, and actors' convincing performances.... When it comes to plotting and scripting, though, Vegas is far less sure-footed.
  14. The standard pieces are all here, just fit into the hour in a different order.
  15. It is to say that this mimicking is just that, as if the creators here have watched those shows ["24" and "Homeland"], but have no original inspiration, and instead think that plot twists in and of themselves make a drama bracing.
  16. Even with all its CGI trappings and somber Washington, D.C. setting, Threshold feels minor, an amalgam of The Abyss and maybe Dark Skies.
  17. The comedy that does occur in How I Met Your Mother isn't enough to compensate for its inconsistencies.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Criminal Minds confuses critical thinking with supernatural abilities.
  18. Feels strangely empty and hamstrung.... If you like your soaps without novelty, nuance, or bite, Related has four girls for you.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    These stereotypes (the befuddled one, the needy one, the sexist pig) hardly make for the most engaging cast of characters.
  19. Only Kroll managed to wring any comedy out of this ham-handed premise.
  20. Carpoolers opted to careen straight into a gender war minefield, with stock male characters looking hapless amid a seeming pack of controlling, lazy, and deceitful women.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Not at all intelligent, the show is pretty much immune to any form of legitimate criticism, and further, it will likely be gone within the first few weeks of this television season.
  21. His being stuck there no matter who shows up, in addition to his out-of-joint flashbacks, makes Crusoe seem something like a proto-Survivor contestant or, weirder, a proto-cast member on Lost. None of this bodes especially well for the series, in terms of repetition and limitation.
  22. It’s a co-production with an outside company, poorly scripted and directed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Set against Reaper‘s slackers and the largely limited actors who portray them, Wise will having you rooting for the Devil.
  23. Jack delivers to every brilliant-offbeat doctor expectation, which means that for all his hyper-performative charms, Jack is also tedious, right down to the zipper in his forehead that marks commercial breaks.
  24. Even the flashy action is of a piece with all this conventional structuring, as Chance regularly takes a few minutes to run and jump or punch and shoot. Such predictability does Human Target no favors.

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