PopMatters' Scores

For 472 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 7.2 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 171
  2. Negative: 0 out of 171
171 tv reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The plots are thin, generally revolving around the idea that dumb is smart and smart is dumb.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    If it's trying to emulate Sex and the City, Love, Inc. misses the fact that that show presented us with complex characters from the get-go; here the single women are all pretty much one-shtick ponies.
  1. Three Wishes is a veritable showcase for corporate largesse, and oh yes, self-promotion.
  2. While the show has little going for it, it does have Seth Green.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Despite the many hard bodies on display, South Beach is flabby.
  3. One could watch NCIS: Los Angeles. But one could also watch paint dry with far less pain and no less gain.
  4. Fittingly--and disappointingly--his fame-hungry characters don’t raise questions concerning politics or inhabit any realm of social interest; they are as vapid as their environment.
  5. This is the central duality of the show: half fish-out-of-water tale about Todd, half underdogs-come-from-behind-to-triumph story about his staff. The problem is that neither plot has a sound foundation. For the first, it's hard to identify with Todd because he's not very likable.
  6. The show's acting offers no respite. Scenes unfold very slowly, as characters talk quickly but pause at the end of each speech, often holding a self-satisfied smirk as if listening to an inaudible laugh track.
  7. With its stilted scenes, canned laughter, and handwringing about marriage, Whitney feels more like a step backward.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The network has risked its own reputation for cutting-edge, genre-busting shows by churning out a sitcom whose main joke is how derivative, unfunny, and unconvincing it is.
  8. If the premise intrigues you, watch or rewatch Blade Runner instead, and offer Almost Human the all-too-human body swerve.
  9. Mob City fails to make connections between now and the repercussions of the ‘40s, say, the marginalization of democratic debate, the pathologizing of women’s agency and autonomy, and the hysterical politics of fear and insecurity in an increasingly global economy. These daunting themes remain off screen here, leaving only a series of monotonous conversations and shoot-outs.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Sadly, this program fails to be either compelling or diverting. Instead, it is a bloated and filler-stuffed waste of time.
  10. There's no bottom to this show's sentimentality.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    We don't expect nighttime relationship dramas to be thrilling, but we have the right to expect an interesting character or two.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A relentlessly unfunny mid-season replacement comedy from ABC that sucks all the fun out of dysfunction, the show could have been pitched to network execs as "Arrested Development meets Ordinary People." But it shows none of the former's wit or latter's intelligence.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    While Life is Wild is structured as a sort of fishes-out-of-water tale, it is more accurately described as a neocolonial masturbatory fantasy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    The Cougar is not only oogy and repetitive, but also as behind the curve as TV Land‘s usual rerun fare.
  11. It will most likely be remembered for years to come, alongside My Mother, the Car and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire, as one of TV's truly bad ideas.
  12. UPN's new series has a shot -- in the sweepstakes for the worst reality show of all time.

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