San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 1,026 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Shameless (US): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Sex, Love & Secrets: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 548
  2. Negative: 0 out of 548
548 tv reviews
  1. Louie is the gold standard of contemporary TV comedy.
  2. The new season is not only as smart and absurdly funny as ever, but also reflects the rapid changes in how we watch television.
  3. With elements of "Wonder Years," "Cosby" and the "The Jeffersons," but also a spirit all its own, "Chris" is a sitcom that finally makes the family funny again.
  4. In the case of Sunny, it comes out of the gate as brilliantly twisted as ever.
  5. Every performance is terrific.... While these characters are written and performed as over the top, the show also celebrates the subtle underplaying that goes into making Big Head and Gilfoyle so memorable. That variety of tone is another way in which Silicon Valley sets itself apart from most other half-hour comedies.
  6. The entire constellation of impetuous, ambitious, determined and insecure young urbanites in Girls is realigning in the new season, but at no point in the four episodes sent to critics for review do you feel that any of it is artificial.
  7. Self-delusion can grow fairly tiresome, in life and on TV, but what makes Amy sympathetic is that even though she almost convinces us at times that her personal fairy tale actually makes sense, we are always aware of her basic decency and, more important, her vulnerability.
  8. The writing, by Weiner, direction by Scott Hornbacher and performances are, of course, top notch.
  9. Lost is a different genre, one that may infuriate even the loyalists, but there's something impressive and rewarding in its density.
  10. In the Flesh is of course a complex and thought-provoking allegory.
  11. It's great to see Steinberg performing again at the La Jolla Playhouse as a kind of framing device for Barry Avrich's skillfully directed documentary.
  12. A genuinely funny and immediately likable sitcom.
  13. America in Prime Time is a thoughtful and thought-provoking keeper.
  14. The dialogue in the first two episodes of the new season crackles with brilliance.
  15. Graham Yost, who wrote HBO's "Band of Brothers," creates deeply drawn characters who are revealed slowly over the course of an episode (and season). He's the kind of writer whose vision and touch you can trust over the long haul.
  16. Mann's stamp is all over this. Robbery Homicide Division has a distinct "film" look and a more languid pace than other TV dramas.
  17. There is a brilliant mix of poignancy and hilarity in Getting On, which is why it all works so well.
  18. Laden with laugh-out-loud moments. ... Just as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" so boldly and brilliantly attacks taboo subjects, so does "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," though the humor is spread from one clueless, self-centered ass to four, clueless, self-centered slackers. [4 Aug 2005]
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  19. "Weeds" is colossally great... a series far better than its premise and utterly essential for devotees of smart, entertaining television.
  20. State of Play is one of those series where a moment's brilliance is rivaled by the very next scene, a careening thriller that gives credence to the idea that there may not be any better format for telling an impact story than over the course of four or six hours. [16 Apr 2004, p.E1]
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  21. The first two episodes of the second Silicon Valley season are more than satisfying.
  22. The series is so good that it isn't seriously harmed by its few minor flaws. Much of the dialogue is brilliantly written, revelatory and credible.
  23. The Emmy-winning show is still as funny as ever, if not moreso, but it also merits our attention for the care with which it is managing a long run on television.
  24. The Pacific is a superb, viscerally moving and harrowing depiction of World War II and a worthy complement to "Band of Brothers" (2001).
  25. But this is what a great TV series does -- it mines difficult emotional ground. It's willfully complex, putting popularity at risk. It avoids convention and takes irregular dramatic steps. With that in mind, watch Rescue Me at your own risk.
  26. It never shrinks from the task of surpassing its own brilliance. Even when it fails in its attempt to knock you out, Rescue Me keeps swinging, and that engenders a whole lot of admiration in a medium choking on its own safety.
  27. The performances, nurtured by such A-list directors as Michael Apted and John Madden, are extraordinary. There isn't a clinker in the bunch.
  28. "The Riches" is both unique and intoxicating -- and plenty more.
  29. All your favorites are back in force, with a few twists, but the allure of the series always has been and always will be Hall, who manages to make a killer (who kills only people who deserve it, mostly) likable, believable, engaging and funny, as he works his job as a blood splatter expert at Miami Metro Homicide.
  30. The TV epic that will be remembered for its depiction of the implosion of the postwar American dream in the 1960s.

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