San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 1,184 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Battlestar Galactica (2003): Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Z Nation: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 643
  2. Negative: 0 out of 643
643 tv reviews
  1. "Friday Night Lights" is not good. It's great.
  2. A very original, extremely well-acted and complexly written drama.
  3. What helps separate "The Nine" from others in this season's crowded field are stellar performances throughout and a steady, sure hand in the pilot.
  4. A winning, extremely funny new sitcom.
  5. If you're thinking that "TV Funhouse" makes "South Park" look like "Masterpiece Theatre," well, you're pretty close. The laughs here often are scatological, sexual or just plain childish and silly. Which, of course, is the whole reason for watching.
  6. A superb little series. ... The acting and writing is top-notch. There's a witty undertone that's much appreciated and enough pop culture asides to keep you going through the arcane structure.
  7. Whitechapel may not reinvent the police procedural, but it's great fun, and the third episode is a heart-stopping race against time.
  8. It was a very funny show, and while there are expected similarities with “The Daily Show,” Oliver’s personality sets the HBO show apart.
  9. While [Will] Smith is an easy interview because of his star wattage and engaging personality, the conversation between the two men was just that. A conversation. The kind of conversational interview Johnny Carson used to do, where the host in genuinely interested in listening to his guest as well as being funny.
  10. Right now it's an action-packed drama that entertains with ease. That's plenty good enough.
  11. The film's staccato pace and abbreviation-heavy dialogue follow live webcam chats from screen to screen, cutting back and forth from one character to another and only minimally showing us their lives when the webcam is shut off.
  12. The second season is to explore Ryan's character and the vulnerabilities that enable him to see Wilfred as a biped.
  13. Most of the performances are very good and some are thrilling, particularly Kline's Jacques, whom he imbues with great world-weary nobility.
  14. The Real O’Neals is well-written, funny, well-acted and has universal appeal because of those family secrets.
  15. The series’ exploration of the nature of a family, the personal demons of its members and how trauma can trigger continuing tragedy make The Family a worthy addition to ABC’s Thursday night drama lineup.
  16. An argument could be made that so much attention to the history-making World Series runs of both of their favorite teams - which happened after the original documentary aired - is excessive, particularly with the Yankees. But that's a minor quibble in an otherwise superb, informative account.
  17. Fans were rightly worried when Harmon was canned, but at least the first two shows of the new season follow his crazy-quilt template.
  18. It’s pretty smart and doubly engaging.
  19. The truth is, it takes a very big man to laugh at himself, and a very good actor to get us laughing along with him as well.
  20. The film is both dramatically viable and instructive. Yes, we learn about science, but perhaps more important, we also learn about standing your ground no matter what challenges you face.
  21. The first two episodes of Dallas 2.0, the TNT reboot of the classic nighttime soap, have all the fixin's for a juicy second season.
  22. The critical success of the original “Returned,” as well as brainier zombie shows such as BBC America’s “In the Flesh,” has spawned other American knockoffs, such as ABC’s “Resurrection,” the kind of series that reminds us that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but only if it’s done as well as A&E’s The Returned.
  23. It takes special skill to write and enact a character like Eliot, someone with psychological tics.... Mr. Robot and Malek get it more than right. Let’s hope Eliot doesn’t get lost in a cliched crowd beyond Wednesday’s premiere.
  24. [Rodie Sanchez is] so magnetic you’ll forget that this is an unscripted series.... Discovery sent one episode to critics, but it was enough to suggest that The Killing Fields should appeal to fans of both true-crime documentaries and fictionalized police procedurals.
  25. Rhys and Whittaker are terrific and the two big reasons to watch the series.... Speaking of assets, credibility of the story is nicely enhanced by muted cinematography and art direction, emphasizing that catching spies is done by nondescript men and women who lead seemingly normal lives and work in under-decorated offices deciphering codes and other information.
  26. Hollander more than succeeds in making Corkoran completely repulsive, despite the fact that the character is unwaveringly loyal and smart enough to realize Pine isn’t who he seems to be. That said, the role is offensively homophobic. ... Otherwise, The Night Manager is a class act, not only because of the care that has gone into the writing, direction and performances, but in the great respect the creators show to the quality of le Carré’s novel.
  27. Although there were rough patches, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore planted its own flag with Monday night’s premiere and is a solid addition to the late-night stew.
  28. ABC’s new series, The Astronaut Wives Club, can’t make up its mind if it wants to be a serious, nuanced fact-based drama about the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts, or “The Real Housewives of Cape Canaveral.” Fortunately, there’s enough legitimate drama in the show, premiering Thursday, to counterbalance its cheaper moments.
  29. CBS’ Zoo has more than enough edge-of-your-seat drama to make it feel like the television equivalent of great summer beach reading.
  30. Heroes Reborn is engaging if you never much cared about the original show or can’t really remember it. If you were one of the loyalists, you’ll find seeds of some of the same problems that eventually eighty-sixed “Heroes.”

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