San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 1,264 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 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Suburgatory: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 689
  2. Negative: 0 out of 689
689 tv reviews
  1. Tonight's pilot has a film quality to it and the narrative flow is both intriguing and unexpected.
  2. There's always a need for a pulse-pounding mystery with a little paranormal thrown in. If The Event proves it can let out the story while reeling viewers back each week, it could be something special.
  3. The writing and performances combine to make The Detour worth the trip.
  4. Maron’s character is much more than a grumpier version of “Louie.” He’s very much his own miserably hilarious schlemiel, and we’re all the luckier that he’s back for another round of trying to navigate daily life.
  5. There's no laugh track, the humor is gently sophisticated and the main characters wounded but appealing.
  6. Despite what we know about his troubled childhood, Fischer remains enigmatic.
  7. What made that show great is what makes Cleveland hot: solid casting and crisp writing.
  8. The Awesomes is charming, but your enjoyment of it may depend on how much you may already feel over-saturated with animation.
  9. It's helpful to remember that Life on Mars is less about said realism and more about Sam's twisted journey. Enjoying that retro-cool ride is the essence of the series.
  10. Endeavour is wonderfully entertaining on its own, but what puts it over the top is its loving respect for John Thaw.
  11. Notwithstanding the cat-and-mouse plotting, we watch The Killing because of the superb writing and attention to character detail in the scripts by series executive producer Veena Sud and others.
  12. It remains a well-made and potentially addictive drama, whether you watch it in real time or later on your DVR. Time is still on its side.
  13. Spoils Before Dying is funnier than “Babylon.” The earlier miniseries spoofed ’40s melodramas, but this year’s model takes a narrower approach, mining the staples of the even more formulaic noir films, capturing the excesses of the hard-boiled dialogue and pushing them just far enough over the edge to knock you out of your chair.
  14. Although the characters have only scant or fleeting redeeming personal values, we continue to buy into their machinations because of how they are created and because of superbly convincing performances at every level of the cast.
  15. Silly as the set-up may seem, it works because of competent writing and convincing performances.
  16. Entourage works precisely because it's nearly soulless. These guys are wallowing in excess. Any less of a cannonball into it would seem unbelievable. But there's no ignoring how childish and annoyingly limited the group can be, including some aspects of Eric.
  17. By having everyone around Jackie seem daft, quirky or incompetent--an attempt at humor, one would guess--the series never felt connected. Those elements improved by the ended of Season 1 and have, for the most part, been ironed out in the early episodes of Season 2 (though the tone will need to be monitored).
  18. Suspend disbelief, not to mention your knowledge of Washington Irving's classic tale, because the illogical hodgepodge of myth premiering Monday night is great fun.
  19. "Love Monkey" manages in one hour to be both funny and endearing, a more option-rich version of "Ed."
  20. Better Off Ted is more funny than not, rushing into absurdity with abandon and playing at stylized comedy in a completely fearless way. The pacing doesn't allow for regret.
  21. Manhattan brings legitimate class to WGN's nascent original content project.
  22. Yes, Revolution is a good adventure yarn, but the other reason we're likely to watch future episodes is that it grounds the action in thought-provoking themes.
  23. In the best tradition of light but engaging (and highly entertaining) dramas, Burn Notice is plain and simple fun--you want to come back every week.
  24. It may be the nicest show you'll ever see.
  25. It captures the teeming bleakness of the future world and establishes winning chemistry between Kennex and Dorian.
  26. You will come away from the film understanding a great deal about an extraordinary woman who played much more than just a supporting role in a significant period in our history. Perhaps more important, you will get a better sense of that historic period as well.
  27. For the most part, the characters hook our attention, and the performances are mostly pretty solid. Arjona’s performance grounds the series well.
  28. It has a zest, from the voice-over to the sharp writing and sexy cast, that was completely unexpected. Duhamel has star appeal, and Caan is can't-miss.
  29. Maggio employs the now-standard historical documentary technique employed most visibly by Ken Burns, but the real strength of his film rests in the care with which he builds his case about the epic struggles Italian Americans have had over the years, and their invaluable contributions to a culture that took a long time to accept them.
  30. While some plot elements and characters have been imported intact from the United Kingdom, the American show makes its own statement and will move away from its British roots in future episodes.

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