San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 1,273 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% 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 Enlightened: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Winner: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 696
  2. Negative: 0 out of 696
696 tv reviews
  1. An eye-opener that’s also funny, real and compelling, the series is a heartwarming reminder that no matter who we are, we’re all born this way.
  2. Fellowes does know how to write some tasty dialogue, especially for Maggie Smith....The other performances are equally winning, but beyond that, you can't help feeling these actors are having a jolly good time with all this overblown fluff. And so will you.
  3. It means there's finally something good (and funny) on Tuesday nights.
  4. The script occasionally wanders into “Gone With the Wind”-style melodrama, but is always rescued by excellent performances. Among the best of the bunch are James, Radnor and Winstead. Butz and Summers edge delightfully close to comic relief.
  5. There's a lot to love in Californication, from the blowtorch-keen dialogue of creator and writer Tom Kapinos to the way that Duchovny's ever-so-slightly-fading good looks perfectly encapsulate the character's downturn in Hollywood, to a multitude of standout performances in the ensemble cast.
  6. With cinematographer Sophia Constantinou, and a haunting musical score by Laura Karpman and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Kates has created a fact-based profile, but with boldly evocative impressionist strokes that mirror the complexity of Sontag’s life and career.
  7. The Life & Times of Tim--is flat-out brilliant and easily one of the funniest newcomers to television.
  8. Again, it's back to the writing and the look. Both are superb.
  9. The reason the show feels so real at every turn is that it is a perfect balance of dramatic realism and gentle humor.
  10. The Comedians works and works until you’re ready to fall off your chair.
  11. Louis CK is a great comic actor, writer and director. The character of Louie is exquisitely crafted in his creator’s mind and on the page long before he delivers his lines. It’s insufficient to call Louie an everyman. He is far more complicated than that, and far funnier as well. If Sam Beckett were still around, he’d be rolling in the aisles.
  12. The 10-episode series, available for streaming on Amazon Prime on Friday, is irresistibly bingeable and even more than “Alpha House,” signals Amazon’s intention to be a player in the streaming content game.
  13. The writing is a real thing of beauty - from the aforementioned nuance to searing workplace witticisms and pitch-perfect tone from a multitude of characters.
  14. For those unbowed by the lack of formula, this second season of "The Office" has rewards even greater than the first. The series is both funnier and darker -- much darker -- than last season.
  15. The ensemble cast is terrific and the direction lean and perfectly pitched at every turn.
  16. The funniest thing you're likely to see all year.
  17. Not only are the first two episodes of the new season smart, edgy and funny as hell, but Falk also has moved the story forward in a way that makes logical sense and keeps things delightfully fresh and sassy.
  18. The best advice for those seeking something completely different and utterly refreshing on television is to spark up the VCR and create your own library, because it would be a shame to miss this potentially frail, possibly misunderstood work of genius.
  19. The performances, the writing, the intelligence that goes into the script and the characters--all reasons for welcoming the start of a new season of The Hour.
  20. The sweep of Rescue Me is far-reaching, and it's fearless in trying to break new ground in an old genre.
  21. Little Dorrit is anchored by an extraordinary performance by one of England's best actors. And like "Twist," that central performance is only one of many elements that make Dorrit not only terrific entertainment, but, in some ways, perhaps even better than its source material.
  22. Difficult People is proudly absurd and wallows in our hope that people as hilariously obnoxious as Julie Kessler and Billy Epstein couldn’t possibly exist in the real world.
  23. The performances are superb, especially that of Sewell in the title role. He underplays the part to sublime perfection, making Aurelio Zen one of the most attractive and fascinating TV cops in years.
  24. The animation, overseen by art director James McDermott, is fresh, colorful and as wacky as the script.
  25. Game Change is graced by three extraordinary performances in the leading roles, beginning with Moore's portrayal of Palin, which is both complex and entirely credible.
  26. You think you know this situation and how it will turn out, but there are surprise, yet entirely credible, twists throughout Monday's episode.
  27. So much happens in Flowers that it’s hard to believe it comprises only six half-hour episodes. More to the point, though, is that the show is so completely hilarious for a very long time. Sharpe’s writing is on point at every moment, with a wondrous attention to detail.
  28. The point is, it works. From the get-go, we’re prompted to acclimate ourselves the notion that, like the man or woman upstairs, Preacher works in mysterious and unpredictable ways.
  29. Olive Kitteridge explores Tolstoy’s notion that every family is unhappy in its own way, making the particular unhappiness of the Kitteridges universal through a magical combination of great direction, writing and performances. You’ll not soon forget Olive Kitteridge, the woman or the mini-series.
  30. It's a gloriously visual fairy tale full of saturated colors and whimsical stories, the kind of romantic comedy/whodunit that should, by rights, captivate a nation starved for quirkiness and delight.

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