San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 1,214 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Better Off Ted: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Til Death: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 664
  2. Negative: 0 out of 664
664 tv reviews
  1. The writing is forced and thin, some of the acting stagey, most of the characters unlikable and - the show-killer quality that HBO execs apparently failed to see--profoundly boring.
  2. Goldberg’s perfectly crafted script is realized through shattering performances at every level, especially among the major players.
  3. What was once a unique, feisty, ambitious series has become just another middling show whose creators seem to be in way over their heads.
  4. It's traditional sitcom fodder. But what makes The Middle a pleasant surprise is that the series itself is eccentric and funny in unexpected ways, not just the kids.
  5. The more we get to see each concept, the more interesting The Chair could become. But strap yourself in for long, detailed meetings, mostly populated by people wearing knit caps, about stuff that either will make no sense to you or that you don't care about.
  6. Who knew that the mom in "Spy Kids" would get one of the best female character roles on TV and helm one of the season's biggest dramatic surprises.
  7. It's nothing David Lynch hasn't crossed out and done better, but at least it's different. Most viewers won't play the game, but if you're interested, write down every number you see, call phone numbers you notice and pay attention to things that mysteriously change.
  8. The plot is intricate and compelling, the characters magnetic and mysterious at the same time.
  9. Hannibal moves at a snail's pace to build tension. At the same time, there's an obvious attempt to counter its inertia with a lot of very intrusive soundtrack music.... Fortunately, Dancy's performance is terrific and more than enough to maintain our interest, with or without elks.
  10. The pilot is so packed with nauseating moments meant for shock value that only the most desperate of viewers will get to the second episode in search of something, well, a little less wince-inducing.
  11. "Weeds" may indeed be the best-written new show of the year so far, but the performances are superb as well.
  12. Fans were rightly worried when Harmon was canned, but at least the first two shows of the new season follow his crazy-quilt template.
  13. The script is nicely detailed as it builds on the theme of a corrupt system fed by corrupt players. The one obstacle you’ll encounter, especially in early episodes, is that the biz-speak--most likely evidence of Sorkin’s participation in the writing--is almost impenetrable unless you work for the Financial Times.
  14. Characters and details are what hold our interest, almost to the point where we don’t realize that the plot is fairly thin. That works for a while, but eventually the series begins to feel flat, and our interest begins to drift.
  15. The performances are spot-on, of course, but Enos and Kinnaman were never the show's problem. Quite the opposite, in fact. Retooling the show with the murders solved at the end makes The Killing deserving of a new lease on TV life.
  16. Hodges has done a good job weaving new plot twists and characters into the familiar story. The Musketeers may not be either the greatest treatment of the Dumas tale or the most revolutionary, but it is fun for all, and all for fun.
  17. At least in the one episode sent to critics--Halt doesn't offer up complicated, three-dimensional characters. Instead, we get versions of familiar types pulled from the character storage room by the writers.
  18. As long as the jokes stay barbed, fast and witty--as they are in the pilot--there's more than enough reason to keep following the band of misfits.
  19. Clear History single-handedly rehabilitates the word "derivative," as long as the source material you're reworking is anything Larry David writes and stars in.
  20. If you're a viewer into quick and easy answers and seek resolution at the 59-minute mark, this is probably not your show. But if you're interested in the notion that post-9/11 paranoia is justified in ways we haven't even realized (and perhaps it would be too chilling if we did), and you have a fundamental distrust of government doings, Rubicon could be your new mental puzzle.
  21. The show has enough originality and sheer wackiness to maintain viewer interest, not to mention ridiculous effects that are anything but special.
  22. Right now it's an action-packed drama that entertains with ease. That's plenty good enough.
  23. Two things are clear from the Mindy pilot: First, that the writers need to do some work to make the secondary characters less of a cliche, and, second, that Kaling has the stuff to go the distance.
  24. One reason the show is great fun is Burns’ street-baroque dialogue. The characters really do talk about Palookaville. It all goes a little too far, though.... The overwriting keeps Public Morals from achieving the credibility level Burns is aiming for.
  25. The casting on Southland is a plus and so is Biderman's intent not to make it easy for viewers to succumb to "pilotitis."
  26. For the most part, [Haynes] succeeds because he embraces the story's excesses instead of feeling they need to be swept under a metaphorical rug.
  27. "The Riches" is both unique and intoxicating -- and plenty more.
  28. Unlike other documentaries, Gettysburg is short on archival still photography from the battlefield, but that's because, for once, it isn't needed. The re-enactments are dramatic and horrifically convincing all by themselves.
  29. Almost nothing about Empire ... feels original, but just a few minutes into the premiere episode, you’ll stop caring.
  30. The comedy is gentle, a bit musty here and there, but the show grows on you. One reason is that everyone is so gosh darn likable.

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