San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 1,041 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Lost: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 The Loop: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 557
  2. Negative: 0 out of 557
557 tv reviews
  1. Ackles and Padalecki are good-looking, yes, get to drive a '67 Chevy and will undoubtedly run into a lot of really hot women in peril, but "Supernatural" works. It's just serious enough, just hip enough and, as advertised, more scary than imagined.
  2. The show is great fun, and clearly the star herself is having fun in the lead roles.
  3. Aquarius is watchable, but oddly bland, given its subject matter. It’s not so much “Helter Skelter” as it is “The Long and Winding Road.”
  4. The odd episode of Hello Ladies has its moments, but it's difficult to imagine where the show can go. Merchant has painted himself into a corner with an unlikeable central character wandering through a shopworn stereotype of Los Angeles.
  5. It's possible that Washington Heights will devolve into "Jersey Shore-North," and become unwatchable. But it's hard to imagine young people like JP, Frankie and Ludwin going off the rails to that extent. As long as they don't, Washington Heights may be an exception to the apparent rule for this kind of show by keeping it legitimately real.
  6. [The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show] have great, always likable stars heading up solid ensemble casts in well-written and mostly plausible shows. Who could ask for anything more?
  7. For the most part, Weird Loners is done well enough to merit your attention.
  8. What NCIS: Los Angeles does well is what all CBS procedurals do well--bring mostly believable, semi-pulse-pounding justice to bad guys by the end of the hour with some action, a dose of humor and the weekly, methodical unpeeling of each character's private onion skin.
  9. Now, whether or not you believe in all this stuff is unimportant. "Medium," as a TV series, just isn't very good. [3 Jan 2005]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  10. The pilot is fast-paced and gripping, as the team closes in on the killer. After the fact, it's all fairly preposterous, but there's enough going on through the show to maintain our interest.
  11. The show's primary appeal is its "Bay Watch"-like eye candy, but the performances are decent and the scripts occasionally poke their little heads above mediocrity with clever dialogue.
  12. Pieces of the familiar Arthurian epic are preserved in the script, but that doesn't mean the characters fit our images of them.
  13. No matter the casting changes, Spartacus remains good, dirty fun.
  14. Intriguing--but not especially enjoyable.
  15. The production details and Stewart Harcourt's script are quite effective, but the film's pacing is too drawn out.
  16. Writer Amy B. Harris has crafted a clever, credible script, carefully adding a few veiled life lessons within the witty dialogue: One of the girls will learn that hooking up with a boy you think you love may not always end in happily ever after.
  17. 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.
  18. The writing is juvenile, hormonal and often pretty dang funny.
  19. What makes the show at least mildly interesting is that it's not always easy to predict who will make it to the next round and who will be cut.
  20. Seems a gigantic miss for HBO. Although King has tried to write a B-story for Cherish -- her home life -- it doesn't ring true.
  21. The pilot is not especially funny. But it has potential.
  22. The writing is loaded with cheap sentimentality, and dripping with saline poignancy, as you might expect. The likability of the young cast members almost counterbalances the schmaltz.
  23. The 13-episode series, created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, is simply irresistible, mostly because Fonda and Tomlin are irresistible.
  24. Three sitcom veterans can elevate comfortable mediocrity only so high. There's probably not one setup, premise or joke that you haven't seen before (or will see coming) in the entirety of your sitcom-watching life.
  25. The show has promise, but the one thing it doesn't yet have that has made "Bones" such a survivor is chemistry.
  26. [Viewers] figure there will be sex and nudity, blood and violence. Black Sails has most of that, but there isn't enough action in the first four episodes. If you give us a pirate series, we want to see ships going at it on the high seas.
  27. It's visually engrossing. Then it goes oddly flat in parts, only to kick-start itself with another clash of tones.
  28. One of the benefits of watching LeBlanc keep his character afloat is that it's all comfortable. Not always funny, mind you, but an easy 22 minutes.
  29. Created by David Caspe, Happy Endings needs better writing and characters who don't look like characters in other forgettable sitcoms. Otherwise, this show's ending may be anything but happy.
  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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