San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times' Scores

  • TV
For 379 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 In Case of Emergency: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 278
  2. Negative: 0 out of 278
278 tv reviews
  1. Moliere it's not, but somehow it works as a sort of energized hybrid of "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Mork & Mindy" and those "Coneheads" sketches Curtin spent so much time in while she was with SNL. [7 Jan 1996]
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  2. This series is about the bonds of family and heated power struggles--with a big dose of vampiric hedonism mixed in. Sounds like the makings of something pretty fang-tastic.
  3. If you're a sucker for tangled mysteries--and are in need of a few heebie-jeebies--the show has enough oomph to its early episodes to suck you in.
  4. Some viewers will be riveted to the sex, violence, beautiful nude bods and sensory gluttony of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Others will be turned off almost instantly.
  5. There's just enough punch to it that you'll want to stick around for Hour Two.
  6. Right now, it's a comedy in search of real laughs. [20 Sept 2002, p.1]
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  7. It tries to be edgy but misses by a mile.
  8. It may be that in the long run, "Heist" proves to be something you can admire simply for its pure entertainment value. But right now, it's a show that looks good on the surface but is empty at the core.
  9. This is a series trying to be fresh but succeeding only in trading on the predictable cliches.
  10. An incoherent, almost unwatchable mess.
  11. It shows more than a bit of promise.
  12. I found enough mesmerizing moments, bits of character and sharp Milch dialogue in the opening episodes that I'll probably stick around to catch a few more waves.
  13. There's nothing particularly fresh about the visual approach, the writing is only serviceable and the plotlines -- a pregnancy, a drunken-driving accident, love found and lost -- are straight out of TV Writing 101.
  14. It's a rip-off (and not a particularly well-executed one) of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
  15. [It] comes up more than a bit short.
  16. Surely it will have Palin lovers rushing to plant wet smooches on the screen and all the haters citing it as proof that TV is, indeed, full of dreck.
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  17. Stargate SG-1 is mainstream sci-fi television of the no-brainer genre. Light on intellectual depth and heavy on action, it seems destined to play toward a younger age group than the Star Trek and Babylon 5 sort of science fiction shows. [24 Jul 1997]
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  18. For at least the first two episodes, "Jericho'' works better than it should, and there are some striking moments and images.
  19. Gone are the wit, the entertaining twists on sci-fi films and actors (outside of Gross) who knew they were doing a sendup of the genre. And the special effects are so cheesy that it looks as if the series cost about $1.95 to make...It's hard to believe that Sci Fi canceled the fine "Farscape" to put this series on the air. [28 Mar 2003, p.TV]
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  20. It doesn't work, largely because there's not enough wit from creator and star Louis C.K. to make the vulgarity anything more than an exercise in blue.
  21. Warm, clever, appealing and a lot of fun.
  22. Rogue does a nice job of methodically building an unsettling mood.
  23. With her winning smile, Southern twang and a tough-but-tender demeanor, Giddish makes for an instantly appealing lead. Unfortunately, she's about the only thing going for Chase, which is hampered by an unimaginative script.
  24. The Playboy Club isn't in the same league, or even the same galaxy, as the critically adored "Mad Men." While the latter offers nuance and depth and keen insights into its era, the former settles for stock characters, cliches and superficiality, punctuated by a lot of come-hither looks.
  25. "Free Ride" is crude, mean-spirited, and not nearly as fresh and innovative as the producers think it is.
  26. Tonight's opening episode is somewhat better than the pilot, although it's clear there is still work to be done in defining the characters and setting an overall tone.
  27. Much of Tarzan feels more like a marketing strategy than a show, and it seems to have a few flaws that "Smallville" doesn't. Chief among them is the incoherent plotline, which, in the pilot at least, does little to explain the motivations of Pileggi's character. [4 Oct 2003, p.D01]
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  28. The show is overly ripe in its writing and spends far too much time exploring the whiny angst of the teens.
  29. Next Thursday's outing is much better [than the pilot], suggesting the series could generate some laughs over the long haul.
  30. This is a show that has its heart in the right place, but is, ironically, pretty mindless.

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