Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Scores

For 285 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Brotherhood: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 132
  2. Negative: 0 out of 132
132 tv reviews
  1. Like an ice cube to the temple on a hot day, Smallville startles and refreshes the way "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" did in its early years. Though not as cleverly written as "Buffy," the new series about Clark Kent, tormented teenager, has much going for it: beautiful people from The WB's Burbank assembly line, movie-style special effects, a subtle sense of humor. [15 Oct 2001, p.D1]
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  2. "Ugly Betty" may be the fall's best new series.
  3. It demands commitment and a willingness to pay attention to the smallest bits of information, but it's also riveting. Once you decide to go take this case, you won't want to turn back.
  4. In addition to good direction, "Will & Grace" has the attractive cast and snappy writing that most comedies never have the luck or skill to achieve. [18 Sep 1998]
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  5. The agile humor and light, sharp intelligence permeating the script make "Studio 60" far and away one of the season's best new dramas, if not the top entry.
  6. High quality but uneven. [25 Sep 1992]
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  7. "Masterpiece" isn't too strong a word to describe this series.
  8. If Maximum Bob can retain the slice 'n' dice edge of its pilot episode - and if ABC has the sense to stick with it as word of mouth spreads - we might have a keeper here. [4 Aug 1998, p.D1]
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  9. Ray Romano is goofy enough to make it a winner. [13 Sep 1996]
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  10. In spite of predictable story lines, it is crisp writing from Kelley that makes such a group seem approachable, almost lovable. [4 Mar 1997]
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  11. When it works, the series effectively portrays the sorrowful human toll the underground trade takes on men and women, parents and children caught up in the struggle either by choice or unseen forces. ... But the weaknesses of this Traffic mirror Soderbergh's stumbles, which is its tendency to brain viewers with the same clumsy force as a Partnership for a Drug-Free America commercial. [24 Jan 2004]
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  12. Nip/Tuck is aiming for profundity again, as far as that goes. At one point the series catch phrase said something about being more than skin deep, but I'm not sure the scalpel even scratches the fatty layer anymore. Understand that Nip/Tuck was never about adventurous quality or exploring new frontiers in emotional depth. It's just the handsomest, indecently pleasurable soap opera television can crank out, and a reliable supplier of muscular butt shots. [5 Sept 2006, p.E1]
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  13. Chuck is, at its best, cute--and that's not enough to keep up with the big dogs.
  14. While it's hard to predict how this new chapter will play among deeper fans of the "Terminator" mythology, the rest of us have to ask ourselves if watching reboots of robot battles once a week is worth our time.
  15. Skin deep? A tad predictable? Certainly. But Nip/Tuck is nonetheless a TV addiction. We watch, mesmerized by the series' cool surface appeal and the nasty ooze pulsating beneath. We grimace when we should, and when we shouldn't, and at the end we, the Nip/Tuck addicts, want more. [22 June 2004, p.E1]
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  16. Breaking Bad is a show constructed around a self-conscious edginess. You have to push past this edge and be willing to step inside before discovering any depth.
  17. There's a lot to love about Torchwood, especially for fans of the early days of "The X-Files," when it was more of a clever horror anthology series and the alien conspiracy had yet to take over the plot.
  18. What remains is the Bochco trademark: intelligent writing and good acting, which give the characters a richness that is appealing and deep, even if the courtroom is the real star. [10 Oct 1996, p.C1]
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  19. The show could be almost too funny to be appreciated on normal television, in the same way "Arrested [Development]" was.
  20. A significant improvement in the sequel is its keener sense of urgency and alarm, achieved by down-scaling the exposition and character development that bogged down the first hours of the original.
  21. True, it's not quite "Tales From the Crypt" but is better than "Tales From the Darkside."
  22. In the wrong hands, it would be hopelessly hokey. In Kelley's hands, it's hokey and somehow meaningful, thanks mainly to his deft writing touch. [8 Sep 1997]
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  23. As enjoyable as it is to keep up with Vince (Adrian Grenier) on the eve of attaining superstardom in "Aquaman," "Entourage" has yet to display much substance.
  24. A stunning, wonderful show. Here is network TV at its best, as it's almost never done. [7 Oct 1991]
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  25. As long as the show's 13 episodes retain the unrelenting sense of bedlam that characterizes the first, they'll be fine. [3 Sep 2001]
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  26. "Futurama" is smart but not pointy-headed, satirical but not annoying. It's the hallmark of Groening and his people: sly, subversive humor delivered with such who-me? guiltlessness that it's hard not to like. [26 Mar 1999]
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  27. The cracking chemistry of Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, a tremendous performance by Hunt, and an exceptional script for the pilot mark this as the best new sitcom of the season. [10 Sep 1992]
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  28. Beneath this skin is one-of-a-kind daring television that explores the complexities of human relationships with an unparalleled intelligence, sensitivity, appropriate level of fun - Joan Rivers dropped by last season, for example - and, when it is warranted, menace. [20 Sept 2005, p.E1]
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  29. Its impressive cast can't beef up the show's predictable conflicts and pedestrian secrets.
  30. The pilot is enough to make you curious -- if it holds your attention to the end, that is.

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