Sioux City Journal's Scores

  • TV
For 120 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 30 Crowded: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 76
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 76
  3. Negative: 0 out of 76
76 tv reviews
  1. It’s involving--and just the series to keep your mind off the snow that's lurking. Fargo's still a prime TV destination.
  2. Because Louis C.K. does everything but hand-deliver the series to the network (and maybe he does that, too), it’s entirely his vision. That’s something few hyphenates get a chance to reveal. Here, though, it resonates.
  3. Both Paulson and Vance are Emmy-worthy. The miniseries is, too, primarily because it makes us care about a story that once seemed impossible to escape.
  4. Silicon Valley isn’t the kind of place you’d like to live (or even work), but it is a fun spot to visit. It makes you happy you never devised a single app in your life
  5. Consider how well-crafted they are, you might want to pace yourself and savor every precious moment.
  6. Writer Jane Anderson, cherry-picked four chapters and crafted them into a telling character study that covers 25 years of story.
  7. It’s a fascinating documentary that’ll make you want to devour it all, no matter where you start.
  8. Veep doesn’t have as many pointed one-liners as it did in the past (could the absence of creator Armando Iannucci be the reason?) but it still boasts a cast that’s as sharp as ever. The addition of John Slattery as a possible love interest is clever, but some installments get bogged down by a parade of guest stars trying to share a bit of the fun.
  9. Girls was great last year. But this season it just got a little bit better.
  10. At times, True Detective just seems like an overlong episode of a standard television series. But the flashbacks and flash forwards give it heft and let Fukunaga push the actors.
  11. Tossing Meyer into the election fray was a great idea, particularly since it gets away from the well-worn path she strutted last season. Now, out of her comfort zone, she’s bobbing and weaving with the best of them.
  12. Tyson's so perfectly cast, perfectly directed and perfected nuanced, Bountiful overflows with the kind of goodness we rarely find in TV movies.
  13. A compelling look at the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights.
  14. It’s violent in ways you wouldn’t think; daring in areas you couldn’t imagine. It’s not your mother’s Fargo. But it does have the characteristics you’ve come to cherish.
  15. While Getting On might seem confining--and hardly funny--it’s one of the best workplace comedies on television. Like both versions of “The Office,” it embraces stray looks, asides and slyly funny commentary.
  16. That they’re both gone without realizing the full impact they made is probably the saddest part of a very fun journey. Bloom and Stevens didn’t miss a beat.
  17. Like Behind the Candelabra, its action isn’t measured in car chases and explosions. It’s charted in the lives it touches.
  18. Reiner keeps the interest level high but The Affair requires much more buy-in than the pilot cares to offer.
  19. It slips into a world you probably never knew (or cared about) and finds a way to make you utterly invested.
  20. Sunday’s premiere provides the border and key pieces to the oh-so-attractive world that is Mad Men.
  21. Through the limited series’ run, guilt is passed like a basketball. Sexual orientation, economic disparity and other headline-grabbing issues get their turn at attention. Best of all, Ridley works with a repertory company of sorts which gamely assume new roles.
  22. Although it’s two hours long, Going Clear speeds by.... Mesmerizing? If you’ve had even a passing interest in Scientology, Going Clear will fascinate in ways you never thought possible.
  23. Silicon Valley is good. But “Silicon Valley 2.0” is going to be even better.
  24. It’s a magnetic production, one that’s filled with precious performances that sparkle.
  25. Director Steven Soderbergh walks a tightrope between camp and class and, if you make it that far, pulls it off.
  26. Kimmy gets a little smarter, too, and finds relations outside that circle of new life that embraced her last year.
  27. The Night Manager is easily the best miniseries of the year--in a year packed with monumental ones. Hiddleston, Laurie and Bier aren’t just adding another credit to their resumes. They’re part of a series that’s quite likely a game changer.
  28. By breaking the books into digestible chunks, it goes down smoothly and, yes, makes you want more.
  29. “Black-ish” has found a great way of talking about current events without sounding like “Meet the Press.” The Carmichael Show will get there, too, once it lets its very good supporting cast get out and do more.
  30. Kohen, basing her series on Piper Kerman's memoir, immediately gives us characters worth watching.... Orange is the New Black is TV that'll have you talking for days.

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