Sioux City Journal's Scores

  • TV
For 59 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.3 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: 40 Modern Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 0 out of 36
36 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It's probably one of the most original ideas television has produced in years. The reason? It's so quirky, it zags where others would zig. It also has that loopy sensibility that comes from a vivid imagination.
  4. A compelling look at the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights.
  5. 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.
  6. Tyson's so perfectly cast, perfectly directed and perfected nuanced, Bountiful overflows with the kind of goodness we rarely find in TV movies.
  7. 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.
  8. Sunday’s premiere provides the border and key pieces to the oh-so-attractive world that is Mad Men.
  9. 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.
  10. Like Behind the Candelabra, its action isn’t measured in car chases and explosions. It’s charted in the lives it touches.
  11. This Bates Motel requires more than just a one-night stay. Once you slip in you may not want to check out.
  12. On first blush, Deception is smart, stylish and involving. In time, it could drift. But, for now, enjoy the kind of storytelling that gives its core cast something interesting--and watchable--to do.
  13. Director Steven Soderbergh walks a tightrope between camp and class and, if you make it that far, pulls it off.
  14. Girls was great last year. But this season it just got a little bit better.
  15. The show is smart--smarter than most on network television--and it has life.
  16. Interestingly, a lot of nothing adds up to a big something.
  17. Linney and company are masterful (Basso is a revelation); the final episode's writing is solid.
  18. Smart, funny and utterly intriguing, it sucks us in better than any procedural with an four-letter acronym.
  19. The Bridge doesn't overwhelm with information--as too many cable shows do--but it does shock with revelations that fit nicely into the gameplan. Kruger and Bechir are fine leads, too.
  20. When it achieves its loftier goals, it’s usually quiet. Hunnam, in fact, is best when he doesn’t speak. He can convey plenty with looks, simple gestures. Katey Sagal is potent, too, as Jax’s mom and the queen of the SOA.
  21. In a sea of formulaic comedies, this stands out as a lifeboat worth clinging to.
  22. The new TNT miniseries (it's on just three weeks in December) has plenty of in-your-face drama and heaps of atmosphere.
  23. While newcomers may wonder why so much is made of so little, they can’t deny the delicious one-liners Fellowes has written. Coupled with a driving score, Downton Abbey moves--in ways you never thought possible. It's good to see it back.
  24. Silicon Valley is good. But “Silicon Valley 2.0” is going to be even better.
  25. Consider how well-crafted they are, you might want to pace yourself and savor every precious moment.
  26. Ominous, creepy and utterly engaging, The Strain is like the perfect drive-in movie.
  27. This is a very quirky, specific world that could repel the very people who might love it. It's a slow go but if you're not in a hurry, it might be worth dropping by.
  28. Falco is such a nuanced actress she could elicit tears from a blank script. Anna Deavere Smith (as her boss) provides some challenge but most of the other actors are pushovers. Chestnut's addition could give her the resistance she needs.
  29. Interestingly, Dexter settled into a groove that suggested it could go on for years.... If Dexter regains its eerie footing (and it appears it will), look for it to explode in the final weeks. Sunday's edition says the surprises have just begun.
  30. Little by little, Hello Ladies grows on you.

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