Slate's Scores

For 368 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 High Maintenance: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 160
  2. Negative: 0 out of 160
160 tv reviews
  1. This doesn't feel mindless, just unmindful, and the best way to honor its late creators is to look away from it.
  2. It seems a statement of the obvious to call the new Melrose trash, but a reviewer must observe certain formalities--and at least it is trash we can dig into and learn something from,
  3. Guide to Style is too glazed and slick for its own good, too clinical and forensic to be any fun.
  4. The only problem with 1 vs. 100 is its determined idiocy.
  5. The adaptation of Mahler's book deals with this material in a fashion not so much dumbed-down as lobotomized.
  6. Somehow, in its first two episodes, Agent Carter muddies this structure up so sufficiently that it does not even deliver its rote pleasures, as diminished as they may be.
  7. Paul Weston's (Byrne) nonadventures straddle the realms of the scarcely credible and the incredibly boring.
  8. Secret Diary of a Call Girl is a series of sketches, and its eight episodes do not trace an arc or advance a narrative.
  9. The pilot episode of this caper series is cheaply derivative, generally condescending, and largely hollow. It is also swank and busy enough to create the occasional illusion that it is entertaining.
  10. Why didn't HBO just go ahead and cut each episode of the hour-long Tell Me You Love Me to 50 minutes? The trims would have gone some way toward relieving the boredom inspired by the show's inchworm pace, and the shrink's-hour format would have made an exact fit for the spirit of the exercise.
  11. Perhaps for fear of alienating people who don’t agree with her, McCain presents as many aspects of a topic as she can, offering up factoids and interviews without context or heft, giving viewers little bits of information about way too much. This strategy gets ludicrous in the second episode, about feminism.
  12. A shrewdly silly show offering something lovingly hackneyed for everyone.
  13. What we end up seeing is neither wholesome nor scandalous, but just enough of each to permit both as excuses for watching.
  14. Any way you look at it, it doesn’t quite scan--which is the point, probably. The show’s not meant to be dissected; it’s meant to be watched as the makers intended: more than half-blazed.
  15. It is almost unbearable sober. If I have to watch a cartoon featuring a bad guy made of zombie poop named Dr. Doodoo 16 years after South Park debuted Mr. Hankey, the Christmas poo, I need to have whatever the dudes from Yo Gabba Gabba! are on.
  16. One of the worst shows of the new season with its very best performance [by Margo Martindale].
  17. It tries to make up for what it lacks in originality with unending bleakness--Malick shots of a mangy dog running through the streets with a rat in his maw, characters who never smile--as if being relentlessly somber were proof of quality. The results are beyond claustrophobic. All the characters want out. So did I.
  18. Super Fun Night has the distinct feel of being taken out of the network oven only half-baked.
  19. It’s an uninspired melding of Lifetime movie and biopic, with none of the virtues of a Lifetime movie (not campy enough) and none of the virtues of a biopic (it is egregiously fictionalized).
  20. The new versions of Oscar and Felix feel like caricatures, whereas the old versions felt like characters (as in, “what a character!”). The new guys are phonies, a checklist of qualities instead of the grab bag of inconsistencies that make fictional beings feel real.
  21. MTV is milking the culture clash to the emptiest.
  22. Rake is a little bit like the bad Sundance movie version of a procedural, a sturdy genre project tricked out with twee and antic detailing, in the hopes you will find all the appended doohickeys sharp and adorable and not notice how predictably the story is chugging along.
  23. There is--beneath the stale crust of the new Beavis and Butt-head, baked in with the program's existential outlook--a special grimness.
  24. By far the dumber and hammier of the two shows ["Saving Grace" is the other].
  25. Knight Rider arrives tricked out with just enough eccentricity to avoid utterly craven stupidity.
  26. Backstrom, Fox’s allegedly new, but heavily recycled cop procedural, pushes the definition of “charm” to its outer limits, and then past them.
  27. Too superficial to be insincere, the show never even pretends to care about her interests or her character.
  28. The Sarah Silverman Program isn't about anything but its own supposed daring and the hyperbolic smugness of its star.
  29. Will need defibrillator paddles applied to its thorax, stat, if it hopes to survive the season.
  30. At points, Bag of Bones plays less like a horror story than a fond parody of one.

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