St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

For 460 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Catastrophe: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Black Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 321
  2. Negative: 0 out of 321
321 tv reviews
  1. Not everything in the first show worked. A too-long segment involving a magic amulet that segued into a commercial for hummus (apparently actual, paid product placement) felt odd, but not unlike many "Colbert Report" bits. An appearance by George Clooney, with nothing to promote, also fell a bit flat. The Bush interview was more successful, although Colbert seemed over-caffeinated or perhaps just over-excited to finally be on the air.
  2. It's not terrible, just standard-issue sitcom, with relationships that don't feel true and laughs that seem forced.
  3. There are smiles, but also cringes. Cyrus is terrible, and even May can't do much with this. Allen is Allen.
  4. After its overwrought pilot, Doubt could settle into being a perfectly watchable show for fans of the genre. The jury, however, remains out.
  5. I don’t dislike the show Reckless could be, and Gigandet and Wood are cute together ... But the pivotal case, in which many officers may have drugged and raped a colleague, demands to be taken seriously ... Switching back and forth to lighthearted flirtation feels terribly wrong.
  6. The new Arrested Development is uneven--but Arrested Development always was, even at its peak. Binge-watching, though, makes it seem even more uneven, and that's too bad.
  7. [Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk] want to horrify and disgust their audience, pushing well into the realm of slasher porn as perversions, sexual and otherwise, bleed into pleasure killings. Disturbing us is the point, of course, but good horror stories go beyond grotesqueries and gore. American Horror Story: Hotel may do that.
  8. [The cast] throw themselves into Kirstie wholeheartedly, but it's hard not to feel that they're slumming.
  9. Even for MTV’s young target audience, the characters in Scream are remarkably empty and bland. But this is a slasher show, after all.
  10. The show (co-created by Spelling) is standard-issue cable sitcom, with acting that's too broad (Garth is the exception here) and a laugh track that's loud and awkward.
  11. Set in Miami, Ballers is good at showing both the shiny high life of professional athletes and its dark, sad underbelly. But if you’re looking for laughs, keep looking.
  12. MacGyver isn't going to set prime time on fire. But it's watchable enough, and it seems like a good Friday night fit with CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods."
  13. “Ballers” and “The Brink,” have their moments, neither provides a lot of laughs.
  14. There was a lot to enjoy, but also so many wrong-headed choices as to make viewers sometimes wonder exactly why we were bothering.
  15. As executed, it almost seems like a parody of the genre.... Beghe's growly, macho performance is hard to stomach, getting in the way of even noticing the attractive supporting cast.
  16. Bad and dark and confusing things ensue, but the human characters are so completely unengaging.
  17. I wish desperately that it wanted to be funnier. The only real smiles come from Louie Anderson as the clown's mother.
  18. Fox originally provided a different pilot for Rake, one that wasn't so lighthearted. (Really.) That episode will air later, after, the network hopes, we've come to love this bad boy despite his foibles.
  19. Shooter isn't badly done. Some of the dialogue is cheesy ("Your country needs you"), and characters feel like cardboard cutouts. But Phillippe is sympathetic enough, and there is real tension throughout, with an exciting (if not exactly shocking) twist at the end of the premiere. The problem is that Shooter doesn't feel like the right show for our times, which are already tense enough.
  20. In the first two episodes, a lot of the gags are just stupid: a stuffy man gets a cake in the face; Mary gets caught in a medieval chastity belt...But Taylor makes Mary easy to like, and John Cameron Mitchell provides nice counterpoint as her pal Derrick, who works in fashion photography and has an ironic comment on everything. [9 Sept 1996, p.6D]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  21. The line between charming and annoying is pretty fine here, and although Ed is indeed a cute show, I finished two episodes feeling more annoyed than charmed. Much of this zaniness seems as forced as the romance between Ed and Carol, which needs more time to develop. Maybe she'll grow to love him. Maybe you and I will, too. [8 Oct 2000, p.F6]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  22. The first episode does explain the premise pretty clearly--if you pay close enough attention and aren't laughing too hard.
  23. Adrien Brody is impressive as Houdini in the History Channel's two-night biography, and many of his stunts are re-created (and explained) in fascinating detail. But the miniseries, a co-production with Hungary, Houdini's home country, is too slow and too-often hokey to rate a rave.
  24. The judges seem well chosen. Unfortunately, The Taste kicks off with a bland and sluggish two-hour casting session.
  25. Divorce in the early going is not just dark but also slow and mopey--sometimes downright depressing.
  26. [Patrick Stewart is] a fantastic sport about the silly things asked of him, but that just makes it more of a shame that the show's writing doesn't do better by him.
  27. Think of this, maybe, as a "Glee" version of "Rocky Horror." The musical numbers range from entertaining ("Time Warp" gets a big, loud production) to fine. The pretty young cast struggles with the tone, except for Justice, who takes her role so seriously, she seems to be in a different movie.
  28. Writer Sarah Phelps has done her best, but short of throwing out Rowling's characters and plot, there was no real way to make The Casual Vacancy bearable.
  29. Together, they're charming, but the "will they or won't they?" romantic tension feels forced, and that takes much of the fun out of it.
  30. Bursts of violence aside, Agent X doesn’t work well as an action thriller. And while watching it for comedy, intentional or not, is more enjoyable, that’s probably no reason to tune in every week.

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