St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

For 464 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 The Returned: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Black Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 324
  2. Negative: 0 out of 324
324 tv reviews
  1. Parade's End is often sad and even grim, full of complicated personalities who are more fascinating than likable. But the miniseries is engrossing in its portrait of two people stuck in roles they need to cast aside, but somehow unable to make the break.
  2. Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce is a smart, solid examination of just how messy relationships are and how hard it is to make them work.
  3. Jonathan Nolan, working with his wife, Lisa Joy, under the umbrella of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, has turned out a dazzling-looking thriller that is also a thoughtful exploration of the possibilities and hazards of artificial intelligence.
  4. Fans of British drama will appreciate the detail and nuance with which creator and writer Marnie Dickens explores the subject and characters. And don't relax too much into the apparent familiarity. Thirteen takes white-knuckle turns that elevate it from the expected.
  5. Intelligent enough for adults, accessible enough for younger viewers and entertaining enough for both, it's a great show for parents and kids to watch together, and will give them plenty to talk about.
  6. Catfish: The TV Show is riveting entertainment, but it's also potentially the most important series MTV has aired.
  7. With only tiny snatches of dark humor in the early episodes, it’s sure to be too grim for some viewers. But for those who can take it, The Leftovers is fascinating and involving, like nothing we’ve seen on TV unless you think of it as the flip side of resurrection dramas such as “The Returned.
  8. The story is a sweet one, and Coat of Many Colors does what it does very well. Nettles is strong as Mrs. Parton, but Lind steals the show as little Dolly.
  9. There is a lot to admire about Queen Sugar. But the premiere, which airs without commercials, is as slow as, well, molasses.
  10. Of the week’s new dramas, the only one with abundant blue skies is the lively Astronaut Wives Club.
  11. Everything about Insecure, though, is not just palatable but completely charming, thanks to Rae’s relatable honesty and irrepressible humor.
  12. The complex story, which includes a flashback to 10 months earlier, plus scenes with O’Mara’s therapist and memories of his child’s illness, finds the hero getting in deeper and deeper after impulsively trying to save a life.
  13. Twists that are genuinely surprising, plus quirky humor, separate Top of the Lake from, say, AMC’s “The Killing,” which was also deliberately paced but unrelentingly dour as well.
  14. Dark but delightful.
  15. The Strain does not dial back the gore for television, and fans of the most graphic sort of horror should eat it up.
  16. As Flesh and Bone unfolds, though, the story gets darker and more warped, not just for self-destructive Claire but also for the rest of the troupe.... All [of] this is frequently hard to watch, but also impossibly addictive.
  17. Good Behavior is both a caper drama and a dark romance, and Dockery and Botto sizzle together.
  18. No Tomorrow is a lovely hour, with romance, humor and serious moments along the way. The characters are appealing, and if the world really were ending in 8 months (it's not, is it?), this still wouldn't be a bad way to spend some time.
  19. It’s best simply to sit back and go with it.
  20. Even if this isn’t precisely the sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” we might have wanted, it’s better than no sequel at all.
  21. The Missing, written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, is sometimes grueling to watch. But it earns a place in haunting crime drama next to the recent “Broadchurch” and “Top of the Lake.”
  22. Penny Dreadful is great at what it does, and hard-core fans of the genre, those who dismissed “American Horror Story” as too lighthearted, will probably love it.
  23. With the end in sight, this is a faster paced, more focused, less annoying Newsroom than in the first two seasons.
  24. The CW's attempt to capture the magic of "Sex and the City" in a prequel, set in 1984, could have gone very wrong. But The Carrie Diaries is surprisingly right.
  25. If this sounds merely soapy, know that by the third hour, the English are executing rebels via firing squad, shops are being looted, innocent urchins are shot down and battle lines have been drawn between lovers and families.
  26. The premise may sound more sad than funny, but fortunately, it's not. That's due in large part to Fowler, who like his character has cerebral palsy and is anything but pitiful. Both are smart and funny and determined to be their own person, no matter the obstacles.
  27. Like a good scare? How about a bad scare? Or a thousand scares, good and bad and crazy? Season 2 of "American Horror Story," subtitled Asylum, is for you.
  28. A Canadian-South African co-production, it's gracefully directed by Clement Virgo ("The Wire") and gorgeously filmed, mostly in South Africa. Soapy? A little, but so was "Roots."
  29. Cases amusing or deeply tragic immediately test both her medical skills and her knowledge of Indian local culture, both lacking. But as trite as it might seem in outline, The Good Karma Hospital won me over quickly, and I flew through all six episodes in an evening. Acharia, whom "Game of Thrones" fans probably won't recognize as Dothraki handmaid Irri ("It is known"), is both charming and completely believable.
  30. Good Girls Revolt is lively fun, telling an important story via young women who could be characters in a “Sex and the City”-ish dramedy.

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