St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

For 391 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Felicity: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Black Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 268
  2. Negative: 0 out of 268
268 tv reviews
  1. Loud and silly as it is, the show also manages to create and define its characters skillfully.
  2. To see its potential, you'll have to grit your teeth through a lot of painful moments early on.
  3. Frankly, based on two episodes, Game of Silence doesn't seem to be worth the effort required to sort out its twisted plotting. However, it's clearly the kind of show that could suck in viewers who enjoy trying to solve a TV mystery, the more twisted the better.
  4. Historical re-enactments almost always seem cheesy, especially when accompanied by a soaring score and melodramatic narration (by Josh Brolin). But these are arguably better than most.
  5. The first episode of Tyrant, the only one I've seen, is both exotic (the cultural elements surrounding the wedding are fascinating) and unfortunately trite, to the point of embracing stereotypes about the Middle East that some early viewers have found offensive.
  6. Another Period won't be to everyone's taste, but at least it knows it's a spoof and gleefully embraces the genre.
  7. In the end, even if you've seen if before, Ring of Fire is a better than average Lifetime movie that will leave viewers hand-clapping, singing along and maybe sniffling a little.
  8. The characters are well-enough developed in the early going.... As the story deepens, though, it also becomes so complicated that it threatens to squeeze out marginal fans of the genre.
  9. Lucifer is the most accessible [of the twoshows--the other being Syfy's "The Magicians"], mostly because it feels as if we've already seen it before. And we have, one way or another; "Lucifer" feels a bit as if Syfy's fallen-angel drama "Dominion" mated with ABC's "Castle."
  10. Beautiful but dull, at least in the early going.
  11. This is one of Dreyfuss' best recent performances, and he is sure to get many awards nominations for it. Danner is also fine, and the supporting cast is generally strong, even when not served by the script. After a meandering Night 1, Thursday's Night 2 cranks up and charges toward the outcome we expect.
  12. The comedy is all over the place in tone, bouncing from broad and silly to poignant and real to silly again.
  13. Odd, crude and strangely charming, Legit won't be for everyone. But fans of FX's other comedies should definitely give it a try.
  14. So far, it's certainly no "Homicide," in which the dialogue was always crisp and unexpected.... But when Copper puts down its billy clubs and delves deeper into its characters, the series has great possibilities.
  15. Deception isn't like super-soapy "Scandal" or over-the-top "Revenge" (which has gone seriously downhill this season) in that both the story telling and the acting seem more realistic.
  16. The push-pull between over-talking and ignoring will drive Go On.
  17. Thorne isn't a powerhouse like "Luther," but if you enjoy crime fiction, it's fast-paced and well-acted enough to be worth your time.
  18. Nobody will watch Common Law to watch crimes being solved. But viewers may be engaged by the characters and their chemistry, and that's what USA is counting on.
  19. There are real scares, and you'll certainly jump in your seat. On the other hand, who knows if such a dense plot will ever be sorted out?
  20. Somebody tell the creators of shows like this, please, that viewers want engaging characters and entertaining, absorbing storytelling. We really don't need to be whooshing around in time while our heads spin.
  21. A single-camera comedy with no laugh track, Weird Loners is a pleasant enough viewing experience.
  22. Shot single-camera style with no laugh track (a blessing on a network where originals are often really loud), Younger feels far more grounded than its premise would suggest.
  23. The Jim Gaffigan Show isn't cutting edge or hilarious. It doesn't make us cringe in embarrassment. It's just cute, and sometimes, that's enjoyable enough.
  24. Limitless isn't bad, but it's not mind-expanding.
  25. The pleasantly fresh setting is the North Dakota oil boom, but the tone is very "Dallas," and the storytelling is as melodramatic as the show's title.
  26. Science-fiction meets crime-solving buddy drama in an extension of the 2002 movie.
  27. Steinberg promises that Black Sails, with no parrots and no peg legs, will be pirate-cliché free. Unfortunately, the female characters don’t escape sexist stereotypes. And that keeps Black Sails from being as much fun as it might have been.
  28. This is a cartoonish Army, under orders to take pratfalls whenever possible. You'll laugh. Or you won't.
  29. Based solely on the premiere, American Horror Story: Freak Show might rate a rave, or at least a "great if you like this sort of thing." But since the first season, I've learned that Murphy and Falchuk don't reliably follow the path they start down, often seeming to prefer to gross viewers out than tell a coherent story.
  30. It's kind of charming, and sporadically funny, but nothing special. [23 Sept 1993, p.8G]
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