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 Good Place: 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. They are quirky--cookie-cutter quirky. But for summer TV drama, that's not the worst they could be.
  2. Young & Hungry is nicely paced, and even in the first episode, the humor is character-driven. It's as uncomplicated, and tasty, as a good grilled cheese.
  3. Season 2 of True Detective is as slow as molasses, and just as dark, in its first hours.
  4. If people who grew up with the Muppets and consider them virtually sacred reject this new incarnation, that leaves casual fans--and kids. Is this a show for kids? Not really, but despite some mild talk about Muppet sex lives, there doesn't seem to be a real reason that children can't watch. Whether that audience can keep a much-ballyhooed but far from perfect new show afloat is unclear.
  5. Although the premiere is funny, succeeding episodes (two will air each week) hit the same quirk-centric jokes pretty hard.
  6. Getting On is for mature audiences only, with uncensored language and outrageous behavior all around. If you like comedy with more cringes than chuckles, Getting On could be for you.
  7. Madoff proves too slippery for clear characterization, even for the combined talents of Levinson and De Niro, and the result is a film that is dull, with bursts of weird.
  8. I'm not sure the mild-mannered but eternally stressed Blais and the big-ego Vigneron were the best choices for the premiere, though. The whole affair is a tiny bit bland.
  9. This Odd Couple, starring Matthew Perry as messy Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as fastidious Felix Unger, just feels forced, tired and not funny enough.
  10. The more it settles down, the better it gets, although "better" remains relative.
  11. It breaks absolutely no new ground, but it's lively, fast-paced and enjoyable enough, if you like this sort of thing.
  12. It will undoubtedly seem tame to staunch "True Blood" fans. But a few winks of humor and some good scares make Midnight, Texas more than you'd expect from a summer series on broadcast TV.
  13. It does what it sets out to do: that is, adapt the book faithfully and still make an entertaining film.
  14. These days, it’s hard to be too certain about anything, but 24 is reassuringly still the series it always has been.
  15. Extreme, yes. But that's what makes it an experiment we might want to watch.
  16. Viewers may be attracted to Backstrom because of its charming supporting players as much as its abrasive hero. The whole thing grew on me in the course of three episodes provided for preview.
  17. The cases often seem more obvious than intriguing; the emotions feel forced; much of the dialogue is trite. The cast is unusually diverse, and that's worthy of high praise.
  18. Many jokes are barely smile-worthy, and the show still feels broad and sitcom-y, despite its single-camera format. Sometimes, Lopez seems to be recycling lines from his stand-up act. But it's another step forward for TV Land.
  19. Slow and mournful, The Returned is interesting but not, in the early going, enormously compelling.
  20. Indian Summers, created and written by Paul Rutman, is great to look at, and intriguing, but the storytelling is so deliberately opaque that the plot is hard to follow.
  21. Loud and silly as it is, the show also manages to create and define its characters skillfully.
  22. To see its potential, you'll have to grit your teeth through a lot of painful moments early on.
  23. 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.
  24. The dark humor and bursts of bloody action will satisfy some viewers, but the pacing is so leisurely and the characters are such sad sacks that Get Shorty can feel like a chore.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Another Period won't be to everyone's taste, but at least it knows it's a spoof and gleefully embraces the genre.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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."

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