St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

For 305 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 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Gilmore Girls: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Tucker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 212
  2. Negative: 0 out of 212
212 tv reviews
  1. 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]
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  2. In no way does NYPD Blue even approach the brilliance of Barry Levinson's police drama, "Homicide," which aired briefly last spring and still could return. So if you exercise your right to change the channel when it comes on, you won't be missing greatness. [19 Sept 1993, p.7F]
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  3. So mainstream, it makes "L.A. Law" look like experimental theater. It's not bad, just very familiar. [4 Mar 1997]
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  4. 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.
  5. Every performance is strong, and the writing is solid. Unfortunately, "Soul Food" has succumbed to premium-cable syndrome, including extremely graphic sex scenes that will put off many viewers who might otherwise have enjoyed it. [28 Jun 2000]
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  6. Caruso is stiff and grim, and the crew doesn't click with him or one another. [23 Sep 2002]
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  7. The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore got off to a promising if uneven start Monday on Comedy Central, with Wilmore's opening segment much stronger than a chaotic panel discussion that followed.
  8. The laughs - more like chuckles, actually - are predictable, but Jones is a cutie, and he and Sheen are charming together. [22 Sept 2003, p.E6]
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  9. Szymanski, who directed from a script by Murray Miller, gets the look of the documentary, including some real footage mixed with new scenes made to look vintage, just right. The tone, though, is so broad, we never for a second forget the “mocku” in the “mentary.”
  10. It's hard to know where a middling comedy will go from just the pilot.
  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. One episode does not a season make. But the Season 9 premiere, "New Guys," is as uneven as most episodes have been for the last few years.
  13. Not only does all this style interfere with and distract from the show's content, but the strain to be unconventional leads viewers to expect the unexpected, robbing it of dramatic impact. And that's too bad, because there does seem to be something interesting going on here. [10 Jun 1992]
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  14. Queer as Folk tries hard to expand the portrayal of gays on television beyond stereotypes. Unfortunately, the shock factor is so high that few viewers whose minds might be opened seem likely to stick around for the learning experience. [3 Dec 2000, p.C2]
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  15. 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.
  16. Meyers is likable and pleasant, and the first show probably isn't a good indication of what his Late Night will eventually be like. In the early going, though, there isn't much fresh happening there.
  17. The Whispers (created by Soo Hoo and claiming Steven Spielberg as an executive producer) is too slow and self-consciously creepy to hold my attention for long. Your response may vary.
  18. Long on scenery and even longer on schmaltz. The kids are fine; Gregory Smith is the show's strongest link as complicated, 15-year-old Ephram, and Vivian Cardone ("A Beautiful Mind") is off-the-scale adorable as 9-year-old Delia. But Williams' conversion to small-town doctor seems forced, and so do the quirks of Everwood residents. It's nothing that a prescription for better writing couldn't fix, however. [16 Sept 2002, p.D6]
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  19. 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.
  20. The writing is clunky and the acting is almost universally stiff. The characters need to be much more engaging to keep us from wanting to jump overboard from The Last Ship.
  21. The pace is generally fast enough to distract from the convoluted plot.
  22. Even for MTV’s young target audience, the characters in Scream are remarkably empty and bland. But this is a slasher show, after all.
  23. There are nice moments, especially from Holloway, whose quips are vastly more clever than the rest of the show.
  24. “I am confused about everything,” Peter tells his girlfriend before fleeing the scene of a bully smackdown. Sampling The Messengers, you may be too.
  25. 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.
  26. The acting is pretty much non-existent, casting is weak, and the special effects are unimpressive. But there's some terrific makeup work on some of the non-human creatures around, and somebody went to the trouble of deciding that a space station for many different species would have to be equipped with many different environments to accommodate them...Nice touch. [22 Feb 1993, p.5D]
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  27. Unfortunately, this Dracula isn’t fun at all. It’s not really scary, either, although it does spill a lot of blood.
  28. Peter Pan Live!, while better in many ways than last year's "Sound of Music Live!," was still uneven, partly because of casting and partly because of the dated source material.
  29. [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.
  30. Moments of sweetness, but too few laughs - and way too many sexual references. [8 Sep 2002]
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