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 The Dust Bowl
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. If you appreciate challenging, intellectually stimulating drama, this is it...My advice: Watch, absorb, and don't panic if you don't catch every nuance. You'll have time - 23 episodes. [19 Sept 1995, p.6D]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Riveting, distinctive television that is totally entertaining, in the broadest sense of the word. [8 Apr 1990, p.6G]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The difficulty of teasing apart these tangled relationships and getting up to speed on backstory will prove too daunting for some viewers, especially those who prefer quick and tidy resolutions. But if you're willing to tolerate some initial confusion, "The Wire" rewards patience. The dialogue is sharply funny and richly colloquial, and the actors are a constant astonishment.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Homicide is fast-paced but reasonably easy to follow. It is fragmentary at times, but somehow cohesive. It's impressionistic in style, yet driven by plot, enlivened by gallows humor and inhabited by intriguing, amusing, startlingly natural characters...You can think of Homicide as "Hill Street Blues" with more grit and less econo-socio-poli-psycho babble; "Law & Order" without the "order" half; "Twin Peaks" with intelligence and discipline as well as style. "Diner" with cops. [31 Jan 1993, p.7C]
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  2. The second season of HBO's Deadwood gets off to such a sluggish start that fans can be forgiven if -- like saloon boss Al Swearengen -- they worry that change is coming all too fast to the raw, lawless Western town. [6 Mar 2005, p.F03]
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  3. The best cop show of any recent season...It's not for everyone, but it is for anyone who still misses "Homicide" and thinks "NYPD Blue" long ago devolved into soap opera. [10 Mar 2002, p.F2]
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  4. The Americans remains one of prime time's best series, the only negatives at this point being how complicated the plotting is, to the degree at which we almost need a flow chart to keep up. It's a headache, but a great one to have.
  5. The Returned, in French with subtitles, is beautiful, riveting and above all thought-provoking.
  6. In the four episodes provided for preview, the action seldom lags, but just when we think we’re in for a fun ride this season, something darkens the sun.
  7. Razor-edged satire of late-night talk TV from people with an ear for truth and a taste for blood. [14 Aug 1992]
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  8. An astonishing achievement, a miniseries that manages to put human faces on the drug culture in American neighborhoods. [16 Apr 2000, p.F9]
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  9. HBO’s deeply involving and completely draining miniseries.
  10. Riveting. [21 June 2005, p.E1]
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  11. The best new sitcom to come along in years. [2 Nov 2003, p.C4]
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  12. It's rare to be able to say, unconditionally, that a TV reality show is inspirational, and that everyone will be better for watching. But that's the case with MasterChef Junior.
  13. [A] sense of humor keeps Hannibal from being unbearably dark even when the crimes are, and they always are.
  14. Freaks and Geeks is a grittier "Wonder Years," while retaining some of that show's sweetness. The writing is sharp, and the young stars are vividly, awkwardly real. Spending an hour with them is almost worth going back to high school again. [24 Sept 1999, p.E10]
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  15. 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.
  16. Gosh, I love this show. Meet Felicity and prepare to fall in love. [29 Sept 1998]
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  17. 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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  18. Lost is a sci-fi soap opera adventure -- with humor, mystery and interesting characters galore...It's "Survivor" with the one thing "Survivor" lacks -- a terrific script.
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  19. Outstanding. [21 July 2004, p.E01]
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  20. Given how much is right about Fargo, the real reason to watch and keep watching is the storytelling, with more surprises per hour than you can count.
  21. Anyone who watches won’t soon forget A Poet in New York, one of the best things on television this year.
  22. The half-star markdown in the rating for Nashville is a knock on Panettiere, whose performance seems too broad, especially in the face of such naturalistic acting from everyone else in the cast. But that flaw can't keep Nashville from being a superb series.
  23. Clearly, Rescue Me isn't for everyone, but the fearless, funny series is don't-miss viewing for its legions of fans. [13 June 2007, p.L15]
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  24. 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.”
  25. The entire cast of The Normal Heart is outstanding, but no one stands out more than Bomer, who is so much the handsome star of USA's "White Collar," in the beginning, then almost unrecognizable as the dying Felix.
  26. A thoroughly captivating production. ... You'll want to have a couple of blank videotapes ready for this one. [31 Mar 1991]
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  27. A fascinating and challenging new drama series. [27 Oct 1996]
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  28. Take a look if you think all the good drama is on cable.
  29. 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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  30. Chances are, it will make you cry even more often than it makes you laugh, but it will rarely bore you.
  31. The quality of the material, all of which is written by the performers themselves, is spotty, to be sure. But when it hits, it has that "on the edge" feeling that makes you squirm as much as it makes you laugh. [21 July 1989, p.9E]
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  32. A quieter start to Season 3 feels welcome but never flat.
  33. Matthew Weiner clearly intended for us to contemplate the mortality of his TV masterpiece when he wove Peggy Lee’s bleak 1969 ballad through Sunday’s midseason premiere.
  34. What's best about Catastrophe is how engaging the characters of Rob and Sharon are, and how quickly we come to root for them.
  35. The first hour, provided for preview, is spectacular even when seen without completed special effects.
  36. The Dust Bowl, collecting so much oral history that was about to pass away, is a treasure.
  37. Viewers looking for something different, and very funny, should latch on to The Tick and not let go. [8 Nov 2001, p.E1]
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  38. The Honorable Woman is intriguing from the start, but almost in spite of itself, as everyone seems to have a dark secret and nothing is what it seems.
  39. Insightful, intelligent and very, very funny, the WB's Gilmore Girls is the best not-quite-drama, not-quite-comedy of the new television season. [5 Oct 2000, p.F6]
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  40. A quirky mix of light and dark, humor and grit, sentiment and substance -- "The O.C." if scripted by Raymond Chandler. [21 Sept 2004, p.E1]
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  41. Together, they're TV's Cute and Quirky Couple of the Year. Speaking of cute and quirky - Dharma & Greg sometimes tries a little too hard to be both. But mainly, it's delightful. [24 Sept 1997, p.8E]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fascinating and disturbing vision. [21 Mar 2004, p.F5]
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  42. Endeavour is most interesting for the light it sheds on the character development of young Morse.
  43. Leeves is a hoot as Daphne, and provides leavening to Mahoney's self-centered gruffness. This could all work out, I guess; these characters (except possibly Dad) could grow on us, and in the post-"Seinfeld" time slot, they're likely to get a chance. [16 Sept 1993, p.6G]
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  44. It's hospital drama in the "St. Elsewhere" mold - but, so far, with less humor. [18 Sep 1994]
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  45. Even if we find ourselves a bit lost, though, as we might early on in Season 2, there are many rewards in Orphan Black that have nothing to do with its mythology.
  46. Once it relaxes, however, Scrubs turns out to be a thoughtful show that has dispensed with a laugh track and proves amusing enough not to need one. (Now, let's dispense with those fantasies.) Shot with a single camera in a former hospital, it aims for the exaggerated realism and the light-meets-dark tone of "M*A*S*H" -- a worthy ambition even if it doesn't get there. [2 Oct 2001, p.F1]
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  47. With only a single episode available for preview, it's difficult to gauge what Esmail will do with that time and how much Slater (in the pilot, a goofy oddball) will alter the tone. But fans of smart thrillers, and tortured heroes, will want to stick around to find out.
  48. Superb characterizations and riveting action are leavened by wry humor, making Deutschland delightfully addictive.
  49. Joan of Arcadia is smart, entertaining and never heavy-handed, one of the season's best. [26 Sept 2003, p.E8]
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  50. Braugher is such a riveting actor, with so much going on behind his eyes, that he'd probably be interesting reading a list of school closings on the first snow day. [10 Oct 2000, p.F1]
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  51. Manhattan is in other class entirely, the kind of series that is so good, it lifts a network into a whole new tier. What “Mad Men” did for AMC, Manhattan could do for WGN.
  52. It’s terrific. How you respond to it, though, may depend on your mindset as you come into the show. Don’t lower your expectations; dismiss them altogether.
  53. UnREAL is clearly exaggerated for shock value, but it somehow feels more true to life than those "happily ever after" love stories the originals serve up.
  54. The Season 4 premiere is solid in most ways.
  55. The Americans isn't just a heart-pounding action drama; by presenting heroes who are also villains, it also confronts viewers with TV's deepest moral dilemma since "The Sopranos."
  56. This is a comedy. And it’s a good one, warm and charming, genuinely funny, and also odd enough to come from Tina Fey and writing partner Robert Carlock.
  57. Involving, enjoyable TV. [5 Oct 1999, p.D6]
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  58. The Bridge translates brilliantly, fitting into its new setting so perfectly, you’d never imagine it had aired in any other incarnation.
  59. Two later episodes parody the TV series "Vice" and "Nanook of the North," the 1922 silent film credited with launching the documentary genre. Both are well done, and each has a twist. Each also has an awful lot of Hader and Armisen in costume, so take that as an endorsement or as a caution, depending on your feeling about them. I didn't laugh, but maybe you will.
  60. 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."
  61. It is exciting and involving; its leads are charismatic; and most of all, it feels fresh. [18 Sep 1994]
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  62. In the Flesh, which runs just three hours over the three nights, is best not analyzed too deeply for meaning and just enjoyed for its odd and fascinating concept.
  63. Only the darkness of the show is disconcerting. Poignancy is great, and presumably Clark will triumph in his battles against evil. But in post-Columbine, post-Sept. 11 America, humor has never been a more valuable commodity. If Smallville can strike the right balance, the series should fly. [16 Oct 2001, p.F1]
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  64. The Knick (rated TV-MA, and definitely for mature audiences only) can be difficult to watch. Medical procedures are graphic, as are scenes involving Thackery’s drug use. But this is one riveting drama.
  65. Bessie, with a gorgeous soundtrack performed largely by Latifah, tells this story in far less simplistic fashion. Rees dramatizes Smith’s demons in powerful, sometimes chaotic fashion, jumping back in time to show her as an abused child and depicting her adult life in vignettes that don’t always flow together.
  66. Smart, sweet and often hilarious, "Will & Grace" is everything a sitcom needs to be. [21 Sep 1998]
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  67. There's a lot of setup, and we don't know these people well enough yet to laugh with them instead of at them. That begins to change quickly, though, as Fresh Off the Boat gets into its groove, humanizing its characters and upping its humor quotient.
  68. "Without a Trace" offers sharp writing, stylish directing and a cast with real chemistry. [26 Sep 2002]
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  69. Hugh Laurie is cranky, scathingly honest, brilliant Dr. Gregory House, whose amazing diagnostic abilities almost make up for his abrasive personality, in the Fox medical drama House. [16 Nov 2004, p.E06]
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  70. If Seasons 1 through 4 have bored or baffled or just annoyed you, Season 5 won't win you over. If, on the other hand, you greet the return of Downton with unabashed affection, as I admittedly do, you won't be disappointed, even if some of the storylines feel like reruns, or even when you want to grab a character by the shoulders and shake him or her.
  71. 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.
  72. Ray Donovan is fun, but it’s also heart-breakingly sad and deadly serious, sometimes all at once. In all cases, this is one of the smartest series to come around in a while, sharply written (by creator and executive producer Ann Biderman) with a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy, action and reflection.
  73. Wonderfully warped...Expect both sly satire and big belly laughs from this summer treat. [4 Aug 1998]
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  74. One of the sweet surprises of the season, a family sitcom that manages to be realistic without being either silly or mean-spirited. It's funny, too. [12 Sep 1996]
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  75. 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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  76. The moments in which Monaghan interacts with people who don't quite understand him are among the most charming.
  77. With its deft mix of humor, heart and, well, brains, this new series could work for both the CW set and the CBS crowd.
  78. There's action, wit and dry humor, and some entertaining if not dazzling special effects. Again accessibly, most episodes will be stand-alone, with an underlying mythology to ramp up the stakes.
  79. Elf: Buddy's Musican Christmas should be on the Christmas TV calendar for years to come.
  80. Exhilarating, terrifying, often moving and only occasionally silly.
  81. A show that is beautiful and sweet, funny and touching.
  82. In his quest to make Murder One - whose fans last season were passionate but few - more "user friendly," Bochco hasn't dumbed it down a bit. [10 Oct 1996, p.6G]
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  83. The Flash pilot, directed by David Nutter, is full of thrilling special effects, too. That adds up to a show that, at least in the early going, has something for almost everyone.
  84. The new season doesn't live up to the original, admittedly, but it's still far above imitators, including Fox's unnecessary remake, "Gracepoint."
  85. 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.
  86. The mystery is wonderfully intriguing; the performances are excellent, especially from Maslany but also from Jordan Gavaris as her foster brother and best friend, Felix.
  87. We see the orchestra and its egos through [new oboe player Hailey's (Lola Kirke)] sometimes incredulous eyes.... Mozart in the Jungle” made me laugh, although I have no idea whether it will make musicians or insiders with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra crack a smile.
  88. 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.
  89. The decision to have some students graduate was a smart one, and splitting the action between New York (where Lea Michele's Rachel Berry is attending NYADA, the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts) and Ohio (where the remaining members of New Directions are regrouping) turns out to have been even smarter.
  90. A classic buddy dramedy about mismatched people forced to work together, Battle Creek is fast-paced and clever.
  91. By the end of Episode 2, you’re likely to be so invested in the characters, you’d stick with them forever, just as book readers have.
  92. 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.
  93. I think 'I'll Fly Away' richly deserves the 'quality' label. That's not to say it has sprung full grown and perfect from the forehead of its creators. [7 Oct 1991]
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  94. The “Masterpiece” drama returns Sunday, recapturing some of the excitement that made America fall so hard for it three years ago.
  95. "The Amazing Race," which combines the glossy production values of an IMAX movie, the physical demands of "Eco-Challenge" and the human drama of "National Lampoon's Vacation," sets new standards for reality TV. This is as good as it gets. [5 Sep 2001]
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  96. Is there enough plot on which to build an ongoing series, or just a fun movie? The fact that it’s different and ambitious, though, already makes Last Man more interesting than many new shows.

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