The A.V. Club's Scores

For 347 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Orange is the New Black: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 223
  2. Negative: 0 out of 223
223 tv reviews
  1. There’s something soapy and delicious about Empire.... But it’s a double-edged sword: Empire will either continue to be fun and splashy, while staying grounded and engaging, or it will flame out as so many primetime sudsers have before it, becoming too ridiculous for its own good.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s sad, it’s funny, and it’s surprising.
  2. Broad City presents a recognizable, recognizably hilarious perspective on what trying-but-failing looks like from the inside.
  3. Penny Dreadful is a surprising show, one that offers both some putrid rotting at the core of London’s soul and a way of going about excavating humanity’s inherent darkness in a different and unexpected way. That is easily worth a penny, and maybe more.
  4. Montage understands Cobain as an icon, but also as the mixed-up kid who got too famous too fast, and it seems content revealing, rather than reconciling, his contradictions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    iZombie provides a zombie-centric supernatural procedural with a sharp focus on the possibilities of that premise, while also paying homage to its comic roots.... iZombie is another win for The CW.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s beautiful work that speaks to the storytelling power of Burns. This isn’t just a history lesson; it’s cinema.
  5. The show’s beauty is not in big moments, or exquisitely written scenes (though it has both), it comes in the pauses between, the semicolons and commas that make up the bulk of many lives, but which TV has trouble giving full heft.
  6. Alex Gibney’s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown is an assured threading-of-the-needle, slowly working its way to the sweet spot where the man and the legend overlap.
  7. If the second episode can build even more on the insanity of the first, then Rick And Morty has the potential to be a versatile, entertaining comedy.
  8. Wolf Hall’s efforts to capture the same mood as its source material ultimately serve it well.
  9. Orphan Black is better than almost any show on TV at feeling like it’s constantly building toward something, no matter how perilous and rickety its structure becomes.
  10. If this strong start is anything to go by, the show is going to produce an interesting, challenging, and hilarious batch of episodes for its fifth season. That’s reason enough to rejoice for now.
  11. The series finds just the right balance, creating a unique place for itself among the current network fare. With its down-to-earth lead character and self-aware, but not self-parodying approach, Jane The Virgin is a breath of fresh air that will hopefully find a strong and loyal fan base.
  12. As of right now, Satisfaction is actually suspenseful--leaving the audience unsure if its protagonists will embrace their better natures or succumb to their special version of suburban ennui. And though some of that suspense is a result of some messy decision-making, those types of messes look a lot like life.
  13. The show is getting rebooted for its fifth season, and it’s quickly clear what a good idea that is.
  14. The Knick rides the beautifully brutal, brutally beautiful nexus of 2014’s televised finest--Hannibal, True Detective, and The Leftovers all leap to mind--set aside by moments of true hope.
  15. It’s quite engrossing and addictive.
  16. The Comeback is the same as it ever was, and more highly concentrated. It still out-metas anything else on television. The performances remain stellar all around.
  17. The docudrama is at its most powerful in its second half, as the focus shifts more toward David Bradley as William Hartnell.
  18. Game Of Thrones has not moved away from “sexposition,” prostitution, and casual rape as titillating plot points, and that will always tarnish what is otherwise a groundbreaking show. But the good outweighs the bad. Game Of Thrones was and is an astonishing achievement.
  19. Fitting for a star whose improvised podcast appearances frequently turn down dark alleyways, Review really gets going when it digs deep into horrible behavior.
  20. Veep has become the clearest heir to 30 Rock and Arrested Development, and specific bits throughout the season recall both series.
  21. Younger is an entertaining and heartwarming series and one fans of Bechdel-busting television should seek out.
  22. It’s not that Portlandia has lost its sharp comic edge; rather, it has added a complementary sweetness that is somehow just as funny.
  23. Agent Carter ... could be The Flash to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Arrow: the brighter, snappier sister-show that finds its footing much more quickly than its sibling.
  24. Burton And Taylor is not comprehensive or perfect as a film--the direction in particular is lackluster--but as a character study in both writing and acting it is, as Burton says of Taylor herself, “peerless.”
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Black-ish, is fun, cool, and hip. It just so happens to also have a lot going on upstairs.
  25. For the most part, Lannan and Haigh have crafted something that’s bittersweet and funny and surprisingly quiet, willing to simply let the characters hang out and try to figure out what the rest of their lives are going to be like.
  26. The result is a show that isn’t always “ha ha” funny, but is scathingly brilliant.

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