The A.V. Club's Scores

For 683 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Veep: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Pacific Heat: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 456
  2. Negative: 0 out of 456
456 tv reviews
  1. The Characters is weird without trying too hard to be weird. For as much careful attention to detail as there is, there’s a general ease to the series. The production value is high, but it never feels overproduced.
  2. Ansari and Yang come out of the gate strong, showcasing who they are and how they view the world with a clarity and assuredness that few others have been able to master.
  3. The docudrama is at its most powerful in its second half, as the focus shifts more toward David Bradley as William Hartnell.
  4. Amid the precision-tooled dick jokes and the airtight comedies of errors, Silicon Valley cuts the compelling tale of a creator forging his own path through a frontier where every other maverick is a charlatan--or worse.
  5. 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.
  6. Fitting for a star whose improvised podcast appearances frequently turn down dark alleyways, Review really gets going when it digs deep into horrible behavior.
  7. Waller-Bridge has a bracing willingness to let entire scenes play out just to build to one absurd joke at the end, and she proves adept at giving characters and moments the touch of specificity that makes them feel real and human.
  8. Veep has become the clearest heir to 30 Rock and Arrested Development, and specific bits throughout the season recall both series.
  9. Younger is an entertaining and heartwarming series and one fans of Bechdel-busting television should seek out.
  10. The show’s premise has so much potential for musing and puzzling that it’s a relief it remembers to be funny, too.
  11. It’s not that Portlandia has lost its sharp comic edge; rather, it has added a complementary sweetness that is somehow just as funny.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.”
  14. Despite its familiar premise, Prey is an engrossing, dynamic series, a testament to the sturdiness of the tropes it’s driven by as well as Lunt’s ability to play with and execute ideas so many have others explored.
  15. It’s true that we’ve seen this technique [documentary parody] used on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, and the incisive political commentary has long had a home on The Daily Show, among others. But the Full Frontal approach still feels fresh, perhaps because we’re finally seeing a female host lead the charge, with a female showrunner (Jo Miller) and a diverse team of writers.
  16. Love communicates the honesty its creators strived for, if only for the believable way it draws Gus and Mickey together across time, space, and their own insecurities. Put in the time with Love, and that time will be rewarded.
  17. Simpson so skillfully shapes each personality that in just a few episodes, they almost stop being real people and become televisual characters. It feels less like a true-crime miniseries and more like a rich, layered legal drama, and ironically, the fictional patina makes it easier to engage with and invest in a story the audience assumes it knows inside and out.
  18. This is the second doc that the Jackson estate has hired Lee to helm, and it’s a marked improvement over the one made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bad.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Black-ish, is fun, cool, and hip. It just so happens to also have a lot going on upstairs.
  19. 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.
  20. Skillfully directed, impeccably designed, and brilliantly cast, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is as charming, and as dark, as it could ever hope to be.
  21. Greenlight is better than it’s ever been, but its claim to the title of best filmmaking reality show has been usurped. That distinction now belongs to Starz’s The Chair.
  22. The result is a show that isn’t always “ha ha” funny, but is scathingly brilliant.
  23. From episode three on, [Sheen] begins to give one of the most fascinating performances on TV.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Strike Back retains its refreshingly simple approach to matters of conspiracy by keeping the action and the characters’ minds on the mission in front of them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Comparisons to The Wonder Years are inevitable, but Everybody Hates Chris scrapes away much of that golden nostalgia by putting a funny spin on frequently painful times.
  24. History’s new vision of Roots justifies its existence almost immediately, reinforcing its worthiness through amazing performances and a tweaked narrative that puts more focus on the interior lives of the slaves.
  25. Togetherness threaten to become too familiar; it isn’t rote, but feels like it could become rote at any moment before swerving away from the expected outcome with seconds to spare.
  26. The show may have been simplified due to budgetary concerns, but that makes its core themes shine all the brighter.
  27. It’s Me, Hilary becomes a warm evocation of a time gone by, similar to Knight’s old drawings of the Plaza.

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