The Detroit News' Scores

  • TV
For 145 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 3
Lowest review score: 20 Big Brother: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 110
  2. Negative: 0 out of 110
110 tv reviews
  1. What The Lost Tapes adds, beyond all the terrifying footage, is a plethora of perspectives and insights.
  2. Halt is wise enough to play this out against Gordon’s stress over providing for his family, Joe’s mysterious background and Cameron’s cute pixie haircut. The ad men in “Mad Men” changed a great deal; the people who put a computer in every home changed everything. And that keeps Halt and Catch Fire interesting.
  3. Whether viewers will feel too challenged by Ellie to smile along remains to be seen. Hopefully they won't; TV needs crazy-vain-brave risk-takers badly. [26 Feb 2002]
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  4. It’s hard to say where The Bridge is going, but so far it looks like a trip worth taking.
  5. There are knocks in Seduced and Abandoned, but none of them seem that hard.
  6. The Middle East lends itself to intrigues, backstabbings, frontstabbings and long-term vendettas like few other places, and writer-director Hugo Blick lets his puzzle pieces assemble with slow, deliberate power and more than a few surprises.
  7. Handled correctly, this has “Lost” potential.
  8. The slow burn approach actually works nicely, assuming you can calm your appetite for immediate destruction.
  9. Family Tree is addictively silly stuff.
  10. Alliances are made and broken, power shifts go this way and that, blood is spilled, and wenches keep wenching. It’s oddly addictive, and the cast--made up mostly of British, Australian and Canadian actors--is as sharp as you’d expect from pay cable.
  11. The potential for cop burnout exists with all the new crime shows this season, but "Trace" is among the most promising entries. [26 Sep 2002]
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  12. Relentlessly dark and slow boiling, True Detective may promise more than it can deliver. But it still delivers quite a bit.
  13. The Walking Dead may be starting to walk in circles, but the scenery is still spectacular and spooky.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Nip/Tuck isn't perfect, but with its flawed, fumbling and very human cast of characters, it's a cut above the usual TV drama. [22 July 2003, p.5E]
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  14. This is a solid, risky show with loads of potential. Keep it coming.
  15. Mamet is known for tight, pointed dramas, and he holds true to his rep here, creating a mystery, procedural and character study all in one.
  16. A period piece with serious punch, The Knick isn’t for the faint of heart.
  17. The production values are high, the acting efficient, the story teems with twists and turns.
  18. There are few serious undertones, but lots of lively excitement, despite all the lingering questions, which will assumedly be answered. Have faith.
  19. Although the first episodes of the new season lack the snap and sizzle of the first season’s sexual discoveries, the air of indecision that haunts the show feels both accurate and unique.
  20. Like "The Simpsons," "Married with Children," "Malcolm in the Middle" and other Fox sitcoms, the ridiculous reach is what makes "The Mick" work.
  21. Simply put, Smallville is super. A new spin on the modern myth of Superman, it's part action series, part teen romance and part high school drama, done with superior production values and featuring an array of new faces that could quickly become familiar. [16 Oct 2001]
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  22. This is a disaster movie writ large for TV and the simple fact is, it works despite some none-too-subtle turns. You can’t help being enthralled by a story you wouldn’t want to be a part of.
  23. As summertime smarmy yarns go, American Gothic holds promise.
  24. Turn becomes more tense with each episode, at least through the first three, and that’s a very good sign.
  25. The eight-part miniseries, a BBC co-production that begins Saturday on Starz, is handicapped a bit by its overly hotheaded protagonist, played by James Nesbitt. But if his access as a grieving father to crime scenes and witnesses often seems a bit preposterous, the story's many side alleys and turnabouts serve as ample distraction.
  26. Instead of being seriously macabre, it goes for broad satire, although it certainly has its gory moments. It’s an odd mash-up that leaves little room for real connection to the characters, having faith instead in laughs and blood. Then again, laughs and blood have a good track record.
  27. The series looks promising, if puzzling.
  28. Morally and historically significant, emotionally wrenching and politically terrifying, The Normal Heart is more important than artful, and that’s just fine.
  29. It’s all a bit fuzzy, but then it’s all in good fun. Television has plenty of room for strong female characters.

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