The Detroit News' Scores

  • TV
For 157 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 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Young Pope: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 George Lopez: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 120
  2. Negative: 0 out of 120
120 tv reviews
  1. As always, this is a scattered story with multiple moving parts.... Fargo revels in presenting ordinary folk with extraordinary problems, in stripping away their everyday guises and peering long and hard at their dark potential. That it can do this through adaptations of true stories makes it all the more jaw-dropping.
  2. This show--which mixes hints of “Lost,” “Twin Peaks” and “The X-Files”--is one of the best things to hit our airwaves this season.
  3. Thrones exults in the unexpected.
  4. Massive, cruelly dense, absurdly complicated and absolutely thrilling.
  5. Turturro bites into the role with bitter humor and wounded idealism. Still, it’s Ahmed, at times resembling a young Andy Garcia, who is at the heart of this series, with his innocence being stripped away as the slow wheels of justice threaten to grind his soul. It’s powerful, and timely, stuff.
  6. You already know the outcome. Yet you can’t stop watching, thanks to Murphy’s flashy dramatization, which is just the approach the “Trial of the Century” richly deserves.
  7. There are slight miscues--Kimara’s attempts to become pregnant seem a distraction--but this very busy boat stays upright and moves forward, shifting just enough to stay interesting.
  8. 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.
  9. Near flawless in execution while filled with rarely seen intelligence and complexity, the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge plumbs the depths of the seemingly mundane and finds cruelty, resentment, dogged insecurity and finally, if not hope, then some level of honesty about life’s attraction.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The suits are louder, the sideburns are longer; aside from that, the season-six premiere proves to be classic Mad Men with plenty of vice (maybe more than before, at least more pot), long hours at work and lots of questions.
  10. Relentlessly dark and slow boiling, True Detective may promise more than it can deliver. But it still delivers quite a bit.
  11. There’s a lot of humor here, but it’s more innocent than leering. And there’s also a great deal of understandable awkwardness that seems as pertinent to 2013 to the ’50s. You may not want to watch this with Aunt Tildy, but it is certainly worth watching.
  12. The tone wavers here and there--a pair of teen brothers are too broadly drawn--but holds true for the most part.
  13. 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.
  14. Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking.
  15. Morally and historically significant, emotionally wrenching and politically terrifying, The Normal Heart is more important than artful, and that’s just fine.
  16. Girls continues to delight and provoke in a way too few shows can.
  17. Yes, Issa, Molly and Lawrence are all a bit insecure; heck, the world itself is insecure. But this show is strong in the face of it all.
  18. Raylan, despite his tendency to shoot people, is something of an old-fashioned hero, complete with white cowboy hat. Here’s to the simple but effective balance, and to the complications that threaten to topple it.
  19. Moms Mabley is a fine appreciation of a remarkable life.
  20. Usher slowly but surely emerges as a major contributor on this underrated series filled with genuinely funny and touching moments.
  21. Behind the Candelabra doesn't really get behind anything; it just rolls around in tacky history.
  22. It is, to say the least, audacious. More importantly it’s interesting. It’s about the interior as much as the exterior. That’s weird. That’s good.
  23. It’s all very complicated, but at the same time easy to follow and terribly mesmerizing and haunting.
  24. Relentlessly silly from beginning to end, if this show doesn't make you laugh out loud, or at least shake your head in constant bemusement, you're a member of the wrong species. [8 Nov 2001, p.5C]
    • The Detroit News
  25. 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.
  26. Feud: Bette and Joan is delicious fare, a mix of catty gossip and vile manipulation, a look at the dark underbelly of celebrity culture and the desperation that comes with aging out of the limelight.
  27. A Series of Unfortunate Events makes it downright difficult to “Look Away.”
  28. Mr. Robot remains one of the most dizzying, intoxicating, challenging shows on television, a gripping look at mental illness and brilliance run amok, tied to an essentially sweet, if damaged, character. It’s a show that poses Big Questions and dares to leave them hanging.
  29. As the season progresses, Mapleton re-emerges and it becomes a tale of two deeply weird cities. It may all be a tease, but give The Leftovers this: It is the strangest show on television.

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