The Detroit News' Scores

  • TV
For 85 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 3
Lowest review score: 20 George Lopez: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 63
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 63
  3. Negative: 0 out of 63
63 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Massive, cruelly dense, absurdly complicated and absolutely thrilling.
  4. Thrones exults in the unexpected.
  5. 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smart without being smug, Nip/Tuck is surgically altered television perfection. [5 Sept 2006, p.5D]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [A] captivating and undeniable classic. [26 Aug 2005, p.2E]
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  6. Girls continues to delight and provoke in a way too few shows can.
  7. For now, though, The Leftovers is properly mesmerizing.
  8. There are a lot of characters and talent involved here--Mary Elizabeth Winstead notably plays the bride who was left behind--but The Returned is very much a show propelled forward by its story and the questions it raises.
    • 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.
  9. The disconnect between propriety and reality keeps the miniseries on constant edge. The entire cast is fine, but Hall steals the show.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Smarter and more creative than ABC's "Desperate Housewives," that other show about superficial suburbia, "Weeds" has edgier and wittier writing. [6 Aug 2005]
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  10. 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.
  11. Yes, there are a few stereotypes--a guard nicknamed Pornstache is exactly the sleazeball you expect in a women’s prison series. But, for the most part, the show strikes a fresh tone, allowing for real tenderness, social commentary and lots of anxiety in a classic fish-out-of-water scenario.
  12. The tone wavers here and there--a pair of teen brothers are too broadly drawn--but holds true for the most part.
  13. Essentially, Shameless is still Shameless: A raucous, shocking, moral battleground, a family comedy taken to twisted extremes, boosted by a uniformly fine cast, and consistently entertaining.
  14. No matter what, the show returns with the same sense of modern-day paranoia and urgency that fueled its best seasons, and however over-the-top it goes, its real-world geopolitical concerns are real-world geopolitical concerns.
  15. The show's two opening episodes, showing Sunday and Monday night, are really a small movie cut in half--Sunday is the somewhat puzzling set-up, Monday puts Jimmy in motion and opens his eyes.
  16. Moms Mabley is a fine appreciation of a remarkable life.
  17. The show isn't perfect--the female characters are weak, Graham can get a bit wild-eyed and the killings get progressively more bizarre. But creator Bryan Fuller has a good grip on the material and Mikkelsen sets a tone that's both chilling and intriguing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As actors, Stanford and Schull have to convince TV audiences that they are not dishing out reheated versions of the performances Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe did in the original. Thankfully, that's not the case and these two actors are quite compelling as a couple of lost souls trying desperately to make things right.
  18. The first four episodes contain more solid laughs than most sitcoms manage in a year. [13 Oct 2000]
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  19. Braugher is the rare actor who banks on control instead of pyrotechnics. And Ruben Blades gives him strong support as the hospital's administrator, Dr. Max Cabranes. [10 Oct 2000]
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  20. Not strange enough to be scary, but probably strange enough to be fun. [17 Sept 2002]
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  21. At first, it seems like your typical show from the CW, overstuffed with bushy-haired teens in a sci-fi situation. But after a while the series, based on a book by Kass Morgan, reveals influences ranging from “Lord of the Flies” to “Battlestar Galactica,” with more than a few hints of “The Hunger Games,” “Lost” and “1984” tossed in.
  22. [A] promising mix of urban decay, moral corruption and brutal betrayal that’s likely to fuel Sun.
  23. What The Newsroom lacks in vampires, serial killers and terrorist love affairs, it makes up for with topicality, intelligence and messy romances.
  24. Occasionally gory and suffused with black humor, there’s still a sunny sincerity to the show. Simply put, iZombie is death done cute.
  25. Showtime’s favorite psychopath is watching his life unravel. Again. Which is tough for Dexter but probably good for the audience.... Last year, the ship was righted as Deb disintegrated and Dexter found true love. Will this season bring justice, cheap thrills or a violent conclusion? Hopefully, all of the above.

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