The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

For 53 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 My So-Called Life: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Uncle Buck: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
29 tv reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hell's Kitchen is a cut above the rest of the current crop of reality shows because of its unique approach and, of course, the bombastic host. [30 Jul 2005]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The script crackles with fast, literate humour and deft satire of both yuppie careerists and pretentious, bohemian avant-garde types. Very adult and much more clever than the plot synopsis suggests. [5 Sep 1992]
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  1. Easily the best show about the teen experience TV has yet produced.[25 Aug 1994]
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  2. It is simply astonishing to find the police procedural as cleverly reinvented as it is in River, and with such wry, poignant force. It is brilliantly done, a little masterpiece of entertainment raised to the level of grave, heartbreaking storytelling.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I've seen only the first hour and I'm hooked...Murder One looks vastly entertaining. [19 Sept 1995]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kelley has always had the rare talent of making his TV characters seem like real human beings, with all the flaws and contradictions and insecurities that makes us mortals so mortal. In Ally McBeal, he has taken that skill to a new level, creating a smart and sometimes daring series that is unlike any other on TV. [26 Sep 1997]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is not necessary ... to be a student of British politics to appreciate the script, acting and direction of this intricate and addictive series. [30 Mar 1991]
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  3. Marvellous, goofy fun. [8 Jan 2000]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gifted, wickedly witty ensemble that writes and performs with tasteless abandon. In a wonderfully varied series of skits first broadcast on HBO, these comically vicious brats express unrestrained glee in sending up homosexuals and homophobes, welfare-mother bingo addicts, religious nuts ("naked for Jesus"), beer commercials and May-December romances. [29 Nov 1988]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Has the potential to be the best new sitcom in at least a couple of seasons. [15 Oct 1988]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to much of what passes for comedy (and drama) in prime time, North ern Exposure is wonderful. The writers rarely condescend and they seem to assume (Oh, heresy!) that there are some intelligent people watching television. [8 Apr 1991]
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  4. 24 is its usual self - a terrific mix of doom-laden thriller and workplace drama. [7 Jan 2005]
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  5. As events unfold, they unfold with humour and, sometimes, extreme goofiness. This ain't a typical new TV drama of this season. There are no grim lawyers and cops muttering forensics babble. It's all about the women and their wit. With five juicy roles for women and all five leading ladies in top form, it's a lot of fun. [1 Oct 2004]
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  6. This third season promises to be delicious. The first episode is wickedly funny and warped. [22 Sep 2006]
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  7. I'm persuaded the [Star Trek franchise] has truly entered adulthood for the first time. ... The show does what all good science fiction should, which is to offer an allegory of the present and a model for the future. [7 Jan 1993]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It demands your attention to keep the many plot threads from tangling, and at times requires a strong stomach, but you never know what to expect next, and that beats the ridiculous reality series seen on every other channel. Give me gore over gonzo any day. [27 Aug 2005, p.8]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Always unpredictable... It's by turns sophomoric and dazzlingly original. [14 Feb 1998]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maybe it's the heat, but it's difficult to imagine anyone disliking Dancing With the Stars, so far the most entertaining new series of TV's off-season. [22 Jun 2005]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You might call Ed a sentimental comedy, soft rather than biting, with the mushy sensibility of a going-home show like Providence turned into an amusing Jell-O salad. Or looked at from another angle - the simple innocence of an Adam Sandler movie, but with brains instead of body functions. [6 Oct 2000, p.R2]
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  8. The pilot is full of feel-good bounce, but it's more than froth. This is good American television drama. Lacking the clockwork precision of the contemporary American movie, it has nuance and allows for an emotional richness. Better, it does the audience a favour by introducing a sly sense of fun. [30 Sept 2000, p.10]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even couched in a traditional sitcom format that feels deliberately out-of-date - I Love Lucy crossed with Burns and Allen - Bette perfectly exploits Midler's awkward relationship with fame. [11 Oct 2000, p.R2]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fairly adult in tone and the comedy is a little offbeat. [5 Sep 1992]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Romano has an easy-to-like style, a knowing wit delivered without Seinfeld's sharp ironic edges. This could be a sleeper hit. [14 Sep 1996]
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    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dinotopia sucked as a sweeping miniseries; it works much better as an hourly adventure. [23 Nov 2002]
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  9. Medium is well-made, slick and, at times, achieves a sense of the macabre. [4 Jan 2005]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a likeable enough show, handsomely produced and acted and shot through with intelligence, humor and sentimentality. If it is as true to the times as it promises to be, the show could be a big hit with audiences in their mid-30s. [17 March 1998]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it doesn't stint on action... the emphasis is more on character and plot. Add some urbane dialogue, solid performances and Boston as the novel setting, and Spenser may find its audience. [7 Sep 1985]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One of the best of the new crop of sitcoms, a sort of low-rent, anti-glamour Friends, featuring a sharp-witted, likable and hilariously self-deprecating guy. [13 Sep 1995]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Well written, cast and acted, and definitely entertaining even though it breaks no new ground. [4 Mar 1997]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It can't quite decide whether to reach for the smaller, literate audience or appeal to the crowd that needs a laugh track to appreciate a Chevy Chase pratfall. ... Still, there are some good sharp laughs despite the more obvious digs. [14 Nov 1988]
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  10. The Guardian is a chilling, state-of-America show, pointedly devoted to the question, "What is a meaningful life?" Simon Baker is galvanizing as the hero, intense and hard to read. This is what he's meant to be, but as to whether The Guardian and this tortured angel of a corporate lawyer will be a hit with viewers, it is impossible to say in these days of war and retribution. [25 Sept 2001, p.R2]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The results are decidedly mixed in tonight's two-hour pilot, but this is a fairly serious effort that succeeds in stimulating interest because it tries to look at the war from a feminine (feminist?) perspective. [26 Apr 1988]
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  11. A better-than-average mob saga that plays out as an epic of family longings, murder and corruption. ... Falcone is no Sopranos, but it's a so-so alternative. [1 Apr 2000]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is as slick as prime-time gets, a clever amalgam of TV drama and Broadway musical. ... Still, it seems a shame that so much writing, acting and musical talent is being devoted to such tired and simplistic polemics. [26 Sep 1990]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Gabriel Byrne is easy to watch in his sitcom debut, but there's far too much sensitive maleness on display and too few laughs from the conflicted Madigan men. [6 Oct 2000, p.R2]
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  12. It's a strange blend of piety and precious family drama. [26 Sept 2003, p.R2]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The cultural clash contains a wealth of comic possibilities and kids may well take to the show although I found it rather predictable. [10 Sept 1990]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Decidedly glutinous, non-nutritious dramatic fare with a high white-bread factor in that seven of the eight main characters are Caucasian and four of the five women are blondes. [8 July 1992]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Without the aid of a fast-forward button, I simply wouldn't have been able to watch it from beginning to end. But I think my 4-year-old would like it. [11 Mar 1994]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It may be just dumb and obvious enough to succeed. [21 Mar 1995]
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  13. It is enthralling if your thing is dizzying visuals, rapid-fire dialogue and overblown acting. It's the sort of show that makes people wonder about American network TV. It's empty-headed and flashy, and there's not much going on. It's terrific piffle, fascinating to watch as an example of the state of TV storytelling, even as it only feigns sizzle and sass. [22 Sept 2003, p.R2]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The ... special effects are impressive enough and the cast is likeable, so maybe it will catch on with new and old fans. But for character development and true excitement, Bowling for Dollars is more interesting. [1 Oct 1987]
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    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    [Bullock]'s not even remotely believable as a blue-collar kid. [16 Apr 1990]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The two most prominent Dukes are Tom Wopat and John Schneider, two musclebound amateurs who probably won their new jobs because they look like John Travolta and Andy Gibb without brains. The sex interest is Catherine Bach, who is built along the lines of Dolly Parton, apparently the only necessary qualification. [5 Feb 1979]
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    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There isn't very much to The Biggest Loser. This could be the lowest-rung TV format ever devised: A reality show about people on a diet. [19 Oct 2004]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Ritter, in his Three's Company days, played a career womanizer and there are a few laughs watching him on the other side of the door. A few laughs as in three, but not company enough. [14 Sep 2002]
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    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Tries hard to be wacky and blandly goofy but misfired jokes outnumber the few laughs. [5 Sep 1992]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It stinks. ... Dumb, sexist humour abounds. [5 Sep 1992]
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  14. If the networks keep up this pattern of releasing dreck before the usual start of the TV season, it will have a record number of cancellations by Canadian Thanksgiving. [1 Sept 2004, p.R2]
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  15. Joey Tribbiani is, incredibly, even more irritating when he's freed from his friends in New York and moves to L.A. ... Joey is a lame, hollow and utterly unoriginal show. [9 Sep 2004]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It is the show that just won't go away. ... It's a seedier version of Star Search or Ted Mack's Amateur Hour. Those were corny showcases for fledgling talent. American Idol is a study in nastiness. [27 Aug 2002]
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    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    It is as distasteful and morally offensive as anything we've seen in the new season's roster of so-called comedy and entertainment. [10 Sept 1990]
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    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    I'm not sure who's watching this dreary dance competition, and less sure why. ... So You Think You Can Dance is Fox's failed attempt to attach American Idol-esque importance to the dance genre. It tries for glittery glamour but is dragged down in procedure. Dancing with the Stars made dancing look fun, which I've always thought was the idea. [17 Aug 2005]
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