The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

For 1,486 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Brotherhood: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Mixology: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 793
  2. Negative: 0 out of 793
793 tv reviews
  1. One of the new offerings that stands out from the pack is ABC's coming-of-age series, The Goldbergs, which is fueled partly by nostalgia, partly by the great Jeff Garlin's constant yelling and partly out of some outstanding writing. A strong cast doesn't hurt, either.
  2. It's a smart and often funny look at young people looking for love and professional satisfaction in Los Angeles, which is about as common a genre as TV has to offer these days. But taken in the totality of the TV landscape, Rae's voice is one that wasn't being heard and that voice is what makes Insecure stand out, not necessarily as better than the Emmy winners or critical favorites in the field, but as gratifyingly distinguishable.
  3. This is one of the rare situation comedies that relies almost entirely on situations, each of which is more bizarre than the next and at the same time perfectly plausible. It's almost too good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully rendered as the series is, there's a high-concept conflation of the two shows here in the way it marries the mob melodrama of "Sopranos" with "Mad's" period fetishism. It's a savvy programming strategy but robs Boardwalk of a certain freshness that would otherwise elevate it to the same echelon as those TV classics.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not pretty, and it contains lots of profanity in word and thought ... but it's bound to attract attention and, with luck, lots of hard-core fans. [3 Nov 1995]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  4. The series begins to find its pacing not long after, and we see the strength of Moura’s acting, which to his credit never races, in the early going, toward over-the-top menace or the drug-lord cliches we're all used to at this point. Credit also the fact that Padilha brings a documentary feel to Narcos.
  5. She is all over the map and that's precisely what's refreshing about her. What the world needs now is not another over-stylized, super-slick talk show.
  6. The Challenger Disaster adeptly uses its story time by leaning on Hurt to at once capture Feynman’s brilliance and captivating personality while also showing that Feynman’s own sense of compressed mortality and his adherence to scientific truth helped stop what could have been a whitewash.
  7. Seriously, one day, NBC will be run like a real network--and bask in the fact that our Pawnee pals have returned, and there are plenty of excellent episodes in store.
  8. On a night-by-night basis, Roots works the tricky balance between misery and uplift. Even if it can't tap into the sui generis newness of the original, the miniseries is often brutal and harrowing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a fine little show, a teenage comedy that's bright, witty and filled with laughs and smiles high-school style, much more than one of those silly teen sitcoms that too often passes for series programming. It's slightly sexy, fun and funny, filled with the kind of personality that could turn it into a solid Saturday night hit. [3 Mar 1994]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  9. A canny revamp, well-lit and visually eye-popping in a shadowy-neon way that hints at the old with several familiar faces while showcasing newcomers including redheaded Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.
  10. A dynamic, vivid, well-acted look at two major 20th century writers who shared wars on the battlefront and at home.
  11. Oxygen's entertaining new spinoff reflects well on the blockbuster franchise and illuminates the pressures faced by talented kids on the brink of showbiz success.
  12. Although the premiere could be more energetic, there's enough going on to coax you to revisit the Buffkins. Hephner shows genuine star potential with his portrayal of brooding Morgan, the moral center of the show. His performance is reason enough to keep watching, though others also stand out.
  13. IFC's new 10-episode, late-night original comedy Z Rock is effortlessly, genuinely hilarious.
  14. Directed with aplomb by Mat Whitecross, who periodically decides, in the course of this four-hour feast, to stop making a movie about a man and instead make a Bond movie, Fleming is the kind of movie that winks at you constantly and you never get annoyed by the intimations.
  15. Better Things isn't groundbreaking when judged merely as a single-mom sitcom, but it finds its freshness in how Adlon examines it in her personal world; the stories and struggles are familiar even though they are contained within a world most people aren't part of, and she makes whatever daily struggles she faces with her family relatable.
  16. Mostly Moone Boy is a coming-of-age story for a kid probably not yet equipped to battle the real world. But there’s so much humor and sweet-but-not-sacharrine moments (and absurdity), that it’s the kind of coming-of-age story you can’t wait to see Martin (and O’Dowd) experience together.
  17. Life's clean, clear storytelling is worth a go-around.
  18. Even more than Murdock in Daredevil, Jessica Jones dominates the proceedings in the show that bears her name--and thanks to Rosenberg and Ritter, the first season is well on its way to delivering.
  19. Keeping it in the family, so to speak, could rejuvenate Orphan Black if you thought it maybe needed it. For everybody else who remained joyfully entertained by the story and by Maslany's many roles, this slight rejiggering does clear up some distractions and brings back fond memories of season one when this show was such a revelation.
  20. Fun to watch, cleverly written and filled with engaging characters.
  21. After going from the humble creation of Superman to the filmic juggernauts like Avengers, those with a growing interest in the world of comics should leave satisfied with their new knowledge, while veteran fans will likely be drawn in by a strong sense of nostalgia, particularly given the ample amount of archival footage.
  22. There's a strong supporting cast, including Loretta Devine as Stone's no-nonsense secretary, but the big attraction is Miller's Stone and his transformation from heartless corporate lawyer to protector of the little guy.
  23. Becoming Us, which is successful both as education and entertainment, vividly demonstrates that although some of Ben’s issues are unique, many are typical.
  24. What works in the early going of season two is that the fall is almost always more thrilling, if not engaging, than the buildup. Escobar senses the loss of power and Moura does some of his best work as viewers read the worry and interior thinking on his face.
  25. As it stands after two entertaining episodes, there's a lot that Agent Carter can do going forward. It already feels like a series, and if it can keep that up--plus highlight the hell out of Hayley Atwell--then a second season should come easy.
  26. It has chills and humor and the ability to take a procedural story and twist it.
  27. Boston’s Finest is a sleek and engaging work that is a world away from Southie Rules or even Cops, but it fits in perfectly with TNT's love of Law & Order.

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