The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

For 1,123 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 603
  2. Negative: 0 out of 603
603 tv reviews
  1. This new NBC time-travel drama is fairly mind-blowing and harrowing, laying out a preposterous scenario that it makes feel nonetheless believable.
  2. With Life's Too Short, he [Ricky Gervais] again delivers.
  3. Some of the sharpest political satire on the small screen.
  4. Even those who don’t have such a personal connection to the series will be captivated by the documentary.
  5. If people stay with it, what they'll find are exceptional performances, some truly fine writing and a premise, by virtue of being complicated, that could unspool some really interesting plotlines.
  6. So, during the course of three episodes, there's not much sucking up, enough dissing to keep the whole thing honest, tons of magnificent cars, fast driving and enough goofiness to make this Top Gear get off the line without any mishaps.
  7. The humorous moments are all the more precious because life is so tough in this engrossing series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exec producer James Hayman understands the importance of understatement, portraying God with a light touch but a solemn purpose. Equally important, he smoothly shifts the story's tone, going from dark and menacing to wryly skeptical, as the story dictates. [26 Sept 2003]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  8. But even as the cop genre seems beyond saturation, along comes TNT's Memphis Beat, a series with a fresh character in a fresh environment with a fresh look and sound that proves, against all odds, that good actors and agile execution trump format every time.
  9. Sure enough, HBO's "Recount" is replete with inside politics. But it also has well-written characters, first-class acting and confident directing, which produces a level of tension and suspense you wouldn’t expect in a story about a widely reported recent event.
  10. You come away from the show having broadened your understanding for a sector of, yes, American life that you may not have had much contact with before. By the standards of the genre, that's about as good as it gets.
  11. "Life" makes the ordinary extraordinary and along the way makes the world seem wider, bigger and an eternally more interesting place to be.
  12. We get the feeling Grier is much more concerned with scoring a laugh than raising an issue, which makes his well-placed jabs all the more clever.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lurking behind the surface of this raucous comedy is an astute meditation on the promise and peril of leading an unconventional life, something about which aspiring actors know a thing or two.
  13. The good news is that Halt and Catch Fire is a triumphant pilot with excellent writing, impressive acting and a noteworthy cinematic visual style. ... But ultimately that means nothing until we see the next episode. And the one after that. And the one after that. So take this early praise with that caveat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If all of this sounds a tad far-fetched, it is. But the amazing thing is that - among the quaint setting, the particularly endearing cast and exec producer Greg Berlanti's sweet, engaging script, crammed with little surprises - this turns out to be a really pleasant ride. If there is a single new drama this season with multigenerational appeal, this is it. [16 Sept 2002]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  14. Credit Anfanger and Jacobson with quickly establishing a connection as the clueless brothers with big cinematic dreams. And, of course, credit Comedy Central with keeping up its streak.
  15. It could be argued that Fox has pulled off something even more remarkable with the debut of the less-than-thrillingly titled Traffic Light, a romantic comedy whose concept was imported from Israel: because it is both funny and remarkably realistic.
  16. Code is not a game-changer in a genre that likely won't be changed again for some time, but judging by the first three episodes it's already gripping television and Fox has found a competitive new drama.
  17. If the first two episodes are any indication, not only is the series not missing a beat, it's actually growing into itself to allow new storytelling possibilitie
  18. It is smartly written, particularly well-cast and a worthy vehicle for Louis-Dreyfus and her high-energy comedy.
  19. The pilot is funny, Meloni holds the whole thing together and even the voice over works--despite there needing to be, at the very least, a five season moratorium on that little conceit.
  20. Although episodes are self-contained, each has a clue that points to the overall involvement of a shadowy, giant corporation, Massive Dynamics. Combine these elements with solid special effects and confident direction and you get some heavy-duty counterprogramming to ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
  21. The real attraction is seeing some of the best work yet from Cross and Arnett, which is truly saying something given their resumes.
  22. The good news is that Kimmy is already really good; in the first six episodes, each one gets better as it goes (though the pilot is particularly strong).
  23. To longtime fans, much of this material and many of the anecdotes will be familiar. But folded together in this wide-ranging assembly they make for an emotional appreciation of a singular artist.
  24. The series, a feast for the eyes, boasts stellar performances and a historically authentic aura but only occasional flashes of the kind of action and suspense you might expect from such a period piece.
  25. There is a universality to "IT" that makes at least some of it instantly relatable. Ayoade, O'Dowd and Parkinson are terrific as employees who want only to keep their jobs but not let them interfere with their personal lives.
  26. Thus far, Feig and his collaborators have found the right balance of humor and gravity for this celestial comedy.
  27. While each episode builds dramatic tension as initial tips and drug dealing arrests inevitably lead to the promise of taking down a major cartel shipment, the personalities of the members of the narcotics team prove just as engaging.

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