The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

For 1,161 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The West Wing: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 623
  2. Negative: 0 out of 623
623 tv reviews
  1. By the second episode, 1600 Penn neatly has found its compass on how to be a show about the first family and how to define the ensemble.
  2. The Ex List is one of those rare new season surprises that consistently charms straight out of the box, boasting a clever premise (borrowed from Israeli television) and a disarmingly appealing lead in Elizabeth Reaser (a recurring player on "Grey's Anatomy").
  3. Khouri's strong writing and sense of character prove the show is no mere soap--does an excellent job of identifying them [storylines] without spending too much time on them.
  4. The good news for Sons Of Anarchy fans is that series creator Kurt Sutter leaves no doubt that he's put the series back on solid ground in Season 4 and, in turn, delivers all of the larger-than-life storytelling that viewers mop up.
  5. It takes what's great about the WTF podcast--Maron's smarts, his profound love of and understanding of comedy and the people who perform it--and adds a scripted, fictional element where Sally Kellerman can play his mother and Judd Hirsch can play his father and a bevy of real-life comics and friends can stop by to mingle the two worlds and it all works out marvelously and hilariously.
  6. Two episodes NBC made available to critics prove this series is ready to scale even higher comedic heights and that the brightest spot on the planet is not the light atop the Luxor but the writers' room of 30 Rock.
  7. A nice combination of brains and belly laughs and a solid addition to the CBS comedy block on Monday nights.
  8. It is a terrific springboard to a series that is appealing--even compelling--in a variety of ways.
  9. The star also is the writer, director and editor, does a much better job of translating Louis C.K.'s wit and comic irreverence to a weekly series. It deserves to catch on, though it's back-and-forth style might make it a tougher sell to viewersc
  10. In tone, Alpha House tacks much more closely to Veep but it shares certain elements with House of Cards as well, most notably the superb camerawork and smart writing.
  11. OWN has tapped into an often uncomfortable, always entertaining in-progress drama that keeps you guessing.
  12. Heroes of Cosplay is a worthy journey into a world few may be familiar with.
  13. In the second season, some novelty has inevitably worn off, but Dexter is, if anything, more of a paradox and remains one of the most compelling characters on TV.
  14. HBO's Too Big to Fail is mesmerizing and, if you can call watching an economics lesson from hell entertaining, then yes, it's entertaining.
  15. A pretty gritty and compelling drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's reliable pleasure to be had in watching an increasingly embarrassed and panicky Larry rush from one self-created crisis to another until, wham, he steps on a figurative steel trap and suddenly realizes he'll probably have to gnaw off his leg if he's ever going to escape the hell he's made for himself.
  16. Hotwives is knowing and funny, and a great showcase for many talented comedians who both star in it and appear as guests.
  17. The series, from Liese's Herizon Prods. and New Line Television, is remarkable for the way it compresses time and hones in on pivotal moments.
  18. What's different--and refreshing--about ABC's No Ordinary Family is that the efforts made to convince you that the Powells are normal, while entirely sincere, don't last long. Their supposed normalcy disintegrates into something more fun and potentially more compelling well before the pilot's end credits begin to roll.
  19. There's enough to like about this series to hope for its return later in the season. [3 Aug 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  20. With its large ensemble cast and frequent flashbacks--visiting and revisiting events that occurred from 23 minutes to 13 months in the past--watching Event is like riding a contraption that is half time machine and half bumper car.
  21. Although this Valley is too deep at times, there are enough elements to provide a fun, action-packed experience.
  22. Both Emerson and Caviezel are compelling and the way Nolan and Abrams have constructed the look (lots of nourish far-away shots in crowded streets, a sense of contained doom in an urban city) bodes well. That alone is worth the investment.
  23. Better dense than dumb, however, and the move by Black Sails into something unexpected--better acted and better written than you might have guessed--is its own little treasure.
  24. The pilot is one of those good-not-great propositions that many pilots are, particularly those trying to establish a complex world.
  25. As first nights go, this was a winner for Corden.... This is very much a show under construction.
  26. Arrow, proves to be both on-brand and entertaining--if you turn off the snark detector and downplay the need for plausibility or logic.
  27. A slick and earnest soap about rival families in South Florida.
  28. Silly, sophomoric stuff that is sure to please its television audience.
  29. A surprising drama about ethics, aiming to be more than a mere montage of climaxing clients.

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