The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

For 1,004 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 Sports Night: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 545
  2. Negative: 0 out of 545
545 tv reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is an utterly predictable comedy (what, you don't think Zack and Billie will fall in love in Season 2, right after he starts dating another chick and Billie has an epiphany?) that's got a few fun lines.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    He's funny in a familiar, tasteful way; that blunt edge promised in some of his promos never cuts through too much.
  1. The show's main strength is the admirable comic acting ability of Kelsey Grammer and decent wordsmithing by sitcom veteran Tucker Cawley. But even with those assets, Hank comes across as familiar and formulaic--something you don't mind watching but wouldn't go out of your way to see.
  2. It can be funny at times, like when a draft pick becomes part of a negotiated plea bargain in a criminal case. And there's no denying the strong chemistry among the little-known cast. At other times, though the one-dimensional humor wears thin and the guys nearly become parodies of themselves.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    So, it's inoffensive stuff. You won't learn much, but you'll get a few laughs, and while we tend to expect a bit more depth out of Seinfeld, there's far worse out there.
  3. Sure, there's a lot here that sustains more eye-rolling than interested stares, but a little patience might be warranted. Only with future episodes can Liars prove whether it's "Desperate Housewives" for tweens or just another trashy, pretty little error.
  4. Huge gets the details right, but the bigger picture can seem forced, with coincidence and pat resolutions.
  5. It's far from unwatchable, and there's potential in its leads, if they're left to their own devices. It's also possible that this middle-of-the-road sitcom will hit nostalgic buttons in former "Sabrina" and "Blossom" fans.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    From the evidence of the pilot, this show lives up to its premise quite squarely: It's a police procedural with a lot of chases, and its lead is thoroughly and consistently hot. But we don't know that much about any of these places, or any of the people doing the chasing, and it's not clear there's that much to know, either.
  6. Although titled The Defenders, there is no mistaking this stubbornly and unaccountably bland legal show for the bold CBS series of the 1960s with the same name.
  7. If you loathe Palin, well, Sarah Palin's Alaska will not change that. If you love Palin, there's probably plenty here to solidify your beliefs.
  8. When Bob's Burgers gets rolling and hints at the smarts that made Home Movies and Dr. Katz so good, it only makes you long for a distancing on the inane, easy-joke riffs that try to be "edgy."
  9. The result is a sometimes compelling, sometimes turgid program that feels equal parts emotional rescue and public relations coup.
  10. Upcoming episodes promises the kind of drama that [executive producer SallyAnn] Solsano has boasted of capturing in Italy: knockout blows, car crashes, arrests and more drunken hook-ups. In other words, welcome back to the Jersey Shore.
  11. How about less ghost, more Margo? That might help A Gifted Man become better than very average.
  12. The drama itself comes across as a hybrid public service announcement and after school special in which each line seems crafted for maximal symbolic impact. As a result it feels more like a heavy-handed therapy session.
  13. The show is a bold idea, and there's hope for the modern-world portions, but it doesn't quite know what it is (or maybe it does, but the audience won't).
  14. There's no shortage of problems on Monster In-Laws, and the explosive promos for the show would lead you to believe that it will turn out to be little more than a Basketball Wives scream-fest in family form. Instead, producers Brent Montgomery (Pawn Stars) and Courtney Montgomery (What the Sell?!) have mercifully opted for the therapy model of reality television.
  15. There's a nagging suspicion that Hell on Wheels, created by Tony and Joe Gayton, doesn't quite know what it wants to be, which may explain why after four hours it seems like a collection of ideas that haven't quite gelled.
  16. There's not much payoff to the premise. Which is a real shame, because there's a good show here somewhere
  17. What Animals is trying to do is take The West Wing and turn it into Dallas. And if you don't like Dallas, that can be a real letdown.
  18. Like a lot of pilots, Animal Practice is messy, and if you don't like the monkey, well, you're probably not coming back.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though in this inaugural episode the easygoing personalities of the celebrities and the respect everyone shows each other is nice, no one seems able to admit to anger or frustration or any of the other real emotions that bond an audience to the competitors.
  19. Copper has the same problems that AMC's Hell on Wheels does, which is that there's an excellent show there somewhere, just not on the screen.
  20. The series still can't get liftoff because it seems like a limp copy.
  21. Perhaps the worst offense by 666 is that it's not even an ounce scary.
  22. The hour goes by fairly quickly, but it's neither overtly scary nor overtly funny, and mixing those tones is very hard indeed.
  23. If the purpose of the series is to explore a sub-culture lifestyle foreign to most Americans, Discovery's quasi-documentary approach (with educational explanations about Amish community structure, at least in the first episode) does a fair job of covering that. But Hot Snakes Media, who produced the series--and also helmed the controversial Breaking Amish--can't seem to help themselves in adding a kind of "...gone wild!" tag to the end of the endeavor, obliterating anything that feels informational.
  24. There are aspects of Southie Rules that are fun, but ultimately it feels as hollow as an emptied tin of meatballs.
  25. Rather than a self-portrait, this is a scrupulously processed diptych.

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