The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

For 1,134 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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Frozen Planet: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 609
  2. Negative: 0 out of 609
609 tv reviews
  1. The premise of an attractive group of friends living and loving in the Big Apple is not exactly a novel idea, but there's always room for a series that resonates with a distinctive new take, a unique perspective or memorable characters. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
  2. All series need time to discover their strengths and weaknesses, and this is no exception. However, this show starts with a foundation of solid character comedy, which bodes well for the future.
  3. The pilot is clever in a number of places and the banter is quick.... Like Modern Family, which it seems to be aping, The Michael J. Fox show is big on hugs and syrup in the end notes, but that can be overlooked if what precedes it has enough right angles. Unfortunately, the second episode--which airs directly after the pilot tonight--is a complete and utter mess.
  4. It's an entirely different vibe, further enhanced by a charismatic and quirky central character who is both unpredictable and impossible to pigeonhole. Given a chance to develop, Detective Charlie Crews could someday take a place with the likes of Kojak, Columbo and Monk.
  5. A cooking match that has been seen so many times before in one form or another.
  6. The main reason to watch can only be Holly Hunter.... Although she's a prisoner of the material, her performance is so good that it can distract you from this otherwise simplistic take on a complex issue.
  7. It's perfect summer television--just turn off the excess brain cells and let Agent Walker do the seduction, and the shooting, for you.
  8. With Life's Too Short, he [Ricky Gervais] again delivers.
  9. It's dismissible juvenilia ... a collection of poorly paced, lowest-common-denominator setups that are not even sophomorically funny or scatologically goofy. [13 Aug 1997]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  10. The pilot is solid but 22 minutes with this kind of cast and concept barely leaves any room to decipher whether or not you want to spend one night a week with these people.
  11. In the end, the series itself is something fresh, welcome and a little tart -- and just like a nice citrus fruit, it'll be hard to stop with just one of these.
  12. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s got some scares and some action and plenty of secrets to unveil.
  13. Ramsay naturally creates drama wherever he goes, and despite a few forced scenarios, the fly-on-the-wall editing smoothly and engagingly creates narratives amid the chaos.
  14. Sci-fi purists might find it the taste of CBS' "Threshold" disconcerting, but for the rest of us, this is scary fun and suspenseful dramedy.
  15. It is smartly written, particularly well-cast and a worthy vehicle for Louis-Dreyfus and her high-energy comedy.
  16. Does that make sense? If not, well, Revolution doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's a lot of fun.
  17. It takes nothing away from this genuinely talented group of kids to express even greater admiration for the promotion and marketing.
  18. Despite some jitters, Conan looked comfortable in his new domain. He had nervous energy to spare, but then again he does most nights.
  19. It’s a pretty great first hour and if they can keep up the suspense before changing direction, it might be a feat worth watching every week.
  20. There is hope that Better might turn into a solid series: the writing is smart and patient, and dialogue wed to Casey's good-guy dopiness lands well.
  21. Yes, a lot of Taylor goes an awfully little way, "Home Improvement" being a genuinely unfunny transmission devoid of anything much akin to what might remotely be categorized as humor. [17 Sep 1991]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  22. 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.
  23. So far, sort of good: twists in the tale, the doink-doink sound, few if any establishing shots. But the series takes a truly unfortunate turn when it follows the villains around, giving away the whodunit and scattering the tension to the Santa Ana winds.
  24. Although no half-hour TV series is going to capture the visual splendor and sophisticated sound of the big-screen experience, it's surprising how well this series reflects the style, attitude, ideals and spirit of the six "Star Wars" films.
  25. Viewers should try to connect with Touch. There's something intriguing about it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Abrams and company, including Kodjoe and Mbatha-Raw, who possess chemistry but lack sufficient charm and delivery, must find some way to jump-start this misfire before it fades into obscurity, or before Abrams shifts his focus to the forthcoming mystery production "Super 8," which hints at a more intriguing fusion of "Lost" and "Cloverfield."
  26. Lilyhammer is an odd little series with potential.
  27. True Blood, with its constant profanity, gore and banal cruelty, will have a limited appeal. It might become appointment viewing for genre fans even as the rest of us steer clear of Bon Temps.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dramatic series that is steamy, provocative and filled with smart dialogue and richly drawn characters, none of whom are entirely predictable. [15 Jan 2004]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  28. House of Lies is giving him (and the rest of the actors) something fresh and different to devour, which makes it a show you need to consult with.

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