The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

For 1,735 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Northern Exposure: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 926
  2. Negative: 0 out of 926
926 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Some of the character are so impressively conceived and fleshed out that they ignite the material. Brown’s work proves that Ridley’s material can be generationally spot-on and gender-specific.
  3. Through four episodes, the new season of American Crime is another tantalizing dip into a dozen intellectual pots and once again, this is both enriching and frustrating, though more of the former than the latter.
  4. The [late night] terrain is still forming, but there's a clear place for Full Frontal after this assured, effective debut.
  5. The series is excellent, absorbing and addictive. When each episode ends, you long for the next--a hallmark of great dramas.
  6. Ambitious? As always. And if the first few episodes are any indication, tighter, even more evocative and as lush and lovingly constructed as possible when conveying the plight of the forgotten.
  7. A wonderfully engaging combination of comedy and drama that could succeed simply on the passion of its characters and the strength of the performances. But the show also boasts intelligent dialogue and a willingness to grapple with thorny issues, both personal and professional. [21 Sept 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  8. The Dresser may not be for everyone. It's intimate--in the sense of being both small and intensely personal; it taps into a niche (these are not movie stars); it's all about the power of Shakespeare; it reads, despite the flourishes that Eyre makes as a director to keep it dimensional, as a play shot as a TV movie; and its pacing is odd, but enjoyable.
  9. Breaking Bad is indeed so flat-out superb it appears to be operating at a different level than just about everybody else save AMC's own "Mad Men" and maybe a couple of shows over at FX.
  10. Girls kicks off its second season even more assured of itself, able to deftly work strands of hard-earned drama into the free-flowing comedic moments of four postcollege girls trying to find their way in life.
  11. Episodes build to key revelations or legal turning points and they sometimes exceed the standard hour boundaries and as propulsive as episodes are, they feel substantive, but also still trimmable. The series has an urgency, but in that urgency there's also an occasional sloppiness.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. This isn't a documentary that has occasional exciting patches. It's a thriller that occasionally does the wonky work of a documentary. It's an episode of Narcos only it's apparently real and chances are good you'll appreciate all of these glimpses into a clandestine and personal world we're not supposed to be seeing without getting hung up on how we came to be seeing it.
  15. While the music of Mike Post makes its insistent point, complementing Franz's fine crafting of a hyper-real portrait of a public servant that's effective in a heightened way, NYPD's overall impact is all too self-consciously wrought to engender quieter, deeper aspects that would truly flesh out the fictional lives assayed here. [21 Sept 1993]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  16. Even those who don’t have such a personal connection to the series will be captivated by the documentary.
  17. The pilot is flat-out brilliant ... It’s the best, most wide-appeal show that HBO has had in ages.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After more than a year away, Rescue Me is still a compelling drama, full of strong writing and skillful acting, but it's the show's mix of redemption and ruin that genuinely sets it apart from the pack.
  18. Revisiting the series and overcoming the early obstacles was, indeed, rewarding. Not every plot twist is original or even believable, but the second season only solidifies how impressive the whole Happy Valley world is.
  19. Though it may be sloppy and inconsistent at times, Flint Town also looks beautiful.
  20. Pace and Anna Friel, who plays Chuck, his childhood sweetheart, are as charming as ever. Even better, their relationship is evolving. Yet another encouraging sign is that the first few episodes promise significant involvement from one of TV's best supporting casts.
  21. Fellowes has a stronger hold on telling the individual tales of his well-drawn characters, and that pinpoint focus utterly redeems the series early on.
  22. 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.
  23. While it always bears watching how well Kohan’s shows keep on the rails over the course of their run, season three of Orange kicks off as impressively, confidently and excellently as ever.
  24. There's an obvious familiarity to the subject matter, but with National Treasure, Thorne never makes it seem rote, boring or insignificant.
  25. Smart and audacious.
  26. 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finally! A cop show devoted fully to the investigation and to the characters doing the investigating. It's not just all about the lab work.
  27. This very first episode has so much information in it that the first 15 or so minutes seem like a study course and might prove slow to some folks as Tyson diligently starts explaining the solar system piece by piece. But Cosmos picks up with the help of executive producer Brannon Braga’s sci-fi touches and some early animation that follows the plight of Giordana Bruno.
  28. It’s a charming and decidedly salty series.

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