The Lincoln Journal Star's Scores

  • TV
For 130 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 79% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Catch: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Secrets and Lies: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 93
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 93
  3. Negative: 0 out of 93
93 tv reviews
  1. The Brink is whip-smart, featuring actors who know how to play comedy. This one’s a joy to watch.
  2. Just as Gilligan routinely did with “Breaking Bad,” the first episode ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, and another pleasant surprise. It’ll make you wish 9 p.m. Monday comes quickly.
  3. This is one you will want to binge-watch. It’s a thrill ride from the onset.
  4. With the recent Ebola scare, the show’s premise is timely. Plus, it’s a trippy, roller coaster ride as we learn, along with Cole and Cassandra, who is responsible for killing 7 billion people.
  5. The Detour is sharply written--Jones and Bee co-wrote the pilot--and uses flashbacks to help progress storylines. It’s dark at times, and, at other times completely and hilariously over the top.
  6. The story will grab you, as we slowly see the animals begin asserting their control and the humans at a total loss as to what to do about it.
  7. This one’s super funny, especially the scenes featuring Winters and Duhamel together. Talk about chemistry.
  8. Creator/executive producer Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”) serves up a dark, edgy, violent and, at times, gruesome series that has some teeth to it.
  9. The joy here is watching Crystal and Gad play off each other. Their scenes together are a hoot, with each having no problem lampooning the other, or themselves, for that matter.
  10. These episodes will stick with you long after watching them.
  11. Absurd is the best way to describe the Zach Galifianakis-fronted comedy, like absurdly funny, the way “Portlandia” is on IFC.
  12. [Bobby Cannavale's] performance is something to behold. Music, not surprisingly, is the driving force here, used creatively and effectively in scene transitions, as scene setters and in performances.
  13. You expect Fargo to be dark, funny and quirky. But, darn it, if it doesn’t pull at the heartstrings, too.
  14. Pulling it all together is the cast. Cooper is fierce and weathered, Negga is spunky smart and Gilgun is just a joy to watch and hear, with that thick Irish accent of his.
  15. This is the best new show of the summer.
  16. Gaffigan is a master of self-deprecation, and the jokes here, at his expense, come fast and furious. The banter between Gaffigan and the supporting characters is extremely well orchestrated.
  17. The pilot is a trip, with Thornton’s character leaving four bodies in his wake--three of whom he dispatched himself. Each meets his end in an unusual, dramatic and somewhat humorous fashion. It’s just the kind of thing you’d expect from a Coen brothers' product.
  18. What makes Penny click is the chemistry among the characters, especially the psychic and the gunslinger, who end up seducing the viewer with their seductive encounters. They make you forget this is an action show
  19. The joy here is watching Grammer and Lawrence trade barbs (and there are a bunch of them).
  20. [Enos is] kind of fun, especially when she’s matching wits with the veteran Krause. And Krause is perfect. He’s smooth, suave and charming. You’re rooting as much for him to elude Enos as you are for Enos to catch him. Let’s hope this chase lasts awhile.
  21. The Kings’ clever summer horror thriller.
  22. It’s the kind of show that sits with you long after it’s over.
  23. The drama is quite riveting.
  24. While Geere and Cash are razor sharp, the supporting cast are just as entertaining, if not more so.
  25. The wide-eyed Ahmed is perfect as the naive young man who can’t seem to make a right decision. That is until he agrees to let Turturro’s Jack Stone help him. And Turturro hits the right notes as the cynical attorney who has his work cut out for him.
  26. The series is fun, scary and a perfect tribute to the era, including the spot-on hairdos and clothes.
  27. The good news is the limited series is just as entertaining.
  28. There are times when the dialogue is rough and doesn’t flow quite right, but not enough to overshadow the humor. Ansari has a gem of a show here.
  29. This one’s worth watching for Richard Dreyfus’ performance as the scheming con man, Bernie Madoff.
  30. Bloodline unfolds like a good novel. It’s so well acted, that like a good book, it’s hard to stay away from it

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