The Lincoln Journal Star's Scores

  • TV
For 56 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 24: Live Another Day
Lowest review score: 16 Secrets and Lies: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
  3. Negative: 0 out of 38
38 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. This one’s super funny, especially the scenes featuring Winters and Duhamel together. Talk about chemistry.
  4. These episodes will stick with you long after watching them.
  5. This is the best new show of the summer.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. The joy here is watching Grammer and Lawrence trade barbs (and there are a bunch of them).
  9. It’s the kind of show that sits with you long after it’s over.
  10. The drama is quite riveting.
  11. The good news is the limited series is just as entertaining.
  12. This is over-the-top. And extremely fun. And here’s hoping Wyle recurs often.
  13. It’s been a “24”-like thrill ride so far, with baddies coming at the ship right and left to get their hands on the doc and the in-the-works cure.
  14. It has the look and feel of a sweeping “Game of Thrones” kind of epic filled with romance, intrigue and violence.
  15. The thrill comes not from the actual computer building, but the people doing the building. These characters are complex and well-developed, especially Pace’s fiery exec, who is a mesmerizing manipulator.
  16. The humor results from its realism and the blossoming relationship between father and son. Here's hoping this one sticks around.
  17. Turn is a heart-racer at times. That’s the sign of a thriller done well.
  18. What’s extremely effective is the relationship (and chemistry) between Sequoyah and McLaughlin. You will find yourself rooting for them and hoping nothing comes between them.
  19. The story is an edge-of-your-seat kind of thriller. Clues are dropped, but you never know what’s coming next.
  20. We not only see how those stories [of her patients] play out, but how Black’s story does, too. We see how her ailment affects her relationships with her boyfriend (David Ajala) and her family, and what little control she has over her life.
  21. Wilson’s Backstrom is just downright rude and in-your-face belligerent, and, at times, it can be tough to swallow. That’s where the supporting cast comes in. Polaha and Rosen are particularly winsome characters, providing additional touches of humor and helping to soften Wilson’s hard edges. A little more of them and little less of Wilson will go a long way.
  22. Viewers will get a kick out of how each character is portrayed from what we know today about them from history texts and biographies. Samuel Adams likes his beer, Benjamin Franklin his women and John Hancock his money.
  23. Of course, the first episode will leave you with more questions--which will make the drama one of the most compelling (or maddening) of the summer. Berry’s character drives the story. The Oscar winner is a good choice for the role.
  24. Procedurals work well when viewers like the characters, e.g., Mark Harmon on “NCIS” or Mariska Hargitay on “Law & Order: SVU.” It’s hard not to like Arquette, Van Der Beek and the other cast members on Cyber.
  25. Bosch’s dialogue is clunky at times, especially in scenes involving Bosch and his superiors. They look like somebody scolding a puppy and are hard to take very seriously. But the story is compelling.
  26. What del Toro, Hogan and Cuse are extremely good at here is suspense and horror.
  27. Because it’s so dark, and all the characters--like the teenage daughter--are destructive, it comes off as extremely depressing, even difficult to watch.
  28. This is just a straightforward whodunit--a summer escape.
  29. Dominion is dark, and the angels portrayed here are scary--not the heavenly do-gooders we’ve come to know them as through other media. Based on the pilot episode, good has a long way to go before it can overcome evil--if that’s even possible.
  30. This one has promise because it’s not formulaic. I have no idea where it’s headed, which is kind of nice for a change.

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