The Lincoln Journal Star's Scores

  • TV
For 67 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 77% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 24: Live Another Day
Lowest review score: 16 Secrets and Lies: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 47
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 47
  3. Negative: 0 out of 47
47 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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. These episodes will stick with you long after watching them.
  7. This is the best new show of the summer.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. The joy here is watching Grammer and Lawrence trade barbs (and there are a bunch of them).
  11. It’s the kind of show that sits with you long after it’s over.
  12. The drama is quite riveting.
  13. The good news is the limited series is just as entertaining.
  14. Bloodline unfolds like a good novel. It’s so well acted, that like a good book, it’s hard to stay away from it
  15. This is over-the-top. And extremely fun. And here’s hoping Wyle recurs often.
  16. What Cuse and Tucker have done best is maintain the eerie tone and feel from the original.
  17. Like “Mars,” part of iZombie’s appeal is the banter among the characters.
  18. 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.
  19. It has the look and feel of a sweeping “Game of Thrones” kind of epic filled with romance, intrigue and violence.
  20. 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.
  21. The humor results from its realism and the blossoming relationship between father and son. Here's hoping this one sticks around.
  22. Turn is a heart-racer at times. That’s the sign of a thriller done well.
  23. 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.
  24. The story is an edge-of-your-seat kind of thriller. Clues are dropped, but you never know what’s coming next.
  25. For those of us 40 and older, it’s a bit of a hoot watching Foster navigate these waters, from learning how to use Twitter to deciphering texts IRL (in real life) to explaining away those crow’s feet, among other things that aren’t mentionable in a family newspaper. But it’s the personal relationships--with the hunky Tortorella and with Duff--that hold the most interest here.
  26. 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.
  27. While Duchovny is the draw--he plays Sam Hodiak, a no-nonsense World War II veteran who, because of his age, has trouble infiltrating the 1960s hippie culture--the actor to watch is Grey Damon, who portrays Hodiak’s partner, Brian Shafe.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.

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