The Oregonian's Scores

  • TV
For 124 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Masters of Sex: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Vice Principals: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 77
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 77
  3. Negative: 0 out of 77
77 tv reviews
  1. Adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge is an extraordinary character study, featuring a brilliant performance by Frances McDormand.
  2. Masters of Sex is better than ever.
  3. Season 3 is an utterly confident mix of gritty comedy and affecting, underplayed drama.
  4. The Night Manager combines luxurious production with razor-sharp writing, and it's brought to life by a brilliant cast, headed by Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.
  5. Tambor's delicacy and sincerity as Maura are subtle and moving, though he never aims for sentimentality. The comedy and difficulty of what this all means for the Pfefferman family are beautifully balanced.
  6. Black-ish is one of the best new shows of the season.
  7. Documentary Now! is dazzlingly smart.... It's true that Documentary Now! is funnier if you're at least vaguely familiar with the movies that serve as the inspirations.
  8. [The first 2] episodes are so solid and done with such polish, they're reason to think that Season 5 of Portlandia may be the best one yet.
  9. Burns and his frequent collaborator, writer Geoffrey C. Ward, plunge into the elements that make The Roosevelts so engrossing, enlightening and entertaining. In a seemingly effortless balancing act, Burns and Ward do justice to the massive mark these three individuals left on the country's history, while also keeping a tight focus on their inner lives.
  10. With witty writing, a likable leading lady, and a terrific cast, iZombie is full of life, and one of the season's best new shows.
  11. Like the trial itself--and the spectacle that surrounded it--The People v. O.J. Simpson is sometimes trashy, often disturbing, and so compelling that it's impossible to stop watching.
  12. The first two episodes also reinforce that Mr. Robot is at its strongest when keeping a tight focus on Elliot and his Mr. Robot companion/adversary.
  13. Legends, which is based on a novel by Robert Littell and produced by a team that includes "Homeland" veterans Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary, has an unusual sense of melancholy, which seems to emanate from Bean's soulful performance.
  14. The good news is that Wayward Pines is a creepy mystery that gets more compelling--and shocking--as it goes along.
  15. The miniseries remains difficult to watch, as Kunta Kinte and his descendants keep being victimized by white slave-owners, slave-catchers and land-owners who regard slaves as property, not as men, women and children. But Roots gains in power. Though at times, the story seems to blame the institution of slavery on sadistic white racists, as the miniseries goes on, it makes it clear that slavery remains America's original sin.
  16. The mood and writing mix splashy comic book pulpiness with brooding film noir menace, sparked with bits of dark humor.
  17. It's definitely a smart, clever spin on the old opposite-personalities buddy-cop formula, with a terrific ensemble cast and immensely likable characters.
  18. Brutal and intense, the season opener is an powerful blend of darkness and a few threads of light, as Rick again takes on the role of doing whatever it takes to protect those he cares for.
  19. Confirmation is a restrained and tasteful retelling. Maybe a little too much so. ... But what keeps Confirmation watchable are vivid performances by a terrific cast.
  20. Based on that limited sampling [of two episodes], the premise strikes me as both fresh and familiar enough to make me want to see more.
  21. The Slap has the complexity and subtlety that's hard to find in a lot of broadcast network programming, and it's to NBC's credit that they're taking a chance with a limited-run series we'd expect to find on cable.
  22. When Ridley's narrative threatens to get too heavy-handed, the individual struggles and tragedies of the characters keep the story grounded.
  23. Jessica Jones could use a bit more wit, overall. But its messed-up, tough, brave heroine holds our interest every moment.
  24. Scenes set in 1920s Berlin, apparent flashbacks that seem like they're aching to be their own show, but don't quite work in this one.... The further adventures of that family, in all their flawed glory, make Season 2 of Transparent a smart, sensual treat.
  25. If the rest of the 13-episode Extant remains as compelling as its first episode, this will be the standout show of the summer season.
  26. Master of None is a warmer, sweeter show than "Louie" often is, and it's less cynical than a raft of other comedies on TV and elsewhere.
  27. At times endearingly old-fashioned (montages of whirling newspaper headlines), sometimes scatalogical (a time-machine toilet), occasionally blasphemous ("Turkey Jesus"), and totally irreverent (Odenkirk as "Pope Jonah Abromowitz.") The tone can get pointed (Cross as a filmmaker who's such an apologist for slavery he refuses to call it that, instead using the term, "helperism"), but the mood stays buoyant.
  28. Based on the first few episodes, Portlandia remains as odd, endearing, and Portland-made as ever.
  29. For all its volatility and rough textures, after a few episodes, The Knick begins to draw you into its idiosyncratic rhythms.
  30. With an appealing cast, a relatively fresh setting and smart jokes ("Every party in Silicon Valley ends up like a Hasidic wedding," i.e., the men and women are always separated), Silicon Valley is definitely worth your time investment.

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