The Oregonian's Scores

  • TV
For 85 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Orange is the New Black: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 51
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 51
  3. Negative: 0 out of 51
51 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. 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.
  5. Black-ish is one of the best new shows of the season.
  6. 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.
  7. [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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The good news is that Wayward Pines is a creepy mystery that gets more compelling--and shocking--as it goes along.
  12. The mood and writing mix splashy comic book pulpiness with brooding film noir menace, sparked with bits of dark humor.
  13. It's definitely a smart, clever spin on the old opposite-personalities buddy-cop formula, with a terrific ensemble cast and immensely likable characters.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. When Ridley's narrative threatens to get too heavy-handed, the individual struggles and tragedies of the characters keep the story grounded.
  18. 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.
  19. For all its volatility and rough textures, after a few episodes, The Knick begins to draw you into its idiosyncratic rhythms.
  20. 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.
  21. With its signature mixture of tiny details providing texture and easy storytelling flow, Mad Men lures us back into its final season with all the confidence in the world.
  22. The setting is convincingly snowy and wintry (it was filmed in Calgary, Canada), the writing is clever, and the actors are outstanding.
  23. Quibbles aside, watching this superb cast working together remains a pleasure, and it makes Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black an irresistible summer viewing choice.
  24. Downton Abbey Season 5 may cover some familiar ground, but its steps are so lively, the company so delightful, and the scenery so fine, it's a trip well worth taking.
  25. But nobody should watch Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp for plot. Instead, just park the questioning part of your brain, sit back and revel in the silliness of these terrific performers fooling around.
  26. At times, the pace drags. Some scenes make the same points over and over again. Sticking with it may feel like eating your spinach. But the commitment is worth it.
  27. While Going Clear is unapologetically one-sided in its dim view of Scientology, the issues it raises--what is a religion? What motivates people to follow a faith, even when it comes under attack?--will make you think about the film long after it's over.
  28. True Detective Season 2 may not be subtle ("this is my least favorite life," a performer mournfully sings at the Vinci bar.) But the actors provide enough light to make it worth navigating the gloom.
  29. Poldark is juicy, romantic, melodramatic storytelling at its most enjoyable.
  30. Aside from a few off-key moments, based on the instantly compelling performances, and the novelty of the his-and-hers storytelling, The Affair has an appeal that may be hard to resist.

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