Time's Scores

For 565 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 344
  2. Negative: 0 out of 344
344 tv reviews
  1. The Rosie Show is nothing revolutionary, but it does as much as reasonably can be expected of a talk show in its first week, and--thanks to the experience of its star--has the feeling of a show that's been on the air for months longer.
  2. There’s a lot of thread here, and less time than usual to knit. In the first three hours anyway, there’s too much Empire, too little Boardwalk.
  3. None of this is groundbreaking, and that’s Togetherness' biggest weakness.... But Togetherness improves as it goes, on its excellent performances, well-observed writing and--a strength of all HBO’s best shows--specificity, both of setting (quasi-suburban Eagle Rock) and of personality.
  4. This loose, wry sitcom makes a crackling love connection.
  5. UnREAL is melodramatic and moralizing. But it’s also, in its first three episodes, pretty good: dark, deft and empathetic.
  6. Good-hearted, eccentric and wry, Ride goes nowhere fast, but it has a fine time getting there.
  7. It's highly entertaining.
  8. The writing is uniformly strong and Byrne excellent not only at reading Paul's dialogue but conveying what he's withholding--his true feelings about his patients, his inner turmoil over his disintegrating home life. But the storylines vary wildly from riveting to tedious.
  9. The Bastard Executioner may need time to sharpen its storytelling. But by the second episode, when Brattle is ordered to give a rebellious 16-year-old tomboy the ax and Sagal’s sorceress yanks a demonic snake from the throat of a dismembered corpse, it’s already starting to exhibit signs of developing into a bloody good show.
  10. Black-ish‘s nuance is promising--it’s aware that there’s not just one way to be black--and the sheer level of execution suggests it has staying power.
  11. It's a big download of fever-dream melodrama, but strong casting goes a long way toward selling it.
  12. Drive is an audacious, exhilarating enough concept, and its pace and writing snappy enough, to make you want to believe.
  13. The show's unscripted feel and sub-Kukla production values make the bizarre punch lines even more jolting.
  14. It’s a potentially interesting way of dramatizing and heightening the state of small-town claustrophobia: what if this little place, which seemed like the whole world, suddenly essentially became the entire world?... That’s the biggest potential strength of Under the Dome. A weakness is that few of its characters are instantly memorable or distinctive; there’s a kind of generic, TV-commercial homogeneity to the Chester’s Mill we first see.
  15. Danson, with his mix of insouciance and egotism, is in peak form.
  16. With the necessary caveat that it’s fruitless to “review” a late-night show after one night ... [the panel discussion] is the segment that will need the most work. ... Maybe the most important first impression from a talk show’s first night is simply point-of-view: does the show know what it is, and why it is? Here The Nightly Show really has something going for it.
  17. Mad TV has an edginess that Lorne Michaels' once revolutionary show [SNL] has long lacked. ... Of course, Mad TV is not without its lapses. Though it has steadily improved since its unpromising early episodes, there are still sketches so heavy-handed in their attempt to appear politically incorrect that they are virtually unwatchable.
  18. The band has a refreshing scruffiness but except for Joe gets too little screen time to leaven the formula slickness.
  19. While the pilot didn't blow me away, there's enough in its premise (the mob comes to Las Vegas in the early '60s), its casting (Michael Chiklis as a gangster and Dennis Quaid as his sheriff adversary) and its seeming ambition that make me more interested in it than in most new shows this fall.
  20. The series needed a change-up and season 3 provides one, a bit; Frank is not fighting to get somewhere but to stay where he is, and his enemy is not so much a single Big Bad as it is the processes of government and diplomacy. When he’s off-balance, we are, and that makes the plot turns more interesting.
  21. While it's haunting, cerebral and gorgeous, it's also a little cold, though the flashes of humor help. Like its actives, it's a marvelous piece of engineering. But I hope it develops a personality of its own.
  22. In all, it's a polished pilot, but one that will have to ground its characters better to work as a series.
  23. It's worth hopping on this poetic, profane story of frontier money lust before it rides into the sunset.
  24. What the pilot does have is simple charm, and enough laughs to give me a gut feeling that this show can build on the setup of a brother-sister pair who, between the two of them, make approximately one functional adult.
  25. Like its endearingly flawed protagonist, Ugly Betty is promising but not perfect.
  26. For all its cheekiness and raunch, Skins has more sweetness than snarky teen soaps like Gossip Girl.
  27. The show's conversational improv rhythms and realistic, documentary style make Sons and Daughters worth adopting.
  28. While the busy first hour scarcely has time to set a premise and lay down a beat, it promises all the glitter and heightened emotion its genre mashup implies, if it can keep its pathos from sliding into parody.
  29. What gives Revenge the potential to last as an ongoing series (after all, doesn't Emily have to run out of victims?) is the well-drawn characters and the sense that Emily does have a conscience beyond the desire for payback.
  30. Maybe the most encouraging thing about this intriguing but imperfect Young Norman Bates Adventures show is that, in a time when dramas are determined to hook viewers with rapid-fire twists, it takes its time answering.

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