Time's Scores

For 491 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 The Playboy Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 295
  2. Negative: 0 out of 295
295 tv reviews
  1. A satisfying, touching and excruciatingly funny severance package.
  2. They have done what many well-intentioned socially minded writers have tried and failed at: written a story that is about social systems, in all their complexity, yet made it human, funny and most important of all, rivetingly entertaining.
  3. Twin Peaks ... is like nothing you've seen in prime time -- or on God's earth. It may be the most hauntingly original work ever done for American TV.
  4. [The Wire's] attention to detail, plus a vast canvas of characters, makes for a dense boulder of a story that moves creakily for the first couple of hours. But once it gets rolling, it's irresistible because of the humanity creator-writer David Simon finds in his characters.
  5. In the end, however, Homicide doesn't stand out in bold enough relief from TV's background clutter. The characters are too pat, their conflicts too predictable.
  6. HBO’s fantasy series is as stirring in its action, as rich in characters, and more sweeping in scope as ever.
  7. [Louie] was and remains one of the best on TV--in any given week, maybe the best, period.
  8. This is law drama such as Boston Legal's David E. Kelley can only dream about.
  9. The changes that have come to Mad Men can be discomfiting to watch. But they're rich with possibility.
  10. Astonishing. ... The Shield did what network cop shows have lately abandoned: it created a richly imagined world with continuing story lines, driven by L.A.'s roiling racial politics--achieving a payoff far bigger than solving the murder of the week.
  11. I can't recommend the series highly enough, particularly for the phenomenal performances by Lewis and Danes.
  12. [A] haunting, creepy, and beautiful French series
  13. It’s a beautiful downer, a perceptive and acute one, whose empathy distinguishes it from some of its peers.
  14. It's all breathtaking in much the way that you'd suspect.
  15. Sherlock, which impresses again in the three-episode season that returns on PBS.
  16. It's intriguing and promising that season four kicks off with another detour–this time into the past–that connects to Harlan County here and now.
  17. The dialogue is at times stagey, and the characters are defined almost entirely through their addictions. But for this last, reality has to share the blame.
  18. It's a drama that has chosen the slow burn over the flashy explosion, and it's all the hotter for that choice.
  19. At least in the first four hours... the show reminds us of the intense thrills it can provide even without threatening to blow up the entire planet.
  20. MasterChef Jr. is the most delightful, cathartic reality competition on TV because it lets you see contestants taking unsullied pleasure in what they can do.
  21. It's worth the effort, not because The Wire is good for you but because it is fantastic entertainment.
  22. It’s not that that second What It’s About--the emotional heart of The Americans--is better, more noble than the first. But it’s the difference between an exciting thriller premise that flames out fast and a story with lasting power--demonstrates better than ever.
  23. Like a good whiskey, it's rough and smooth in all the right ways. By a few episodes in, you'll want to order it by the case.
  24. While The Roosevelts is, yes, long and at points fast-forwardable, in its best moments it gives human breath to a well-covered period of history, all in service of an idea: showing the ways that, through these generation, America matured and changed.
  25. At its best, which is very good, Brooklyn Bridge rings with fresh and funny childhood observations.
  26. In looks and structure, Arrested Development is like a 30-min. drama, just a hilarious one. In most network sitcoms nowadays, the wisecracking characters are aware that they're being funny. The oblivious Bluths are funny despite themselves.
  27. The most distinctive, addictive new TV series this season. As an old-fashioned thriller, it's relentless, tense and deliciously paranoiac, with more twists than a Twizzler. But it's also boldly different.
  28. By combining the traditional elements of spy dramas (and spy parodies) with office comedy, this look inside the halls of ISIS manages to be both an effective spoof and an effective character sitcom.
  29. As a whole, Treme is a kind of intimate, loose, indie-film version of TV, its various stories almost an anthology connected by musical moments.
  30. It's true that Mad Men is deliciously curated, from the omnipresent cigarettes to the rocket-cone brassieres (and casual sexism) to the cool modernist sets. But the subtle, deliberately paced drama has a wider sense of history.

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