TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 1,093 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Torchwood (UK): Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 618
  2. Negative: 0 out of 618
618 tv reviews
  1. [Ken Burns] triumphs again with PBS's seven-night, 14-hour The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which, as its subtitle suggests, never loses sight of the poignant human drama unfolding against a tide of national and world turmoil.
  2. Stylistically and thematically adventurous, Master of None continually shifts tone and focus, with no two episodes alike. ... Dev may not yet mastered life, but there's no doubt Ansari has mastered his craft. [15-28 May 2017, p.16]
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  3. Buoyed by the effortless charisma of Timothy Olyphant's star turn as the laconic but lethal Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, this series is a twisted triumph.
  4. This magnificent six-part Masterpiece adaption.... In a powerfully sustained performance of subtle sorrow and steely resolve, Rylance reveals a man who takes little pleasure in carrying out his master's harrowing whims. The true pleasure is entirely the viewers. [6-19 Apr 2015, p.14]
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  5. Downton Abbey is like British catnip, a dazzling entertainment where saucy always trumps stuffy. It's popcorn TV with a champagne aftertaste.
  6. Once you get back in the rhythm of this enthrallingly sprawling, lusty and brutal saga, flaunting enough sex and violence to make a Hobbit faint, it's impossible not to succumb to Thrones' visceral, dark magic.
  7. This bold British import is among the best TV I've seen in a mediocre (on network TV, anyway) fall season. Fast-paced, constantly surprising and darkly entertaining, Luther is about as far as you can get from a cookie-cutter procedural.
  8. This sometimes-erratic thrill ride is back in top form in its fifth season, plunging Carrie into a hornet's nest of topical intrigue, involving Syrian refugee camps and a leaked CIA data breech that imperils US relations with Germany. [28 Sep - 11 Oct 2015, p.17]
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  9. The Pacific is magnificent in its visual and graphically visceral scope and shattering in its emotional, deeply personal impact.
  10. What's not to love in Friday Night Lights? This is a place, and a show, I will never want to leave. It feels like family. But we're lucky to have been given this much of their story. Underdogs to the end, these are my TV heroes.
  11. So far (judging from the first four episodes), it's living up to our highest expectations.
  12. The lines between human and artificial intelligence and empathy (or lack thereof) blur in fascinating and often devastating ways. [13-26 Feb 2017, p.19]
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  13. It's a comedy home run. [3-16 Apr 2017, p.19]
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  14. The juxtaposition of domestic banality with covert, often erotic peril has never been more unsettling. [19 Jan-1 Feb 2015, p.14]
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  15. This demanding and deliberately paced thriller (written and directed with ruthless intelligence by Hugo Blick) stands apart and above the glut of original programming. With its urgently compelling mysteries and shocking reveals, it's the equal of last summer's brilliant Broadchurch.
  16. The first half of the final season gets underway for AMC's masterpiece of intensity Breaking Bad.
  17. Orange loses little steam in its fourth tour of duty, with extremes of dark comedy and bitter tragedy, often heartbreaking in its depiction of metal illness and addiction, devastating in its escalation of racial conflict after the prison's cold-blooded new corporate owners flood the cell block with new bodies, triggering a demographic power shift. [27 Jun - 10 Jul 2016, p.15]
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  18. Three episodes are never enough to satisfy our appetite for the dazzling BBC/Masterpiece Mystery! version of Sherlock, which thanks to its stars' busy movie careers, made us wait two long years for the latest trilogy of 90-minute delights. Was it worth the wait? The answer is (to borrow the title of TV's other enjoyable contemporary Holmes series) elementary: Did you ever doubt it?
  19. In one of the well-chose news excerpts from the time, NBC's Tom Brokaw laments: "No one likes what's going on, and there's no real winners. We have gone from shock to discomfort, now to a combination of anger, depression and shame." All of these emotions are palpable in the riveting docudrama. [4-17 Apr 2016, p.20]
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  20. One man's bland is another's bliss, don't ya know. That's certainly the case with the third season of Noah Hawley's Fargo franchise, with its delicious recipe of quirky humanism and chilling, shocking violence unaltered by a year's hiatus. [1-14 May 2017, p.19]
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  21. The Good Fight is as sexy and profane as it wishes to be while retaining the crackling wit and smart sophistication of the original series. [27 Feb - 5 Mar 2017, p.17]
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  22. This is the best new series, network or cable, of the midseason. An immediately addictive brew of action, suspense and wry humor, the show is grounded in Olyphant's low-key but high-impact star-making performance, the work of a confident and cunning leading man who's always good company.
  23. Though the verdict polarized the country, most will agree on the merits of The People v. O.J. Simpson as terrific TV. [1-14 Feb 2016, p.18]
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  24. For those who prefer a more riveting, nail-biting variety of TV, one of cable's darkest masterpieces of mayhem is back after a long absence, having lost none of its sinister allure in its fourth season.
  25. In BBC America's shattering and brilliantly paced eight-episode Broadchurch, a high point of a summer already teeming with terrific drama, you'll get a solution in a lot less time than it took The Killing to reveal the murderer of Rosie Larsen, and with considerably more cumulative emotional impact.
  26. Shows like Homeland have a way of keeping us deliciously off balance. Can't think of a place I'd rather be or a show I'd more highly recommend.
  27. Spiritual and emotional epiphanies abound in these 10 episodes, about as close as TV comes to living art. [3-9 Oct 2016, p.23]
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  28. You'd be insane to miss The Americans, operating at its highest level of dramatic intensity. [21 Mar-3 Apr 2016, p.18]
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  29. Effortlessly shifting gears from screwball whimsy to bittersweet romance to lacerating multigenerational family conflict, the new/old Gilmore Girls is almost ridiculously satisfying. [21 Nov 2016 - 4 Dec 2016, p.18]
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  30. Feud doesn't disappoint in its vivid depiction of this rivalry for the ages. [6-19 Mar 2017, p.20]
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  31. We actually root for many of the people we find living among The Walking Dead, which packs a raw, emotional punch while delivering the creepy and queasy thrills all genre fans truly crave.
  32. Louie isn't exactly what you'd call a joy ride, but there's joy to be had in its pungent authenticity, the element so sorely lacking in Anger Management.
  33. Exasperating but fascinating.
  34. Will Antoine achieve his musical dream? How long can Ladonna hold onto her business when her husband and sons (and now mother) live long distance in Baton Rouge? Theirs are among the myriad stories swirling in the funky gumbo of this one-of-a-kind drama.
  35. Incredibly timely and powerful drama. [6-19 Mar 2017, p.21]
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  36. Was it worth the wait? Was it ever!
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  37. This instantly captivating period piece feels thrillingly modern as it captures with remarkable detail a chaotic time of invention and re-invention, of social progress and prosperity upstaged by the gaudy corruption and jazzy debauchery of the Prohibition era.
  38. A feast for the senses and a gritty tribute to the soul and irresistible culture of a mighty city, this series is a pungent slice of New Orleans life, set in the aftermath of Katrina. This show sings, and it cooks with all creative burners firing on high.
  39. The return of the two-time Emmy winning best drama instantly eclipses the rest of summer TV with its dazzling wit, its posh mid-'60s style and its timelessly provocative substance.
  40. This dwarf [Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)] has game--and so does this fabulous dark fable. Dig in.
  41. There is no more fascinating, or entertaining, new series this fall season.
  42. Moving the story ahead five years didn't so much reinvent the show as it recharged and refreshed the scintillating mix of domestic comedy and sudsy intrigue that we've always enjoyed.
  43. Fargo casts a mesmerizing spell of suspenseful whimsy in its second year. [12-25 Oct 2015, p.16]
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  44. Torchwood: Children of Earth is one of the TV events of the year, and anyone with a taste for serious dark fantasy is encouraged to strap in for the thrilling, chilling and unnerving ride.
  45. A troubling, provocative, and insightful masterwork of psychology and sociology. [6-19 Jun 2016, p.18]
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  46. Lena Dunham's brilliantly raw and raunchy Girls [is] a true breakthrough series.
  47. Masters and Johnson's work was all about bringing sex in its infinite varieties out into the open. The psychological richness of Masters of Sex positions it to be a worthy successor to the fast-fading (except in Emmy voters' eyes) Mad Men.
  48. Three scintillating new Sherlock brain-teasers.
  49. Its intensity, intelligence and dark power are the equal of anything on cable, with riveting performances led by Mikkelsen as the dapper, sinister fiend-in-plain-sight and Hugh Dancy as his tormented patsy, FBI profiler Will Graham.
  50. For the next four Fridays, PBS's Great Performances lives up to its billing with a spectacular and dazzlingly acted mega-miniseries titled The Hollow Crown.
  51. This is TV as great modern literature, a shattering and heartbreaking urban epic about a city (Baltimore) rotting from within.
  52. One of TV's truest, finest and deepest dives into pure character drama. [24 Oct-6 Nov 2016, p.17]
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  53. From the edge of your seat, you wonder if they can possibly keep topping themselves. Based on the first two episodes, the answer is a resounding and brilliant yes.
  54. Fargo's compelling, powerfully entertaining story is as strong as its great performances.
  55. One of TV’s boldest and best dramas.
  56. A powerfully affecting elegy to a turbulent time. [18 Sep - 1 Oct 2017, p.26]
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  57. The Long Road Home stands above the pack as a truly heart-wrenching and often breathtakingly harrowing display of bravery, valor and sacrifice under fire. [30 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017, p.13]
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  58. For those of us who hungered for a year to witness these new chapters, the appetite is insatiable.
  59. Watching Downton Abbey is like curling up with a really satisfying book, and I can't think of a better way to get through one of the crueler months of winter. This is one of those shows that after finishing it, I immediately began to envy those who had yet to experience the pleasure.
  60. It's sexy, violent, witty, emotionally devastating and visually spectacular--those dragons are bigger and more unruly than ever--delivering an experience not unlike how the glorious Diana Rigg (as Lady Olenna, Queen of Thorns) responds when she first lays eyes on the Amazonian warrior Lady Brienne (Gwendoline Christie): "Aren't you just marvelous, absolutely singular!" Yes, she is, and so's the show.
  61. As complicated and layered as life itself, The Night Of is an instant classic. [11-24 Jul 2016, p.16]
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  62. A show that's every bit the equal of the best of cable.
  63. That's Mad Men in a woozy nutshell: intoxicating, sophisticated, demanding, uncompromising and always seductively satisfying. Even after a stupefying 17-month absence that somehow hasn't dampened our ardor for this one-of-a-kind series.
  64. Easily the best and most original entertainment too few are watching, Daisies dazzles and delights with a sensory overload of perfectly surreal whimsy that juggles screwball fairy tale, romantic comedy and mystery.
  65. The deft, resonant satire that helped make Judge's Office Space a cult hit takes on farcical new dimension in Silicon Valley.
  66. [Silicon Valley is] paired with the third season of the savagely hilarious Veep, this combo promises to be HBO's most robust and certainly most entertaining comedy hour in years.
  67. Teeming with anger, sorrow, passion and purpose, this powerful and harrowing movie is part tragic love story in plague times, part agitprop manifesto and tribute to tireless activism.
  68. As leaps of faith go, yes. And faith--in visions both magical and musical--has everything to do with Eli Stone's divine appeal.
  69. AMC's dazzling Mad Men, returning this weekend for a third season of rich and provocative drama poised at the brink of cataclysmic cultural change.
  70. I can attest there’s no such thing as too much Larry. Or, more to the point, too much Curb. Weak with laughter, I couldn’t be happier to welcome it back.
  71. Embracing with raw, unsettling honesty the random absurdities that regularly befall this urban dweller, Louie brilliantly mines the all-too-human comedy of anxiety, insecurity and disappointment--in himself and others.
  72. [A] quietly creepy and profoundly unsettling supernatural mystery.
  73. There's always a surprise in baseball," says one of the game's biggest fans, Boston scribe Mike Barnicle. His lifelong emotional roller-coaster as a Red Sox loyalist--years of disappointment turned to rapture by the team's 2004 World Series victory--is one of the most enjoyable narrative threads in the glorious four hours of Baseball: The Tenth Inning.
  74. It's hard not to be moved by Rectify's unique approach to a redemption story, with an aching tenderness cloaked in a suffocating sadness.
  75. If you can handle it, The Walking Dead is grade-A terror.
  76. This could be the start of something great. In just a handful of episodes, it's already powerfully terrific.
  77. Satire doesn't get more satisfying. [2-8 May 2016, p.18]
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  78. Rectify is touching in so many ways, and the only drawback is that six hours is not nearly enough to tell this story, with an open-ended conclusion that's more disturbing than satisfying.
  79. John Adams, based on David McCullough's acclaimed biography, is as sumptuous and satisfying as TV gets: gorgeously produced, marvelously acted and written with a sense of high drama amid generous displays of wit.
  80. Danny Glover's Atlanta is steeped in an urban hard-knocks authenticity. [5-18 Sep 2016, p.22]
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  81. Surreal and harrowing.
  82. It's a brisk, naughty little show, among the freshest of genre parodies. Despite its vintage look, Archer feels very modern.
  83. Transparent's transcendent empathy and wry, raw realism make most of this fall season's new batch of network sitcoms seem even emptier than usual.
  84. The summer's most wildly original new series. [27 Jul - 9 Aug 2015, p.12]
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  85. Richly human and ruthlessly plotted--though overeager in repeatedly stating its existential theme of bad choices and worse consequences--Ozark is a triumph for Bateman. [24 Jul - 6 Aug 2017, p.14]
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  86. There's a solemn fascination in the details of soulless ritual depicted in the Handmaid's Tale ... A deadlier game of rebellion seems to be brewing, promising thrilling twists to come in this already terrific Tale. [17-30 Apr 2017, p.18]
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  87. Broadchurch sets a high bar for the British mystery, sustaining its mournful suspense over eight hours without ever lapsing into cheap sensation or shock. [26 Jun - 9 Jul 2017, p.12]
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  88. [A] terrific dynastic saga, a darker-than-dark "Giant" [1956 film directed by George Stevens]. [3-16 Apr 2017, p.19]
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  89. Sherlock is the rare reinvention that's likely to enchant purists as well as those yearning for a new look at an old favorite. Should you bookmark it now on your DVR? The answer, my dear reader and viewer, is elementary.
  90. This is a gorgeous piece of storytelling that requires and rewards patience.
  91. Indian Summers comes close to achieving that Nirvana [1984's The Jewel in the Crown]. [21-27 Sept 2015, p.16]
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  92. Raylan's endgame, targeting childhood buddy-turned-criminal nemesis Boyd Crowder with the reluctant help of Boyd's jailbird fiancee, Ava is especially taut and entertaining. [19 Jan-1 Feb 2015, p.14]
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  93. [Alec Hardy's] partnership with the disillusioned Miller, whose help he needs more than he would like to admit, provides the fractious core for an affecting personal and legal drama. [2 Mar 2015, p.12]
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  94. An intoxicating mosaic of choreography, wordplay and music. [8-21 Aug 2016, p.16]
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  95. Humans feels like that sort [The Twilight Zone] of instant and very humanistic classic. [22-28 Jun 2015, p.10]
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  96. Sam Esmail’s weirdly mesmerizing cyberthriller continues to pull off an audacious feat of boldly original, eerily relevant and daringly surreal storytelling, reminiscent of the visionary cinema of the 1970s. [25 Jul-7 Aug 2016, p.14]
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  97. [A] marvelously original and instantly engrossing hybrid of origin story, prequel, and spinoff. [1-15 Feb 2015, p.16]
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  98. The stakes couldn’t be higher, or the drama more compelling. Breaking Bad is back, badder and better than ever.
  99. Somehow both literate and ludicrous, the fractured fable of the imperiled but resourceful Baudelaire children finds wit amid the weirdly grotesque. [16-29 Jan 2017, p.17]
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  100. Dear White People balances satirical irony and deep-seated rage to tell its richly entertaining, wildly funny yet deadly serious character-driven story of identity politics. [1-14 May 2017, p.19]
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