TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 1,049 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Humans: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 594
  2. Negative: 0 out of 594
594 tv reviews
  1. Extras captures the stifling boredom and raging egotism of life behind the camera.
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  2. Klondike delivers its dramatic bounty more effectively and compactly [than Black Sails], capitalizing on some of Discovery's favorite obsessions: dangerous vocations, gold prospecting and harsh Alaska-adjacent terrain, in a fictionalized account of the 1897 gold rush.
  3. This is the sort of classy entertainment we used to find on A&E before that channel got bit by the reality bug.
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  4. This darkly engrossing and quietly suspenseful six-hour miniseries packages its chilly, cynical overview of international Cold War espionage in a brisk parade of sumptuously produced historical set pieces.
  5. The first few episodes after tonight's sensational pilot struggle to find the right balance between the musical and the dramatic, but by the fourth hour, as the new leading lady makes things difficult for the also-ran during the tense rehearsal process, Smash finds its footing.
  6. The competition element is an intriguing twist, but what makes The Chair so compelling, beyond the usual monetary and production crises you'd expect during a four-week shoot in wintry Pittsburgh on a $600,000 budget, is watching two distinct personalities shape the material in such thoroughly different ways.
  7. In its mix of the caustic and the compassionate, Jackie is as electrifying as its star.
  8. Intensely stirring.
  9. An infectiously enjoyable confection of outlandish telenovela-inspired soap opera (think Ugly Betty) grounded in lovably fractious family dynamics.
  10. A revealing and entertaining career retrospective.
  11. It's sexy, funny, hip and heartfelt.
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  12. The channel may have hit pay dirt with a gritty project that feels like the real McCoy.
  13. A creepier, freakier Resurrection, in which the returned are almost human but just "other" enough to cause problems, Flesh aims high as an allegory of social prejudice and political extremism.
  14. Even if you're not as crazy about Psycho as I am, Bates Motel has a delirious allure, and its name is Vera Farmiga.
  15. WGN America's bold new period drama Manhattan goes even further [than AMC's Mad Men], eschewing the romantic veneer altogether in a gritty story of scientific mavericks operating in extreme circumstances.
  16. This is how you honor show-biz legends, by hiring authentic actors to deliver sensitive interpretations (not caricatures), evoking the essence and burden of stardom without becoming a voyeuristic sideshow.
  17. It's Broadbent as Longford, made an outcast for his empathy, whom you'll not forget.
  18. Chuck is a terrifically appealing, super-slick mix of comedy, action and (often thwarted) romance.
  19. The first five episodes propel the story with so many surprises and calamitous cliffhangers that even nonbelievers might want to check the out-of-this-world Place out. [26 Sep 2016-2 Oct 2016, p.17]
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  20. It's an awfully attractive cast, and while the pilot has an often grim tone, it's enjoyable to watch and should fit comfortably into the NCIS network's schedule.
  21. This Fleabag will make you squirm between laughs. [26 Sep 2016-2 Oct 2016, p.17]
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  22. With its scenic photography, slick editing and relentless pop-rock soundtrack, Carrier has the feel of a movie, or maybe the world's longest recruitment video. It's also an engrossing, rewarding and addictive study of personal endurance and sacrifice.
  23. The Knick is compulsively, crudely riveting, even when your natural instinct is to avert your eyes and demand to be released from this hellhole, stat.
  24. This could and should be the season when Orphan Black graduates from cult curiosity and is adopted by the pop culture at large as the watercooler sensation it deserves to be.
  25. Collision is a terrific example of an unconventional and original story, weaving suspense, irony, mystery and emotional turmoil in the aftermath of a deadly multicar freeway pileup.
  26. White Collar is among the most enjoyable shows ever to employ the USA formula of breezy, humor-laced intrigue.... If the first two episodes are any indication, it's going out with typical panache.
  27. No show of this sort scores only home runs, but mirror's batting average is very high. [24 Oct-6 Nov 2016, p.17]
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  28. It's also a pungent, harrowing and thoroughly captivating entertainment, a welcome reminder of the power of the classic miniseries, which the networks have shunned for far too long.
  29. This disarming winner has you instantly rooting for basketball prodigy Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher).
  30. HBO’s crisply told, colorfully acted Recount wants to be both legal thriller and nightmare farce as it recounts, with news footage and dramatic re-creation, the cliff-hanger aftermath in Florida of the 2000 “squeaker” election between George W. Bush and Al Gore (both mostly off camera).
  31. Their [Courteney Cox & Jennifer Aniston's] scenes are enjoyable enough, but pale next to the wine-sodden antics of Jules' circle of friends as they play a hilarious "movie mash-up" drinking game that Jules somehow can't get the hang of. Cougar Town developed in its first season from a crude and rather desperate sex farce to a terrifically enjoyable ensemble piece that doesn't need big guest stars to zing. (Although if it brings more eyeballs to the show, all the better.)
  32. Earl is unashamedly crude, at times downright stupid in its lowlife caricatures, yet it's all so cheerfully endearing that you can't help but be won over by its lowbrow high jinks.
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  33. There is traumatic yet necessary catharsis along the way as Henrietta (a luminous Renee Elise Goldsberry) comes into focus, finally getting the respect and thanks she deserves. [17-30 Apr 2017, p.19]
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  34. As this glutton for self-punishment bumbles through bizarre misadventures, celebrity cameos by the likes of Chris Rock and Jon Stewart remind us that Gaffigan is more a player than a loser. His show's definitely a winner. [13-26 Jul 2015, p.12]
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  35. I got many more sustained belly laughs out of the show that follows Sunny in an under-the-radar sneak preview.
  36. [The] one-night movie comeback is as psychologically intense and disturbingly nerve-racking as fans could hope for (or dread).... taut urban thriller. [7-20 Dec 2015, p.17]
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  37. What Creature Shop may lack in originality it makes up for in creative energy, with the contestants further challenged in mentoring sessions by being made to focus on having the full-body costumes be fully functional for the skilled Henson puppeteers within.
  38. It's a brash, enjoyable hour that doesn't take itself very seriously, though fighting for their underdog clients is very serious business.
  39. Far a more escapist and pleasurable time, look to Starz, which travels the high (or Highlander) road of historical-romantic fantasy in the appealing and gorgeously filmed Outlander.
  40. Circus is a series with an abundance of life, and reality. If you decide to run away from the regular network fare to join this company for the next few weeks, can't say I blame you.
  41. [A] snarky-yet-heartfelt sitcom.... It helps that these barbs are delivered by authentically endearing pros.
  42. Once again, PBS delivers the goods--and while it may be too harrowing at times to describe as a bundle of joy, the heart-tugging Call the Midwife is a delight to watch.
  43. The heightened tone, pungent dialogue, extreme characters, twisty plotting and dizzying pace reflect the Shonda philosophy of entertain-at-all-costs, providing a sizzling showcase for Viola Davis as Annalise Keating
  44. Top Chef: Las Vegas gets off to a strong start in its opening round, introducing an impressive number of contestants who are already on top of their game.
  45. Fringe return in fine form, with Fringe possibly taking top honors as the Show of the Night. It's that good.
  46. Neverland adds clever new twists to the origin story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook while remaining unpretentiously faithful to the adventurous spirit of the original.
  47. This engrossing and unnerving nail-biter is a rare treat: a thriller with a brain and a soul.
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  48. It is intensely serious, and seriously well done.
  49. There's an awful lot of tragedy to process, but if you can get past all of what happened off camera between seasons, what's happening on camera is as powerfully, provocatively entertaining as ever.
  50. Murky ethics in business, politics and relationships are what fuels The Good Wife, and Margulies in particular is at the top of her game as this emotionally perilous new chapter begins.
  51. As Carrie ruthlessly, recklessly pursues answers to how they got into this mess, at peace only when she's at war, Homeland regains much of its dramatic power by taking us far from home and making us wonder that if someone like Carrie is our best hope, should we just abandon hope?
  52. This isn't an easy movie to watch, but even at its most bleak, the scenes between the long-estranged mother and daughter are beyond poignant as they find common purpose.
  53. I'm already sold. Plimpton is sensational as Jimmy's tough-as-nails mom, who'd just as soon drop the baby at the fire station, but we soon learn she has a way with a lullaby. Leachman is a riot, Garret Dillahunt scores as Jimmy's proudly immature dad, and special props go to the stunt babies.
  54. Bones reunites its team of squints after a 7-month break, and as is often the case, the mystery that brings them back together takes a back seat to the enjoyable interplay of these eccentric, lovable characters.
  55. Whitechapel is like a British Criminal Minds, albeit with a much more appealing sense of macabre wit in its appreciation for the history of Grand Guignol.
  56. As a pitiless, biting satire of the debauched state of American big business, it's no lie to call this one of the smartest, funniest shows of the new year.
  57. The writing in Episodes, by sitcom vets David Crane (Friends, The Class) and Jeffrey Klarik (The Class), is sharp and merciless, and, except for a trite jealousy subplot, on point.
  58. You might think you can't possibly fit one more crime-solving procedural onto an overcrowded calendar, but consider giving Bones a break.
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  59. I’m just as tickled to have Project Runway back on any network, and the move to Lifetime, change of locale and long wait between seasons don’t appear to have dimmed its bitchy allure.
  60. Much more conventional than Girls in its savagely profane workplace humor, its bad behavior recalls Curb Your Enthusiasm while the setting is reminiscent of The Larry Sanders Show in its hysterical behind-the-curtain peek at dysfunction and incompetence in high places.
  61. Political Animals is a welcome escape from the current campaign grind, leaving us already hoping for a second term.
  62. So far, so good.
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  63. Duchovny is as rakishly appealing as any cad can be.
  64. Fans who feared they'd seen the last of Matt Groening's cult classic will be thrilled to see the show return in good form.
  65. This performance was the spectacular centerpiece of a confident opening night for the boyish Fallon. He quickly reminded us how different of a host he'll be from his immediate predecessor, Jay Leno.
  66. Terriers has license to entertain, and this fall, that's saying something.
  67. Even richer and spookier in its second season, this inspired creep show plays like a Hammer horror film rendered by a poet consumed by a fatal romanticism. [4-17 May 2015, p.12]
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  68. It's like watching Nancy Drew grow up into Wonder Woman.
  69. Throughout, Spies delivers the vicarious pleasures of old-fashioned spy movies with the bold contemporary frankness of the best of cable.
  70. Ted is a seriously wacky show and deserves to be seen.
  71. Witty and wacky--but emphasizing the wacky above all--this sharp-tongued, sweet-souled sitcom picks up without losing a (heart)beat.
  72. Heartfelt and rarely schmaltzy, call this one a winner.
  73. The actresses' chemistry makes up for an earnest predictability in the storytelling.
  74. Even though it was starting to feel a bit threadbare in recent years, its classy departure is likely to leave its legion of fans pining for more. [4-17 Jan 2015, p.14]
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  75. Bear in mind that if Men were any more low-key, it might evaporate in front of you. This seriocomic slice of life is best when we're at the diner or on a hike with these superbly acted smaller-than-life not-quite-heroes (Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula).
  76. Mirren... hits a dazzling career high.
  77. The juxtaposition of surface banality and the high-octane spy intrigue of their shadow identities gives The Americans a suspenseful kick.
  78. While things invariably and hilariously go wrong, Party Down’s appeal comes from the interplay of these endearingly delusional wannabes—now including Megan Mullally, replacing the irreplaceable Jane Lynch as a perky single-mom new recruit.
  79. Powerful new season. [4-17 Jan 2015, p.15]
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  80. This tribute to the pioneering comic's life and legacy, with TV clips and audio excerpts (enhanced with crude animation) from her many comedy albums hold up surprisingly well. A rich roster of admiring celebrities weighs in.
  81. Inside Amy Schumer is triumphantly raunchy as it toggles between stand-up vignettes, person-on-the-street interviews and barbed sketches with a gamy sting.
  82. While prolonging the inevitable, and potentially blunting whatever narrative momentum still exists in a most inelegant and desperate-seeming way, it's no wonder the often dazzling opening episode--titled Time Zones, in a nod to the firm's now-bicoastal focus--is so preoccupied with time.
  83. This show lives up to its franchise's reputation for suspenseful action.
  84. If the season premiere is heavier on atmosphere than plot, by the second week, stories begin to kick into full gear, and you’re caught up again in the turbulent marriages, personal secrets and caustic office politics that make Mad Men so madly, marvelously mesmerizing.
  85. The emotions, tears and laughter ring true in this small but deeply moving and entertaining gem. [11-24 Jul 2016, p.17]
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    The result is a combustible cocktail of explosive action and sly intrigue, which provides an ingenious showcase for Spader to work his inscrutably enigmatic magic.
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  86. By the time the sing-along version of High School Musical 2 airs Sunday (8/19, 8/7c), two nights after the first screening, many kids already will have memorized the lyrics--and probably many of the dance moves. It's going to be that addictive.
  87. Tension runs high throughout this densely layered story, which is well worth your time. Hope all the Super Bowl exposure pays off for this one.
  88. Hostages piles on twists upon complications upon secrets with enough breathless zeal to keep us wondering what will happen next, even when it challenges our disbelief.
  89. The CW's The Flash is one of the most enjoyable, agreeable and infectiously exuberant new shows of the fall, a welcome respite from the angst-heavy gloom that burdens so many comics-inspired superhero action shows these days.
  90. Richly plotted and totally absorbing, one of summer TV's best surprises.
  91. The show has found its footing again after a scattershot second season. The dramatic focus is very tight, not to mention topical
  92. Hit & Miss, the fun is just beginning, and I can't wait to see where this twisted but strangely affecting story goes next.
  93. These young Chicagoans are seriously, but amusingly, Underemployed--the title of a disarmingly scruffy new MTV hour-long dramedy from Six Feet Under's Craig Wright that nails the confusion (sometimes sexual) and disappointment (usually economic) of a generation raised to expect more than today's society is offering.
  94. The best parts of the occasionally overwrought Vinyl depict the whirlwind of hustling required to keep American Century solvent and relevant, with funky, sometimes funny subplots. [15-28 Feb 2016, p.16]
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  95. This movie comes most alive in those scenes when all the well-cast women (including Jill Scott as an unusually reserved Truvy) are bouncing off each other, biting but never drawing blood.
  96. Primeval mixes elements of "Jurassic Park” and "Stargate," rarely taking itself seriously while also warning of the consequences of not confronting these threats to mankind.
  97. Damages' endgame is on, and so far it's a doozy--with a fatalistic framework suggesting not everyone emerges alive.
  98. This appealing and emotionally engaging series about life in a weight-loss summer camp comes with high expectations
  99. An unsparing and sobering documentary by Marina Zenovich.

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