TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 987 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Masters of Sex: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Related: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 558
  2. Negative: 0 out of 558
558 tv reviews
  1. Handsomely produced, diversely cast, and fresh in its approach, A.D. deserves to be called inspired. [23 Mar - 5 Apr 2015, p.15]
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  2. With most of The Closer's original crew staying on, it's almost business as usual--though with Sedgwick no longer at the center, replaced by Mary McDonnell's inscrutably smug and unsympathetic Capt. Sharon Raydor, the franchise can't help but be diminished.
  3. This is the sort of unrelenting frightfest that finds menace in objects as ordinary as a Hummel figurine. Before long, you may cringe whenever anyone goes to open a closet or pantry door. [6-19 Jun 2016, p.19]
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  4. As a weekly series, this predictable but agreeable comedy-soap about spurned Hollywood wife Molly (Debra Messing, her neurotic sitcom mojo intact) is less heavy-handed than the starter miniseries.
  5. More of a curiosity than a necessity.
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  6. Ultimately, this is an easier show to admire than it is to recommend.
  7. Even though many will find this brand of overripe melodrama as silly as the indelible "Death of Mary Queen of Scots" sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus, I can't help but root a little for such a zany risk.
  8. Jackie Robinson could have used more fire in its storytelling, but like its subject, there's nobility in its restraint. [4-17 Apr 2016, p.21]
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  9. This nearly six-hour adaptation is an over-indulgently languid showcase for Winslet to shine as the iconic and ultimate Mother Martyr.
  10. Mike Colter as Luke is a physical marvel and an appealing center of moral gravity in a show that all too often telegraphs its plentiful punches and twists. [26 Sep 2016-2 Oct 2016, p.16]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not a bad sitcom, just a bit ordinary given the company it's keeping.
  11. The tonal opposite of the usual cozy Masterpiece, Wallander leaves you pondering life's mysteries. [9-22 May 2016, p.19]
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  12. The lavishly produced, and reportedly mega-expensive, Marco Polo can be a feast for the eyes, even when the overripe dialogue ("Treachery grows well in the fertile soil of contempt I tilled") and uneven performances feel dramatically undernourished.
  13. The show almost lost me early on with a clumsy gag when Molly's workout routine is upstaged by mom and sis eating chocolate cake right in front of her. (Who would do that?) But it gets better from there, although the whole enterprise seems like a lot of empty (for now) calories.
  14. The plot is as stubbornly slow-burning as Hoffman's sharply reined-in performance and ultimately far less inspired.
  15. The episodes play out in a series of uneven vignettes: droll, ironic and twisted. It's great to see Kudrow back on TV, but this visually static and comically stunted gimmick wears thin pretty quickly.
  16. The skating is slow and rarely pretty, and it’s not live.
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  17. The broad comedy in 1600 Penn derives from familiar sitcom clichés being magnified by the Oval Office fishbowl. It's a gimmick that may have trouble holding up to a second term, though the cast is certainly game.
  18. Though punishingly overlong and occasionally flat-footed, NBC's Thursday broadcast of Peter Pan Live! was another honorably ambitious and sporadically enjoyable attempt to bring the thrill of musical theater into America's living rooms.
  19. Making things more intriguing this time, Spartacus' main adversary as the series builds toward its final showdown isn't the usual sniveling, craven, oversexed patsy.
  20. On the glossy surface, it’s an earnestly predictable but impeccably produced soap opera. [13 Sep 2006]
  21. It's all a bit edgier than you might imagine, and I'll be giving this another look--though it's probably not going to keep me home on Fridays.
  22. At times, you might mistake Lifetime's enjoyably earnest Biblical epic The Red Tent for an Old Testament version of Call the Midwife.
  23. Caprica takes itself awfully seriously, with plenty of thematic integrity but not so much intensity. So far, it’s a bit dramatically anemic.
  24. Watching Jackie go back on the drugs, lying to her support group as well as her current better-than-she-deserves cop boyfriend Frank (Adam Ferrara), you can't help but get a dispiriting feeling of been-there, snorted-that. Bright spots include Emmy winner Merritt Wever as the irrepressible nurse Zoey.... and the arrival of the terrific Julie White.
  25. It's a loaded situation solidly dramatized, but the storytelling often feels guarded in its telegraphed twists and pulled punches. [4-17 Jan 2015, p.15]
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  26. The satire is vicious, the behaviors of all parties reprehensible, which makes for a bracingly unsavory series but also one that's ultimately sour and predictable.
  27. The show is entertaining enough on the job that it doesn’t need so-called comic relief.
  28. The overstuffed pilot piles on a few too many weepy crises, many involving Adam’s young son (who may have Asperger’s syndrome), but the strong cast’s considerable charm breaks through.
  29. The best parts of the eight-part limited series are when everyone's on their toes.... Too bad that whenever Flesh and Bone shifts focus from dance, it risks becoming flat-footed. [9-22 Nov 2015, p.12]
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