TV Guide's Scores

For 871 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 492
  2. Negative: 0 out of 492
492 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. On the glossy surface, it’s an earnestly predictable but impeccably produced soap opera. [13 Sep 2006]
  3. 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.
  4. At times, you might mistake Lifetime's enjoyably earnest Biblical epic The Red Tent for an Old Testament version of Call the Midwife.
  5. Caprica takes itself awfully seriously, with plenty of thematic integrity but not so much intensity. So far, it’s a bit dramatically anemic.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The show is entertaining enough on the job that it doesn’t need so-called comic relief.
  9. 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.
  10. An entertaining mishmash that uneasily juggles jargony sci-fi theories with elements of military conspiracy, action-adventure, disaster movie and surreal psychological suspense.
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  11. Cheerfully cheesy.
  12. There are worse ideas. And far worse shows this fall.
  13. Even when Freak Show collapses under its undiluted excess, it does remember at least one essential truth of terror: Nothing's scarier than a mean, ugly clown.
  14. The disaster-movie clichés pile up in 10.5 Apocalypse.
  15. Gravity may be weighted down by cliche, but it’s not without interest.
  16. An uneven yet at times emotionally engrossing series that hasn't quite figured out an appropriate or clear tone to dramatize this mystifying meditation on loss, sustained grief and tested, twisted faith.
  17. So far so generic, and I'll decide later once my ears stop ringing.
  18. A newspaper writer whose one-night-stand with a baby-faced young-un leads to predictable complications when she gets, you guessed it, knocked up.
  19. As fast-paced as it is preposterous.
  20. Taylor gives a forceful performance as a wronged wife who lapses into hallucinations during therapy sessions, but a bitter tone pervades most of the rest of the show.
  21. Like on House, we go inside the body, zooming from nerve endings to the mind's exotic landscape, where surreal images convey mystery maladies. If only 3 LBS were as provocative.
  22. Too much pretentious hooey about destiny obscures an unfocused saga of normal folks with odd powers.
  23. Their [Matthew Perry and Laura Benanti's] wary cat-and-mouse game doesn't exactly break new comic ground, but it temporarily lifts Go On from its jarring tonal shifts between mockery and mawkishness.
  24. This is what you'd get if Without a Trace somehow turned into a cartoonish conspiracy chase thriller.
  25. Sun aspires to the breadth if not the depth of The Wire. But it's so self-conscious in its existential misery, lacking the leavening humor and humanity of a modern classic like Breaking Bad, that it often feels more punishing than provocative.
  26. Revolution is too convoluted for its own good. Streamlining would have been a better option for a show being thrown to the Wednesday wolves.
  27. The action and whimsy help compensate for an overall flatness in the rest of the ensemble casting and low-budget production.
  28. The mysteries of the mythology--Where were they for the last half-century? Who's pulling their violent strings?--are more compelling than the plodding mechanics of the weekly manhunt.
  29. The frantically violent mayhem, including a tasteless cannibalism gag, is paced swiftly enough that you can almost ignore the silliness of a show that isn’t above resurrecting characters long thought dead. Still, it beats last year’s miserable detour in a Panamanian sweatbox.
  30. Never as heightened or melodramatic as Queer as Folk (British and Showtime versions), Looking also isn't terribly distinctive and is only sporadically engaging.

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