TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 1,072 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Sherlock: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 605
  2. Negative: 0 out of 605
605 tv reviews
  1. The mayhem that ensues isn't exactly unexpected, but it is pretty funny. On ABC, that's definitely a step in the right direction.
  2. If the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is a bit of a slow-burner, not so much a "wow" as a "hmmmm" as it assembles its team of head-turning secret agents--they're the heroes behind the superheroes, operating in the shadows as the more famous good guys reap the headlines--the potential is sky's-the-limit huge for this clever action romp.
  3. You might cringe if you weren't so busy laughing. [26 Oct - 8 Nov 2015, p.15]
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  4. Once again the veterans wipe the floor with the young whippersnappers.
  5. Fringe returns in fine form for its second season.
  6. The action scenes are impressive, the cast admirably diverse (with Cliff Curtis especially strong as Ryan's demanding surrogate father), and the tone suitably rugged. All Gang Related needs to up the ante is a hero who's a little more "anti-."
  7. The final twists and reveals are inelegantly dramatized, but as TV, it's still a pretty fair page-turner.
  8. A glossy guilty pleasure that aspires to be Empire with pews. [20-26 Jun 2016, p.17]
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  9. What feels so tightly focused and earned in Breaking Bad too often comes off as forced and unconvincing in the land of the soulful bikers.... Still, Sons has a propulsive allure as it dramatizes Jax's attempts to take the gang legit (though he still condones murder when it's convenient) while battle lines continue to be drawn between the show's ferociously impressive leading ladies.
  10. The pressure [from the recount] brings out the worst in characters who have never shied from revealing their basest natures. Unfortunately, it also brings out the clumsiest in the show's writers, straining to one-up their own breathtaking cynical vulgarity with jokes in need for a rewrite. [2-8 May 2016, p.18]
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  11. Subversive yet silly, as pretentious as it is provocative. ... This is no ordinary show. Like all self-conscious art, it's bound to be polarizing. [15-28 May 2017, p.17]
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  12. A divertingly original but awfully precious comic fantasy.
  13. The first chapters are compelling enough, but after Hostages, it's hard not to be skeptical when we've just seen how quickly this sort of heightened situation can lapse into overheated nonsense.
  14. If NBC must use game shows as spackle to fill holes in its schedule, it could do worse. It already has.
  15. Though the glacial pace is more akin to molasses, and the plotting offers few surprises in the first three episodes, there's a powerful contrast between these untended fields and the glittery L.A. skylines visible from the swank home of Charley. [5-18 Sep 2016, p.23]
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  16. It's no fault of Bean's, who is riveting as he occasionally morphs into character before his colleagues' amazed eyes. The rest of the series could use a personality transplant.
  17. Spymasters is especially fascinating when the talk turns to "enhanced interrogation"--all shun the word torture--and President Obama's drone-strike strategy. [23 Nov - 6 Dec 2015, p.15]
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  18. It's absolutely gorgeous to behold in its sumptuous re-creation of 1930s Hollywood glamour, yet glacial in pace, only sporadically catching dramatic fire. [24 Jul - 6 Aug 2017, p.15]
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  19. Midnight has a way to go to become TV's most bewitching hour, but it shows enough strange promise to merit a visit. [24 Jul - 6 Aug 2017, p.15]
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  20. The series stretches three days and long nights of the soul over 13 fitfully compelling but more often squirm-inducing chapters. [12-25 Jun 2017, p.14]
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  21. The hot mess of American Horror Story is berserk to a fault, though it does have an unnerving originality compelling us to watch while we cringe, or perhaps smirk.
  22. Genius may not entirely avoid the hokey pitfalls of the biopic genre, but it makes you feel smart for watching. [17-30 Apr 2017, p.19]
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  23. Yes, there’s much that’s awful here, as there always was--some laughably bad acting, portentous flashbacks telegraphed so obviously you expect the screen to do one of those wiggly dissolves, writing that won’t cause Matthew Weiner (or his kids) any sleepless nights--and yet there’s an enjoyably lurid energy to this place that makes it only about 1,000 times more instantly watchable than last season’s dreary redo of 90210.
  24. CBS sitcom The McCarthys covered similar ground--gay son coping with outrageous Roman Catholic family but The Real O'Neals freshens the premise with a more irreverent, fantastical approach. [29 Feb-6 Mar 2016, p.17]
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  25. A strident but affecting drama. [3-16 Apr 2017, p.19]
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  26. Realizing that my pleas for viewers to seek out the original will only go so far, I'll say that after watching the first seven episodes of Gracepoint, it's worth a look. If it's your first look. Otherwise, perhaps not. It takes many episodes for the plot ever to diverge, and for the most part, any changes aren't for the better. (And that's especially true for most of the casting.)
  27. From the few episodes I've seen so far, Body of Proof is just ordinary enough to be a success. There's nothing in it you haven't seen several hundred times before: a blend of CSI science, Bones banter, Mentalist uncanny acuity, House haughtiness, Rizzoli & Isles eye candy.
  28. Gotham's unending mayhem and graphic carnage can feel grinding and exhausting. [21-27 Sept 2015, p.17]
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  29. The fault in Red Band Society isn't in the stars, but in the over-writing.
  30. The sharp performances of the combative in-laws-to-be help sell the overdone situation.

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