TV Guide's Scores

For 859 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Does Someone Have To Go: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 485
  2. Negative: 0 out of 485
485 tv reviews
  1. The crime they're investigating often takes such a back seat to the show's tricky structure and the all-pervasive angst you may once again wonder what exactly HBO has against the notion of narrative urgency. But be patient with this slow-burner of a disturbing, demanding drama. These detectives are truly fascinating.
  2. Trust me, Damages is worth it. And for those without access to DirecTV, worth the wait.
  3. An excellent eight-part British mystery reminiscent of The Killing and Broadchurch in its brooding anguish.
  4. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is science non-fiction at its most accessible and enjoyable.
  5. You really don't know what Being Human is like until you've seen this version of it. Can't recommend it highly enough.
  6. Everything about New Girl, from her goofy costars to the distinctively quirky writing, is irresistible.
  7. One of the best new comedies of the season, and an instant bright light in NBC’s much-honored lineup.
  8. The second season... crackles with high drama, suspenseful twists, unexpected humor and emotion.
  9. Brooding in tone yet laced with mordant wit and tinged with sinister inference, The Game keeps us wondering what the Russian sleepers' end game might be. Having seen only the first half of the series in advance, I can only say that unraveling that mystery is so far darkly compelling fun.
  10. I didn’t know how 24 could top last season, but so far it’s working. And the edge of my seat is already frayed.
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  11. This is sleek, sexy, smart, densely written and deliberately paced adult entertainment.
  12. Occupying familiar anti-hero territory with grim and often outrageous resolve, Ray Donovan is a sun-bleached noir and a character actor's paradise.
  13. It’s all very rude and often tremendously grotesque, but it’s a belly laugh a minute.
  14. Dexter's quality has ebbed and flowed over the years (peaking in the John Lithgow season), but so far, this season is looking like a riveting winner.
  15. HBO's brilliant and bleak The Wire may have saved the best for last.
  16. ABC's Toy Story of Terror! is a delightful half-hour vignette of gags, action and self-empowerment, couching its never-give-up message in terrific non-stop entertainment.
  17. Excellent questions propel us back into the world of one of TV's most uncompromising dark comedies.
  18. An endlessly fascinating seven-part foray into the most remote and unforgiving regions of the Arctic and Antarctic.
  19. Netflix finally achieves its eureka moment with a terrifically entertaining piece of original programming that's truly and bracingly original.
  20. For Fringe's small but loyal following, resistance is truly futile. We'll stick with this remarkable series to the end.
  21. Community is undimmed in its marvelously inventive wackiness. Trippy as ever as it continues to send up sitcom conventions with surreal zeal.
  22. The River is a terrifying heart-stopper, a cleverly cinematic supernatural adventure that takes us on a wild ride into an exotic heart of darkness.
  23. No matter the language, or the decade, AbFab lives up to its title, and its reputation.
  24. Boston Med reminds us that truth is often much more compelling and affecting than recycled fiction. Nothing is heightened or cheapened with newsmag-style manipulation on this series.
  25. Four seasons in, The Good Wife remains a marvel of clever plotting and tremendously witty ensemble acting.
  26. The only bleak aspect to this miniseries is that it doesn't last forever.
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  27. Even in a better season, ABC's provocative and very funny Black-ish would stand out for its broad and biting satire of an uneasily post racial society seen through a very modern-family prism.
  28. Alpha House is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company.
  29. This fall's best and most original drama taps a gusher of intrigue and twisty romance, with star-is-born James Wolk the most irresistible con man since Lost's Sawyer.
  30. Though the subject matter is wrenching, the tone here is more about emotional uplift, emphasizing the importance of bringing loved ones along for the fight.

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