TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 895 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Desperate Housewives: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Saint George: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 507
  2. Negative: 0 out of 507
507 tv reviews
  1. Simply put, the journey of Battlestar Galactica is one long, exhilarating headtrip.
  2. Graphically sexy and scary, and often wildly funny, True Blood, from Six Feet Under’s Alan Ball, turns Charlaine Harris’ rollicking mystery novels into a broadly entertaining, deliciously twisted slice of modern Southern Gothic.
  3. This is a fascinating experiment that feels like first-rate TV, and for subscribers old and (I'm betting quite a few) new, Cards is a great deal.
  4. With deft detail, and the usual sparkling mix of vivid archival footage and jazzy period music, we're treated to an evocative portrait of a young nation wracked by alcoholism and a debauched saloon culture, taking drastic measures to ban the manufacture and sale of alcohol.
  5. Critical without being overtly political, with stretches of boredom punctuated by the sudden chaos of firefights where it’s impossible to distinguish innocent bystanders from insurgents, Generation Kill is both timely and timeless.
  6. Animation has rarely felt so explosively, hilariously defiant.
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  7. 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.
  8. Trust me, Damages is worth it. And for those without access to DirecTV, worth the wait.
  9. An excellent eight-part British mystery reminiscent of The Killing and Broadchurch in its brooding anguish.
  10. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is science non-fiction at its most accessible and enjoyable.
  11. You really don't know what Being Human is like until you've seen this version of it. Can't recommend it highly enough.
  12. Everything about New Girl, from her goofy costars to the distinctively quirky writing, is irresistible.
  13. One of the best new comedies of the season, and an instant bright light in NBC’s much-honored lineup.
  14. The second season... crackles with high drama, suspenseful twists, unexpected humor and emotion.
  15. 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.
  16. 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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  17. This is sleek, sexy, smart, densely written and deliberately paced adult entertainment.
  18. Occupying familiar anti-hero territory with grim and often outrageous resolve, Ray Donovan is a sun-bleached noir and a character actor's paradise.
  19. It’s all very rude and often tremendously grotesque, but it’s a belly laugh a minute.
  20. 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.
  21. HBO's brilliant and bleak The Wire may have saved the best for last.
  22. 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.
  23. Excellent questions propel us back into the world of one of TV's most uncompromising dark comedies.
  24. An endlessly fascinating seven-part foray into the most remote and unforgiving regions of the Arctic and Antarctic.
  25. Netflix finally achieves its eureka moment with a terrifically entertaining piece of original programming that's truly and bracingly original.
  26. For Fringe's small but loyal following, resistance is truly futile. We'll stick with this remarkable series to the end.
  27. Community is undimmed in its marvelously inventive wackiness. Trippy as ever as it continues to send up sitcom conventions with surreal zeal.
  28. 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.
  29. No matter the language, or the decade, AbFab lives up to its title, and its reputation.
  30. 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.

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