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 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 485
  2. Negative: 0 out of 485
485 tv reviews
  1. The show may be titled Hannibal, which for commercial branding purposes makes complete sense, but this is Will's story. And an absorbing, psychologically rich one it is, too--immeasurably smarter than The Following, more haunting than Bates Motel.
  2. This Technicolored kaleidoscope fable of life, love and perpetual whimsy restores my faith in TV's ability to amuse, enchant and entertain with endless invention and eye-popping style.
  3. It raises its emotional game almost instantly, as Alicia (the enigmatic and compellingly subtle Julianna Margulies) makes a fateful choice between her disgraced husband Peter (Chris Noth) and amorous boss Will (Josh Charles), though the decision is clouded by another character's manipulative deceit.
  4. This is classic Law & Order through and through, where only the wigs worn in court and the accents are significantly different. The London environs evoke the urban New York feel, and the cast here is top-notch, refreshingly reintroducing us to the notion of a lead detective who's been around the block a few times.
  5. The Hour teems with flawed but driven professionals who, even at their worst, never come off as ridiculous as Newsroom's fools' gallery. The hours just fly by
  6. The Americans redefines domestic espionage with its multiple layers of emotionally charged suspense.
  7. A smartly conceived and well executed legal drama with a strong star (Julianna Margulies) at its core and, even better, a terrifically timely hook.
  8. Count me in. Nix knows you can't play the old cliches straight, so each shootout and car chase--and there's plenty of mayhem in the fast-paced pilot--is infused with an "oh, c'mon" over-the-top goofiness.
  9. Director Kenneth Branagh's culture-clash gimmick doesn't get in the way of the play's many intoxicating pleasures. This isn't samurai Shakespeare.
  10. With warmth and gravity, [David Bradley's] the heart and soul of this grand Adventure.
  11. The comic relief we have come to rely on in the macho camaraderie has more of a tinge of gallows humor this season, which isn't to say that Rescue Me feels like a show on its last legs, more like it's nearing its natural (or, given the frequency of Tommy's post-traumatic hallucinations, unnatural) end.
  12. If what you're looking for is a good scare that's cunningly and ruthlessly executed, be forewarned. The Following is the real deal.
  13. Cosby is in fine form as he mugs with that expressive face and riffs in his distinctive voice on his favorite topics of love, marriage and family. His timing is masterful.
  14. Magic Johnson narrates much of this astonishing story in a trademark genial manner, giving a storybook quality to the early chapters of instant fame, glory and goodwill.
  15. Appropriate Adult is a psychologically harrowing character study of emotional manipulation against a backdrop of utter depravity.
  16. Who the real animal is here remains to be seen, with surprising and mostly satisfying fallout in this taut legal thriller.
  17. A gripping 14-part docu-series reminiscent of ABC's Boston Med and Hopkins in its fly-on-the-wall, up close and personal look at the chaos and compassion in the emergency room of London's King's College Hospital.
  18. I watched with an escalating sense of dread, but still was unprepared for the powerful twists along the way.
  19. If I had to choose between this and watching Michael Scott take a final lap around the tired Office halls of Dunder Mifflin on NBC--its dreadful companion comedy Outsourced isn't even an option--I'm leaning toward the drop-dead-deadly assassin.
  20. Even at its most ponderous and indulgent, Mad Men casts a mesmerizing spell, and that's true throughout this less-than-satisfying but intermittently intriguing chapter.
  21. Mark Valley, droll and dashing, is long overdue a hit series, and I’d like to think this fast-paced piece of popcorn fluff could be the ticket. I’d watch Human Target for the retro-cool opening credits alone.
  22. It takes a while for this season to build up some steam--by the third episode, though, we're back in full murderous swing, with some gasp-inducing twist--and things stall whenever the focus shifts to subplots involving Dexter's police co-workers. But whenever Dexter is center stage, Dexter remains one of TV's most gripping dark entertainments.
  23. Asylum delivers a much more evocative nightmare gallery without losing any of the franchise's provocative, look-ma-I'm-screaming bravado.
  24. This is a solid hour that feels perfectly attuned to the CBS lineup, although it's less formulaic than what you usually find on Fridays.
  25. Actually, his greatest gift was that of imagination, and Fleming is especially enjoyable as it dramatizes the exploits that would give birth the immortal 007.
  26. Funky, freaky and fascinating, Orphan deserves to be adopted by any pulp-fantasy fan.
  27. It’s a meeting of the brilliantly analytical minds, and a master class in acting, when Hugh Laurie clashes with Andre Braugher as a crafty but also damaged psychiatrist who holds the key to House’s future, in House’s tremendously entertaining and ultimately moving two-hour sixth-season opener.
  28. Everyone's ruthlessly cynical machinations can take on a wearying predictability if devoured hour after hour without a break.
  29. Adorably quirky and emotionally surprising, Eli Stone is a legal drama the same way Pushing Daisies (how I miss it) is a mere whodunit.
  30. It’s titillating without being truly trashy, because it also has heart--for that, thank Bil-lie Piper (formerly of Doctor Who), who brings wit and warmth, but also a crisp and unpredictable edge, to the tricky role of Belle by night/Hannah by day.

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