TV Guide's Scores

For 784 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 Justified: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Does Someone Have To Go: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 438
  2. Negative: 0 out of 438
438 tv reviews
  1. Mirren... hits a dazzling career high.
  2. The circuitous plot is challenging, but the true glory of Deadwood is in its vivid creation of a volatile world where scoundrels, wretches and tormented heroes coexist in an unvarnished time capsule of Wild West history.
  3. This is one fabulous ride.
  4. Richly plotted and totally absorbing, one of summer TV's best surprises.
  5. It is intensely serious, and seriously well done.
  6. [A] macabre gem.
  7. Intensely stirring.
  8. 24's first four hours, airing over two nights, aren't quite as electrifying as last season's opening act.... But none of these problems diminish the pulse-pounding pleasures of watching 24.
  9. It's Broadbent as Longford, made an outcast for his empathy, whom you'll not forget.
  10. Nerdy sweetness and deep silliness flow effortlessly from Andy Richter.
  11. I hung on and laughed at nearly every word.
  12. 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.
  13. Who's a villain and who's a hero here? Can you tell the pawns from the players? All excellent questions as we become absorbed in FX's latest thrill ride.
  14. This darkly engrossing and quietly suspenseful six-hour miniseries packages its chilly, cynical overview of international Cold War espionage in a brisk parade of sumptuously produced historical set pieces.
  15. Duchovny is as rakishly appealing as any cad can be.
  16. By the time the sing-along version of High School Musical 2 airs Sunday (8/19, 8/7c), two nights after the first screening, many kids already will have memorized the lyrics--and probably many of the dance moves. It's going to be that addictive.
  17. Torchwood, a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off.
  18. Tell Me You Love Me is an engrossing, searing, sometimes squirm-inducing study of intimacy, told with a fly-on-the-bedroom-wall realism that is both clinical and wrenching. Voyeurism has rarely felt so unnerving yet ultimately rewarding.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's clear that the editors have plenty to choose from for each 30-minute episode, judging by the plethora of deleted scenes included in this four-disc set. Other highlights include bloopers (yay!) and Michael and Dwight's rap-inspired "Lazy Scranton" video.
  19. I watched with an escalating sense of dread, but still was unprepared for the powerful twists along the way.
  20. The new setting and a fresh, swank look help restore energy and a sense of freakish fun to what had become a morose melodrama.
  21. As Shrek wishes "A smelly Christmas to all and to all a gross night," you may be appallingly charmed.
  22. Mars is an entertaining collision of bare-knuckled police-procedural realism and mind-blowing surrealism.
  23. This show lives up to its franchise's reputation for suspenseful action.
  24. Grisly and wacky, suspenseful and sorrowful, this darkly compelling cautionary fable of very abnormal chemistry is infused with a Coen Brothers-like flavor of macabre humor.
  25. Adorably quirky and emotionally surprising, Eli Stone is a legal drama the same way Pushing Daisies (how I miss it) is a mere whodunit.
  26. The women are the main event here, including the wonderful Audra McDonald (also a Tony winner) as Walter Lee's long-suffering wife and Sanaa Lathan as his spunky sister. It would take a hard heart not to root for this family, to cry with them or to rejoice when they finally get their moment in the sun.
  27. Law revels in reckless, rude antiheroics. But Margulies also excels in giving her character emotional depth, with a tragic backstory and a rocky personal life involving a long-suffering husband (Aidan Quinn) and a hot private eye (James McCaffrey) on the side.
  28. I find I’m even more enthralled by Showtime’s costume melodrama The Tudors than I was a year ago.
  29. With its scenic photography, slick editing and relentless pop-rock soundtrack, Carrier has the feel of a movie, or maybe the world's longest recruitment video. It's also an engrossing, rewarding and addictive study of personal endurance and sacrifice.

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