TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 983 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Honorable Woman: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Liz & Dick
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 554
  2. Negative: 0 out of 554
554 tv reviews
  1. This sleek, sexy, smartly cynical drama about selling everything from cigarettes to Nixon also nails the era's attitudes of casual prejudice and sexual manipulation.
  2. This show earns its laughter with sharp writing, brilliant casting and characters that hit very close to home while often striking a nerve (mostly the funny bone).
  3. Nobody said the creative process was pretty, but rarely has it made such electrifying TV.
  4. Suspenseful, tragic yet also uplifting in its audacious collision of fantasy and emotional realism, this haunting gem reminds us that we shouldn't speak ill of the dead.
  5. This show delivers the dramatic goods with painstaking authenticity each week, and even when it isn’t trying to make you cry, you can’t help but get emotionally involved in the lives of these instantly recognizable and compelling characters.
  6. Finally, cable's hit design show is back, still the best and most flamboyantly entertaining of TV's skill-based competitions.
  7. Vulgar and noisy, and often disgustingly hilarious, Dead Set is the perfect pop-culture poison for those of us convinced the world of Big Brother and its spawn is an endless night of the living dead, turning participants and fans alike into craven zombies.
  8. A fourth season of wryly amusing but often shockingly brutal backwoods mayhem.
  9. An electrifying military-gone-amok thriller that bridges the macho hardware of Tom Clancy with the suspense of paranoid Cold War classics from the '60s like Fail Safe and Seven Days in May.
  10. Dexter is real, all right. Real good.
  11. Simply put, the journey of Battlestar Galactica is one long, exhilarating headtrip.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Animation has rarely felt so explosively, hilariously defiant.
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  17. 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.
  18. Trust me, Damages is worth it. And for those without access to DirecTV, worth the wait.
  19. An excellent eight-part British mystery reminiscent of The Killing and Broadchurch in its brooding anguish.
  20. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is science non-fiction at its most accessible and enjoyable.
  21. You really don't know what Being Human is like until you've seen this version of it. Can't recommend it highly enough.
  22. Everything about New Girl, from her goofy costars to the distinctively quirky writing, is irresistible.
  23. One of the best new comedies of the season, and an instant bright light in NBC’s much-honored lineup.
  24. The second season... crackles with high drama, suspenseful twists, unexpected humor and emotion.
  25. 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.
  26. 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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  27. This is sleek, sexy, smart, densely written and deliberately paced adult entertainment.
  28. Occupying familiar anti-hero territory with grim and often outrageous resolve, Ray Donovan is a sun-bleached noir and a character actor's paradise.
  29. It’s all very rude and often tremendously grotesque, but it’s a belly laugh a minute.
  30. 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.

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