TV Guide's Scores

For 750 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Hannibal: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Zero Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 421
  2. Negative: 0 out of 421
421 tv reviews
  1. The episodes play out in a series of uneven vignettes: droll, ironic and twisted. It's great to see Kudrow back on TV, but this visually static and comically stunted gimmick wears thin pretty quickly.
  2. Your enjoyment of Franklin & Bash may depend on your tolerance for frat-boy antics and smarmy whimsy.
  3. Though the stories provide plenty of jolts, Bedlam becomes less scary with repetition during its six-episode duration, because we can see these persistent ghouls all too easily.
  4. The show is entertaining enough on the job that it doesn’t need so-called comic relief.
  5. From the few episodes I've seen so far, Body of Proof is just ordinary enough to be a success. There's nothing in it you haven't seen several hundred times before: a blend of CSI science, Bones banter, Mentalist uncanny acuity, House haughtiness, Rizzoli & Isles eye candy.
  6. The voyeuristic thrill of watching the unguarded reactions of people--in this case, famous people--to outrageous situations has worked ever since Candid Camera, but I'll admit the only moment that brought me joy in the first episode is when one of Bieber's marks refuses to fall for the set-up, insisting, "Are we on Punk'd?"
  7. The problem is that Scoundrels is never as funny as it thinks it is.
  8. The writing telegraphs every trite and derivative twist, whether violent or sexual or some combination of the two to remind us this is pay cable and not some musty rerun.
  9. If the show were as exciting as it is improbable, Missing could qualify as a guilty pleasure. All it's missing are a few crucial ingredients: originality and intelligence.
  10. To say Secret Circle isn't spellbinding is an understatement. Originality and surprise are the main ingredients missing from this tepid witches' brew.
  11. Mostly, despite a title that sounds like a roofie, this is good harmless fun.
  12. Suspending disbelief would be a lot more enjoyable if we hadn't seen it all before.
  13. You might think you can't possibly fit one more crime-solving procedural onto an overcrowded calendar, but consider giving Bones a break.
  14. Gravity may be weighted down by cliche, but it’s not without interest.
  15. The broad comedy in 1600 Penn derives from familiar sitcom clichés being magnified by the Oval Office fishbowl. It's a gimmick that may have trouble holding up to a second term, though the cast is certainly game.
  16. The cast is strong... But the characters come off as icky, wretched backstabbers.
  17. Dracula lacks wit, style, surprise--and, most important, bite.
  18. These young Chicagoans are seriously, but amusingly, Underemployed--the title of a disarmingly scruffy new MTV hour-long dramedy from Six Feet Under's Craig Wright that nails the confusion (sometimes sexual) and disappointment (usually economic) of a generation raised to expect more than today's society is offering.
  19. The cast is solid and admirably diverse.... While never as engaging as Grey's Anatomy nor clever enough to make us forget the void left by House's departure, Mornings at least does no harm.
  20. If only Grimm didn't also feel like we've seen it before, only executed with more verve and humor back in the glory days of Buffy and Angel.
  21. An utterly pedestrian docudrama that never lives up to its campy billing.
  22. There is one clever gimmick--the winner gets to sit upon a "Throne of Games"--but the very-long-hour opener is a tedious affair.
  23. This isn't a terrible show, because that might make it memorable. Instead, it falls into that category of being fairly clever without really being funny or all that amusing.
  24. It's not only the trash that's stinking on Melissa & Joey.
  25. Lacking the nutritious value of originality, we're left with Catherine's mantra about her prey: "You have to be worse than they are." It doesn't get much worse than Those Who Kill.
  26. When you have talent like Adam Scott (John Wilkes Booth), Bob Odenkirk (Nixon) and Jack Black (Elvis) on hand, why not let them improv their own material? They're wasted as puppets trapped in this sad, thin vaudeville.
  27. A bit generic, despite the creepy particulars of this series’ science-based mysteries--think a more mainstream "Fringe."
  28. Mel's eccentric independence is admirable and more often than not amusing--which isn't always the case for the show, which uses gentle but forced whimsy to deliver treacly life lessons from the perspective of preteen son Henry (Eli Baker).
  29. Even the people who matter to him most are sketchily drawn, while others are almost laughable caricatures, including a friend's saucy cheating wife, purred by Kim Cattrall.
  30. Mr. Sunshine never really comes into focus. I'm regarding this as a work in progress, and am hoping it finds its way in weeks to come the way Cougar Town quickly did.