TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 1,032 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Girls: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 585
  2. Negative: 0 out of 585
585 tv reviews
  1. Whenever they lash out in exhaustion and frustration, which is often the moment invariably leads to shocked laughter, a humor laced with desperation and need. Somehow, they're still into each other, and the only true calamity of Catastrophe is its brevity. [4-17 Apr 2016, p.21]
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  2. Top of the Lake is reminiscent of AMC's The Killing in ways both good (its moodiness) and unfortunate--Robin has a fiancé back home who keeps pleading for her to return--but its world is so specific and transcendently trippy, haunted by mythic legends rooted in this unforgiving geography, that it feels wondrously fresh, alien and unforgettable.
  3. 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.
  4. A creepier, freakier Resurrection, in which the returned are almost human but just "other" enough to cause problems, Flesh aims high as an allegory of social prejudice and political extremism.
  5. This dishy delight is a guilt-free pleasure. [6-19 Jun 2016, p.19]
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  6. Lena Dunham's brilliantly raw and raunchy Girls [is] a true breakthrough series.
  7. 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.
  8. Jane is [not] playing it safe, with subplots in the second season opener about a kidnapped infant, a stolen sperm sample and a drunken Vegas wedding officiated by a Cher impersonator.... Recklessly enjoyable. [12-25 Oct 2015, p.17]
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  9. 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.
  10. [Silicon Valley is] paired with the third season of the savagely hilarious Veep, this combo promises to be HBO's most robust and certainly most entertaining comedy hour in years.
  11. Orange loses little steam in its fourth tour of duty, with extremes of dark comedy and bitter tragedy, often heartbreaking in its depiction of metal illness and addiction, devastating in its escalation of racial conflict after the prison's cold-blooded new corporate owners flood the cell block with new bodies, triggering a demographic power shift. [27 Jun - 10 Jul 2016, p.15]
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  12. The randomness of the action and the sense of futility (most notable in Lydia's dealings with a male rape victim) distinguish Southland from run-of-the-mill cop dramas.
  13. Four seasons in, The Good Wife remains a marvel of clever plotting and tremendously witty ensemble acting.
  14. The Pacific is magnificent in its visual and graphically visceral scope and shattering in its emotional, deeply personal impact.
  15. 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.
  16. No matter the language, or the decade, AbFab lives up to its title, and its reputation.
  17. As fables go, Bountiful is fairly uneventful yet unexpectedly affecting, thanks to Tyson's unsparing honesty.
  18. This magnificent six-part Masterpiece adaption.... In a powerfully sustained performance of subtle sorrow and steely resolve, Rylance reveals a man who takes little pleasure in carrying out his master's harrowing whims. The true pleasure is entirely the viewers. [6-19 Apr 2015, p.14]
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  19. 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).
  20. Sunny gets its ninth season off to a strong start with a typically perverse episode.
  21. 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.
  22. A compulsively gripping drama that could be thought of as My So-Called Suicide. [20 Mar - 2 Apr 2017, p.19]
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  23. Happily, our love affair continues. [24 Oct-6 Nov 2016, p.16]
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  24. There is no more fascinating, or entertaining, new series this fall season.
  25. Bear in mind that if Men were any more low-key, it might evaporate in front of you. This seriocomic slice of life is best when we're at the diner or on a hike with these superbly acted smaller-than-life not-quite-heroes (Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula).
  26. Fargo's compelling, powerfully entertaining story is as strong as its great performances.
  27. Sherlock is the rare reinvention that's likely to enchant purists as well as those yearning for a new look at an old favorite. Should you bookmark it now on your DVR? The answer, my dear reader and viewer, is elementary.
  28. You're The Worst finds hilarity in Season 3 in the unstable fault lines of [Gretchen's] passionate but perversely ambivalent relationship with struggling author Jimmy. [22 Aug - 4 Sep 2016, p.17]
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  29. The Knick teems with forbidden passions and lives of unquiet desperation. [26 Oct - 8 Nov 2015, p.14]
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  30. Engrossing six-hour docudrama.... Nick's decline, grounded in a somber, unflashy realism by director Paul Haggis plays out within a parable of race and class schisms, wit serialized subplots humanizing the disadvantaged citizens from the projects. [10-23 Aug 2015, p.12]
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