TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 1,144 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: 64
Highest review score: 100 Rectify: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Saint George: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 642
  2. Negative: 0 out of 642
642 tv reviews
  1. Seriously, everyone, Luther is no joke.
  2. This show is shocking in all the right ways. It's monstrously entertaining.
  3. Though the subject matter is wrenching, the tone here is more about emotional uplift, emphasizing the importance of bringing loved ones along for the fight.
  4. Dexter is real, all right. Real good.
  5. UnReal is most enjoyable when its nasty and least convincing when its doling out soap-opera subplots. [8 Jun 2015, p.13]
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  6. John Adams, based on David McCullough's acclaimed biography, is as sumptuous and satisfying as TV gets: gorgeously produced, marvelously acted and written with a sense of high drama amid generous displays of wit.
  7. Trust me, Damages is worth it. And for those without access to DirecTV, worth the wait.
  8. This is smart, satisfying entertainment that brings new life to ancient history. [28 Sep - 11 Oct 2015, p.17]
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  9. Stranger Things 2 is a blast. [30 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017, p.12]
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  10. Some of the episode is forced--Sarah's babbling job tryout with Hank, for instance--but in those universal moments of family togetherness and transition, as these grown-ups who sometimes still feel like kids marvel at the mystery of parenthood, Parenthood is worth its weight in sentimental angst.
  11. Wonderfully anecdotal and bursting with classic music of many eras, this has a great beat and you can learn from it. [7 - 20 Nov 2016, p.13]
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  12. The first five episodes propel the story with so many surprises and calamitous cliffhangers that even nonbelievers might want to check the out-of-this-world Place out. [26 Sep 2016-2 Oct 2016, p.17]
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  13. Intensely stirring.
  14. If your taste runs toward the appallingly crass, then you’ll probably want to end the night with a new season of the incorrigibly amusing It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  15. A robust adaptation of Robert Schenkkan's Tony-winning docudrama. [9-22 May 2016, p.19]
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  16. Glee finally presents its second act tonight. And yes, it was worth the wait.
  17. The juxtaposition of surface banality and the high-octane spy intrigue of their shadow identities gives The Americans a suspenseful kick.
  18. 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.
  19. Top Chef: Las Vegas gets off to a strong start in its opening round, introducing an impressive number of contestants who are already on top of their game.
  20. The world may have changed, but Foyle has lost none of his brusque appeal, even though he appears sulkier than usual to be drawn back into the shadows to protect pawns in an increasingly deadly conflict. It's great to have him back.
  21. Visually spectacular but initially lumbering series adaptation. [1-14 May 2017, p.18]
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  22. Even richer and spookier in its second season, this inspired creep show plays like a Hammer horror film rendered by a poet consumed by a fatal romanticism. [4-17 May 2015, p.12]
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  23. Earl is unashamedly crude, at times downright stupid in its lowlife caricatures, yet it's all so cheerfully endearing that you can't help but be won over by its lowbrow high jinks.
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  24. Appropriate Adult is a psychologically harrowing character study of emotional manipulation against a backdrop of utter depravity.
  25. Executive producer Graham Yost sustains a tone of suspenseful and offbeat humor in this well-cast, smartly written sleeper. [16-29 Jan 2017, p.17]
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  26. Even in a better season, ABC's provocative and very funny Black-ish would stand out for its broad and biting satire of an uneasily post racial society seen through a very modern-family prism.
  27. Vikings has a primitive grandeur, with generous helpings of sex and savagery. Missing Spartacus this winter? Give these warriors a look.
  28. [A] macabre gem.
  29. In this clever series of politically and sexually charged Masterpiece Mystery! movies based on books by Michael Dibdin, and beautifully filmed on location, lone wolf Zen finds his reputation for integrity challenged on all sides.
  30. While Kruger's performance is convincing and intriguing, her character begs the question of how someone so unable to communicate could ever be promoted to a position where nuanced interrogation and interaction with suspects is a must. Thankfully, Bichir grounds the show with a sheepish, weary tenacity.

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