TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 1,133 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 Downton Abbey: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 636
  2. Negative: 0 out of 636
636 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. Bold and darkly funny. [26 Sep 2016-2 Oct 2016, p.17]
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  3. With warmth and gravity, [David Bradley's] the heart and soul of this grand Adventure.
  4. Homeland has its own rebuilding to do, and while some may miss the faster pace of last season, these are dark times, and the show is better for dealing with that reality in uncompromising terms.
  5. Moving the story ahead five years didn't so much reinvent the show as it recharged and refreshed the scintillating mix of domestic comedy and sudsy intrigue that we've always enjoyed.
  6. Even the bits that backfire--like the ridiculous stunt casting of Chris Rock as a supposedly menacing prison drug lord00rarely diminish the glee with which we ride along on each hairpin curve. [28 Sep - 11 Oct 2015, p.16]
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  7. Even when it gets preachy and repetitious, this is a gorgeous character study. [13-26 Nov 2017, p.17]
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  8. An eclectic and enthralling documentary travelogue that follows the band on a musical journey to explore the rich cultural heritage of eight iconic music meccas.
  9. 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.
  10. This subversive dark fantasy feels too real to ignore. [9-22 Nov 2015, p.13]
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  11. This sometimes-erratic thrill ride is back in top form in its fifth season, plunging Carrie into a hornet's nest of topical intrigue, involving Syrian refugee camps and a leaked CIA data breech that imperils US relations with Germany. [28 Sep - 11 Oct 2015, p.17]
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  12. Harry Bosch knows who he is, and it's a pleasure getting to know him better. [7-10 Mar 2016, p.19]
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  13. There's so much, and so many, to love in This IS Us, which even at its corniest somehow becomes four-hanky popcorn TV. [10-23 Oct 2016, p.18]
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  14. It’s a meeting of the brilliantly analytical minds, and a master class in acting, when Hugh Laurie clashes with Andre Braugher as a crafty but also damaged psychiatrist who holds the key to House’s future, in House’s tremendously entertaining and ultimately moving two-hour sixth-season opener.
  15. 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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  16. Fans who feared they'd seen the last of Matt Groening's cult classic will be thrilled to see the show return in good form.
  17. The early chapters are loaded with action, intrigue, enhanced by an authenticity as pungent as vintage vino. [22 Aug - 4 Sep 2016, p.17]
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  18. 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.
  19. Truth is there’s nothing off in either Smith’s infectiously enthusiastic spin on the good Doctor or in newly installed executive producer Steven Moffat's confident storytelling.
  20. There's always a surprise in baseball," says one of the game's biggest fans, Boston scribe Mike Barnicle. His lifelong emotional roller-coaster as a Red Sox loyalist--years of disappointment turned to rapture by the team's 2004 World Series victory--is one of the most enjoyable narrative threads in the glorious four hours of Baseball: The Tenth Inning.
  21. The suspense is considerable, with Luther once again desperately trying in vain to keep those he loves (including new girlfriend Sienna Guillory) out of the grisly crossfire, but the violent twists can verge on the eye-rollingly preposterous by the story's over-the-top climax, which (in happier news) reintroduces one of his most memorably seductive adversaries.
  22. Manhunt goes beyond the actual raid to explore the CIA's culture of intelligence gathering, including the internal debates on Bush-era "enhanced interrogation techniques." Even though we all know how it turns out, this is as gripping an account as you're likely to find.
  23. [An] evocative six-part crime thriller.
  24. This grueling but rewarding 10-part series from Ridley Scott's company is like a Masterpiece version of a classic horror movie: literate and philosophical, yet shocking but terrifically scary. [19 Mar-1 Apr 2018, p.12]
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  25. The spy/conspiracy story is kind of a dud, but Howard's a keeper. [5-18 Feb 2018, p.11]
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  26. Rescue Me is going into its twilight fully locked and loaded.
  27. The emotions, tears and laughter ring true in this small but deeply moving and entertaining gem. [11-24 Jul 2016, p.17]
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  28. Watching things go to hell was great fun. Being stuck in sitcom hell turns out to be a bit more trying.
  29. Even though it was starting to feel a bit threadbare in recent years, its classy departure is likely to leave its legion of fans pining for more. [4-17 Jan 2015, p.14]
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  30. Fringe return in fine form, with Fringe possibly taking top honors as the Show of the Night. It's that good.

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