USA Today's Scores

For 942 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 558
  2. Negative: 0 out of 558
558 tv reviews
  1. With a sure and witty touch, Will captures the way gay men and their straight female friends make an asset of their gender differences and romantic similarities. [21 Sep 1998]
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  2. We could all use a good summer TV diversion around now, and if tonight's entertaining, intriguing premiere turns out to be a fair guide, Dome could be just what we've needed.
  3. [A] compelling, smartly acted new co-production from AMC and Britain's Channel 4 that explores who we are and how fragile our own grip on humanity can be.
  4. So far, though, it keeps the techno-babble to a manageable level, and if it seems to owe more to other movies and shows than it does to real life, at least it's paying its debt in an entertaining fashion.
  5. What's missing, unfortunately, is any attempt to explain that music--to tell us what made Smith stand out, to examine her impact on other singers, and to give us a sense of the extent of her popularity. And yet, while those flaws are not unimportant, they're also unlikely to be what you'll remember most. No, that will be Latifah, glowing with pleasure after a song well sung, screaming with agony after another betrayal, risking and exposing everything as a performer. She's a star, born yet again.
  6. Credit Samberg with choosing a solid concept, a Barney Miller-type cop comedy from Parks and Recreation's Dan Goor and Michael Schur, and surrounding himself with a great supporting cast led by Andre Braugher as the squad's captain.
  7. Pulsing with life and fun, sparked by energetic dances and colorful costumes, and driven by Charles Smalls's still sturdy score, NBC's The Wiz Live! Thursday night was charmed from start to finish. And were that not enough, viewers got to witness the launch of a scintillating new performer in Shanice Williams.
  8. True Blood is worth the work, particularly since the main plot (Sookie's search for her kidnapped vampire lover Bill) is pretty much a self-starter.
  9. Witty, earnest, intelligent, overdone, overly ambitious, wildly entertaining and superbly cast.
  10. There are touches in Spy that seem rather needlessly gothic and unnecessarily grim, but they're more than redeemed by its sustained sense of place and by wonderful performances from Whishaw, Broadbent and, in smaller roles, Holcroft and Charlotte Rampling. And unlike so many modern projects, it seems to be exactly the length it should be, with pauses in the action there to draw us into the characters rather than just as padding.
  11. The best of the bunch, and the best new series of the fall, comes first.
  12. Malcolm recalls Roseanne's maternal drive, The Simpsons' cartoon exaggerations, and a blue-collar sensibility and emotional honesty common to both. And if tonight's outstanding premiere tries too hard for its own good to stand out, even that flaw subsides in later episodes. [7 Jan 2000]
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  13. The script is humorous, though not hilarious, and the show boasts a fine cast that could, with time, jell into a great one.
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  14. Yet another terrifically offbeat and off-the-beaten-path comedy, sparked by another great, career-shifting central performance--this time from Gael Garcia Bernal as the charismatic new conductor of the fictional New York Symphony.
  15. There is no new show more likable, but that affection may waver if Betty can't give Ferrera the scripts and support she deserves.
  16. It's not perfect, but in a sea of procedural conformity, Glee is its own weird, often enchanting little island escape.
  17. Though the treatment of the younger characters is a bit heavy-handed, the four main adults are beautifully drawn and played.
  18. Granted, this new Andy may not be as inventive or subversive as Universe, but it is just as funny and probably a bit more accessible.
  19. There's something terribly real and awfully funny about this engaging little sitcom, which takes the sweetness of Parenthood and adds its own slightly bitter touch.
  20. You may appreciate the flair and poignancy Elementary brings to the crowded procedural field, and the energy, wit and sex appeal Miller brings to his role.
  21. One of the season's coolest, funniest and most genuinely offbeat treats. It's MTV's best since the sardonic "Daria." [10 Sept 1997, p.3D]
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  22. What Men offers is the pleasure of watching people who know what they're doing do it well. Jones' mixture of bratty spunk and vulnerability keeps Jake from seeming too precocious or too cute. Sheen is so amusingly sardonic and cheerfully self-aware, he makes Charlie's immaturity endearing rather than annoying. And there just aren't many actors who are better at funny-fussbudget than Cryer -- or who have more polished comic skills.
  23. For all the artificiality of the language, there has seldom been a show that felt more authentic.
  24. Tonight, the surgeons set up shop in Beverly Hills, a move that has inspired the show to rediscover its sense of style and fun.
  25. Unless you're allergic to musicals in general and Broadway in particular, you should find that a compelling central story, a strong cast, an out-of-the-procedural-mold premise and some rousing, roof-raising numbers more than compensate for any lingering problems.
  26. If you stay, you just may find yourself captivated by a trio of strong performances from Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne--and entranced by the fevered-dream spell cast by creator Bryan Fuller, the brilliant TV auteur behind Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls.
  27. The Tudors comes back enriched and improved.
  28. All in all, it's a very promising start.
  29. Entourage... returns for a third season with funnier episodes and higher stakes.
  30. Times have changed, but they haven't weakened the basic strength of Dickens' story or diminished his insights into a society in which the poor are left to their own oppressed devices unless they cross paths with the rich.

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