USA Today's Scores

For 1,143 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 680
  2. Negative: 0 out of 680
680 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. There is no new show more likable, but that affection may waver if Betty can't give Ferrera the scripts and support she deserves.
  3. It's not perfect, but in a sea of procedural conformity, Glee is its own weird, often enchanting little island escape.
  4. Though the treatment of the younger characters is a bit heavy-handed, the four main adults are beautifully drawn and played.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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  9. 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.
  10. For all the artificiality of the language, there has seldom been a show that felt more authentic.
  11. Tonight, the surgeons set up shop in Beverly Hills, a move that has inspired the show to rediscover its sense of style and fun.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The Tudors comes back enriched and improved.
  15. There are a few clumsy spills into melodrama, but overall this eight-hour effort is rousing, funny, frightening and heartbreaking--an affirmation of life and a condemnation of racism in all its ancient and surviving forms.
  16. There are moments where Sugar's twists are too easily spotted, but there are far more times when the show, and the spirit, soar.
  17. All in all, it's a very promising start.
  18. Entourage... returns for a third season with funnier episodes and higher stakes.
  19. 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.
  20. The smartly written dark dramedy, created by Marti Noxon (UnREAL), is a delectable expression of feminist anger, a parable that eviscerates the patriarchy.
  21. With a little humor to lighten the tension, some well-placed quiet moments to keep the show grounded and a fast pace that keeps any seams from showing, Designated arrives as the most satisfying opening hour of any new broadcast drama.
  22. Once The Chi puts its characters in place and starts moving in its second and third episodes, viewers might forgive the too-coincidental circumstances that brought them together. More important is the emotion and humanity of these characters, and The Chi offers a remarkably raw portrayal of their strengths and flaws, for better or worse.
  23. Like FX's Atlanta, the season’s best new comedy, Insecure is fighting, and winning, a two-front war: Exploring what's different about the black experience while reminding us that much of that experience is shared by us all. There’s nothing limited or limiting about Insecure.
  24. As you might expect from an experimental show that is doing its best to misbehave, there are times when Arrested goes too far. I could live without George Michael's crush on his first cousin, a story given more prominence in a future episode when it really needs less. But for now, I'd say stick with the Bluths, even when their behavior is more alarming than arresting. At least they're not dull. And this season, that's a development worth encouraging.
  25. Damages is an enjoyably complex thriller.
  26. All we need ask of Grey's is that it tell its stories well in its own way, and tonight it does.
  27. It's alternately funny and horrifying, and manages to make jokes about its criminal elements without being too exploitative or blasé. ... Much of the success of the show rests on Hader, though, and he is fantastic. ... The ensemble is superb as well.
  28. Buffed to a typical HBO high gloss, Candelabra is a visual feast. But it shines brightest in those moments where it captures the rhythms of a relationship in its first blush of affection and its seemingly inevitable collapse.
  29. Grounded by outstanding performances from Sandra Oh (in her first regular-series role since leaving Grey's Anatomy) and Jodie Comer (The White Princess), Eve is an enthralling trip that follows a familiar path and then suddenly veers off course, never ceasing to shock and satisfy. The series manages to be as gripping as it is kooky and darkly funny, reveling in the tennis match between the two actresses.
  30. Part mystery, part fantasy, part comedy, and all wildly imaginative exaggeration, Blood proves that there's still vibrant life--or death--left in the "star-crossed lovers" paradigm.

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