USA Today's Scores

For 1,038 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 614
  2. Negative: 0 out of 614
614 tv reviews
  1. While many of the weight jokes are very funny, there are a few too many of them. Still, what matters most for the show's future health is that it does not define Mike and Molly as "fat." They're nice, normal, relatable people who eat too much and want to eat less.
  2. Happily, the American version--a second try, after an original pilot was scrapped--makes mostly wise decisions, starting with trusting the show to O'Mara. He's off to an excellent start, particularly in grounding the story by keeping his reactions rooted in reality.
  3. Max and Caroline's Odd Couple interaction is nothing you haven't seen before. But thanks to the show's two bright young stars, who deliver their shared dialogue with a nice, natural ease, their scenes together have enough charm and humor to make these struggling Girls look like winners.
  4. Competent as Vampire may be, there's also something rehashed and filtered about it, to the point where it sometimes feels like the kiddie-ride version of "True Blood," and perhaps appropriately so.
  5. The Sopranos would have benefited from the editing required by network time and content restraints, which would have made the rambling episodes tighter and cleared them of their worst blood and exposed-breast excesses. [8 Jan 1999, p.8E]
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  6. There's little in the setup you haven't seen before or, given TV's proclivities, won't see again. But Passmore does a good job of making his character seem intelligent and a bit maddening without letting him become obnoxious.
  7. Taken as a fright fest, pure and simple, Dead succeeds admirably well, capturing the terror and confusion of waking up in a world where you've gone from person to endangered-species zombie food overnight.
  8. Convincing both as the terrible woman she used to be and the nicer woman she's trying to be, Applegate holds the character together even when she's yelping or collapsing in a dither--though in the long run, less of that would be more.
  9. The whodunit isn't bad, satisfying enough in an old-hat way, but what sets JAG apart is its crisp, sleek tone. [22 Sep 1995]
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  10. Doubt isn't art, but it's a well-done piece of popular entertainment that, for Heigl, represents a welcome return to form.
  11. The overly blended result may be as much Dickens, Tolkien and J.K. Rowling as it is J.M. Barrie, but it's still an appealing one.
  12. As funny as this scattershot sitcom can be, the problem remains that show business (and in particular, GE's business) is a topic of limited long-haul mass appeal.
  13. As is often the nature of such programs, Skies does ask you to accept a lot of clunky dialogue and a few too many easily spotted twists. Even so, fans of the genre can embrace it as a summer-viewing diversion--one that's likely to work even better for younger viewers, who haven't seen all the films from which it borrows.
  14. Familiar though they may be, that’s still a lot of characters to reintroduce while also establishing a premise that is sort of a Doctor Who meets Guardians of the Galaxy--with a touch of The Mummy Returns thrown in for good measure. But the show carries it off, setting up its time-travel parameters (they can change events, but not ones in which they’ve participated) as well as its hero/villain conflict.
  15. The show seems faster, brighter and more entertaining than most of the serials that beat it to the punch this fall.
  16. Without Sedgwick, The Closer would be a standard-issue police procedural — a decent bit of TV entertainment, but nothing more. With Sedgwick's unforced charm and her witty iron-fist-meets-velvet-glove performance, The Closer rises to the top of TV's summer bill.
  17. Karen is more a character-driven drama with cops than a mystery, so don't expect the plot, well-developed though it may be, to fool you. You know Karen will get her man, one way or the other...What matters is the style and steam she brings to the chase.
  18. All in all, pretty standard sci-fi stuff, but it's well played by the attractive cast and unusually well produced. Even more unusually, the show seems as interested in its characters as it is in its hardware. [19 Mar 1999]
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  19. Luckily, the last thing many of us need in summer is another show that demands our weekly attention. Entertainment we can dip in and out of will do. And if that's what you want, Wilfred is a good dog indeed.
  20. If parts of the tale are familiar, it's all well-told, with a bit of visual flair.... [Berry] brings a dignity and gravity to Molly, a projected intelligence that allows you to buy her as an astronaut and to see what has happened to her as frightening rather than ridiculous.
  21. Luckily for Terra Nova, fans of the genre are often at least temporarily willing to overlook bad writing and performances if the battles are exciting and special effects convincing, and they are. That should buy the show time to improve.
  22. There are great performances from Gedrick and Dunn as leaders of a gambling quartet, and good work all around.
  23. Like Harry, the show has yet to fully master its tricks. There are a few decent jolts, but nothing is truly frightening or even that threatening. And while the show can be amusing, it's never exactly side-splitting.
  24. In essence, Librarian is a summer movie blockbuster on a winter TV budget, and has all the virtues and flaws you'd expect from that odd pairing--including never taking itself too seriously.
  25. The main characters are well-drawn and well-played, particularly by Mulroney, Taylor, Gross and (as you'd expect) Anderson, and the structure already seems reliably sturdy.
  26. Tonight's 90-minute premiere is a tad overextended, but it still provides an effective and entertaining launchpad for the premise.
  27. Is Lights the show it was when it began? No. But it's still better than most anything else on the TV field.
  28. While Pillars can seem a bit comic, it isn't camp. The characters and their beliefs are treated seriously and with respect, and no one is without some virtue or some sin.
  29. There's a great deal of humor and heart on display here, and a sense of empathy that draws you into all of the characters. You also get a wide range of fine performances, from Metz’s humor-tinged refusal to give in to self-pity to Brown’s expertly played conflict over how to deal with his father.
  30. It understands that its first job is to make us believe in Bonnie and Clyde and commit to their story. And that it does, perhaps not brilliantly, but well.

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