USA Today's Scores

For 797 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Modern Family: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 478
  2. Negative: 0 out of 478
478 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. It may be formula, but one where all the elements reliably click. [16 Sep 1992]
  3. The Marshal is retro action stuff, every week a different chase and capture, but the ungroomed MacBride has enough character - and so does the show - to distinguish it from TV's legion of mediocrities from Matlock to The Commish. [31 Jan 1995]
  4. How mad you'll be for the slice-of-strife romantic comedy of Mad About You may depend on your tolerance for the young-ish and restless, verbally glib and urban-ly neurotic. [23 Sep 1992]
  5. This slick new sitcom, from three former producer/writers of Cheers, might be accused of gliding along too smoothly, as opposed to soaring. But what a pleasant journey it promises to be. [19 Apr 1990, p.3D]
  6. There isn't much new in this northern Western, but the scenery is lovely, the acting is solid, and the mix of characters is just what you'd expect from the genre.
  7. While gratitude and humility are admirable traits, there were times in Monday's opening moments when Fallon risked taking them to uncomfortable extremes.... Luckily, he rescued the moment with one of the show's better bits. A seemingly offhand remark about an unnamed star owing him money for betting him he'd never get the Tonight Show job led to a surprise-guest parade.
  8. You get a lot of jokes per minute from Meyers, and on Monday at least, most of them worked.... Time of course will tell, but Late Night once again seems to be in good hands.
  9. Though boringly narrated by a 93-year-old Indy, the tales are the stuff of many a kid's adventure story - back when kids still read. [4 Mar 1992, p.1D]
  10. Better than the movie...How often can you say that about a network knockoff? [30 Sept 1996, p.3D]
  11. The best parts of this sleek but scaled-down show are what made the first film such an unexpected gas back in 1987: cartoonish mayhem, puns and visual gags, a cheeky tweaking of TV "infotainment" and a cheerful cynicism about a corporate culture grown even more mendacious on the back of the computer chip. [14 Mar 1994]
  12. Collectively, Inconceivable seems a bit desperate and confused.
  13. Ever since Sex and the City proved you could update Designing Women for a shallower audience by amping up the sex and removing the social content, TV writers have been trying without success to replicate the trick. Though Hot Properties feels too forced and a bit old-hat, it comes closer than most, thanks to a strong cast and a few genuinely funny lines.
  14. Colbert was an invaluable part of the Daily Show, but as the whole show, he's not enough and too much simultaneously.
  15. A comedy-laced caper requires a light, sure touch. Heist tends to plod.
  16. Whatever one thinks of the format, the briskly paced setup is effectively done.
  17. Too confused for a documentary, insufficiently dramatized for a movie, Path simply doesn't have the skill needed to support its intentions.
  18. It's one of those midlevel, decently entertaining dramas you're most inclined to watch when nothing else in the time slot excites you.
  19. With each episode, the show seems to move further from real life and the real Rome and off into some sex-crazed, soap-opera fantasy version of a place that has never, thankfully, existed before or since.
  20. The goal is little more than light, disposable summer entertainment — and the show may even get there, if it can strip away some of its more annoying drags.
  21. Taylor, whose performance overflows with touchingly wounded dignity. She also gets to deliver a great speech to two of her patients, which, while totally unrealistic, is fun in an overly theatrical kind of way.
  22. The stories and performances vary in interest, and all would benefit from a bit more humor. Still, even the weaker stories eventually pull you in, if only because you spend so much time listening to these people complain, you want to see how they work things out.
  23. Yet as often happens, tonight's premiere is far less than the sum of its parts. The tone shifts precariously from scene to scene, and Krause is too dull a presence here to tie the tones together. He has to serve as our entrant into this strange world, and in the pilot, he just seems disinterested.
  24. Moonlight. It's basically "Angel" without the search-for-a-soul underpinnings that gave Angel depth, and with a more ponderous script and less adept cast.
  25. Life Is Wild, a 7th Heaven replacement that adds African landscapes, wildlife and culture.
  26. It would be nice if the exposition were less clunky and the show did more to capture what is special about its San Francisco setting. Still, the actors are enjoyable, and their series in large part does what it sets out to do.
  27. Ambitious and intriguing though it may be, Tin Man is simply too long, too grim and too determined to impose a Lord of the Rings universe-saving quest on top of a simpler, gentler story.
  28. Sadly, in this elaborately produced, incredibly well-intentioned seven-part HBO miniseries adaptation of the book, Adams recedes once again, outshone not just by his more famous peers but also by just about every minor character.
  29. The show itself, sad to say, is not done well enough to work. But it's not dull, and it's worth watching if only to try to figure out what CBS could have been thinking--beyond, "No one's going to confuse this with NCIS."
  30. Bar is so slow to start, it might as well be in reverse. The first episode is, simply, flat-out terrible. Which is why, if you're a Bochco fan, you'd be wise to wait for the fourth episode, when Bar moves to mediocre.

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