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 Mad Men: Season 1
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. At least this feels like a culture-clash adventure, not merely an audition for the seven callow cuties sharing yet another fab flat. [27 Jun 1995]
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  2. An intriguing, brainy but strangely unappealing catalog of short film pieces, the sort of nervy, smug spoofs that NBC's Saturday Night Live specializes in. [25 Sep 1992]
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  3. Defiantly deadpan and amusing. [26 May 1995]
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  4. This one's a notch better than some, with Ben Savage (Fred's younger brother) only slightly overdoing it as Cory Matthews, the brat of his pack, boasting with his buds about how late they made it through last night's late-TV monologue. [24 Sept 1993, p.3D]
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  5. Unfortunately, you can feel it in the plotting, which is perfunctory at best, and woefully, repetitively tired at worst.
  6. Unfortunately, having successfully created Mike and his family, Fox seems to have no idea what to do with them. The second episode and a later one made available for preview that features Anne Heche as Mike's rival at work fall back on what can be labeled the Comedy of Sitcom Stupidity.
  7. You'd be hard-pressed to find better actors than Crazy has gathered, and despite their show's abrupt shifts from frantic to torpid, there are moments when they make the relationships work. What they're less likely to do is make you laugh.
  8. There are no awful characters and no bad actors; this is a cute little show that exceeds expectations. What it's yet to provide, though, is a compelling reason to watch.
  9. Perhaps this is the way people really spoke in 1876 Deadwood, but TV isn't a research paper, and shows don't run with footnotes and annotations. Many viewers are likely to feel that Milch and the actors have failed to make the expletive-laden dialogue play as believable. Equally many are likely to find it off-putting, whether they believe it or not. It's just one more barrier for a genre that already has a problem connecting with a modern audience...That hurdle might have been overcome had the actors been able to pull us past the words and into the story, but Milch has not cast the show as well as he needed. With the exception of the always welcome Keith Carradine, whose dissipated Wild Bill Hickok is the series' most appealing character, the actors are not up to the tasks assigned.
  10. Children will enjoy some of the stunts, and adults may appreciate some of the love-conquers-all messages. But all ages may fear that, as with the original, there's less here than meets the eye.
  11. If you can look past a few disquieting flaws and get past that odd feeling that you've seen it all before, you'll find the bones of a potentially entertaining series in Almost Human.
  12. Intelligence may not be the most exciting show the new year will bring, but it is the kind of weekly adventure/mystery CBS does well--one that tells you what it is up front and is smart enough to deliver on most of what it promises.
  13. Seldom has a fatally flawed concept been better executed than on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
  14. The show's younger stars all are personable, if not yet exactly memorable, and all told, their show is an agreeable, mildly amusing time-passer.
  15. When Resurrection focuses on Jacob and his family, the actors and the concept carry it. But hours must be filled, and the more the show expands to include other Arcadians, most of whom are tiresome, the weaker it becomes.
  16. As you'd hope from an hour directed by CuarĂ³n, Monday's premiere moves swiftly and surely, with well-shot action sequences and bursts of visual flare, led by a nightmarish image of birds coming to Bo's rescue. Small touches of humor mix with large doses of pseudo-spiritual sentiment.... Yet for all those flourishes, nothing really shakes that feeling that it's all been done before and it won't end well.
  17. The L Word wants to be as liberating for gay women as Sex and the City was for their straight sisters. Instead, it comes across as a repetitive soap opera that reduces life to sex, and sex to a Joey Tribiani fantasy about girl-on-girl make-out sessions.
  18. What it lacks, unfortunately, is style -- some sense of smart, well-executed, up-to-date design. You can almost see the corners being cut, from the inconsistent casting to the cheap reliance on sex to the blatantly fake back-lot sets that are trying to pass for Chicago. You may not expect originality in a movie transfer, not when familiarity is what's selling the show. But you do expect Barbershop to display enough style of its own to avoid looking like a cheap knockoff.
  19. The plot takes a few satisfyingly clever twists, some of them possibly even fact-based. The period touches seem well-observed, and the acting is fine throughout--with Pace a standout for the way he allows anger and doubt to be just barely visible below a calm, confident shell. Yet too often the writing lets the actors down.
  20. Platinum does a decent job of establishing its world and its family, setting up the internal jealousies and exposing the undercurrents. But the show is a bit too willing to fall back on easy stereotypes (the evil tycoon, the cowardly reporter) and a bit lazy when moving the story along. Music videos are a nice diversion, but they shouldn't be used as filler to avoid plot. [14 Apr 2003]
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  21. Ritter ... still has the same deceptively innocent face, the same way with a line, the same gift for a great double take or a bit of physical business. And he's still surrounded by pretty women who invariably get the better of him. Unfortunately, he's also still working with scripts that aren't up to the comic effort he pours into them.
  22. This earnest Texas saga of high-school football and larger life goals really does go against the grain. It's not an annoying sitcom, for one. And it has a generally terrific cast and positive values. But in terms of ambition and depth, it fumbles on a gridiron of self-righteous improbability. [1 Oct 1993]
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  23. Cash and Geere make the most out of every cutting line and look. But too often, the show mistakes being unpleasant for being amusing.
  24. Like most other Cheers fans, it's impossible not to miss the gang back East. But given the disappointing season at hand, Frasier will do. [16 Sept 1993, p.1D]
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  25. Perhaps it was too much to hope that the second season of Housewives would get off to the same kind of explosive start as the first. But we do expect the series to do more than just mark time. [10 Oct 2005]
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  26. In a season where all high schools look the same, with sun-drenched campuses trolled by smart-alecky know-it-alls, Beverly Hills, 90210 looks like yet another tired breath of smoggy, sunny California air...But beyond its stock characters - the freshman dweebs, the rich deb with a new nose job, the peripheral parents, the mousy scribe - there's a sweet sister-brother bond here, on a par with the better John Hughes youth- pandering flicks. [4 Oct 1990, p.3D]
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  27. Even if you find the show odd, awful or freakish, at least it won't bore you. [29 Jan 1999]
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  28. Uninspired but competently workmanlike. [4 Mar 1997]
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  29. If you can get past the glorified and tiresome rumbles and taunts between the low-class ''greasers'' and their rich-kid rivals - the ''socs,'' pronounced ''sosh-es,'' a tribe of mostly blond pompadours - there's a sweet family drama being enacted by some unschooled heartthrobs-to-be. [23 Mar 1990, p.3D]
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  30. The difference between a Dave Barry column and Dave's World is roughly that between a backyard cookout and drive-through fast-food...Both go down all right, but one's more savory. [20 Sept 1993, p.3D]
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