USA Today's Scores

For 801 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 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 481
  2. Negative: 0 out of 481
481 tv reviews
  1. The shame is that Practice has a fine human cast... But Kirk and his cohorts quickly get taken down by the barrage of stupidity the show sends their way.
  2. Guys With Kids is an idea in search of a show. And a better idea.
  3. Nothing in The Neighbors rises above mediocrity, and too much falls beneath it.
  4. [Kreuk and Ryan are] terrible, but the material may have left them with no other option. Luckily, in this world of 1,000 channels, you have plenty of other options.
  5. Lazy and listless to the point of being sad.
  6. Drama requires more than mere stenography. It requires creating full-blooded characters we're willing to believe, giving them lines we think some human being might actually say, and hiring actors who are able to say them without allowing us to see any artifice underneath. At those tasks, Gupta, Kelley and most of their cast have failed.
  7. Good dramas have been made from much less, but Widow's indifferently performed, dishwater-dull opener give us no real clue as to who Marta is or what she wants--or why anyone would want to watch her pursue it.
  8. In what is almost certain to go down in history as a legendarily bad TV idea, Normal seeks to find weekly comedy in the sad, small lives of four paranoid men and their incompetent therapist. Odds are the idea, while novel, was unsalvageable -- but the execution of Normal is so flawed on every level, it's hard to be sure. [6 Oct 2000, p.11E]
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  9. Freakylinks pours on all the visual horror tricks -- the atmospheric lighting, the weird close-ups, the slanted camera angles. All the tricks in the world, however, can't mask the show's failure to master even the most basic storytelling skills. [6 Oct 2000, p.10E]
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  10. Since cities can't sue for defamation, all people in D.C. can do is change the channel. I'd advise the rest of the nation to follow suit. [6 Oct 2000, p.10E]
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  11. One Tree Hill isn't the worst show you'll see this season, but it may be the most depressingly superfluous. As too often happens with WB shows, Hill reminds you of every other WB show you've ever seen. It's as if the network has done away with original programming and gone straight to scheduling reruns. [23 Sept 2003, p.4D]
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  12. All of this pressure apparently has left Nick considerably annoyed, since whether solving the murder case or salvaging the corporate deal, one-note peevishness is pretty much all Baker conveys. You could get the impression he had been sentenced to do this show...We, however, are free to watch something else.
  13. Ineptness reigns, starting with the jumpy, shaky, hideously annoying camerawork and the show's enough-already flashback structure, and carrying through to the tediousness of its characters and concept.
  14. Sex, treachery, murder: Betrayal is a show with everything--except decent writing, believable characters, and anything else that would provide a reason to watch.
  15. An atrociously clunky [revival] that keeps only the rough outline--a wounded detective confined to a wheelchair--while jettisoning whatever wit and intelligence the original possessed makes no sense at all.
  16. Dracula is exhaustingly, confusingly silly, and deadly dull, to boot, which is one thing Dracula has seldom been.
  17. The ones who aren't cruel, disloyal and sex-crazed are dim-witted and sex-crazed, which isn't much of an improvement.
  18. Unfortunately, it takes Bad Teacher less than 30 minutes to feel as exhausted and repetitive as Men does after 11 years.
  19. Jon Lovitz, reprising his hilarious sharp-tongued scout from the movie, has the right idea. He won't be back next week. [12 Apr 1993, p.3D]
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  20. It won't take you long to recognize this inept remake for the dull, clumsy bore it is.
  21. Say what literary critics will about John Grisham's best sellers, they're not dull. And dull is about the best you can say of the series derived from John Grisham's The Client. [15 Sept 1995, p.3D]
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  22. What USA Network's adaptation lacks in star power (and does it ever) it tries to overcompensate for in atmosphere -- the same humid texture of New Orleans smells, tastes and music as in the 1987 film. But there's such a thing as laying it on too thick. The Big Easy gags on its local color. [9 Aug 1996, p.3D]
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  23. The special effects, which had been the show's only saving grace, are now more flat and more obviously computer-generated. The dialogue, which had been laden with goofy, new-age aphorisms, is now just goofy. Oh, and the cast, which had been glaringly weak, has now been replaced with a new set of actors. Unfortunately, the new cast is even worse than the first crowd, and is even less capable of conveying a normal human emotional response. [27 Nov 2002]
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  24. It makes one of the worst first impressions in TV history. Seldom has a show worked so diligently to make you hate its characters so quickly.
  25. Marshall, on the other hand, has been more actively responsible for her shows' demise. From "Cupid" to "Snoops" to Hidden Hills, she projects the same cold, closed persona. That may be perfect for smaller roles, but for a sitcom lead, you'd have to consider her a bad choice. [24 Sept 2002 p.3D]
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  26. They're kids, exhibiting the kind of behaviors, good and bad, that kids do in real life. That's not awful or particularly surprising--but it's also not even remotely entertaining.
  27. Enough to make you re-evaluate the virtues of celibacy...Here's a thought: Perhaps these whiners can't find great guys because they're not so great themselves. [5 June 1998, p.12E]
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  28. Bad enough that dark-haired Sandra Bullock lacks the fuzzy but tough quirkiness of Melanie Griffith's Tess. And that Nana Visitor's boss lady, a two-faced Yalie named Bryn, has none of the swagger and venomous sting of Sigourney Weaver's comic caricature...But to make matters worse, by the end of the opener these two now- conventional gals are more allies than adversaries. [16 Apr 1990, p.3D]
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  29. It could as easily be Sesame Street as Brewster Place, the way everyone has become so doggone lovable and earnest in this transformation from dark- edged 1989 miniseries to sunny weekly half-hour drama. [1 May 1990]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An economy of Hawk worked well in Spenser. But to feature the character in almost every scene quickly turns enigma into transparency. [27 Jan 1989]
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