USA Today's Scores

For 823 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 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 495
  2. Negative: 0 out of 495
495 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Seldom has a fatally flawed concept been better executed than on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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  10. 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.
  11. 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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  12. Cash and Geere make the most out of every cutting line and look. But too often, the show mistakes being unpleasant for being amusing.
  13. Too much of Band is either overly familiar or overly unfamiliar, such as the young boy in a coma (Griffin Gluck) who serves as an omniscient narrator and who, through some metaphysical stretch, can speak to other patients whenever they lose consciousness.
  14. The result is a show that is neither ambitious nor exciting, but is now, at least, competent enough to be a decent companion for NCIS.
  15. [Cristela Alonzo's] pushing a bit too hard for laughs in places, but the joy she brings to her performance can be infectious, and the authenticity she brings to some of her scenes points the way to a better future.
  16. It seems so entranced by its own cleverness that it too often crosses that socially acceptable line between self-confidence and narcissism.... Marino is instantly winning, and Wilson is a gifted comic performer who just needs to pull back a bit.
  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Even if you find the show odd, awful or freakish, at least it won't bore you. [29 Jan 1999]
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  21. Uninspired but competently workmanlike. [4 Mar 1997]
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. It's an intriguing concept, but people don't watch concepts. They watch shows. And as a show, Reunion doesn't amount to nearly enough.
  25. Relentlessly mediocre.
  26. The writers seem to assume that life backstage at a glamorous New York restaurant is so inherently enticing, we'll just fall into the story on our own. Maybe, but a few sympathetic characters or amusing lines couldn't have hurt.
  27. Doubtless this kind of death-walking sentimentality has its fans. And most of those fans probably won't even wonder why some of the dead are stuck in the clothes in which they died, while others get to rent tuxedos.
  28. Actually, there are some very appealing performers in Related; they just don't happen to be the stars.
  29. The big problem is Prinze himself, an actor whose work has shown much charm but not much range. Here, even the charm is missing as he dwells on every joke and gesture.
  30. As long as you're not expecting subtlety -- and why would you from a show starring Pamela Anderson? -- you should have a reasonably entertaining time.

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