USA Today's Scores

For 968 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 570
  2. Negative: 0 out of 570
570 tv reviews
  1. There is something extraordinarily appealing about the show's central pair.
  2. 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.
  3. It's slight, but sweet. Maybe that's all that's necessary. [20 Sept 1996, p.3D]
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  4. This is a show, and a network, that doesn't just insult your intelligence; they assume you don't have any.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. There may not be much sexual combustion between Cox and von Esmarch, but they're charming and able young performers, and they're sweet together. Their show has a good heart. What it doesn't have, unfortunately, is a lot of laughs -- which is the one thing it has in common with most other WB sitcom attempts. [6 Oct 2000, p.11E]
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  8. This may be a show about young adults, but there are older adults in charge. And we've come to expect better from them.
  9. It almost torpedoes itself by being a bore and taking its futuristic sociology too doggone seriously. [18 Sept 1989, p.3D]
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  10. A ludicrously see-through supernatural crime drama that wastes a perfectly fine performance from Emily Rose as an FBI agent who tracks an escaped convict to a Maine town.
  11. You'll find some fine actors here, Harden and Somerville among them, along with some whose continued employment may strike you as a mystery. Not that it matters much: Dr. Zorba returned from the dead would not have been able to breathe life into this stiff.
  12. The show seems faster, brighter and more entertaining than most of the serials that beat it to the punch this fall.
  13. If you don't see where this is headed, you've never seen a sitcom before. Everyone else will get there long before the show does, because everyone else has already been there.
  14. It's one of those midlevel, decently entertaining dramas you're most inclined to watch when nothing else in the time slot excites you.
  15. Falling somewhere in the middle of the dark/light scale between Gotham and Flash, tonight's promising premiere boasts a few good jolts, a welcome bit of visual flair, and an appealing star turn from Welsh actor Matt Ryan, who conveys just the right mix of tortured soul, biting wit and hunky hero.
  16. Some of the lines are witty, and while parents won't approve of all that goes on, the kids talk about much more than they actually do.
  17. Yes, in essence, Numb3rs is just CSI with mathematics standing in for forensics. But that cleverly used math twist, combined with an excellent cast and a very un-CSI interest in the characters' family dynamics, provides enough separation to make Numb3rs worth watching on its own.
  18. Even if you find the show odd, awful or freakish, at least it won't bore you. [29 Jan 1999]
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  19. Practice is the kind of show that will probably appeal to those who like their comedy theatrical.
  20. There are some well-executed effects and a few welcome flashes of humor, though those don't completely counter the overall sense of portent that fills most every "save the world" line.
  21. For the first hour, the sheer silly energy of the contraptions and the appeal of the two stars carry Crusoe along. But you may find yourself tiring of plot holes you can steer a galleon through and the second-rate nature of much of the cast, and wondering how you make a series out of two people trapped on a deserted island.
  22. Harsh Realm plays like a bald reworking of "The Matrix", complete with allusions to a coming savior, but without that film's exciting special effects or logical, unifying conceit. [8 Oct 1999, p.13E]
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  23. [Underwood's] limitations as an actor were particularly obvious when she was sharing scenes with the show's two best assets: Tony winners Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess and Laura Benanti as the Baroness.
  24. At best, and most, 3rd Rock might catch on as the silliest of guilty pleasures, a Benny Hill burlesque where the leering material is enlivened by some outstanding physical comedy. ... When goofy, 3rd Rock rolls. When dirty, it's stone-cold bad. [9 Jan 1996]
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  25. While the show makes almost no sense, it is pretty to look at. And it does have a few good actors in its mix, even if they're not particularly well served by the scripts.
  26. The Originals should give us some idea of just how deep the current teenage affection for vampire stories goes. If it can support a show this ludicrously written and terribly cast, it's deeper than most adults can fathom.
  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. This reduction of a serious, debilitating illness to a personality quirk would be as unwatchable as it is insulting were it not for one thing: an appealingly disheveled star turn from Will & Grace's Eric McCormack as Daniel.
  29. 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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  30. Too confused for a documentary, insufficiently dramatized for a movie, Path simply doesn't have the skill needed to support its intentions.

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