USA Today's Scores

For 1,071 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 636
  2. Negative: 0 out of 636
636 tv reviews
  1. No one wants to return to the color-by-numbers plotting of Diagnosis: Murder, but there is such a thing as demanding too much effort from an audience without sufficient reward. Glum, grim and increasingly confused, Awake qualifies.
  2. Not every shift works; a newly added agent seems just as expendable as poor, underused Charlie (Kirk Acevedo). But there's a great final twist that more than compensates, and it solidifies the overall impression that a series that was once too far on the conspiracy fringe has settled into an enjoyable weekly sci-fi adventure.
  3. The shame is, after a very slow start, the living members of the Fisher family actually start to grow on you -- though it takes them far longer than it should. [1 June 2001, p.15E]
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  4. So little of Raymond is actually new, yet almost all of it feels absolutely fresh. It reminds you how long it has been since we've seen a non-gimmicky, neither cutesy nor smutty, multigenerational family sitcom anchored by strong personalities with distinctly rib-tickling identities. [13 Sep 1996]
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  5. Tree is not the master at his best--it's one of those light entertainments that pass by without leaving much of a mark. But it's good-hearted and amusing.
  6. Don't expect the new or revolutionary. There's nothing the least bit special about this ensemble drama, set at a barely-scraping-by Boston law firm, except that it's all done so well. [4 Mar 1997]
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  7. As not-quite-there as it may sometimes be, Enlightened is interesting enough to avoid the increasingly common HBO curse of egregious self-indulgence.
  8. Summer TV at its witty, riveting best.
  9. Despite the brain eating, producers have imbued the opening episodes with a sly sense of humor, a blend of sarcasm and bemusement, that McIver sells well.
  10. All in all, it's a very promising start.
  11. A solid weekly crime show built around a genuine TV star. That's the kind of series the networks have to be able to pull off to survive. And with Spader in command, odds are NBC will.
  12. All in all, pretty standard sci-fi stuff, but it's well played by the attractive cast and unusually well produced. Even more unusually, the show seems as interested in its characters as it is in its hardware. [19 Mar 1999]
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  13. Be prepared for a first episode that is mostly setup, and for a few 24-like twists that seem out of place in a story that's meant to be more realistic. The further you go with Traffic, however, the more the story pulls you in. [26 Jan 2004]
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  14. Last Resort is a convincingly produced thriller with more than action on its mind.
  15. You got two hours that were often gorgeous, sometimes goofy, frequently disturbing and far more graphically violent than the original--filled with performances that ranged from amusing to disquieting to the flat-out amateurish.
  16. Even when the guests and plots falter, the regular cast keeps the hour in painless motion.
  17. In a sense, Monday's promising premiere is the first in a three-part introduction, with each episode building on and improving upon the one before.
  18. Every line, every reaction is perfectly pitched, every shift from humor to menace to seduction perfectly played.
  19. 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.
  20. As much as the show recalls the movies, it also recalls some of the best work ever done in the genre for TV: the Buffy universe of Joss Whedon. Most every blast of portent and bombast is lightened by a throwaway joke; scenes of intense action and violence give way to equally well-realized scenes of domestic life that root the fantasy in emotional reality.
  21. A riotously, often scathingly funny showbiz satire that proves LeBlanc is smart enough to know self-mockery can be a potent weapon, and talented enough to wield it properly.
  22. The reward, beyond the visual splendors you’ve come to expect from big-budget HBO productions, is a set of characters who grow ever more complex.
  23. A star-studded, fast-moving, generally entertaining film about Sarah Palin.
  24. [A] compelling, smartly acted new co-production from AMC and Britain's Channel 4 that explores who we are and how fragile our own grip on humanity can be.
  25. You may appreciate the flair and poignancy Elementary brings to the crowded procedural field, and the energy, wit and sex appeal Miller brings to his role.
  26. Happily, the American version--a second try, after an original pilot was scrapped--makes mostly wise decisions, starting with trusting the show to O'Mara. He's off to an excellent start, particularly in grounding the story by keeping his reactions rooted in reality.
  27. Bad brings new life and depth to an old one: Malcolm in the Middle's Bryan Cranston, riveting and remarkable as a chemistry teacher who finds a more commercial use for his skills.
  28. I Love Dick will not speak to everyone. But for those inclined or willing to listen, there’s a fascinating story here about the power of art to open our eyes, and the power of an artist to transform herself and the world around her.
  29. Armitage manages to be cute but not cloying, and just blunt and annoying enough to see hints of Parsons’ version of the character nearly three decades older.
  30. Granted, this new Andy may not be as inventive or subversive as Universe, but it is just as funny and probably a bit more accessible.

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