Variety's Scores

For 1,647 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 I Survived a Japanese Game Show: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 645
  2. Negative: 0 out of 645
645 tv reviews
  1. Despite some visual tricks--like letting Peter step into the sunlight--Nightingale is partly handcuffed in its contortions to keep Oyelowo alone onscreen, and outside voices to the barest of minimum. Indeed, even at its relatively brief length, the movie feels padded, as if this would work better as a “Twilight Zone” episode. That said, Oyelowo delivers an electric performance.
  2. This handsome production takes too long to get going, but eventually generates considerable suspense, even if its parallel plots brush up against each other in only the most glancing fashion.
  3. Nothing in Welcome to the Captain is particularly fresh, but there's nevertheless a genial charm to this CBS comedy, whose main drawback is that it focuses on the wrong characters.
  4. Being Human isn't nearly as well done as that [AMC's "The Walking Dead"], but the early episodes are likable, if unworthy of love at first bite.
  5. For now, though, there's a fair amount here to like--at least enough to warrant another family gathering in front of the TV, if not under the table.
  6. While Masters of Sex might not be a great show as yet, viewed strictly in terms of giving consumers something worth paying for--or at least an experience they couldn’t receive in quite the same way in many other places--it’s the equivalent of a master class in pay-TV development.
  7. In the good-news department, Terra Nova is big, noisy and wildly cinematic, and Fox has pulled out all the stops with an Allosaurus-sized campaign to ensure the series opens--all the things that ought to generate sampling in a big-screen HD era.
  8. Adapted from its Web format, Broad City is hardly a fully formed exercise just yet, but with a clear comic voice (Jacobson and Glazer are also the writers) it merits the time to find itself.
  9. Dotted with celebrity cameos, the customary exaggerated Hollywood insecurities and an underlying commentary on the generational divide, the show generates enough solid laughs to overcome its arid patches.
  10. Solidly entertaining, well cast and oozing with atmosphere, it’s a shrewd genre stab for the network, albeit by hewing closer to the sort of pulpy terrain to which Starz has, er, staked a claim.
  11. Kathy Bates is just the person to deliver David E. Kelley's tart dialogue, and he surrounds her with enough quirky characters to make this Cincinnati-set spiritual companion to "Boston Legal" a breezy diversion.
  12. The show has a breezy quality that should play to kids, and tickle some twinges of nostalgia among their parents.
  13. Surprisingly entertaining ... [though] hardly groundbreaking. [13 Jun 2005]
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  14. Thanks to Kinnear, most of this works, although there are touches that feel a tad too precious.
  15. Douglas brings real dimension to the role, exploring the difference between the pianist’s on- and offstage personas, grappling with the effects of age on an entertainer and trying to reconcile Liberace’s pattern of attraction to young men with what the pic paints as genuinely paternal feelings. Though its two-hour running time has a tendency to feel like three.
  16. Tartly written with good actresses in clearly defined roles, this sitcom hardly breaks new ground but unearths old gags in such unapologetic fashion that it proves reasonably good company.
  17. This rapid-fire, slickly produced half-hour is witty enough to serve as a logical lead-in to "The Daily Show" and its skewering of cable news.
  18. While toying with chemistry is always dicey--especially when somebody as prominent as Grissom is involved--the storytelling remains the star, a fact neatly underscored by the casual nature the Petersen-Fishburne baton pass plays at least within this fast-paced hour.
  19. Men hardly qualifies as groundbreaking, but it's smooth and self-assured in its "Odd Couple" milieu. [22 Sept 2003, p.34]
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  20. At times, the chat can become a trifle wonky--more like an academic seminar than mass entertainment. Still, the comics' conflicting styles and easy rapport make the banter amusing enough.
  21. Season two finds more of the same, with strong moments surrounded by lots of irritating ones.
  22. The writer has essentially kept just enough from the first season to get away with still calling this Broadchurch while morphing it into what almost feels like an entirely different show. There’s risk in that, but it’s diminished considerably by the actors who have come aboard.
  23. So if it's not the great show it was, the latest incarnation proves extremely watchable, which is surely welcome.
  24. As good a couple as he and Sarah Michelle Gellar made, Boreanaz was too boxed in by the "Buffy" love story. The actor, formerly tagged by some as just another pretty face, is given much more to do here and proves that he can handle the load. [4 Oct 1999, p.4]
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  25. Stick with the series through a handful of episodes, though, and it’s clear that showrunner Bryan Fuller has brought a semi-hypnotic quality to this prequel adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter character--ungainly and messy, but at times visually arresting, and thanks in large part to the central trio of Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne, quite interesting.
  26. The show is full of nonsequiturs, and the writing doesn't always measure up to the look....Still, stick with the show and there are elements so bizarre as to be difficult to resist.
  27. The fast pace, multiple plot lines and life-or-death scenarios--coupled with solid anchoring from Turco, Cusick and Isaiah Washington--generally compensate for the show’s clunkier aspects and occasionally silly-sounding dialogue.
  28. Merchant and Woods manage to make it work, to a degree, through a combination of likability and vulnerability.
  29. The underlying plot about a mom who will do anything to support her family actually has a rather wholesome foundation--and virtually mirrors ABC’s new drama “Red Widow,” except Client List is done with a sense of fun and flair.
  30. The cases themselves are nothing new--indeed, it's all pretty standard procedural stuff, with the only extracurricular detour involving Clark's young sister (Stella Maeve), who he looks after. Yet the device of the flashbacks offers a nifty kicker, teasing at things to come--like why the older Clark walks with a pronounced limp. Ultimately, the series benefits enormously from the interplay between James and McBride.

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