Variety's Scores

For 1,563 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 8.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Dane Cook's Tourgasm: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 610
  2. Negative: 0 out of 610
610 tv reviews
  1. Admittedly, nothing here will make anyone forget "3rd Rock" or "Seinfeld." But watching The Exes after TV Land's "Retired at 35" or "Happily Divorced," it seems reasonable to settle.
  2. Touch has its "We Are the World" heart in the right place. But like another song says, we don't need another "Heroes."
  3. That backdrop [water and bikinis] hardly casts enough of a glow to offset the nondescript characters and premise in a series that isn't bad, necessarily, but simply ordinary in most every way--as if it were plucked, via time capsule, from 1984.
  4. Barson has made a doc too narrow in scope, with about as much substance as a meringue pie in the face.
  5. The mixture isn't dynamite but does have moments of quirky charm, and at least marks a step up in class from "Allen Gregory."
  6. All told, it's a respectable niche addition but won't make anyone old enough to remember "In Living Color" apt to forget it.
  7. What sounds like a daring concept is quickly undercut by attempts to wrap the show in a police-procedural format.
  8. While the show's vision encompasses a touch more character than the average procedural, this latest case of the NYPD blues is hardly a reason to start spreading the news.
  9. GCB will need a lot more meat on its bones if these 'horns are going to hook 'em.
  10. As constructed, though, the series has no teeth, and a sensibility that's slim even for cable.
  11. Aside from the fact spying and parenting don't mix, though, there's nothing fresh about Missing.
  12. A breezy but uninspired half-hour defined by Matt LeBlanc's willingness to portray Matt LeBlanc as a swaggering jerk.
  13. Nothing here is especially hot, perhaps, but compared with the best period dramas currently on TV, it is pretty pallid.
  14. Aside from what's happening with Charlie, the rest of Hope plays like a stock hospital-set soap.
  15. Perception feels like an entry-level course, and isn't nearly as cerebral as it pretends to be.
  16. While hardly a breakthrough on any level--indeed, about as unoriginal as the genre gets--if the goal is simply to keep the torch flickering between the Games and the fall season, mission probably accomplished.
  17. Those who enjoyed "The Closer" will still find something, if probably not as much, to like about this closer, too. Or really, "Closer 2."
  18. It's all fairly predictable.
  19. While the story does capture a sense of the times--and provides intriguing glimpses into the Manhattan of 160 years ago--as constructed, this can't help but feel like "Deadwood" lite.
  20. Coma still provides a few arresting images of what happens to the coma victims, but there's simply too much silliness in the overwrought second half.
  21. The show isn't necessarily bad; if only it thought with something other than its schmeckel.
  22. Made in Jersey looks reasonably polished, without doing much to plant its hook particularly deep.
  23. Arrow certainly looks polished (having David Nutter direct a pilot virtually insures that), but there's only so much action an hourlong drama can afford, and the characters necessary to sustain the series are, initially, strictly two-dimensional, even with the island as a go-to flashback.
  24. This is really just a protracted, more explicit (virtually a prerequisite, given the venue) "Mission: Impossible," spreading its caper across multiple episodes. Yet even with bursts of bloodshed, Hunted bogs down in the episodes previewed.
  25. Former "Revenge of the Nerds" stars Carradine and Armstrong (who helped develop the concept) do appear to have fun, but after the opening kick of seeing them reunited in this fashion, even that begins to yield diminishing returns.
  26. Like a lot of newly minted grads, Underemployed doesn't qualify as an instant success. Yet viewed in the context of its ambitions, neither can it be dismissed as an underachiever.
  27. Baio doesn't do much to elevate the limp material, but he doesn't sink it either.
  28. More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating humor helps but doesn't exactly distinguish the series from other examples of this genre.
  29. Jungle Gold uses every available editing trick to heighten the tension and get the audience rooting for Scott and George, but the approach is so steeped in xenophobia and Great White Hunter short-hand this might as well have been made in the 1930s.
  30. The show doesn't feel authentic enough to be convincing, nor silly enough to rise to the level of worthwhile sitcom.

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