Washington Post's Scores

For 1,275 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Boomtown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Winner: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 561
  2. Negative: 0 out of 561
561 tv reviews
  1. Mamet offers a kind of thinking person's war movie for a nation that is, indeed, at war.
  2. "Brewster" improves on the original and has the look of a warmhearted winner. ... It's corny, it's old-fashioned, it's predictable, and it works. [1 May 1990]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are no big tricks, no screaming fireworks, no shocking pull-back-the-curtain exposés on "The Hill." Instead, it's a solid and useful look at some smart, passionate people trying do something they think is right.
  3. The result was assured, quick-paced and enjoyably flavored with a few spicy dashes of Brian Williams's dry rub.
  4. Sherlock moves swiftly and intelligently but also a little too coldly, like a long commercial for better WiFi..... Cumberbatch’s take on Holmes’s narcissism can come off as skeevishly robotic. If not for Freeman’s deeper, more human work as Watson, the style would soon go sterile.
  5. It's surprisingly sweet and cleverly hilarious. ... The show may not exactly blaze new trails, but it treads some old ones with finesse and veracity -- and even, thanks largely to Ritter, an endearingly rumpled charm. [17 Sep 2002]
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  6. But sprawl it must. "True Blood" is a soap opera at its core, which is why it is so overpopulated with sexy characters.
  7. [The] new episodes are no great shakes, but they do find Futurama humming along.
  8. This is, without a doubt, a show for and about teens.
  9. Within a few episodes and with slightly lowered expectations, it gets a good buzz going.
  10. The fact that Meaney has a slightly Gleasonesque persona gives his exchanges with Meadows, so long ago Alice Kramden, a nostalgic oomph. Cheering memories of "The Honeymooners" hover over the proceedings -- the icing on a fast-frozen devil's-food cake. [10 Sept 1990, p.B1]
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  11. "Sons & Daughters" turns the banalities of family life upside down and inside out and finds something new, and even something cherishable, in many of them.
  12. The fizzily entertaining pilot of White Collar works hard to establish a vibe of style and smarts, and almost gets the job done.
  13. Goliath has plenty of moments where it verges on predictably prolonged melodrama, but it also has scenes that gracefully elevate the courtroom-suspense genre.
  14. Covert Affairs (could there be any title that sounds more like being stuck at the airport with nothing to read?) at least does us the favor of introducing storylines that transcend the usual case files.
  15. It’s a serious and stylishly watchable drama, thanks mostly to Dhavernas’s capable performance of a morally ambiguous person with too many dangerous irons in the fire, and Ryan’s portrayal of a hurt-and-handsome lawman struggling to do his job, even though he’s in love with his suspect.
  16. A dazzling and gripping crime drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bravo is gambling that there's at least as much interest in the rooms we live in as the food we eat and the clothes we buy. And judging by this show's high points, that's one safe bet.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jerry Bruckheimer of "CSI" fame is behind this series, and it shows. The production is slick; the storylines are paced and told well; and the talent is top-notch.
  17. Smash is a case where not bad is plenty good enough.
  18. It wasn’t perfect, but everyone seemed to be having a good time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With so many characters to introduce in a one-hour show, at least a few broad strokes are unavoidable.
  19. As documentary subjects, the boys are in many ways impenetrable. Getting them to ignore the camera and just be themselves is next to impossible, but there are revealing, achingly honest moments that make the film worth watching.
  20. A persistently diverting journey by producers and camera crews in search of the glib, the flippant and the ostensibly hip of Southern California.
  21. It’s better to simply note that The Affair succeeds by becoming a tangled mess--but that mess has considerably less appeal this time. The only way through, of course, depends on Tierney’s unerring performance as Helen.
  22. Pleasant surprise, The Carrie Diaries's premiere episode is a nimble and entertaining trip back to Carrie Bradshaw's high school years.
  23. Derek is an honest and often charming endeavor.
  24. It's superior to the movie. Both were produced by veteran Irwin Winkler. Brooke Langton, inheriting the role played in the film by Sandra Bullock, is more attractive and is able to project what Bullock lacks: warmth and vulnerability. [18 July 1998, p.E01]
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  25. It is stylish, hammy, sexy, dirty, devilish, laughably bad TV, the guiltiest pleasure since the network unveiled "Revenge."
  26. Goldblum... gives the character of Raines a solid and gratifying humanity, enough to lift "just another" cop opera into a considerably more rarefied realm.

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