Washington Post's Scores

For 1,028 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 10.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Call The Midwife: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Scorpion: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 426
  2. Negative: 0 out of 426
426 tv reviews
  1. A fresh and even stirring reminiscence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Think the deadpan Steven Wright, only cheerier and more versatile. A stand-up comic and sometime cartoonist, Martin seems cursed with endless postgraduate cleverness.
  2. It’s the ideal summertime distraction.
  3. A charming and intelligent sendup of pop culture’s obsession with the end of everything.
  4. I wouldn't have predicted this, but it turns out that it's a whole lot more fun to watch people paint on deadline than it is to watch them make deadline clothing ("Project Runway") or cook deadline food ("Top Chef").
  5. A surprisingly stylish and addictive new counterterrorism series.
  6. The best thing about the show is that its cast is so overqualified for it. Vincent D'Onofrio is one of the most inspired and versatile young actors of our time. He was unforgettable in an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which he barely moved; he spent most of it trapped under a subway car.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You tell yourself no one can replace the Original Seven in your heart, that you won't get seduced by another bunch of comely young guys and gals thirsting for fame. And by the end of the evening, you helplessly confess that it's happening to you again. [24 Jun 1993]
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  7. A chilling and riveting essay on the evils that men do and continue doing, year after year, century after century, millennium after millennium.
  8. The character and the show sneak up on you in clever, unexpected ways and prove a gratifying surprise. [25 Sept 2001, p.C01]
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  9. The L Word may in its way do some sort of good, in addition to being wickedly provocative drama and undeniably seductive TV.
  10. As superbly superior as Shannon is (a comparison to Lucille Ball, while inevitable, would not be overreaching), the whole cast shines, and not just in refracted glory.
  11. Woodward seems destined to become the season's most seasoned heartthrob. Women will adore him, men admire him. He gives his character an affecting worldly disenchantment, but at the same time brings out all the allure in the wish-fulfillment aspects of the role. [18 Sept 1985, p.D1]
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  12. The interplay between Arnett and Applegate has an instant crackle to it, especially when they argue about which one of them got the least sleep during Amy's latest tearful night. Just as one's interest in Up All Night's domestic cliches may flag, "SNL" alum and "Bridesmaids" co-star Maya Rudolph is here to lift the show up several notches as Reagan's boss.
  13. Bates Motel turns out to be a worthy reimagining of the Norman Bates story.
  14. An adventurous, whimsical and spectacular space series. ... "Farscape" doesn't plumb mysteries of the cosmos or boldly go into profound allegorical realms. But it is fun, and beautifully produced. [8 Jul 1999]
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  15. [The mockumentary style is] used not to excess but to success, which is just what this wise, clever and bighearted comedy ought to be.
  16. It's sweet, touching and deliriously cheerful -- the best new show of the year and a great big blast of happiness.
  17. Buoyed by scalpel-sharp writing and even keener performances, The Big C (created by comedian and sitcom writer Darlene Hunt) walks a fine line of having it both ways. It's for people who are repelled by the warm-fuzzy, disease-o'-the-week dramas of cable television.
  18. I never stopped smiling while watching the first few episodes of this pitch-perfect comedy, which finds that elusive sweet spot between snark and heart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Showtime's subversive new offering is smart, funny, human and truly likable.
  19. What it lacks in edge, it makes up for in charm.
  20. The result is a depressing--if engrossing--rehash of arguments found every day online.
  21. One of the most endearing new comedies of the year.
  22. Unlike a raft of recent adult-themed cartoons, Ugly Americans offers surprising laughs with its premise, and it is profanely whip-smart in a way that recalls the network's much-missed "Drawn Together" series.
  23. Factory is the network's first try at a situation comedy and, surprisingly enough, it's neither perfunctory nor primitive. It is, in fact, one of the few pleasant surprises of the summer.
  24. It has a seamless and almost hypnotic quality to its narrative, and it’s easily one of the best debuts this year.
  25. Without feeling like it's leading us on, Rubicon is a tightly woven and urbanely acted tale for people who like to mull.
  26. This new Horror Story is nearly as depraved, unapologetically over the top and engrossing as the first season was.
  27. This new season starts off strong.

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