Washington Post's Scores

For 938 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Singing Bee: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 372
  2. Negative: 0 out of 372
372 tv reviews
  1. People who think the Kennedy cake has been overfrosted surely won't fall for it, even though the film is undeniably moving. No one in the film tells all, certainly not Ethel.
  2. This new Horror Story is nearly as depraved, unapologetically over the top and engrossing as the first season was.
  3. Most of History of the Eagles is rich in detail and bemused reflection, perhaps because sobriety has worked wonders on some of the band members’ sense of recall. Frey, Walsh and Don Henley are wonderful storytellers.
  4. One weak link is fellow stand-up comic Michael Richards as Seinfeld's wacky neighbor. He isn't wacky or neighborly enough; it just doesn't work. But he's in the minority where "Seinfeld" is concerned. You may not convulsively guffaw, but you're bound to convincingly smile. Here's one that worked out just right.
  5. One girds oneself for some serious hammer time when an opening fight scene of History’s compelling and robust new drama series, Vikings, delivers all the expected gore and blood spatter.
  6. Nothing if not serious, and nothing if not good, NBC's Law & Order nevertheless seems a victim of one particular TV tyranny. Its stories are too long for the one-hour format into which they are stuffed. Otherwise the series... has all the ingredients associated with quality television: strong scripts, relevant themes and a cast that qualifies as first-rate-plus. [13 Sept 1990, p.D1]
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  7. Bates Motel turns out to be a worthy reimagining of the Norman Bates story.
  8. It’s mainly an intelligent crime drama, and a real step forward for Sundance, which is bringing more original programming to its slate. As slow as it seems to go at first, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’re addicted.
  9. Angel abounds in the kinds of frills, luxuries and extras that make it a cheerfully guilty pleasure--and also, on occasion, a very bloody mess. [5 Oct 1999, p.C01]
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  10. One of the most endearing new comedies of the year.
  11. A fresh and even stirring reminiscence.
  12. A fascinating new PBS documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a chore to watch and a delight to decrypt. Its overwhelmingness contributes to its initial underwhelmingness. But in time, with a moment to reflect, it begins to feel like the fullest and fraughtest expression of its form. It is, in a perverse way, the “Ulysses” of sitcoms.
  13. In the Flesh skillfully navigates several genres at once, all of them heavy, none of them comic.
  14. The show seems weightless in the good sense, breezy and airborne, with a brisk and flippant style that's instantly attractive. [12 Sep 1992]
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  15. It seems an imaginative improvement over previous sequels "Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine." [16 Jan 1995]
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  16. An enticingly screwy and potentially addictive new crime series from the USA Network, normally not a hotbed of brilliance.
  17. An engaging, hour-long documentary.
    • 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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  18. It has a seamless and almost hypnotic quality to its narrative, and it’s easily one of the best debuts this year.
  19. In the first of the new episodes, David seems all too eager to reach, and even stretch, for laughs. ... The good news is that as the weeks go on ... the show gets better and better, until the barnacles of self-consciousness fall off and David gets back to his old stride. It only requires a bit of patience, in other words, and viewers who find the first couple of episodes disappointing should stay with it, because at its lunatic best, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is still one of the absolutely funniest half-hours on television. [3 Jan 2004]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Showtime's subversive new offering is smart, funny, human and truly likable.
  20. I think the show is a fitting document for our times, good or bad. Mostly (oddly) good.
  21. "The Drew Carey Show" bucks all the prevailing sitcom trends and does it endearingly. [17 Sep 1995]
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  22. The premiere episode is smart and tense, the TV equivalent of the book you can't put down. [23 Sep 2002]
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  23. 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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  24. "The Practice" may not be perfect, but it certainly has a lot going for it -- including a cast that clicks instantly. [4 Mar 1997]
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  25. "Murphy Brown" crackles, flashes and scintillates. [14 Nov 1988]
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  26. Our Nixon is mainly a collage of images and sounds that tell a familiar story in an entirely new and mesmerizing way.
  27. 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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