Washington Post's Scores

For 979 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 10.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Twin Peaks: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Super Fun Night: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 395
  2. Negative: 0 out of 395
395 tv reviews
  1. Paradise Lost 3 is perhaps the most interesting and well-made film of the trilogy
  2. Director Nancy Buirski's engaging HBO documentary (a Valentine's Day treat, airing Tuesday night), rescues the Lovings from the perfunctory realm of footnotes and newspaper clippings and brings them into a more emotional light.
  3. This new season starts off strong.
  4. My own enjoyment of The Killing begins and ends with the gloom so brilliantly conveyed by its pace and performances.
  5. This plot sounds laughably bizarre, but Hit & Miss has a strikingly strong sense of pace and character.
  6. Political Animals verges right up to the edge of ludicrous with the right combination of salty-sweet and silly-smart.
  7. It's all so real it verges on the mundane, but the show is also strong and necessary medicine for these times.
  8. The mind reels with possibility, and even hope, which is why we keep coming back to stories like these.
  9. The Walking Dead can still surprise us that way. And that's one of the reasons why we must keep watching.
  10. 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.
  11. This new Horror Story is nearly as depraved, unapologetically over the top and engrossing as the first season was.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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  16. Bates Motel turns out to be a worthy reimagining of the Norman Bates story.
  17. 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.
  18. 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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  19. One of the most endearing new comedies of the year.
  20. A fresh and even stirring reminiscence.
  21. A fascinating new PBS documentary.
    • 72 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.
  22. In the Flesh skillfully navigates several genres at once, all of them heavy, none of them comic.
  23. 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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  24. It seems an imaginative improvement over previous sequels "Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine." [16 Jan 1995]
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  25. An enticingly screwy and potentially addictive new crime series from the USA Network, normally not a hotbed of brilliance.
  26. 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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  27. It has a seamless and almost hypnotic quality to its narrative, and it’s easily one of the best debuts this year.
  28. 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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