Washington Post's Scores

For 1,243 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 Catastrophe: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Wedding Crashers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 542
  2. Negative: 0 out of 542
542 tv reviews
  1. A wonderfully absurd, 10-episode serialized mini-epic about two self-absorbed brothers in suburban Florida whose filmmaking ambitions take a sudden turn into a dark, hilariously violent misadventure.
  2. Thrilling and occasionally provocative.
  3. Aside from the occasional inspired hairstyle and music cue, Halt and Catch Fire’s sense of period detail has never seemed adequately obsessive. Yet I also find that the show has smoothed out enough kinks to become compelling on its own terms, which is often the case with slower shows.
  4. Lilley's script and performances are rife with recognizable personalities, neuroses and human absurdities.
  5. An enticingly screwy and potentially addictive new crime series from the USA Network, normally not a hotbed of brilliance.
  6. This is Cox's best gig since the end of "Friends" and she clearly knows it, attacking the material at full tooth-and-nail.
  7. It's all so real it verges on the mundane, but the show is also strong and necessary medicine for these times.
  8. Pieces of The Crown are more brilliant on their own than they are as a series, taken in as shorter, intently focused films like “The Queen” and another Morgan achievement, the play and film versions of “Frost/Nixon.”
  9. Tell Me You Love Me is not only more provocative than any of the broadcast networks' new fall shows, but also more sophisticated--even than those shows that aspire to be "adult."
  10. It winnows down complicated legal arguments and anecdotal cases with compassion and clarity.
  11. NBC's lavish and splashy new version of Bionic Woman, is not, as one might fear, a BW stripped of everything that fans loved about the '70s original.
  12. "Murphy Brown" crackles, flashes and scintillates. [14 Nov 1988]
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  13. A compellingly strange, eight-episode psychological thriller that the streaming service has more or less dropped on us without much advance notice.
  14. Having co-starred in the most ambiguously concluded TV show in history (HBO’s “The Sopranos”), Falco certainly deserves the cleanest ending Jackie can get, and the first eight or nine episodes of this season suggest a satisfying and authentic outcome.
  15. A fresh and even stirring reminiscence.
  16. The new Roots fulfills its primary obligation to be a compelling saga, doing what it can to reflect what the last 40 years have meant to our collective understanding of black history.
  17. Making a Murderer is at its best when it taps into our collective fascination with the grisly details of a story that may read like fiction, but isn’t.
    • 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.
  18. It’s the ideal summertime distraction.
  19. The New York City-based hero earns her living as a private investigator, which gives the show its engrossing noir vibe, along with Jessica’s deadpan--occasionally corny--narration, which is delivered sporadically throughout each episode.
  20. A charming and intelligent sendup of pop culture’s obsession with the end of everything.
  21. 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").
  22. A surprisingly stylish and addictive new counterterrorism series.
  23. 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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  24. A chilling and riveting essay on the evils that men do and continue doing, year after year, century after century, millennium after millennium.
  25. 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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  26. The L Word may in its way do some sort of good, in addition to being wickedly provocative drama and undeniably seductive TV.
  27. It was well-cast. The costumes were beautiful, and the set design vibrant. And the music was excellent.
  28. 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.

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