Washington Post's Scores

For 978 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 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Scorpion: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 395
  2. Negative: 0 out of 395
395 tv reviews
  1. Even with the cross-pond cultural differences, young adults who are perennially baffled by their aging boomer parents will feel right at home here.
  2. An engaging yet taciturn new miniseries.
  3. Sing Your Song is broad and complete, but like most biographical documentaries of legendary performers that we've seen of late, it is also hagiographic.
  4. The result was assured, quick-paced and enjoyably flavored with a few spicy dashes of Brian Williams's dry rub.
  5. The show seems markedly improved from its earlier efforts and somehow more confident in its writing and sense of nuance. It's also funnier.
  6. Enough happens to keep you from changing the channel, but there are hints of a show that could get dull fast.
  7. Smash is a case where not bad is plenty good enough.
  8. Tiny flaws come close to undermining the success of Game Change as a mere film.
  9. The show misses its mark--but not by much and not in any objectionable way.
  10. It is stylish, hammy, sexy, dirty, devilish, laughably bad TV, the guiltiest pleasure since the network unveiled "Revenge."
  11. Sherlock is too often a petulant know-it-all, which grows tiresome and makes a viewer painfully aware that each episode is 90 minutes long.... Sherlock's redundancies are improved by a couple of longer story arcs.
  12. Henderson gives a lunky, forgettable performance, coming nowhere near anyone's idea of a stronger, meaner version of J.R. Thanks to the rest of its ensemble, however, the new Dallas gains some traction and kicks up a little dust.
  13. While it's not perfect, Bunheads is a happy find, a ray of authenticity on a summer TV schedule filled with so much artificial light.
  14. For those who don't mind getting sent off in lots of false directions, or aren't going to even try to keep up, Perception offers the chance to just go along for an enjoyable ride.
  15. Within a few episodes and with slightly lowered expectations, it gets a good buzz going.
  16. The first half of Vito plays almost like a 45-minute "It Gets Better" ad. [Then] Vito exchanges its subtle storytelling technique for a sobering session of gay rights homework, resembling a recent raft of documentaries about the early years of the AIDS crisis.
  17. The meandering approach does manage to excavate some fascinating tales and memories.
  18. Go On moves quite breezily--much like an NBC-flavored take on premium cable dramadies such as "The Big C" and "Enlightened." It's not as good as either of those, but it has the same happy-sad aura, with just a dash of "Community"-like absurdity to keep the speed limit up.
  19. Once they stop jawin', the competitors in Stars Earn Stripes put on quite a show, and that's the only point of reality television.
  20. In the end, this is mostly a straightforward, if well-made, thriller with a dependable cast.
  21. Downton Abbey comes back stronger and more muscular this time, with intriguing and shocking new plots that provide a bit of vital momentum and an uncharacteristically wrenching dose of tragedy.
  22. Pleasant surprise, The Carrie Diaries's premiere episode is a nimble and entertaining trip back to Carrie Bradshaw's high school years.
  23. Frasier at this point seems much more amusing when he's at home contending with his father than when he's at the workplace fielding phoned-in woes. But wherever he is, he's clearly in good hands -- the hands of old pros who still have the brash enthusiasm of young Turks. [16 Sept 1993, p.C1]
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  24. Mitchell’s coolly understated performance makes it all slightly more believable and worth a few episodes to see where it leads.
  25. Spin City is firing on all cylinders. It's a slick little contraption custom-built by professionals, and if it's not exactly full of surprises, at least it's roaringly competent. [17 Sept 1996, p.B01]
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  26. Orphan Black has the same plain club soda flavor you get in most cable action dramas now, but I have to say that I’m enjoying some of its fizz.
  27. Da Vinci’s Demons breezily and capably finds a balance between amusing wit and dour drama.
  28. Guest has assembled a worthy and adept ensemble of oddballs. But it remains to be seen if the story itself will catch on.
  29. It’s a well-meaning, good-humored, hospitable hour of television, reminiscent of the nascent days of cable reality shows in the early 2000s, before everyone figured out that ratings success meant being nasty, famous and selfish.
  30. Viewers are in for another high-powered pulse-pounder. [29 Oct 2002]
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