Washington Post's Scores

For 1,002 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 10.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Orange is the New Black: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hidden Hills: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 409
  2. Negative: 0 out of 409
409 tv reviews
  1. It's surprisingly sweet and cleverly hilarious. ... The show may not exactly blaze new trails, but it treads some old ones with finesse and veracity -- and even, thanks largely to Ritter, an endearingly rumpled charm. [17 Sep 2002]
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  2. But sprawl it must. "True Blood" is a soap opera at its core, which is why it is so overpopulated with sexy characters.
  3. [The] new episodes are no great shakes, but they do find Futurama humming along.
  4. This is, without a doubt, a show for and about teens.
  5. Within a few episodes and with slightly lowered expectations, it gets a good buzz going.
  6. The fact that Meaney has a slightly Gleasonesque persona gives his exchanges with Meadows, so long ago Alice Kramden, a nostalgic oomph. Cheering memories of "The Honeymooners" hover over the proceedings -- the icing on a fast-frozen devil's-food cake. [10 Sept 1990, p.B1]
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  7. "Sons & Daughters" turns the banalities of family life upside down and inside out and finds something new, and even something cherishable, in many of them.
  8. The fizzily entertaining pilot of White Collar works hard to establish a vibe of style and smarts, and almost gets the job done.
  9. Covert Affairs (could there be any title that sounds more like being stuck at the airport with nothing to read?) at least does us the favor of introducing storylines that transcend the usual case files.
  10. A dazzling and gripping crime drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bravo is gambling that there's at least as much interest in the rooms we live in as the food we eat and the clothes we buy. And judging by this show's high points, that's one safe bet.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jerry Bruckheimer of "CSI" fame is behind this series, and it shows. The production is slick; the storylines are paced and told well; and the talent is top-notch.
  11. Smash is a case where not bad is plenty good enough.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With so many characters to introduce in a one-hour show, at least a few broad strokes are unavoidable.
  12. As documentary subjects, the boys are in many ways impenetrable. Getting them to ignore the camera and just be themselves is next to impossible, but there are revealing, achingly honest moments that make the film worth watching.
  13. A persistently diverting journey by producers and camera crews in search of the glib, the flippant and the ostensibly hip of Southern California.
  14. Pleasant surprise, The Carrie Diaries's premiere episode is a nimble and entertaining trip back to Carrie Bradshaw's high school years.
  15. Derek is an honest and often charming endeavor.
  16. It's superior to the movie. Both were produced by veteran Irwin Winkler. Brooke Langton, inheriting the role played in the film by Sandra Bullock, is more attractive and is able to project what Bullock lacks: warmth and vulnerability. [18 July 1998, p.E01]
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  17. It is stylish, hammy, sexy, dirty, devilish, laughably bad TV, the guiltiest pleasure since the network unveiled "Revenge."
  18. Goldblum... gives the character of Raines a solid and gratifying humanity, enough to lift "just another" cop opera into a considerably more rarefied realm.
  19. An awkwardly funny and occasionally heartbreaking attempt to peel back the many meanings and layers of friendship.
  20. There’s something instantly likable about Outlander’s commitment to its themes and sensibilities.... Not having read the book, I find the show sort of charming and sufficiently thrilling.
  21. An engaging yet taciturn new miniseries.
  22. 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.
  23. Ellis, particularly, gives a lead performance that is strong enough to mask some of the script’s problems.
  24. Once they stop jawin', the competitors in Stars Earn Stripes put on quite a show, and that's the only point of reality television.
  25. As Feynman, it takes the workmanlike Hurt a little too long to shuffle through the slate of go-to moods and characters he’s played already, but he eventually lands on a unique and compelling take on the man.
  26. Guest has assembled a worthy and adept ensemble of oddballs. But it remains to be seen if the story itself will catch on.
  27. The two-zany formula still works for movie after movie, and the occasional TV show. Case in point: Tonight's Testees, airing on the risk-happy FX network; the comedy doesn't push boundaries so much as trounce and trash them.

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