Washington Post's Scores

For 1,101 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 9.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Head Cases: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 463
  2. Negative: 0 out of 463
463 tv reviews
  1. There’s not a lackluster performance among the superb cast members of Bloodline; Chandler and Cardellini, especially, are in top form. Nevertheless, it’s Mendelsohn, as Danny, who makes the best of a script that at times seems overly opaque.
  2. Baker and his wily line readings and intimidatingly sly stares can snap the show out of occasional stupors.
  3. It’s a fast-paced shoot-’em-up/blow-’em-up affair (with the usual ridiculous disregard for actual public safety), but beneath the noise and oozing machismo, it’s not half bad as a deeper emotional story about family and trust.
  4. The production is nothing if not rich, awash in muted hues, populated with rivetingly complex characters and yet disappointingly low on spectacle.
  5. What lifts "Evidence" well above the clamor of standard cop shows is the charisma between its two male leads.
  6. Although it starts out on a glib, dopey note--as "Mission: Preposterous" crossed with "Ocean's Eleven"--the new TNT series Leverage develops with surprising swiftness into a decent, watchable action drama about wrongs being righted and bad guys getting what's coming to them.
  7. Mamet offers a kind of thinking person's war movie for a nation that is, indeed, at war.
  8. "Brewster" improves on the original and has the look of a warmhearted winner. ... It's corny, it's old-fashioned, it's predictable, and it works. [1 May 1990]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are no big tricks, no screaming fireworks, no shocking pull-back-the-curtain exposés on "The Hill." Instead, it's a solid and useful look at some smart, passionate people trying do something they think is right.
  9. The result was assured, quick-paced and enjoyably flavored with a few spicy dashes of Brian Williams's dry rub.
  10. Sherlock moves swiftly and intelligently but also a little too coldly, like a long commercial for better WiFi..... Cumberbatch’s take on Holmes’s narcissism can come off as skeevishly robotic. If not for Freeman’s deeper, more human work as Watson, the style would soon go sterile.
  11. 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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  12. But sprawl it must. "True Blood" is a soap opera at its core, which is why it is so overpopulated with sexy characters.
  13. [The] new episodes are no great shakes, but they do find Futurama humming along.
  14. This is, without a doubt, a show for and about teens.
  15. Within a few episodes and with slightly lowered expectations, it gets a good buzz going.
  16. 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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  17. "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.
  18. The fizzily entertaining pilot of White Collar works hard to establish a vibe of style and smarts, and almost gets the job done.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. A persistently diverting journey by producers and camera crews in search of the glib, the flippant and the ostensibly hip of Southern California.
  24. Pleasant surprise, The Carrie Diaries's premiere episode is a nimble and entertaining trip back to Carrie Bradshaw's high school years.
  25. Derek is an honest and often charming endeavor.
  26. 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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