Washington Post's Scores

For 1,070 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 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 My So-Called Life: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 443
  2. Negative: 0 out of 443
443 tv reviews
  1. Stylista is--what is the phrase?--like a little tick that you want to flick off, but it's no worse than other reality games that have come before and will come after.
  2. Though deliberately and even artfully paced, Lights Out also feels protracted. It has difficulty establishing momentum in its first few episodes, even with a smattering of intriguing subplots and story lines, and no one character exerts that intangible ability to make us keep watching.
  3. Moving up to the big time, and relocating to the earlier time slot, seems to have robbed Conan of much of his charm. Much--but not all.
  4. Too Big to Fail has momentum and a certain wonky remove, but is too epic in scope, as Gould's script struggles to match the breadth of the original journalism while the actors try to convince us that they understand all their lines.
  5. While the film could not be called a rollicking success, it seldom if ever pauses long enough to be ordinary, complacent or conventionally minded.
  6. The laughs generated are not subtle, but at least they're there.
  7. On the whole, Intelligence trafficks in the usual request to suspend your disbelief and then some, but it’s also mildly intriguing--especially in the idea that its macho lead character is also treated as a vulnerable prize who needs to be protected at all costs.
  8. The show suffers from the same banal characteristics of most paint-by-numbers network sitcoms.
  9. Throughout the pilot, you’ll wonder why this couldn’t all be handled in a mediocre two-hour action movie.
  10. Once you get past the utter silliness of the idea, Reign is kind of a kick.
  11. It's more of a character sketch than a fully realized story.
  12. Janney and Faris seem to have fun, even when the material in the pilot episode is a tad too seedy and even off-puttingly icy. If Mom could dial it down a notch, it would find a better balance between bawdy and snide.
  13. The tepid laughs here are already in need of a jolt, as Partners cries out for its Karen.
  14. Everyone here, including "Oz's" Eamonn Walker as the battalion chief, is working from the same medium-grim setting, with medium-grim dialogue, which quickly drags the story and action into the still-smoldering ruins of other fire-and-rescue dramas.
  15. Barry takes off so fast that a viewer hardly gets a chance to know him--or care much about where he’s headed.
  16. Boss works hard to resist the usual "this is how we do things in Chicago" nonsense and dutifully aims for a somewhat "Wire"-esque believability. Yet it can also feel like a burden to watch.
  17. An arty and somewhat entertaining movie with a muddled message.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Somehow, even after following these girls from ninth through 12th grade, Confidential manages to make their stories boring.
  18. Accidentally on Purpose doesn't have the smarts to be the salvation of a genre, but neither does it look like the torpedo to sink the ship. Not great, but nothing heinous.
  19. "Underbelly" does indeed aim narrow, likely appealing only to those who are pregnant or have recent memories of it.
  20. There's perhaps the coppiest cop show of the century so far, the soppy and self-satirizing CBS melodrama Blue Bloods, about an entire family--"the Reagans" yet!--involved in the crime biz.
  21. Unlike the misuse of celebrity willingness on "The Marriage Ref," "Who Do You Think You Are?" has a purer heart and an underlying appreciation for marriage, family, longevity and memory. Also to its credit, it encourages people to go to libraries and museums and to look for things online besides the latest Perez Hilton gossip.
  22. As Russ, Faxon is a one-note.... but it’s Greer’s performance as Lina (as well as Jenny Slate’s supporting role as Russ’s friend, Jess) that keeps Married alive.
  23. Mad Men is that rare thing that can be as infuriating as it is perfect. I’ve gone back and forth (and hot and cold) on it as much as a critic can; I warmed to it last season but feel a familiar chill this time.
  24. If Rectify was winnowed down to the length of a feature film and shown at a festival, we could better judge whether or not it accomplishes what it set out to do. Delivered this way, as a meandering, weekly TV show (with commercial breaks), it has spread itself too thin.
  25. The basic formula is by now so groaningly familiar, and the premise so weak and weary, that there's only the "reality" part of this docu-game, or whatever it ought to be called, to tempt one's interest, and that not much.
  26. "Family Guy" fans, prepare to be disappointed: "American Dad" looks a lot like its predecessor, but it lacks the zing and smarts that made "Family Guy" a cult hit. [1 May 2005]
    • Washington Post
  27. No one can survive Surviving Jack’s hollow and formulaic dialogue, which is bursting with jokes that are half-funny at best.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The show is enlightening, but dull.
  28. It's a handsome study in perfect mediocrity.

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