Washington Post's Scores

For 1,212 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back in the Game: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 528
  2. Negative: 0 out of 528
528 tv reviews
  1. A particularly taut and well-structured pilot episode lays out McCord’s essential struggles, while Leoni delivers a calm, cool and wry performance.
  2. The pace is languid and the ambiance laconic. Easy Money isn't the kind of show likely to clean up at Emmy time. But it has the same sort of eccentric, addled charm that marks an increasing number of current television shows.
  3. In the first four episodes, there isn't anyone or anything to root for, other than history's corrective hand.
  4. 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.
  5. Beyond its breakneck speed and miles logged, Citizen U.S.A. couldn't be more easy or straightforward: From tiny ceremonies in county courthouses to massive arena-sized gatherings in big cities, Pelosi presents a surprising collage of that essential moment when people who've immigrated to the United States become official Americans.
  6. It seems an imaginative improvement over previous sequels "Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine." [16 Jan 1995]
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  7. The cast is adequately charming (if completely cliche), and the show is perky and occasionally sharp, but “A to Z” is also a prime example of the sort of perfectly acceptable yet thoroughly mediocre fall TV show that’s all too easy to ignore.
  8. Although Recount is a smashing success on almost every level, it's also a brutally disheartening experience for the story it tells.
  9. For sitcom's premise sake, Kat reluctantly offers Caroline a place to stay, and before you know it we're watching a lukewarm revamp of "The Odd Couple."
  10. A solid prime-time soap with a burnt-crisp soul.
  11. The first three episodes are all hints and shadows and squandered time, while the show’s most intriguing context and premise--life in a forgotten and neglected tribe--gets lost in all the meandering.
  12. The new series is compelling in its own way, but it will take a while to see how it congeals. Or, more aptly, if it coagulates.
  13. Bates Motel turns out to be a worthy reimagining of the Norman Bates story.
  14. Margulies rises so grippingly to the challenge that whatever else it is, "just another" courtroom show Canterbury's Law most definitely is not.
  15. Boy, has she pulled the bangs over everyone's eyes with this atrociously cutesy sitcom.
  16. Since the show steadily improves as the first few episodes progress, Hung can hardly be written off as a failure.
  17. Once Upon a Time is a smartly-crafted reward for fans of light fantasy, with the right mix of cleverness, action and romance.
  18. This show is so bad, it’s beneath even MTV.
  19. As revealed by the first four episodes of the second season, even a tweaked Newsroom is a still pretty much a bore.
  20. It's a whole lot of techno-hooey, relying on screenwriter-friendly leaps of logic. Emerson turns out to be a one-note actor, but Caviezel is appealing in a particle-board sort of way.
  21. The facetious drama series--not quite a comedy, not quite not one--gathers together an annoying collection of eccentrics and misfits, all of them rich and greedy, few of them worth knowing.
  22. A conceptually smart but only moderately funny comedy.
  23. 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.
  24. It’s the ideal summertime distraction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cable network might have found "Chappelle's" worthy replacement in Chocolate News.
  25. The crime (and the crime solving) can’t hold a candle to the delight of watching Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy drift apart and then back together in a refrain of their story of obstinate love--a task Rhys and Maxwell Martin acquit themselves of quite well.
  26. The fun here comes without that extra layer of philosophical fanaticism. In that sense, The Strain is an enjoyable (and sufficiently sicko) episodic diversion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Bakula gives the Capt. Kirk thing his best shot, but the script is riddled with clunkers and jargon. Worse, "Enterprise" has a bargain-basement feel that lands just this side of camp; the space fights aren't much more convincing than PlayStation offerings. And everything is wrapped in a trite message about unity and the importance of getting along. [26 Sep 2001]
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  27. Insufferable ... for the most part a stylish and incomprehensible bore. [15 Sep 2003]
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  28. Perfectly respectable family fare, yet not so perfectly respectable that it's drippy. [27 Sept 1996, p.D01]
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