Washington Post's Scores

For 1,116 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 9.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 471
  2. Negative: 0 out of 471
471 tv reviews
  1. Fresh Off the Boat wants to be both “Black-ish” and “The Goldbergs”--and it works fairly okay as a companion piece to either--but it’s a lot better show when it occasionally stops going for just the easy jokes and aims for a subtler, sharper line of comment.
  2. The caliber is very, very high, a gangbusters idea executed with skill and sensitivity. [26 Sep 2002]
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  3. Luck is suffused with brilliant acting and amazing scenes, but in a few unfortunate ways, it remains impenetrable almost until its last hour.
  4. Public Speaking often seems to be trying to relaunch the Fran Lebowitz brand, 25 years past its expiration date. It feels like the kind of movie that old friends would make about an old friend. Which is precisely what it is.
  5. The most electrifying new main character to hit television in years. [16 Nov 2004, p.C01]
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  6. A brisk and pleasingly outrageous hour-long set taped before a crowd of 39 people in a very small Los Angeles venue, she shows off her ability to segue from naif to sharp-tongued devil in a split-second.
  7. Downton Abbey doesn’t meet any objective criteria for brilliant television except for one: escapism.
  8. Sorkin aspires to "importance," which can sometimes curdle into pretentiousness.
  9. Foster makes for an energetic and engaging lead, never missing a beat; the rest of the cast is equally snappy-snippy, thanks to scripts and story lines that keep everyone prancing along like trained poodles.
  10. Though I do not begrudge Ray Donovan its sense of momentum or tension, I was immediately struck by a desire to simply see more of Ray doing his job for a few episodes rather than seeing him deal with his brothers’ various problems.
  11. An enticingly screwy and potentially addictive new crime series from the USA Network, normally not a hotbed of brilliance.
  12. A feeble collection of filmed sketches starring a comic clearly not ready for prime time. [26 Sep 1992]
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  13. What may seem funny and colorfully evocative in the book comes across as smug and snide in the series. [4 Aug 1998, p.C01]
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  14. Supergirl is a cheerful and spot-on adaptation, skillfully accomplishing the difficult task of making a corny comic-book story seem not only believable but also welcoming to those who’ve tired (or never enjoyed) the genre.
  15. 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.
  16. When the stump of Ash’s right arm connects once more with his famous chain saw, you know it’s time to party, and pretty soon everything in the show looks like an explosion at the Ragu spaghetti-sauce factory. It is indeed the happiest of Halloweens.
  17. As lovingly written and organized as it is, the viewer must divide his or her time picking up on different scenarios and moods, caught between rather ho-hum murder cases and this other, more beguiling attempt to craft a show that is about the nature of loss and grief.
  18. Six Feet Under establishes from the start that it will be unflinching and brazen and, as it happens, scorchingly brilliant. [3 June 2001, p.G01]
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  19. Guest has assembled a worthy and adept ensemble of oddballs. But it remains to be seen if the story itself will catch on.
  20. "The Practice" may not be perfect, but it certainly has a lot going for it -- including a cast that clicks instantly. [4 Mar 1997]
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  21. For its epic investment, Living in the Material World still feels like only part of the story.
  22. It's a beautiful downer of a show that becomes more revealing and absorbing as it moves along.
  23. If you haven’t been reading Marvel Comics lately... then the show can feel somewhat exclusionary and, frankly, a little too cornball and cutesy about its own geekiness.
  24. Gosh, that's a lot of derivative teen-movie influences for a half-hour show. Yet the swift pacing and simplicity of Awkward remind us that awkwardness can still be freshly painful and funny material, so long as there are still teenagers and high schools.
  25. The pilot episode is stylish and swiftly paced, but that’s all it is, and despite some intriguing plot twists, there’s not a lot of motivation to keep coming back.
  26. The show feels new again, but that doesn’t mean it feels fully refreshed, nor is it immune to painting itself into the same sort of corners it got stuck in before.
  27. An adventurous, whimsical and spectacular space series. ... "Farscape" doesn't plumb mysteries of the cosmos or boldly go into profound allegorical realms. But it is fun, and beautifully produced. [8 Jul 1999]
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  28. It's an adrenalin-doused premise that is handsomely executed, but it feels like we get to Defcon 2 way too fast.
  29. Those who wade into Carrier might not want to be quitters, either, but after four or five hours, they may find they'd really rather be checking out who's survived on "American Idol."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    New technology is good. The latest educational research is good. This new crew is a superhero team we could support--even if we don't quite understand how Wordball solves crimes. None of that was ever what the original "Electric Company" was about, though.

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