Zap2it (Inside the Box)'s Scores

  • TV
For 166 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Pacific: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 93
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 93
  3. Negative: 0 out of 93
93 tv reviews
  1. The Pacific never feels like anything less than a cohesive whole. It's really a remarkable piece of television. I know what I'm doing for the next 10 Sunday nights.
  2. Boardwalk Empire has everything you'd expect in an HBO drama--sharply drawn characters, large-scale stories intercut with intimate moments and a sense that you couldn't find something like it anywhere else on the guide. It's maybe the best new show HBO has launched in several years.
  3. True Detective proves to be everything the HBO marketing has promised it to be: a gorgeous, stylized and dark exploration into the worst parts of the human psyche.
  4. Justified is well-written and well-produced, so it would be good with any decent actor in its lead role. But the show got Timothy Olyphant for the role, and the match could not be any more perfect.
  5. While there's a little something lost in translation, the show retains enough of the core of the original that--bolstered by strong performances from top to bottom--it's as good a remake as any import since "The Office."
  6. It's extremely well cast, uses its Windy City locations beautifully and has an energy that grabs you pretty much from the first scene. Monday nights are really, really crowded, but you need to make room for this show.
  7. It's stunningly rendered and very well-acted, and though the first few episodes have a tendency toward telling rather than showing, the pace rarely feels slack.
  8. The ABC drama is one of the best new series to hit TV this fall.
  9. The good news is that this contemplative, utterly engrossing and frequently gorgeous character study achieves and then surpasses both of those goals [justify the network's foray into the field while living up to the Sundance brand] over the course of its initial six episode season.
  10. The Bridge sets the bar high with its early episodes--it's easily the best new show of the summer so far. Here's hoping the rest of the season follows suit.
  11. Broadchurch doesn't come with many stylistic flourishes--it's a pretty straightforward crime story. But the care given to its characters and the damage the crime inflicts on the town make it one of the best scripted series of the summer.
  12. The British detective series remains one of the best shows on television. Cumberbatch and co-star Martin Freeman have only grown more comfortable in their respective roles of Holmes and Watson. The scripts, meanwhile, understand these men, what makes them tick and why they gravitate toward each other.
  13. It's fun, but it's best in moderation.
  14. It's a somewhat old-fashioned and pretty kick-ass hour of TV, with great action sequences in the first two episodes and, probably more important, well-turned performances by its three regulars: Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley.
  15. Its first two episodes do give the show a very strong foundation on which to build.
  16. Through three episodes, there are enough funny, frustrating, sad and beautiful moments to make me hope Treme sticks around for a while.
  17. Expect some equally strong language to reflect the harshness of the crimes, but enough charisma from the protagonists to keep the show from derailing into glorified grisliness.
  18. With Covert Affairs, USA has added another slick and likable drama to its summer lineup.
  19. Terriers is unlike any private detective series and it more than upholds FX's tradition of original programming with clever writing and solid acting.
  20. For those who loved the original series, the theme song is intact, and the phrase "Book 'em, Danno" isn't used lightly. Other than that, this "Hawaii Five-0 2.0" is its own beast, slow-roasted in the ground until it's ready for crowd-pleasing perfection.
  21. Both our and their [James Wolk's character's women's] affection is bound to star James Wolk, who takes what would be a relatively engaging series and turns it into something much more exciting with the charm he injects into every scene--regardless of which persona he's playing.
  22. The location shooting and some very strong performances lift it above standard cop-show fare.
  23. It's Kurtz and Mixon that really elevate Mike & Molly from most couple-centric comedies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Undercovers [is]quite possibly one of the best meldings of the two sides of Abrams thus far: the action-adventure guy and the seriously modern romantic.
  24. It's a great, gory and surprisingly emotional ride.
  25. Like so many Showtime comedies, Jackie leaves us feeling a bit conflicted. But the acting, caustic characters and looming consequences make Season 3 destination viewing for anyone who's already hooked--and a worthwhile pursuit for anyone still on the fence.
  26. There aren't a lot of hints as to whodunit by the end of the first three episodes, but the accumulation of these little things adds up to a very engrossing story.
  27. It's up in the air as to how Wilfred will be perceived by viewers. The first three episodes are fantastic, but proudly off-color, like most of FX's comedy line-up.
  28. It's definitely a flight worth booking.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It delivers laughs, for sure, but with a brainy, subversive and sometimes absurdist edge.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We're looking forward to the rest of the season to watch this finely drawn mystery unravel.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not exactly groundbreaking TV, but it's fun, sexy and filled with "Degrassi" alums--easy to watch and incredibly addictive.
  29. Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23 offers a new take on an old formula and it succeeds. It's weird, well cast and, most importantly, funny.
  30. Veep is a show, though, that finds great comedy in the space between that idealism and the reality they face every day.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Four episodes in, and Girls is still packing tons of jaw-dropping, head-shaking, eyebrow-raising scenes into 30 minutes each Sunday night.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This heartwarming show just might become the sitcom success NBC so desperately needs.
  31. The show has one of the most thrilling pilots of recent years, but there are a few growing pains in the subsequent two episodes as the show sorts out the weight it gives stories involving the sub's crew, the locals on the tropical island they commandeer and the people back home who have connections to the sub.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're hoping for a slow-building romance, a relatable lead character, and a sweet follow-up to lighthearted lead-in "Hart of Dixie," you're in the right place.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all works. Although Ripper Street does move at the slow pace characteristic of most British dramas, every scene and every line has meaning.
  32. For all the excitement of the missions and the tension with the FBI neighbor, what really carries the show is the relationship between Philip and Elizabeth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spacey clearly loves portraying the wonderfully manipulative Frank Underwood, while Wright does a very convincing take on Lady Macbeth.
  33. Yet as inspired as the performances are and as fully realized as the world is, traces of Soderbergh's recent weaknesses remain. For all the insight into Liberace's private life, there's very little insight into the man himself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Always a 30-minute show with a rich vein of drama, Weeds feels darker than ever this season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not only the charm of the characters that raises "Please Like Me" above the lazy comparison. The series is also funny.
  34. Add in openly gay Captain Holt and the excellent supporting cast of Chelsea Peretti, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz and you've got a good formula for a fun half-hour comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The criminal-teams-with-agent dynamic is nothing new, but it's taking the journey of The Blacklist with Spader and Boone that makes this show so engaging. It only helps that they have a strong supporting cast featuring the likes of Ryan Eggold, Diego Klattenhoff and Harry Lennix.
  35. The show is likely to score big ratings for its premiere, and early evidence indicates there's enough to keep people coming back.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All together Masters of Sex makes an engaging pilot, but it is as yet untested as a premise for a series.
  36. This joyful look into the past makes the dullest of facts come alive.
  37. Carter and West turn in winning performances, however little they resemble the icons they've been tasked to portray.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between the funny characters and the endless possibilities of worlds the two can visit, Rick and Morty has plenty of places to go.
  38. Fun jokes, strange setups and surprisingly touching moments are all present as Community dances its fine edge between silliness and the abyss of the insane.
  39. The new season returns to the show's more familiar structure. But the character beats that played out last season--and in previous seasons, for that matter -- linger. The result is that the Harlan, Ky., and environs of Justified feels like a very familiar, lived-in place--in the best possible sense.
  40. The new comedy delivers on its crazy promise.
  41. Some won't find it gay enough, others will likely wrinkle their nose at the word "gay" and avoid it like the plague. That's a shame, because with this quiet, sincere little show is quite revolutionary on its own. And that's something worth looking at.
  42. Four episodes in, Black Sails is actually spinning a cleverly-crafted tale of intrigue, secrets and deceit surrounding a race for an enormous cache of gold in a Spanish galleon.
  43. Billy and Steve, and even Rodney (Nick Daley) and Walter (John Ratzenberger), get entire story arcs and episodes dedicated to their lives and troubles, and that's part of what is helping the series find its footing.
  44. Silicon Valley has its share of pause-the-DVR laugh lines, but it's not as relentlessly funny as, say, Judge's "Office Space." It does, however, get better as it goes along.
  45. Eventually, the series makes way for just enough plot to give our poor, overstimulated eyes a rest. There's a bit of political maneuvering, fierce rivalries, the examination of slavery vs. free will, ludus-yard hazing and even romance.
  46. Will it mete out enough answers to keep viewers tuning in? And can it sustain the mystery all season? We're dubious, but we're already engaged enough that we'll give the show a chance.
  47. What is there in the premiere of Blue Bloods is the aforementioned cast, which also includes Will Estes ("Reunion," "American Dreams") and Len Cariou ("Damages"), and some sharply written and acted scenes between the family members. Those more than make up for a pretty standard-issue case in the premiere.
  48. Chiklis ("The Shield," "Fantastic Four") and Benz ("Dexter") are appealing leads, and "No Ordinary Family" will most likely rise and fall on their backs.
  49. Three good lead performances (including one from "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc) and enough sharp writing about both show business and relationships give the show a comedic bite that makes up for the stuff you've seen before.
  50. We think if you are a fan of this franchise, then "Suspect Behavior" should please you.
  51. Anxious fans should be pleased, and curious viewers outside the usual demographic might even be surprised.
  52. The Playboy Club is fun fare. The show could really take off if it chooses to not only be fun, but also explore the various frontiers the 1960s backdrop provides.
  53. Overall, it's a strong first episode and we will definitely keep watching.
  54. Terra Nova is another vehicle for a familiar story. It's one we're happy to watch, just maybe not with the fervor FOX is hoping for.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The viewer are asked to digest a lot, but we're willing to bear with it and see if the subsequent episodes can strike the same supernatural-but-not-super-goofy note, retain the production values and keep us interested.
  55. If horror is your thing, you should definitely check it out for a few episodes and decide for yourself.
  56. For now, we find it a solid, entertaining spook-fest.
  57. The new Dallas isn't a game-changer, but it's a solidly built, easy-to-take soap that does right by its predecessor.
  58. Through its first three episodes, The Carrie Diaries works quite well as a coming-of-age story, thanks in no small part to Robb's winning performance and a pretty solid cast of young actors around her.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It takes awhile to get into the investigation launched by Jeff and Skye. At the same time, the fictional "Cult" TV show seems more compelling than the real Cult TV show we're watching.
  59. While we don't have the same rush of affection as we did when we first discovered "Downton," we found Mr. Selfridge entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The beginnings of answers do appear by the end of the episode, and they are definitely compelling enough to encourage continued viewing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It feels like a happy medium between "The New Normal" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," but it manages to feel comfortably familiar as opposed to stale and overdone, largely due to the extremely talented, relatable cast.
  60. It's anchored by several great performances, and it's among the more distinctive and gorgeously filmed shows on the air right now.... What did turn me off a bit in the first couple episodes of Hannibal was the victims were all young women.
  61. While the first two episodes of "Da Vinci" are overly convoluted, the action moves at such a rapid pace and unfolds with such giddy enthusiasm that it's easy to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As long as that emotional content isn't overpowered by the central mystery, Twisted could prove to be another worthy summer sudser for ABC Family.
  62. Each episode is essentially a glorified DVD box set extra, but fun and informative enough to appeal to anyone interested in the increasingly respected field of TV writing.
  63. Sleepy Hollow is quite fun, if you're willing to suspend all disbelief and go for the ride.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Williams signature brand of comedy and big personality dominate the show, but with an ensemble of Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk and Hamish Linklater, it's less one-note than expected.
  64. Though the choice to have the characters speak to the camera feels a little tired (and the plotting to have it continue past the premiere is quite contrived), the show is quite possibly one of the funniest new comedies of the season, full of small moments that lead to big laughs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's Detective Ironside who carries this entire show. No other character is especially memorable in the pilot, with the two characters who stick out the most being Ironside's jerk former partner (Brent Sexton as Gary Stanton) and blonde fellow detective (Spencer Grammer as Holly). Fortunately Underwood lives up to the hype and delivers a flawed, wounded man who is simultaneously a fantastic cop while also being very troubled.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Super Fun Night isn't the world's greatest show, but it has some serious potential.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This won't be a show focusing on teenage angst, which is a healthy breath of fresh air from a network that capitalizes on brooding male protagonists.... One major aspect the pilot lacks is character development, as the fast-paced action and plot dominate the first hour to set up the series.
  65. Lowe's job of selling Alice's yearning for Wonderland is all the more remarkable for the fact that her world-spanning love with Cyrus comes off a little bit limp in the premiere.
  66. It helps that so much of 'Klondike' was shot on location and without CGI. That makes the series feel especially real and lived, which is key in making a project like this one work.
  67. Teen romance does play a major role in [Star-Crossed]... but there's a serious story of prejudice hiding underneath. That serious side--a look into the good and bad of humanity when faced with the "other"--is as compelling as it gets.
  68. Sometimes it's nice to have a fun, well-acted, pleasant sitcom both about and for the family.
  69. The Red Road drops viewers into a complicated situation that only gets more complicated by the end of its first episode.
  70. There's a lot happening all at once and not all of it even makes that much sense. It may never help you pass a history test or win accolades for Starz, but Da Vinci's Demons is still a whole heck of a lot of fun.
  71. Is it must-see TV? Perhaps not, but it's a lively and light addition to The CW lineup and pairs well with the unabashed silliness of "America's Next Top Model."
  72. Like several new shows this season, the ABC comedy is neither cover-your-eyes bad nor set-the-DVR-season-pass good. It just sort of is what it is, which is occasionally cute and amusing--thanks mostly to a cast of comedy veterans--but largely forgettable.
  73. While the show is clearly still finding its footing, there looks to be enough raw material there to make Perfect Couples, if not an instantly vital cog in NBC's Thursday comedy lineup, at least a reason to stay put between "Community" and "The Office."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Whether you like it or not depends on your ability to leap with the show. We won't lie, though. While the pilot is well-executed, once we get into hour two of NBC's planned two hour premiere, we got the feeling that this may be too much of a good thing in one sitting.
  74. Mad Love is not a bad show, but, judging from its first outing, it's not immediately deserving of the caliber of actors it managed to secure for its primary quartet.
  75. The show is no better or worse than "Perfect Couples," "Mad Love" or "Traffic Light." Which is to say it's populated with likable actors and rarely out-and-out bad, but it's also never much more than mildly amusing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The pilot was extremely plot-heavy, so we've got our fingers crossed that future episodes will tone down the action and dig deeper into the characters.