Baltimore Sun's Scores

For 209 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Alias: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 133
  2. Negative: 0 out of 133
133 tv reviews
  1. I don’t know if I will get though all 30 episodes, but I badly need a dose of realpolitik leavened with a some sense of idealism and hope, and this feels like just the ticket.
  2. Maybe if you're 15, living in mom's basement and obsessed with wormholes, you'll find a laugh or two in the scenario. As for me, I was checking the press release to see if tonight's pilot was really two hours long. It is.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Take a good character and put him in a lame show peopled by cliches and what you get is a waste of a good character.
  3. Walker, Texas Ranger would have been retrograde in 1972. The acting is wooden. The bad guys are drawn in the dimensions of cartoon characters. I'm not even going to start to talk about how it handles racial stereotypes. It celebrates vigilantism. There's violence and more violence.
  4. "Death to the parents" in prime time is an interesting notion for a cultural essay. But it makes for a fairly uninspired drama tonight on Fox when all that seems to matter is money, money, money. [12 Sept 1994]
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  5. Sure, it's irreverent. But is it funny? Sadly, when the question concerns "God, the Devil and Bob," the answer is not particularly.
  6. Brace yourself for a visual look from Levinson that was designed for viewers who grew up with MTV. But, before you dismiss it as too radical, try to remember the jumpy, herky-jerky, hand-held look of the first "Homicide." [21 March 2000]
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  7. "Daddio is far from the season's most original sitcom; there's even an oddball neighbor, Rod (Kevin Crowley), who seems destined to be its version of Cosmo Kramer. The pilot includes some gentle laughs, and Chiklis gives it his all -- sometimes perhaps too much, as though he's determined to make the show a hit through sheer force of will.
  8. An intriguing blend of "Barney Miller" and "The Naked Gun," it's an ensemble comedy with an appealing cast and an off-center sensibility that makes it a keeper, or at least worth checking out the next few weeks.
  9. Take the talking dead people from "The Sixth Sense," some otherworldly visuals from "The Matrix" and the team mutant concept from "The X-Men," and you get The Others, a pastiche of supernatural doublespeak that needs to worry less about aura and more about story and character.
  10. No Direction Home is not just another two nights in front of the tube. Even by the standards of PBS' American Masters -- the medium's finest biography series ever -- Scorsese's film is 3 1/2 hours of breathing air so rarefied compared to most television that it feels as if one is inhaling helium. [26 Sep 2005, p.1C]
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  11. Unfortunately, "From the Earth to the Moon" seems content with simply telling us that getting to the moon was an amazing feat. It would have worked better if we had been shown why. [4 Apr 1998, p.1D]
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  12. Overall, the pilot for "Cop Rock" has too many flaws to be called great television. But it is daring, exciting and innovative television -- with moments where music and drama meet to touch the heart in ways television all too rarely does.
  13. My So-Called Life is about a teen-ager, but it's the quality adult drama of the TV year. It's also one of the finest family dramas in many years and the best girls' coming-of-age show the medium has ever done. [25 Aug 1994, p.1E]
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  14. Somebody ought to show NBC programming chief Garth Ancier reruns of "The Wonder Years," so that he at least knows what a "coming of age" series really is. Heck, compared to Tucker, "Doogie Howser, M.D." was "Catcher in the Rye." [2 Oct 2000]
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  15. What are the odds that two networks could each make such a horrible show in the same year?
  16. Luis is part of a noteworthy change in the way ethnicity is depicted on network TV. In that sense, if no other, it is worth a look. [19 Sept 2003, p.1E]
  17. Harsh Realm doesn't just resonate, it shakes, rattles and rocks the brain. [8 Oct 1999, p.1E]
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  18. Hart's a real charmer, which bodes well. [27 Sept 1996, p.5D]
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  19. Push, Nevada is not a terrible series in any way, shape or form. In fact, it's fairly entertaining. But what I absolutely hate about it is how desperately hard it tries to be Twin Peaks. [17 Sept 2002, p.1E]
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  20. If you like Brit mysteries, this one set in the post-World War II era is easy to fall for.
  21. The resonance of this drama with our lives today alone makes it worth a look.
  22. Let's not kid ourselves, this is mainly escapist entertainment fare.... I'm sorry, but I cannot feel good about watching a drama that celebrates--yes, celebrates--one class of people oppressing another.
  23. Karen Sisco isn't a great drama. For one thing, much of the dialogue is too tough-guy wooden to believe. [1 Oct 2003, p.1E]
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  24. if you are a fan of Braugher's work in "Homicide" and you crave quality drama, this is a pilot you do not want to miss. [10 Oct 2000, p.1F]
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  25. The only way it will strike anyone who has seen HBO's "The Sopranos" as extraordinary is in how extraordinarily tame it is.
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  26. This is a series with tremendous potential. The first hour of "Wonderland" is nothing if not intense, but next week's episode packs less punch. [29 Mar 2000]
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  27. It's romantic, sentimental, sometimes stereotyped and, in the end, a great showcase for the considerable talents of Martin. [2 Apr 1994]
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  28. Fairly likable in a bland sort of way - a very, very bland sort of way. [17 Sep 2002]
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  29. I watched the pilot three times, thinking I'd get used to the timer. But each time, I found myself looking at the timer more than I did at Ellie. And, I'll tell you something: for the first half of the pilot, I liked the timer a lot more than her. And I'll tell you something else: the timer is only one of several things I hate about the pilot. [26 Feb 2002]
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  30. "Soul Food" has its share of soap-opera moments and predictable story threads. ... But the moments in "Soul Food" that bode best for the series' future are the ones that don't try so hard, that show the Josephs struggling to remain a family despite the forces pulling them apart. It's moments like those that give their story strength and should keep viewers anxious to find out what happens next. [28 Jun 2000]
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  31. While Traffic: The Miniseries is definitely not in a league with its predecessors, there are still a number of things to like. [26 Jan 2004]
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  32. Annie Potts (who's OK, but no Michelle Pfeiffer) is a teacher so good, so strong, so committed, you wonder if she's vulnerable to kryptonite. She also inhabits a fantasy world where she's able to stare down gang members and nonchalantly plant a kiss on the cheek of a sleeping student (wonder what the school-system lawyers in B'more would say). [30 Sept 1996, p.6D]
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  33. Cute, but frothy, and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is (or as the movie was). Rachel Blanchard tries as Cher, but she's no Alicia Silverstone...This one could grow on you, but I doubt it. [20 Sept 1996, p.8E]
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  34. According to the laugh track, this is one seriously funny half-hour. Obviously, it knows something I don't. This isn't a sitcom, or even a comedy with a plot; it's a series of mostly lame one-liners. It's a comedy that mistakes smirks for laughs. Bet you don't even crack a smile. [9 Sept 1996, p.6D]
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    This weekly version of the wish-fulfillment movie is astoundingly bad. [5 Mar 1994, p.5D]
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  35. An engaging and illuminating look at the making of a Hollywood film and the business of manufacturing popular culture. [1 Dec 2001, p.1D]
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  36. It's all about superficial glitz: Pretty to look at, but utterly devoid of real dramatic meat on its bones. In the pilot, Duhamel's character is sleeping with Big Ed's flirty daughter, and Big Ed doesn't like it. I could care less. [22 Sept 2003, p.1C]
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  37. The Comeback has its flaws. But this is a moment well beyond the depth of most television comedies. This is the stuff of which plays by David Mamet and Arthur Miller have been writ. This is a sitcom to which some attention should be paid. [4 June 2005, p.1D]
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  38. This is the bottom line: If you give this series three hours, you'll start caring about these characters, and that's no small accomplishment by the writers...But, during that time, the series more often feels like a network soap opera than it does a serious, groundbreaking drama. [2 Dec 2000, p.1E]
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  39. Part science-fiction, part teen soap opera, part Shakespearean love story, with a healthy dose of "The Fugitive" thrown in, Roswell has more than enough to make a believer out of me. It might not be as good as "The West Wing" or "Once and Again," but it is my favorite new series of the fall season. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
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  40. But it's going to take more than two or three minutes of near-art near the end of each hour to keep this series on the air. [29 Sept 2001, p.2D]
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  41. So it's up to LaPaglia to assume the mantle of leadership. And talented as he is, he's no Benzali. [10 Oct 1996, p.3C]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By far the best new drama of the TV season...Murder One is profound, brilliant, mesmerizing and scary. [19 Sept 1995, p.1E]
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  42. But as perfect as Leary is in some ways to play the wounded and angry working man in midlife crisis, it is a one-note act...Leary is simply not an actor capable of other notes, let alone nuance. Anyone who saw him in the ABC cop series "The Job" has seen this character.
  43. I like the way this series cuts to the moral bone and ties so much of the evil men and women do to our culture's excessive materialism, commercialism and obsession with appearances. [22 July 2003, p.1E]
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  44. Nowhere in the media has the moral question of such [government-ordered] kills been explored with the texture and depth that Homeland brings to [just] one little scene Sunday.
  45. I swear I have no idea what The Guardian is supposed to be about. But I don't think the producers or CBS do, either. [25 Sept 2001, p.3E]
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  46. This is television taking us on a journey into shared memory and the national past. This is television near the top of its game as the Great American Storyteller telling us who we were at one of our finest hours and, so, reminding us of what can be. [9 Sept 2001, p.2E]
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  47. If all this sounds like the cutest thing you've ever heard, it just may be. And yet, somehow, Dharma and Greg pulls it off, thanks largely to the considerable charm of Elfman, a cross between Lisa Kudrow and Drew Barrymore. [24 Sept 1997, p.1E]
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  48. An example of television getting it right. The themes -- teen angst, coming-of-age, puberty, loneliness, intimacy, connection and lack of connection to parents -- are skillfully woven into an engaging story line that reinterprets the 63-year-old mythology of Superman for a new generation...There is a major downside to Smallville -- the acting is pretty bad. [16 Oct 2001, p.1E]
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  49. After screening three episodes, I am as hooked on this moody, hypnotic saga as I've been on any drama since The Sopranos. I'm not saying this is going to be the next Sopranos. It's too idiosyncratic and strange for that. [13 Sep 2003]
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  50. "Ally McBeal" is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but it is bona fide quality TV. [8 Sep 1997]
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  51. Too many characters quip too wise, but San Giacomo has a nice way with a line, David Spade plays a good unctuous photographer and Segal is his normal exasperating self. [4 Mar 1997]
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  52. What a fine piece of work. [4 Mar 1997]
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  53. In its first season, I thought it was the best cop drama on television. Last year, I thought it was the best drama - period. What's left, the best series in American television? It almost goes without saying. [3 Mar 2001]
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  54. There is some room for debate as to whether it is the best or only the second best new drama of the season, but there is no doubt it is the most daring. [26 Oct 1996]
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  55. It's better than ever. [David] Simon has always been good, but he seems to have truly matured this year as both a writer ... and executive producer. No one is making richer television drama than he is right now. [18 Sep 2004]
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  56. There is little precedence within television history for the rich portrayal of working class life as depicted by The Wire. [1 Jun 2003]
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  57. The smartest and funniest sitcom on television. [19 Jul 1995]
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  58. Despite being so derivative, it is brimming with promise. [21 Mar 1995]
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  59. The problem isn't as much with DeVito and Reynolds as it is the ensemble to which the actor and character are added. [29 Jun 2006]
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  60. It is not the greatest half-hour pilot I've ever seen, but it is mighty impressive in how much storytelling it compresses and how many cultural buttons it manages to push in 22 minutes. [26 Mar 1999]
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  61. The triumph of Parker's performance - just like that of James Gandolfini's depiction of Tony Soprano - is that she makes one care about Botwin in spite of all her flaws. [7 Aug 2005]
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  62. It has genuinely funny moments... [but] the biggest problem with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is the unevenness of the improvisation. [13 Oct 2000]
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  63. Without a Trace is an engaging and resonant adult drama, which means it is just the kind of series that should rate a rave, except for one thing. There is a decided drop in quality between the pilot and episode two. [26 Sep 2002]
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  64. I like this show a lot. [21 Sep 1998]
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  65. Despite all the artifice and unreasonable expectations it's selling, "The Real World" is one superb television series. [28 Jun 1995]
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  66. At times, The Apprentice seems like one long Trump commercial. [7 Jan 2004]
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  67. Impressive photography and a good-looking cast add up to a drama that is at least pretty to look at. But it doesn't have quite the sizzle of Fox's new teen drama "The O.C.", the new series young viewers seem to be in love with this fall...Maybe, if you're 14, this is epic enough. [23 Sept 2003, p.1E]
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  68. If you like that kind of Elmore-Leonard-wannabe dialogue, you'll probably like McBride a lot. [31 Jan 1995]
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  69. Tonight's two-hour movie pilot has major problems in trying to pull off the tricky business of combining drama and elements of high comedy within the fairly rigid conventions of the TV detective drama. But the writing by Andy Breckman (Rat Race) and the performance of veteran character actor Tony Shalhoub (The Man Who Wasn't There) combine to deliver one of the most weirdly appealing television sleuths since Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch of Homicide: Life on the Street. [12 July 2012, p.1E]
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  70. But Joan of Arcadia has one other thing none of these had - a hard edge and a savvy sense of humor that keeps the drama from ever feeling saccharine or sappy. [26 Sept 2003, p.1E]
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  71. Desperate Housewives' style and dark, comic tone owe much to such groundbreaking cable productions as HBO's Six Feet Under. And, while the writing is no match for that of Alan Ball... several fine performances by an outstanding ensemble cast make Desperate Housewives one of the more wickedly entertaining network pilots of the fall. [3 Oct 2004]
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  72. Stiller may not be enough to save this pack of wrongheaded cliches, but it will be fun watching him try. [21 Sept 1998, p.1E]
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  73. In all but one or two cases, if I were seated with one of these people on a plane, I'd ask to be moved next to a crying baby or a drunk. What CBS has done here is cast this house with people who resemble the stock types we have come to know from prime-time sitcoms and dramas for 50 years. [6 Jul 2000]
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  74. Offers a smart, sensitive and funny look at the first year of college life. [25 Sept 2001, p.3E]
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  75. The worst new high school show I can remember seeing in a while. I am not sure which of the leads I find less interesting -- Sam (Carly Pope), a wannabe journalist who mainly wants to sleep with her journalism teacher (Chad Lowe), or Brooke (Leslie Bibb), the cover-girl- perfect-looking cheerleader with the eating disorder. [29 Sept 1999, p.1E]
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  76. It's hard to figure where the makers of "Third Rock" believe they went right. The humor never rises above high-school-lunchroom level, and even then it's not over-the-top enough to make it very appealing. The actors are talented enough -- Lithgow and Curtin certainly have nothing left to prove, and Gordon-Levitt seems to be that rarest of finds, a young actor who knows about timing. What they're doing in this mess is one of those questions for the ages. [9 Jan 1996]
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  77. It's Sutherland's performance that so elevates the hour. This is a feature film star at work, and his performance demonstrates why the folks who fill the big screen make much more money than most television stars. [6 Nov 2001]
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  78. While it doesn't work for me, I'll bet many of the WB's teen viewers who have just finished watching "Dawson's Creek" are going to love it. The girls will feel empowered; the boys, who have been lusting after the three, will be entertained by the violence and havoc they can generate. [7 Oct 1998, p.1E]
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  79. By far, the best sitcom of the new season. [11 Oct 2000, p.1E]
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  80. That's Life has a good message and great cast. But if it wants to last, it's going to have to lose the professor, settle on a single voice, and do it fast. [30 Sept 2000, p.1E]
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  81. It's not as smart about race as "In Living Color," and it lacks the political edge of " Saturday Night Live" at its best. But Hype might have the stuff to make it in prime time on WB. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
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  82. Slight but likable. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
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  83. Maple believes he created a hero in the character of Mannion. I see a self-aggrandizing, self-important hotdog in black and white shoes who I wouldn't put in charge of a swing dancing class let alone the police department. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
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  84. I have no major complaint with this Fugitive as an act of filmmaking imitation. I just wish they had tried to emulate the spirit of the original and re-imagine this "Fugitive" in a way that made it connect as vitally with America today as the original connected with America in 1963. [6 Oct 2000, p.1E]
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  85. Ed still believes in the realm of possibility, and perhaps even in magic. And that's part of what makes Ed Stevens such a welcome addition to the prime-time landscape. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
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  86. One of the most pleasant surprises of the new season. [5 Oct 2000, p.1E]
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  87. Instead of life-affirming laughter, we get an occasional ironic chuckle in NBC's version of The Office. It's a comedy that offers only escape instead of insight into our workaday lives. [24 Mar 2005, p.1E]
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  88. A well-crafted opening to a television drama is like an overture to a musical. To succeed, it must, however fleetingly, sound the major themes and melody of the piece, as well as suggesting its continuing sensibility. Tonight's opening is a great one. [2 June 2002, p.5E]
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  89. Dazzling...The West Wing is the one new series you do not want to miss. In fact, you don't even want to show up late for its start at 9 tonight. Walk the dog early, shut off the telephone at 8: 55, bribe the kids if necessary to get them in bed, just be there for the one new series that will remind you how exciting the fall network TV season used to be before the networks lost their way in bottom-line thinking and mega-corp greed. [22 Sept 1999, p.1E]
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  90. The show is vulgar, adolescent and sexist -- and seems proud of it. [18 July 2004, p.2F]
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  91. So daring, richly multi-dimensional and culturally provocative that it's almost anti-television. [3 June 2001, p.2F]
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  92. The Sheen persona wears thin after a while, and Jones is just another kid actor with a goofy-sweet face. But what could make this sitcom fly is Cryer. He injects Alan with a manic energy that literally lifts the pilot into a higher comic gear each time he begins to catalog or rant about all his anxieties and fears. [22 Sept 2003, p.1C]
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  93. It is every bit as smart as you would expect something from Chase to be. It's built more on the limited-run model of British television than standard network fare. [9 Jan 1999, p.1E]
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  94. The humor is dark, and the editing is fast-paced and often non-linear. The visual sensibility heightens the surreal quality of life and death with young Dr. Dorian as he careens like a bumper-car through his shift. [2 Oct 2001, p.1E]
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  95. I like Williams as an actor, always have. But he can sink to the level of those around him, and I'm not too sure about the kids in this drama -- Vivien Cardone as his 9-year-old daughter Delia, and Gregory Smith as his 15-year-old son, Ephram. On the other hand, who knows with kids anyway? They could get better in a hurry. The writing also has a tendency to go a bit gooey in the middle. [16 Sept 2002, p.1C]
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  96. I love The Shield so much, I spent the two weeks since I saw it wondering if I could bring myself to actually say in print what I thought after screening the first three episodes: This is better than "Homicide: Life on the Street." If you've been reading The Sun for any length of time, you know I face East, bow my head and light incense in an act of worship at the mere mention of that late, great, ratings-challenged NBC drama. [12 Mar 2002, p.1E]
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  97. In the pilot, at least, Whedon manages to capture some of the same "Buffy" sensibility -- a rare combination of sexual energy, irony, intelligence, hot bodies, cool moves, action, menace and comic relief. The challenge is to sustain that tricky tone for a full season. [5 Oct 1999, p.1E]
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