Baltimore Sun's Scores

For 199 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The West Wing: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 130
  2. Negative: 0 out of 130
130 tv reviews
  1. John Adams, a $100 million-plus production about the life and times of America's second president, is one of the most compelling miniseries of the decade.
  2. Winfrey and ABC have taken the much-maligned reality TV format and used it to create a show that both entertains and encourages viewers to think about such matters as how best to help others.
  3. While the police story line has never been stronger, the first seven episodes made available for preview contain nothing that matches the emotional power and sociological insight of the show at its best--namely the classroom scenes from Season 4.
  4. While the story line speaks to loneliness and celebrates community belonging, the episode ultimately feels as flat and superficial as a mass-produced holiday greeting card.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The clever conceit is mostly successful in the series' opening episodes. But having it both ways has its costs, making Samantha smart and serendipitous, but never truly great.
  5. At its best--during several moments of exquisite longing between the adult Ned and Chuck--Pushing Daisies feels so right that it almost redeems all the wrongs of such wretched new series as Cavemen or Carpoolers.
  6. Funny, charming and smart.
  7. Just the right mix of camp, witchiness, special-effects and hand-to-hand combat.
  8. While the series created by Shonda Rhimes brings some outstanding performers like Amy Brenneman and Audra McDonald back to weekly TV, tonight's season opener is not very appealing.
  9. One of the primary attractions of the drama looks to be the fantasy it offers of office mates becoming a community of friends who are continually dropping in on each other to offer companionship and support.
  10. There is nothing as original in Side Order of Life as the metaphysical puppet, but there is enough promise to return for a second week - to see whether Jenny is wise enough to learn from the pain.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'll take Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen in USA's delightful new action comedy Burn Notice.
  11. The problem is, at the end of the pilot, one simply doesn't care enough about Jay and Tyler to go on the lam with them each week.
  12. It is one of the worst sitcoms on the air.
  13. Its power radiates from the screen as forcefully as it does from the radio.
  14. Viewers who can get past the uncertain dialects and a few cartoonish supporting characters are in for a real treat.
  15. While the social work done by Life Support is exemplary, the production more than stands on its own as entertainment.
  16. Those viewers who can come to terms with Joey's voice will find themselves richly rewarded by the powerful performances of Tucker as Tommy Donnelly and Olivia Wilde as Jenny Reilly.
  17. Let's hope Rules is just a misguided piece of fluff that disappears after a dozen episodes - and not a bellwether series trying to tell us something about how our lives have changed for the worse.
  18. One of the zaniest - and most savvy - workplace comedies in years.
  19. The writing is daring, the editing dazzling and bold... this is prime-time storytelling that pops.
  20. Surprisingly wise and moving.
  21. Ugly Betty has high spirits, camp, couture, charm and heart.
  22. Think The Fugitive meets Beverly Hills 90210 done dark and brooding.
  23. A network series potentially good enough to be on HBO.
  24. The most tautly written of all the new serialized dramas.
  25. Think Ocean's Eleven (2001) meets HBO's The Sopranos.
  26. A comedy with lots of charm.
  27. The banter between Perry and Whitfield... is dazzling enough to make one forget the pilot's storytelling sins.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those unschooled in the ways of Washington may have trouble following some of the political machinations and plot nuance, but there's no mistaking passion when you see it.

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