Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 597 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn Bridge: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 303
  2. Negative: 0 out of 303
303 tv reviews
  1. The documentary keeps adding layers of complexity to the tale until one is entirely hooked by its ambiguities and twists and turns -- and soon, as with a great novel, one can't wait to see what happens next.
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  2. "Cop Rock" is less innovation than next logical step (some might even say overdue step) for an increasingly music-conscious medium. [26 Sep 1990, p.1C]
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  3. This one should be found in the greeting-card aisle, not on a major network's prime-time schedule.
  4. It's leeringly sexual, ham-handed in its attempt to "confront" stereotypes, and just plain small-brained.
  5. Take just about every action-movie cliche, and toss in a few soapy ones, and you get an idea of the crammed mess to be found in Hawaii.
  6. Judging by its initial effort, it's a harmless, pretty romp. [22 Sept 1989, p.1]
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  7. It is shot in the seemingly off-handed manner of an independent film, and its concerns are with fending off boredom as the days drift by. It is invigoratingly easygoing. [10 Sept 1997, p.3]
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  8. A fine film but one lacking an emotional punch commensurate with its subject. [10 Sept 1993, p.N-1]
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  9. There is more of a silliness to it. No question, ALF is dumb and puerile. I rather liked it. [22 Sept 1986, p.5C]
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  10. A by-the-numbers, self-consciously smug blend of "Mod Squad" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." [10 Apr 1987, p.9C]
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  11. There's a sophistication at play in this show. The acting (Shipp has won two Emmys for his work in daytime soaps) is refreshingly unmannered. The supporting cast is solid, and the sets, costumes and soundtrack all work to create a distinctive TV world. [20 Sept 1990, p.15]
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  12. Certainly, these pioneering jaunts have a stylishness and sophistication lacking in most mainstream televison shows. But at this point, for all their nifty good looks, they just aren't special or scary enough. [9 June 1989, p.C-1]
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  13. Perhaps there are a few kids who might buy this sort of stuff, but most others will be bored stiff and find pretentious the ways in which Chance maintains that what he is now doing is part of a post-Vietnam guilt trip. The show's main failing is in taking itself too seriously. It's somber when it should be silly. [20 July 1992, p.C5]
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  14. Does Witchblade the series work? You bet, judging from Tuesday's premiere. [12 June 2001, p.3]
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  15. This is adapted, loosely, from the Archie comic books, and it's played in a light, bright comic-book style that is at once winningly broad and smartly sly. [27 Sept 1996, p.1]
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  16. If Coach were a college football team, it would be Columbia - before it broke the notorious losing streak. [28 Feb 1989, p.C5]
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  17. At least at the outset, there's more than just a lot of potential. There's a lot of everything.... Parental beatdowns! Sibling rivalry! Drug money! Terminal illness! Blackmail! Betrayal! Gold chains! It's all so much, so soon.
  18. In the first two episodes, at least, it plays too over the top to ring true. [24 Sept 2002, p.39]
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  19. If Karen Sisco can keep its tart tone, heady pacing and scripts that continue to respect viewers' intelligence, there ought to be an audience for this. [1 Oct 2003, p.C5]
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  20. Me critic. You stink. [3 Oct 2003, p.3]
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  21. Twisting up his face in perpetual puzzlement and speaking in a strange accent that sounds like a combination of Belfast and the Bronx, Segal, who looks more and more like a younger version of Burgess Meredith, takes on a character who, in his own words, has "a track record like dog poop." [2 Nov 1988]
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  22. One of the finest of the new season series, this shimmeringly intelligent hospital drama returns Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Street") to series TV. Braugher plays, with typical depth and passion, Ben Gideon, a top cancer doc emotionally shaken after the loss of his wife. [10 Oct 2000, p.C8]
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  23. Some nicely realized mother-daughter moments fail to make up for the abundance of bad dialogue in the abundant confrontation scenes. [26 Jul 2000]
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  24. If you've never seen "The Sopranos" -- and haven't seen "Goodfellas," "Donnie Brasco" or some of the other morally ambiguous mob tales -- you may well consider it exciting television. Well acted and occasionally trusting the audience not to need everything spelled out for it, it could fairly be called a pretty good watch. [3 Apr 2000]
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  25. [Bob]'s also a wonderful, charismatic character at the middle of several quirky souls that inhabit this delightful and visually refreshing comedy-drama. [4 Aug 1998, p.C10]
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  26. Turns out to be an engaging new hour, boasting crisp writing, near-cinematic production values and an almost fail-safe plot. [14 June 2002, p.3]
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  27. Bosley, usually competent, is wasted in the kind of chubby, cozy Irish-American role that Frank McHugh played in the '30s. [30 Nov 1987, p.6]
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    • 53 Metascore
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    In many respects, "Spenser: For Hire" is just another cop show. But the characters come on strong, speak in complete sentences, bleed when cut and offer us some humanity in a medium where linen jackets and Ferraris have assumed control. It's hard not to like Spenser, and it's hard not to like "Spenser: For Hire." [20 Sep 1985]
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  28. While fitfully entertaining, not only is "China Beach" derivative, but the series... suffers from a leading lady who is not particularly likable, as well as an overabundance of strained humor and forced-march poignance. [26 Apr 1988]
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  29. Winfrey's appeal is considerable and should, for a time, guarantee curiosity-fueled high ratings. It's a warm and serious show, a television time capsule that takes us to a quieter, safer and better place. [1 May 1990]
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