CNN's Scores

For 508 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Last Dance: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Life of Kylie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 286
  2. Negative: 0 out of 286
286 tv reviews
  1. Murphy is extremely good navigating between the two worlds, taking delight in minor acts of defiance, while the conceit dreamed up by series creator Valerie Armstrong represents a playful commentary about not only gender dynamics but television in general.
  2. The show devotes too much time to developing peripheral characters of unequal interest, while resorting to the stale tactic of Sheila's narration contradicting what actually comes out of her mouth too often, punctuated by those rare moments of candor when she says what's truly on her mind.
  3. The series possesses a musically-tinged energy, with Cephas Jones periodically expressing her feelings and fears by delivering poetic spoken-word monologues directly to the camera, and characters breaking into impromptu dance numbers at various moments.
  4. The slow wind-up has characterized all three of Marvel's Disney+ series, but the pacing feels particularly sluggish — and the endgame, pardon the expression, elusive — watching the first two episodes of "Loki." Seeing Tom Hiddleston reprise his role as the suave Thor villain certainly has its charms, but thus far the god of mischief hasn't taken the shape of a wholly compelling concept.
  5. The Apple TV+ limited series lands in the shallow end of the King cinematic pool, with a convoluted story that mostly squanders its big-name cast.
  6. The show returns for a shortened final season minus one of them, Alan Arkin, but provides a sweet, sentimental signoff for Michael Douglas in the title role.
  7. Originally intended to help launch HBO Max, "Friends: The Reunion" finally hits the streaming service, in big, slightly bloated, unapologetically nostalgic form. A valentine to fans, the nearly two-hour special is inevitably hard-pressed to justify the hype, working best when it lets the cast casually reminisce, while getting carried away with cameos, some of which, well, couldn't be more random.
  8. If The Me You Can't See helps one person, this globe-spanning exercise was surely worth it. But strictly as a TV show, you're not missing much if you don't see it.
  9. The mix of interviews and rare footage creates a trippy ride down memory lane for those who grew up with this music as the soundtrack to their lives.
  10. Admittedly, eavesdropping on therapy sessions isn't for everybody, and the theatrical nature of the format can occasionally yield moments that feel a little too perfect or precious. Overall, though, In Treatment remains a compelling way to spend an hour, and as they say, it's cheaper than therapy.
  11. While it's easy to see how that works out for both parties, the reward for viewers is more nebulous, one that feels more compelling in individual moments, as advertised, than its impact as a whole.
  12. Marvel dives big head first into the Adult Swim sandbox with "M.O.D.O.K.," a stop-motion animation series that seeks hilarity in exploring the lighter side of one of the more ridiculous denizens of the comics. While the show -- decidedly not for kids -- should amuse those steeped in comic-book trivia, the kick of doing something different is offset by the sheer weirdness of the effort.
  13. "Halston" doesn't merit the kind of adulation that its namesake craved, but strictly in terms of garnering attention, combining a marquee star with juicy material is one of those things that never goes out of style.
  14. Jenkins has created a journey well worth taking. It's also one whose impact is blunted, finally, by the length of the stops along the way.
  15. For a series about superheroes, Jupiter's Legacy moves in what feels like slow motion. The result is a Netflix drama that's impressive in its scope -- adding to the growing roster of dark comic-book tales -- but frustrating in its sluggish pacing, oscillating between twin timelines over the course of its eight initial episodes.
  16. A fun if not particularly distinctive "The Clone Wars" extension. Built around a small band of renegade clones, the "Rebels"-like feel doesn't break the mold, even if its characters did.
  17. The Mosquito Coast comes together as the product of several puzzling choices, beginning with the decision to again adapt Paul Theroux's 1981 book, and then to situate it in a contemporary setting. The result is a creepier-than-perhaps-even-intended series, which most charitably plays a poor man's "Breaking Bad: Family Edition."
  18. It's possible to continue to admire the show's high-quality pieces and still think that end should come sooner rather than later.
  19. Add Shadow and Bone to the long list of efforts to establish new fantasy series in the post-"Game of Thrones" era, in this case with a fairly generic tale of a war-riven world and a young woman who learns she has spectacular powers and an epic destiny. As constructed it makes for a moderately watchable binge once you've committed, but no great loss if you don't.
  20. Occasionally, the right show comes along in the wrong venue, which in TV terms can become its own cruel twist of fate. For now, though, the four previewed episodes continue to deliver unexpected turns and crumbs of information, planting the hook deep enough to sustain curiosity about where all this is heading, with the disclaimer that the aforementioned dramas ran out of creative gas pretty quickly...As pass-the-popcorn diversions go, that's about as solid an endorsement -- given misgivings about the subject matter -- as "Cruel Summer" could hope to elicit.
  21. Small towns harbor big secrets in prestige TV, and so it is in Mare of Easttown, a showcase for Kate Winslet that resembles "Broadchurch" in the broad strokes, before establishing its own distinct personality. Slow to start, the limited series gains momentum while mostly providing Winslet a fine star vehicle a decade after her Emmy-winning turn in HBO's "Mildred Pierce."
  22. It's pretty much everything the exclamation point would suggest -- a star-driven exercise that's loud but not very good.
  23. Setting aside the backstage drama involving series creator Joss Whedon, The Nevers begins with an intriguing premise and develops it in such a plodding way that interest progressively fades with each successive hour. The idea of an X-Men-like group in turn-of-the-19th-century London surely has potential, but The Nevers needs to get better, sooner rather than later.
  24. Comparisons are inevitable to Peele's films and HBO's "Lovecraft Country," but this 10-part Amazon anthology series proves provocative and bingeable while taking some questionable detours en route to its ultimate destination.
  25. An uninspired series whose action and key narrative device owe at least as much to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" as its half-century-old namesake.
  26. In the broad strokes "The Serpent" resembles any number of true-crime tales, but by meeting those criteria, this limited series still manages to get under your skin.
  27. Might not qualify as Hemingway-esque brevity, but proves fascinating nevertheless.
  28. Streaming services engage in all kinds of stunts in order to gain attention, and there's no denying that this amounts to a bit of a gimmick. Even so, for the couple of hours in our time that it takes to watch/listen to the chapters, "Calls" is an invitation worth answering.
  29. "Al" has the feel of an idea that sounded better during the pitch than in the execution, with the laughs ending up lost in translation.
  30. Granted, the particular concept and setup might not be designed to last for very long before running out of steam; still, if it's not quite love at first sight, thanks primarily to Milioti, there's plenty here to like.

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