Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 2,800 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 The Witcher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 2166
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2166
2166 tv reviews
  1. This season, Stranger Things is working harder and smarter.
  2. What Angelyne lacks in precision it makes up for in spirit. There's an endearing level of protectiveness in Rossum's performance, and indeed the entire production. Angelyne is funny, but Angelyne is never the butt of the joke. Nor is her perpetual acolyte Krause, who Linklater brings to life with a striking blend of humor and pathos.
  3. There is a lifetime of history between Irene and Franklin, and the actors make sure we feel every second of it. Most of the time, though, Night Sky is busy being busy — unspooling new plot lines like so much toilet paper and doubling down on chase-thriller drama.
  4. True to the nature of sketch comedy, each episode has hit and miss moments — but when they work, the humor is silly and savage.
  5. To be clear, the drama has many problems: Bad wigs, limp characterization, indifferent plotting. As grown-up Clare, Rose Leslie has to say one ridiculous thing after another.
  6. Too often the show settles for goofy sentiment, oversimplifying the group's complex friendships. Needs more spice.
  7. All the performances are solid, but "quiet desperation" is a tough mood to maintain over five episodes — and an oddly sleepy one for a drama about a sensational scandal.
  8. It's an extreme relief to report that the new season displays no sign of the dreaded sophomore slump. The six episodes made available for review deliver another superb showcase for Smart and Einbinder while also providing the standout-packed ensemble players amplified opportunities to shine.
  9. This latest Trek marks the fullest embrace of the canon's history ever, really. ... Mount was already delightful as Pike on Discovery, and this show leans into his charm.
  10. The sophomore season hurtles through its eight episodes, dropping in satisfying reveals about the girls' island timeline, seeding new mysteries for the larger group, and tackling themes of racism, sexuality, and domestic violence.
  11. Bayer is excellent at playing cartoonishly awkward, which made her a standout in the sketch-comedy confines of Saturday Night Live, but her cringey antics don't quite translate to episodic storytelling. Shannon salvages the underwritten Jackie.
  12. Barry has never been scarier, and Hader has never been better. ... There's nothing on TV quite like Barry. The laughter is loud, but that makes the terrified silence more deafening.
  13. Scandal ultimately rushes through the true scandal of the union's ugly dissolution, in which Margaret was essentially put on trial for being a woman who enjoyed sex. ... Still, Foy and Bettany make for a brilliantly broken couple, so let this Scandal deliver your Brit fix before The Crown returns this fall.
  14. Director Reinaldo Marcus Green (King Richard) gracefully blends shocking violence with tense conference-room inquisitions.
  15. Martha's story is a fascinating one — the administration's early effort to keep her quiet led to a brutal imprisonment — and Roberts gamely plays her as an old-fashioned southern matriarch unleashed at the dawn of our age of paranoia. But the show also stretches to tell the way less involving story of White House Counsel John Dean (Dan Stevens) and his romance with liberal flight attendant Mo (Betty Gilpin).
  16. Outer Range has one of the worst momentum problems I've ever seen in a streaming show, squandering an evocative setting and some fun twists on portentous take-forever storytelling that prioritizes hints over character depth.
  17. A well-meaning but ponderous effort that wastes a trio of extraordinary actresses with its dull and cursory storytelling.
  18. Is it a radical departure from their previous show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E!, which ended last year? Least spoilery spoiler alert ever: It is not.
  19. Most importantly, the sketches are consistently, ridiculously funny.
  20. The new premiere swerves unexpectedly, and delightfully, with a marvelous opening that suggests these final 13 episodes will reveal the answers to questions you didn't know you had.
  21. The six hour-long episodes offer an intriguing blend of sharp comedy and genuine danger, as the gang stumbles into a local drug cartel's messy business.
  22. The show’s plots — standard suspense fare so far — are warm comfort food for mystery buffs.
  23. With its strong female performances — Snow and O’Grady are superbly nuanced — ”Dreams” maintains a nurturing warmth that appeals to young viewers as well as the boomers I mentioned earlier.
  24. It's a relief to report that creator Donald Glover and his collaborators have not lost their capacity for vital tone-clashing comedy. There are laugh-out-loud moments right alongside skin-crawling bits of social awkwardness, plus some outright shocks. Everything has changed, but Atlanta minus Atlanta is still Atlanta.
  25. A sprawling, stunning drama chronicling four generations of an immigrant Korean family — is truly "it's time to start tossing around words like 'masterpiece'" TV.
  26. What season two lacks in sex montages it makes up for in emotional resonance.
  27. Its sexual-confusion subplots alone will make for a summer’s worth of sincere young actors reducing its target audience of skeptical young people to shrieks of appalled amusement.
  28. The story variously tilts toward canonical completionists and confounded newbies, with dialogue variously impenetrable and explanatory.
  29. The show seems overtly fascinated with Adam Neumann's con, dramatized through pop-music fueled montages and an ever-present "Can you believe this guy?" tone. But the consequences of his financial shell-game — many of which fell on his overworked, underpaid workforce — are largely treated as an afterthought.
  30. At first, the show comes on a little strong with the whimsy. ... But Pam settles into a spirit of wry satire as it chronicles the grimly comical law enforcement ineptitude and/or cavalier disregard for the truth that allowed Pam to elude capture for so long.

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