Los Angeles Daily News' Scores

  • TV
For 177 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 41% 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 Black Mirror: Season 4
Lowest review score: 30 Dr. Ken: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 110
  2. Negative: 0 out of 110
110 tv reviews
  1. [Westworld] impressively returns. ... The series usually hits the mark with strong storytelling that gives you a lot to ponder after the shooting is over. And the performances are outstanding. This year, the females are leading the way. Newton is a joy to watch and Wood shimmers, clearly embracing the new Delores.
  2. After watching that first episode, we can tell you that it’s a solid return, and definitely stronger than its last few seasons. A good part of that is the chemistry of the new judges--pop star Katy Perry, country singer Luke Bryan and Mr. “All Night Long” himself, Lionel Richie--with the contestants who walk into the room to audition and with each other.
  3. It’s Ritter that gives Jessica Jones its punch. ... This season’s story--at least in the five episodes available for review--builds to a deeper secret, and its buttressed by strong supporting players. Carrie-Ann Moss returns as Jessica’s attorney, who is fighting her own demons.
  4. The Looming Tower is compelling television, even as it marches toward its tragic end.
  5. Seven Seconds can be a bit obvious at times--a shot of blood in the snow with the Statue of Liberty seen off in the distance--but ultimately it settles into a worthwhile character-driven crime thriller.
  6. Britannia doesn’t slow down long enough to be as engaging as the HBO show, but ultimately, it has enough going for it that if you like such fare--not everyone is a “GOT” fan--you can get into the Amazon show.
  7. While none of the information in Dirty Money is particularly new, the episodes--directed by different filmmakers--solidly lay out the stories to make them understandable. However, there is something to be said about getting all this information in one sitting instead of in bits and pieces, and in this Dirty Money delivers.
  8. The series needed someone with the glamor of Stone to be the centerpiece of the mystery, even if she isn’t the largest piece of Mosaic. The series is not the smoothest of fits, but it has enough shiny parts to keep it interesting.
  9. Whereas Netflix’s “Black Mirror” deals with near-future technology angst, the Amazon series is more speculative. Each episode differs not only in look but in tone. So in this binge climate, it is nice having something worth binging that you can also take your time with, and “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” is that.
  10. The thing that The End of the F***ing World smartly does is never let you forget that Jim and Alyssa are like wild animals you think you have tamed, at any moment they might turn on you and bite. Also, kudos to the series for its offbeat selections of songs.
  11. Midway through the first episode of the 11th season of “The X-Files,” FBI agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) clutches her head and moans, “What’s going on here?” We can sympathize. Up until then, the episode had played like a frenetic trailer, filled with crazy action and angst. In subsequent episodes, the Chris Carter series settles down to familiar entertaining territory, but there is a danger you might turn it off before then.
  12. The series has something of a “True Lies” feel, with its plot winking at itself. There is plenty of action and suspense and even a “Timecop” twist. J-C, though, is a different sort of action-figure, filled with more self-doubt and regret then you usually see in the movies. But even with that, the series smartly never takes itself too seriously.
  13. Stephen King described Black Mirror as “terrifying, funny, intelligent. It’s like the ‘Twilight Zone,’ only rated R.” That’s actually giving it short shrift. ... What makes the series special is how there is always one more twist that you didn’t expect in the same way there is always some implication--usually for ill--in a new invention that we didn’t think of. This new season will only add to the acclaim.
  14. The Crown succeeds because it gives us this fresh perspective on the world at that time, and in many ways, the events of the royals then are not that far from what’s happening today. This Crown continues to rule.
  15. Meloni is terrific as usual--a long way from the solid Elliot Stabler on “SVU,” but it’s a stretch to appreciate a “hero” who describes his life as “an ever-swirling toilet that just won’t flush” and follow his cracked personality. With only two episodes to judge from, the jury is out on Happy! My guess, though is that it’s an acquired taste and only for certain people.
  16. Both events [Watergate and the Pentagon Papers] are covered extensively in The Newspaperman. There is not a lot new there, but it’s interesting to hear it from Bradlee’s perspective.
  17. If you liked the series--you had eight years to find out--you’ll like the movie.
  18. The problem is that series seems to take itself a bit too seriously. It could use a side of humor or an over-the-top quality. But these teens are mostly awkward, and while that could be charming, here it isn’t. Runaways doesn’t necessarily make you want to run away. It’s watchable enough, though not compelling.
  19. The series is a wild ride, an old-fashioned Western with a contemporary edge. It carries the sweep and breadth of a grand tale with the larger-than-life ornery characters you expect to find living and dying in that rugged, lonely land.
  20. In Future Man, it bounces amusingly along for a while and suddenly becomes weirdly sci-fi serious. In the third episode, “A Riphole in Time,” there’s a plot twist that makes you wonder what you signed up for. Still, Future Man is intriguing enough to keep you going, but I wouldn’t call it one to binge.
  21. Geere gives a very lively performance and the rest of the cast is also strong. Not the happiest of topics, but Ill Behaviour, puts an interesting face on it.
  22. Damnation has laid enough groundwork for a solid series, and the first episode ends with a kicker about Seth and Creeley’s relationship.
  23. Shaw is likable and undoubtedly a selling point for the series, but unless the show finds its focus, it’s not going to be enough.
  24. Simply baffling. ... Hit the Road is like “The Partridge Family” in the upside down. While Alexander is still masterful at getting laughs, there is a cynical quality to the series that takes the fun out.
  25. Surprisingly affecting. ... The series from Peter Farrelly (“Dumb and Dumber,” “There’s Something About Mary”) and Bobby Mort (“The Colbert Report”) has an appealing likeability to it. Mostly, that is thanks to Livingston who always keeps the character real.
  26. Pharoah, though, almost makes it worth it. He has a solid presence that lifts the show. You just wish it were a better show.
  27. There may be a little more unpacking to do, but Dirk Gently has its own charming weirdness that you either go with or don’t. What’s fun about the story is that every character is obsessed with their own failings and problems while the cosmos keeps playing tricks on them.
  28. The series is a slow burner, but the noir mystery and Laurie keep the flames going.
  29. While often a sumptuous watch, it too often strays into the gaudy.
  30. Valor quickly becomes about secrets and lies, guilt and bravery, and hot bodies and awful banter. It’s not the best mix, and not mixed the best way.

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