Paste Magazine's Scores

For 653 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 78
Highest review score: 98 The Great: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Cowboy Bebop (2021): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 575
  2. Negative: 0 out of 575
575 tv reviews
  1. Columbo as a dame on the road is enough to sell any mystery fanatic; we’re lucky Johnson, Lyonne, and the rest of the Poker Face team have also stacked the deck so much in our favor.
  2. Wolf Pack is mostly untapped potential—so far.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Judging by the first six episodes sent out to critics for review, Apple TV+’s first 2023 comedy kicks off the year with a helluva bang. The well-balanced dose of sarcastic and contagious humor (rooted in pain and heartache) is the kind of prescribed laughter we need to heal our souls after a long and hard day.
  3. With a compelling cast of characters and an unending swath of secrets to uncover, The Watchful Eye is instantly addictive, and has all the potential to become your next TV obsession.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That ‘90s Show did just enough to let us drop back into this world for a summer of fun, and here’s hoping there’s another summer or two to come down the line.
  4. The supporting cast play their roles broadly and without a lot of nuance, making their characters extremely one-dimensional. Larroquette, who always made Dan more than his snarky comments, and Talwalkar, whose Neil is figuring out what he wants to do with his life, are the notable exceptions.
  5. The Legend of Vox Machina, in all its violence and vulgarity, most importantly never forgets its heart, and the series’ commitment to telling those meaningful stories alongside its badass fight sequences and crude humor make it feel refreshing and unique still in its second outing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    While the incredible animation and a talented voice cast keep things entertaining, Velma’s inconsistent tone and humor prevent it from unmasking a darn good show.
  6. Complex characters combined with stellar acting, a wonderfully paced story, and an emotionally engaging plot make The Last of Us a brilliant series that is now the template all other videogame-to-TV adaptations should follow.
  7. This is middling in the grand scheme, but if you enjoy this particular genre (iso-horror?) there are plenty of worse ways to spend your time. The casting is excellent (superficially, the plethora of Scottish accents alone are worth the price of admission for me), John Strickland (Line of Duty, Big Love) does exactly what he needs to do as director, and there’s real suspense and real agony within the narrative.
  8. As coming-of-age stories go, Ferrante is one of the greatest storytellers ever to live, and this adaptation doesn’t just succeed on its own merits, but on hers as well.
  9. Ginny & Georgia might be the best that the newest generation of teen dramas has to offer. The moments that make you yell at your screen because you can’t believe they made them all the way past the cutting room floor are perfectly balanced with the emotional center of the series and the trauma it showcases, and this season manages to be even better than the last.
  10. It’s a surprisingly easy watch, the plotting is fairly accessible and rarely confusing, and despite its visual choices feeling more elementary than complex, they’re always effective.
  11. While the first season of Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches is ultimately a very different beast than the books upon which the show is based, it’s also in many ways, a better, more coherent experience. A slow-burn saga that is heavy on atmosphere and low on easy or immediate answers.
  12. It’s not saying anything new—it’s not even trying to say anything new—but there are worse things than the warm comforts of TV deja vu.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If nothing else, the show is a testament to the fact that Krasinski is a bona fide action movie star, an impressive evolution from his days wooing the receptionist on The Office. Jack Ryan has been the perfect vehicle to showcase just that, but that ride might be starting to run out of gas as it nears the finish line.
  13. [Noah Centineo] confidently leads a spotty but overall impressive spy romp that’ll make for a suitable holiday season watch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Kindred never manages to improve after its intriguing pilot, one that promised a compelling mystery and plenty of tense moments. Instead, the focus is on ancillary characters that are not only obnoxious but lifeless as well, and spends the bulk of the story down on the plantation. Ultimately, this is a mystery that I won’t be returning to find out the answers to.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    I gave this show every benefit of the doubt, I wanted to get on board so badly, but so far the show isn’t a treasure worth searching for. Edge of History needs fun historic riddles with zany characters. But instead the show is just riddled with missed opportunities.
  14. The result is a short series that feels just as long as it should be, obviously meant to help tide fans of Geralt & Co. over to the start of The Witcher Season 3. But Blood Origin does not stand very well on its own or as part of the expanding franchise, managing to focus on some of the least interesting aspects of one of The Witcher’s most fascinating pieces of lore.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even more challenging for writers is balancing the truth within some of these cliches, while honoring the greater complexity of the overarching story. In Season 2 of Little America, the episodes strike a lovely balance between these two competing interests, delivering eight individual vignettes that speak to the strength of the human spirit and celebrate the texture of America’s cultural tapestry.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fourth season of Doom Patrol might be the series’ strongest yet, if only because it’s fully hit its stride and become more comfortable than ever within its incredibly weird little world.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The teens feel less like Gen Z caricatures and finally have problems worthy of our attention.
  15. Reuniting Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, the series relies heavily on the actors’ own chemistry and the longevity of Jones and Wynette’s impassioned lyrics, rather than the strength of its own story. ... Sylvia and director John Hillcoat’s desire to recreate these defining moments and present them with their accompanying ballads holds the series back from ever reaching any further intimacy with Jones and Wynette.
  16. In some ways it feels like the show’s writers heard the faint criticism of the first season, attempted to course correct, and ended up with a narrative that tries to be sneaky and comes up just short. And yet, it does little to take away from the show’s innate charms.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Riches gives a little bit of everything. A little soap, a little seriousness, a little serial investigation: The show offers the viewer different things depending on mood. It gives sexy romps next to flashes back to challenging childhood memories. There are galas and nightclub bathrooms. If the characters’ journeys mirror the show, life full of wealth is well worth a fight.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For TV watchers who aren’t squeamish, Connect has much to offer. Part serial killer detective drama, part supernatural horror, part low-key musical, the genre mashup will have you desperate to find out what happens next.
  17. It coasts along, defiantly mediocre, not trying to do very much and succeeding in that pursuit of the middle road, never having the good grace to fail.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Most of the biggest problems exist within the premiere, and afterward, Willow picks up a good bit of steam and starts showing its potential. Audiences who have held the original movie in high esteem for all these years will likely be pleasantly surprised.
  18. At the end of the day, Season 3 of His Dark Materials is…fine. Fans of Pullman’s novels will love the opportunity to see the world of his books brought to such vivid and detailed life onscreen, and its final episode is a rich and heartfelt coda to all that has come before, with Keene and Wilson at their absolute best together. But it’s hard not to wonder what a version of this series that was more willing to take more risks.

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