Philadelphia Daily News' Scores

For 762 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 424
  2. Negative: 0 out of 424
424 tv reviews
  1. [Mahershala Ali's] take on Hays enhances rather than overwhelms a story intriguing enough to justify the show’s 35-year timeline.
  2. It’s probably not the best news to hard-core Stephen King fans that I like what I’ve seen of Castle Rock, the J.J. Abrams-produced Hulu series that’s set in one of the fictional Maine towns King has so creepily populated. Because I’m the kind of viewer who tends to like the TV adaptations of King’s stories right up until the moment the otherworldly horror really gets going.
  3. Adams--as a woman who has pain written all over her--is the best reason to stick with Sharp Objects as it winds its way, sometimes a mite slowly, through twisted mysteries with deep roots.
  4. Its casting is more diverse, its women more nuanced. Its Robot is amazing. But the story, which I liked better 10 episodes in than I did at the beginning, takes a long time to get off the launchpad.
  5. [Seth Meyers] proved to be the right steward for what was, laughs and personal attacks aside, a more earnest than usual evening for the Globes, a show known for its almost-anything-could-happen vibe.
  6. The pace is occasionally glacial, and there were moments when I was as impatient as the (fictional) Dr. Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft, Wolf Hall) for Grace to get to the point of her long and twisted tale. Pay attention, though: There will be a payoff. The real attraction is the performances, particularly Gadon’s as the model inmate.
  7. If you missed those two, and their more broadly drawn sidekicks, they’re definitely back, and pretty much the way you remember them. ... It may be unfair to expect that series to be groundbreaking. But after all these years, it’s hard not to want a little more than the same old story.
  8. Pleasure’s often found in dialogue that has nothing to do with the business at hand.
  9. Amazon’s Tycoon is the TV equivalent of a great beach book: a page-turner with larger-than-life characters, set in a glitzy, gossipy world of secrets. I watched the entire season over a few days, mostly because I was having too much fun to stop.
  10. The acting is good, and Snowfall does these transformations well, but it’s not what supposedly sets it apart. If we’re not going to see more of the before picture--and of the people, like Franklin’s mother, Cissy (Michael Hyatt, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), who are doing their best to keep things together--then what is Snowfall waiting for? Snow, already.
  11. [Broadchurch's] third and final eight-episode season, ticks all the Brit drama boxes and still manages to stand out from the mysteries some of us can’t get enough of.
  12. However much it lingers on the dangers that lie just outside the doors of Green Gables, it’s likely to seem tame to viewers brought up on Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. ... Anne’s never been a simple character. McNulty doesn’t play her as one.
  13. Three episodes in, it looks like Hulu's best original yet. ... Offred's will to survive, and to somehow reclaim her stolen daughter, drives a narrative that might otherwise feel hopeless and that makes The Handmaid's Tale what every serialized show should be: a page-turner.
  14. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are back for 13 more episodes of Netflix's Grace and Frankie, and the third season's the most charming yet.
  15. iZombie, inspired by a comic book series, cares as much about its post-life characters as it does its pre-dead ones. And though it may serve up brains in a variety of ways, it never loses its heart.
  16. On Trial & Error, the answer a little too often is to lean on the fish-out-of-water moments that Josh encounters in a town full of yokels so clichéd they might have come from a bottle in the writers' room marked Southern Stereotypes: Just Add Water. ... But it's Lithgow, as the hopelessly self-centered, sneakily endearing suspect, who steals every scene he's in.
  17. The personal and the policy stuff don't always mesh perfectly, but if adding soap gets a few more people to open their minds, it will be worth it.
  18. The third season of ABC's outstanding American Crime manages to sidestep well-worn arguments about immigration and other hot-button topics with a set of compelling, interlocking stories that challenge viewers to see in new ways the people we so often manage not to see at all--migrant workers, teenage prostitutes, and opioid addicts--while giving a voice to others, like family farmers and small business owners, who have reason, too, to feel ignored.
  19. As much soapy fun as Bette and Joan has with the pair's over-the-top efforts to one-up each other, it's also a smartly told tale of how sexism, ageism, and the old studio system helped turn two Oscar-winning actresses into bitter enemies.
  20. What makes it one of the best shows on television--besides scenes like the last 10 minutes of Tuesday's episode, which are not to be missed--is its ability to show us ourselves as others see us. Dizzying as that view might be, it's as timely as ever.
  21. It feels like a good fit for the franchise.
  22. I watch some disturbing things in this job, but I can't remember the last time anything left me as shaken as Time: The Kalief Browder Story.
  23. Everyone has secrets, and, yes, lies. And a lot of Big Little Lies, from the to-kill-for ocean views to the kitchens, constitutes affluence porn. But there's honest emotion here, too, as well as small moments, like an unexpected one between Dern and Woodley late in the series, that help Big Little Lies float above the suds of soapy guilty pleasure.
  24. The best news about The Good Fight is that it takes a character a lot of us have loved for years and challenges her to be better, and less complacent, than she's ever been--with no guarantee that she'll succeed.
  25. I haven't a clue where the rest of the story is going, but I'm prepared to be surprised.
  26. At 12 episodes instead of 24, Legacy may be able to avoid some of the more absurd detours that plagued the original, but the formula remains the same: Technology is great, but human ingenuity tops it every time.
  27. Though nothing in Training Day, including the partnership of Frank and Kyle, is quite as simple as it first seems, what I saw in three episodes wasn't intriguing enough to make me crave a fourth, or to understand exactly why CBS thought now was the time to glorify the kind of police officer who thinks laws are for other people.
  28. The Superior Donuts recipe is as old as doughnuts--or Cheers, to which it's far from ready to be compared, but it's also just topical enough to feel fresh.
  29. I've seen one only episode, so it's hard to say where Powerless is headed. It has a good cast, though, and for all its comic-book trappings, its effort to find some fun in a fickle economy could make it a good fit with its lead-in, NBC's already terrific Superstore.
  30. The three episodes I've seen are, like Star herself, a little rough, with a tangle of plotlines and some clunky dialogue. But there is plenty to care about, even if I'm not convinced this girl group has what it takes.

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