Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Scores

  • TV
For 1,767 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Mrs. America: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Killer Instinct: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 858
  2. Negative: 0 out of 858
858 tv reviews
  1. "Rose Red delivers a better story than his last opus (1999's "Storm of the Century") with better developed characters, but at the end I still felt like I'd wasted a lot of time. What's the point in setting up an intriguing, intricate backstory without offering some answers?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're going to have a great actor play the vampire's human familiar, you could do worse than James Mason. [10 Sept 1917, p.F-7]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  2. The first two episodes deliver a lot of setup as Alex’s world is ripped apart before he’s set on his path to becoming a spy. The plot mechanics are fairly predictable and it takes the show too long to get where it’s clearly going.
  3. An easy, breezy binge, “Corona” puts a welcome, mostly upbeat spin on trying times.
  4. Though I find it boring as can be, my kids enjoy watching YouTube videos of other people playing video games. I suppose “Dead Pixels” might be for those entertainment consumers – and those alone.
  5. Showtime’s “Love Fraud” is the year’s most engrossing true crime docu-series. ... There’s barely any flab in these four hours as the story takes progressively weirder, more surprising turns.
  6. While there is an ongoing serialized story, the individual episode stories involving the lead characters represent “Lovecraft Country” at its best: a haunted house in episode three, a “National Treasure”-style quest in episode four, a metamorphosis in episode five. The episodes often upend expectations.
  7. Lasso’s good-humored, unflinchingly honest and polite character appeals as a type we don’t often see in a single-camera comedy in the post-anti-hero TV series era.
  8. “Lower Decks” has its occasional chuckle-worthy moments, but too often the show opts for wild chaos as a substitute for actual comedy.
  9. It rarely feels improvised except maybe in Q&A interviews with celebs and in “Pepe’s Unbelievable Game Show.” After four episodes, it’s safe to say “Muppets Now” is only occasionally funny, and the recurring segments grow repetitive.
  10. As with plenty of reality competitions, one wonders if “Fridge Wars” might be stronger with one family at a half-hour rather than the one-hour running time, but for the most part “Fridge Wars” doesn’t feel padded.
  11. This silly series deserves kudos for living up to its title. Each eviction is carried out in campy, horror style. ... If future episodes can effectively-yet-cheesily ape horror movie conventions with a different method of end-of-show murder each week, “Killer Camp” will prove itself an entertaining summer diversion.
  12. This paint-by-numbers series has everything you expect in a lousy ’90s comedy but don’t want.
  13. Give this show the “Space Force” medal for unfunny comedy. And as bad as “Space Force” was, Netflix’s Steve Carell disappointment was still better than this dud.
  14. “Brave New World” begins as mostly serious and dystopian, but by episode four there’s a shift in tone. Whether by showrunner David Weiner’s design or network notes, the show lightens up, allowing for more moments of dark humor but also some weird character turns.
  15. A conspiracy thriller, this 2019 British import offers a whiplash-inducing premiere that goes from, “This is a ridiculous investigation that appears to lack a crime” to “How is that possible?”
  16. Bloated and still inconclusive, the new “Unsolved Mysteries” benefits from Netflix’s usual high production values for nonfiction programming, but there’s no reason for these episodes to drone on as they do; there’s not enough story to support their running time.
  17. “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” opens some doors and then never fully explores the implications of McNamara walking through them.
  18. A hilariously absurd sketch comedy that masquerades as a “Soul Train”-esque show.
  19. “Love, Victor” is a pretty tame affair – perhaps too tame for Hulu. The show builds to a season finale cliffhanger that sets the stage for a potentially more interesting, less paint-by-numbers second season.
  20. HBO’s remake of “Perry Mason” pulls together great elements, casting and period production design in particular, but it takes a full five episodes to get to the courtroom drama viewers familiar with the character expect.
  21. When the show focuses on Beecham and his staff, it’s not terrible. But when it ventures off the grounds of Beecham’s ornate estate, things go sideways.
  22. “Swords” is occasionally funny but more often settles for outrageous — a Little People figure swearing and showing off his private parts! — which may work to a degree the first time, but grows tiresome and dull in repetition.
  23. To the credit of writer James Graham and director Stephen Frears (“A Very English Scandal”), “Quiz” rigorously offers both sides of the story and allows viewers to decide.
  24. Alas, imagining the concept is funnier than anything in the show’s early episodes, which mine stale humor from the pitfalls of military bureaucracy. ... Perhaps with time to grow the characters in “Space Force” will develop into something worthwhile.
  25. “Genetic Detective” is more cerebral than an Investigation Discovery show while it creatively — using visual graphics — explains the science and technological advancements that make these investigations possible.
  26. It’s unclear who “Not Too Late” is aimed at — certainly not kids, who aren’t known for their love of celebrity interviews. Maybe it’s meant for die-hard Muppets fans?
  27. “Love Life” lacks the HBO edge but it’s still the HBOiest of HBO Max’s early offerings, even as the characterization of Kendrick’s Darby is closer to Ally McBeal than Lena Dunham’s Hannah on “Girls.”
  28. Just enough modern references so these new 10-minute episodes don’t feel like reruns.
  29. Take away the fun and silliness of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” add more robust production values and dim the lights and you’ve got this self-serious bore.

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