The A.V. Club's Scores

For 977 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Leftovers: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 668
  2. Negative: 0 out of 668
668 tv reviews
  1. At all times, Dads feels assembled by people who have sniveling contempt for their audience, figuring that this is just the stupid bullshit people who watch network TV might want. They may be proved right by that, but the American public rarely embraces shows as transparently awful as Dads.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    It's even worse than anyone imagined.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Comparisons to The Wonder Years are inevitable, but Everybody Hates Chris scrapes away much of that golden nostalgia by putting a funny spin on frequently painful times.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though the show has been tense and taut in the early going, creator Shaun Cassidy needs to figure out how to parcel out a narrative in episode form, with little stories playing out under the shadow of the big one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The premise is gimmicky, but based on the promising first two episodes, Lee's infinite list of wrongdoings should provide many seasons' worth of amiable comedy.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Surface can be creepy fun, but the obvious debt it owes to the oeuvre of Steven Spielberg--from the hidden beasts and government stonewalling to the suburban angst and working-mom pluckiness--makes the rest of the show feel blandly familiar.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The premise is a winner, and the cast... couldn't be more appealing. But the overtly sitcom-y beats and one-liners seem overworked.
    • The A.V. Club
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All the elements of a first-rate show are in place.... So why isn't it funnier?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's only one good episode away from turning from intriguing to addictive.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Boreanaz and Deschanel have nice chemistry... but the script also tends to undermine its brighter moments with dialogue that repeats the exposition and the characters' defining traits over and over again.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Solving the mystery may not be worth suffering through stiff acting, howler dialogue, and corny era-specific references that clutter up each installment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lot about this series is frankly preposterous, but as pulp logic goes, Miller's bust-out plan is both ingenious and way cool.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No one can backpedal his way into a ditch quite like Gervais.

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