TV Guide Magazine's Scores

For 1,433 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Girls: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 831
  2. Negative: 0 out of 831
831 tv reviews
  1. Enthralling. ... Burns' typically masterful assembly of photography, music and personal commentary is matched by Dayton Duncan's lyrical script (read by Peter Coyote). [16-29 Sep 2019, p.24]
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  2. [Ken Burns] triumphs again with PBS's seven-night, 14-hour The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which, as its subtitle suggests, never loses sight of the poignant human drama unfolding against a tide of national and world turmoil.
  3. Stylistically and thematically adventurous, Master of None continually shifts tone and focus, with no two episodes alike. ... Dev may not yet mastered life, but there's no doubt Ansari has mastered his craft. [15-28 May 2017, p.16]
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  4. Buoyed by the effortless charisma of Timothy Olyphant's star turn as the laconic but lethal Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, this series is a twisted triumph.
  5. This magnificent six-part Masterpiece adaption.... In a powerfully sustained performance of subtle sorrow and steely resolve, Rylance reveals a man who takes little pleasure in carrying out his master's harrowing whims. The true pleasure is entirely the viewers. [6-19 Apr 2015, p.14]
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  6. Downton Abbey is like British catnip, a dazzling entertainment where saucy always trumps stuffy. It's popcorn TV with a champagne aftertaste.
  7. Once you get back in the rhythm of this enthrallingly sprawling, lusty and brutal saga, flaunting enough sex and violence to make a Hobbit faint, it's impossible not to succumb to Thrones' visceral, dark magic.
  8. This bold British import is among the best TV I've seen in a mediocre (on network TV, anyway) fall season. Fast-paced, constantly surprising and darkly entertaining, Luther is about as far as you can get from a cookie-cutter procedural.
  9. This sometimes-erratic thrill ride is back in top form in its fifth season, plunging Carrie into a hornet's nest of topical intrigue, involving Syrian refugee camps and a leaked CIA data breech that imperils US relations with Germany. [28 Sep - 11 Oct 2015, p.17]
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  10. Wonderfully through, powerfully outspoken five-part docuseries. [17 Feb - 1 Mar 2020, p.9]
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  11. The Pacific is magnificent in its visual and graphically visceral scope and shattering in its emotional, deeply personal impact.
  12. It's a soul-crushing realistic depiction of the banality of evil. [7 - 20 Jun 2021, p.6]
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  13. What's not to love in Friday Night Lights? This is a place, and a show, I will never want to leave. It feels like family. But we're lucky to have been given this much of their story. Underdogs to the end, these are my TV heroes.
  14. So far (judging from the first four episodes), it's living up to our highest expectations.
  15. The lines between human and artificial intelligence and empathy (or lack thereof) blur in fascinating and often devastating ways. [13-26 Feb 2017, p.19]
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  16. It's a comedy home run. [3-16 Apr 2017, p.19]
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  17. There's a sense of constant discovery and surprise in these eight magically sublime, funny-sad episodes. [17-30 Sep 2018, p.25]
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  18. Fast-paced, very funny and ultimately life-affirming, Upload is (you guessed it) to die for. [27 Apr - 10 May 2020, p. 11]
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  19. Impeccably and cleverly crafted as a mashup of the otherworldly and the nostalgic, this insanely entertaining fantasia works on so many weird levels it doesn't matter if you're as confused as its principal players. [1 - 14 Feb 2021, p.6]
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  20. The emotional roller coaster never lets up, careening from rage and sorrow to horror in director-cowriter Ava DuVernay's shattering four-part dramatization of the infamous Central Park Five case. ... A flawless cast. [27 May - 9 Jun 2019, p.13]
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  21. The juxtaposition of domestic banality with covert, often erotic peril has never been more unsettling. [19 Jan-1 Feb 2015, p.14]
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  22. This demanding and deliberately paced thriller (written and directed with ruthless intelligence by Hugo Blick) stands apart and above the glut of original programming. With its urgently compelling mysteries and shocking reveals, it's the equal of last summer's brilliant Broadchurch.
  23. The richest season to date of this juicy drama. [23 Nov - 6 Dec 2020, p.10]
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  24. I watched the first three episodes in a state of panicked admiration, fearful of the consequences yet eager to see how it all resolves. [19 Mar-1 Apr 2018, p.13]
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  25. The first half of the final season gets underway for AMC's masterpiece of intensity Breaking Bad.
  26. Barry scores as a wildly original and sensationally entertaining hybrid of dark comedy and delirious action. ... Barry kills--in every way imaginable. [19 Mar-1 Apr 2018, p.13]
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  27. Orange loses little steam in its fourth tour of duty, with extremes of dark comedy and bitter tragedy, often heartbreaking in its depiction of metal illness and addiction, devastating in its escalation of racial conflict after the prison's cold-blooded new corporate owners flood the cell block with new bodies, triggering a demographic power shift. [27 Jun - 10 Jul 2016, p.15]
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  28. Three episodes are never enough to satisfy our appetite for the dazzling BBC/Masterpiece Mystery! version of Sherlock, which thanks to its stars' busy movie careers, made us wait two long years for the latest trilogy of 90-minute delights. Was it worth the wait? The answer is (to borrow the title of TV's other enjoyable contemporary Holmes series) elementary: Did you ever doubt it?
  29. In one of the well-chose news excerpts from the time, NBC's Tom Brokaw laments: "No one likes what's going on, and there's no real winners. We have gone from shock to discomfort, now to a combination of anger, depression and shame." All of these emotions are palpable in the riveting docudrama. [4-17 Apr 2016, p.20]
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  30. One man's bland is another's bliss, don't ya know. That's certainly the case with the third season of Noah Hawley's Fargo franchise, with its delicious recipe of quirky humanism and chilling, shocking violence unaltered by a year's hiatus. [1-14 May 2017, p.19]
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