CNN's Scores

For 324 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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 My Brilliant Friend: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Life of Kylie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 174
  2. Negative: 0 out of 174
174 tv reviews
  1. The Crown ushers in a new cast, but the Netflix historical drama's compelling and regal formula -- exploring the obligations and indignities associated with the seemingly sun-drenched life of the British Royal Family -- remains the same, and indeed has only deepened as the principals advance into middle age.
  2. The simplicity of Dollface doesn't make the show any less fun, although this slenderly conceived comedy vehicle for "2 Broke Girls" star Kat Dennings could easily have landed on a conventional broadcast network. As is, it's a nice addition to Hulu's lineup of originals, and a whole lot less depressing than "The Handmaid's Tale."
  3. Happily, the show's brisk, handsomely produced 39-minute premiere is a great deal of fun, giving fans reason to have a good feeling about this.
  4. Coming on the heels of "Watchmen," it's another notable post-movie effort to build a series around a literary property, yielding (in this case) a paper-thin result.
  5. Saying it's not worth watching "See" is a little too easy. Still, with apologies to the owls, this show is strictly for the birds.
  6. Steinfeld is an appealing young star, but she deserves a better vehicle than this one. As Dickinson wrote, "Hope is the thing with feathers." It will take more than that to get "Dickinson" off the ground.
  7. Give For All Mankind credit for a nicely calibrated takeoff, but five episodes in, it's following the kind of ragged flight plan that doesn't raise hopes that the show has the right stuff to stick the landing.
  8. To the extent The Morning Show is Apple's way of sounding the alarm for its new service, feel safe to hit the "snooze" button.
  9. Mrs. Fletcher takes a concept that sounds like a snooze and turns it into an unexpectedly absorbing limited series. Give much of the credit to "The Leftovers" producer-writer Tom Perrotta -- adapting his book -- and star Kathryn Hahn, who throws her all into a role distinguished by its lack of clear definition.
  10. The peccadilloes of royalty never go out of fashion, but Catherine -- with her tumultuous decades-long reign -- brings more intrigue to the party than most. Couple that with Mirren's presence, and "Catherine the Great" pretty well lives up to its name.
  11. It is, by any measure, a pretty tepid addition to an already saturated genre.
  12. This is all pretty stiff, predictable stuff, built around the operatic pangs of teen romance and the mystery of Alaska's fate, with peripheral forays into class and racial divides. All told, the eight-episode limited series is a pretty slim if earnest conceit.
  13. A bizarrely twisty, highly inventive dark comedy that, among other things, considers the elusive quest for happiness. The premise, frankly, really doesn't do this Netflix series justice, as the producers somehow keep pulling rabbits -- and unexpected wrinkles -- out of hats.
  14. Using the graphic novel as the scaffolding for a dense, brooding HBO series, Watchmen grafts enough new threads onto its existing mythology to make "Westworld" look like a 1970s sitcom by comparison.
  15. Granted, "Treadstone" (the name comes from the secret operation that turned Bourne into a weapon) proceeds a little too slowly in terms of connecting the dots, but the show doesn't scrimp on action, and those who enjoyed the movies should find tantalizing threads in this expansion of the narrative.
  16. Perhaps there will be welcome surprises in store. For now, though, The Walking Dead continues to look like a series that has bitten off more than it can chew.
  17. Returning now, after some uneven stretches in Seasons 2 and 3, the show feels as vibrant as ever, with the fifth of the episodes exhibiting the kind of deft, meticulously constructed cloak-and-dagger machinations that would work as a theatrical thriller.
  18. This documentary project feels both like a good start, and at least partially, a missed opportunity.
  19. The College Admissions Scandal is the kind of modest, quick-turnaround effort that won't win any prizes; still, in terms of shining a light on that part of the story, it scores a passing grade the old-fashioned way: By earning it.
  20. The main mystery surrounding this show, as initially constituted, is what would prompt an audience immersed in so much similar content to stick around.
  21. The series doesn't exactly hit the ground running, and appears short on arrows in its quiver, to borrow from another DC-CW staple. If that dynamic doesn't improve, other than the most loyal acolytes of the DC universe, it's a poor candidate for committing many more nights to it, dark or otherwise.
  22. Living Undocumented is a passionate piece of advocacy filmmaking, one that -- for all the tears and heart-wrenching moments -- will likely end up preaching to the choir. The Netflix presentation nevertheless puts faces on the toll of US immigration policy, while making a point of noting the role of past administrations as well as the current one.
  23. Marking Ryan Murphy's first series for Netflix, The Politician feels like a mashup of the producer's high-school-set dramas -- a dollop of "Scream Queens," a dash of "Glee," and a whole lot of the Alexander Payne-directed movie "Election." Throw in some high-profile casting, and it's a shiny but not especially bright bauble that falls short of a winning ticket.
  24. What sounds painfully familiar -- in a "A priest and a psychologist walk into a police station" sort of way -- proves unexpectedly compelling.
  25. If hosting a late-night show is a marathon, Lilly Singh bounded into her NBC series with plenty of energy, some promising moments and a few easily corrected stumbles.
  26. That's not to say Country Music hits any real false notes. But compared to the best of the Burns-PBS collaborations, it drones on in a way that isn't equal to the high expectations and fanfare associated with Burns' epic made-for-public-TV ballads.
  27. Sacha Baron Cohen provides another reminder that being a clown requires serious acting chops, which the famous prankster puts to use in The Spy, a taut Netflix limited series based on a pretty remarkable true story. Set in the early 1960s, it's the Israeli version of James Bond, with a gritty edge and constant sense of jeopardy.
  28. World building is hard enough, but as circus acts go, Carnival Row is like a juggler on a unicycle. It's kind of interesting to watch, but nobody really needs it. Nor does the prejudice directed at the mythological races really come alive, as allegorical as it might feel.
  29. Much of the series is beautiful to look at conceptually, but there's no getting around the sameness of the character design (Gelflings tend to look alike), the lack of expression in those big, soulless American-doll-style eyes, and the lifeless storytelling, which certainly isn't helped by the generic characters and some of the irritating Jar Jar Binks-type dialogue.
  30. Distinctive enough to stand out from the premium-TV pack, if not quite rise to the top of the pyramid.

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