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Tom Shales

Tom Shales

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Sports Night: Season 1 (TV, 1998-1999) "You needn't be the least bit interested in sports to enjoy Sports Night, the best new ABC sitcom of the season. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 5, 2015
90% Friday Night Lights: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "The performances alone are worth tuning in to see, but watching the bits and pieces come together, and being swept up in the show's powerful emotional pull, can be pure exhilaration. Friday Night Lights is great, heavy-duty, high-impact TV. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 2, 2015
60% The O.C.: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) "Fashioned crudely to appeal to teenage masochism, the series plows old ground in the tritest possible way. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 29, 2015
91% The Sopranos: Season 6, Part I (TV, 2006-2007) "Advance viewing of the first four installments suggests that television's greatest drama series has only gotten greater. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 11, 2014
100% The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008) "The absence of gimmickry and the presence of respect for the story and the audience give The Wire organic advantages over nearly all other TV dramas, whether they deal with cops and crime or birds and bees. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2014
100% The Wire: Season 4 (TV, 2006) "The Wire is a gripping saga of struggle, of people trying not just to cope with corruption and hopelessness but to conquer them. So is The Wire as good as ever? Perhaps even better. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 29, 2014
83% Medium: Season 1 (TV, 2005) "It's smart and classy, two qualities in short supply on NBC's prime-time schedule these days. I " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2014
40% Cupid: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "Now I'm not one to make cheap cracks, but it's all too obvious what Cupid rhymes with, especially once you've seen the series of the same name on ABC. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 18, 2014
67% Harper's Island: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "The fact is, Harper's Island is a cunningly constructed, habit-forming mystery that makes for an intriguing departure from normal episodic television. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 31, 2014
19% In the Motherhood: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "What makes it work is that it's... based on recognizable human behavior -- the warp and woof (and the bow and the wow) of everyday life as lived by three allied moms. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 31, 2014
81% The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1 "The cases are resolved in ways that are for the most part unexpected. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 29, 2014
92% Southland: Season 2 (TV, 2010) "Southland is the next great cop show and the next big step -- a major improvement over the status quo in content and style. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 19, 2013
22% Alice (2008) "In pursuit of political correctness we get an Alice who beats up a knife-toting pirate after first warning him, "Don't even think about it, buddy!" " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 8, 2013
89% Blue Bloods: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2011) "There's perhaps the coppiest cop show of the century so far, the soppy and self-satirizing CBS melodrama "Blue Bloods." " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 24, 2010
86% Pillars of the Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2010) "One must assume that the moments that provoke laughter do so unintentionally. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2010
91% Huge: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " If you can tolerate one more word on the beaten-senseless subject of weight loss, then, and you don't mind hearing generic cliches yet again, you could conceivably become a Huge fan before the summer is over. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 28, 2010
45% Gravity: Season 1 (TV, 2010) "The series cries out for a modern update of the old ad slogan "Where's the beef?" - as in, "Where's the show?" And the ever-popular "What's it about?" " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2010
93% Justified: Season 1 (TV, 2010) "Although Justified qualifies as cryptic, and its mouth is plenty potty, it definitely lacks edge, the most important quality of the three. In fact, it can get downright sleepy between killings. It moseys. It meanders. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 16, 2010
92% Southland: Season 7 "Southland is the next great cop show and the next big step -- a major improvement over the status quo in content and style. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 2, 2010
81% Caprica: Season 1 (TV, 2010) "There's enough going on in Caprica to keep a sci-fi fan, or anyone who likes to settle into a good story, satisfied and even beguiled. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2010
89% Men of a Certain Age: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "There's something rare and wonderful about Men of a Certain Age. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 7, 2009
18% The Prisoner: Season 1 (TV, 2009) ""The Prisoner" -- a remake of a legendary 1967 original -- at least takes viewers to relatively uncharted territory and dares to wrestle with an actual idea or two. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 23, 2009
74% The Middle: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "Heaton is splendid as Heck, with a high-profile supporting cast. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 8, 2009
50% The Cleveland Show: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "You don't really have to be a reactionary to find MacFarlane's comedy revolting, or to see his "art" as the mass-media equivalent of peddling smut to kids, do you? " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 27, 2009
89% FlashForward: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "If it were a little less ditzy and a little more clear-cut, it might stand a better chance of seeing tomorrow itself. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 24, 2009
100% Modern Family: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "The writers and producers have found sharp new angles for tales of the great American family, and they juxtapose them in smart, savory ways. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 23, 2009
29% Mercy: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "Looking for a show to stave off ER withdrawal? Have Mercy; it's (you'll pardon the expression) strong medicine. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 23, 2009
40% Eastwick: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "As the very old saying goes, there's no accounting for taste. Tastelessness, however, is less inscrutable, and those who perpetrated Eastwick are clearly among the accountable. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 23, 2009
63% NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "It's a procedural that follows strictly the established procedure, but it has likable characters, dislikable bad guys and the occasional flabbergasting shot of L.A. excess at its most opulent. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2009
32% Accidentally on Purpose: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "The show is so golly-gosh cute that it would probably look comfy sitting under the tree on Christmas morning. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 21, 2009
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7 (TV, 2009) "It's as terrifying as it is funny -- well, sort of. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 20, 2009
68% The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "It doesn't even have a heart through which a stake could mercifully be driven. It has the dull, dull doings of the world's clammiest vamps, who may flash fangs and skulk around, but who come up fatally flat in terms of mayhem and menace. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 18, 2009
42% Warehouse 13: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "Basically it's a half-baked adventure series, but it's July, and fully baked may just not be the way to go. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 7, 2009
56% Hung: Season 1 (TV, 2009) ""I don't think it's funny; I think it's sad," someone says near the end of the premiere, and as happens frequently with new shows, it sounds too much like self-criticism. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 28, 2009
95% Nurse Jackie: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "A viewing experience that leaves one feeling amply rewarded. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 8, 2009
57% Parks and Recreation: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "Heaven help us all, NBC has managed to come up with a prime-time network sitcom that suffers from an excess of subtlety -- a flaw so utterly unprecedented that it has considerable novelty value on its own. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 9, 2009
77% Better Off Ted: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "Unlike so much of what's on TV these days, it's much more likely to make you laugh than cry. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 18, 2009
56% Castle: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "Viewers who stumble into this misbegotten Moonlighting imitation will likely be bored, too. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 9, 2009
60% Eastbound & Down: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "Eastbound & Down finds true triumph in utter failure. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 15, 2009
53% Dollhouse: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " If "Dollhouse," a pretentious and risible jumble, were a piece of music, it would have to be some sort of funky-junky, hip-hop, rinky-tinky, ragtime madrigal. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 13, 2009
67% Lie to Me: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "Unusually meaty, thoughtful and thought-provoking. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 21, 2009
79% United States of Tara: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "Difficult to categorize, maybe even to characterize, Showtime's "United States of Tara" is funny, poignant, crazy and sane -- a bird of a different feather if there ever was one. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 18, 2009
59% The Beast: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "The show deserves a rating of DB -- Don't Bother. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 15, 2009
62% Leverage: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) "Despite the bungled beginning, Leverage manages the neat trick of coming to its own rescue, and in the proverbial nick of time besides. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 7, 2008
89% 30 Rock: Season 3 (TV, 2008-2009) "It's high in quality, as well as in spirit. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 30, 2008
17% Merlin: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "We see the royal audience comatose and covered in cobwebs and can't help identifying with them; comatose and cobwebby is pretty much how a viewer is likely to feel after surviving only the first 30 or 40 minutes. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 28, 2008
59% The Mentalist: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) "We don't need another cop show, that's for sure -- especially on CBS. But if we're going to have one anyway, "The Mentalist" is definitely the way to go. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 23, 2008
56% True Blood: Season 1 (TV, 2008) "True Blood isn't meant to be an exercise in good taste. Just a romp and a wallow--and a bloody good one. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 7, 2008
18% Flashpoint: Season 1 (TV, 2008) "If it had something truly new or provocative to say about such matters, the essential redundancy of Flashpoint could be overlooked--but it doesn't, and so it can't. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 11, 2008
64% In Plain Sight: Season 1 (TV, 2008) ""In Plain Sight" would amount to very little without an actress of McCormack's talent and temperament in the central role. She has Shannon down pat from Moment One. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 1, 2008
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