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We ranked new and returning series and films on TV and streaming from January 1 through mid-March by Tomatometer (seasons and films must have had at least 10 reviews to be included).

The final ranking reflects an adjusted score calculated based on the number of reviews a series has; for instance, if one title has 10 reviews and a 100% score, while another has 45 reviews and a 99% score, the second title ranks higher because of the larger pool of critics’ opinions used to form the score.

See the final results of the winter TV season:

9JKL: Season 1 (2017)
13%

#94
Adjusted Score: 13.031%
Critics Consensus: Irritatingly uninspired, 9jkl leaves its talented cast out in the cold.
Synopsis: The comedy series is based on the experience of producers Mark Feuerstein and Dana Klein, who are married in real... [More]

#93

Mute (2018)
19%

#93
Adjusted Score: 21.8%
Critics Consensus: Visually polished but narratively derivative and overall muddled, Mute is a would-be sci-fi epic whose title serves as an unfortunate guide to how it might be best enjoyed.
Synopsis: Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) - unable... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Jones

Adjusted Score: 18.352%
Critics Consensus: Living Biblically commits the cardinal TV sin of wasting the outline of an refreshingly unusual premise on broad, hammy acting and stock sitcom laughs.
Synopsis: Film critic Chip Curry (Jay R. Ferguson) is married to Leslie (Lindsey Kraft) and they are expecting their first child.... [More]

#91

The Outsider (2018)
17%

#91
Adjusted Score: 17.093%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in post-WWII Japan, an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) is released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. Now free,... [More]
Directed By: Martin Zandvliet

Valor: Season 1 (2017)
22%

#90
Adjusted Score: 22.237%
Critics Consensus: Valor's attempt to highlight an often overlooked segment of the armed services is undercut by a badly judged blend of military action and melodrama.
Synopsis: In this drama series, an elite unit of U.S. Army helicopter pilots is sent on a top secret mission to... [More]

#89
Adjusted Score: 20.474%
Critics Consensus: Bland and uneven, Disjointed does more smoke-blowing than joke-telling -- though it's further proof that Betsy Sodaro is a comedian to watch.
Synopsis: Disjointed is a workplace comedy starring Kathy Bates as a lifelong advocate for legalization who's finally living her dream as... [More]

#88
Adjusted Score: 28.574%
Critics Consensus: With only a mildly interesting premise, Mind Games leaves viewers with few reasons to continue playing.
Synopsis: A unique agency solves problems for clients by using psychological manipulation.... [More]

#87
Adjusted Score: 26.898%
Critics Consensus: Here and Now clearly has a point it wants to make, but a nebulous plot and unfocused character development stand in the way of its potential.
Synopsis: The Bayer-Boatwrights, a Portland-based multiracial family, gather together for the 60th birthday party of patriarch Greg Boatwright (Tim Robbins), a... [More]

Adjusted Score: 26.306%
Critics Consensus: Wisdom of the Crowd wastes a talented cast on a formulaic procedural crime drama that wavers between modest returns and unintentional laughs.
Synopsis: Obsessed with solving his daughter Mia's murder, billionaire tech guru Jeffrey Tanner (Jeremy Piven) develops Sophe, an app that uses... [More]

Adjusted Score: 35.83%
Critics Consensus: Sugar-coated satire, Our Cartoon President wavers between scathing social criticism and softball slings in a way that's as unsatisfying as it is uncomfortable.
Synopsis: This animated series offers a satirical look at life in the White House and explores the President's relationships with his... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Kirill Yeretsky

#84
Adjusted Score: 37.512%
Critics Consensus: Life Sentence avoids asking tough questions about serious issues, settling instead for a cloying sweetness.
Synopsis: For the last eight years, Stella (Lucy Hale) lived her life to the fullest, due to being diagnosed with terminal... [More]

The Brave: Season 1 (2017)
42%

#83
Adjusted Score: 42.65%
Critics Consensus: Formulaic to a fault, The Brave fails to bring anything new to the genre -- though high production values and a capable cast may be diverting enough for some.
Synopsis: A team of D.C.-based intelligence analysts headed by DIA Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) join forces with an elite... [More]

#82
Adjusted Score: 62.034%
Critics Consensus: Esther Povistky and Benji Alflalo's awkward charms and convincingly platonic chemistry work, though Alone Together's lack of urgency keeps its nihilistic tenderness from truly jelling.
Synopsis: Starring stand-up comedians Esther Povitsky ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and named Variety's "10 comics to watch in 2017") and Benji Aflalo ("Not... [More]

Absentia: Season 1 (2017)
50%

#81
Adjusted Score: 48.114%
Critics Consensus: Absentia sticks too closely to the procedural handbook, leaving its capable lead and mildly intriguing mystery treading water.
Synopsis: FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic). While hunting one of Boston's most notorious serial killers, Agent Byrne disappears without a... [More]

S.W.A.T.: Season 1 (2017)
48%

#80
Adjusted Score: 48.856%
Critics Consensus: Despite a commanding, charming performance from Shemar Moore, S.W.A.T. remains a simple procedural overrun with clichés.
Synopsis: The premiere season of "S.W.A.T." introduces audiences to Sgt. Daniel "Hondo" Harrison (Shemar Moore), the only black officer and born-and-bred... [More]

Hard Sun: Season 1 (2018)
48%

#79
Adjusted Score: 49.625%
Critics Consensus: Hard Sun's heady mix of narrative and visual flourishes buckle under a surfeit of clichés that ultimately weigh it down and leave the show a muddled mess.
Synopsis: Pre-apocalyptic crime show set in contemporary London, where two very different detectives must work together to fight crime.... [More]

#78
Adjusted Score: 64.588%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: There was nothing predictable about David Bowie. Everything was designed to intrigue, to challenge, to defy all expectations. But perhaps... [More]
Starring: David Bowie
Directed By: Francis Whately

Dynasty: Season 1 (2017)
49%

#77
Adjusted Score: 51.23%
Critics Consensus: Dynasty's revival retains enough of its predecessor's over-the-top allure to offer a glamorous guilty pleasure in its first season, even if it never quite recaptures the magic of the original.
Synopsis: Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) is a smart and cunning businesswoman who believes she will soon become the new COO of... [More]

#76
Adjusted Score: 50.432%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly lewd humor and funny, relatable characters are crammed into LA to Vegas alongside pacing problems and a dearth of punchlines, leaving this sitcom's high-flying potential stuck in an amiable holding pattern.
Synopsis: The comedy series centers around the crew and passengers of Jackpot Airlines, a low-cost airline that operates weekend flights between... [More]

Instinct: Season 1 (2018)
56%

#75
Adjusted Score: 56.989%
Critics Consensus: Instinct is ultimately an underwhelming police procedural, despite having Alan Cumming in its arsenal.
Synopsis: Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) has settled into a life of retirement from the CIA and spends his days writing... [More]

#74
Adjusted Score: 55.687%
Critics Consensus: Final Space doesn't always hit its mark, but for those looking for a bite-sized intergalactic comedy it may prove an amusing diversion.
Synopsis: Gary, an astronaut, is finishing up his prison sentence aboard the Galaxy One. That's when he meets Mooncake, an adorable... [More]
Starring:

#73

The Polka King (2017)
65%

#73
Adjusted Score: 65.56%
Critics Consensus: Despite moments of hilarity and a talented ensemble, discordant direction and a sloppy script keep The Polka King from truly singing.
Synopsis: In The Polka King, Jack Black stars as Jan Lewan, a Polish immigrant who became the "King of Pennsylvania Polka."... [More]

#72
Adjusted Score: 59.75%
Critics Consensus: With sporadic amusement and a handful of decent performances, The Resident​ drifts between medical melodrama and hospital horror with often unintentionally funny results.
Synopsis: An idealistic young doctor, Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal), gets a rough reality check when he begins his first day under... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Carter

Rise: Season 1 (2017)
59%

#71
Adjusted Score: 60.818%
Critics Consensus: Rise's admirable aim to inspire audiences with a grounded depiction of high school theater is undercut by stock characters and an off-putting presumption that it is more moving than it ever manages to be.
Synopsis: Series 1 follows a passionate teacher who galvanises drama students and an entire town.... [More]

#70
Adjusted Score: 61.749%
Critics Consensus: The Good Doctor's heavy-handed bedside manner undermines a solid lead performance, but under all the emotionally manipulative gimmickry, there's still plenty of room to improve.
Synopsis: Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a junior surgeon, who is on the autism spectrum and has savant syndrome. Shaun... [More]

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