For 164 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Barney's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 25 Bob's Burgers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 164
164 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    The show probably wouldn't fly for a minute, though, if it weren't for the ineffably engaging Cavanagh, who looks a lot like sardonic comedian Jon Stewart, yet has the laid-back affability of a young Jimmy Stewart. All bright eyes and dimples, he absolutely sparkles in the role. [7 Oct 2000, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    That Thrones remains so utterly unpredictable makes it even more mesmerizing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    The lively script by Geoffrey Ward covers a lot of ground and offers keen insights via interviews, not only with experts but regular folk who lived through the era.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    It's captivating, and also poignant.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    The top-notch acting is still intact, as is the attention to aesthetic detail.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    I'd rather spend time with an edgy show that aims high and sometimes falls short, than one that doesn't.... Welcome back, Mr. Sorkin. It's a pleasure to have you.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    It's never easy to say goodbye to a drama as mind-blowingly magnificent as Breaking Bad, but savvy creator Vince Gilligan has picked the right time to put his end game into motion
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Last Resort [is] another epic, ambitious and distinctive new show that is cause for excitement.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Those who make the investment are richly rewarded. There's enough tension, betrayal, treachery, greed and sex, after all, to fill eight seasons of "Scandal."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Fortunately, the new Steel Magnolias turns out to be a full 90 minutes of wonderful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    It's a muscular, instantly riveting series that features sensational performances by Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. Based on the early episodes, we could be looking at television's next great character-based drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    FX may have struck dramatic gold again. This series is mesmerizing. It sucks you in like a good book and has you yearning for more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Orange is teeming with humor, heart and poignancy--all the elements needed to qualify it as one of the summer's must-see shows.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    What [director Ryan Murphy] delivers is a film with piercing emotional honesty that feels rough, and real, and intimate, and truly full of heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Mad Men can still keep us spellbound.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Audacious plot lines help to keep Orange Is the New Black so unusual and refreshing. It's the one prison show that you may never want to escape.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Chuck Barney
    The good news is that it's still got game. [7 Nov 2004, p.C09]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Chuck Barney
    As its lofty production price tag suggests, The Pacific is bursting with epic sprawl and extravagance. But like any effective film of its kind, it also contains a brand of intimacy that will have you bonding with its characters and caring deeply about their fates.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Chuck Barney
    Treme, probably more than any piece of cinematic fiction set in New Orleans, feels like an authentic experience. As you watch it--and slowly savor it--you can practically taste the red beans and rice.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Chuck Barney
    By the end of the opener, a web of intriguing plot lines (and their treacherous overtones) are firmly in place. As ensuing episodes unfold, the story finds its beating heart as the characters substantially deepen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    The best new series of the season, it's a drama that deftly blends familiar elements of "The Stepford Wives" and "American Beauty" with a dash of "Twin Peaks," while still managing to feel strikingly new. [3 Oct 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    And as far as the plots are concerned, don't sweat it. Tonight's engaging season-opener is easily accessible. Spend some time with these characters and soon you'll find yourself developing a strong emotional connection to them. [5 Oct 2007]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    Sunday night's opening episode, Public Relations, delivers some jaw-dropping moments.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    One of the best-written and well-acted pilots of the fall, this spunky dramedy is full of small surprises. [29 Sept 2000, p.T034]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    Powerful stuff. [16 Apr 2000]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Gilmore Girls is brimming with fine performances all around, but the keys, of course, are its two leads. The appealing Graham has endured her share of TV flops ("Townies," "MYOB" and "Conrad Bloom"), but now she appears to have the kind of material that will allow her comic talents to shine. Meanwhile, Bledel is a promising newcomer with an intriguing round face, expressive eyes and a gift for deadpan retorts. [5 Oct 2000, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Created by Gary Scott Thompson ("The Fast and the Furious"), Las Vegas appears to have all the ingredients of a compulsively watchable guilty pleasure. [22 Sept 2003, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The good news is that it doesn't stink. The even better news is that it's clever and sophisticated and immediately outclasses most of the comedies currently on network television -- not that the bar is set to breathtaking heights. [24 Mar 2005, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Some of the characters are so simplistically drawn that it's laughable. On the other hand, we love these characters so much and we're having such a jolly good time that we just can't resist Downton Abbey.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Stick with it, and this Sherlock proves to be a fun and exhilarating TV experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Based on the first two installments of a 13-episode season, it will continue to have viewers perched on the edge of their sofas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Most TV shows, after all, quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    As it turns out, Veep might be even more hilarious if it didn't hit so uncomfortably close to the truth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    An irresistible blend of soapy shenanigans, domestic tension, political intrigue and catchy tunes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The good news is that Kaling and her writers have crafted a character who is competent at her job, not a goofball in scrubs. And they've offset the show's dreamy sweetness with plenty of snarky bite.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Arrow does what a solid pilot should: Suck us in, make us anxious to see what's next and set up several intriguing possibilities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Season 3 gets off to a fine and frothy start.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Hannibal is a sturdy offering, one that keeps viewers guessing and tensions simmering. Most TV crime shows have a tendency to quickly fade from memory. This one just might haunt your dreams.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    A compelling thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    From Spector's verbal bluster, to all the chatter about ballistics and forensics, it's a very talkie 90 minutes, occasionally punctuated by a haunting soundtrack. But the high-caliber performers, as well as Mamet's sparkling dialogue, keep things compelling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Season 6 jumps ahead in time and launches with a beautifully written, contemplative two-hour opener called "The Doorway."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The bottom line on Season 2 of The Newsroom is that it's unlikely to sway viewers one way or another. Devotees will continue to embrace it, and the haters will continue to hate.... As for this critic, let's just say that I'd rather watch an energetic, well-acted, provocative show that aims high and sometimes falls short, than one that doesn't aim high at all.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    It's not as atmospheric and artful, nor does it exude the same visceral sense of place [as French series "Les Revenants"]. But taken on its own, it is an absorbing, well-paced, thoughtfully rendered production with a quality cast that ranks as one of the better new winter shows.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    More than usual, you feel the emotional weight our survivors lug around. But at the same time, he [writer-producer Scott Gimple] apparently wants to assure us that the show isn't about to back away from turbocharged action sequences and gruesome gore.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The Cold War may be over, but this addictive spy thriller is just heating up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    While The Red Road is not quite in the same league as "True Detective" or "Broadchurch," it is better than most, and it succeeds at drawing dramatic tension not from lots of plot-twist fireworks, but from the long-simmering resentments, private shames and historical injustices embedded in a community few viewers are familiar with.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    It all adds up to a trip that's well worth taking.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The Australian actor is again in Emmy-caliber form, delivering a gripping character study of a man who isn't comfortable in his own skin.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    So far. so good.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    An emotionally powerful dramedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Fortunately, the series has enough edge and action and compelling conflict to keep it from getting mired in sap. Berlanti, in fact, has humorously referred to Everwood as "'Our Town' on crack" and he may have something there. [16 Sept 2002, p.D1]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    The rather trite concept is freshened up by some colorful writing that actually happens to be funny, and by engaging "Odd Couple"-like performances from Sheen and Cryer, who play well off each other. The series is also a prime-time rarity - a sweet domestic comedy that isn't overly sappy. [22 Sept 2003, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    CBS has presented viewers with an exciting gift this fall. Their "Five-0" update not only doesn't stink, it's an action-packed, easy-on-the-eyes thrill ride that is slicker and sexier than the original series that aired from 1968 to '80.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Lux is one of those cute, quippy, ultra-mature teens you find only on TV. And several plot points unfortunately come across as false. But it doesn't matter. The lead characters in Life Unexpected are so likable, and the interactions between them feel so natural, that you find yourself willing to give the show lots of slack.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    To be sure, the show is like any other crime drama in that it contains darkness and violence--some of it erupting in unexpected ways. But there are enough new wrinkles here to make anyone who takes a chance on it feel thoroughly justified.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Though Nikita is certainly dark, it's not as unbearably so as the USA cable version, which was too slick and soulless for its own good. The new version feels much more like a rollicking popcorn thrill ride.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Whereas most entries in the musty genre are simply inclined to go for cheap shrieks and lofty body counts, this saga defies expectations with a more humanistic approach.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    If you've ever wondered how television screws up so many promising projects, check out Episodes, a new Showtime series with Matt LeBlanc that provides the answers in deliciously hilarious detail.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Some viewers will delight in the edgy humor, while others undoubtedly will want to slap an extra-tight muzzle on Wilfred.