For 163 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 25% 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 163
163 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Viewers turned off by the bitterly boisterous, superficial and often one-sided confrontations on the cable news channels might find The Sunset Limited to be refreshing in some ways.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Brody's portrayal of the wise but nerdy Seth energizes The O.C. He's comical without being cartoonish, and the humorous touches he brings to the story help to lighten up a show that at times feels overly heavy. Here's hoping the script writers don't leave his character in the dust in favor of chasing more glamorous story lines. [5 Aug 2003, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Has a solid premise and a lavish look. The show's signature visual gimmick features characters morphing into their younger selves. Then there's the appealing Rush, who makes a very strong first impression. [27 Sept 2003, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    A compelling thriller.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    Although the pilot is hampered by a few cliches and acting that feels forced at times, the main leads are likable, the relationships involving and the storylines provocative. Consider it a promising start. [14 Apr 2003]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Chuck Barney
    Hamming it up big time, William H. Macy plays a booze-addled father of six kids in this uneven drama that seems more intent on taking its pay-cable liberties (nudity, profanity, etc.) to the extreme than weaving an engaging story.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Fortunately, as the saga unfolds, it delves into fresher territory, and Political Animals becomes an intriguing, even occasionally humorous, family soap opera.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Chuck Barney
    The pilot managed to hold my interest for the most part, and I'll credit Hall for bringing a moody allure to the role...Who knows? The show could still flatline over its 13-episode run, but for now it seems to be alive and kicking. [16 June 2002, p.C4]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    What we're left with in The Leftovers is a show that, at least early on, is nothing but chaos and dread and bleakness and chill, as it relentlessly delves into the most troubling aspects of human nature.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    So far, though, it has mostly kept its ambition in check, preferring to follow the playbook of a typical crime procedural, with a little more darkness and a little less energy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    While the show does contain a few obvious penis punch lines, it is so much more than its gimmicky name suggests, offering plenty of heart, along with worthwhile riffs on the national economy, American resourcefulness and, yes, gender dynamics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    What Up All Night has over other baby-rearing shows is a refreshing irreverence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The Michael J. Fox Show tries really hard to be as warm as a cup of cocoa yet hilariously irreverent. Maybe too hard.... On the plus side, Fox still oozes self-deprecating charm, and I love the sweet and playful chemistry he has with Brandt. Also, Pierce is a hoot as the smooth con man of a boss. More of that, please.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Sunday's explosive two-hour opener boldly delivers on the promise by TNT producers to rev up both the pace and the firepower in Season 2.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    You get sort of an odd, been-there-done-that feeling when watching the pilot, which contains, to varying degrees, traces of "The Hunger Games," "The Walking Dead," "FlashForward," "Jericho," "Lost" (Elizabeth Mitchell is in the cast) and other dystopian fare.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    The cast around Washington is also quite solid, and the show looks and is refreshingly different from a typical procedural. But it also feels a little too slick and superficial, and those gaps in logic may be a problem for some viewers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Chuck Barney
    The humor in the pilot is anything but razor-sharp: The writers too often confuse coarse language for jokes, and a subplot in which Calvin coaches a Nigerian co-worker on the finer points of the booty call sputters badly. Still, there is promise here, thanks mainly to a collection of intriguing characters. [14 Aug 2005, p.F4]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    Not everything worked, of course, and anyone expecting Conan to reinvent the wheel or drastically shake up the genre is probably disappointed. But if you were simply glad to see his brand of quirky comedy back in late night--and free of the network guardrails--it was cause for celebration.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Based on Sunday's pilot episode, Crisis has the potential to be one of the spring season's most addictive network offerings. It's intense and suspenseful.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    While Mob City does have its weaknesses, including patches of starchy dialogue, it offsets them with some magnetic performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    It has enough kooky class warfare, sexual shenanigans and whodunit intrigue to make for some escapist summer fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    The pilot episode isn't a total knockout, coming off as a tad bland and safe. Although Abrams does enough to hold our interest, it feels like he's let up on the gas pedal.
    • 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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Dallas is teeming with the soapy plots, delectable eye candy and bad blood we crave in our TV guilty pleasures. It also maintains the general tone of the original without devolving into camp.