For 766 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Six Feet Under: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hawaii: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 766
766 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    Most of this is enjoyable, some of it a bit much. But Bette is Bette, as is "Bette." She's a hothouse rose, not a shrinking violet. But on a weekly basis, too much scenery-chewing could make even the "Divine Miss M" wear thin. We'll see how it all plays out. [8 Oct 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    [The] pilot ... is cleverly campy enough to rate a revisit. [13 Mar 1994]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    There's too much of this jurisdictional stuff and an overload of staring by Gibbs, most of it directed at the coltish Caitlin. The story is fairly involving, though. And Mr. Harmon is an underrated actor who's added some softer touches after playing Gibbs as a humorless taskmaster in a two-part JAG that introduced the character. [23 Sept 2003, p.10E]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    Sometimes you just have to know when to stop. Scrubs is still learning. [2 Oct 2001]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    Amusing in spots. ... Future episodes will have to pick up speed if the series expects to really take off. [28 Mar 1999]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Episode 2 is considerably weaker than the watchable premiere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Blindspot has an initially intriguing premise and a compelling co-lead in Alexander. But there’s also some Silly Putty in play here, with Weller’s hard-charging man of action at times laughably intense amid all this oh-so deadly serious business.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    There’s enough set in motion here to perhaps lure a small, loyal audience from week to week.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    It’s a very energetic two-hour premiere replete with cartoonish screams and schemes. But a cesspool runs through it in the person of the noxious Chanel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Mob City at best is barely above average drama from a guy who presumably is still capable of far better. Boardwalk Empire it’s not. Not by a long shot -- or even a rat-a-tat-tat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The fight scenes are easily digested but those down times can really make your head hurt.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Murder jumps around a lot, to the point where it’s perhaps too much.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Sometimes you just want a single serving, with the table cleared by episode's end. This one keeps passing its spinning plates while re-stating the obvious.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Too much of Forever is either overwrought or half-baked. But Gruffudd is mighty handsome as Henry. Jaunty, too. So the series is well-equipped from that standpoint.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Tuesday's premiere certainly has enough intrigue for starters. What it needs is more overall electricity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Viewers get to see what they've all got and what some of it is worth. Which continues to be addictive viewing in itself as the hoarder, pawn shop and abandoned storage unit shows just keep piling up.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    It’s basically another short-burst, talking heads/clip show with too much to cover and not nearly enough time to do so.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Zoo very much spares the gore in its less than scintillating but better than lackluster opening hour.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    It has its moments and is well-appointed with seasoned actors who know how to hit their marks. So if you like Hot In Cleveland, then by all means stick around.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Just OK, even with the first two episodes directed by the still esteemed Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Diner). This is a series that tends too often tends to drag rather than pull viewers along.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Low on initial appeal and likewise short on originality, it’s a bleak ’n’ grim undertaking that just doesn’t seem built for the long haul.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Constantine doubles down on both shape-shifting and puzzlements. Its whiz-bang-boom special effects also might serve as ample enticements for viewers who don’t much care whether anything makes any real sense.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The Family’s chances of anything close to long-term survival seem iffy at best. Unlike Secrets and Lies, its cast of characters and premise are set in concrete. Or perhaps quicksand if recent history proves prophetic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    None of this will cure cancer--or even hemorrhoids. Only in America might qualify as a guilty pleasure, though, with the star of the show agreeably and likably throwing himself into a wide range of activities.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The music has its moments and the comedy occasionally rattles home. Not nearly often enough to make it "Very Funny." But worth a few grins and maybe even a shimmy shake.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Hemlock Grove overall falls well short of anything resembling sustained brilliance. Still, each episode may well push just enough buttons to pull you along to the next one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Broader than Dallas at its broadest, ABC's GCB won't be selling smart, stylized urban sophistication when it premieres Sunday night.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The ripping good special effects of Syfy’s Defiance harken to Fox’s recently failed and likewise futuristic Terra Nova, which also popped the eyes. In each case, the bigger your DVD screen, the better. Another shared trait: the scripts and story lines tend to be cliche-heavy and sense-dulling predictable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Cedric the Entertainer, Nash and Beasley go with this flow--and flow pretty well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Terra Nova certainly doesn't lack ambition and scope, which is a plus. But its first two hours fall short in the storytelling department.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    3 rises above the genre's usually tawdry trappings, even if the opening episode is more than a bit static.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The overriding problem with True Detective 2 is its neck-deep wallow in debasement and self-pity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Star-Crossed looks as though it intends to take itself very seriously as an allegory for a futuristic brand of race relations. It’s also a budding love story, with Emery and Roman blowing hot and cold for one another while a seemingly goodly human student named Grayson (Grey Damon) hopes to cut in and claim her.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    You'll likely guess every development at least a minute or two beforehand. But Peterman's enthusiasm for her role is tangibly contagious, making it possible that a decent percentage of opening night viewers might RSVP in the affirmative to this show's overall "Ya'll come back, ya hear" motif.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Amazon Prime takes a big swing here, and doesn’t entirely miss. More was anticipated, though, with High Castle so far tending to buckle under the weight of some very heavy ambitions and expectations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Some of this is diverting or at least laughable enough to play along.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    One viewer’s bad taste is another’s comedy gold. And Man Seeking Woman arguably has just enough going for it to merit a further investment in its remaining eight episodes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Winchester is a solid enough presence as Kane.... Although this isn’t a flat-out terrible series, don’t bet on NBC having a winner opposite fearsome time slot competition from CBS’ Thursday Night Football and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. No one likes those odds.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    That initial heat from Season 1 has been lowered to room temperature. Kinnaman continues to give The Killing a pulse. But he can’t do it alone, and at this point merits a new, more vital vehicle in which he can really gun his engines.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The Inbetweeners seems to be experiencing the growing pains of its principal characters. A better start would have been preferable, but at least the show's weekly slings and arrows are pointing upward.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Over the top? Yeah. Closer to the truth of the matter? That, too.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    It bounces off the walls of St. Matthew’s, with its rush-about protagonist flirting, sobbing, threatening, cajoling and commiserating, all the while trying to find the true meaning of something or other. Sedative, please. STAT.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Da Vinci’s Demons halfway succeeds on the strength of its vigorous, devil-may-care approach, even if it’s also almost thoroughly preposterous in terms of the central character’s deductive powers and abilities.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Fuller House isn’t going to win any awards for being exactly what its predecessor was--an utterly formulaic sitcom that ranked among prime-time’s 20 most popular series in four of its eight seasons. But seriously, it’s a surprise to see how well the grown-up Bure, Sweetin and Barber work together in the service of a show that employed them as kids, cast them off and now is welcoming them back instead of re-casting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    But oh the machinations. And diversions. And overly long, leisurely scenes that keep sinking Game of Thrones into a quicksand of its own making.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    A Gifted Man won't kill any brain cells if you want to give it a try. But it's not all there yet with an unwieldy mix that also includes two life-threatening cases, a few scenes with Michael's frazzled sister, Christina (Julie Benz) and her problematic teen son and an attempted exorcism of sorts by a mystic named Anton (Pablo Schreiber).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The first episode is a cut or two better than so-so, with Cooper’s brief but pivotal appearance something that many opening night viewers might be willing to wait on. Don’t get too used to him, though.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Epps has his moments, the kids are well-cast and there are a few good lines. But you won’t be missing much if your Tuesday nights are already reserved for NBC’s competing America’s Got Talent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Thursday's series premiere ends up being watchable but not really something to phone your friends about.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The Blacklist is watchable but patently unbelievable and increasingly unpalatable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    [The show] results in a picturesque endeavor that otherwise suffers from a lot of padded redundancy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The newcomer is unlikely to provoke much dinner table conversation, but goes down easily enough while trying not to leave any really bitter aftertastes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    They're [the initial episodes of Anger Management are] somewhat more amusing than expected.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Their [Eliza and Henry's] odd couple liaison occasionally begins clicking from a humor standpoint.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Alley, Perlman and Richards were far more gainfully employed on their previous classic comedy series. Now they’re in a sense doing dinner theater in Yuma but seemingly having a good time together nonetheless.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The semi-dreaded but not altogether unwelcome "not terrible" tag is visited upon CBS' latest Monday night comedy entry.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The Mindy Project is a minor disappointment in light of all the accomplished guest stars populating its opening half-hour.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The story dawdles at times, despite efforts to spice things up with some of that good ol’ Old Testament iniquity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Welcome to the Family is a passable half-hour that fends for itself without a laugh track and manages to deliver a few un-goosed grins.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Fresh Off the Boat paddles hard in its efforts to be an amusing comedy with heart. So far, the parents--not the featured kid--are the primary reasons to watch.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Houdini & Doyle likely won’t set anyone’s heart aflutter or the ratings on fire. But it looks like a passable spring/summer diversion and also just a bit of a history lesson on what these two guys were all about.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Phillippe and Lewis as the two principal characters are not potent enough to get the juices flowing in an unfolding crime tale that’s neither terrible nor scintillating.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Well, the play’s the thing in this one, but Johnson is the hammer and tongs. At age 65, he still seems up to the challenge of stirring up this little petroleum potboiler. The kids are all right but he’s the man.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Growing Up Fisher is no About a Boy, although at times it’s not half-bad. The relationship between the freewheeling Mel and wide-eyed Henry has its sweet spots.... Elfman’s Joyce, however, is an all too typical blend of aging TV mom striving to be young, cool and alluring again. Her clashes with sour teen daughter Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) tend to get old in a hurry.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Falling Skies holds few if any surprises, although its action scenes and impressively designed creatures still have pulling power.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    All in all, Crossbones is about as believable as Casanova in a seminary. But there’s some fun to be had and some Malkovich to behold.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    It somehow manages to be more inviting than ABC's new and thoroughly preposterous Zero Hour, although both series could be the stuff of sadistic semester-ending writing essays.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    War of the Damned doesn't spare any of it en route to its no doubt hellish conclusion. But the characters aren't as compelling as they once were, rendering the fight scenes even more voyeuristic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Sons of Liberty can’t match Vikings’ intensity, ferocity and full-immersion sense of place. Instead it’s a serviceable battle cry in some instances but rather laughable in others.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Unsupervised might induce at least a small handful of smiles per episode. But only if its mood strikes you.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Leoni is fine in the title role and Daly is thoroughly dutiful as her heaven-sent husband. But the accomplished Neuwirth is little seen in the first hour while Ivanek is getting stuck in a rut of playing basically the same character over and over. What’s missing from Madame Secretary is an overriding reason to keep watching. Nothing really crackles so far.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Grimm is buoyed by some decent special effects and snarky wolfman Monroe, who will be a series regular. But it's not nearly as imaginative, involving or picturesque as ABC's fairy tale offering, Once Upon A Time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Animal Kingdom is nowhere near in the same league as The Americans or Fargo or the recently ended Justified. And if it’s trying to be Sons of Anarchy ... well, I think most viewers finally had enough of that, too.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Creature Shop Challenge is inviting enough to merit another look. Not for its pro forma adherence to the “reality competition” handbook but for whatever creative hoops await its very eager group of contestants.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Some interesting conversation does seep through, though, as part of what the host terms "the universal language of women."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Parents of kiddoes, tweens and young teens can be assured that all of this is quite harmless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The Kennex-Dorian combo is the best part of Almost Human, which otherwise keeps twisting and turning itself into a series of unwieldy plot knots.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Unlike The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl, there arguably are too many characters to service here. Add a lot of attendant gobbledygook and mostly shopworn banter.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    This one lands somewhere between a pleasant surprise and better-than-expected.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Sunday's 90-minute premiere makes for an unintended hoot, both ridiculous and often ridiculously watchable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The River in comparison seems like stale tap water, unworthy of any prolonged big drink of time or effort.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    This energetically produced, brightly colored concoction hits the guilty pleasure spot more often than not.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Weatherly is the here, the now and the only overriding reason to watch Bull. On his own or in the NCIS ensemble, his star quality is obvious and likely enough to carry Bull through a multi-season run.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    One doesn’t expect a whole lot of nuance from Last Ship maestro Michael Bay, who’s also produced all four Transformers movies, with another one in the works. You just sit back, swallow this thing whole and wait for sturdy, studly, stolid Captain Chandler to fire off another round of uniformed rhetoric.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Lines like ""Did you feel that? It was like the Fourth of July in my mouth." help to make Lost Girl see-worthy without taking it to the level of must-see.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The end result isn’t a very good biopic and certainly not a noble one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The screws need some tightening but the basics are in place and the cast is more than capable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    After a pretty clumsy start, DM does start to find itself amid a whirl of characters populating not one, not two, but five households.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    It’s still the usual story of women being victimized and mutilated. Wicked City otherwise is no great shakes in the script department, with Sisto’s Roth spitting out too many lines from a well-worn playbook.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Breaking Greenville is stupid fun for all, even if some of the featured players almost assuredly will bitch about being edited into cartoons of themselves.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Power has some pull, but maybe not enough to win a tug of war. Its overall pacing could use a perk-up and its portrayals of minorities (who twice drop the n-word) might take more heat if 50 Cent wasn’t both calling the shots and rapping a theme song that includes the lyric, “I’m an undercover liar. I lie under the covers.”
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Bitten is mildly diverting while also being pretty goofy in spots--even for a werewolf drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    How to Live is decently performed in light of the oft over-reaching material at hand.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    It’s kind of all over the map for starters, with the funny business sometimes peeking through the clouds while also hiding behind them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Although affecting at times, Parade's End tends to congeal rather than gel.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Red Widow isn't as compelling as Last Resort was in its early episodes. But it's appreciably better than those other two. Still, consumer confidence in Red Widow's staying power should be rightfully suspect at best. And in Sunday's second half, the premise already shows some signs of unraveling on the road to potential ridiculosity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Fox made the first two episodes available for review. They’re watchable but also sadly a little comical, with Jack again all clenched up while speaking in a gasping-for-air rasp or silently clenching his jaw.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The scripts are serviceable, although some lines land with a Richter Scale thud.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Its spirit is willing, but the construction has foundation problems.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The overall effect isn’t quite intoxicating, and it might be better if you’re intoxicated in one form or another. Still, Sharknado 2: The Second One is part of a continuing pop culture chain of events that doubles as a rags-to-riches success story for a likable rag-tag director.

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