For 521 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Americans: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Ja'mie: Private School Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 521
521 tv reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Much of this is likely to go to waste, though. Homicide, possibly the best police series ever, may prove to be the biggest turnoff since Cop Rock. Imagine a series in which a cop walks up to a potential mugger and tells him, "Hey, we're police. Go rob somebody else." [31 Jan 1993, p.5C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    [It] could be the best TV series of our times. Not for everyone, no. But for what it is, The Sopranos is near magical. [16 Jan 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Joe Flaherty, the former SCTV standout, chips in as a perfectly apt one-note pop who preaches that all of his former misbehaving classmates are now - "dead!" [25 Sept 1999, p.1C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    A perceptive, powerful, five-star achievement in HBO's continuing championship season...Saluting it is a singular honor and privilege.[9 Sept 2001, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Whether darkly funny, deeply moving or spookily surreal, Six Feet Under is seldom less than bracingly original. It's another landmark series for HBO. [3 June 2001, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    This requires some patience at first, although getting a handle on the format is relatively painless. Once that's accomplished, it's thrilling to watch Boomtown navigate twists and turns like a topflight Grand Prix racer. [29 Sept 2002, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    A smart, tart, daring comedy in a season that could really use one. Arrested Development and Mr. Bateman both deserve a long and prosperous run. What a nice, bracing development that would be. [2 Nov 2003, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Nip/Tuck delivers its jolts within the context of an intelligent script underscored by first-rate performances. [20 July 2003, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Lost so far is riveting, large-scale human drama. Get those Gilligan's Island jokes out of your system. Otherwise they might be sticking in your throat after the opening 10 minutes. [22 Sept 2004, p.12E]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    HBO has done it again, investing in a project of substance and a lead actress who powers it home.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    You won't find a better rendering of time and place anywhere else on the sprawling TV landscape. This is still the real deal, through and through.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    So far it's the televised documentary film of the year, with its truths stranger than fiction from opening move to checkmate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    The 90-minute HBO documentary, one of the very best in a long line of standouts, is in no way a pity party for Flood.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Viewers craving a satisfying gourmet meal rather than another summertime "reality" Moon Pie are urged to make The Hour a Wednesday night ritual for the next six weeks.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    The fun is in the snappy dialogue and the impeccable actors delivering it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It's compelling, enthralling and steeped in current realities.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It's HBO's most mature half-hour series ever, rising above the material worlds of Sex and the City and Entourage to offer a road worth taking in pursuit of a "higher self."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    In the end, it may be the most fun you'll ever have with a Ken Burns film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It has Emmy caliber performances from its two leads and an authenticity that won't quit.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    FX sent the first five half-hours for review, and they're all gems.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Gilligan and company keep on pushing Breaking Bad to new highs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    The drought-stricken, spirit-sapping Great Plains of the 1930s get the lyrical and learned Burns treatment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Watch at whatever pace you'd like--immediately. Given its quality, I think you'll be drinking it all in sooner rather than later.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It keeps going about its business, getting better than ever each season with a restrained but gripping approach that's also sure to wear well decades from now.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Broadchurch, with its recurring crashing waves wiping some slates clean, is thoroughly captivating from start to finish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Although its principal supporting players are first-rate, Rectify would be lost in transition without Young’s stellar work in the lead role. It’s a fearless, fully immersed, Emmy caliber performance tinged with sadness, searching, primitive pleasures and even a little comedy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Louis C.K. shoots from the lip and keeps scoring. The beauty is the seeming ease with which he does this. And the knowledge of how hard it really is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Schilling, Prepon and Mulgrew are uniformly terrific throughout, whether in prison garb or flashback civilian clothes. But other characters are equally compelling, giving this series innumerable stories to tell for hopefully many seasons to come. Based on the first six of 13 episodes, Orange is the New Black has passed virtually every test with flying colors.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    None of the fall's 41 other rookies looks capable of playing in the same league...The premiere episode is a knockout. [19 Sept 1995, p.1C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Performance is never a problem for the cast of Masters of Sex. Caplan, Sheen and the supporting players keep everything humming in the best new drama of the fall season. You’ll want to watch.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    True Detective is a marvel of craftsmanship, storytelling and performances through these first three hours made available for review.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Based on these first five episodes, The Americans shows every sign of maintaining if not exceeding the high bar it set in Season 1.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    These first two episodes are gut-busting, non-stop fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    The new Fargo bobs, weaves and occasionally unravels a bit. Still, it’s never less than entrancing, with the recurring panoramic shots of an unforgiving deep freeze serving as stolid supporting characters.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Orange Is the New Black remains a vibrantly hued, singular achievement. Darkly dramatic and comedically spiked, it deals in the dehumanization and restoration of both guards and inmates.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Masters of Sex is without question in Mad Men’s league as a period drama that looks inward, outward and unsteadily ahead. The performances of Sheen, Caplan, Janney and Bridges rival those in any ongoing TV series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Whatever your viewing regimen, Honorable Woman is highly recommended for its distinctive approach, bravura performances, overall digestibility and, yes, degree of difficulty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    All the president's men and women are deftly drawn and seamlessly woven through a crackerjack opening hour. Whether they'll be able to hold our interest remains to be seen. [22 Sept 1999, p.1C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    This might sound same-old, same-old, but isn't. Felicity has the look and feel of a small, bright feature film. Its ensemble cast is attractive and appealing. Most importantly, the acting is strong enough to pull off lines that on paper sound like groaners. [29 Sept 1998, p.1C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Sunday night's sixth season opener, "Meet the Blacks," is a gem from start to finish. Two subsequent episodes sent for review aren't as finely tuned, but still get high passing grades.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Splendidly cast and appealingly off-center, it's a genuine summertime gem. [7 July 2002, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It sometimes lapses into the abundant cliches of its genre. Pound for pound, though, you won't see many better dramas this season. Gloves on or off, it keeps scoring points.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    [A] very amusing and splendidly acted comedy about what happens when an American television network mucks up a long-running, award-laden British hit.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Comedy Central's The Daily Show at last has a worthy rival in the "fake news" game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Traffic Light is winning and amusing without being loud and loutish.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The disparate detectives of The Killing may have their own means and methods of getting to the bottom of this. But the overall air of believability is palpable from the start. All the better for taking a deep breath and diving right in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Dexter likewise remains in solid shape, with new characters generating some additional heat while its namesake keeps plying his trade.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Not everything is letter-perfect about The Big C. But Linney sure is--and that's more than enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    A summertime winner here on the strength of strong acting, engaging writing and an immediately gripping premise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Grammer's performance is thoroughly engaging and convincing. And the events swirling around him never fail to snap, crackle and pop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Vietnam In HD is vivid and compelling without being intrinsically political.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's a genuinely chilling four-hour adaptation of the tireless horror-meister's 1998 bestseller.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The real joys of Smash are its performances and production numbers, some fantasized, others part of the bare bones auditioning process.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    In the end, fans of well-paced political potboilers will find much to like about Game Change. As will those who simply want to be entertained by a crackling good melodrama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    For now, The Killing has made a very good re-start.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's a thoroughly entertaining romp, with the television industry as a combination Tilt-A-Whirl/merry-go-round.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Authentically grimy, solidly built and well-paced, Hatfields & McCoys is violent without being gratuitous.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Girls above all is about uncomfortable creatures. That can be a helluva thing to watch at times. But still very see-worthy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The first two hours of Last Resort are bracingly strong on pulling power.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's both a promising and foreboding series, with class warfare an ever-present force that wants no part of any idealized forms of truth, justice and the American way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Through it all, though, Downton Abbey is still superior entertainment on a grand scale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    References to Beyonce and Michelle Obama are worked in without reaching too hard. And the "black experience," although hardly monolithic, resonates in ways that make this version quite special and different.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    No cameras were allowed for this [interviews with the band], making it sometimes difficult to decipher just who's talking during the otherwise brilliantly edited archival footage assembled by filmmaker Brett Morgen
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The Americans enthralls with its complexities, simplicities and overall derring-do.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's the strongest medical series since House arrived on Fox for an eight-season run that ended last spring. The genre badly needs a transfusion. And at last, here's a strong one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It’s terrific fun as well as involving drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's coarse and sometimes dirty to the touch, but pretty damned hilarious at crunch times. FX just might have the standout new comedy series of this season.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Vikings enthrallingly captures the world of Norsemen and oarsmen, circa 793 in the Eastern Baltic but soon heading West to England.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    HBO subscribers thereby are the beneficiaries of a film with star power and staying power. It won’t surprise you with its outcome--or for the most part, how it gets there. But it may well have more of an impact than anticipated.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Maron, 49, seems to be effortlessly gliding through his angst, laughing only rarely while giving viewers far more reason to do so.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Potentially the best new comedy series of this season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Showtime’s taut and pretty terrific Ray Donovan.... Schreiber brings a solid, stolid presence to the role. But it’s Jon Voight as Mickey who gives this drama its ferocious, dangerous and sometimes creepy edge.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Few TV dramas are as thought-provoking or daringly opinionated. Sorkin doesn’t always get everything right. Who the hell does? But he writes with purpose, force and conviction, sometimes with a heavier hand than necessary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It’s a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The story has ample pulling power. But the music is its driving force--all day and all of the night.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Seduced and Abandoned doesn’t always stay on track, but nonetheless never derails. It’s both a romp and a stomp, with Cannes the go-between.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Never fear. The Harlan County, KY of FX’s Justified remains mostly dirty to the touch, a breeding ground for knuckle-draggers and a few somewhat higher forms of low-life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Whatever becomes of Ragnar, Vikings has emerged in its second season as a series of appreciably higher quality. Its characters and storytelling, all within a world quite unlike any other on the TV landscape, have gone far beyond the cardboard stage.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    This film is much more than that. From the boyish exuberance of Ben Affleck’s and Matt Damon’s joint 1998 acceptance speech to Hanks’ anecdote about a hard-of-hearing Bette Davis, this is a rich-bodied appetizer for TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar main course.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we’ve come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Judge isn’t quite jury and executioner of this whole crazily infantile, insular scene. But he clearly knows how to probe its soft spots. In that respect, Silicon Valley is its own killer app.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The pace hasn’t quickened. Nor does the storyline congeal. Instead, Sunday’s re-opener builds to a terrifically poignant finish accompanied by music that likewise cries out in pain.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    In these first three episodes, it shows no signs of getting stale.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Last Week Tonight probably needs to towel off a bit and present a more relaxed half-hour next Sunday. The premiere outing nonetheless showed considerable ingenuity and a willingness to take on topics that haven’t already been parodied to death.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    By the end of Episode 4, subtitled “It’s Not For Everyone,” the series is earning its mettle as a truly macabre, chilling and rousing war of attrition in which the winner will either take all or stop hell on earth in its bloody tracks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    John Benjamin Hickey’s point man performance leads the way, with his character’s demons and dilemmas already etched like fissures in his face. Carrying the weight of the world can be heavy lifting. Manhattan so far shows every sign of being able to shoulder the load.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The Knick towers above previous original dramas Strike Back and Banshee, giving Cinemax a gold star on an increasingly crowded boulevard of bravura television.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Ed Bark
    A comedy worth telling your friends about. [20 Mar 1995]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ed Bark
    The Larry Sanders Show is still a first-rate, one-of-a-kind walk through a talk-show looking glass. [2 Jun 1993]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Ed Bark
    Some of the edge is off and the buzz isn't quite what it was. [4 Mar 2001]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ed Bark
    Innovative and compelling. ... The show gets off to a great start in its first highly eventful hour, with Mr. Sutherland excelling in his first TV series role. [4 Nov 2001]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ed Bark
    It is ambitious, evocative television with next to no hit potential. [24 Oct 1996]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The new 24 is off to a more interesting start than its sophomore edition. [27 Oct 2003]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Be forewarned that The Shield easily is the most graphic police series in TV history. That said, it's potentially one of the very best, too. [11 Mar 2002, p.12C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Flexing the foolproof formula and first-rate production values of its predecessor, this spinoff quickly proves to be a turn-on. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Barbershop is inventively edited, consistently funny and decidedly not for kids. [14 Aug 2005, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It's FX scoring again with another out of the box, jump-in-your-face series that most assuredly isn't for everyone but most definitely knows what it's doing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The thrill of discovery is long gone for True Blood. But the thrill of a new season is still very much in play. The first three episode of Season 4 had just enough pulling power to keep me in the fold.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Coal has the right stuff, putting viewers of a mind to hurt for these men--who hurt right back.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Happy Endings quickly gets its game in gear and emerges as ABC's best new sitcom since Better Off Ted unfortunately failed to find an audience.