For 611 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Chozen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 611
611 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Broadchurch, with its recurring crashing waves wiping some slates clean, is thoroughly captivating from start to finish.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    FX sent the first five half-hours for review, and they're all gems.
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    True Detective is a marvel of craftsmanship, storytelling and performances through these first three hours made available for review.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    HBO has done it again, investing in a project of substance and a lead actress who powers it home.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 86 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.
    • 74 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."
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Gilligan and company keep on pushing Breaking Bad to new highs.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    The fun is in the snappy dialogue and the impeccable actors delivering it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Comedy Central's The Daily Show at last has a worthy rival in the "fake news" game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    For now, The Killing has made a very good re-start.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Wow, a good-guy IRS agent in a land of loop-de-loopholes. Any show that can sell that premise is well worth your time and attention. [17 Sept 2002]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Whatever your takeaway, the performances of Spacey and Wright remain assured and now ingrained in a series that ranks as the best body politic drama ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Vietnam In HD is vivid and compelling without being intrinsically political.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Better Call Saul looks very much as though it can stand on its own, even with occasional drop-ins from prominent Breaking Bad characters other than Mike Ehrmantraut. Jimmy/Saul’s life isn’t in jeopardy as long as he stays in the past.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Not everything is letter-perfect about The Big C. But Linney sure is--and that's more than enough.
    • 67 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Buoyed by a bravura performance from Australian Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) as prodigal son Danny Rayburn, Bloodline is an absorbing, fractious family drama that captivates despite giving away Season 1’s major development in the very first hour.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Authentically grimy, solidly built and well-paced, Hatfields & McCoys is violent without being gratuitous.

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