For 399 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Breaking In: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 399
399 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Gilligan and company keep on pushing Breaking Bad to new highs.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    In these first three episodes, it shows no signs of getting stale.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    FX sent the first five half-hours for review, and they're all gems.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It's compelling, enthralling and steeped in current realities.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Broadchurch, with its recurring crashing waves wiping some slates clean, is thoroughly captivating from start to finish.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    The fun is in the snappy dialogue and the impeccable actors delivering it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Game of Thrones seems to be getting better all the time judging from the four episodes sent for review. It’s just that it also seems to be taking longer and longer to get there in the interests of servicing all the returning and new characters in play.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It's all a lot to swallow, let alone digest. But Game of Thrones nonetheless is an undertaking worth applauding for its audacity if not always for its overall senses of direction or cohesion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    As a fan from the start, I didn't love it, but liked it well enough.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Weiner’s end-game for his leading man does not appear to be brightly lit. Nor is Season 6 of Mad Men off to a particularly sparkling start creatively while we wait for the worst to come.
    • 87 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It's a distinctive, signature series from a decidedly singular voice.
    • 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
    In the end, it may be the most fun you'll ever have with a Ken Burns film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It has Emmy caliber performances from its two leads and an authenticity that won't quit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Through it all, though, Downton Abbey is still superior entertainment on a grand scale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Time of Death breathes new life into a handful who chose otherwise. And with this series, they also chose pretty wisely.