For 530 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Chozen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 530
530 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Gilligan and company keep on pushing Breaking Bad to new highs.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The first four episodes of Season 4 are a little weak downstairs while still remaining at or near the top of the TV comedy class.
    • 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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The joy of last season’s discovery has given way to a hope that Rectify’s continued strong performances won’t be snuffed out by a steady downbeat of characters’ lives further unraveling.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 80 Ed Bark
    One could build a college sociology course around whether The Corner does more harm than good. Either side could make a strong case...At last check, though, this is still a free country. And HBO is both unbeholden to skittish advertisers and seemingly impervious to pressure groups. On broadcast networks, that combination has spurred the quick demise of provocative series such as Nothing Sacred; The PJs; God, the Devil and Bob; and Wonderland...For better or worse, television has never seen anything quite like it. [16 Apr 2000, p.1C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    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
    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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Bark
    Sometimes he's just too grating. [4 Jan 2004]
    • 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.