For 584 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 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Prohibition
Lowest review score: 0 Breaking In: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 584
584 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    His [Kelsey Grammer's] center-ring performance pulls Boss along even when it gets bogged down. The supporting actors likewise are all capable, although Grammer's glower clearly is the series' tower of power.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Sean Hayes, as Jack, is the overriding reason to watch. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    You should give Luck a chance to slowly pay off. It proudly depicts a gritty/picturesque world that the ABC Family channel's Wildfire only airbrushed during its 2005-08 run.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    It's unlikely anyone will be racing home to watch it. What we have here is a B-minus comedy that you can take or leave. Sort of like Wings. No harm done. No chill-bumps either. [3 Mar 1997]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    For now, Season 5 is proof that Downton Abbey remains in possession of a strong pulse and story lines. It minds its manners--and its stately manors--while keeping its characters vital and vulnerable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Its two featured newcomers skid along just fine, earning exceedingly small victories en route.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    As concocted backwoods “reality” shows go, it’s stepped to the head of the class and far surpassed the likes of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Buck Wild.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    It packs some punch, though. And Isaacs certainly doesn't sleepwalker through a decidedly distinctive role.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Potentially the best new comedy series of this season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Living in the Material World falls short of Scorsese's terrific two-part PBS film, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Wild Things is very nicely shot and buoyed throughout by its star's upbeat persona.
    • 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."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Mr. Kelley otherwise fills too much time with extraneous law cases and Ally's narrative meanderings and fantasies. ... There are sparks, though. Ms. Flockhart is an actress of considerable promise, and some of the dialogue zings home while Mr. Kelley walks his latest high wire. [7 Sep 1997]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    A first cabin production with superb special effects, an intelligent script and an intricate plot. [5 Jan 1993]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Gregg’s resurrected Coulson so far is the much-needed glue, lending a familiar presence and sturdy countenance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The Blacklist is watchable but patently unbelievable and increasingly unpalatable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Its downward slide shows signs of leveling off by the end of Sunday’s opening two hours. Danes’ Carrie is steelier than ever, her heart hardened to near-concrete while going about the exhilarating business of eliminating terrorists no matter what the collateral damage.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    As holiday newcomers go, this is much better than socks and underwear from Grandma. Just don’t expect a shiny new train set.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Your patience will only be rewarded to a point. Although capably acted and edited, Traffic doesn't hit enough green lights. Instead it stops and stalls too often, particularly during a concluding Part 3 in which you'll see a latter day bad guy a mile away, even in Seattle's fog. [26 Jan 2004]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The first two hours of Last Resort are bracingly strong on pulling power.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Coal has the right stuff, putting viewers of a mind to hurt for these men--who hurt right back.
    • 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
    • 75 Ed Bark
    It’s too late to scrub some of the dialogue, though.... Klondike isn’t always this way. Its one-liners can be nifty in spots.... The miniseries also has some engaging supporting characters in grifter Soapy Smith (Ian Hart) and Haskell’s ad hoc mine mate, Joe Meeker (Tim Blake Nelson).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    It all comes together in impressive fashion, with Mr. Bakula primed and ready to take command and keep the faith. [23 Sep 2001]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Bark
    Had enough? Or want more? Nip/Tuck still can be gripping, gratifying drama when it's not trying so hard to be either salacious or capital Q quirky. But it's not off to the great start of last summer despite the presence of esteemed thespian Vanessa Redgrave in the second season's initial three episodes. [20 June 2004, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 74 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.

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