For 553 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 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Treme: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Ja'mie: Private School Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 553
553 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It’s a remarkable piece of filmmaking that fully rises to the occasion of its remarkable subjects. Television’s new season is upon us, but this is an achievement for all seasons.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Freak Show looks like a beauty, with a wealth of fascinating characters and a little smattering of heart helping to balance out the grisly appointed rounds of a so far unidentified clown with a hellish half-mask.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    McDormand's portrayal of Olive Kitteridge is even more accomplished, in turns aggravating and affecting while always seeming just right. Jenkins is likewise superb.... This is a nuanced, slowly simmering look at bent and spindled lives molded by previous bent and spindled lives. The bright spots are there, but never glowing. Self-realization is the payoff.
    • 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Vietnam In HD is vivid and compelling without being intrinsically political.
    • 48 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.
    • 76 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.

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