For 529 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 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Bobby Fischer Against The World: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Perfect Couples: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 529
529 tv reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is very nice to look at, particularly in homes that have upgraded from rabbit ears. Its speaking parts, though, are sometimes better heard at low volume.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    There are a lot of moving parts and agendas here, but The Originals does a pretty good job of stitching them all together by the end of its first hour.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Clear History is amusing enough to pull a viewer through it, although those who haven’t yet acquired a taste for Curb might find it the equivalent of a pricey two-drink minimum without enough payback.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The first five episodes of Dracula, although unwieldy and murky at times, flex just enough storytelling power to keep the juices flowing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The first two episodes flex a fair amount of pulling power, even though nothing really jumps off the page. The series could use a more galvanizing, take-charge sleuth than Epps portrays.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Kinnear carries himself ably, and his character’s amiable rogue presence wears fairly well for starters. The long haul may be problematic, though.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    It’s not nearly in [Modern Family's] league, though--at least not now and likely not ever. Still, Akerman is reason enough to buy in for at least a few episodes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The Goldbergs is amusing in fits and spurts before ending on several sweet notes--including REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Mison and Beharie work well together as Ichabod and Abbie.... On the down side, Orlando Jones so far is stuck in the muck of a prototypically officious police captain named Frank Irving.... Whatever befalls its denizens, Sleepy Hollow gets off to a better and more “believable” start than anticipated.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Watsons Go to Birmingham is well-meaning to a fault and would play well as a teaching tool in elementary school classrooms.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Killing Kennedy easily could have been twice its length, the better to add both nuance and context. Instead it’s a watchable film with many missing parts, a broadly drawn Classics Illustrated version of what happened and why.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Chicago P.D. looks as though it’s going to walk its beat for a while.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The whole enterprise is alternately laughable and affecting without committing the eighth deadly sin of being boring.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    At its best is dumb fun. Johnny, Hank and rookie EMT Brian of course keep making a fine mess of things. They also mesh together pretty well in a series that bracingly is without a detracting laugh track.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The mood music in Crisis can be over-wrought at times--and downright over-bearing when a male vocalist breaks into “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” But the first two hours are nicely paced and eventful, with the ad hoc partnership between Marcus and an initially resistant Susie gaining traction as the stakes increase.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Undateable airs in times when summer series aren’t always the throwaways they used to be. This may not be a keeper but it may well grow on viewers rather than wear on them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Tyrant strives to be big, momentous and powerful. But while sometimes jabbing to good effect, it lacks a heavyweight’s punch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Taxi Brooklyn turns out to be better than expected escapist fare, even if Leo still isn’t charging Cat anything for all those extended, often high-speed trips. He seems to know all the shortcuts. She takes it from there.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    There’s a bit of a free-form Arrested Development vibe in play, but not enough to elevate Working the Engels to anywhere near that level.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Outlander is beautifully shot throughout, which somewhat makes up for some of the early tedium. It may not ever rise to the level of enthralling. But by the second episode, the story at hand is flexing a firmer grip.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Partners has its share of clunkers, but Lawrence and Grammer retain their comedic timing while also pairing up nicely.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The Killing still has some pulling power, even if the initial thrill of Season 1 is long since gone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Legends is too pockmarked with standard issue dialogue and situations to merit any awards for the series as a whole. But Bean, who this time is assured of staying vertical, might have enough pop in his performance to break on through.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Red Band Society has enough lightness of being and appealing characters to counterbalance its overall sobering premise.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Although the acting can be a bit mechanical, Syfy’s Z Nation may have enough pop, intrigue and indispensable gore to serve as more than a mere placeholder for AMC’s The Walking Dead.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    Amusing in spots. ... Future episodes will have to pick up speed if the series expects to really take off. [28 Mar 1999]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    Sometimes you just have to know when to stop. Scrubs is still learning. [2 Oct 2001]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    There's too much of this jurisdictional stuff and an overload of staring by Gibbs, most of it directed at the coltish Caitlin. The story is fairly involving, though. And Mr. Harmon is an underrated actor who's added some softer touches after playing Gibbs as a humorless taskmaster in a two-part JAG that introduced the character. [23 Sept 2003, p.10E]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    Most of this is enjoyable, some of it a bit much. But Bette is Bette, as is "Bette." She's a hothouse rose, not a shrinking violet. But on a weekly basis, too much scenery-chewing could make even the "Divine Miss M" wear thin. We'll see how it all plays out. [8 Oct 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    [The] pilot ... is cleverly campy enough to rate a revisit. [13 Mar 1994]
    • Dallas Morning News