For 706 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Band of Brothers: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Brand X With Russell Brand: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 706
706 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    All involved are dedicated to the cause of making Vikings one of television’s most striking series. It’s also emerged as one of the best, evolving from a guilty pleasure at first to a first-rate tale of substance and even subtlety mixed with the cold steel of primal warfare.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Maron, 49, seems to be effortlessly gliding through his angst, laughing only rarely while giving viewers far more reason to do so.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's both a promising and foreboding series, with class warfare an ever-present force that wants no part of any idealized forms of truth, justice and the American way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It all meshes together in enthralling fashion with a tale that’s understandable and a setting that’s tailor made for picturesque vistas. Last Kingdom livens up Saturday nights with Emmy caliber storytelling and oft-sumptuous production values.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we’ve come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    What you’ll see is the best broadcast TV cop drama of the season, with a dirty-to-the-touch sleuth played to the hilt by an actor who’s very much up for this.
    • 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's the strongest medical series since House arrived on Fox for an eight-season run that ended last spring. The genre badly needs a transfusion. And at last, here's a strong one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Gracepoint may not be superior to Broadchurch, but makes its own mark as fall’s best new broadcast network drama series--even if in some ways it’s not. Tennant’s estimable talents are the driving force of both versions, with each of the surrounding casts helping to keep him on point.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Whatever becomes of Ragnar, Vikings has emerged in its second season as a series of appreciably higher quality. Its characters and storytelling, all within a world quite unlike any other on the TV landscape, have gone far beyond the cardboard stage.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Edelstein’s pitch-perfect performance elevates Girlfriends’ Guide to one of the best new series of the season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Potentially the best new comedy series of this season.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Last Week Tonight probably needs to towel off a bit and present a more relaxed half-hour next Sunday. The premiere outing nonetheless showed considerable ingenuity and a willingness to take on topics that haven’t already been parodied to death.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Season 3, which again will have 12 episodes, shows strong signs of fully regaining its bite, passion and fury.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Through it all, though, Downton Abbey is still superior entertainment on a grand scale.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    In these first three episodes, it shows no signs of getting stale.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Traffic Light is winning and amusing without being loud and loutish.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    References to Beyonce and Michelle Obama are worked in without reaching too hard. And the "black experience," although hardly monolithic, resonates in ways that make this version quite special and different.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    No cameras were allowed for this [interviews with the band], making it sometimes difficult to decipher just who's talking during the otherwise brilliantly edited archival footage assembled by filmmaker Brett Morgen
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Few TV dramas are as thought-provoking or daringly opinionated. Sorkin doesn’t always get everything right. Who the hell does? But he writes with purpose, force and conviction, sometimes with a heavier hand than necessary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's coarse and sometimes dirty to the touch, but pretty damned hilarious at crunch times. FX just might have the standout new comedy series of this season.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    John Benjamin Hickey’s point man performance leads the way, with his character’s demons and dilemmas already etched like fissures in his face. Carrying the weight of the world can be heavy lifting. Manhattan so far shows every sign of being able to shoulder the load.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    By the end of Episode 4, subtitled “It’s Not For Everyone,” the series is earning its mettle as a truly macabre, chilling and rousing war of attrition in which the winner will either take all or stop hell on earth in its bloody tracks.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's a genuinely chilling four-hour adaptation of the tireless horror-meister's 1998 bestseller.

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