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 Show Me a Hero
Lowest review score: 0 Sex Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 706
706 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Not everything meshes perfectly. But far more often than not, House of Cards remains an absorbing tale of high-level government dysfunction populated by double-dealers who hold their aces under the table.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Fox seems to be on the right track, though, with a lead character who has ample potential to gawkily bloom and grow.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The Americans remains one of television’s very best drama series. Still, this season so far is not up to the fly-high level of the first two.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Time of Death breathes new life into a handful who chose otherwise. And with this series, they also chose pretty wisely.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Angie Tribeca, starring Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) in the title role, is hysterical at times, amusing in others and never far from a sight gag or throwaway line.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    A&E's Bates Motel is both mesmerizing and sometimes absurd in its rewind to Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) as a repressed 17-year-old.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    This is a firmly grounded and compelling drama that’s both ripe for lampooning on Saturday Night Life and rich in story possibilities. Its us-against-them template holds solid over the first five episodes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It’s a solidly told whodunit with a payoff that’s worth your investment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It clicks, crackles and arrests attention with a blend of compromised cops, assorted criminals and homier family values.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It’s bright, sharp, without a laugh track and with a very well assembled ensemble cast headed by Ari Graynor in the Diaz role of a gold-digging, dumped divorcee looking to land another big fish.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    This is way too well-made a series to be dubbed a "guilty pleasure," even if a sizable percentage of the audience may watch purely for the visceral thrills of all that weekly bloodletting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    A smart, sedate Canadian production imported by ABC for a summertime run.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Murder in the First looks to have sturdy underpinnings. Bochco at this point has been around too long to learn entirely new tricks. Still, this is easily his best new series since NYPD Blue tried to break molds more than two decades ago.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Overall impression: look for them [the episodes] to get better, stronger and funnier.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Blunt Talk’s overall absurdity at times over-reaches and grabs viewers too hard by the throat. Still, its excesses are offset by enough inspired lunacy to carry the day.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Billions is full of itself in a good way, with Giamatti and Lewis dynamically leading the way while a solid supporting cast hangs in with them. The perplexities of stratospheric finance are not easily digested at times. But you’ll never be too far from another scene in which one or the other protagonist hits the spot and makes this latest Showtime series worth both your time and your money.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Life's Too Short is an acquired taste worth acquiring.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The Affair for now has done its job by tantalizingly baiting its hook. The solid performances by its four principals further heighten both the drama and the expectations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It's all quite sturdily built and well-acted, with characters one cares about.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    This one looks like a keeper but certainly not a sleeper. Lowe’s recent track record and pre-sold star power already make The Grinder a comedy of which much is expected--and so far delivered.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Coal has the right stuff, putting viewers of a mind to hurt for these men--who hurt right back.
    • 90 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Major Crimes has the makings of a very sturdy reboot outfitted with a built-in philosophical debate over how justice is served. Supporting characters are newly invigorated, particularly Bailey's Provenza.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The new 24 is off to a more interesting start than its sophomore edition. [27 Oct 2003]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Flexing the foolproof formula and first-rate production values of its predecessor, this spinoff quickly proves to be a turn-on. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It’s a character study first and foremost, with a sure-handed sense of time and place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Looking isn’t a comedy, but it’s much bouncier on its feet. Not slap-happy, but comfortable in its own skin as the three principals.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    These guys know what they’re doing. And this time they’re doing it with a welcome edge in rousing, ribald times.

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