For 828 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Ja'mie: Private School Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 828
828 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Despite some shortcomings, Hemingway & Gellhorn rates as time and money well-spent.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Solid writing and even sharper delivery (all without an intrusive laugh track) make this one of the season’s upper tier freshman comedies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The main characters also aren’t clicking on all cylinders yet, save for the dastardly Varga and his bitingly delicious way of putting things. ... This latest Fargo likely will be quite a trip, with its principal creative force, Noah Hawley, not to be discounted in terms of coming through in the clutch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    This is a concept that so far doesn’t lack for execution. Last Man On Earth has no chance at all to be a blockbuster in league with Fox’s new Empire. But it’s another distinctive example of what the Big Four broadcast networks should dare and do.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The Detour isn’t always in full command of its absurdities, but the killer lines keep coming.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The series repeatedly bounces around, but coherently so. And in the early going at least, Flynn’s performance is the more interesting and affecting while also consuming considerably more screen time.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    After a ridiculous opening bit--in which Maya recklessly drives the entire family to a restaurant whose 50 percent off coupon will expire in three minutes--both Driver and the show settle into a solid and for the most part amusing groove.
    • 78 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The History network, in on-air partnership with Lifetime and A&E, has brought forth a Roots that stands tall on its own, but without surpassing the production that once gripped a nation and should still be seen by viewers of all ages.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It’s all very, very ambitious, with hits that keep on coming while storyline misses seem to be almost beside the point. Vinyl is thoroughly rousing at its core, a crazed, dope-filled, sometimes dopey trip that begins in 1973 and has nothing in common with the earlier, comparatively sedate decade brought to you by AMC’s Mad Men.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    A surprisingly solid sitcom that for the most part keeps its balance amid one absurdity after another.
    • 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.

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