For 507 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 27% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 16 Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
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    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Pretty much a complete disaster.
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    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Real World's pointless rip-off show.
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    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Incoherent, overwrought, and ridiculous.
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    • 33 Ken Tucker
    Style in the absence of wit only emphasizes the cold heartlessness of Family Dog. If I were more of an animal-lover, I'd be offended at the way this poor hound is treated; it's as a cartoon-lover that I'm really annoyed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 33 Ken Tucker
    Somewhere between Murphy's ambitiousness and FX's desire to be basic cable's HBO, the cleverness got suctioned out of this show, and the result is a cross between 'General Hospital' and 'Extreme Makeover.'
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    After two hours of Agent Carter this week, you're left with lots of mumbo-jumbo that doesn't add up to much more than an excuse for Peggy Carter to strain her nylons while jumping off moving cars.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Family Guy ... is The Simpsons as conceived by a singularly sophomoric mind that lacks any reference point beyond other TV shows.
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    • 33 Ken Tucker
    The only way ABC could make The Mole any duller would be to turn it into a series about the beauty mark on Cindy Crawford's face.
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    • 25 Ken Tucker
    High-minded and low-quality at the same time, Bell is depressing. Kids' TV should provide intelligent escapism, not dumb sanctimony.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Exec producers John Wells (ER), Andrew Stearn (The West Wing), and Paul Abbott (Cracker), adapting Abbott's original Brit version, waste the talents of Macy, Joan Cusack, and Emmy Rossum (Mystic River), among others, and you'll waste your time straining to enjoy it.
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    • 16 Ken Tucker
    Boorish plus boring, Veronica's Closet hasn't benefited from the addition of Ron Silver to the cast. ... At this point, Closet seems beyond creative redemption, which is a pity, given [Kirstie] Alley's and [Wallace] Langham's comic talents.
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    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Coach was never good for major laughs — it's comfort television, the kind of thing people watch simply to be with characters they like. But these days, the Coach crew are loud, boring guests in our living room.
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    • 33 Ken Tucker
    Logue looks as if he was eyeing the studio exit door during taping.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    Galavant feels like a slapped-together production that will only confirm the suspicions of heathen TV-watchers who think most musicals consist of flimsy stories padded out with tunes that repeat the plot developments.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 16 Ken Tucker
    In turning the 1985 feature film of the same name into a sitcom, Weird Science has become stupider, and a bit more hateful.
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    • 33 Ken Tucker
    Diaries is Penthouse magazine crossed with a J. Crew catalog. ... For sheer sustained kookiness, Diaries is more entertaining than most sexy TV shows, but its insidious, numbing dumbness seems to demand some sort of protection — a new product, perhaps: a brain condom.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    It wants to evoke that sense of non-stop crisis, and it’s willing to sacrifice believability and good writing in the service of frantic pacing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Ken Tucker
    The Shannara Chronicles is a lot of hooey with hotsy young actors.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    The two lead actors do their best to feign exasperation with each other, and with Liddiard’s cop Adelaide. But the dialogue isn’t clever--it’s more on the level of strenuous declarations.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Ken Tucker
    Alternately bad and laughably bad, Minority Report is one of the few new fall shows that can probably be fairly judged on the basis of its pilot alone: There are so many things working against it, it’s hard to imagine how the show could be better, even if Fox had sent out more than just its first episode to critics.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    The new project’s creation is credited to Corinne Brinkerhoff (The Good Wife; Jane the Virgin), whose previous work seems too smart for what’s going on in American Gothic. I will prefer to think that, like the people in another CBS show created by her former employers, her brain has been momentarily invaded by BrainDead’s alien ants.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    Handler has said she wanted to move away from the jokes she used to make on E!’s Chelsea Lately about banal celebrity culture, and so on Chelsea she makes banal political jokes about politicians.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Ken Tucker
    The most obnoxious show of the new year thus far, Lucifer traduces the character created by Neil Gaiman and developed by writer Mike Carey in the Lucifer comic-book series.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    Rosenbaum is charming, and so is Sara Rue, as his assistant at the church. But pretty soon, the dumbness begins to settle in.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    After a mildly amusing opening taped piece featuring Tom Hanks as a duplicitous astronaut, the hour went downhill fast.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 16 Ken Tucker
    The show is a claustrophobic disaster. ... What a bad idea for a show.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    American Grit is sluggishly paced, and plays like one of those weeks on Survivor when everyone is just waiting for the visit from their “loved ones” so they can cry and hug a little before the next test of strength.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Ken Tucker
    Bordertown is a good example of how insipid and smug certain kinds of television can be when it tries to address contemporary issues.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Ken Tucker
    It turns out that having your teeth pulled is a better metaphor for what it’s like to watch Feed the Beast than anything to do with fine food.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    I hope [Arquette’s] getting paid a heckuva lot for striding through this new hour of televisual malware.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    Created by writer Ben Watkins, Hand of God has the pace of a pulp novel anxious to keep an audience watching, heedless of believability or motivation.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Intended to be hard-boiled, the dialogue in TekWar is instead just pitiful.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 16 Ken Tucker
    Why would HBO, cable's most innovative network ... think it's a good idea to let Bill Maher bring the skeleton of his canceled ABC show, 'Politically Incorrect,' and stuff it into the tattered corpse of 'Dennis Miller Live'?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    I liked that Best Time Ever was big and loud and frenetic and ambitious. I just wish I could have suspended my disbelief for even one segment.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Ken Tucker
    After watching a mere two episodes, I felt as though I’d squandered an entire summer watching Dead of Summer, a supernatural/horror/YA drama/soap opera, which starts moldering on Freeform Tuesday night.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    It's a measure of how bad this show is that it makes performers as good as Damages' Ben Shenkman and Eastbound & Down's Andrew Daly only slightly less irritating than Reiser himself.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    This star showcase does [Melissa George] no favors.... Dr. Alex doesn’t invite favorable comparisons to any doctor with dignity, and I would guess this series will not have a very long life.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    Epps is deprived of the sort of good writing that would showcase his talent well.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Ken Tucker
    One Big Happy is a loud, frantic sitcom so eager to please, you may want to avert your eyes.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Ken Tucker
    Grim, humorless, and instantly off-putting.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Ken Tucker
    Writer Ron McGee treats Full House as though it was a sacred icon whose pop-culture history must be maintained at all costs--in this case, the costs being believability and narrative momentum.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Ken Tucker
    [A] sordid enterprise.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Ken Tucker
    At one point, a character scribbles "Donny Douche" on a pad for no reason other than, perhaps, an attempt by the producers to forestall some critic from using that phrase in a review.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Ken Tucker
    Really, if you need a watchdog group to tell you to stay away from a show lets people air their steamy details while moist perspiration clings to silk pajamas left over from Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion closet, you might be gullible enough to enter... the Sex Box!
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Ken Tucker
    The opening hour, premiering Wednesday after Survivor and Criminal Minds--and those are exactly the two shows Beyond Borders combines with appalling cynicism--finds Garrett and his team winging off to Thailand, where a couple of young American women, volunteering on a farm, are taken captive by a demented-looking local. (Given that despicable behavior by foreign populations is baked into its premise, Beyond Borders is, you can be sure, going to be charged with xenophobia or worse by some offended viewers very quickly.)
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Ken Tucker
    One of the more cynical and repulsive of new reality shows--and that’s saying something, I know--The Briefcase is all the more reprehensible for passing off its exploitation of people in beleaguered financial straits as uplifting, inspirational TV.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Ken Tucker
    Truth Be Told, is one of the lamest of the year, making bad jokes about current issues ranging from racially-charged language to whether John Mayer appeals only to white people.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Ken Tucker
    The Leisure Class is every bit as pinched and humorless its director.... It’s a piece of predictable hackwork.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Hey, I like laughing at the apocalypse as much as the next guy, but from its title on down, Woops! is depressingly timid, displaying far too little of the Fox network's time-honored tastelessness.
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    • 16 Ken Tucker
    This trite new cartoon series acts as if it's the hippest satire on cable, but look at some of its targets: TV, hard-boiled detective stories, and hypocritical televangelists. Oooh, how gutsy!
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    • 25 Ken Tucker
    These poor women slog through detective plots that were predictable when Mannix and Cannon were on 25 years ago.
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    • 30 Ken Tucker
    We don’t even get away from those awful homages to Edgar Allen Poe that used to stud the show’s Joe Carroll scripts--the new season contains murderous rhymes with terrible scansion such as, “While you lie/More die.” Written in blood, of course.

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