For 507 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 28% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 6
Lowest review score: 16 Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Tremendously clever fun, Masterpiece Mystery! presents the first of three modernizations of the Sherlock Holmes tales.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It possesses a different rhythm from any other show on TV. [13 Apr 2012, p.73]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    C.K. is writing, directing, and starring up a storm here, and his usual opening-segment stand-up routine, involving nearsightedness, is funnier than most sitcoms are in an entire season.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The arc of this character--series creator Vince Gilligan's invention of Walter White as a sick soul--is, it's clear now. one of the great narratives in Television histpory. [13 Jul 2012, p.62]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Outspoken yet charismatic, politically radical yet traditionalist in his love of family, the man is captured in all his complexity.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Laura Dern and Mike White continue their bold, hilarious, tremendously moving exploration of Amy Jellicoe's ongoing attempt to give meaning to her life. [18 Jan 2013, p.74]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Abrams and Lindelof have created one of only two new shows this season at the end of which I was yearning to see a second hour right away. (The other is ABC's "Desperate Housewives": It could be hoot heaven, could be labored camp.) I was tempted to hedge on my final grade, because Lost is the kind of show that could go anywhere. Then I realized that's exactly why I should commit to the ride.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    There are many ways in which Ed, the best new show of the season, could have been perfectly awful.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The funniest sketch-comedy series since SCTV, In Living Color is also the hippest show on TV.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The second season of Murphy Brown was even better than the first, expanding the parameters of its characters' behavior and providing lots of belly laughs.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    How pleasurable it is to really care about a TV series, to the point of (national) obsession.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    thirtysomething has always been agreeably open-ended, full of rambling, shaggy-yuppie stories that never conclude decisively. That's what drives some viewers up the wall, and entrances others.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Who killed Laura Palmer? Many viewers, tired of the hype, are saying, Who cares? I say it too, but as praise. Plot is irrelevant; moments are everything. Lynch and Frost have mastered a way to make a weekly series endlessly interesting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It's becoming obvious that The Simpsons, now in its second season, isn't just a product of media hype: Matt Groening's cartoon family is one of the few current works of popular art that possess wit and integrity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    [A] beautifully crafted, tough-minded hour ... I'll Fly Away has already lived up to its hype as the season's strongest new drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Quite aside from the fact that, snicker for snicker, belly laugh for belly laugh, it's probably the funniest show on television, Seinfeld is also one of the purest of all TV-viewing pleasures. This sitcom ... is blissfully free of creaky plots, trumped-up romances, and wise-mouthed kids. ... You get the feeling these days that Seinfeld, [Larry] David, and frequent director Tom Cherones are striving for a show in which the laughs flow with unceasing ease. Each week, they get a little closer; be there when it happens.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    In theory, it all sounds pretty corny and contrived. In practice, The Real World proves to be by far the most beguiling and involving piece of programming MTV has ever offered.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The best new series that few people in America are likely to watch. ... Stiller and his small cast of writer-players ... don't make fun of one thing at a time: They combine their subjects, creating rich layers of ridicule.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It has the best tough-guy dialogue around and an acting ensemble that's ferociously effective. Face it: Homicide is a killer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The Simpsons has never been better. At a time when half-hour TV comedy is reaching a new level of self-referential daring — you can't fully appreciate the intricate, in-joke pleasures of great shows like NBC's Seinfeld and HBO's The Larry Sanders Show unless you've also watched a lot of really bad TV — The Simpsons continues to emphasize that there's a big world out there that television barely touches upon.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The Larry Sanders Show is all tension, cynicism, profound shallowness, and naughty-boy bonding — it's just the way you imagine life behind a big-time TV talk show to be, except infinitely funnier.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    After you watch a Larry Sanders show, the rest of television seems like it's on Prozac — smooth and edgeless, where Sanders is prickly and nervous.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The most extraordinary show of the new TV season. ... It is a blessed relief that Life portrays things that have become 'issues' -- teenage drinking, unwanted sexual advances -- without turning them into moments of preachment. ... And I haven't even made it clear that this is also a really funny show. Just watch this thing, will you?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Roseanne remains endlessly watchable: startling, funny, and complicated.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    One of the best things about the second season of Frasier is the way the series has come to mix its high and low humor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    In the last third of the season, NYPD Blue was as good as it's ever been: more action to go with the already terrific dialogue; more unexpected twists from a show that could have easily let up on its twisting in its second season. ... If you tuned away from NYPD when [David] Caruso left, now's the time to catch up.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    If you think Garry Shandling must be running out of ways to deconstruct show business, you're wrong. This will probably prove the most fearless half hour of comedy all year.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    There's a lot to love about Murder One, bless its parodically sleazy, shrewdly opportunistic, talent-engorged heart.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Seinfeld is now a revitalized show, snappy and gratifyingly complicated once more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The terrific thing about the new season, starting with the introduction of Weaver [Laura Innes], is that personalities on ER have become as complicated and messy as brain surgery.

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