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 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Alias: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 99 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
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    A sparky new season.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Life With Bonnie teems with so much clever give-and-take and nonstop action it feels as if each half hour is going to burst.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It's this series' unique take on realism that can be positively transporting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    In a television landscape where the high jinks of characters like the Fox network's Parker Lewis often define high school life, Degrassi stands out as the thirtysomething of the book-bag set.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The first thing that watching new episodes of Fox's finally returning Andy Richter Controls the Universe does is confirm how utterly lame 98 percent of all other network sitcoms are. The next thing watching them does is make you laugh really hard.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It's TV's richest, most satisfying experience.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The new Sopranos is as good as it's ever been -- ruthlessly emotional, cuttingly funny and frightening.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The pleasure to be taken from 'Office' isn't merely that of laughter -- it's the pleasure of watching a piece of entertainment so perfectly made and so delicately acted.
    • 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
    There are many ways in which Ed, the best new show of the season, could have been perfectly awful.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    This is one of the sharpest, most purely pleasurable television series ever. ... What began in 1987 (as animated filler between sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show) has become one of the medium's most dependable entertainments, a cartoon that transcended cartoonishness a long time ago.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Depending on the situation, Louis-Dreyfus brings various combinations of excessive zeal, profane rage, piteous desperation, and unwarranted arrogance, all of it never less than beguiling.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The funniest sketch-comedy series since SCTV, In Living Color is also the hippest show on TV.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It possesses a different rhythm from any other show on TV. [13 Apr 2012, p.73]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    How pleasurable it is to really care about a TV series, to the point of (national) obsession.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Larry Sanders has always contained an undercurrent of tragedy in its portrait of a pathetically insecure man whose work is his life, and whose life is one long, uncomfortable commercial break. Fearlessly, Shandling and his cowriters are pushing Larry to the edge.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    A series with as much emotional punch as The Sopranos.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The whole show is complicated in a fun, brain-teasing way, and having seen the second episode, I can say it only gets funner. I know that's not a word, but I'm saying it anyway.
    • 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.

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