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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Friends: Season 6
Lowest review score: 16 Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It's TV's richest, most satisfying experience.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Miraculous ... One of the myriad greatnesses of The Sopranos is that, to paraphrase the Godfather paraphrase that Steven Van Zandt's Silvio frequently quotes, it keeps pulling you back in — back in on yourself, appealing to your basest instincts, to your fundamental urge to hear a bloody story well told.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The new Sopranos is as good as it's ever been -- ruthlessly emotional, cuttingly funny and frightening.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    It's the suspense these two leads endure--a suspense Homeland dramatizes in a swift, sure manner and then transfers to the viewer--that makes this show so unnervingly terrific.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    How pleasurable it is to really care about a TV series, to the point of (national) obsession.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Superbly edited and paced, Made in America is one of the best rise-and-fall sagas you’ll ever see on TV.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    Giancarlo Esposito's Gus will prove once again that he is the most shockingly unknowable of villains. Yes, Breaking Bad is back, and bent on upending every expectation you bring to it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    This Fargo has a different idea of evil, based on something just as insidious as Malvo: The grinding amorality of capitalism, which demands more profit no matter what the human cost. In the new Fargo, this is placed in a context that is frequently witty, and balanced with scenes of great family love. The large cast is superb.
    • 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
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    The Americans does an awfully good job of juggling its numerous subplots.... If there’s a weak spot in the series, it’s that the subplot involving Nina (Annet Mahendru), the Russian KGB agent now in a Soviet prison, seems increasingly extraneous to the show.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    These scenes [flashbacks to Weimar Germany], which feature Michaela Watkins doing the best with a tritely anxious, angry character, are the weakest elements of the new season, at once too pat and too melodramatic. But the show benefits from terrific casting in its supporting roles this season, with great turns by Cherry Jones, Richard Masur, Anjelica Huston, and the poet Eileen Myles.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    [Elizabeth is] coming to terms with her own strict upbringing, her longing for her homeland, and her profoundly ambivalent feelings about American permissiveness on the one hand, and the strict discipline of turning her own daughter over to become a tool of the Soviet state. These are the elements that come together in the fine new season of The Americans, giving it more emotional power than ever.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    It's the fall season's most intriguing, tense puzzler.
    • 92 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?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    C.K. doesn’t even seem to be placing much value on eliciting guffaws during the stand-up segments that used to give his show a jolly lift at the beginning and end of each half-hour. Interestingly, over the course of the first four episodes I’ve seen, the warmest vibes emanate from Pamela.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    Season 5 doesn’t feel like more of the same; it feels like a Game of Thrones played at a new, more intense level.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    The stories gain richness when Dev moves outside his comfort zone.... There is no level on which Master Of None does not bring pleasure.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    Most TV series feel the need to up the ante in their second season, to prove the first one wasn't a fluke. Justified proceeds with such assurance, however, that it can maintain a cool, witty serenity that only enhances its tough-guy drama.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    The new season pops with all the visual energy of the first. [4 May 2012, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly

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