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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Veronica's Closet: Season 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The footage here is truly extraordinary and gorgeous, and, for the most part, artfully edited.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    Back and as impressively irritating as ever.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The fourth season of Justified gives us exactly what we want: much laconic tough-guy humor from Timothy Olyphant's U.S. marshal Raylan Givens, much grandiloquent nastiness from Walton Goggins' drug dealer Boyd Crowder, and much swift violence.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    A completely engrossing murder mystery, courtroom drama, and family saga.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    Atlanta, the new half-hour FX series from Donald Glover (Community), is satisfying and exciting on every level.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Six hours of raucous laughter, bone-rattling suspense, and god-awful tragedy. ... The Corner is a marvel of craft.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    This so-called “limited series” takes the facts of the Simpson case and, by bending and shaping the emphases of those facts, turns it into a startlingly stirring critique of racism, sexism, and the judicial system that still resonates today. To be sure, the series also contains its share of laughs and excess.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Valley turns into the story of a young company fighting for a soul its founders never realized it had. As a result, it gives Silicon Valley a bigger heart than it’s ever had before.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    It's another level of pop culture wizardry to make such storytelling seem so vivid, so vital, and just plain fun.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The degree to which you can be moved and involved by American Crime depends on the degree to which the importance of its message and the fine performances of its stars outweigh the show’s often crushing heaviness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    The pace is deliberate, and there aren’t the kind of laughs that other dramas employ as comic relief. But there’s real wit and propulsiveness in the storytelling Ray McKinnon does in this show.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    The new Justified is so tightly plotted that it finds room for all these characters, as well as episodes shinning a spotlight on the series sterling supporting players. [27 Jan 2012, p.63]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    If I rarely find Horseman more than mildly amusing, I certainly recognize the careful craft behind it, as well as the excellent vocal performances by regulars including Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Thompkins, and Aaron Paul.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    This portrait of a profane, low-down egomaniac--excuse me, he prefers "Christ figure"--continues to amaze. McBride's willingness to play depression, amorality, and selfishness for laughs is awesome.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Tig
    A disarming, completely absorbing piece of work.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    Mad Men offers a two-hour season premiere that commences with a muted tone and then explodes in different directions. [23 Mar 2012, p.62]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    What Buscemi brings to this production is his great gift for channeling neurotic self-consciousness into a man of action. He may fret about retaining his empire, but you believe Nucky Thompson is a lord of venality, right down to his immaculate spats.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Each of Fleabag’s six episodes is a tightly-composed variation on her character’s wild, bad-girl humor, and her personal (especially sexual) and professional frustration.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    Brooklyn Bridge is beguiling, simultaneously the warmest and most intelligent new show of the season. It's also a vindication of artistic control in the TV industry.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Although its style is novel, 24 hews to traditional crime-story conventions; you could plop this plot into a two-hour TV movie and be done with it. The advantage of the real-time hour becomes apparent, however, in the depth of characterization achieved by stretching things out.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Any fears that the departure of series creator Armando Iannucci would result in a diminishment of quality are immediately allayed. New showrunner David Mandel demonstrates a firm command and light touch in keeping the new episodes centered around Louis-Dreyfus and Selina’s bursts of anger, her deflations of despair, and her reactions to both the stupidity and shrewd mendacity of her staff.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    This may be the first TV show since Pee-wee's Playhouse to treasure youth even as it embodies all of its contradictions, craziness, hopes, and fears (and I'd like to point out that Freaks is the only hour-long sitcom I've ever seen that sustains funniness for its full 60 minutes).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    You will feel guilty for laughing so hard, which is, I suspect, precisely the reaction David wants.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Anyone with an interest in music will want to see this portrait of the artist as a young man pursued by demons into the pit of heck.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    Casual proceeds from a place of diffidence, of setting up the mildest of jokes and seeing how softly the show can make them land.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    There are times when you wish the jokes in this series were a little funnier, but right now its unique situations — there's comedy gold being mined from Malcolm's gifted-child class of awkward brainiacs — make it distinctive.

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