For 503 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 29% same as the average critic
  • 18% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Seinfeld: Season 3
Lowest review score: 16 Weird Science: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 503
503 tv reviews
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    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It's this series' unique take on realism that can be positively transporting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    That '70s Show is best when the volatility that truly characterized this period — the sense that the times they were a-changin', to a funky beat — seeps into its golden aura of fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    It's grim but exhilarating: a portrait of an artist chronicling despair.
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    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Rider Strong['s] Shawn ... and [Ben] Savage's Cory play off each other like an old odd-couple comedy team, arguing and ragging on each other — nothing jaded adults haven't seen, but well-done amusement for a kid audience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    At its strongest, it freshens those themes without melodrama, opting instead for slow-boil tension. The challenge for this artful series is whether that boiling point is too slow for viewers raised on WWE Raw and mixed martial arts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Sometimes Dr. Katz is a little too early-period Woody Allen — more whines than jokes. But so far, Dr. Katz has proved capable of a brisk originality.
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    • 50 Ken Tucker
    The fact that Home Improvement remains popular is a testament to its cast's charm, because you can go a full half hour without locating anything resembling a setup-plus-punchline; I swear, there are weeks when the studio audience is laughing only at the slow-burn expressions on Allen's face and at the funny outtakes that roll over the closing credits.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    One of The West Wing's executive producers is ER's John Wells, and the new series replicates that show's swooping cameras and frenetic pace. Combine this visual style with a slightly toned-down version of the overlapping dialogue Sorkin uses in his other series, ABC's Sports Night, and you've got one zippy little hour. That's good, because when you stop and examine each plot strand, the show starts to unravel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Smash is often enjoyable. [3/10 Feb 2012, p.101]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The real sparks on this show are between Caroline and the guy she's hired to color her strip, Richard. He's played by Malcolm Gets as a rude, fussy little man whose crankiness is a welcome contrast to Caroline's sunniness. Which is not to say that Thompson's presence here isn't welcome — she's a beguiling sitcom star, with just the right mixture of silliness, sexiness, and serenity.
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    • 50 Ken Tucker
    It's gone low-rent.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Work of Art remains TV's most enjoyable high/low, art/TV example of...cultural hybridity!
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    [A] mechanically contrived show ... [but] it sure can be cozy, and cozy tends to get better ratings than clever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It's loose and rambling; its dramatic climaxes don't coincide neatly with the conclusion of any given episode. Its dialogue, overseen by creator David Simon ... is so good it often sounds improvised. One criticism of the show I've read is that it's repetitive (in showing the slow process of how the police bring down bad guys). But what those critics don't get is that those qualities are exactly what make 'The Wire' the funkiest cop show on TV.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    Fringe seems to be going out as alt-world fantasy/sci-fi at its most tough-minded yet humanistic. [5 Oct 2012, p.73]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    This peter Berg-produced show is filmed in a low-key style that makes Roach's life seem all the more dramatic. [27 Jan 2012, p.68]
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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The first two episodes I've seen of season 5 stand among the best the series has produced, since they brazenly address nearly every complaint any viewer or critic has suggested about ''Sex'' after all these years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The throbbing red heart of The Vampire Diaries remains the tension between Damon and Paul Wesley's Stefan, and their mutual attraction to whomever Dobrev is embodying at the time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Here's an interesting, uneven, impudent comedy-drama that may well prove to be summer television's most likably eccentric series.
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    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The producers know precisely what tone to take.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The weakest aspect of Seinfeld is a wacky next-door neighbor played by Michael Richards. Richards is doing little more than an impersonation of Christopher Lloyd's Jim on Taxi, and he ought to cut it out.
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    • 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?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Devious Patty is still drinking like a fish, while wan Ellen is still seeking her advice (still, Ellen? Really?), and I still will not be able to resist watching every episode I possibly can.
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    • 58 Ken Tucker
    To its credit, Touched conveys the idea that leading a truly spiritual life is one tough goal. But given the stilted dialogue and the fact that, by definition, the lead characters must always be goody-goody, the quality of the acting is irrelevant.
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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    At its weakest, Designing Women tends to be preachy, with Dixie Carter given five minutes for a show-stopping lecture about some Big Issue. But most of the time, it's raucously funny.
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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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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick have overcome the dilemma of the show's debut season — how long could gay Will (Eric McCormack) and straight Grace (Debra Messing) go without romances in their lives? — with a couple of shrewdly funny solutions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Roswell isn't yet anywhere near [The X-]Files in emotional depth, and its sympathetic but blank-staring actors only make you appreciate the nuances that Duchovny and Anderson bring to poker-faced emoting. But if this season proves The X-Files' last, there's a chance that Roswell can step into the void and supply TV's highest-quality heebie-jeebies.
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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Some of the gags are predictable ... But Farquhar's series ... are distinctive for the way they aren't so much interested in what's said as in how it's said and what it means.