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 Office (UK): Season 2
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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    The funniest sketch-comedy series since SCTV, In Living Color is also the hippest show on TV.
    • 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?
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Instantly addictive.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It's this series' unique take on realism that can be positively transporting.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    It's TV's richest, most satisfying experience.
    • 87 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 96 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
    • 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    There's a lot to love about Murder One, bless its parodically sleazy, shrewdly opportunistic, talent-engorged heart.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    Six hours of raucous laughter, bone-rattling suspense, and god-awful tragedy. ... The Corner is a marvel of craft.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    Its second season has so far been fabulous — even funnier and scarier than the first.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    The reason for CSI's success is that it combines a few time-tested TV elements in a fresh way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    Such a nice surprise: A sharply written show about a mother-daughter relationship filled with vibrant emotions instead of cheap sarcasm.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    Sherman-Palladino writes in such a distinctive 'voice' that denying her the same kind of artistic credit that, say, Aaron Sorkin or David Chase take as their due only hints at the unspoken sexism in the television industry and the press.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    All this tension turns out to be great for the show's pulse, which had been fluttering last season. In too many of season 7's adventures, Duchovny and Anderson looked as if they'd been asked to go investigate who shot J.R. Ewing; their boredom was showing. ... [This season's first two episodes discover] a new force field of energy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Ken Tucker
    Here is a show in which the supporting cast has taken over. ... [But] for a show without a center, Cheers is still awfully funny.