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 Futurama: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Duckman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Louis-Dreyfus isn't quite believable as a vice president--even a sitcom VP whose lack of gravitas is the show's central joke. But she's still a joy to watch, especially when she shows off that famous gift for physical comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Overall, Hatfields & McCoys is engrossing, and enlightening about a feud that proves to be a lot more than the bumpkin brawl of pop legend.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Elementary is probably the closest thing to a new fall-season surefire hit. Miller gives off an infectious enthusiasm in this new role.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Overall, Dallas is a solidly constructed soap opera with strong dialogue and oily plot twists. [15 Jun 2012, p.72]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Filmed with a muddy palette, the premiere hums with menace. There's lots of low-down action, with brass knuckles applied.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Your interest in Arrow depends on how much you miss the troubled-in-love, conflicted-by-family heroics of Smallville--it mirrors that series' setup.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    As sweet as treacle tart, the third season of Downton Abbey arrives reasonably fresh and warm. [11 Jan 2013, p.74]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    A simmering bit of silly suspense fun created by X-Files writer-producer Frank Spotnitz.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Brooks remains quick-minded and vivid. [14 Dec 2012, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Outrageous lewdness and delightful non sequiturs speed by, which makes each episode rewardingly rewatchable.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Both Bacon and Purefoy are so intensely earnest, The Following quickly supersedes its patent Silence of the Lambs setup.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    What gives this film grit are the visual displays of her work ethic and her fierce determination to "bring R&B music back" to the center of current pop music, to "forget being cool" and reveal naked passion. [15 Feb 2013, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Even if it soon crashes and burns, this pilot for Flying Blind is easily one of the best debut shows of the year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    At once true to action- show rules and properly parodic about the role of good guys in the late 20th century, The Marshal is an underrated pleasure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    For the current version of Homeland, action scenes rapidly intercut with political ruthlessness look to be exactly what the show needs to sustain its worthiness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The best TGIF show ever.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Roseanne has come closer to being a conventional sitcom than ever before, with too much bellowing and a suspiciously hyped-up studio audience reaction to even the lamest jokes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Frasier's cast has some weak links. Jane Leeves' Daphne has simply outlasted her usefulness as a comic foil, and Peri Gilpin's Roz — along with the entire radio-station half of the show — has been a bore for the past two seasons now.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The closer any Drew episode gets to the cool-jerk vibe Carey gives off on talk shows, the better it invariably is.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Jerry Orbach and Jesse L. Martin haven't established any appreciable rapport; it's only when a patented 'ripped from the headlines' script is juicy ... that the series sparks.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Overpopulation is now L.A. Law's biggest problem. Talking to fans and reading reviews, I seem to be in the minority on this, but I continue to think that Law made a strategic mistake in pushing these new characters at us so soon after the introduction of the lawyers played by Amanda Donohoe, John Spencer, and Cecil Hoffmann last season.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    L.A. Law still has some of its earlier problems ... but that Law is once again worth fretting over is a measure of its startling renewal.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Party of Five is a sort of fantasy-what would it be like to live on your own, without parents barking orders? But it's a fantasy that brings you thudding back to reality: As it turns out, your older brother barks the same orders.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    I gather that many devoted fans are tiring of the show, feeling burned out by the slow pace of annoying plot developments. ... But me, I'm converted.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Blue ... is in danger of falling into a rut. ... There's still good writing in Blue, but the show needs to shake up its structure and rethink its supporting cast.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    There's still enjoyment to be gleaned from Blue — the crime-scene segments are still top-notch, and Schroder just keeps getting better. (May I make a freakin' obvious suggestion? More interrogation scenes and fewer bedroom ones, please.) But taking two episodes to wrap up last season's boring plot about long-gone Jill Kirkendall suggests that the pace is way too slow.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    There's nothing new about JAG's plots; they're the sort of good-guy-against-the-establishment stuff you'd expect. ... But [David James] Elliott has quickly established himself as a real TV star anyway.

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