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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Ben Stiller Show: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Duckman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The sheer, cynical heartlessness of nearly everyone on-screen--from a wonderfully blunt Tony Shalhoub as Morgan Stanley's John Mack to Topher Grace as a calculating Paulson aide--is both dismaying and riveting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Some viewers may find The Killing a little too cold and deliberate, but give it time. Its intensity builds steadily, giving the series unexpected power.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Not much new here to me, but hey, it's only nostalgia if you haven't heard it before.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Bag of Bones is occasionally hokey, and Brosnan overworks his mad cackling, but the production is never less than creepily engaging. [19 Dec 2011, p.72]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The show's current season is its strongest, with [Kevin] James and costar Leah Remini sparking off each other's line readings like a veteran comedy team.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Under, it turns out, is having a doozy of a sophomore outing. It's become a showcase for diverse acting styles that nonetheless mesh tightly. ... On the other hand, the writing quality is erratic.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Though marketed as staid all-ages fare, Heaven is, I would assert, actually The WB's most radical series stylistically, favoring a unique strategy of narrative slowness and stubborn irresolution. And I mean all that as a compliment.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Girls is (at this point almost surprisingly) good.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The main subplots of Bosch gather power as they proceed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Corden did a terrific job of showcasing all his talents, including singing a ballad at the end of this first night. He’s well on his way to being a nightly crowd-pleaser whom you may be talking about the next day.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The Emmy-nominated Archer is one of the most satisfying comedies of any sort, its densely packed jokes contrasting with the airy, assured confidence a show achieves when its characters seem so three-dimensionally real to their audience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The Underwoods--usually robots of ambition, subsisting only on peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches--engage in sex at a moment that would not inspire lustful feelings in more ordinary folk. It’s touches like this that keep the viewer of House of Cards off-balance, eager to fire up the next episode in the Netflix queue. The third season of House of Cards comes up with some formidable foes for Frank Underwood.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Powers gives you the slam-bang super-hero action you want, as well as the hard-boiled tone many cop shows aim for and seldom attain.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Fortunately, Broadchurch, created and written by Chris Chibnall, still excels most frequently as a character study--to a notable degree, of all its major characters, who are sketched with vividness and, in almost every case, sympathy and poignance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    If you aren’t watching Banshee, I’d say now’s the time to climb aboard. It’s a show that’s just hitting its stride, and that stride averages about 100 miles an hour.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    A charming and even, yes, inspiring new series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Here is a series for an American audience that grants us the intelligence to be able to read subtitles, which are deployed to help convey the tart flavor of the various tongues spoken in the show. Combine this with the show’s frequently lovely visuals, and Vikings remains the kind of burly soap opera that appeals to an ever-wider audience.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    At his best, as is frequently on display here, Harmon knows how to overload a scene with references to everything from dinosaurs to Lawnmower Man, and still keep the action moving.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Bloodline is well worth your time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Deceptively loose and shambling, Big Time is one of those shows--like the show it follows, Workaholics--that’s going to quickly attract a cult following. Get in on it now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Show creator Julian Fellowes has defeated jaded skepticism again.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    In the three episodes I’ve seen, the literalization of Josh’s subconscious fears, hopes, and dreams works pretty well. The show is rarely laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s always engrossing and smart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    If you’re looking for a winter-time mystery that will show you people even colder than you may be these days, Fortitude is an absorbing one.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The infernally clever, multiple-Emmy'd producer Bertram van Munster has found a way to make even a dating-game theme interesting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The filmmakers grant Durst his humanity, allowing us to see the charm, and occasional flashes of humor, that animate the man when he sometimes emerges from the fog of good fortune. In the two episodes I’ve seen, The Jinx makes good, sparing use of dramatizing some of the moments Durst describes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    American Crime does a good job of using the police-procedural framework to give viewers a structure that’s familiar and compelling. But Ridley makes sure that that structure is also capacious enough to let the actors stretch out, and, at least over the course of the four episodes made available to critics, this yields at least two superb performances.

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