For 504 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 10.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Andy Richter Controls the Universe: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Veronica's Closet: Season 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 504
504 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    If Felicity doesn't quite live up to its hype as the season's niftiest new show, it's on its way to being a solid weekly soap opera.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Once you get a load of Murphy's grouchy-but-lovable super Thurgood Stubbs, with his straight-up bristly hair and sofa-cushion cheeks, you'll never mistake him for any other cartoon character. The show itself is rather more conventional: a sitcom straight out of the Honeymooners tradition of working-class comedy, with Thurgood a kind of black Ralph Kramden.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Get a Life's elaborate, malicious sarcasm is somewhat different in tone from The Simpsons' gleeful variation; let's see how many fans Elliott can convert to his brand.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    'Sex and the City' is beginning to seem rather tame for HBO -- once you've programmed raunch like 'G-String Divas,' randy sitcoms just seem ... randy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The punch lines are predictable, but the kid and his stern uncle generate a great deal of comic energy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    I'm convinced that one reason Fresh Prince's ratings have improved since its debut two years ago is that the series is one of the few on TV that consistently acknowledges a full range of African-American lives — all social and economic classes are represented, and they eye each other with both suspicion and sympathy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    In his sitcom debut, Tim Allen is a natural — not just funny, but an interesting TV presence: charming but a little edgy, a wise guy, but a wise guy with a lot on the ball.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Action shreds Hollywood corporate culture more viciously than current big-screen spoofs like Bowfinger and The Muse. The difference is, Action's acid heartlessness renders it a more artful but ultimately less likable piece of work.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    For a guy like me, The View is a nice cheap thrill — gee, is thiswhat it's like to be at a multigenerational pajama party? And if the whooping enthusiasm of the mostly female studio audience is any measure, it's a party women are also glad to be invited to.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Over the years, DC Comics has told and retold the Superboy tale in a number of different 'origin stories,' and comic-book aficionados will have their quibbles about this new version. For the general viewer, though, Smallville is smart, tart, and tidy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    At its best, Eerie combines two pop-culture phenomena: the substantial youth market for supernatural fiction ... plus the let's-take these-young-people-seriously attitude that made Beverly Hills, 90210 and Doogie Howser; M.D. touchstones for teen TV audience. ... So far, however, the show's concepts have been funnier than its scripts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    I hate to be one of those reviewers who tells you that the original, difficult-to-locate item was superior to the subject under review, but... it was. ... The new Queer as Folk lacks a soul at its center.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The problem with this Real World has less to do with the assembled folks than with the format itself. Rooming with strangers is always new to the participants, but by now, the roommates' progression from wariness to chumminess to stark-raving hostility has become familiar stuff to us. Yet so far, the filmmakers haven't done anything to enliven their formula.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Over the years, The Real World has narrowed its focus to one subject: sex.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    By now, The Real World has become as quaintly, reassuringly predictable as a Road Runner cartoon, or a P.G. Wodehouse novel.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    To be a 'BB' fan is to enjoy watching people get on each other's nerves, fail at the food competitions, and subsist on PB&J for a week. If this be pleasure, I plead guilty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    I like Caruso as leader Horatio Crane; the actor's way with quiet anguish is suited to his role as a grim, relentless crime-scene examiner. But after that, my reservations begin.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    It no longer sucks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    I disliked the two editions of The Bachelor intensely -- those tacky 'rose ceremonies' and the intellectual nullity, the sheer conversational sliminess of both the bachelors! However, I am enthralled by The Bachelorette, and why should I try to excuse my change of heart and mind with fancy critical justifications? It's because I think Trista is pretty hot and very cool in the way she controls her own little corner of the TV universe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    'Nip/Tuck' is, in short, a great soap opera disguised as very good prime-time trash.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    A stylishly involving, amusing soap opera.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The producers know precisely what tone to take.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The sooner our Dex puts away the Kleenex, the better the season will be. Because who wants to watch a remorseless avenger who's inert with remorse?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Certainly, the show is still exciting and thoughtful in the way that it disassembles many pat notions we may have of tribe loyalty, family bonds, and the treachery of the business world.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The show wants to work on two levels: as an action piece and as a drama about the stresses of modern marriage and parenting. If anyone can make the family stuff nongloppy, it's executive producer Greg Berlanti. [1 Oct 2010, p.72]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    You feel for Danza, and the show forces you to think about how tough this job is for noncelebrity teachers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The best thing about Bloods, aside from the return of Selleck to weekly TV, is that it breaks with the nearly 20-year tradition of dark, gritty cop shows ushered in by NYPD Blue. The weakest thing about Bloods is that it can't resist adding a conspiracy story line to its cases-of-the-week structure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    There's no doubt that Linney is radiant in her role. She carries The Big C past many of its implausibilities and irritations.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    New regulars Indira Varma (Luther) and Janet Montgomery (Entourage) help star Mark Valley lighten the tone--and the action remains nifty.