For 507 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 27% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Now and Again: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Weird Science: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    These days, L&C plays like a screwball comedy, with stolen kisses, cute banter, and constant comic misunderstandings. I'm not saying it's great screwball comedy, mind you.
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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    I've noticed a drop in the quality of the writing. Too many cases derive their initial inspiration from real events (the Susan Smith case, and even, recently, that of Patty Hearst), with slight, facile alterations. Then too, the dialogue, once a model of hard-boiled terseness, is all too often now a jumble of gabby cliches. ... But you never know when L&O will let loose a corker.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Both Bacon and Purefoy are so intensely earnest, The Following quickly supersedes its patent Silence of the Lambs setup.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    So far, O'Loughlin has come most alive when he's engaged in the premiere's close-quarters, elbow-chopping fight scenes. But it's clear that, like other CBS shows from NCIS to CSI, the team byplay is going to be the heart of Hawaii Five-0. Thank goodness Caan is here to provide gruff humor, and Kim and Park play off each other nicely.
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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Norm has painted itself into quite a funny corner.
    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    For all its cynicism about the elites who run the finances of the country, Mr. Robot is almost genially high-spirited: It excites you to keep following Elliot, Mr. Robot, and their improbable plan of revenge.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    C.K. doesn’t even seem to be placing much value on eliciting guffaws during the stand-up segments that used to give his show a jolly lift at the beginning and end of each half-hour. Interestingly, over the course of the first four episodes I’ve seen, the warmest vibes emanate from Pamela.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The sad thing--but also the thing that makes this show so compelling--is that the contestants care so much about winning this hideous, spirit-killing show. It’s that paradox that gives UnREAL its true soul.
    • 67 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    It’s as though this show wants to set up hurdles for itself to overcome. Happily, it does. Much of this is due to Foster, who radiates so much eager energy, you have no trouble buying the premise of the sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The show manages to juggle suspense with light moments without spoiling either mood.
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    • 80 Ken Tucker
    While retaining the novel’s general tone, characters and plot points have been altered and in some cases invented that have enabled the TV Dome to become its own creation. And that creation is cool, clever escapism that works well in the hot summer months.
    • 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.
    • 51 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    A superbly subtle yet exciting new series, gives us Charlie-in-the-making.
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    • 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.

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