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 NYPD Blue: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Weird Science: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    [Tim Allen'd] be insufferable and unbelievable (even this doofus would know what Glee is), except Allen has the chops to make a studio audience laugh just through intonation and timing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    The second episode was an improvement creatively: Azaria's Alex and Hahn's Helen displayed some mature-adult chemistry. It may not be enough to save the series, though.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    This is less the stuff of a sitcom than an episode of MTV's True Life: Our Mothers Are Neurotic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    In general, Rock Center was lively without being crass, disappointing in that it didn't engage much in the news of the day.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    The international settings are pretty and Judd does her damnedest with what she's got, but Missing's tough-mom role and poorly paced, unsuspenseful suspense scenes make the series hard to root for.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    At once cynical and softhearted, Scandal is a nighttime soap less believable than Private Practice. Good acting, though.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Babylon 5 is basically the barroom segment of the first Star Wars movie expanded to a weekly hour, with scene after scene of nuttily costumed actors portraying extraterrestrial members of clans such as the Minbaris, the Narns, and the Vorlons. ... There's relatively little action. That might be ascribed to the fact that scenes involving the requisite futuristic special-effects would be expensive, but I actually think it's more by design that Babylon is a talky bore.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    From week to week, it's as if the characters are being made up on the spot, without reference to pasts with which fans are very familiar. ... Storytelling here has suffered as well.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Initially, D&G was a giddy adventure ... But like a lot of whirlwind romances with free spirits, the novelty wears off, and qualities that once seemed charmingly nutty ossify into neurotically crazy, or just wearyingly nuts.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Dawson's Creek needs less cleverness and more emotional spark. As the 16-year-old in my house said after watching three episodes, 'It's like My So-Called Life without the life.'
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    It's gone low-rent.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    This series is relying on sugary spiritualism to draw viewers, but it benefits most from [Roma] Downey's vinegary earthiness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    The acting—by Grace, Prepon, and, as Eric's parents, Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp—is as sharp as ever, but they all look a little bored, as well they should.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Kyle Chandler ... is such a likable sweetie that he almost makes Early Edition watchable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Picket Fences clearly aims to be a kinder, gentler [Twin] Peaks, but the goosey, paradoxical mood for which it strives — heartwarming creepiness — is, at this point, more of a turnoff than a turn-on.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Nowadays, in just about every episode-and they're all either written or cowritten by Kelley-a serious controversy is raised, debated heatedly, and then smothered in overwrought speechifying. What all this suggests is that, festooned with its high honors and low ratings, Picket Fences represents the triumph of middlebrow intellectualism in current television. It is a show that's always Tackling Major Themes whenever it's not trying to achieve the sort of sweet whimsy meant to disguise the fact that this is one of the most profoundly humorless series ever made.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    It's exactly what you might expect: a sitcom as well-executed and weightless as everything else produced by what ABC calls 'the hit comedy workshop' of creators Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett (Full House, etc.).
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Although [Shields is] fine at conveying perky pluck, her line readings seem rushed and forced. Suddenly Susan is already smarter and quicker than Caroline in the City; maybe a few months down the line, it'll take on the weight of a solid-gold sitcom. Right now, though, it's more like a big chunk of scrap metal.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    This variation on Three's Company — guy and two gals share an apartment — is lifted into the category of Just Barely Watchable due to the skills of its stars.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    The fact that Home Improvement remains popular is a testament to its cast's charm, because you can go a full half hour without locating anything resembling a setup-plus-punchline; I swear, there are weeks when the studio audience is laughing only at the slow-burn expressions on Allen's face and at the funny outtakes that roll over the closing credits.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    The songs in the pilot weren't top-notch [Randy] Newman — if you heard them on one of his albums, you'd think he had lost his touch. And if a songwriter as gifted as Newman can't redeem Bochco's concept, how will any of the other, probably lesser, talents that Bochco will employ on future episodes fare any better? It's too bad, because without the music, Cop Rock is a solid cop show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    I'm not sneering at Foxworthy's humor — I can understand why lots of folks appreciate its clean, goofy charm. No, it's the lack of any funniness apart from Foxworthy's jokes that makes the show so tedious.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Beneath the rich acting talent, there's a dearth of character development and thematic ideas about six inches under 'Feet''s surface.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    'Survivor: Thailand' boasts the most boorish and dull group of castaways yet assembled by Burnett.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    The premiere benefits from the bad guy being played by Raphael Sbarge, a fine actor. But largely it's the usual Minds: a sadistic, terrorized-prey procedural. [18 Feb 2011, p.72]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    The world doesn't need another reality show with Jersey-esque accents, but here's one anyway.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    The USA "Characters Welcome" machine strains mightily with this one. [11 May 2012, p.65]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Gummer, so good as a clever lawyer on The Good Wife, deserves better than this role as a grown-up, moony teenage girl, even as she makes Emily far more interesting than her own insipid voice-over narration would suggest.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    There's something winning about the absurdity and the poker-faced formality of the aliens.... The only problem is there's no internal logic to the premise. [28 Sep 2012, p.64]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    It would be nice if TV Nation were what Moore claimed it would be: a funny show with a political sting. So far, it's just self-righteous.

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