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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Once and Again: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Weird Science: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Having watched three episodes, I’m hooked on its mix of laughs and seriousness.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Mom is back for a third season on Thursday night, and the sitcom has really found its comic groove. Also its tragic groove. Because that’s the way Mom works--its present-day laughs are always threatened by fragile futures and haunted pasts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Show creator Julian Fellowes has defeated jaded skepticism again.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    This show is guided by sitcom pros, but it doesn’t feel like an old-pro show at all. It doesn’t go for easy or cheap laughs, and most of its scenes don’t follow the usual sitcom trajectory--instead, they take odd twists and turns.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    For a premiere, this Late Show was exceedingly polished yet loose-limbed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The show works as a comedy, as a satire of the way certain people live now and of the true-crime genre in its search for Chantal. Search Party’s half-hour episodes zip by so quickly, you’ll probably binge on them sometime during the upcoming holiday.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The show sells us on the idea that pretty, wide-smiling Teresa can become a capable, even vicious, defender of her own hide when threatened, and that Queen of the South might be able to tell a familiar story in a fresh way. The first hour has been beautifully directed by Charlotte Sieling, with lots of lulling silences between action scenes, creating an atmosphere in which anything--any deal, any conversation, any room--can explode at any moment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    I thought I was heartily sick of gloomy, gritty TV shows, but engaging ones can’t help but pull me in. After watching three episodes of Taboo, I think I’m officially in.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Rendered without much embellishment and acted with firmly controlled vigor, Killing Jesus, a TV adaptation of the bestselling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, is a fine retelling of the story of Jesus Christ as a historical figure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Raucous and loony and adroit and lewd, 7 Days in Hell is one odd comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Each of Fleabag’s six episodes is a tightly-composed variation on her character’s wild, bad-girl humor, and her personal (especially sexual) and professional frustration.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The documentary is never less than engaging, but as a piece of filmmaking, it’s rather shapeless. Now the deaths of Fisher and Reynolds give it an unintended shape and purpose. It captures these two extremely vital spirits in the very recent past, and makes you feel the loss of them even more sharply.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    It gets better with each episode--and it’s not as though Wednesday night’s premiere isn’t very funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Aquarius and show creator McNamara take a daring leap and presume that Manson saw Wilson as a judgmental father-figure, and that notion that complicated their relationship. It’s just one example of the psychologically complex show McNamara continues to build with Aquarius.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    It’s a show that’s structured like a sitcom but frequently works like a low-stakes drama that just gets more emotionally expensive. After you’ve watched all 10, Love stays with you like a memory you can’t--or don’t want to--shake.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    I’ll keep checking it out for its incidental pleasures. A lot of Baskets’s best humor is totally random
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The exhilarating thing about Difficult People is that it consists of aggressive insult humor that’s rooted in a friendship that’s all heart.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The pleasant surprise is that this new Exorcist, as conceived by writer Jeremy Slater, is both well-acted and at times quite disturbing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    If Daniels, Strong, and showrunner Ilene Chaiken are feeling pressure to maintain the show’s massive-hit status, it doesn’t show in the enjoyably scattered yet propulsive season premiere.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Lively, action-packed, and occasionally quite funny.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The show is very smart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The new season pushes Adam Driver’s Adam and Jemima Kirke’s Jessa into a fraught relationship from which no good (for them) can come, but is interesting to watch--such a clash of acting styles those two project! And Girls continues its valiant attempt to integrate Zosia Mamet’s Shoshanna into the group in a believable manner. It’s doing this through off-beat ways that may actually end up working.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Playing House is a cheerfully unhip show made by people who are very hip to the sharp edges of comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    It’s got the sunny colors and optimistic energy of The Flash, a bright streak of feminism coursing through its storyline, and charming, star-making performance by Melissa Benoist as Kara Jor-El, aka Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl.
    • 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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