For 507 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 27% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 ER: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Duckman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    If Ringer can retain the gloss and suspense of tonight's premiere, this could be a new series worth getting hooked on. [9/16 Sep 2011, p.133]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The Brit original has a lot of sass and flashes of real poignancy.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    A stylishly involving, amusing soap opera.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    After seeing four episodes of the newest pal-com, Happy Endings, I'd have to say it's...not bad at all.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Does it add up to a coherent whole? Impossible to say so far. Asylum is, in its opening episodes, more energetic and impishly funny than its predecessor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    It's probably doomed to cult status, but The Cape is primal fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    It's all very contemporary Waltons — usually huggy at the end of the hour but with enough quirks to keep you intrigued.
    • 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.
    • 64 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
    Overpopulation is now L.A. Law's biggest problem. Talking to fans and reading reviews, I seem to be in the minority on this, but I continue to think that Law made a strategic mistake in pushing these new characters at us so soon after the introduction of the lawyers played by Amanda Donohoe, John Spencer, and Cecil Hoffmann last season.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Much of the time, Homefront relies on cornball dialogue we've heard in too many old war movies, and a number of the show's dramatic conflicts are drearily predictable. ... But the acting is uniformly solid, with the women especially strong.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    'Nip/Tuck' is, in short, a great soap opera disguised as very good prime-time trash.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Much of the time, this production plays out like an educational-film reenactment instead of a big-budget film.... Killing Lincoln is most effective in conveying just how determined Booth was.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Molly Dodd is now a better show than it was on commercial television. During her NBC run, Molly was introspective to the point of solipsism — or, to put it more bluntly, she talked too much, and to herself as well. ... On Lifetime, however, Molly has been given a life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    I'd give The New Normal a slight edge because it's tighter and more assured, but the bigger, odder "Go On" ensemble bears watching too--for a few more episodes, at least.
    • 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]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Party of Five is a sort of fantasy-what would it be like to live on your own, without parents barking orders? But it's a fantasy that brings you thudding back to reality: As it turns out, your older brother barks the same orders.
    • 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
    Too often, we are prodded into admiration by shots of ordinary folks gazing skyward and the airy yet portentous soundtrack music. ... From the Earth to the Moon is too long, too prolix, too cable to affect an audience the way Apollo 13 did, but its virtues are real. At a time when it's taken for granted that most movies seek to tear down myths and expose seamy undersides, there is something exhilarating about this miniseries' bright-eyed idealism — even when that idealism occasionally leads to stiff drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Blue ... is in danger of falling into a rut. ... There's still good writing in Blue, but the show needs to shake up its structure and rethink its supporting cast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    An above-average sitcom.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The best TGIF show ever.
    • 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
    Jerry Orbach and Jesse L. Martin haven't established any appreciable rapport; it's only when a patented 'ripped from the headlines' script is juicy ... that the series sparks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The Chicago Code provides superior cop drama thanks to its cast--starting with Brotherhood's Jason Clarke and Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria as tough street police--and its creator (Shawn Ryan, who gave us The Shield).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    [A] family-friendly, charming show. [Jun 17 2011, p.91]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    A nervy attempt to do something different with the TV Western. ... As cliffhangers go, Brisco County has itself a doozy.

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