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 The Corner: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Veronica's Closet: Season 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The real sparks on this show are between Caroline and the guy she's hired to color her strip, Richard. He's played by Malcolm Gets as a rude, fussy little man whose crankiness is a welcome contrast to Caroline's sunniness. Which is not to say that Thompson's presence here isn't welcome — she's a beguiling sitcom star, with just the right mixture of silliness, sexiness, and serenity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The Single Guy maintains a regular rhythm of laughs — nothing gut busting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The action is cool, but the characterization is rather okay-comic-booky. [8 Feb 2013, p.71]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    There's nothing new about JAG's plots; they're the sort of good-guy-against-the-establishment stuff you'd expect. ... But [David James] Elliott has quickly established himself as a real TV star anyway.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    L.A. Law still has some of its earlier problems ... but that Law is once again worth fretting over is a measure of its startling renewal.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    There's heavy-handed imagery, and the show will rise or fall depending on the different weekly encounters with Jake. [27 Jan 2012, p.68]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Roseanne has come closer to being a conventional sitcom than ever before, with too much bellowing and a suspiciously hyped-up studio audience reaction to even the lamest jokes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    [A] sly effort.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Frasier's cast has some weak links. Jane Leeves' Daphne has simply outlasted her usefulness as a comic foil, and Peri Gilpin's Roz — along with the entire radio-station half of the show — has been a bore for the past two seasons now.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The second season of Sports Night has been uneven.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    One of The West Wing's executive producers is ER's John Wells, and the new series replicates that show's swooping cameras and frenetic pace. Combine this visual style with a slightly toned-down version of the overlapping dialogue Sorkin uses in his other series, ABC's Sports Night, and you've got one zippy little hour. That's good, because when you stop and examine each plot strand, the show starts to unravel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    There's a lot of good footage early on of '70s L.A., the folk-rock singer-songwriter scene, and how Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and the rest created a hit sound.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The closer any Drew episode gets to the cool-jerk vibe Carey gives off on talk shows, the better it invariably is.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The talking-to-the-audience material is shot in black and white to signify its staged artiness, but it also makes the show's standard sitcom scenes seem even livelier than they are — a canny strategy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    The more scenes there are between Rabe’s agent Claire Bennigan and her new partner, Jessup Rollins (Revolution’s Derek Webster), the better the show is.... It’s best whenever the Drill-chatting kids are onscreen, with young Kylie Rogers particularly skilled at being unnerving.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    It can often be trite and repetitive. But triteness and repetition characterizes a lot of everyday life, and the debut does an excellent job of giving us a portrait of Ben as a Midwestern teenager whose natural adolescent self-consiousness has been increased to near-paralysis as he comes to terms with his father’s new life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    I’m not completely sold on The Last Man On Earth as an ongoing enterprise, and I wonder how long audiences are going to stick with it. At the same time, I admire Last Man’s spirit of adventurousness, and hope the show can make good on what is a far bigger conceptual challenge than most sitcoms ever attempt.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    I can’t say that there are many funny jokes in Schitt’s Creek, but the show is never less than watchable, thanks in particular to Levy Sr. (playing, more or less, the show’s straight-man) and O’Hara (superb as a former soap-star villain and a real-life diva).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    Carefully crafted and respectful of its source material.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    I’m not sure if Wayward Pines can sustain its mood and outlandish occurrences for the full length of its 10-episode season, but I guess I’m intrigued enough to keep track of what’s going on in that damp, puzzling little town.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    Yes, of course Proof is regularly mawkish (the pilot has a subplot about a very cute little girl patient, who draws pictures of a grandfather she never knew existed) and it’s cluttered with clichés such as “People believe what they want to believe.” But on its own terms--which is as a comforting medical-supernatural drama with a strong female lead designed to follow TNT’s Rizzoli & isles--Proof proves its modest worth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    It looks as though Kruger and Shapiro have a handle on how to make Extant more engaging, and Berry’s performance certainly seems liberated by the new changes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    Cuse and Tucker (the latter also worked on True Blood) do a good job of translating the deeply unsettling miracle at the heart of this show.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    Kelli Garner manages to bring a freshness to her interpretation of Monroe that never feels like caricature.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    He’s got some work to do in the pacing of the table discussions, but Wilmore’s sensibility is immediately relatable: common sense enlivened by a healthy dissatisfaction with the status quo.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    As always, this episode of Mad Men had entertaining moments.... Weiner wants you to realize that, over time, a wiseguy like Roger inevitably becomes insufferable. The problem is, removing such fun from Mad Men only makes the overall experience of watching Mad Men more joyless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    There are sufficient twists in the new episodes that keep the action moving while preventing me from revealing too much. The pace is swift, the tension runs high--except, perhaps, for the Alison clone, whose suburban soccer mom is used most frequently for comic relief.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    The show is no masterpiece, despite the PBS rubric it falls under, but it’s dozy fun, and a nice respite from so much of the creepy, “edgy” crime dramas that continue to pop up on network TV like scary clowns.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    I could moan about how the History Channel is betraying scholarship, but you really ought not to turn to TV for history lessons anyway. What you get with Sons of Liberty is rowdy fun that ends with us Americans overthrowing foreign oppression.

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