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 Now and Again: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Duckman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 60 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    The show uses Kelley's patented method of keeping audiences awake by goosing them with exaggerated emergencies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    By making Ben Gideon the head of a teaching hospital, [Paul] Attanasio created the opportunity for Braugher to use his grave, grandly expressive voice to deliver long speeches to a classroom of awestruck medical students. Unfortunately, what Attanasio intends as a showcase — a gift to both his star and his audience — ends up making Gideon seem like a boring gasbag.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace) is appealingly vulnerable as a young Jo Rowling, struggling to overcome poverty and pursue a long-shot writing career. It's only when the script tries to nail down her inspirations that Magic becomes silly.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    The main reason to tune in to ER this season is to see the full-blooded character Maura Tierney is creating with scant help from the writers, who increasingly think the best way to hook viewers is to either endanger a baby's life or have someone shoot a gun in an operating room.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    In recent months, though, 90210's status as a pop event is getting in the way of good storytelling; increasingly, the show squanders its charm on heavy-handed social moralizing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    I find Ritter's performance -- as a father besieged by a pop culture he no longer understands -- to be, within the confines of the series' dumb-dad punchlines, rousingly substantial.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    It's a great premise, but the show-within-the-show is so hammy, it's hard to imagine any viewer killing in its honor. [22 Feb 2013, p.70]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Last summer, the BB cast was full of vibrant personalities like the frisky Marcellas and yappy Josh. This summer, they're a dour, self-conscious bunch, some of whom can be made entertaining only via editing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Alcatraz lacks humor and suspense but it could morphs into something interesting. [20 Jan 2012, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    The series starts wobbly but improves with each of the episodes [seen so far]. [21 Dec 2012, p.62]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Filled to the brim with good actors, from Aidan Quinn as Bello/Jane Timoney's boss to The Shield's Kenny Johnson as her boyfriend, Prime is overripe with hard-boiled detectives (and I love hard-boiled detective stories) and renders Jane not a feisty broad to admire, but rather a bullying pain in the ass you'd cross the street to avoid.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    I admit that I came to Unsolved ready to label it cynical and manipulative, but the show is basically so good-hearted — and regularly softhearted — that it's impossible to dislike.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Hey, I make fun of Melrose Place — but I'm hypnotized by it. As warm-weather escapism, it takes all the issues facing this country, from unemployment to sexual harassment, and turns them into crises that can be solved in an hour. ... The show's most glaring flaw is that, like 90210, Melrose Place doesn't have a clue how to handle minority characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Shoot's debut episode was smart, funny, and whiplash fast. ... Watching two subsequent episodes, though, I was dismayed to see how quickly Shoot deteriorated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    This is now the problem with '24': The first season was a giddy novelty; the second season was a guaranteed tune-in to see if the producers could pull off the same trick twice. But now we know the rhythm of the series, and so its anything-can-happen energy has dissipated into a how-can-we-bring-back-fan-favorites waiting game.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Odd, but not off-putting.
    • Entertainment Weekly

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