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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
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    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Once you get a load of Murphy's grouchy-but-lovable super Thurgood Stubbs, with his straight-up bristly hair and sofa-cushion cheeks, you'll never mistake him for any other cartoon character. The show itself is rather more conventional: a sitcom straight out of the Honeymooners tradition of working-class comedy, with Thurgood a kind of black Ralph Kramden.
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    • 75 Ken Tucker
    To their credit, creators Joshua Brand and John Falsey remain just as uncompromising as ever in the farewell show they've written.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The problem with this Real World has less to do with the assembled folks than with the format itself. Rooming with strangers is always new to the participants, but by now, the roommates' progression from wariness to chumminess to stark-raving hostility has become familiar stuff to us. Yet so far, the filmmakers haven't done anything to enliven their formula.
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    • 75 Ken Tucker
    These Housewives know that their job is to be ostentatiously rude in too-tight designer clothes.
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    • 75 Ken Tucker
    I gather that many devoted fans are tiring of the show, feeling burned out by the slow pace of annoying plot developments. ... But me, I'm converted.
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    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Action shreds Hollywood corporate culture more viciously than current big-screen spoofs like Bowfinger and The Muse. The difference is, Action's acid heartlessness renders it a more artful but ultimately less likable piece of work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    Roswell isn't yet anywhere near [The X-]Files in emotional depth, and its sympathetic but blank-staring actors only make you appreciate the nuances that Duchovny and Anderson bring to poker-faced emoting. But if this season proves The X-Files' last, there's a chance that Roswell can step into the void and supply TV's highest-quality heebie-jeebies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The punch lines are predictable, but the kid and his stern uncle generate a great deal of comic energy.
    • 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.
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    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The Single Guy maintains a regular rhythm of laughs — nothing gut busting.
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    • 75 Ken Tucker
    The action is cool, but the characterization is rather okay-comic-booky. [8 Feb 2013, p.71]
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    • 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.
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    • 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]
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    • 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.
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    • 75 Ken Tucker
    [A] sly effort.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    [Davies and director Tom Harper] reduce, expand, or toss out numerous plot lines and characters, all in the service of heavy-breathing romance and big-spectacle battle scenes in a kind of young-adult-novel depiction of Russian families caught up in 19th-century tumult.... Old pros such as Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, and Brian Cox are around to lend the soap opera proceedings some gravity.
    • 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
    It’s got the makings of a cult following, if not a terribly long run in this country.
    • 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).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    Heavy on atmosphere and light on content, Edward Burns’ Public Morals is an intriguing new TNT series about vice cops in the 1960s.... Nevertheless, if you make it past the rather pro forma pilot that spends the hour introducing characters, there’s an enjoyable crime saga being developed in Public Morals that suggests patience will be rewarded.

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