For 505 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 11.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3
Lowest review score: 16 Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 505
505 tv reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Ken Tucker
    A formaldehyde fog has settled over 'Under' -- it envelops you with a serenity that used to be unsettling (the very point of a series about a family of neurotic funeral-home inhabitants) but now seems more like smothering.
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    • 42 Ken Tucker
    Given the number of people involved, Island does an excellent job of distinguishing one self-absorbed airhead from another.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Ken Tucker
    There's nothing obnoxious about the show; it's just bland.
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Ken Tucker
    I can see why multiple networks passed on The Kennedys: not just because it's a political hot potato, but because it's a cobbled-together, mean-spirited piece of work that can't help alienating viewers, whether you venerate the Kennedys or dislike them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Ken Tucker
    Filled with familiar faces, from Eric Close to Tim Blake Nelson to Kurtwood Smith, the show aims for breezy fun, but to sell the premise of eccentric spooks tracking terrorists, the humor has to be better than the jabbering wisecracks and frenetic sight gags here.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Ken Tucker
    From its amusement-park-ride chairs to its cluttered concept, The Voice was a garish bore over two hours on Tuesday night--it was less about the strenuous voices of the singers than the yammering voices of its celebrity "coaches."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Ken Tucker
    The musicians are the usual callow reality-show egomaniacs, as contrasted with the more demure self-regard of judge Kara DioGuardi. Host Jewel, unaccountably more helium voiced than ever, is blissfully genial. [3/10 Jun 2011, p.104]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Ken Tucker
    One of the new season's dullest shows. [12/19 Oct 2012, p.98]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 26 Metascore
    • 42 Ken Tucker
    Taylor and Burton deserved better, and Lohan should have shed her protective shell and stepped up her game.
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    • 33 Ken Tucker
    Style in the absence of wit only emphasizes the cold heartlessness of Family Dog. If I were more of an animal-lover, I'd be offended at the way this poor hound is treated; it's as a cartoon-lover that I'm really annoyed.
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    • 33 Ken Tucker
    Diaries is Penthouse magazine crossed with a J. Crew catalog. ... For sheer sustained kookiness, Diaries is more entertaining than most sexy TV shows, but its insidious, numbing dumbness seems to demand some sort of protection — a new product, perhaps: a brain condom.
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    • 33 Ken Tucker
    Logue looks as if he was eyeing the studio exit door during taping.
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    • 33 Ken Tucker
    The only way ABC could make The Mole any duller would be to turn it into a series about the beauty mark on Cindy Crawford's face.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 33 Ken Tucker
    Somewhere between Murphy's ambitiousness and FX's desire to be basic cable's HBO, the cleverness got suctioned out of this show, and the result is a cross between 'General Hospital' and 'Extreme Makeover.'
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Family Guy ... is The Simpsons as conceived by a singularly sophomoric mind that lacks any reference point beyond other TV shows.
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    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Incoherent, overwrought, and ridiculous.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    High-minded and low-quality at the same time, Bell is depressing. Kids' TV should provide intelligent escapism, not dumb sanctimony.
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    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Coach was never good for major laughs — it's comfort television, the kind of thing people watch simply to be with characters they like. But these days, the Coach crew are loud, boring guests in our living room.
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    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Real World's pointless rip-off show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Pretty much a complete disaster.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Exec producers John Wells (ER), Andrew Stearn (The West Wing), and Paul Abbott (Cracker), adapting Abbott's original Brit version, waste the talents of Macy, Joan Cusack, and Emmy Rossum (Mystic River), among others, and you'll waste your time straining to enjoy it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    It's a measure of how bad this show is that it makes performers as good as Damages' Ben Shenkman and Eastbound & Down's Andrew Daly only slightly less irritating than Reiser himself.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Hey, I like laughing at the apocalypse as much as the next guy, but from its title on down, Woops! is depressingly timid, displaying far too little of the Fox network's time-honored tastelessness.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Ken Tucker
    Intended to be hard-boiled, the dialogue in TekWar is instead just pitiful.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 16 Ken Tucker
    In turning the 1985 feature film of the same name into a sitcom, Weird Science has become stupider, and a bit more hateful.
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    • 16 Ken Tucker
    Boorish plus boring, Veronica's Closet hasn't benefited from the addition of Ron Silver to the cast. ... At this point, Closet seems beyond creative redemption, which is a pity, given [Kirstie] Alley's and [Wallace] Langham's comic talents.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 16 Ken Tucker
    The show is a claustrophobic disaster. ... What a bad idea for a show.