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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 16 Duckman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    China Beach's idea of switching back and forth in time might finally have given the series some true originality and style, but the device hasn't been smoothly executed; even devotees of the series have complained that these days, the shows tend to be confusing, choppy, and annoying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    At once cynical and softhearted, Scandal is a nighttime soap less believable than Private Practice. Good acting, though.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    But for an excitingly directed, beautifully cast series, 'The Shield' seems to think that its core premise (Mackey: a hero who does brutal, illegal things) is so intrinsically engrossing, we're not going to notice how recklessly dumb his actions are.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    The problem with this reality show isn't Roseanne--she's smart and charming--it's her son Jake, who tries too hard to be a funny cynic, and her boyfriend Johnny Argent, who takes "laid-back" to "Does he have a pulse?" status.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    [A] mechanically contrived show ... [but] it sure can be cozy, and cozy tends to get better ratings than clever.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    Bialik aside, Blossom is just plain dumb.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    In an effort to perk up the show, Real executive producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jon Murray have decreed that this year's crew will have to start up their own business. Big mistake. Whatever remaining allure The Real World possesses derives from its fantasy aspect — free house, free-floating surrogate family.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    The ghost (Meaghan Rath), the vampire (Sam Witwer), and the werewolf (Sam Huntington) continue to work out their angst-addled yearnings to be human in this more neurotic version of the U.K. TV series.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    Week after week, rape and child-abuse case files plop onto the desks of cop partners Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, who've apparently been instructed to muster ceaseless reservoirs of righteous indignation. Yes, the crimes are appalling, but it's hard to believe these pros wouldn't either burn out or take a more businesslike approach to their work.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    This series will require better scripts than the death-penalty pilot one, and those kids will have to establish personalities vivid enough to hold the screen with Smits' powerful one.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    As for Mad About You — well, I was no fan of the high-rated, cliff-hanging story arc that ended last season, which found Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) on the verge of breaking up. ... This season, things have gotten better.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    In general, Rock Center was lively without being crass, disappointing in that it didn't engage much in the news of the day.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    The second episode was an improvement creatively: Azaria's Alex and Hahn's Helen displayed some mature-adult chemistry. It may not be enough to save the series, though.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    The primary problem is that the show can't decide who deserves contempt more-the movies or the people who make their living reviewing them. Speaking from experience, I'd say that, for as much of a weasel as they've made Sherman out to be, he'd have been more amusing if he were even weasellier.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    To its credit, Touched conveys the idea that leading a truly spiritual life is one tough goal. But given the stilted dialogue and the fact that, by definition, the lead characters must always be goody-goody, the quality of the acting is irrelevant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    The international settings are pretty and Judd does her damnedest with what she's got, but Missing's tough-mom role and poorly paced, unsuspenseful suspense scenes make the series hard to root for.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    Melodrama, rippling musculature, straight-from-a-Valentine's-Day-card dialogue: There's no reason Off the Map can't become a hit. It just has to avoid sincerity like the plague. Or gangrene.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    Chiklis' Scali is such a happy saint that he verges on the insufferable — no one can be this generous, this clever, this jolly.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    This is less the stuff of a sitcom than an episode of MTV's True Life: Our Mothers Are Neurotic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    To be fair, the show does capture perfectly the passionate callowness and self-centered romanticism of not a few college students. But I avoided graduate school to get away from people like this.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    Once past its shock concept, however, Ab Fab (as its overseas fans call it) simply doesn't have the punchlines to match the wonderfully over-the-top performances of Saunders and Lumley.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    Models Inc. is already trying much too hard to match Melrose for self-consciously outrageous campiness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis steal scenes with charm and zaniness, respectively. Galifianakis actually kidnaps the show by breastfeeding.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    [Tim Allen'd] be insufferable and unbelievable (even this doofus would know what Glee is), except Allen has the chops to make a studio audience laugh just through intonation and timing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    This all sounds so promising — why isn't it funnier?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    A prime example of SNL's conservative approach is Darrell Hammond's Bill Clinton impersonation: technically impeccable, right down to the contrite lower-lip bite, yet lacking any sharp satirical interpretation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    So far, seaQuest hasn't achieved the kind of nuttily intricate, oddball- festooned plots that make the [Star] Trek shows objects of cult adoration.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    As insufferable as these mostly entitled, mostly self-absorbed young women can be, Gallery Girls does a good job of presenting a portrait of what its's like to try to jump-start a career in New York city nowadays. [31 Aug 2012, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    This sort of harmless escapist fare is the kind of thing some members of the Senate are deploring in their uninformed campaign against TV mayhem.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Ken Tucker
    The dialogue in this show is banal, but for some reason utterly charming whenever it's coming out of the mouth of costar Amanda Pays.

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