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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Real World: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Veronica's Closet: Season 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Most of the time, Girls remains impressive.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Tucker
    If Legion can maintain the balance of thriller-tautness and hallucinatory chaos that is done so well in the show’s opening hours, this will truly be a unique and superb superhero series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    A rare new sitcom with as much heart and soul as jokes and wackiness, Detroiters is a welcome surprise premiering on Comedy Central Tuesday night.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    The opening real-time hour is pretty engaging--knottily plotted yet streamlined enough to hold the attention of football fans left burping on sofas across this great land on Sunday. ...But after a few hours of 24: Legacy, I wasn’t very engaged by all the scrambling around, the twists that prove to be double-crosses that will probably turn out to be triple-crosses.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Tucker
    Reeves is trying to do something about the state of law enforcement in America, but APB, with its alternation of tedious command-center computer-gazing and routine cops-chasing-bad-guys action, doesn’t seem like a concept that will keep viewers intrigued week after week.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Tucker
    Maybe you’ll find this carefully crafted wackiness more amusing than I did.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Tucker
    Superior Donuts feels like the kind of sitcom that would have struck audiences as a cozy place to visit every week if it had premiered in the days before cable and streaming. As it is, it feels at once odd and stale.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Tucker
    The new show has permission from DC Comics to poke fun at DC superheroes, but what comes across more forcefully is a weariness with the superhero-overload in TV and movies right now.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Ken Tucker
    Paxton is hemmed in by lousy dialogue and broadcast-network-predictable plot lines.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The Quad features some strong performances and isn’t afraid to plunge enthusiastically into the genre of nighttime soap opera.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    The story lacks much in the way of momentum other than the downward spiral of too much booze, too little creation of art. Z: The Beginning of Everything is a spiffy soap opera, but not much more than that.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    It will be easy for Riverdale to lapse into campiness. ... But for now, Riverdale is an intriguing experiment in comic artiness that just might work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    The acting remains first-rate. It’s too bad, therefore, that the show proceeds with its various, intriguing subplots at such a slow pace.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    The New Edition Story is an exceptionally well-made, fast-paced, warts-and-all biopic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Ken Tucker
    Hunted’s premiere wasn’t very suspenseful--it was like an episode of Undercover Boss if the bosses had to keep moving all the time. The voiceover narration is a problem: While it’s a necessary element of the show, needed to introduce the huge cast of “characters” and orient a viewer in the geography of the fugitives, it also lends a cheesy, basic-cable-reality-crime-show air to the proceedings.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    The documentary does a good job of filling you in on the Slenderman mythos and how it has spread.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    I’ll keep checking it out for its incidental pleasures. A lot of Baskets’s best humor is totally random
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    The show tries very hard to give us believable female characters in this context, but I’m afraid the best Six can do is achieve a kind of high-class soap opera. ... When the show travels outside of America, it’s still full of macho dialogue that can be wearisome--“We’re gonna fix this because that’s what we do; we’re gonna bring Rip home!”--but it has a blend of action and moral inquisitiveness that makes the show intriguing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    This production seems to strive for a cross between Gossip Girl and Downton Abbey, and is thus an amusing trifle. ... Coleman is very good at portraying both sides of the Victoria depicted here: nervous adolescent romantic, and intelligent, wily influencer of government policy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    Funny and suspenseful, Sneaky Pete is an excellent idea for this weekend’s streaming TV viewing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    How much you enjoy these Series of Unfortunate Events depends on your appetite for the TV equivalent of consuming bowlsful of meringue--there’s a lot of excessively rich, fluffy, eggy humor here. The show is, over the long haul of near-hour-long episodes, rather too precious and campy for my taste, but I can certainly imagine a large audience for such well-written joking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    It really depends on how drawn in you are by the Vatican intrigue crafted by show creator Paolo Sorrentino, and how beguiled you are by Jude Law’s performance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    The first two episodes set up enough surprises and double-crosses to suggest a promising new season.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    The documentary is never less than engaging, but as a piece of filmmaking, it’s rather shapeless. Now the deaths of Fisher and Reynolds give it an unintended shape and purpose. It captures these two extremely vital spirits in the very recent past, and makes you feel the loss of them even more sharply.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Tucker
    I thought I was heartily sick of gloomy, gritty TV shows, but engaging ones can’t help but pull me in. After watching three episodes of Taboo, I think I’m officially in.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Tucker
    Much of the soap-opera storytelling apparatus that frequently made the series a guilty pleasure rather than a pure pleasure--has been jettisoned. In its place is a more leisurely pace and, at its best, a soulfulness that Nashville has long struggled to achieve.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Ken Tucker
    We soon begin to see the method behind this show’s storytelling: If there’s a way to pump more pretentious gas into the story, Emerald City will find it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    It’s warm, it’s goodhearted, it sends out positive messages. What it isn’t is funny.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Tucker
    The problem with Schwarzenegger is that, unlike Trump, there’s no relish in his malice, no delusion in his self-importance. Trump was fun to watch because he took his own fame and authority seriously at a time when he could be dismissed as a pufferfish in a three-piece suit. Schwarzenegger tries for some of that bluffness--reaching for a thick cigar after “terminating” someone--but it comes off a little desperate.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    It’s just an okay sitcom with a frequently charming performance by Olson, which may be enough for a while, wedged in between New Girl and Bones. But it also seems like the kind of project that could leave Olson feeling trapped.

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