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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Andy Richter Controls the Universe: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Weird Science: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    A completely successful attempt to re-position Michael Jackson as a profoundly self-aware artist, as opposed to the freakish and tragic celebrity that he became, Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall is both thrilling and instructional.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    Quarry is a startlingly good, absorbing new show to sink down into, deeply.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    The Americans does an awfully good job of juggling its numerous subplots.... If there’s a weak spot in the series, it’s that the subplot involving Nina (Annet Mahendru), the Russian KGB agent now in a Soviet prison, seems increasingly extraneous to the show.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Tucker
    Back and as impressively irritating as ever.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Idol is a shamefully addictive cross between Ed McMahon's old "Star Search" and Chuck Barris' hoary, whore-y "The $1.98 Beauty Show."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    If this third edition of 'BB' isn't as outlandishly amusing as its predecessor ... it's certainly had its moments.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    With its debonair, jump-cut editing, Breaking In is a vigorously original, joke-packed bit of fun that could develop into something special. I'm serious, my Wookiee.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The first two episodes of the third season are strong continuations of last season's revved-up pace and who-cares-if-they-get-the-Manhattan-references-in-the-boonies dialogue.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Anyone who has worked in an office can identify with the tribalists' permanent state of exhaustion and paranoid mistrust, so Survivor's chief goal in the upcoming weeks is to make distinctive some of the initially rather bland-seeming participants.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    As sweet as treacle tart, the third season of Downton Abbey arrives reasonably fresh and warm. [11 Jan 2013, p.74]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    'Firefly' benefits enormously from Whedon's ability to take the clichés of any genre and give them a good, hard yank.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Fascinating, frustrating, and a little frightening.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The movie goes on a bit too long, but it makes up for it with finely tuned performances.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Despite all the repetition and longueurs, this Downton Abbey frequently works, as the first one did, as a peppery little trifle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Really, my only significant complaint about the new '24' is an excessive use of its visual trademark: split-screen images. These are fine when they're used to let you know where major characters are in different subplots simultaneously, but in next week's episode, there's a split-screen shot that separates two characters talking in the same room together!
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Star knows from nighttime soaps, so his parody of same is savvy, cutting, and delightfully silly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    As uneven as it is, the series is now showcasing some of the best acting on television.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Much of The Big C's unoriginal dramatization of cancer concerns is mitigated by the fresh, dynamic performances of Linney and Oliver Platt as husband Adam. [1 Jul 2011, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The show is a scrubbed-clean soap. [28 Sep 2012, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Pope, and Cunningham's sardonic performance, provide Skies with some much-needed flashes of sharp humor. Ultimately, though, Falling Skies rises above any one performance; it's the spectacle of humans versus aliens that draws you in.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    More and more, this series is looking like a minor classic, which I mean as a major complement. [20 Jan 2012, p.70]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    What's clear about the current version of SNL is that the show has, to a large extent, sacrificed brilliance for consistency — you don't get extreme highs and lows, but you can watch comfortably, knowing that Hartman and company are giving you what David Letterman calls "solid, professional comedy."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    If you can get past the notion of Nighy being irresistible to every woman he encounters (I almost did), you'll get caught up in the carefully modulated intrigue.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Creator Kyle Killen has set up a provocative, appealing puzzler, full of knottiness for the intellect and emotion for the heart. [2 Mar 2012, p.70]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Overall, Dallas is a solidly constructed soap opera with strong dialogue and oily plot twists. [15 Jun 2012, p.72]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    By concentrating on what it means to practice polygamy in the 21st century, the series again comes close to achieving its goal of defining what it means to be a family.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    While Everybody doesn't yet have top-notch writing, Romano manages to communicate something distinctive: He plays a beleaguered family man, but one who's happy about it. Not a dope and not a weasel, he's a fellow accepting his responsibilities. Ain't that unusual?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    On the Air is unfunny, but not in a stupid Who's the Boss? way — rather, in a bizarre, so-corny-it's-surreal way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The first season's episodes were, in a sense, edited backward: Knowing who was going to be voted off, each show's footage was cut in a way that demonstrated why the expulsion was inevitable. The tribes' motives were made clear, which ensured satisfying drama. In Outback [season 2], Burnett and his bunch are tossing us red herrings, to make the voting impossible to predict.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Whenever it sticks closely with the Crane brothers ... this likely final season of 'Frasier' often ranks with some of the series' best work.

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