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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Seinfeld: Season 7
Lowest review score: 16 Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The fourth season of Justified gives us exactly what we want: much laconic tough-guy humor from Timothy Olyphant's U.S. marshal Raylan Givens, much grandiloquent nastiness from Walton Goggins' drug dealer Boyd Crowder, and much swift violence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Although Millennium hasn't quite found its tone, it's got great visuals and a commanding performance by Henriksen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Lilly's first cold case is so TV predictable, there's no way to watch it other than as just an excuse to showcase Kathryn Morris -- to establish her as an indelible presence we'll want to return to every Sunday night.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    'Trace' understands that people watch weekly dramas to become involved in characters' lives, yet exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Co. have caught on to the idea that although we'd like a few clues here and there -- something to connect us to the characters -- we don't want to know too much. The mysteries should extend to personalities as well as to how crimes have been committed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    It's a measure of how absorbing Hell on Wheels is that each of these characters has evolved into someone we know and, in varying degrees,m root for. [10 Aug 2012, p.65]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Everyone makes the nuttiness look easy. [10 Aug 2012, p.68]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Brooks remains quick-minded and vivid. [14 Dec 2012, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Extremely well acted, 'Six' is a show I'll keep watching; I'm just not convinced it'll be sucking up the same pop-culture air that 'The Sopranos' did.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Recently, ... we've been treated to what we like best about 'CSI,' which is lots of novel deaths.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    If you buy the overwrought emotions so ornately expressed, you'll buy this TV movie's conviction. I was occasionally skeptical, but sold by the terrific performances.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Its gimmicks are bolstered by vividly drawn protagonists and the show has a real understanding for the way L.A. can make you feel great — full of juice — while sucking you dry.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    You will feel guilty for laughing so hard, which is, I suspect, precisely the reaction David wants.

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