For 504 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 10.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Friends: Season 6
Lowest review score: 16 Duckman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 504
504 tv reviews
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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Under, it turns out, is having a doozy of a sophomore outing. It's become a showcase for diverse acting styles that nonetheless mesh tightly. ... On the other hand, the writing quality is erratic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    You will feel guilty for laughing so hard, which is, I suspect, precisely the reaction David wants.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Although its style is novel, 24 hews to traditional crime-story conventions; you could plop this plot into a two-hour TV movie and be done with it. The advantage of the real-time hour becomes apparent, however, in the depth of characterization achieved by stretching things out.
    • 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!
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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Despite the fact that Prime Suspect II isn't as strong as the original, it's still comparable with the best cop shows on American TV.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Fascinating, frustrating, and a little frightening.
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    • 83 Ken Tucker
    If this third edition of 'BB' isn't as outlandishly amusing as its predecessor ... it's certainly had its moments.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Watching Ellie is smart and likable -- it earns its gimmicky premise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    'Firefly' benefits enormously from Whedon's ability to take the clich├ęs of any genre and give them a good, hard yank.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    As uneven as it is, the series is now showcasing some of the best acting on television.
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    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    'Deadwood' creates from the git-go a villain for the ages in Al Swearengen. McShane's slicingly deep voice is like a bowie knife stuck in the series' heart, but instead of stopping its action, he brings the show to pumping, bloody life.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Sometimes it takes a little while for a show to hit its stride, and watching Las Vegas for the first half of its first season was a crapshoot. ... So the series pumped up the guest-star quotient. That's when the fun began, around the turn of this year, when people as diverse as Paris Hilton, Sean Astin, Dennis Hopper, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath began showing up.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Trump, with his perpetual scowl, petulantly thrust lower lip, and hoarse tirades ('I hate people to be late!'), is a surprisingly engaging -- and engaged -- host, managing to look genuinely puzzled by the contestants' bunglings, and airily refusing to remain neutral.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The throbbing red heart of The Vampire Diaries remains the tension between Damon and Paul Wesley's Stefan, and their mutual attraction to whomever Dobrev is embodying at the time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    So far, O'Loughlin has come most alive when he's engaged in the premiere's close-quarters, elbow-chopping fight scenes. But it's clear that, like other CBS shows from NCIS to CSI, the team byplay is going to be the heart of Hawaii Five-0. Thank goodness Caan is here to provide gruff humor, and Kim and Park play off each other nicely.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    What Buscemi brings to this production is his great gift for channeling neurotic self-consciousness into a man of action. He may fret about retaining his empire, but you believe Nucky Thompson is a lord of venality, right down to his immaculate spats.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Tone is everything in a detective show, and this one's is unique: easy-rolling yet prickly. [10 Sep 2010, p.82]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Dead is beautifully shot, but what it's shooting are former humans with rotting skin and bleating agonized groans. And like the comics, there's great, grim humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Devious Patty is still drinking like a fish, while wan Ellen is still seeking her advice (still, Ellen? Really?), and I still will not be able to resist watching every episode I possibly can.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    He's always making his audience come up to his level, instead of lowering himself to theirs. He's gonna do just fine. But more Andy, please.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    At its strongest, it freshens those themes without melodrama, opting instead for slow-boil tension. The challenge for this artful series is whether that boiling point is too slow for viewers raised on WWE Raw and mixed martial arts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    If you find the premiere poky, stick with it: Episodes gets funnier with each succeeding episode, and the acting is superb. Yes: Matt LeBlanc = superb.
    • 71 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.
    • 55 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.
    • 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.