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

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 NYPD Blue: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Weird Science: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Although Millennium hasn't quite found its tone, it's got great visuals and a commanding performance by Henriksen.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    One of the small miracles of Frasier is the way the show's high-strung, highbrow characters have managed to become mass-appeal favorites.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Both extremely funny and intelligent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The Practice has the goods to be a don't-miss show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The X-Files' fourth season ... has been very uneven, with a few superb episodes propping up weak ones. ... Let's move the mythology along, shall we?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The premiere episode of Dharma & Greg delivers rather more than you might expect; it has the zing of a '30s screwball comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The debut episode isn't quite the laugh machine you'd expect from a guaranteed winner wedged between Seinfeld and ER. Clearly, what Veronica's Closet has going for it above all else is Alley's bleep-'em-all blitheness, her gift for turning a tantrum into operatic hilarity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    I stopped watching Chicago Hope early on last season; it had gotten too soapy, and I missed crazy boys Mandy Patinkin and Peter MacNicol. Compelled by critical duty to catch up this season, I've gotten hooked again.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    That '70s Show is best when the volatility that truly characterized this period — the sense that the times they were a-changin', to a funky beat — seeps into its golden aura of fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The season's cleverest, most intricate sitcom.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Frasier can be a beautifully written and acted farce. Yet, in its sixth season, the show is more often sliding into repetition.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Some of the gags are predictable ... But Farquhar's series ... are distinctive for the way they aren't so much interested in what's said as in how it's said and what it means.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Some weeks, the series works beautifully, moving along like the otherworldly detective show it's meant to be. ... But other times Angel can tip too far into jokiness—or, worse, come off like a supernatural version of hollow USA Network shows such as Silk Stalkings.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick have overcome the dilemma of the show's debut season — how long could gay Will (Eric McCormack) and straight Grace (Debra Messing) go without romances in their lives? — with a couple of shrewdly funny solutions.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The show's current season is its strongest, with [Kevin] James and costar Leah Remini sparking off each other's line readings like a veteran comedy team.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Fascinating, frustrating, and a little frightening.
    • 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.
    • 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
    The new season of Angel is both Batman-dark and sly fun. What began as an awkward Buffy spin-off now has, under the guidance of exec producer David Greenwalt, its own tone, embodied by Boreanaz's relaxed L.A.-hipster vampire-detective: He's become the Dean Martin of bloodsuckers, and I mean that as a compliment.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    [Vincent] D'Onofrio is so eccentrically entertaining, even his costar Kathryn Erbe seems fascinated. ... Add tight plotting, and CI is the L&O of the year.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Watching Ellie is smart and likable -- it earns its gimmicky premise.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Though marketed as staid all-ages fare, Heaven is, I would assert, actually The WB's most radical series stylistically, favoring a unique strategy of narrative slowness and stubborn irresolution. And I mean all that as a compliment.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The first two episodes I've seen of season 5 stand among the best the series has produced, since they brazenly address nearly every complaint any viewer or critic has suggested about ''Sex'' after all these years.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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