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 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 16 Duckman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    There's all the slamming violence you might want in your gas-fumed escapism, mingled with real-world difficulties.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Designing Women's quandary is that its new characters are just variations on old ones. ... To date, the results have been extremely uneven — some weeks Allison is a whining drag; others, she's a sharp-tongued asset on a show that's gotten a little softheaded.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Boss may be florid, but its peeks into backroom in-fighting, at favors promised and betrayed, remain strong elements in its favor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    By this third episode, the tone has become open, generous, and alert to every sort of character.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Family Matters offers a picture of black family life that takes its middle-class ordinariness for granted, which is unusual for TV. Even more unusual, it's a show you can watch with your whole family, and chances are, everyone will get a few good laughs out of it.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Outrageous lewdness and delightful non sequiturs speed by, which makes each episode rewardingly rewatchable.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The show can simultaneously unsettle, comfort, excite, and amuse its viewers--something for everyone, if you, like Mr. Finch, like to watch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    All the performances are skillful, with Heaton and Flynn especially adept at conveying an affection--for each other, for their kids (who also include Atticus Shaffer and Charlie McDermott)--undimmed by their weariness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Viewers who don't know a Trekker from a Tribble may nevertheless be drawn into the orbit of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the latest, darkest, and densest TV Star Trek yet. If the original Trek is the Old Testament of television science fiction and Star Trek: The Next Generation its New Testament, then Deep Space Nine is the Apocrypha — mysterious variations on Trek lore that work as ripping tales in their own right.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The weakest aspect of Seinfeld is a wacky next-door neighbor played by Michael Richards. Richards is doing little more than an impersonation of Christopher Lloyd's Jim on Taxi, and he ought to cut it out.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    L.A. Law remains consistently, almost defiantly, entertaining.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    This remains one of the most intriguing series on television.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    At its weakest, Designing Women tends to be preachy, with Dixie Carter given five minutes for a show-stopping lecture about some Big Issue. But most of the time, it's raucously funny.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Here's an interesting, uneven, impudent comedy-drama that may well prove to be summer television's most likably eccentric series.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Orbach has restored to Law & Order the grit it was starting to lack at the end of its '92 season. As Det. Lennie Briscoe, Orbach displays a smoky voice, impatient manner, and perennial air of hangdog cynicism that adds some realistic rust to L&O's gleaming efficiency.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Wildly excessive, regularly boring, and, at regular intervals, great, clever fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Ignored by the rest of the media, Baywatch has become all things to all people. Younger viewers, for example, enjoy the sun-dappled rescue scenes and the capering monkeyshines of Hasselhoff's TV son, Hobie, played by Jeremy Jackson. Devotees of camp, on the other hand, love the way Hasselhoff, with the distinctive visual style of a television auteur, frequently stops the action to insert scenes that amount to full-length music videos.
    • 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
    We know that a guilty, defensive Jackie is the best Jackie to watch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Martin has evolved into one of the most consistently amusing sitcoms in prime time, but not because the show itself is particularly original or well written. ... The best humor on Martin seems, whether it's true or not, to have been improvised by Lawrence and his costars, a quality which gives the show an enjoyably loose, anything-can-happen feel.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    In its portrayal of novice docs under pressure, ER may remind you of St. Elsewhere, but with less of the quirkiness that made Elsewhere both brilliant and annoying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Overall, Hatfields & McCoys is engrossing, and enlightening about a feud that proves to be a lot more than the bumpkin brawl of pop legend.
    • 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
    Home Improvement isn't the best family sitcom — Roseanne still goes further and deeper — but Improvement may be the most comforting.

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