Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 794 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Orange is the New Black: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Coma
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 482
  2. Negative: 0 out of 482
482 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Tennant and Colman still command center stage, but not without considerable help from the incoming fellow thespians. Under these circumstances, It’s not a case of the more the merrier. Instead it’s an even richer recipe for a seriously dramatic series that already had an A-game in place.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Night Manager stands tall as a stand-alone gem that elevates the cat-and-mouse game without ever entrapping itself. Bravo.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Although its principal supporting players are first-rate, Rectify would be lost in transition without Young’s stellar work in the lead role. It’s a fearless, fully immersed, Emmy caliber performance tinged with sadness, searching, primitive pleasures and even a little comedy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is an incredible film that never releases its hold on viewers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Intercut with brief, unobtrusive reenactments and accompanied by a dangerous-sounding music track, The Jinx very much looks like a masterwork of the true crime genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is HBO’s best “limited series” since Angels in America, which in 2004 won all of the major Emmy awards in its category.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The 90-minute HBO documentary, one of the very best in a long line of standouts, is in no way a pity party for Flood.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a remarkable piece of filmmaking that fully rises to the occasion of its remarkable subjects. Television’s new season is upon us, but this is an achievement for all seasons.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Judging from the first eight hours, it truly will be grand. Downton Abbey looks for all the world as though it’s steaming steadily toward happy or at least contented endings for one and all.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It keeps going about its business, getting better than ever each season with a restrained but gripping approach that's also sure to wear well decades from now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Whatever your viewing regimen, Honorable Woman is highly recommended for its distinctive approach, bravura performances, overall digestibility and, yes, degree of difficulty.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It has Emmy caliber performances from its two leads and an authenticity that won't quit.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    These first two episodes are gut-busting, non-stop fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Show Me a Hero hides its agenda in plain sight. It could stand to pick up the pace at times. But this journey to the promised land for some and tragedy for others is by and large expertly crafted and intrinsically important.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In its scope and a mostly impeccable selection of images, quotes and anecdotes (Ho Chi Minh once worked as a New York city pastry chef), The Vietnam War boldly and bravely stands its ground and almost assuredly will stand the test of time. Its story is told in affectingly human terms by the mostly unheralded men and women who bled, died and survived.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's compelling, enthralling and steeped in current realities.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It is an extraordinarily intelligent and compelling look at racial dynamics and polarities.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Epic in scope, basic in motivations, it will fill the next 10 Sundays with “appointment viewing” of the highest realm.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Freak Show looks like a beauty, with a wealth of fascinating characters and a little smattering of heart helping to balance out the grisly appointed rounds of a so far unidentified clown with a hellish half-mask.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Louie begins Season 5 in great and oftentimes phenomenal shape.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, it may be the most fun you'll ever have with a Ken Burns film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The drought-stricken, spirit-sapping Great Plains of the 1930s get the lyrical and learned Burns treatment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    So far it's the televised documentary film of the year, with its truths stranger than fiction from opening move to checkmate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s all quite enthralling and majestic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Based on these first five episodes, The Americans shows every sign of maintaining if not exceeding the high bar it set in Season 1.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    McDormand's portrayal of Olive Kitteridge is even more accomplished, in turns aggravating and affecting while always seeming just right. Jenkins is likewise superb.... This is a nuanced, slowly simmering look at bent and spindled lives molded by previous bent and spindled lives. The bright spots are there, but never glowing. Self-realization is the payoff.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A polished jewel of the genre starring an actor-comedian who has seized this opportunity and soared with it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Viewers craving a satisfying gourmet meal rather than another summertime "reality" Moon Pie are urged to make The Hour a Wednesday night ritual for the next six weeks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Schilling, Prepon and Mulgrew are uniformly terrific throughout, whether in prison garb or flashback civilian clothes. But other characters are equally compelling, giving this series innumerable stories to tell for hopefully many seasons to come. Based on the first six of 13 episodes, Orange is the New Black has passed virtually every test with flying colors.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Louis C.K. shoots from the lip and keeps scoring. The beauty is the seeming ease with which he does this. And the knowledge of how hard it really is.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Broadchurch, with its recurring crashing waves wiping some slates clean, is thoroughly captivating from start to finish.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    FX sent the first five half-hours for review, and they're all gems.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    True Detective is a marvel of craftsmanship, storytelling and performances through these first three hours made available for review.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    They thoroughly come alive in this instant classic about show biz addiction and rejection.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Watch at whatever pace you'd like--immediately. Given its quality, I think you'll be drinking it all in sooner rather than later.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    HBO has done it again, investing in a project of substance and a lead actress who powers it home.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The new Fargo bobs, weaves and occasionally unravels a bit. Still, it’s never less than entrancing, with the recurring panoramic shots of an unforgiving deep freeze serving as stolid supporting characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Each hour’s blazing horns, during the closing credits, are a weekly must-hear. The dialogue is sharp and suitably dicey ... There’s nothing pretty here. But in the eyes of this beholder, you’ll otherwise know great drama when you see it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    [The first four episodes of Season 2 available for review are] riveting from the first minute, with stellar, resonant performances driving a story with a high fiber content.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    When We Rise is an enriching, bonafide TV event of the first order and also powerful enough to change more than a few entrenched minds.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Performance is never a problem for the cast of Masters of Sex. Caplan, Sheen and the supporting players keep everything humming in the best new drama of the fall season. You’ll want to watch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's HBO's most mature half-hour series ever, rising above the material worlds of Sex and the City and Entourage to offer a road worth taking in pursuit of a "higher self."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Legion jars the senses as a jagged-edged jigsaw puzzle that can’t easily be put together. But there’s no inclination to ever stop trying because the overall artistry is beautiful to behold and just won’t quit.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Americans in my view is the best TV drama of this season. It excels to even greater degrees on levels large and small, with the intimate details of human interaction mixing with the humanity-at-stake, cloak and dagger goings-on that keep Philip and Elizabeth tenuously on point.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is a riveting film with a bravura performance by Cranston, who’s been the signature television actor of the past decade.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Gilligan and company keep on pushing Breaking Bad to new highs.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Thoroughly absorbing through the first six episodes made available for review, it fully lives up to the FX come-on: “You Don’t Know the Half of It.”
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The fun is in the snappy dialogue and the impeccable actors delivering it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Masters of Sex is without question in Mad Men’s league as a period drama that looks inward, outward and unsteadily ahead. The performances of Sheen, Caplan, Janney and Bridges rival those in any ongoing TV series.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Orange Is the New Black remains a vibrantly hued, singular achievement. Darkly dramatic and comedically spiked, it deals in the dehumanization and restoration of both guards and inmates.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The first four episodes sent for review give every indication that this all-new story with mostly new characters will reach if not surpass FX’s first time around with Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, etc.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    You won't find a better rendering of time and place anywhere else on the sprawling TV landscape. This is still the real deal, through and through.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Vikings enthrallingly captures the world of Norsemen and oarsmen, circa 793 in the Eastern Baltic but soon heading West to England.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The pace hasn’t quickened. Nor does the storyline congeal. Instead, Sunday’s re-opener builds to a terrifically poignant finish accompanied by music that likewise cries out in pain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Comedy Central's The Daily Show at last has a worthy rival in the "fake news" game.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    An explosively funny satirical descendant that can hit home without being even slightly preachy about it. Mostly, though, have fun with both the madcap characters and the notion that one of the Pakistani demands in play is a full membership with the Augusta National Golf Club.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    For now, The Killing has made a very good re-start.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Whatever your takeaway, the performances of Spacey and Wright remain assured and now ingrained in a series that ranks as the best body politic drama ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Vietnam In HD is vivid and compelling without being intrinsically political.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Better Call Saul looks very much as though it can stand on its own, even with occasional drop-ins from prominent Breaking Bad characters other than Mike Ehrmantraut. Jimmy/Saul’s life isn’t in jeopardy as long as he stays in the past.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Not everything is letter-perfect about The Big C. But Linney sure is--and that's more than enough.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    HBO subscribers thereby are the beneficiaries of a film with star power and staying power. It won’t surprise you with its outcome--or for the most part, how it gets there. But it may well have more of an impact than anticipated.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Ash vs Evil Dead succeeds by merrily and seemingly effortlessly making a mess of things. The biggest budget consideration might be the cleanup bills. But the mayhem is never cringe-worthy and the heroics can be a riot... You’re gonna have a blast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, fans of well-paced political potboilers will find much to like about Game Change. As will those who simply want to be entertained by a crackling good melodrama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Buoyed by a bravura performance from Australian Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) as prodigal son Danny Rayburn, Bloodline is an absorbing, fractious family drama that captivates despite giving away Season 1’s major development in the very first hour.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan isn’t afraid to let it all air out at a measured pace. But Better Call Saul is still avoiding the pitfalls of simply running in place. Instead, great expectations remain intact for a Season 2 that so far continues to make its mark by delivering just a little at a time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It sometimes lapses into the abundant cliches of its genre. Pound for pound, though, you won't see many better dramas this season. Gloves on or off, it keeps scoring points.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Authentically grimy, solidly built and well-paced, Hatfields & McCoys is violent without being gratuitous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The first two hours of Last Resort are bracingly strong on pulling power.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This film is much more than that. From the boyish exuberance of Ben Affleck’s and Matt Damon’s joint 1998 acceptance speech to Hanks’ anecdote about a hard-of-hearing Bette Davis, this is a rich-bodied appetizer for TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar main course.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Grammer's performance is thoroughly engaging and convincing. And the events swirling around him never fail to snap, crackle and pop.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Do expect an absorbing tale of justice rendered but not necessarily justice served. Its star players have no formal acting training. But for better or worse, they all look born to play their real-life roles in another true crime drama that knocks fiction for a loop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Americans enthralls with its complexities, simplicities and overall derring-do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The story has ample pulling power. But the music is its driving force--all day and all of the night.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, the only open question (from a crime solving standpoint) is whether this indeed is the finale for Broadchurch. Creator, writer, executive producer Chris Chibnall emphatically says that it is. If that’s really so, Season 3 acquits itself exceedingly well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A summertime winner here on the strength of strong acting, engaging writing and an immediately gripping premise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Given the otherworldly circumstances, it all moves along quite logically and at a brisk pace that leaves dawdling for dead. There’s no flabby midsection here, just one major development after another. The fight scenes are well-choreographed and frequent. And the twists are imaginative while also being grounded in the grim realities of this ramped-up universe.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    For now, Season 5 is proof that Downton Abbey remains in possession of a strong pulse and story lines. It minds its manners--and its stately manors--while keeping its characters vital and vulnerable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s terrific fun as well as involving drama.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is the series that puts Amazon Prime on the map, if not yet on the same level with competing streamer Netflix.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The disparate detectives of The Killing may have their own means and methods of getting to the bottom of this. But the overall air of believability is palpable from the start. All the better for taking a deep breath and diving right in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Galifianakis, Anderson and Kelly fit their roles like the thick rubber gloves used in emptying human waste from portable johns. What fine messes they’re in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Bette and Joan gives Lange and Sarandon a sublime showcase from the first moment they hit their marks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Showtime’s taut and pretty terrific Ray Donovan.... Schreiber brings a solid, stolid presence to the role. But it’s Jon Voight as Mickey who gives this drama its ferocious, dangerous and sometimes creepy edge.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Girls above all is about uncomfortable creatures. That can be a helluva thing to watch at times. But still very see-worthy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Judge isn’t quite jury and executioner of this whole crazily infantile, insular scene. But he clearly knows how to probe its soft spots. In that respect, Silicon Valley is its own killer app.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Not everything entirely adds up during the very winding course of China Girl’s six hours. ... The performances, however, are uniformly on target. Kidman, part of the recent ensemble in HBO’s Emmy-nominated Big Little Lies, is even more impressive here as the possessive, high-strung Julia while Dencik completely inhabits the role of thoroughly oily “Puss.” Moss again is impressively nuanced as the unsteady Robin, whose flaws and needs are palpable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Once one gets past the gruesome goings-on in Episode One, it’s full tilt ahead in a crazily appetizing tale that’s easily swallowed whole.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Seduced and Abandoned doesn’t always stay on track, but nonetheless never derails. It’s both a romp and a stomp, with Cannes the go-between.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Dexter likewise remains in solid shape, with new characters generating some additional heat while its namesake keeps plying his trade.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's a thoroughly entertaining romp, with the television industry as a combination Tilt-A-Whirl/merry-go-round.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Divorced Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon) fights most of her battles on the domestic front in FX’s wonderfully biting Better Things.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend romps and rolls without really missing a beat.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    All involved are dedicated to the cause of making Vikings one of television’s most striking series. It’s also emerged as one of the best, evolving from a guilty pleasure at first to a first-rate tale of substance and even subtlety mixed with the cold steel of primal warfare.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Never fear. The Harlan County, KY of FX’s Justified remains mostly dirty to the touch, a breeding ground for knuckle-draggers and a few somewhat higher forms of low-life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Maron, 49, seems to be effortlessly gliding through his angst, laughing only rarely while giving viewers far more reason to do so.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's both a promising and foreboding series, with class warfare an ever-present force that wants no part of any idealized forms of truth, justice and the American way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It all meshes together in enthralling fashion with a tale that’s understandable and a setting that’s tailor made for picturesque vistas. Last Kingdom livens up Saturday nights with Emmy caliber storytelling and oft-sumptuous production values.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    [A] very amusing and splendidly acted comedy about what happens when an American television network mucks up a long-running, award-laden British hit.

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