Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 506 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Dust Bowl
Lowest review score: 0 Sex Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 288
  2. Negative: 0 out of 288
288 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    For now, The Killing has made a very good re-start.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A summertime winner here on the strength of strong acting, engaging writing and an immediately gripping premise.
    • 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.
    • 91 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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