Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 665 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Mulaney: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 394
  2. Negative: 0 out of 394
394 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.

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