Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 442 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Perfect Couples: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 250
  2. Negative: 0 out of 250
250 tv reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Traffic Light is winning and amusing without being loud and loutish.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A summertime winner here on the strength of strong acting, engaging writing and an immediately gripping premise.
    • 63 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.
    • 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
    Vietnam In HD is vivid and compelling without being intrinsically political.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's a genuinely chilling four-hour adaptation of the tireless horror-meister's 1998 bestseller.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The real joys of Smash are its performances and production numbers, some fantasized, others part of the bare bones auditioning process.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    For now, The Killing has made a very good re-start.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Authentically grimy, solidly built and well-paced, Hatfields & McCoys is violent without being gratuitous.
    • 75 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The first two hours of Last Resort are bracingly strong on pulling power.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    References to Beyonce and Michelle Obama are worked in without reaching too hard. And the "black experience," although hardly monolithic, resonates in ways that make this version quite special and different.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    No cameras were allowed for this [interviews with the band], making it sometimes difficult to decipher just who's talking during the otherwise brilliantly edited archival footage assembled by filmmaker Brett Morgen
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Through it all, though, Downton Abbey is still superior entertainment on a grand scale.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's coarse and sometimes dirty to the touch, but pretty damned hilarious at crunch times. FX just might have the standout new comedy series of this season.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Americans enthralls with its complexities, simplicities and overall derring-do.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's the strongest medical series since House arrived on Fox for an eight-season run that ended last spring. The genre badly needs a transfusion. And at last, here's a strong one.
    • 70 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s terrific fun as well as involving drama.
    • 66 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Potentially the best new comedy series of this season.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Sunday night's sixth season opener, "Meet the Blacks," is a gem from start to finish. Two subsequent episodes sent for review aren't as finely tuned, but still get high passing grades.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Few TV dramas are as thought-provoking or daringly opinionated. Sorkin doesn’t always get everything right. Who the hell does? But he writes with purpose, force and conviction, sometimes with a heavier hand than necessary.

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